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Paint Correction

Using professional grade machinery and innovative LED work lighting, with a combination of wet sanding, compounds, polishes and specialty pads, we can remove scratches and swirls from your clear coat achieving that rich glossy mirror finish, better than factory.

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Restore to perfection

Paint Correction refers to the process of restoring and rejuvenating the vehicles paint through the elimination of surface imperfections that dull the surface by reflecting light off in various directions, therefore detracting from a true reflection. These imperfections include scratch and swirl marks, oxidation and fading, paint holograms, bird dropping etching and water spot damage. Once paint is corrected, it is a great idea to pair with one of our ceramic coating packages to lock in and protect from future defects.


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Packages listed below describe the level of refinement, swirl, scratch and defect removal expectations one can expect from our Paint Correction.

Paint Enhancement
Duration: 6 hours
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In this package we do a light Polish to bring your paint back to a shiny/glossy condition, it will not remove any scratches or swirls with this package.

  • - Exterior gentle wash
  • - Exterior windows cleaned
  • - Wheels & Tires thoroughly cleaned
  • - Non-sling tire dressing applied
  • - Contaminants removal process
  • - Tape off all trim pieces to avoid staining
  • - Digital Paint Inspection
  • - Single Stage pass via DA orbital/Rotary
Starts at $399
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Level 1
Duration: 1-2 days
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Recommended for cars that have not had any paint waxing or polish in the last year or have never been polished. This package will make the paint look substantially better, removing 50-75% of scratches and swirls.

  • - Exterior gentle hand wash
  • - Exterior windows cleaned
  • - Wheels & Tires thoroughly cleaned
  • - Non-sling tire dressing
  • - Contaminants removal process
  • - Tape off all trim pieces to avoid staining
  • - Digital Paint Inspection
  • - Single Stage pass via DA orbital/Rotary
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Level 2
Duration: 2-3 days
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We do two passes with our Dual Action Orbital and/or Rotary. First pass we compound to remove light to moderate scratches and swirls.  Second pass we use finishing pads and polishes to buff for shine and clarity. Level 2 removes 75-90% of scratches and swirls.

  • - Exterior gentle wash
  • - Exterior windows cleaned
  • - Wheels & Tires thoroughly cleaned
  • - Non-sling tire dressing applied
  • - Contaminants removal process
  • - Tape off all trim pieces to avoid staining
  • - Digital Paint Inspection
  • - Dual Stage pass via DA orbital/Rotary
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Level 3
Duration: 3-4 days
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Scratches and Swirls will be 95-100% removed with this package. Paint will be back to Pristine condition, after we are done!

  • - Exterior gentle wash
  • - Exterior windows cleaned
  • - Wheels & Tires thoroughly cleaned
  • - Non-sling tire dressing applied
  • - Contaminants removal process
  • - Tape off all trim pieces to avoid staining
  • - Digital Paint Inspection
  • - Wet Sanding of Paint Surface
  • - Dual Stage pass via DA orbital/Rotary
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Pickup & Delivery Service starts at $75
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Highly recommended

We focus on quality and the care of your vehicle. Attention to Detail and Premium Quality is what our clients receive every time! Check out our Reviews below, to see what our clients say about us!

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"I will start off by saying that I live in Williamsburg but heard that Chavez and Sons is best at installing paint protection film and ceramic coating. I contacted Chavez and Sons on 10/14/22 to receive a quote to install STEK full front paint protection film and apply SB3 Trinity ceramic coating to my 2023 Audi Q7. Raul sent me a detailed invoice, and I was scheduled to drop my car off on 10/24/22. At that time, Raul, the owner, also INSISTED that I come to his garage to see his work. I was able to visit his shop on 10/21/22. The shop is not only EXTREMELY clean and well-lit, but also SECURE. Raul showed me a luxury vehicle that he applied paint protection film, and I was blown away! I could not even see the film on the car. I dropped my car off on 10/24/22 to have the PPF installed, and SB3 Trinity ceramic coating applied. I received numerous updates and could also follow the work being done on social media, but Raul did not post the finished product until after I picked up my vehicle. The surprise was worth the wait. I picked up my car on 10/28/22 and could not believe my eyes! My car looks AMAZING. I was shocked. I expected it to look good, but Raul far exceeded my expectations. When my husband and I picked it up Raul proudly showed us the edges, where he made relief cuts, and everything looks perfect. My car looks better than when I picked it up from the dealership. Thank you so much, Chavez and Sons!"

Tanisha J.

"They really did an awesome job! I was very impressed at the results. The car looks actually better than when it was new! I highly recommend them. Very friendly and courteous too!"

