Cut and Polish vs Paint Correction – The Difference

Cut and Polish V Paint Correction

You have probably heard the terms cut and polish and paint correction. Do you know the difference? Sometimes these terms can be used interchangeably but there is a difference. It comes down to the time and level of workmanship required.

Before deciding which approach to take it is important to understand the amount of paint and clear coat on each vehicle, as this varies between manufacturers. Over the years the amount of paint and clear coat seem to be getting thinner. The thinner the clear coat the more likely the paint will be damaged with UV and lose its shine. To bring back that shine requires either a cut and polish or a more detailed process with paint correction.  

Let’s explain the difference of each of these terms:  

Cut and polish

Cut and polish is a common term often used when they are meaning paint correction. The ‘cut’ is about removing scratches and marks for the paintwork, and ‘polish’ is about making it shiny and glossy.   

This process is normally performed using a machine polisher and liquid compound leaving the paint overall shiny but not perfected.

Paint correction

Paint correction is perfecting the paint to its absolute best. This involves a multi stage process using a range of specialised machinery and correcting agents. This takes a lot more time to achieve the best results.

So after a good paint correction it is recommended to apply a ceramic paint protection to keep that finish longer.

Bring back that new car feeling!

So what is the difference?

So essentially cut & polish and paint correction are the same thing meaning that they generally refer to buffing the vehicle with a machine polisher and compound depending on the result the customer is seeking.

Two main key differences between the two processes are time and therefore cost.