Had the car ceramic coated over the weekend 😁

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Chap said the paint is really soft and prone to scratches in the clear coat. The stuff he applied is supposed to be self healing (minor scratches) when heat is applied to the paint eg in hot weather
 

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Chap said the paint is really soft and prone to scratches in the clear coat. The stuff he applied is supposed to be self healing (minor scratches) when heat is applied to the paint eg in hot weather
What product did he use Mark?
 

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Chap said the paint is really soft and prone to scratches in the clear coat. The stuff he applied is supposed to be self healing (minor scratches) when heat is applied to the paint eg in hot weather
Did they put a coating on the wheels as well?
 

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Some protection is better than none. A PPF is very expensive these days.
If the ceramic coating is proven to last a long time then it seems like a decent idea. I would have a concern on the real strength of it.
 
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Some protection is better than none. A PPF is very expensive these days.
If the ceramic coating is proven to last a long time then it seems like a decent idea. I would have a concern on the real strength of it.
I think some coatings are guaranteed for 5 yrs, ceramic won’t protect against stone chips. It should make it easier to keep it clean. The cost of PPF (whole car/front end and skirts) is prohibitive.
 

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I believe GVE will still offer than 10% discount.
Still a lot o money, though you don't have to get the whole car done of course.
 

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just over 5k was the quote for PPF from a shop I have used before!
 

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Yes a different one that was more matt in finish
Hi Mark, Does it work and make the wheels actually look more Matt? Satin perhaps? If so what’s that product called?
 
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I can’t understand why it is so expensive. Especially once they have the template?

$5k for PPF is just crazy to me... even $3k for the entire car seems like a lot for just film. I understand it's labor intensive, but come on...

I'll likely have PPF on the black pack parts and partial front end, depending on the cost. Everything else is getting ceramic coated and maintained by me. I don't really mind a rock chip here and there. No one ever notices those except the owner anyway.
 
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Hi Mark, Does it work and make the wheels actually look more Matt? Satin perhaps? If so what’s that product called?
Sorry it is less glossy than the stuff used on the car body
 

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Some protection is better than none. A PPF is very expensive these days.
If the ceramic coating is proven to last a long time then it seems like a decent idea. I would have a concern on the real strength of it.
From my experience ceramic offers zero protection beyond cleaning and making it look pretty. That's not to say its not worth doing.

Ppf is amazing stuff but hard to justify. That said I've found more and more buyers are demanding it when yiu come to sell cars like these on 🙄
 

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3-10K for PPF when it only helps a little bit for rock chips. I have PPF on my car and it only helps with rocks/pebble smaller than the a dime size rock. For 1-2k it's worth it, for anything more out side of black car to prevent swirls is insane.

Anyways the ceramic coat looks good but unless you're washing your car weekly with new mitts/2 bucket system and filtered water to get rid of the minerals, you're better off running through car through an automatic car wash every other day.

Now before anyone flames me for suggesting an automatic car wash. I have tested both hand wash/2 bucket system vs drive through 3+ times a week and it's been working for me on a white car. I wouldn't suggest automatic car wash on a black car that shows a ton of swirls.
 

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I can’t understand why it is so expensive. Especially once they have the template?
Materials cost alone is quite expensive, and skill to apply just a template is time consuming and requires skill, and this ignores the prep detailing work.

Try to apply some yourself :)
 

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Materials cost alone is quite expensive, and skill to apply just a template is time consuming and requires skill, and this ignores the prep detailing work.

Try to apply some yourself :)
All true, but getting a perfect respray of the front fender is a few hundred bucks… PPF just seems silly to me for that kind of money.
 

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All true, but getting a perfect respray of the front fender is a few hundred bucks… PPF just seems silly to me for that kind of money.
Sort of depends where you are, a respray of the front bumper in my locale blending into other panels to match at OE quality is going to be $1500 here due to high cost of living and labor costs.
PPF is also expensive here, full PPF is roughly $7-8K USD
 
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Materials cost alone is quite expensive, and skill to apply just a template is time consuming and requires skill, and this ignores the prep detailing work.

Try to apply some yourself :)
I’ve watched some YouTube videos and thought it looked pretty easy (I’m fairly dexterous)
 

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