The final cut of TMC Podcast #29 is available now with topics time-stamped. We discussed the Tesla Cybertruck's expected 1 MW Ultra-Fast Charging capability, the Tesla Semi Delivery Event, the coming Model 3 refresh (project "Highland"), and more. You can watch it now on YouTube.
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
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.
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).