Paintwork Correction or Paintwork Preservation?

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A car’s paintwork is like its skin, its face, its essence. A car’s beauty often leans against the quality of its paint job and is often the first cause of criticism. Keeping the everyday car’s paint looking like new is a tough job, but there is certainly a way of going about correcting, preserving, and protecting a car’s paintwork.

Knowing the difference between Paintwork Correction and Paintwork Preservation is the first step to properly caring for your car’s exterior finish.


Under rare circumstance is full-body Paintwork Correction recommended for a properly maintained car. In most cases, cars really only need correction in certain places such as door handles to remove minor scratching. There are other scenarios requiring correction such as paint etching from acidic residue in bird droppings, acid rain, or tree sap. If these problems arise, rarely do they require buffing the entire car.

Correction can also be used as a quick fix to an ongoing problem. If your everyday car is simply too tough to maintain with regular waxes and hand washes, after a few years it’s going to need full-body correction. Paintwork neglect is the most common reason for correction and can be caused from various circumstances, the most common being automatic car washes and lack of regular waxing. Also, full-body Paintwork Correction is often done before selling a car in order to fix surface blemishes before handing over the keys.

Correction is an aggressive act and should only be done as needed. Because such aggressive techniques will remove paint, you should always weigh your options and decide what it is that you exactly need done.


If you take your weekend cruises around town in a 1939 Chrysler Royal, it goes without saying that you want to keep that car’s paintwork as pristine as possible to preserve the vehicle’s value for as long as you can. In such a scenario, you don’t want to deeply cut into the paint when polishing a car of such antique value and thus requires using a different type of polish. Preservation polishes nourish the paintwork and allow for proper care of your car’s finish.

Now if you are cruising around in a car from 1939, chances are it has been repainted at least once. That being said, you still want to take care of that paint job so that you wont have to repaint it again. Paintwork Preservation is a gentle process that doesn’t remove a significant amount of paint from your vehicle, but rather smoothes and fills in surface imperfections to leave you with an even, glossy finish.

For car lovers and enthusiasts who believe in properly maintaining and protecting their investment, Paintwork Preservation is the only full body polishing your car should experience. As previously stated, Paintwork Correction has its uses for specific fixes, however the more you preserve, the less you’ll have to correct.


No polish job is complete without wax. As important as preserving your paintwork is, waxing your car should never be brushed aside. Regular waxing keeps finishing glazes & polishes sealed in, providing extra protection for your car’s paint.

At the end of the day, Paintwork Correction and Paintwork Preservation alike are aimed towards the end result of a brilliant looking car. Both are used differently to achieve results, but in many cases work together to reach success. Be on the look for the release of Dr. Beasley’s newly formulated & developed Paintwork Correction & Paintwork Preservation Polish Packs this month!

Need help deciding what’s right for your detailing needs? Dr. Beasley’s car care experts are here to help!

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