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Paint Correction & Ceramic Coating on a 1965 Chevy Corvette

We met this awesome auto detailing client at a car meet/car show at Detail Garage in Round Rock, where our media manager, Mike, DJs on weekends. Detail Garage sells Chemical Guys and provides discounts to enthusiasts for buying car care products. While we do not use Chemical Guys products, generally (we like to use Ceramic Pro/Americana Global, Meguiar’s, SB3, and P&S, amongst others).


At the Detail Garage meet in Round Rock (they also have a Detail Garage – Austin location), we discussed some concerns the client had. This C2 Corvette Stingray had been repainted from its original color of silver, to black, but the auto body shop did not complete the final polishing work. This is fairly common with body shops, as they count on clients to not notice the swirls, holograms, and other paint defects that need to be fixed with a good paint enhancement/paint correction.


For a paint correction & ceramic coating on a 1965 chevy corvette, we knew were going to have to immediately resort to our SB3 hybrid wool pads and FLEX rotary polisher, followed up with our Lake Country HDO foam pads. This was not an easy job, as there were still some sanding marks in the paint from the body shop, as well as some fairly deep scratches and swirls. Sometimes, when cars get swirls that significant, the car can even appear to be nearly a different color (with black cars, prior to paint enhancement/paint correction, or when compared after paint enhancement but prior to ceramic coating, it can even appear to be gray in color). Sometimes this is not noticeable prior to the paint enhancement, and is only readily apparent to the naked eye when compared with before/after.


Fixing Defects

We need to fix these defects prior to installing a ceramic coating (we do not need to fix them, for the most part, before installing a clear bra/paint protection film), as the ceramic coating can, at times, amplify defects in the paint (ceramic coating does not fill in or hide scratches, unlike clear bra, no matter what you read).


Most black vehicles or any vehicles that have deep swirls or scratches, typically require what we call a two or three-stage (step) paint correction/paint enhancement. The reason for this, is the compounds that are used with the machine polisher, especially a rotary polisher, will leave behind micro-marring. These tiny scratches are left behind after the larger, more visible scratches are removed. These defects are difficult to see in low light or reflection-only conditions, which is why it is important to look at your vehicle under specialized lighting to make the final judgment. These tiny scratches are removed by using a less abrasive polish/less harsh polishing pad, and are typically used with a dual-action/random orbit polisher rather than a rotary buffer, such as our FLEX 5″ rotary. 


Please note that this client actually drove up from Austin to Killeen in order for us to do this work, so we are able to go mobile or take clients from all over to meet your needs! We hope you liked our work on the paint correction & ceramic coating on a 1965 chevy corvette article!


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SB3 Coatings (sb3coating.com) are great coatings, and are similar to other offerings we have had in the past. You may be more familiar with other brands’ offerings, so here is a quick reference to help you understand our transition.

 – The SB3 Coatings Solo is similar to Ceramic Pro Sport (although SB3 Solo has a one-year warranty whereas Ceramic Pro Sport has a six-month warranty)

– SB3 Coatings Omega is similar to Ceramic Pro Bronze (Ceramic Pro Top Coat) two year coating

– The SB3 Coatings Thirty3 is a three-year ceramic coating, which is a warranty period we have not had in the past.

– SB3 Coatings Alpha is a five-year coating, similar to the Ceramic Pro Silver (five-year) package, which uses Ceramic Pro 9H (one layer) and Ceramic Pro Top Coat (one layer). SB3 Coatings Alpha utilizes a single coating system which helps us get your vehicle back to you faster without sacrificing quality.

– The SB3 Coatings Trinity is a seven-year coating, which we did not offer previously with Ceramic Pro.

– SB3 Coatings Vortex is a two-year ceramic coating similar to Ceramic Pro Wheel & Caliper or Ceramic Pro 9H (when used on wheels).

– The SB3 Coatings Optic is a one-year ceramic coating similar to Ceramic Pro Glass, and is used on your windshield/glass surfaces.

We have access to many brands of ceramic coatings, and we always choose what is best for the client in their particular situation.