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Old 11-01-2016, 09:16 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I just wanted to share some info with you. I just recently got my brand new 2017 LBP detailed by a friend of mine, his name is Richie.

He worked on my car all weekend to prep the car and apply the CQuartz coating. He detailed all parts of the car; windshield/windows/wheels+tires/engine bay/entire body. It came out unbelievable even though I only bought the car a week ago, it looks even newer from when I picked it up.

I recommend looking into what CQuartz is if you've never heard of it, but essentially it is a Nano Hydrophobic coating that bonds to the paint and protects the car from dirt/salt/mud/tar/water (dries right off of the car)/etc.

If you live in Northeast PA (Easton/Stroudsburg/Tannersville/Brodheadsville) area, I definitely recommend his service and the price is MORE THAN RIGHT for the time and effort he put in. He loves doing what he does and treats every car as his own.

Check out my before/after; I don't have to say which one is which, the difference is easily noticeable.
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:33 PM   #2
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+1 thanks! My detailed mentioned that the paint would look darker, I wasn't sure how that would look so this helps a lot.
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:47 PM   #3
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I plan on doing this to my LBP WRX soon too. I'm in NJ and winters get pretty salty here too. I've heard good things about Cquartz. You just have to have a good starting surface
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Old 11-04-2016, 12:39 PM   #4
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I plan on doing this to my LBP WRX soon too. I'm in NJ and winters get pretty salty here too. I've heard good things about Cquartz. You just have to have a good starting surface

DIY or sending it to a detailer?
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Old 11-04-2016, 02:10 PM   #5
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DIY or sending it to a detailer?


DIY is the plan. I hate paying people to do simple things
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Old 11-04-2016, 02:42 PM   #6
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Lol what are you talking about major difference. You underexposed the pic and then overexposed it. Trying to make it look like it changed the color and quality of the paint somehow.
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Old 11-04-2016, 02:50 PM   #7
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DIY is the plan. I hate paying people to do simple things
Coatings aren't simple. I am relatively good at applying them now, but it takes skill, and practice to get it right.

The rest of the prep isn't so simple either. It all can be done, but don't shortchange the skill factor involved for a good detailer.
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Old 11-04-2016, 05:11 PM   #8
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Coatings aren't simple. I am relatively good at applying them now, but it takes skill, and practice to get it right.



The rest of the prep isn't so simple either. It all can be done, but don't shortchange the skill factor involved for a good detailer.


I have the detailing basics down along with quality products. I should be able to manage the application fine.

How much does it cost for a dealer to apply? I'm curious
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Old 11-04-2016, 05:27 PM   #9
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No offense but the pictures blow dogs for quarters, if you want the pictures to do it justice you have to use the same lighting and etc. Otherwise how are we supposed to tell the difference between two ****ty pictures?

drpoop strikes again with some truth.
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Old 11-05-2016, 03:47 PM   #10
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Lol what are you talking about major difference. You underexposed the pic and then overexposed it. Trying to make it look like it changed the color and quality of the paint somehow.

You're right, the lighting was different since I took the before picture during sunrise in the morning and it wasn't too bright out and the after probably around 10am when the sun was already out. I'll try to get a better photo. They were all unedited but the side by side photo (after) was really bright out.
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Old 11-05-2016, 03:51 PM   #11
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+1 thanks! My detailed mentioned that the paint would look darker, I wasn't sure how that would look so this helps a lot.

The side by side picture has two different lighting instances which doesn't really help compare, but the paint does look a little darker, I noticed that the car also has a kind of wet look to it all the time.
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Old 11-05-2016, 06:10 PM   #12
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Here's a better picture
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Old 11-05-2016, 07:13 PM   #13
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Honestly the best thing about coatings are the hydrophobic properties and slight scratch resistance. You can get a great deep shine with a good sealant and glaze
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Old 11-05-2016, 09:55 PM   #14
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Honestly the best thing about coatings are the hydrophobic properties and slight scratch resistance. You can get a great deep shine with a good sealant and glaze

I can't agree more. That's probably the best pro about the coating.
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Old 11-06-2016, 12:24 AM   #15
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I can't agree more. That's probably the best pro about the coating.
Well - that and the durability - meaning you don't need to re-apply for at least 8+ months - just regular washing
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Old 11-09-2016, 10:55 AM   #16
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Aaaaaaaand that didn't last too long. A buck just ruined my WRX up last night
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Old 11-09-2016, 11:37 AM   #17
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Aaaaaaaand that didn't last too long. A buck just ruined my WRX up last night

That sucks man. Same thing happened to me with my 02. She had less than 6k on her and a huge buck did a swan dive off a bank onto the hood at 60MPH.
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Old 11-09-2016, 01:42 PM   #18
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Aaaaaaaand that didn't last too long. A buck just ruined my WRX up last night
Wow, that just sucks.
What happened?
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Old 11-09-2016, 04:35 PM   #19
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The front bumper plastic held up quite well....the hood not so much. The way the fender crumpled is kind of interesting too. Sucks but I hope insurance takes good care of you!
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Old 11-09-2016, 04:43 PM   #20
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look at that water beading though
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Old 11-09-2016, 05:58 PM   #21
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look at that water beading though
Always a bright side. Man, that does suck though.
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Old 11-09-2016, 07:59 PM   #22
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A clear bra would have kept that paint pristine lol. Seriously though, that sucks man. At least you are safe. Did the airbags deploy?
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Old 11-09-2016, 08:50 PM   #23
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That sucks man. I live 15 mins away from easton. How would I get in contact with him. Also could you say what it cost you.
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Old 11-10-2016, 10:58 AM   #24
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Sorry about your car, that stinks. The best lighting for pictures of a coating is direct sun light. Almost any car looks good in low lighting conditions. While coatings are 'easy' to apply, the flash time is what makes it tricky. Humidity and temperature will determine how quickly you need to wipe off a coating. If you don't do it at the right time it wont bond properly or if you wait to long its hard to wipe off and you have a ton of high spots.
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Old 11-11-2016, 08:41 PM   #25
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Wow, that just sucks.

What happened?

A deer ran past the road, I slowed down cautiously to then be rammed by a bucks horns + body slam to the side of my car. I felt nothing but heard the glass from the headlight crack and fly. Then I died slowly inside of my WRX. Insurance is taking care of it and I have a great guy taking care of the repairs thankfully.
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