Anyone have any comments/thoughts/experience with the ceramic paint protection ? I mean is it worth it to have it done ??
I have been close to pulling the trigger so I been on the autogeek forum looking for the same advice and help. Here is what I got so far:
If it is a daily driver, you want to select a more expensive durable coating that claims 2 years.
If it is a weekend warrior/showcar, look for something more along the lines as a 6 month coating because you will be polishing out defects most likely more often than a dd.
I personally would do mine myself. That way you have control over the whole situation. Once you apply, you are locking in scratches, marring and swirls so you really need a flawless finish.
There are good maintainer products as F-11 and Torque has a good rep too as a quick detailer, but there are some great product lines out there that I am just getting experience with. Wolfgang has a SI02 car wash that has been pulling rave reviews.
Gyeon syncro is one of the diy kits that I was going to buy for my DD claiming 2 years protection. 3 step process using micro suede to apply in a crisscross pattern to a small area and buff after it flashes. 2nd coat same way. 3rd is a spray on wipe off. Need lots of clean new microfibers!
Gyeon cancoat is the 6 month version that is spray on wipe off. Was told to spray only on the rag in a garage with no circulating air. If it gets misted on the car, windows, etc will dry rock hard and be very difficult to remove.
I just did a paint correction on my Camaro for a big show here in NJ. Wanted to try what came recommended as conventional waxes 1st. This is what I currently did and the car has never looked better - not sure whether to go to ceramic or not at this point........will try on my dd 1st.
Washed with Optimum No Rinse(ONR)
Clay bared with Pinnacle bar using ONR diluted to clay lube strength. Using the ONR as a clay lube left no residue on the car.
Paint only had light marring and webbing so I slipped compound and went to polish. Used Menzerna 3500, green foam pad and my PC d/a buffer.
Did a wipe down with a wax and oil remover to remove oils left over from polishing.
This is the point of starting your true ceramic coatings or continuing going tradional wax route.
I went traditional using Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant. Applied one coat to the entire car using my d/a. Made sure to wait atleast 45 minutes and then buffed off. Easy on easy off. And looked like nothing I have ever seen before. So glossy and deep. You have to let this cure for 12 hours. Next day I applied a 2nd coat and all I can say is WOW! Looked like it had a layer of clear on top!
Also used Wolfgang Concours Metal Sealant on my billet wheels, stainless trim, billet door handles and billet tail lights which is also like adding a layer of clear. So smooth brake dust does not stick to the wheels.
From there I did a final wipedown with Pinnacle Crystal Mist that also came recommended. The results speak for itself!
Sorry so long winded, but it is a lot of work to get your ride looking good!
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