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Thinking about getting this done on my wife’s car. What do you guys say yes, no, not worth the money? She drives 40 back country miles to work and her car is Blasted with dead bugs. Will a ceramic coating help in removing the dead bastards?

If I decide to do it I’ll have a pro do it as my detailing skills are around 0.

Any brands to use or ones to stay away from? What says it the IBB!
 
Do it but do it right, you got the right idea with leaving it to a pro. As far as the bugs coming off easier, yea they do but you still gotta work at it a bit. I got a tip from an old school detail guy that really works. Use dryer sheets.

I take them and dunk them in my wash water, a little back and forth and the bugs are gone, gotta be new sheets though used ones won't work.
 
ceramic coating, as in like ceramic coatings for exhaust parts?
 
Had my wifes 2018 Octane Red Challenger ceramic coated with the good 7 year stuff. I dig it. Cleans up easy and the color just pops compared to other ones of the same color. 2.5 years later the water still beads off it like the day it was done.
 
ceramic coating, as in like ceramic coatings for exhaust parts?

No it’s the stupid buzz word the industry gave to sell the product to retards. Yes I’m including myself in it because paying $1000+ to have some paint nicks repaired and a coating applied is stupid. If it actually works in cutting down on the time washing and keeping it nice I’m in.

The ceramic coating is basically a silicon covering that makes the paint on your car become extremely hydrophobic for 3-7 years if you use the good pro shit. From what I understand It’s like a wax on steroids.

I just looking for some personal experience from here to make sure it is worth the money.
 
Here's some blather: https://www.reddit.com/r/teslamotors...ff_on_ceramic/

I have no experience with it, so I'll share my opinion. For $100, it would be a good protectant. For $1k+, it's a stupid tax. The vague marketing, technobabble descriptions, and Secret Squirrel application specialists remind me of Slick50 and dealership underbody treatment. It's sold by con men to idiots, not by up-front technicians to knowledgeable clients.

But I haven't used it, so maybe I'm wrong.

Eta- silicone.
 
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I have some on order to try on a couple show cars I have in the shop. Can have a report by the end of next week.
 
Carpro C Quartz UK 3.0 is what I have on the way. You have to be certified to buy the higher grade coatings. I think it's just for warranty purposes anyway. I'll see how this shit works then I'll think about certification.
 
I have the C Quartz Professional on my truck. I love it. It stays cleaner and easier to clean. I think the more expensive ones are better because they actually bond to the surface which makes them last longer. You also need the surface decontaminated and color corrected for them to work the best.

This is my truck when I picked it up from being detailed.
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Here's some blather: https://www.reddit.com/r/teslamotors...ff_on_ceramic/

I have no experience with it, so I'll share my opinion. For $100, it would be a good protectant. For $1k+, it's a stupid tax. The vague marketing, technobabble descriptions, and Secret Squirrel application specialists remind me of Slick50 and dealership underbody treatment. It's sold by con men to idiots, not by up-front technicians to know. ledgeable clients.

But I haven't used it, so maybe I'm wrong.

Eta- silicone.

I never heard of it. (Except the xhaust stuff) But I would have to agree with above.

A quick story.

i went to a car show many years ago. They had an old Cadillac. On half the hood they had a fancy car wax they were selling. The guy would stand there and wax that section untill someone came up. Then the guy would pour some water on and it would run off immediately, leaving it bone dry and shiny. I got to know the guy selling it and he told me the hood was just polished with ordinary turtle wax. I said that is what I use and water doesn't run off like that. He said "did you wax it fifteen times in a row?" I tried waxing one section of my car maybe four times and the water runs off fantastic. It was all a scam. It was impressive.

What about the stuff Lowes sells called "Neverwet"?
 
i use it on my service truck. I bought a mostly full bottle of 80eighty ceramic coating..like a 60 dollar bottle. Rinse my truck off once a week you can watch the little globs of water roll off with dirt inside them its neat.

bearing grease and baked on bugs i just gotta hold the nozzle there a little longer.

apply wait 6 months and apply again.

I got 2 coatings on my service truck out of bottle with enough left over to do my jetta
 
I did these wheels I refinished.
brake dust just washes off.

Ill be doing the entire car.
seems fully legit.

and you can get the product yourself and do it for $100. the money comes from the 8 hours it takes dude to clean and paint correct the car before he puts the $100 worth of stuff on it.
 
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I tried the Klasse products and was pretty impressed. Kinda a pain to apply but the care is super easy and a tiny bit mixed in a bottle of meguires detail spray shines it right back up after a wash. And my car is black.
 
Did the ceramic coating on the car Friday. It was a noticeable difference in the shine but not huge. It did make the paint harder to scratch. Before just rubbing with your hand would put microscratches in it. We have some kenzo coating on order to try on a black 69 camaro I painted last august.

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I have it on my autocross prepped C5 Corvette. I think it was worth the money I spent, but I had a local guy do it out of his garage. Being an autocross car, I hit cones sometimes, which leaves little cone smears on your paint. With the ceramic coating, microfiber, car wash, and the marks come off in little spiderweb strings pretty easy. Makes taking brake dust off easier too, a quick spray with a hose is all you need to get the dirt and stuff off. I have heard you do need a certification to do the higher end stuff, and the guy that did it says practice it on a shitbox before taking it to something nice, so unless you really want to get into it, I'd just have a guy do it.
 
How about follow ups on those of you that have used cramic coatings on paint?

I like the idea of doing my wheels, never thought of that. Great Idea.

But for the whole car paint coverage, any negative effects yet?

Will it last longer on something garaged most of the time?

Big expense doing it professionally, just want to make sure it is worth it.
 
I had my 18 ZL1 done with Ceramic Pro. Its going on 5 years.

When it rains it looks like I just washed my car.

When I wash my car it looks like I just detailed it.

When I was my car and hit it with detail spray made for the ceramic coating it looks like I spent the whole weekend detailing my car.

No regrets. Does not bead off quite the same anymore. May go see about a refresh.
 
Ceramic works. Use Simoniz brand done by a pro you trust.

Edit: it's called Simoniz Diamond Plate
 
Gtechniq Ultra Serum is what I had applied to the wife's Bronco. It comes with a 9 year warranty. I just need to stop by the detailer once a year for them to inspect it. So far it is amazing. After some slushy snow I hit with the leaf blower and it was practically clean.

 
My old vette was done 3-4 years ago on a 20 year old paint job. It still looks pretty good, normally I just rinse, soap, rinse, and hand dry. They only thing that sticks is tire rubber on the rear fenders :homer: . I might have it re-done this spring by a local shop that just does detail and ceramic coatings.
 
I had my '19 F150 done at purchase almost 4 years ago now. I just washed it the other day and the water still runs off pretty close to the way it did when I had it done. I had the wheels done as well and they show no signs of anything bad going on and that's with leaving them on all winter every winter.

That being said I'm thinking I might just re apply another coating of it but do it myself this time once the spring time weather really kicks in.
 
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