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Old 06-23-2021, 05:39 PM   #1
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What are folks thoughts regarding 'ceramic coating' for cars? Does it really provide long term protection?

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Old 06-23-2021, 09:46 PM   #2
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I had my car ceramic coated and it is great. The people that did it did everything, including the wheels.

Easy to keep clean and just rinse with water. I don't even bother with soap. About 3 minutes with the pressure washer and towel dry,
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As TiltonBB says if done right they are terrific. I hear a lot of bad things but it's all in the preparation. I have 5 years and still beading! 7-year guarantee!

My detailer did not recommend pressure washing but did tell me to 'microfiber wash' with an inexpensive detail spray. The spray acts as a lubricant against dirt scratching your finish.

Even the brake dust rinses off! The wheels were coated inside and out! The only thing that needs cleaning were the tyres! The windshield wipers could not wear it off the glass!

The new graphene coatings are supposed to be even better. It is too new to find out.
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Default Pine pitch, bird dropings?

If I park outdoors and get pine pitch or bird droppings, how does the ceramic coating stand up? Same easy clean?
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If I park outdoors and get pine pitch or bird droppings, how does the ceramic coating stand up? Same easy clean?
Bird droppings rinse right off! Pine pitch, I was able to remove with my fingernails. Grease and tar come right off but gets nasty on the microfiber cloth. Microfiber is cheap. About .25 on sale at Harbor Freight. I buy by the bundle!

Detail spray goes a long way. So spend a little extra money. It actually add a little 'pop' to the finish! Attached is a 2005 MB and 2014 allroad. Both treated and look showroom!
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I had a boat done and whatever I expected, the result is 10x better. It just stays clean and looks like it was waxed the day before, now into the 3rd year. A little detail spray and wipe is all that's needed. Then I bought a used sports car and the prior owner did detailing and had coated it, again the car just looks great after a quick wash and I spray and wipe with Mother's quick spray wax. I can spray and wipe down the whole car in about 5 minutes and love how it looks.

I was thinking about trying to do one car myself, but think I'm going to chicken out and get it done at a detail place.
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Ceramic coating sounds like the future, especially as we get more and more invested in our cars. I recall in the 70's when companies like Tuff-Kote Dinol and Rusty Jones sold after market rust proofing. Started as independent franchises, then the dealers picked it up and then manufacturers. Now, we don't hear much about it. I wonder if ceramic coating will follow a similar evolution?
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Ceramic coating sounds like the future, especially as we get more and more invested in our cars. I recall in the 70's when companies like Tuff-Kote Dinol and Rusty Jones sold after market rust proofing. Started as independent franchises, then the dealers picked it up and then manufacturers. Now, we don't hear much about it. I wonder if ceramic coating will follow a similar evolution?
Rusty Jones and Ziebart used a Line-X hardening material. Moisture would get behind this hard black plastic - and cause normal rust.
Rusty Jones went bankrupt.

Oil undercoating or Fluid Film an annual procedure. Has nothing in common with the sprayed on sound proofing of the 1950's or the Rusty Jones/Ziebart of the 1980's.

Just a tidbit about ceramic coating. What happens if one has to have any body shop work/paint work ?

I use a high quality paste wax. Wash, paste on, dry, wipe off. My vehicle is 20 years old and still looks new. And it is not garaged.

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For those who were happy with the results, where did you get it done, and what did it cost? Sounds very interesting.
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Both Getty Shine and Diamond Shine in Gilford do it and will do a good job. There are many people on the Forum who have used them for both cars and boats.

I had a sports car done in Florida and including the plastic protection film on the nose, A pillars, sills, and rockers it was $2,600.
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did a great job. Less wait than others, and pays attention to the details.
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