Mark Dorsey

"I entrusted Chavez with my brand new Tesla Y to provide both paint protection film and ceramic coating. They took great care with my car. The workmanship was simply outstanding and the finish is fantastic! The protection film was applied in a fashion that it is invisible, and along with the ceramic coating has significantly improved the appearance of my vehicle. I highly recommend Chavez Auto Detailing and am extremely satisfied with the work that was done."

Clyde Pray

"Absolutely love the work that Chavez and Sons do. Took my 21 4 Runner in for a ceramic coat, and the vehicle looked better than initially purchasing the vehicle."

Derek Hobbs

"This is my second car I’ve had detailed with Chavez and Sons. They did the ceramic coating on both cars and it’s worth every cent! Absolutely fantastic job on both! They are very professional and easy to work with. I recommend this company to everyone who wants their vehicles to look brand new and stay that way! They go above and beyond!"

Christy Bond

"After searching all over the Hampton Roads area I came upon Chavez Auto Detailing and I’m extremely glad I did! I was looking for a highly rated and very professional detailing service in order to trade in my 2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon for ultimate negotiating power. Let me tell you, I strongly believe that by choosing the Sapphire Package and Pet Hair Removal option, I was able to negotiate and receive MUCH more than what was previously appraised by multiple sources! You absolutely won’t regret taking your vehicle here!"

Cruz Sepeda

"I am very pleased with the finished product of my vehicle. Raul did a great job and it shows! Vehicle looks like glass and better than it did when I received it from the showroom floor!"

Rasool Sutton

"All around great experience. Professional, quick, and amazing results. Would happily use again!"

Lynda Kolumbia McT

"My car has never been more clean. I feel like I have a whole new vehicle. Very impressed and thankful for their services!"

Terri Douglas

"I have a three year old black SUV that was ceramic coated by the dealership when I purchased it. I had a paint correction and ceramic coating applied, and my car looked 1000% better when these guys were done with it than the day I bought it. Amazing work and attention to detail. Communication during the process was outstanding and clear expectations of what could and could not be accomplished were laid out from the start. Would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for a knowledgeable shop to care for and protect their vehicle!"

Christine Conrad

"Chavez and Sons did an amazing job on my GoMango Dodge Charger! They gave me a free estimate and when I was ready they made it very easy to schedule a time and day to do a 1 year ceramic coat. My car looks immaculate now and I’m very pleased with the work they did. I will definitely be returning in the future!"

River Fiedler

"Great and professional service. Was a bit skeptical of the prices at first but Chavez and Sons are masters of their craft and I'm completely satisfied with all aspects of their service. Thank you!"

Rick Metcalf

"Raul detailed my Jeep Patriot that needed some serious love and he did an awesome job! I picked up my car smelling and looking great. He even got some stickers off my window that had been on there for 7+ years. Definitely recommend!"

Miranda Gollnick

"Top notch service!!! Had ceramic coating done on my new truck. It looks better than when i drove it off the lot. Great experience from beginning to end. Highly recommend!!!"

Mark Janoka

"I tried this shop since it was the only authorized Stek PPF installer within a reasonable distance and the reviews looked good. I already had a full body PPF from another installer but needed my lip rewrapped. Raul was courteous, professional and was fair on his pricing. He took care of my lip rewrap and really showed his professionalism when some minor but noticeable imperfections came up on it a few weeks later. If you've had a wrap, you know these things happen...just comes with the territory. It's how the installer deals with them that is more important. Raul excelled here and took care of the problems until we were both satisfied with the results. Oh, and he is very communicative as well. If you need something before or during your service, give him a shout! Highly recommend!"

Zach McNair

"A great job was done and I would definitely go back for my truck and other car. Highly recommend to others and it is worth every penny!"

David V

"Excellent work and extremely professional. Work was done and completed in a timely manner. Very very happy with the results."

Jamie Sample

"Phenomenal service! Attention to detail in PPF & ceramic coating brought this Range Rover Sport back to life."

Carl Batiste

"Just picked up my car today and all I can say is it looks awesome. I had level one paint correction, ceramic coating on interior, exterior and glass surfaces. I went there all the way from Virginia Beach because of the quality and the price. I highly recommend using this company and their prices are more than reasonable for the work that they do."

Ed Campbell

"My car was ceramic coated. Dropped off on a friday and picked up on sunday . Absolutely amazing job. Done properly and on time. Also very good at replying and keeping me updated on the status of the job. I had no issues."

Evgeny Korovin

"Very professional service and Raul was very accommodating with my schedule. Will definitely recommend to friends and family."

Anup Aryal

"Raul from Chavez Auto Detailing did an amazing job with my 2023 BMW X5. The vehicle was attended to with attention, love and care. The PPF applied was amazing and on point. Raul took his time to carefully laid each piece with precision. He also coated the film with two layers of ceramic coating and along with the wheels. The results were outstanding! He explained the entire process and was super attentive to my questions and needs. You definitely won’t be disappointed! Top notch professionalism! And top notch workmanship. Definitely will come back with my next car."

