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For anyone who thinks ceramic coating isn't worth it

lynnpt2001

Cookie Monster MX & M3
Sep 9, 2015
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582
Greencastle PA
Yes, did both of them myself. Used a clay bar kit to clean the paint. Any defects or chips in your paint get sealed in, so you need to get it as clean, bug free as possible. Apply it as stated on the kit, very easy to apply. Buff with microfiber towel, it requires some arm work to do this but very doable. Make sure you get the excess completely off the paint, any thick areas will stay there and are noticeable, you have to machine compound any thick spots. You will not have these if you completely buff the coating to a clean shine so don't worry about the buffing or compounding. The car needs to cure with no rain, water, car wash etc. for 48 hours. NOTE> On darker colors you will notice a deeper thicker shine....I have attached some recent pics
 

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SageBrush

REJECT Fascism
May 7, 2015
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16,753
New Mexico
My CQuartz coat is 5 years old and change... I can do the same demo on it today. (pro installed but I’m lazy)
It’s essentially glass as far as bird poop, tree sap go. That’s a very good thing.
Awesome.
Does it offer any protection against chips ?

A little voice in my head is wondering why it is not applied at the factory.
 
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jdw

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Jun 1, 2015
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Ceramic coating cannot be applied over wax. Ideally, you'd correct paint, polish and decontaminate the car before applying a ceramic coating. Re-application requires a light re-polishing and decontamination as well. Most ceramic coatings also offer a "topper" product that can extend the life of the coating.

Professional products and application can last 5 years, while DIY coatings can last a year or two. All coatings benefit from proper washing & maintenance.
 

woodisgood

Slightly faster than 5mph
Jul 26, 2018
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Ahh...
Is reapplication also easy for the low longevity products ?
And can the easy products be applied over wax ?

Yes, there are products that are literally wipe-on. Often they're used as "refreshers" on top of the main ceramic application. An example of this is Gyeon Cancoat.

You can't technically apply them over wax since the ceramic component is designed to chemically react with the car's clearcoat, so for best results should remove wax (this is usually done with a wipe-down of a "prep"/degreasing agent that removes waxes/oils/polishes).
 

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