DIY Paint Correction and Coating Installation

August 06, 2021 3 min read


Polishing a vehicle can be very intimidating. People will tell you that you need a $400 polisher and some expert level skills to get it done correctly. But believe it or not, it's actually pretty easy, especially when you have the correct products to help you through the journey. 

Check out the video above for the basics, then come back here and I'll walk you through the process.

First things first -- you're going to need to clay your vehicle. Always use a clay bar to decontaminate the vehicle before you use any type of polishing. Why? because those little contaminants embedded in the paint will break free and move into the fibers of the polishing pads. Once they're in the polishing pads, the pads will rub them all over the entire vehicle. The vehicle will look terrible. If you're not familiar with how to clay your car, you can watch this video here.

Once your vehicle has been clayed, the polishing can then begin. There are typically 3 stages to paint correction. How old your vehicle is will typically determine how many of those stages need to be done. The stages are 1.) Cutting 2.) Polishing and 3.) Finishing. They are all basically the same, but the amount of clear coat you're taking off becomes less and less as you go through the stages. Think of it like sanding. If you've ever sanded something to a smooth finish, you know you have to use multiple papers moving up in grit as you go until you have a perfectly smooth finish. The same is true with polishing. 

So if your paint is swirled really badly, you're going to need to go through all 3 steps. If your vehicle is only a few years old or has been paint corrected in the last few years, then you may only need 2 steps.

What's great about the ExoForma 3-Step Polishing System is that the pads and polishes are color coated. Use the right pad with the right liquid, and you should be able to come out with a crystal clear finish. 

Use the video above to follow the directions on how to complete the polishing stage, and you should have no problem at all.


Now it's debatable whether you need to polish your vehicle before applying a coating or not. The logic is that the coating is going to last 4 years or possibly more, you want your paint in perfect condition before you put the coating on.

If you think your vehicle already looks great without any polishing first, then by all means go ahead and coat it! The benefits of easier cleaning are so great that you'll be pleased no matter what. 

Now to the actual application. Our 10H Graphene Coating is going to be easier to install and last longer than our 9H Ceramic Coating, so I would recommend the graphene.

Check out the second half of the video above for everything you need to know on how to install it. It's very straightforward and pretty simple for anyone to do.

Note: BY FAR the most common way to mess up a coating installation is by forgetting to wipe up the excess, resulting in a high spot.

When you are finished with application, be sure to spend a lot of time and be very thorough inspecting the vehicle for any coating left behind. If it's too late and you can no longer wipe up the excess coating, a little trick it to reapply over top, let it break down the high spot, then wipe it up again.