Jay Ch

"I couldn’t be happier with the results! They paid attention to every detail and my car looks like it came off the showroom floor! Highly recommend!"

Ryan Harrell

"Incredibly professional, great customer care, and and got my car to 100!! Highly recommend! Veteran doing it right!"

Priscilla Valentin

"I compared many options before I finally decided to bring my new car to Chavez Auto Detailing for paint protection and ceramic coating and I could not be happier with the service I was provided. Their attention to detail sold me. You can see it for yourself in their website, their portfolio, and their videos. You can tell they're proud of the work they do on every car they touch and your car will be the next shining example of their incredible work ethic. I will recommend Chavez Auto Detailing to anyone that asks for my opinion from here on out."

Rob Lamb

"We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. They are timely, professional, and well worth the price. Our vehicle was as clean as the day we drove it off of the lot (if not cleaner). We will be returning for sure!"

Rae McDowell-Burs

"Chavez & Sons are top notch. Raul went above and beyond to accommodate my detailing and PPF needs. They do fantastic work and stand behind it 100%. Thank you Raul, you did an amazing job on my buggy."

Scott Gardner

"Service was very thorough. Staff was very kind and professional and made for an overall pleasant experience."

Jacob Comer

"Absolutely professional and perfect results. Raul exceeded expectations. My vehicle looks better than the day I bought it new. I got the Trinity ceramic coating, wheels coated, and glass coated. The black paint has a wet look and is a deep crisp black without any haze. The trim and wheels shine. Raul was great at communicating from the beginning with his estimate, during the service, and in accommodating some special requests. He’s flexible and responsive. I will definitely use Chavez Auto Detailing in the future for other services. I highly recommend this veteran owned and operated company. Thanks Raul, couldn’t be happier with your service."

Wilson Hopkins

"Great family/veteran owned business. I had Chavez and Sons AD apply their STEK PPF to my windshield on my Toyota 4Runner. The quality and clarity of the product they use is phenomenal. They took great pride and care in their service. We WILL be returning for the other services they provide."

Cesar Atalig

Years of experience

Sometimes the best way to understand what's possible is to see the results. We've had decades of experience and hundreds of happy clients that have been blown away by the results when they come to pick their car up. We've worked with a wide range of cars over the years, so take a look on the main portfolio page and view by car make.

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Paint correction FAQs

Is paint correction worth the cost?

The cost of paint correction can vary depending on the level of correction required and the size of the vehicle. While it may be more expensive than a basic detailing job, the results can be well worth the cost, as it can greatly enhance the appearance and protection of the vehicle's paint finish. Additionally, a well-done paint correction can increase the resale value of the vehicle.

How long does paint correction last?

The length of time that paint correction lasts depends on several factors, such as the quality of the products used, how the vehicle is maintained after the correction, and the driving conditions the vehicle is exposed to. In general, a properly done paint correction can last for several years.

Can paint correction damage the paint?

When done correctly by a professional detailer, paint correction should not damage the paint. However, if done improperly, it is possible to remove too much clear coat, leaving the paint vulnerable to damage.

How long does paint correction take?

The length of time it takes to complete a paint correction job depends on several factors, such as the size of the vehicle, the severity of the imperfections, and the level of correction required. In general, a basic paint correction job can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, while a more extensive correction can take several days.

Can paint correction be done by hand?

While it is possible to do paint correction by hand, it is much more time-consuming and less effective than using specialized tools and equipment. Professional detailers typically use a combination of machine polishers and abrasive compounds to achieve the best results.

What is the difference between paint correction and detailing?

Detailing is a more general term that refers to the cleaning, polishing, and protecting of a vehicle's exterior and interior surfaces. Paint correction is a specific process within detailing that involves removing imperfections from the paint finish.

I took it to another detailer and it looks worse now. Can you fix it?

We get this all the time. We usually get the vehicle with a bunch of holograms in the paint and wax all in the emblems and honeycomb areas. This is clear signs of an inexperienced detailer with a rotary and a wool pad and with too much compound or polish, and not properly trim masking around vehicle prior to polishing.

Does Paint Correction Remove the Clear Coat from my vehicle?

No, paint correction should not remove the clear coat from your vehicle. Paint correction is a process of removing a very thin layer of clear coat, or paint, from the surface of your car to remove imperfections such as swirl marks, scratches, or oxidation. However, if done correctly and with the proper tools and techniques, it should not remove more than a small fraction of the clear coat. It's important to note that if the clear coat is already very thin or damaged, then paint correction may not be the best solution, as it could potentially remove too much of the clear coat and cause further damage. In such cases, it's important to consult a professional detailer or automotive paint specialist for guidance on the best course of action.