Houston's Premier Paint Correction Specialists

Restore your paints shine by removing the imperfections

Remove The Swirls and Get The Most Gloss and Clarity From Your Paint

The goal of paint correction is to remove swirls and imperfections so your car can shine. Depending on what you want, we can aim to remove 65% to 90% of the imperfection from your paint. This is where we do an intense cutting and polishing step, called a 2-step correction, to get the most gloss and clarity from your paintwork.

Some scratches or imperfection won’t come. This may be because of how deep the scratch is, the type of imperfection that it is, or maybe it’s unsafe to polish on a specific panel due to the clear coat being low.

This is where we’ll make the proper judgement call on what we can safely remove off your paint. It’s not just about removing as many imperfections. It’s also knowing when enough is enough to keep the integrity of the paint healthy and within good working boundaries.

We can spend 20 hours or 5 hours polishing your paint. It’s all just based on what you’d like to achieve.  

And yes, for newer vehicles, even if it’s just 4 months off the lot, the paint can still require a 2-step correction service. Although you’ve only had the vehicle for a few months, the car has been transported and handled for many months by many people (in many different places).

It’s during this time that the car is moved, washed, transported, washed, stored, etc… It’s no surprise that new vehicles, regardless of the make and model, leave the showroom with heavy amount of swirls and imperfections. 

Paint correction is a commitment you’re making to the vehicle. If you’d like to keep your paint in great condition, you have to properly maintain the vehicle after the service is complete. If you don’t properly wash and dry the vehicle, you can easily put all those swirls and scratches back into your paint in just a few washes.

This is the most tedious service for detailing. Depending on your vehicle, the condition of the paint, and the results you ant, it can take between 8 to 15 hours of work to complete.

Take a Look At The Paint Correction Process

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R3 Auto Detailing offers a wide range of services for your vehicle. Our goal is to offer the best quality service and results we can. Some of our popular services include:

The R3 Paint Correction Process

  • 1

    Clean Wheels, Tires, & Fenders

    Detail starts with a thorough cleaning of the wheel faces, wheel barrels, tires, and inner fender liner

  • 2

    Gentle Foam Hand Wash

    Vehicle gets a thick layer of foam and a gentle hand wash (while we clean the jambs, gas cap, and remove bugs from paint)

  • 3

    Chemically Remove Iron Particles

    To ensure a clean surface, we remove iron particles from your paint via a chemical decontamination

  • 4

    Clay Bar Treatment

    The next step to a clean surface is a clay bar treatment to remove any remaining embedded dirt and debris (your paint will feel really smooth).

  • 5

    Tape Off Sensitive Areas

    To decrease polish build up or staining, we'll tape off and protect any trim/chrome/sensitive areas

  • 6

    Step 1: Compound Phase (Correction)

    Safely remove a majority of the swirls and scratches from your paint with a machine polisher, cutting disc, and compound

  • 7

    Step 2: Polishing Phase (Polish)

    This will increase shine and clarity by polishing the micro-scratches that are leftover from the compound phase

  • 8

    Paint Wipe Down

    To inspect true condition, we'll wipe down the paint to remove any leftover polish residue that can be hiding imperfections

  • 9

    Apply Paint Protection

    Based on your choice of protection, we'll apply a wax, sealant, or a durable ceramic coating

  • 10

    Dress Tires, Plastic & Trim

    To give the exterior an extra pop, most of the exterior plastic and trim will be dressed to an even black finish like the tires, fenders, and trim (it will not be greasy)

  • 11

    Clean Exterior Windows & Mirrors

    We'll complete the detail with streak-free glass cleaning on all exterior surfaces

  • 12

    Final Touch Ups

    We'll do a final inspection of all exterior surfaces and touch up any areas that need are attention

Paint Correction Pricing

Price is based on size, condition, and type of clear coat. General prices shown below. Please contact us for a more accurate quote. 


Mustang, Camry

$450 – $700


F150, Range Rover

$500 – $800


Large Truck, SUV

$750 – $1,100

Paint Correction FAQs

Do you offer ceramic coatings?
We sure do! This is a fantastic option to protect your paint from the weather. You can read more about our ceramic coatings here. You can also stay with the more traditional wax or sealant at no additional price. 

How long do the results last?
After the paint is corrected, the next phase is maintenance. It’s just like training your pet to sit on command. You don’t just teach them once and think they’ll know it forever.

You have to continually train and repeat the commands. It’s the same with paint correction. You have to properly (and routinely) wash and dry your vehicle moving forward to maintain the swirl-free finish of your paint. If not, you’re back to square one.

Where are you located?
Our detail shop is located at 12155 Cutten rd. We’re right down the street from Willowbrook mall. Depending on the level of work, it can take 2 to 3 days to complete the service. We also offer limited mobile detailing services to the Houston and surrounding areas (paint correction is shop-only).

What tools and products do you use?
A wide arrange of machines, pads, polishes, compounds, cleaners, towels, and lights will be used to work on your car. Every car will be different and will yield different methods and tools.

What’s the difference between a wax and paint correction?
A wax does not remove any swirls or scratches from your paint. It only hides the very light swirls and can be completed in a few hours. Paint correction actually removes the swirls in your paint. This is what makes the paint shine like crazy. It also takes a substantial amount of time and energy to complete. Usually one or two full days (depending on size, condition, and desired results).. 

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