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      02-25-2018, 08:11 PM   #1
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Any opinions out there on having my car professionally ceramic coated? Pros? Cons?
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      02-26-2018, 04:39 PM   #2
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I personally consider ceramic coatings one of the best investments you can do to a car (along with a paint correction). Ceramic coatings provide a hydrophobic layer which repels water and dirt easier and provides a nice depth gloss. These coatings however doesnt prevent swirls marks from improper wash. Also take into consideration that you cant wash your car with any shampoo. I said this because you want to avoid shampoos that have waxes or gloss enhancers because these reduce the coating hydrophobic properties. If you decide to apply a ceramic coating go with CarPro CQuartz along their shampoo called Reset which was specifically created for ceramic coated cars. I have an IGL ceramic coating and it has worked well so far. Hope this helps.
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Can you put this on frozen paint?
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Can you put this on frozen paint?
From what I saw in the internet there are some ceramic coating like Ceramic Pro that also works on frozen/matte paint.
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ceramic pro is suppose to be the top dog. I wouldn't go with anything else.
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I am old school. I do a paint correction when I 1st get the car and buff it once a year to keep it up.

I would not spend boat load of $$$ on something that needs to be reapplied so often unless you are doing it yourself.

Having said that, my wheels are coated and thats the only thing my cars would ever see.

It is a good alternative for those who know nothing about washing, waxing or buffing cars.
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I honestly don't notice any difference between using sealant/wax and ceramic coating which my buddy put on his car.

If you want your car's paint to last then it has to be garaged at all times, never left in the sun for long periods, and washed/waxed on a monthly basis with good products. No product can truly protect the car from the sun so I really stress keeping it out of the sun especially when washing it. The sun's rays is what will cause dirt, slime, bird poop etc. adhere more to the paint of your car and damage it.

Save your money and just buy Chemical guys jet sealant and a wax of your preference. I used to detail cars and I can tell you from experience most of the stuff right now on the market is all hype.
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ceramic pro is suppose to be the top dog. I wouldn't go with anything else.
Actually OptiCoat Pro is the #1, but it's only available to certified "installers/detailers" and they have to apply it; it's not available on the consumer market.

That said, I use Wolfgang's Ceramic Coating and have had excellent results.
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That said, I use Wolfgang's Ceramic Coating and have had excellent results.
Same here. Excellent results with Wolfgang's Uber Ceramic Coating. Very easy to apply, but of course your paint has to be as close to perfect as possible before you do apply it, so some time with a polisher is required for anything but new paint.
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I honestly don't notice any difference between using sealant/wax and ceramic coating which my buddy put on his car.

If you want your car's paint to last then it has to be garaged at all times, never left in the sun for long periods, and washed/waxed on a monthly basis with good products. No product can truly protect the car from the sun so I really stress keeping it out of the sun especially when washing it. The sun's rays is what will cause dirt, slime, bird poop etc. adhere more to the paint of your car and damage it.

Save your money and just buy Chemical guys jet sealant and a wax of your preference. I used to detail cars and I can tell you from experience most of the stuff right now on the market is all hype.
So would you wax the car and then apply the JetSealant or vice versa?
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So would you wax the car and then apply the JetSealant or vice versa?
Seal, then wax. Or skip both steps and go straight to a ceramic coating of your choice after you've done your paint correction. You could wax over the ceramic coating if you like, but you don't need to.

After the ceramic is applied, you can still get light towel scratches in the coating, but I've been using this CarPro Essence Plus jeweling product with a gold pad and it actually removes about 80% of the fine imperfections in the coating. Neat product. I recommend following the instructions exactly, apply in small sections and remove immediately - do not allow it to sit and use the slower speed settings on your PC.

https://www.autogeek.net/carpro-essence-plus-250.html
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Seems like most of the guys on here that are hating on ceramic coating haven't experienced it on their own cars. From personal experience I couldn't recommend it highly enough, especially when done right. The shop that did mine has a 5 year warranty and the way everything just beads off of it is amazing. When you touch the surface it's like touching a sheet of glass. The metallic specs in the paint shine and glitter in the sun like never before, even when buffed, compounded, and waxed. This stuff is great
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Kamikaze Miyabi has worked great for me. The self cleaning properties when car is left in the rain are awesome.
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      08-26-2019, 01:21 AM   #14
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I think ceramic coating is best when the car is brand new. for an older car I would just stick with a paint correction than seal it up. but if you do proper car washing like the 2 bucket method this will help prevent most if not all the swirl and scratches
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