Are you tired of seeing the swirls and light scratches on your car paint? Is your paint brand new but not looking as crisp or clear as it should be? Originally designed for some of the world’s toughest Concours d’Elegance events, Paint Correction is a labor intensive process utilizing the finest refinishing tools and nanotechnology abrasives to remove surface defects, swirl marks, scratches and water etching.
Our paint correction truly separates us from the rest. With more than a decade of ongoing training, our process will always outperform the competition and produce high-quality paint correction work that you simply won’t be able to find elsewhere. Many detailing shops will simply FILL in the scratches by using sub-par polishes and waxes to HIDE scratches, we will permanently REMOVE them.
We spend a great amount of time fixing work that was done incorrectly by unskilled buffer operators from other detailers, body shops, manufacturers, and dealership prep departments. This process reveals the exterior paint’s true potential and is the pinnacle of safe, modern, and proper polishing techniques. From modern two-component clear coat to retro single-stage paint, Vivë was built around our exceptional paint correction services over the years and is ideal for discerning clients looking for unparalleled quality and finish.
Swirl marks are scratches caused by small particles making abrasive contact with the finish of a car. The term swirl comes from the fact that these scratches typically occur when one is washing or detailing a vehicle. The usage of low quality and dirty cloths, impure water, or both (typically the case of automated car wash machines) can cause unwanted particles to leave behind deep scratches.
Ironically, another source of swirl marks comes from lesser detailing shops. In order to save time and cost, these shops often re-use towels and water thereby increasing the amount of abrasive particles coming in contact with a vehicle’s finish.
There are absolutely no short-cuts to completely reversing these imperfections; a typical paint correction treatment may take anywhere between 10 to 30 hours depending on the severity.
This is the most crucial step prior to a multi-stage paint correction. The thought of having multiple high speed tools touching the vehicle’s paint surface is often times daunting. While this commonly happens at most dealerships and inexperienced detail shops, here at Vivë, it is our number one priority to produce the most striking result without creating further damage by incorporating next generation equipment. The vehicle is thoroughly inspected using multiple light sources including high powered LEDs, direct sunlight, and a sun gun to reveal all imperfections. A high powered digital magnifying microscope will be used to look into deeper scratches providing high resolution details at 500x magnification. The next step is to measure the paint’s clear coat using an ultrasonic paint depth meter to make sure there is enough clear coat to work with. This is a very important process and commonly overlooked by most detailing shops. It determines the thickness of the paint and the possibility of burning through the clear coat. All panel edges, plastics and sensitive areas will be protected using body safe masking tapes. Another step most detailing shops will ignore. Masking these areas will prevent the buffer from burning through the clear coat, since the paint is always the thinnest towards the edge of the panels.
It is a common misconception that a brand new vehicle requires no paint correction and that the paint is fresh from the factory. It is the dealerships usual practice to do a new car prep before delivering to the customer. Dealerships will always use the fastest and cost effective way to prep the car, which inevitably creates these imperfections. In addition to that, the dealership detailers uses a body shop glaze and a combination of high speed machines with dirty wool pads to create that show car shine under the showroom lights. This merely helps to create extra gloss, hiding all the imperfections remaining.
Multi-stage paint correction can be defined as re-leveling, rejuvenation, and renovation. Here at Vivë, it is the usage of high-tech tools and materials coupled with knowledge and experience to permanently remove any swirl marks, spider webbing, fine to deep scratches, water spots, bird dropping etchings, and other paint defects. Our expertise lies in restoring your cars paint to a better-than-new condition, revealing an optically clear and smooth finish.
No. At Vivë, we work on all types of vehicles and provide an assortment of detailing services. Our customer base has a wide range of vehicles including Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, Toyota, Nissan etc. Our primary showcase focuses on exotics and luxuries, but we provide services for the daily driver as well. We pride ourselves for being the first choice when it comes to being the premier auto detailing salon in Houston, TX.
Vivë will gladly match the price on an identical service sold by our closest competitors. Show us the ad or quote and we will match the price. Match excludes free product offers, gift card offers, location specific offers, holiday sales offers (e.g., Black Friday, Cyber Monday) special orders, services, ad and estimate errors. Limit one match/item/guest/service. Other restrictions apply. Contact us for full details.
Vivë was started and created for the owners of finer passions in automobiles. This passion runs deeps in our company and is apparent in our level of quality work. Vivë provides a wide range of work to suit your needs. Our quality and professionalism is guaranteed and unrivaled across the Greater Houston Area. Technology is always changing and we at Vivë constantly maintain a pulse on the latest products available in the automotive industry. Our network of knowledgeable detailers reaches all over the world. Our research into the latest products and methods gives us the advantage to provide your vehicle with the care it deserves. Not only do we provide our customers with the highest level of service, we also educate them on how to properly detail and maintain the vehicle throughout their ownership. We take great pride in each vehicle we service and work only a select few at a time so each client’s vehicle can have the undivided attention it needs. We are committed to providing the highest level of service and dedication and promise to take care of your vehicle as if it were one of our own. Choose Vivë to bring your car to the next level.
We do not offer complimentary shuttle service or loaner cars at the moment.
All Vivë technicians are required to pass the Certified Detailer Test administered by the International Detailing Association. Vivë is trained annually at Meguiar’s, PlusCon and SEMA. Vivë is the select few in the country to offer CQuartz FINEST, Modesta, Nanolex and Opti-Coat Pro. Technology is always changing and we at Vivë constantly maintain a pulse on the latest products available in the automotive industry. Our network of knowledgeable detailers reaches all over the world. Our research into the latest products and methods gives us the advantage to provide your vehicle with the care it deserves.
When it comes to automotive detailing, only Vivë can provide you with a service that is truly tailored to your specific needs. Detailing is not just a simple car wash and wax; it’s an art form which requires a unique skill set. The science of using cutting edge methods and detailing products has progressively evolved over the years and we constantly strive to advance our technique and product line to deliver unimaginable results that far surpass what you could expect when the vehicle rolled off the assembly line.
Yes, we are fully insured for liability, loss, theft, fire and water infiltration for your protection. Our facility is monitored using only the best U.L. Certified Monitoring Station – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.