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Old 06-05-2017, 07:08 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Has anyone here ever applied a ceramic coating to their car's exterior? Or some other type of long term protection?

I just bought a new car and it has to live outside so I was exploring different options for keeping the exterior as protected as possible. The ceramic coating sounds good on paper but I tend to believe that things like that are too good to be true. Also, the permanence of the procedure kind of freaks me out.

This is another product I was looking at as well:

http://www.chemicalguys.com/SS6_Seco...wac_224_02.htm

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Old 06-05-2017, 07:11 PM   #2
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:13 PM   #3
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Finance guy really tried to push that **** on me too.
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:24 PM   #4
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I've done it on a few cars.

if your car lives outside, i dont know how much it will do for you.

It works wonders if you hate waxing cars and keep the car in a garage. simple spray with deionized water and dry off is all it takes to get the car pristine.

for cars that i give a crap about, I've taken to having PPF installed.

I generally just dust off the car when it's dirty and have it detailed twice a year anyway.

I guess it all depends on what you spent, how long you want to keep it, etc etc.

If you're not keeping it for 5 years or it costs less than 60K... i dont know that i'd bother.
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:42 PM   #5
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How long are you planning on keeping it? If you don't plan on keeping it the rest of your life, I wouldn't worry about it. Looking at your pictures in the GTI thread it looks like you live somewhere warm? If so, even more so.

The cheap solution would be to buy a car cover and cover it when it's parked at home.
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:52 PM   #6
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:55 PM   #7
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I've done it on a few cars.

if your car lives outside, i dont know how much it will do for you.

It works wonders if you hate waxing cars and keep the car in a garage. simple spray with deionized water and dry off is all it takes to get the car pristine.

for cars that i give a crap about, I've taken to having PPF installed.

I generally just dust off the car when it's dirty and have it detailed twice a year anyway.

I guess it all depends on what you spent, how long you want to keep it, etc etc.

If you're not keeping it for 5 years or it costs less than 60K... i dont know that i'd bother.
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How long are you planning on keeping it? If you don't plan on keeping it the rest of your life, I wouldn't worry about it. Looking at your pictures in the GTI thread it looks like you live somewhere warm? If so, even more so.

The cheap solution would be to buy a car cover and cover it when it's parked at home.
Thanks guys, I appreciate the input. Yeah, it's a GTI so not a McLaren or something really worth the trouble. I'll probably have the car for a while so I'll probably stick to just a weekly wash with the occasional wax. Maybe I'll try that Chemical Guys second skin treatment as I can do it myself.

I ordered a car cover for when I'm going to be out of town.
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Old 06-05-2017, 08:06 PM   #8
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Zymol.

Then again, I'm old school and met the founders long ago.
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I havent detailed my car since last year. So far the only thing Ive done is Mother's Speed Clay 2.0 and CarPro Reload. Water beads like crazy, very glossy look, smooth finish, and it protects. Applying is very easy, wiping it on/off.
Will do proper detail later this year.
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Old 06-05-2017, 08:57 PM   #10
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https://www.wickedautodetailing.com/ Sam's done two of my cars now. Wifes pathfinder was complete **** after never being indoors or washed for that matter. Now its amazing. just powerwash it off and drive away.
I had him do the B250 last month and the green pops now.

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Old 06-05-2017, 09:12 PM   #11
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Now it needs gold daytons and to be put down on the floor!
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:19 PM   #12
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Old 06-05-2017, 10:26 PM   #13
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https://www.wickedautodetailing.com/ Sam's done two of my cars now. Wifes pathfinder was complete **** after never being indoors or washed for that matter. Now its amazing. just powerwash it off and drive away.
I had him do the B250 last month and the green pops now.

Dude, that's the place I was looking at to have the work done. That's too funny.

So that's the Ceramic Pro on the Benz? Which level of it do you normally spring for?

Thanks, Tom!

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Old 06-06-2017, 08:45 AM   #14
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As a former detailer, I would suggest going with something like this high end detailer just did on his freshly repainted track car, a paint protective film. It might be pricey, but probably worth it for an outside only car.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BUZmibbg...=ammonyc&hl=en

http://www.xpel.com/xpel-ultimate-pa...otection-film/
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Old 06-06-2017, 09:27 AM   #15
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I put Gtechniq Crystal Serum on my car this past weekend. Pretty easy to apply. Just make sure the car is clean. I would also think about having a film applied to the front. I've never had it done on any car and never saw enough front end damage to think it was useful. I regret not doing it on my Porsche. There are so many rock pits I feel like I've abused a child.
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Old 06-06-2017, 10:41 AM   #16
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Dude, that's the place I was looking at to have the work done. That's too funny.

So that's the Ceramic Pro on the Benz? Which level of it do you normally spring for?

Thanks, Tom!



Kims pathfinder we went with gold ~2K for everything. 5 year warranty. the car was NASTY from industrial fallout and bird poop and kids. full claybar, polish then sealed. also had the inside sealed.

The green booger i just went with a 2 year package since its a leased car, but i wanted it to look good while i have it. Keep looking at sams page and his facebook page. he runs specials all the time. Also tell him i sent ya.


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Old 06-06-2017, 11:01 AM   #17
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https://www.wickedautodetailing.com/ Sam's done two of my cars now. Wifes pathfinder was complete **** after never being indoors or washed for that matter. Now its amazing. just powerwash it off and drive away.
I had him do the B250 last month and the green pops now.



Good choice bow wow.

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As a former detailer, I would suggest going with something like this high end detailer just did on his freshly repainted track car, a paint protective film. It might be pricey, but probably worth it for an outside only car.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BUZmibbg...=ammonyc&hl=en

http://www.xpel.com/xpel-ultimate-pa...otection-film/
Can't argue with that. I immediately have done that to both my new cars and the best part is that, once the film goes bad, you have it removed and a new film applied.

Also, thanks for the fish. The Columbians are doing swimmingly.
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Yep, the entire front end of my M3 is wrapped in Xpel. Already saved me once.
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Old 06-06-2017, 11:18 AM   #20
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Is Opti-Coat still considered good? No clue but I had it applied to my Fozzy about 2 years ago.
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Old 06-06-2017, 11:36 AM   #21
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Good choice bow wow.

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Old 06-06-2017, 01:07 PM   #24
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Keep agreeing, ya dip****, your post count is quickly rising
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Old 06-06-2017, 03:25 PM   #25
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Keep agreeing, ya dip****, your post count is quickly rising
Yeah, especially since OT posts are double counted.
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