Ceramic Coating??

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  1. 20 May 2018 at 10:23 PM #1
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    Is ceramic coating worth it?? Been quoted £550 for a full ceramic coating on my m3 vert.

    What do people think
     
  2. 20 May 2018 at 10:46 PM #2
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    Had my M6 done and my RS5. Paid £600 each time for full strip, machine polish and cquartz finest reserve applied to body, glass and wheels. For some reason the RS5 results are better than the M6 was but I suspect it’s because the paint is in better condition with it being a new car.

    The paint stays glossier and water sheets right off. Bird crap doesnt etch and actually falls off when dry. Washing is really easy too. Lasts for a couple of years.

    It’s expensive but if you can afford it, it’s superb.
     
  3. 21 May 2018 at 7:58 AM #3
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  4. 21 May 2018 at 12:07 PM #4
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    Diy it, done my last 4 cars myself with it, ive got a machine mop, i just buy siramik sc15 at £59 ,enough for two cars
     
  5. 21 May 2018 at 9:13 PM #5
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    I agree with the DIY option. You can pick up a decent DA polisher for around £80 plus £20 for a decent polish and approx £50 for the ceramic coating. I've done my M3, the 5 series daily driver and the wife's X3. The results are fantastic especially on darker cars. I'll never go back to waxing. Take a look at Carpro products, they are very easy to apply as long as you take your time and do,the job in a garage with good levels of ambient light.
     
  6. 21 May 2018 at 10:25 PM #6
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    Personally I don’t have the time, premises or patience to do it myself, I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t a gimmick. For the £550 this includes wheels and caliper. If it’s a convertible to they ceramic coat the hood also ??
     
  7. 22 May 2018 at 12:31 AM #7
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    Me neither. Carpro cquartz finest reserve is approved detailer only and has to be coated twice and cured using IR lamps. How much of that is pure marketing I don’t know but you need to be good with a rotary (DA won’t cut it for deeper defects and can actually cause marring in the wrong hands) and have the gear and time. I have neither. My detailer had my car for the better part of a week.

    I’m sure the DIY option will give decent results but I doubt it will be comparable to that of a pro with all the best tools and experience.
     
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  8. 22 May 2018 at 2:05 PM #8
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    ^This.
    Pay good money once, with a two stage correction (if you need it) and you'll be set for the life of the car - assuming you adopt sensible washing/maintenance techniques.
    Maybe a top up on the hydrophobic layer once every 18-24months too.
    Your paintwork will pop for years with a simple wash and dry - no messing around spending a whole Sunday waxing the car!
    Gyeon or Kamikaze are pioneering the tech behind the latest products!
    I'm not a pro, nor do I sell anything, I've just been in to detailing (at a hobby level, sad i know!) for a long time now.
     
  9. 23 May 2018 at 6:44 PM #9
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    Ceramic Coating lasts about 6 months, so on that bases it is very expensive.:rolleyes:

    Clean the car properly yourself and use a good quality wax 4 to 5 times a year...job done...it is also much more satisfyingly:
     
  10. 23 May 2018 at 6:55 PM #10
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    Had my mrs car done at West Midlands Car Detailing, was unbelievable results considering it was a 2 year old range rover!

    Not cheap but I think there is some merit in getting it done once, because if you bugger it up its a paint to remove!

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    You clearly have no idea, most of the cost is on the time spent prepping the surface before the coating is put on, then the cost of materials, wax's can't and never will perform the same as a coating, as for durability you some more research, and whilst i'm on it IR lamps are not needed, granted they do speed up the curing process that's all, the process takes day not a couple of hours.
     
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    Agreed!
     
  13. 23 May 2018 at 8:44 PM #13
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    i wouldnt put anything else on my cars now.
     
  14. 23 May 2018 at 9:32 PM #14
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    @superclark that looks like a stunning finish
     
  15. 23 May 2018 at 11:22 PM #15
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    The guy worked on it for days!! Fair play, my ocd couldnt find anything wrong it was faultless, nice there is people out there with this level of attention to detail.

    The honest truth I didn’t expext it to be as good, my mrs never washes the car and it was very bad, it was better than the day we collected it, and dirt just doesnt stick anymore, I feel like I could blow it off...

    Strangest thing is the glass, its like you don’t need wipers antmore
     
  16. 24 May 2018 at 6:39 PM #16
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    I work in the car paint business..."paint protection coatings" are the biggest rip off ever....:confused:

    However - getting your car's paint work detailed or polished...is not!:thumbsup:

    Once detailed...and to keep it looking good - wash it properly and then then polish it using good quality car polish...there is no need for "ceramic coatings and the like":D
     
  17. 24 May 2018 at 6:40 PM #17
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    waxes can be removed easily.. ceramic coating can't be.
     
  18. 24 May 2018 at 7:21 PM #18
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    Ceramic Coating only last 6 months...... I thought it was about 2 years ??
     
  19. 24 May 2018 at 7:54 PM #19
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    i use swissvax you pay for cheap polish / wax you bye twice as much i only use swissvax all of there range of products are the best you can get that is my opinion as i have tried all till i bought a range of swissvax :thumbsup:
     
  20. 24 May 2018 at 8:02 PM #20
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    99% of the shine is down to the prep, polish and correct a car well and the final coat is almost irrelevant. I’ve had a few cars ceramic coated and won’t bother again. Detailed definitely, but I still prefer the look of a good wax.
     

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