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    I wonder if any of you tried ceramic coating on your car. I am looking to get my car done with ceramic coating. Results looks impressive and apparently lasts 5 years. It also protects against scratches.
    I saw the car today which was covered while back. Water was running down the car like it was freshly waxed. It was also very shiny.


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    If you want it get it, I use snake oil myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whippy53 View Post
    If you want it get it, I use snake oil myself.
    I'm looking for some opinions from folks who got for their cars.

    What brand of snake oil are you using?


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    Who do you think who has shelled out for it isn't going to praise it?
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    Nothing is gonna last 5 years, let's get that out the way first. Especially the fact we use salt and grit on our roads.
    The car pro range of stuff is pretty decent and my personal favourite at the moment is h2o spray on sealant. Lasts between 3-6 months.
    If you are doing it yourself then you need to first decontaminate the whole body otherwise you are just sealing in the dirt. Remove all dirt, waxes, iron and tar then clay bar if necessary.
    Next if there are minor swirls will need machine polished out before you seal it.
    The cquartz stuff is meant to last 2 years but I would reapply annually.
    My suggestion is do a couple of panels at a time otherwise it's a 2 day ish job.
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whippy53 View Post
    Who do you think who has shelled out for it isn't going to praise it?
    I wouldn't if it wasn't good. Would you???
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    Quote Originally Posted by A6S View Post
    Nothing is gonna last 5 years, let's get that out the way first. Especially the fact we use salt and grit on our roads.
    The car pro range of stuff is pretty decent and my personal favourite at the moment is h2o spray on sealant. Lasts between 3-6 months.
    If you are doing it yourself then you need to first decontaminate the whole body otherwise you are just sealing in the dirt. Remove all dirt, waxes, iron and tar then clay bar if necessary.
    Next if there are minor swirls will need machine polished out before you seal it.
    The cquartz stuff is meant to last 2 years but I would reapply annually.
    My suggestion is do a couple of panels at a time otherwise it's a 2 day ish job.

    Thanks A6S. I looked at AlyM thread about his C7.
    He uses:
    1. Auto clay bar
    2. Compound
    3. Autoglym SRP
    4 Collinite 845 wax 2 coats

    I was thinking of trying that as well.
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    I have my cars professionally polished all the time and can say what I have been told/done.

    1. A simple polish will lasts about 3-6 months.
    2. A nano tech polish will last about a year.
    3. A ceramic coat will last 24-36 months depending on use of car.

    1. Never done except by myself so hardly a pro job.
    2. Here in Germany I pay about €450 for this the firat time its done and about €300 for the top-ups and are very happy with the results so far. My S6 has this and so does wife's XC60 as well as my old BiTdi which also had it.
    3. Only applied this to my Mustang which stands outdoor constantly but at €1100 its not cheap but worth it if, like me, are fed up having to do all cars once a year and spend way to much time sorting cars out constantly. On top of which, the Mustang only gets driven about 1000 mls a year. Have held up very well against wind and weather.

    However, there is a difference between say the S6 and the Mustang. Both by touch and looks. The ceramic coating is soooo much nicer. Thanks to the thicker protection, it also helps against stonechips to a degree but mostly the dead bugs. So easy to get off. Bird crap also tends to not get through the ceramic coat as easy as on the nano tech treated cars.

    My detailer actually recommended against it doing it on the S6. Not because of the money over the years, but as this car is in constant use but saying that, I may well still have it applied next year for piece of mind and it gets driven mostly on motorways across Europe and thein the UK.

    I would recommend either the Nano (with a yearly top-up) or the ceramic coat but have it pro made. You will not be dissapointed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NewAudi View Post
    I have my cars professionally polished all the time and can say what I have been told/done.

    1. A simple polish will lasts about 3-6 months.
    2. A nano tech polish will last about a year.
    3. A ceramic coat will last 24-36 months depending on use of car.

    1. Never done except by myself so hardly a pro job.
    2. Here in Germany I pay about 450 for this the firat time its done and about 300 for the top-ups and are very happy with the results so far. My S6 has this and so does wife's XC60 as well as my old BiTdi which also had it.
    3. Only applied this to my Mustang which stands outdoor constantly but at 1100 its not cheap but worth it if, like me, are fed up having to do all cars once a year and spend way to much time sorting cars out constantly. On top of which, the Mustang only gets driven about 1000 mls a year. Have held up very well against wind and weather.

    However, there is a difference between say the S6 and the Mustang. Both by touch and looks. The ceramic coating is soooo much nicer. Thanks to the thicker protection, it also helps against stonechips to a degree but mostly the dead bugs. So easy to get off. Bird crap also tends to not get through the ceramic coat as easy as on the nano tech treated cars.

    My detailer actually recommended against it doing it on the S6. Not because of the money over the years, but as this car is in constant use but saying that, I may well still have it applied next year for piece of mind and it gets driven mostly on motorways across Europe and thein the UK.

    I would recommend either the Nano (with a yearly top-up) or the ceramic coat but have it pro made. You will not be dissapointed!
    This is very nice summary. Thank you!


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