So here is some important questions :
-What does the coating look like in 5 years.
-How do you remove and re-apply if needed
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Posted 31 May 2019 - 04:43 PM
Edited by GT-R Pete, 31 May 2019 - 05:52 PM.
Posted 31 May 2019 - 08:43 PM
So based on this........No coatings in my future.....
Edited by GT-R Pete, 31 May 2019 - 08:43 PM.
Posted 06 June 2019 - 08:56 AM
Coatings done professionally are good until abrasion - meaning that depending on how much you drive and how many layers it is, is really a minimum of 5 years. Also, unlike vinyl wraps and clear bras, will not yellow out and also have 0 chance of "hologramming" (the equivalent of swirling for a clear bra).
There'd be no reason to ever get it "removed" but if you do notice the coat is starting to get too many abrasions what ends up happening is compounding and polishing (as GT-R Pete said above), in order to reinforce it again with another layer.
CeramicPro is the current status quo, as their ceramic coats are able to bind to themselves in a way other companies haven't figured out, allowing them to get 9+ layer coating packages (I believe their starter one is either a 3 or 5 layer coat).
One thing to also note is that ceramic coat is meant to protect from contaminants and some minor scratching, but does not perform at the same level as clear bra - hence why people generally will do clear bra in high impact areas and ceramic coat over the whole car.
Posted 06 August 2019 - 02:06 PM
Posted 04 September 2019 - 08:58 AM
While the coatings might provide some extra UV protection and water repellency, I still prefer the way that a good wax makes the paint gloss. I had the Gtechniq line applied to my car but wasn't sad when it wore off and I went back to waxing.
Posted 04 September 2019 - 02:16 PM
FWIW: A little over a year ago I did a full 2 stage polish and applied CarPro CQuartz on my wife's car. She washes the car herself so that has been the real test of this stuff lol, it still beads water perfect to this day. I can dry her whole car off with a leaf blower in 4 minutes roll it back into the garage and we are done. I never towel dry a car anymore. Now around the same time I applied the same ceramic coating to the full Xpel wrap on my GTR and it has held up just fine. It was easy to apply also any "high" spots can be taken off with a fine polish compound later on. I have not seen it flake off or anything weird like that, you would have to put a-lot of coats on to make it chip off IMO
Not to mention the fact it makes the car easier to clean, nothing will keep the dirt from sticking but it will make it easier to remove during washing.
Posted 12 March 2020 - 09:21 PM
Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.
Posted 16 March 2020 - 02:42 PM
PPF is where most of your cost is going to be. The actual coating (depending on how many layers/what brand is used) shouldn't cost more than $2k. The PPF, however could be up to ~$3k in materials (again, depending on brand) before labor, so having the coating on is just gravy at that point.
Posted 16 March 2020 - 06:10 PM
Posted 16 March 2020 - 09:48 PM
Posted 16 March 2020 - 09:57 PM
are they worth it on top of PPF?
how much does it usually cost to ceramic coat on top of PPF (entire car).
Posted 11 April 2020 - 01:51 PM
Had my 2017 GTR professionally ceramic coated right when I got it. Been garage kept. I can tell a difference between this and other cars I've had three years later. Paint has a richer, deeper tone and the surface is very easy to get back with little effort. There are now all the DIY products out there that didn't exist when I had mine done. I would probably go the DIY route if I had to do it over again.
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