Paint Correction car detailing

Having a major paint correction detail on your car can eliminate almost all of the defects in the paintwork and bring it back to a mirror finish.

Depending on the condition of your cars paintwork the amount of machine polishing may vary from a single stage to a 3 or 4 stage machine polish to remove defects.

The aim of this is to remove even deeper scratches bird etchings sanding marks and any buffer trails that may have been left over from a car body-shop.

We recommend a major paint correction detail for cars that have no clarity and have heavy swirl marks and micro-marring in the paintwork and our aim is to rejuvenate the finish and bring your cars paintwork back to a showroom finish.

Sometimes 100% correction can’t always be achieved dependent on the depth of clear coat and deeper scratches but we will do our utmost to remove these defects. A paint depth gauge shall be used on all panels to test the depth of lacquer as we don’t want to run the risk of striking through.

Overall 95% correction will be achieved with a major paint correction detail and is guaranteed to give a new lease of life to your vehicle’s appearance.

  • Extensive wash using the two bucket method and PH Neutral Shampoo / Foam
  • Remove any contaminants such as tar from the vehicle
  • Clay-bar and decontamination of all exterior paintwork
  • Swirl marks, scratches and blemishes removed with a rotary polishing machine
  • A diamond cut finish to all exterior paintwork to bring it back to a mirror finish
  • Single layer of synthetic paint sealant and / or carnauba wax applied


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The cost for this detailing package



The cost for this detailing package



The cost for this detailing package



The cost for this detailing package

The vehicle is washed using a 2 bucket wash and PH neutral foam/shampoo, all door shuts and wheel arches washed by hand. Remove any contaminants such as tar from the vehicle all Exterior paintwork is clayed to remove bonded contaminants. Vehicle rinsed and carefully dried with plush micro fibre drying towels. Take paint measurements using a paint depth gauge.

We use a range of Gtechniq chemicals such as Iron Fallout, W7 tar remover and a clay bar to remove all contaminants from the vehicles body work like honeydew, tree sap, over spray and other stubborn environmental pollutants.

Depending on the condition of your car weather its a new one or a few years old it could consist of a single stage polish or even a 3 or 4 stage depending on the overall condition of the paintwork. At Top Car Detailing we shall advise you on the appropriate level of paint correction needed to bring your cars paintwork back to a better than show room finish. Sometimes 100% correction cant always be achieved dependant on the depth of clear coat and deeper scratches but we will do our up most to remove these defects. A paint depth gauge shall be used on all panels to test the depth of lacquer as we don’t want to run the risk of striking through. On more heavily defected cars paintwork we may have to use a heavy cutting pad and compound to remove those deeper swirl marks and scratches, the second step is a lighter polish and polishing pad to remove holograms and marring marks in the paintwork, then followed by the finishing polish and finishing pad to further refine the paintwork to a swirl, mar and hologram free finish, it is then followed by a wax or paint sealant to protect the paintwork. (35 Hours +)

If your vehicle is nearly new or the paintwork only has minimal and light paintwork then we will use a single stage correction using a finishing pad and polish to refine the paintwork.

After having this service on your car there are a number of different options to chose from.

You could have a wax finish on your cars paintwork or you can chose from one of our high end ceramic finishes that will give added protection to your vehicles paintwork.

You could chose for instance our unique glass coat finish adding a high depth of gloss to your cars paintwork creating the ultimate mirror finish. Another option is to upgrade to the Gtechniq crystal serum.

Gtechniq crystal serum is a professional and authorised installer only product that comes with a 7-year guarantee. The crystal serum is applied to all of the external paintwork and offers years of chemical and scratch resistance protecting your car long-term.

The complete interior is cleaned and detailed with a number of Gtechniq products. The upholstery / Leather / Alcantara is protected with L1 Smart Fabric and the trim is restored with the Gtechniq C4 permanent trim restorer.

Wheels are removed from the vehicle, cleaned with Gtechniq W7 tar and glue remover before being protected with C5 wheel armour.

Glass is coated with Gtechniq G1 Clear vision smart glass

Tyres are covered with T1 Tyre and Trim which has been formulated to keep your tyres and trim black and spotless for longer than ever.


Gtechniq CS Black

From an addition of £250+

Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light

From an additional £175+

Gtechniq Crystal Serum + Exo

From an additional £225+

Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour

From an additional £50 if wheels are left on the car and £130 if the wheels are taken off and coated front and back

Gtechniq permanent trim restorer

From an additional £50

Basic Interior Valet

From an additional £25+

Full interior deep clean

Full interior Deep Clean ( including Leather & Shampoo ) £70+

Leather Protection

Leather Protection – £25+

Engine Bay Detail

Engine Bay Detail £40+

Convertible Hood

Convertable Hood Cleanse and Protect From £85


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  • Jaguar XF
  • Tesla S


  • Hi Barry, I had to write to you to let you know how pleased I am with my F pace, it is absolutely pristine, I can see you have been meticulous with the detailing on my car, the wheels, interior leather and carpets look stunning. I didn’t think a brand new car could look so much better.  I will not hesitate to recommend your services to friends and family. I look forward to seeing you again for my 12 monthly inspection, thanks again John. (white jaguar f pace).

    John – Jaguar F Pace
    Jaguar F Pace
  • I have recently had some work done on my Audi A4 at Top Car Detailing by Barry. I’m really pleased with the work. The car was only a month old and had lots of swirl marks, especially down the side. Barry worked really hard to get the marks out and kept me updated the whole way through the process. The results are fantastic! It looks like brand new paintwork. I was extremely impressed with the service and think it is great value for money. I would highly recommend this service to all my family and friends in the future!

