Ceramic auto coatings, worth the cost?

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    Do you have any idea how much work that is? I did that wax thing one time...it took hours...
     
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      No....that one doesn't have "character" or rock chips...or 200k miles....:lol:
       
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        Neither do I so I hand the bill to my wife...
         
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          So here's what I found out today from the local shop.
          Convertible roughly $1,500 for both paint correction and a 3 year package on the ceramic, I didn't have that car with me so paint correction could be more or less...

          Against my better judgement I drove the Shelby today because the weather showed no chance of rain...halfway to the office it started to drizzle and if I hadn't been halfway there I would have turned around and got my truck :banghead:...So anyway they got to look at it and here's what they quoted.
          $1.200 for new vinyl over the top stripes and add rocker panel stripes. They source this out.
          $900 to fix and reclear the hood. There is a little bubbling under the lip where it closes over the grill.
          $1,500 to do the paint correction and ceramic.

          Honestly I don't know if I'll do the ceramic on the Shelby. Maybe just clay bar and wax after getting the hood fixed and stripes redone. Not really sure how much longer I'm going to keep it anyway. Hmmm, I doubt it would be worth the trade difference to a dealer if I trade it anyway but possibly a private buyer...
           
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            Wax a crew cab long bed truck and a car will be child's play.
             
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            I had my F150 ceramic coated and detailed just before it was a year old. I think a good detail and wax when needed is just as good. Mine is parked outside but soon I'll have a carport for it. It has 15k miles now. I'm thinking about adding vinyl graphics or a wrap just because I'm tired of all White vehicles.
             
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              I love cars and motorcycles.
              I baby all my vehicles.
              Oil changes, belts, plugs, tire rotations, brakes and any minor item that pops up as “check engine”, I do myself.
              I enjoy it.

              Ive always used a good paste wax and a buffer to keep that showroom shine as long as possible.

              I use a Ceramic Spray called “Next Gen” for in between clay bars, and waxes.

              I get a phenomenal shine plus, there is one thing Ceramic gives you that Carnauba can’t.

              Ive found, multiple coats of the ceramic spray actually repels dirt and grime on my vehicles.
              Sometimes? It’s hard to tell I just drove it in the rain....

              All this to say, A professional Ceramic coating that costs quite a few bucks, is probably not worth it with today’s multi coat paints and clear coat finishes.

              A good “detail spray” can help give you a showroom shine that lasts through a couple washes, at least.
               
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              I've used a finishing spray that you apply with a micro fiber after washing and help repel dirt and water a bit but not more than a couple of weeks.
              My biggest problem is I've washed the cars so much that I have swirl marks(both are dark colors) I may just go with paint correction and conventional wax or some sort of over the counter ceramic application....if I ever find time....seeing it's only been 3 months since I started this thread :banghead:
               
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              This stuff eliminates those dang swirl marks better than anything I’ve ever used.
              Apply weekly until you get three coats on there and it will
              Last as long as paste wax.

              Try NEXGEN Ceramic Spray for 40% OFF | Limited Time Only
               

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