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Old 06-30-2022, 04:19 AM   #1
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Angry Ceramic coating. Who did it? Is it really hard?

I am asking as I did one, supposedly good quality, but it is very soft. Easily to be scratched.
It is not what I was expecting to see.

Easy to scratch? I mean you can move your finger tip, without much of a pressure, again the panel to see tiny scratches.
What gives?

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Old 06-30-2022, 05:14 PM   #2
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What coating did you use?
The high end ones that pros use are actually good
It costs around $1000-1500for a pro job
IMHO, The cheap ones are basically fortified wax

YMMV
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Old 07-01-2022, 06:57 AM   #3
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What coating did you use?
The high end ones that pros use are actually good
It costs around $1000-1500for a pro job
IMHO, The cheap ones are basically fortified wax

YMMV
No, it was not cheap.
I paid 1'100 USD for it.

It was CarPro CQuartz Professional
https://cqfinest.com/faq/
Supposedly one of the bests...
https://carupgrade.co/buyers-guide/best-diy-ceramic-coating-for-cars/
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Old 07-01-2022, 04:51 PM   #4
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No, it was not cheap.
I paid 1'100 USD for it.

It was CarPro CQuartz Professional
https://cqfinest.com/faq/
Supposedly one of the bests...
https://carupgrade.co/buyers-guide/best-diy-ceramic-coating-for-cars/
I had Ceramic Pro put on my 996 and I have been happy with it.
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Old 07-14-2022, 07:14 AM   #5
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I use Hydrosilex Recharge its$ 35 a bottle.car looks great its easy to apply. I don't think the cheaper ceramics will help with road chops and light scratches. Im more concerned with a clean shiny look and easy application.
This is just my opinion.

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Old 07-15-2022, 07:05 AM   #6
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Just a question...

So exactly why did you guys choose to go with a ceramic? Good quality waxes (provided the paint is reasonably unmarred) look fantastic once finished. Granted they will not last as long but there is less fear of "damage" to the coating as they can be removed and replaced easily. Just how scratch resistant are your coatings? Thanks...
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Old 07-25-2022, 07:00 AM   #8
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If youll spend 1100 for sealant...why not get a wrap,?

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Old 07-25-2022, 01:33 PM   #9
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So exactly why did you guys choose to go with a ceramic? Good quality waxes (provided the paint is reasonably unmarred) look fantastic once finished. Granted they will not last as long but there is less fear of "damage" to the coating as they can be removed and replaced easily. Just how scratch resistant are your coatings? Thanks...
I'll admit to knowing zero about ceramic coating. Yeah... the stuf that comes in a #? oz little bottle... you spread over your car.

Am I to understand that if you spend ~$1,100 to have that stuff applied to your car... it's resistant to scratches? Debris? Small animals, lol? Damage to the finish. Huh.

Sell me on this stuff, cause right now I'm not buying the hype.

Wax. Good old wax. No?

Yes, I'm a cynic.
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I like the long shine retention and water rejection.in the two years I've used it.the car has looked great and required minimal touch up and yes it did scratch and chip some. I never expected chip protection anymore then with the excellent wax I used.the ease of application is good enough for me to use this stuff.Im no lazy guy but hsving only one usable arm this stuff is a breeze.

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Old 01-29-2023, 01:44 PM   #11
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Professionally applied ceramic normally involves a total detailing of the paint. Clay bar and Several stages of polish before the ceramic. That is a big part of the cost.
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Old 03-12-2023, 06:08 AM   #12
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Sonax CC36 is an awesome product. I've been using it in my business for years.
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Old 03-17-2023, 10:49 AM   #13
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My $.02 from having a 981 Boxster professionally ceramic coated vs. not having my new-to-me 986 ceramic coated.

First, if your paint is in anything less than pristine condition (or cannot me made such), I don't think it is worth professionally ceramic coating it. I had a number of scratches fixed on my 981, plus the bumper resprayed, so that the paint was in near-flawless condition before they did minor paint correction and ceramic coating.

Second, I loved the ceramic coating on the 981. The shine on the car was great, and it was like having a hard shell on the paint. I went with Owners Pride, and they offer 5 or 7-year ceramic coatings (I chose the 5), and after having it for a couple years, it looked and acted just like it was freshly applied. Water would bead right off when washing the car.

Why not have the 986 ceramic coated? First, it would take a few thousand dollars to get the paint in shape to be coated, plus another thousand or so for the coating itself, and for a 20-year-old car, I don't think it's worth it.

I have looked into DIY ceramic coatings. A lot of people wonder why they are paying $1K to have someone else do it, when they could do it themselves for the cost of the coating. What I have discovered is that there is definitely an art to it - if you do it incorrectly, you can get high-spots or have it dry too quickly, and it makes your car look like it has polka dots, and if you are using a professional ceramic coating, it is not easy to fix it.

If you do want to go down the DIY ceramic route, I have heard good things about Gyeon Can Coat - it is easy to apply and can last up to two years. For a good one-year product, Adam's Graphene Ceramic Spray Coating is supposed to be easy to use and durable. If you are looking for a 5 or 7-year ceramic coating, I would recommend a professional.
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Old 03-17-2023, 11:17 AM   #14
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First, if your paint is in anything less than pristine condition (or cannot me made such), I don't think it is worth professionally ceramic coating .
So I had my car completely repainted, hence the paint was pristine. Everywhere.
That was the reason to keep the brand new shine... but somehow the ceramic coating is very prone to scratching.
I will see after the winter season if the coating cured at all. If it is still so soft, I will need to look more into it. The way it was explained to me - a hard shell on the car.

But the shine and water repelling is great.
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You can scratch any ceramic coating. Sonax CC36 or Avalon King are great 3 year protection coatings. The more expensive, thicker coatings are more prone to scratching, not to mention some require heat lamps to cure. The only way to then remove that coating is to use a compound. Good luck!!

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