    Mr Luke McNamee from the North West
    Audi A4
  • “I heard about Top Car Detailing and went to see Barry with my VW Transporter Van . We discussed finishes and I decided to go with the Glass Coat Finish. I knew their were lots of scratches and the paint was quite dull but when I went to pick it up I could not believe the finish it was better than when I bought it. “Highly Recommended”

    Richard Woodward, from Cheshire
    VW Transporter Van
  • I recently had my Porsche detailed by Barry Polding at Top Car Detailing and I was blown away by the result. The car looks better than when it came out of the factory and he has achieved a mirror like finish in the paint. The result is truly amazing and the whole experience was fantastic. I left the car with Barry for a few days in his secure unit and a few days later I collected it. I was very impressed with Barry’s knowledge, hard work and dedication – he is an all round good guy. I will be taking more of my cars down there for the same wonderful treatment.”

  • After having my car a couple of months I was concerned about the swirls and marks on the paintwork and so decided to get some paint protection. After doing some research on the internet I found the Top Car Detailing website and decided to give Barry a call. He was friendly and knowledgeable about his business and as such I made an appointment to see him. After a few minutes with him it was apparent that he had a passion for his trade. We talked about various options and treatments that could be done and I settled on the mirror glass finish. Whilst my car was with Barry he kept me updated daily with calls and postings on his Facebook page. Finally my car was ready for collection. WOW . The pictures don’t do it justice. The car doesn’t just shine, it sparkles. I would unreservedly recommend Top Car Detailing. It’s a one man business and Barry will treat your car as his own whilst he has it. His attention to detail is second to none and he won’t rush. Top Car Detailing, Top Car Job

    MR Graeme Smith
    Mustang GT
  • I have entrusted Barry Polding to detail a number of my cars in the past, all of which I have been extremely pleased with.

    I was entering my Ferrari 308 GTS QV into the annual Ferrari Owners Club Concours competition as I do each year, but I wanted to really improve the paintwork.  I turned to Barry and he went about a complete detailing programme and spent almost a week in preparation and polishing.  The car looked stunning upon completion and was a marked improvement on what I had been able to achieve previously.

    The very pleasing result was the car was awarded “The most improved car in show” and Barry’s hard work really paid off.

    I would have no hesitation in recommending Barry and his company to work on similar vehicles in the future and I certainly will be utilising his services again.

    Mr MC _ Liverpool
    Ferrari 308 GTS QV
  • Hi Barry,
    It was a pleasure meeting you, the car looks absolutely stunning l have lost count the amount of head turns l have had while driving. 
    I can't thank you enough for bringing my car back to life, l will highly recommend you for your quality to detail and excellent service. 
    Thank you once again Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Kind Regards 
    Tom from the Wirral
    Audi S5
  • “I took my Porsche 911 for the glass coat finish to Barry at Top Car Detailing when I went to collect the car I was amazed at the detail, the reflections were just like a mirror I wouldn’t trust my car with anyone else.”

    Mike Redmond, MD of Airtec Filtration Ltd
    Porsche 911
  • “I took my new Tesla Model S for the Glass coat Finish to Top Car Detailing. Looks Fabulous. Barry very easy to work with excellent communicator, Kept me up to speed throughout. Very competitive pricing and quality work. Attached photo of my reflection in the (front trunk). Wow!”

    Francis Prendiville, from the Lake District
    Tesla Model S
  • “My BMW paintwork was quite faded and had scratches and patches which I thought was caused by bird lime. I found Top Car Detailing on the internet and Barry came out to see me. He advised me to have a paint correction detail which took just over a day to do. He did a fantastic job I could see my reflection in the paintwork. I will certainly be using Top Car Detailing again in the future.”

    Mr A Lindon, from Liverpool


What is car detailing?

Car detailing is the process of deep cleaning and rejuvenating a cars appearance, this would involve machine polishing using various compounds and pads to remove the defects in the paintwork like holograms, swirl marks, scratches and paint marring. This can be a time consuming job that can take from 1 to 5 days depending on the amount of paint correction thats needed to bring your car back to a Mirror Finish.

Which cars can benefit from Detailing?

All cars would benefit from a professional detail to protect and maintain their paintwork. We have worked on all makes and model of cars, including Audi, BMW, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Porsche, Range Rover and Tesla. View our Portfolio for more examples of our work.

What is paint swirling?

Paint swirling or paint swirls are usually circular marks and light scratches in the cars paintwork, they can be caused by many things but mainly incorrect washing and drying methods.

What detailing products do you use?

We have a tried and tested range of products from various manufacturers including Gtechniq ceramic and our unique glass coat finish for the ultimate protection.  I find that these products in particular not only deliver stunning show winning results but more importantly they keep on protecting your car for much longer than some of the other products out there. If you have a particular product in mind that you would like to enquire about then please don’t hesitate to ask.

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What is snow foam?

Snow foam is a dense foam that used to cover the car, it clings to vertical surfaces which we typically leave on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off. Snow foam agitates any surface dirt and then holds onto it until rinsing.

What does a clay bar do?

A clay bar is a soft synthetic clay used to remove surface contaminants such as brake dust, small metallic particles and industrial fallout. You can feel this on a freshly washed car just by running your fingers over the paintwork. If your fingers drag then the car is probably ready for a full detail including a clay bar treatment which is just one stage of a correct car detail.

How much does car detailing cost?

This varies from car to car and is dependant on age, condition and the level to which you want to take your car. some detailing processes can take from 1 – 2 days or even 5 days depending on the condition of the cars paintwork!. We are happy to supply you with a free no-obligation quote for detailing your car.

Do you need to collect my car?

That’s optional you can if you wish drop your car of at our detailing studio or I can collect your car as I am fully insured to drive your vehicle and return it when completed.

I have another question.

If you have any more questions about car detailing or our services then please use the top car detailing contact form here.