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Hi - I have never considered ceramic coating before, but have heard many people say it is great. I have ordered a Dynamic-r in Fuji white with the black contrast roof. Can anyone help me with the main benefits and reasons I would want to do it? I stopped into a detail shop today and I have attached their service and prices in the attached picture. I am in Houston, TX. Any reactions or suggestions greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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Its hard to understand what they mean by ceramic coatings. Its a new nanotechnology, also known as glass or quartz finish, but getting ceramics into a solution that can be applied to cars is not a proven technology. The best current application is probably a hard methacrylate, or good old Carnauba wax, both of which can be easily applied. Whichever you choose, remember that sealing paint surfaces is always temporary. Sooner or later weathering etc takes its toll, and it has to be repeated. A life time guarantee, if offered, is worth passing by a lawyer. There are interesting advances in Polyurethanes, but they are soft. Nano-hydrophobic coatings remain of interest, but again, it wears - although all waxes and ceramic coatings are considered hydrophobic.
Careful washing and/or claying, if necessary, followed by hard wax or the ubiquitous Autoglym HD Wax, is still the best regular treatment. I use it on my Metallic White Audi with impressive results. I doubt you're going to get $1,500 worth of extra protection from ceramics.
All IMHO. (My company specialises in resins & coatings, but not for cars)

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Hi all,
i'll get my car within the next weeks here in Austria and i'm also considering a ceramic coating to keep the paint as long as possible in fresh condtion.
A dealer around here offers ceramic coating for the body and nano coating for the windows.

It will be the first ever car for me with such a coating, so i'll invest the money and let a professional dealer apply this.
Has anybody of you experiences with coating and do i have to consider anything(e.g. will there be any issues with the rain/light sensors or radar sensors for the cruise control?)

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Their main selling point is the longevity of the coating which, in normal use, can be between 18 months - 4 years depending on the coating used (generally the more expensive coatings contain a higher percentage of the active resin compound). There are several brands of ceramic coatings currently available on the market and not all are equal - Gyeon, GTechniq, CQuartz to name a few.

The car needs to be carefully prepped to make a ceramic coating last anywhere near as long as stated by the manufacturer, for me, that is reason enough to avoid dealer applied coatings altogether. They simply don't have the time or expertise to decontaminate the car properly, polish the paintwork to a high standard and then apply multiple layers of ceramic coating to each surface (wheels, paintwork, glass etc.).

Applying these coatings without doing the prep will significantly reduce their lifetime and will also seal in any swirl marks, buffer trails or imperfections in the paint - which you will find present on any brand new vehicle. If you're considering it at all, you should go to a reputable car detailer. Although potentially more expensive, their prices will reflect the time spent preparing the vehicle to take the coating.

Personally, I think the return on investment from these coatings depends on the vehicle's usage and the cleaning/maintenance routine.

It's important to note that ceramic coating paintwork is not a one-off exercise, the hydrophobic properties tend to wear off pretty quickly so it still needs to be topped up with a "top coat" every 3-6 months to maintain the water repelling characteristics. The base protection layers in these coatings are particularly susceptible to water-spotting issues and, without the top coat, can end up making the car look worse, even if the paint underneath is safe.

Ceramic coating glass generally requires a high level of preparation and can cause all kinds of ghosting and wiper judder issues if not done right.

Ceramic coating wheels is usually always a good investment as it makes cleaning them much easier and helps prevent at least some of the red-hot brake dust from sticking to the clear coat on the wheels.

Improper wash techniques and harsh cleaning chemicals (found at most car washes) will also accelerate the deterioration of the coatings and reduce your ROI.

You may also want to look into paint protection film (PPF) if you really want to protect the paintwork from things like stone chips, light scratches etc. Ceramic coatings aren't magic and don't really offer any protection beyond what a high quality wax would give you, they just last significantly longer.
 

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+1 to looking into PPF if your main goal is to keep the paint looking great. Xpel is what I have (and Marc/mge.92), which has a 10yr warranty and will protect against rock chips etc. while keeping paint perfect underneath. Also makes it much easier to maintain the car since you don't ever need to wax it/detail it once the PPF is on. Just regular washing.. and hot water "heals" the PPF / repairs any scratching that could possibly occur, so in between washes it's fine to use a microfiber towel to wipe the car down of any dust etc and prolong the life of your wash. All this does come at a premium though as it is not inexpensive to do ($4k-5.5k USD is the range of quotes I received), but given you don't have to reapply anything once installed nor detail the car, over time I think they probably come out even on cost compared to Ceramic. You just get true protection with PPF.

Xpel offers "Ultimate" film which is clear and maintains/enhances your paint's shine, and also offers "Stealth," the one Marc and I have, which gives your paint a satin/matte finish.

http://www.xpel.com/ is the site and can show you where authorized dealers are.

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My car is being delivered on 25th March and I have booked it in with a master retailer for a full new car detail involving about 16 hours of preparation - single stage polish and various other surface cleaners before he uses Gyeon Duraflex which has a 5 year warranty.

Excellent products that maintain gloss, hydrophobic so water beads off glass and bodywork, and onballoys prevents tar and brake dust build up.

If you are going down this route really important to go to a certified dealer who knows what he is doing. This is not a quick dealer fit option.
 
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