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    Inexpesive hand held light for paint correction?

    I have terrible lighting in my garage (just one single bulb) and since I probably won't be able to drive my brand new Corvette for the next couple of months I figured this is a good time to go over the finish and remove any minor scratches that might be on the finish from the assembly, transport and PDI. When I picked up the car on Wednesday I could see a few minor spots that I wanted to correct (when I viewed it under the lights inside the dealer's showroom) but I can't remember where all of them are and have only been able to find and correct a few areas with my poor lighting. I really don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on professional type lighting though, but figured there must be some types of lower cost flashlights (under $30 for example) that could be somewhat effective for me.

    I'm also of the mindset that I don't want to drive myself crazy and make the paint 100% perfect, as it won't be a show car and I will be driving it a lot. So my main goal is for the paint to be 90% perfect, as I feel that's good enough so that from 10 feet away it will look perfect to most people, but it also helps me keep my sanity. I owned a black Corvette when I first got into paint correction and it was a never ending quest for perfection that was just not achievable for that car considering it was a daily driver even in winter (my new one will never see snow and will rarely see rain, so at least it'll be easier to keep the paint nice, plus it's a bright non metallic red, that also helps)

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    Re: Inexpesive hand held light for paint correction?

    I also have lighting trouble in my garage. Light is the most important factor when it comes to detailing. I didnt even realize how important it was until I got this new headlamp.

    I have a bunch of different types of flash lights and headlamps but none are as good as the scangrip I view. Its not even really that expensive. Plus it's rechargeable so you wont have to keep changing batteries. You can go though 30 dollars worth of batteries during a 3-4 day detail. I highly recommend it

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    Re: Inexpesive hand held light for paint correction?

    ^^ that looks like a good light but still way too pricey, but the time I ship it up to Canada it'll be over $100.

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    Re: Inexpesive hand held light for paint correction?

    Try and find a used Brinkmann on EbayInexpesive hand held light for paint correction?

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    Re: Inexpesive hand held light for paint correction?

    This is probably going to sound crazy but I didn't want to go out to any stores today (too crazy on Christmas eve!) so I decided to just try out the flashlight on my iPhone to see if it could help me spot the imperfections and it did a half decent job, especially once it started getting darker in the garage. The imperfections I am finding are so minor in nature that I'm not even using my DA to remove them, I am removing them by hand with a small round microfiber applicator along with Meguiar's Scratch X 2.0.

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    Re: Inexpesive hand held light for paint correction?

    you can try looking on ebay and search " cob led pocket pen light " - they are inexpensive to where it if doesn't work out for spotting defects you'll have a light for around the house, glovebox, etc.

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    Re: Inexpesive hand held light for paint correction?

    I use the Brinkmanship, probably my favorite tool

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