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Old 02-04-2017, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Update: I am now currently in the midwest. Bouncing back and forth between my Kansas property and my dads in Dallas. I'm essentially covering all of Kansas, Oklahoma and North Texas with mobile correction and coating until I get officially moved to Dallas.

There seems to be a ton of interest on the forum for paint coatings. Whoever is interested in them get in touch with me with any questions you may have and I'll do my best to help you out with the pros and cons for your specific situation, maintenance afterwards and everything in between. If anyone is in SoCal and is interested get in touch with me.


-Pro's
Durable long lasting protection
Helps prevent scratches and micro marring
Makes washing incredible easy
Your vehicle stays clean longer

-Cons
Paint needs to be corrected or you have semi permanent scratches buried under the coating
Difficult to remove
Expensive


Here is a video of just some of the water sheeting. The coating on my car is just over a year old.

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Could you recommend someone in the Houstion area?
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If you're looking for the best of the best there is Cavallo Auto Salon in Houston. They mainly do higher end stuff but they are a Cquartz Finest installer which means they have met the strict requirements. They should be able to get your truck coated. Cquartz Finest is a bit pricey but it comes with a warranty. They should offer regular Cquartz as well as Cquartz UK which will be a bit cheaper with no warranty.

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Can you recommend someone in the West Palm Beach/Jupiter area?


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Maybe you could give you opinion on these coatings in general. Are they really strong and long lasting? How are they better then a good wax or polymer sealant applied regularly? They seem a little bit like BS to me but I am open to listening.
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Maybe you could give you opinion on these coatings in general. Are they really strong and long lasting? How are they better then a good wax or polymer sealant applied regularly? They seem a little bit like BS to me but I am open to listening.
Coatings are definitely the way to go! I coated the paint, wheels, brakes and glass on my car about a year ago. I can see why people would be skeptical of coatings but they are seriously insane. The coatings form a super thin later of essentially a resin type material on the surface which is where the scratch resistant properties come from. Coatings last a long time. Mine has lasted over a year now with no noticeable difference in hydrophobic properties or protection.

The largest advantage of coatings are how easy they make your paint to clean. Hardly anything sticks to them. And a bare coating with no sealant (not recommended) would blow your mind. You can take a bare coating and just dump water on the vehicle and 90% of the water just runs off the vehicle. And I don't mean like it leaves water behind where it runs either. It just rolls up and sheets completely off. I can drive in the rain for hundreds of miles with my white car and then just take it to the car wash and wash the little bit of film off without hand washing and that is using the environmentally friendly soaps and cold water we have out here in California.

Scratch resistance, longevity of the protection and ease of maintenance is what you're paying for with coatings. And with coatings you really should keep them topped with a layer of a spray sealant which will help extend their life even more. I saw a car awhile back where a noob tried to coat his car and if you don't level it soon enough it cures and you could literally see his start and stop points from the applicator. Hard as glass and a huge pain in the ass to remove. Anyone who has had a coating applied properly usually doesn't have any complaints.
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Thanks. How long should it last and what will wear it out rapidly.
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Thanks. How long should it last and what will wear it out rapidly.
A properly cared for coating should last a few years at a minimum. Mine just surpassed one year and I have no issues. Honestly, the hardest thing on coating is going to be what you wash it with. Soaps, towels, wash mits, etc. Caustic presoaks like what you find at an automatic car wash are very very hard on coatings and they will most certainly shorten their life span but you also want to keep the vehicle clean and keep the chemicals/debris washed off the vehicle on regular basis.

They are scratch resistant but nothing is perfect. A lot of people will get a vehicle coated and then take it to a cheap car wash for a $25 or even a $50 wash where they are using cheap soaps, towels and wash mits and they get pissed off when they end up with swirl marks. Most of the car washes unless you go to an actual legit detail shop that knows what they are doing are using cheap towels and chemicals as they are about quantity over quality. They will use the same towels on multiple vehicles until they are either dirty or super wet. They dry with the same towels until they are wet so if they missed a spot on a previous car they might then grind that dirt they just picked up into your paint. I have been using waterless now for close to a year along with going to the car wash once every one or two weeks to wash the extra debris off first before I use waterless when I get back home and my car still looks phenomenal.
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Thanks again very helpful! Living in MI. I do use a car wash about 2 times a month in the winter because it's so cold I can't hand wash at home and it's to dirty for a waterless wash. Also the 3-5 times a year I run down some narrow trails I get MI. Pin striping (fine scratches) that need to be polished out. I am having a hard time getting on board with the coatings craze.

Here is my routine:
3-4 times a year wash and polymer sealant 1-2 times a year polish/wheel out
Weekly waterless wash/ detail spray
Winter time (4 months) 2 times a week ether power spray or a Raptor safe car wash with harsh soaps.

It looks like a lot of work but my truck looks good most of the time. I think a good coating would cut down on some of the time I spend but worry that the pin stripping and car wash soap in the winter would lessen the benefits of the coating. I have some thinking to do.
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