Saw Kenriko's video and Ben sullins video on the ceramic coating for the M3. Anyone mind sharing how much it would cost to have it done professionally in SoCal?
Hey Guys - what is the purpose of the ceramic coating? Thx...
Well if you purchase all the items needed and watch a few videos its really not rocket science its just time consuming.Clear coat is about 1-1.5 mil so if you took a high speed buffer and applied a lot of pressure... there goes the clear coat. Chemical guys have several good products and videos on polishing and if you use a random orbital(not a high speed) on a lower speed with the right pad the finish will look unbelievable with minimal effort. I have a Porter Cable and usually use it on about speed 4-5 depending on the age of the paint. Now if you have a five year old car thats been sitting outside car and try to restore its a lot more difficult that polishing a new car like were talking about. If you were to purchase everything needed including the ceramic around $125 not including the buffer. Paying someone had quotes from $5-900. BTW the coating will not last 7-10 years most only a couple and you should be using the additional ceramics product that will add to your cost for the once a year refresh. Listen to the Henchman above!Seems like so many other things in life.....you can learn to do yourself if you're willing to invest the time to become proficient. Or you can pay someone that is already proficient. We make these choices all the time, right? I'd be a little concerned about polishing away my clear coat. The paint correction stage requires that you use something with some cutting power (ie abrasive) and I could easily see someone "going to town" trying to make their clear coat amazing and maybe going too far? Again, I'm not an expert, so I don't know how likely that is. Edges are most prone, but maybe the cutting compounds are so mild it would take days....or maybe seconds. That's kind of my point, I'd hate to become proficient on my new Tesla. So, while I'm generally a do it vs pay for it kind of guy, I just don't know enough to feel confident that I won't screw it up. Plus, if these coating really last 7 or 10 years, do I need that expertise?
Actually, doing paint correction on a new car isn't hard either.Putting ceramic coat isn't hard. But the paint correction work is quite hard