Exterior Paint Correction Detail and Opti-Coat
This Ford F-150 came to us with a large amount of exterior swirls and scratches in its black and tan paint scheme, following many miles on Iowa’s gravel roads.
After realizing the potential of this paint after a sample area detail, the owner opted for a single stage correction, protected with an application of a ceramic topcoat (opti-coat).
We started with a thorough cleaning to better assess the paint condition. We found many light swirls and actually very few deeper scratches. Two of the doors had been repainted at one point and there was some orange peel and sanding marks left from that process.
In addition to the scratches, there was quite a bit of embedded contaminants needing to be removed with a clay bar. A few small round spots on the hood and roof had signs of early clear coat failure – likely due to bird droppings.
Here are a few 50/50 shots showing the dramatic difference a gentle polish can make. Most of the shine is robbed by the superficial scratches, getting rid of those pays huge dividends. (click on any picture to enlarge)
Even the 4×4 decal is seeing improvement.
The tailgate especially had a lot of deeper scratches
After going around the edges and tight spots with a 3″ polisher, it was time to wipe the car down again and prep for opti-coat.
Here it is – outside under the scrutiny of the sun – swirl free with a topping of permanent protection to keep the paint swirl free longer.