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11 comments on Get Better Paint Correction Results by Improving Your Lighting

  1. DetailGirl7 says:

    What do you recommend for my gray type car? I bought a 2000 lumen light but I can’t see the swirls but I know they are there. I can see them at sundown when the sun is not too bright. I want to know what light you recommend me to buy in order to see the swirls. I just bought a rupes 21 mark ii, a bigfoot mini, compounds, essence and cquartz and I am just waiting for a light to see my defects in my garage while correcting.

    • Hi – while light output (lumens) does play a part in seeing defects, it is a small piece of the puzzle. Output angle (wide vs narrow), color temp, and type of light also play a part in your ability to see the defects. Can you provide any more information on the current lighting you are using? Also, are you working in a well lit environment with bright ambient light, or more of a dim environment? A lot of it comes down to experimenting and finding what works best in your given situation. This is why we have numerous light sources on hand.

      • DetailGirl7 says:

        Currently I use snap-on LED work light. I also have an LED on the ceiling. It is an open garage so that makes my environment not so bright at night but dim. In the mornings the sun will iluminate it. I haven’t tried the snap on work light in the mornings to see if I can see the defects now that I think about it. I was looking for a more convenient light like rupes pen or scangrip pen to inspect while I work the car.

  2. Bob says:


    Great informative article on lighting. I still need to build my homemade LED inspection light using your plans. I not only appreciate your detailing work, but also your photographs.

    I especially like the photo of the Jag. There is a dude holding a Rupes ruining the shot! Kidding! Keep writing, I check the site multiple times a day for new blog posts.


  3. William Shephard says:

    Great article thanks Zach!

  4. Sierraglow says:

    These tips will definitely provide you with better paint protection. Choosing a reputed car grooming provider is definitely the most important thing.

  5. James Doyle says:

    I am looking at for your recommendation for my airstream R V camper

  6. Fournier says:

    Excellent Car Detailing It’s time to acquire your ride in shape to hit the street in the heat, and the best method to begin is by giving it a superior wash.

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