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Old 09-08-2019, 08:45 PM   #1
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Default Ceramic Coating / Diamond Shine

After purchasing a new Whaler I decided to show our Formula some love, it's 19 years old and the Gel Coat had been fairly well maintained but time certainly took it's toll. After looking at a friends boat Diamond Shine buffed and ceramic coated (gel coat dead as a door nail) I was shocked how well it came out. John had been telling me about Ceramic but after seeing it I dragged the ole girl over.

Needless to say DS did a fantastic job cleaning, buffing and applying the Ceramic - It looks freakin brand new, so good I didn't put it back in the water. Today I was in the driveway cleaning off the typical dust and debris, I was amazed how easily it cleaned off with water and microfiber. After a quick coat with the Ceramic detailer spray it's shinning even more.

Robin told me the coating lasts 2-3 years and everything on the interweb says the same, even longer if you maintain it well. Time will certainly tell but if this works out like I'm hearing it's the only way to go for anyone who likes a clean boat. The new Whaler goes over soon, I can't wait to see what a new surface looks like with this stuff.

It's not inexpensive (depending on prep) but from what I can tell well worth it, fantastic job from Diamond Shine again.
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Old 09-08-2019, 08:52 PM   #2
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Finishing up my third season after John and his crew did my boat. Still looks great and I use that spray detailer frequently. Ishoot recommend Diamond Shine and although a bit more than I was looking to spend it was worth every cent.
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:15 AM   #3
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Have been using Diamond Shine for my boat annually since I purchased it. For a wake boat the sparkly gel coat continues to look brand new year after year. Id definitely recommend them.
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Another Vote for Ceramic coating !!

We just had our 26' Crown Bowrider done by Getty Shine ………… our is classic Black on white and because of the sun beating down past the canvas the black on the bow had turned to a "chalky" grayish color along with other sections mid ship & in places along the freeboard.


As Formula states --- We bought a new boat!!


Not knocking Diamond Shine (never used them) but we had a great experience with John Getty / Getty Shine …. picked the boat up on one of their trailers from our Marina and took it to their shop mid week as we were having it completely detailed as well. "In for a penny - in for a pound ".
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Another Vote for Ceramic coating !!

We just had our 26' Crown Bowrider done by Getty Shine ………… our is classic Black on white and because of the sun beating down past the canvas the black on the bow had turned to a "chalky" grayish color along with other sections mid ship & in places along the freeboard.


As Formula states --- We bought a new boat!!


Not knocking Diamond Shine (never used them) but we had a great experience with John Getty / Getty Shine …. picked the boat up on one of their trailers from our Marina and took it to their shop mid week as we were having it completely detailed as well. "In for a penny - in for a pound ".
Would you mind sharing the cost?


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Got it. Thank you for the information I have a 2017 310 SLX bowrider and would like to get it done before next season.
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I am confident that the rates between Getty & Diamond are competitive -- so, given equal recommendations of both places it's really a question of who can schedule it in for you.
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On the phone, they said $100-$125 a linear foot for a sportboat/runabout. Obviously, other services may be added, such as transport/deliver and it depends on the age & condition, previous wet sanding. That's about $2400- $3000+/- for my 24' cuddy. Guaranteed for three years, so you don't have to pay for annual wax/buff, etc, just wipe and clean after use.
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On the phone, they said $100-$125 a linear foot for a sportboat/runabout. Obviously, other services may be added, such as transport/deliver and it depends on the age & condition, previous wet sanding. That's about $2400- $3000+/- for my 24' cuddy. Guaranteed for three years, so you don't have to pay for annual wax/buff, etc, just wipe and clean after use.
I had passed my actual cost over to Joey in PM ….. but your certainly in the right ballpark (perhaps a tish high) but as you state - depends on individual boat condition, the amount of wet sanding needed, and if that will cure all gouges/dock swipes depending on depth of the scratch !


I know I got a showroom boat back in my slip & am QUITE pleased.
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I had passed my actual cost over to Joey in PM ….. but your certainly in the right ballpark (perhaps a tish high) but as you state - depends on individual boat condition, the amount of wet sanding needed, and if that will cure all gouges/dock swipes depending on depth of the scratch !


I know I got a showroom boat back in my slip & am QUITE pleased.
I think the range is correct BUT depends on the prep needed and other things they do at the same time. I got a full interior / engine bay detail as well.

I think the true test is how long it lasts, we already have one person on year three with good results. I would say anything beyond that is gravy, what are we paying for buff / wax jobs $800.00 - $1,000.00?? Remember a boat can only be buffed so many times before the gelcoat gets too thin. This was a factor for me as I plan on keeping the boat a lot longer.
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I think the range is correct BUT depends on the prep needed and other things they do at the same time. I got a full interior / engine bay detail as well.

I think the true test is how long it lasts, we already have one person on year three with good results. I would say anything beyond that is gravy, what are we paying for buff / wax jobs $800.00 - $1,000.00?? Remember a boat can only be buffed so many times before the gelcoat gets too thin. This was a factor for me as I plan on keeping the boat a lot longer.
One more thing - with Ceramic when it starts fading you go back for another coating before it needs buffing again and that is much less expensive. The money is in the prep not the ceramic
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One more thing - with Ceramic when it starts fading you go back for another coating before it needs buffing again and that is much less expensive. The money is in the prep not the ceramic
I thought the actual ceramic coating or liquid was fairly expensive itself. I donít mean at any of the mentioned detailers just in general.
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I thought the actual ceramic coating or liquid was fairly expensive itself. I donít mean at any of the mentioned detailers just in general.
What I found online was the Ceramic to coat my boat was about $400.00. Based on the cost it's pretty minimal overall comparatively. I was admiring the finish again tonight, I love it. Considering taking a stab at the Harley myself.
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I was told by one of the detail people mentioned above that it costs $1,000 for a 5 ounce bottle. I'd hate to drop the bottle!
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