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Car Polishing in Flower Mound and Dallas Area - Bring the Gloss Back 

A Paint Polishing service removes light swirls and scratches to create an unmatched high gloss with excellent paint protection.

alex is seen performing a paint polishing process on a toyota 86

One-Step Paint Enhancement also referred to as Car Polishing or Paint Polishing

If you look closely at your paint, you will notice that swirls and scratches accumulate over time, covering the gloss and metallic flakes from the paint, and preventing it from shining. These scratches are known as micro-scratches, also called swirls and micro-marring.


How did I get swirls and scratches?

Many factors contribute to micro-marring, swirls, and scratches. My most notable reason for 80% of the clientele that comes to Clean Start Detail is automatic car washes.


The local car wash near you and even those car washes near me can be a very convenient way of washing your vehicles, especially when time is of the essence. However, I'd like to argue against using such facilities as much as you can. The cons of a local car wash outweigh the pros on any given day.

Why do I have swirls and scratches on my paint?

Performing Paint Enhancement on a car with a Rupes machine Car paint enhancement service performed by Alex at Clean Start Detail.

Local car washes mostly use large brushes that have been used and reused with hundreds, if not thousands, of vehicles before maintenance. The composition of the tools they use also varies, leaving you an unknown factor of what is rubbing against your vehicle's paint.


Another factor is how many vehicles these brushes have already gone through. Problems can arise from this, such as carrying mud or rocks from other cars and pushing them against your paint, sometimes causing irreversible damage.


I can delve very deeply into how I feel about the local car wash, not only a car wash in Flower Mound and the Dallas area but throughout the state and the country, but that's another time.

What is Car Polishing?

Car Polishing is called many names in the industry; it's referred to as Paint Polishing or, as we call it here at Clean Start Detail, Paint Enhancement. Paint Enhancement is a service we offer to clients looking to clean up an already well-maintained and good-looking paint system that does not have excessive swirls or scratches.


For medium to heavy swirls and scratches, refer to Paint Correction. Paint Enhancement service best serves clients looking to clean up the paint and give the gloss back. It is a great service for clients that aren't looking for perfection but rather a clean-up of imperfections.


Unlike our Paint Correction service, this process removes anywhere from 35 to 50% of the imperfections from a swirled, micro-marred paint. To ensure we know what paint system we're working on, we perform a Paint Assessment before going on with any Paint Correction or Car Polishing service.


Who benefits from Paint Enhancement?

This service is excellent for those clients looking to restore the gloss to their paint and rid it of light imperfection and those clients who have yet to have had their vehicles protected by Ceramic Coating.


Paint Enhancement is a complex service requiring us to perform our Exterior Detail with Paint, Chemical, and Mechanical Decontamination. However, with our car pick-up and drop-off services, we can accomplish this within one day, depending on the size of the vehicle.

Paint Polishing a door handle area to remove nail and key scratches.

Our Paint Enhancement Process:

  • We are starting with the wheels, wheel wells, and fenders. This vehicle area is the dirtiest and the part that encounters the road the most. We ensure no brake dust, dirt, or debris is left behind to have a clean slate.

  • Foam our clients' vehicles before washing them to remove any superficial dirt on the paint. The foam assists us in cleaning out dirt and debris so that when we hand wash the vehicle, we're not pushing dirt onto the paint. We also, at this time, use high-quality brushes to clean the gas cap, door jambs, emblems, grills, and hard-to-reach crevices where a wash mitt would not reach.

  • Proceed by chemically decontaminating the paint on the vehicle. We perform a decontamination wash, spray an iron particle remover, and apply a bug and tar remover. This process ensures that we remove all the bugs, tar, or iron particles and any water spots embedded in the top layer of paint.

  • We like to hand wash the vehicles; to do so, we perform a top-to-bottom approach while following vehicle airflow. Following vehicle airflow is essential because it ensures that you will not cause swirl marks to the paint or scratches. Following vehicle travel airflow is an easily overlooked step by most novice detailers.

  • After washing the vehicle, we perform a mechanical decontamination process; most people know this process as a clay bar application. A clay bar is crucial before paint polishing because it removes most embedded particles in the paint, including iron particles left behind. This process is vital so that you're not pushing embedded particles in circles into the paint system. A step very often overlooked as well.

  • We dry vehicles using large microfiber towels and hot forced air, using the large microfibers for parts of the car such as the hood, the roof, and the trunk. Using forced air for the doors, door jambs, gas cap, grills, trim and window crevices, and any other part where getting a microfiber to dry is complicated. Ensuring a dry surface is very important, so we work on a clean and dry surface.

  • After drying, we like to tape all trim pieces, headlights, mirrors, sunroofs, spoilers, and chrome. We make sure to tape up and cover anything we'd like to preserve from being touched by a compound or polish. We pay attention to protecting the vehicle.

  • Paint assessment is a step that novice or amateur detailers overlook. A detailer must understand that paint depth and condition are significant factors in paint enhancement. We measure the paint depth and assess the overall paint condition for the paint enhancement process. If your detailer does not measure the paint they are working on before doing the work, look elsewhere for that service or come to us.

  • After we define the method for correction, we perform the Paint Enhancement process.

  • Once we finish the Paint Enhancement process, we perform an alcohol wipe-down of all the panels and glass.

  • Following the paint cleaning, we apply a Ceramic Coating of the client's choice or a paint protection product of our choice, such as our high-concentrate SIO2 spray sealant.

  • We do our last round of touch-ups and overall work inspection. On the exterior, we perform tasks such as cleaning the glass and windows, applying Trim Coating and tire shine, and a comprehensive assessment of the service performed.

  • Depending on the vehicle's paint condition and the size of the vehicle, this process can take anywhere from 6 to 12 hours, sometimes more! For this reason, we like to take a whole day, sometimes up to 2 or 3 days, to perform the best job that meets our quality standards. We focus on quality over turnaround speed.



Is Paint Enhancement / Car Polishing worth it?

Car Polishing has significant benefits, and if you're here, you're most likely about to take advantage of them all. Not only does a car polishing service help to enhance the overall look of your vehicle, but it will also help retain the value for the long run. 

There's no better feeling than seeing your reflection in your car as you walk away. Clients love the paint enhancement process; there are many reviews on our google my business site where our clients attest to how great their vehicles look! And also how easy it is to maintain. See it for yourself, Clean Start Detail Google My Business Link

This article on Paint Enhancement / Car Polishing was very informative, and we hope it helped you understand what we offer here at Clean Start Detail.


We would love to have you become one of our many valued clients, and please feel free to contact us through our many contact forms or call us. 


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