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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Mon, Apr-17-2017, 07:28:40 PM   #1
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Default Vehicle Coatings Opticoat, Gyeon, C Quarts Finest

Hoping to get a good discussion on these coatings and if anyone has any experience with them for their current M3's or other vehicles.

These seem to be the hottest thing in the market and I can't really understand if they are worth it over a normal high quality detail with a wax.

There are suppose to be so many benefits, reduced marring, easier to clean etc.

Anyone have any real world experience? Are they worth the $1,000 + price tag?
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Default Vehicle Coatings Opticoat, Gyeon, C Quarts Finest

I have cquatz on my truck. Ehhhh. Idk if I would do it again. I have modesta on my m3. That is amazing. Higher price point though. Car seems to stay clean for a very long time. Everything repels off.
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I went with Ceramic Pro and an very happy with it. Better protection, longer lasting, lower maintenance, etc than a normal detail/sealant/wax.
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Also look into GTechniq Crystal Serum Lite and Exo V3
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Also look into GTechniq Crystal Serum Lite and Exo V3
This is another great combo! Very curious to see how the new Exo V3 fares. I know GTech CSL was quite good. I heared some having issues with Exo V2. The new one is supposed to be even more durable.
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I went with Ceramic Pro and an very happy with it. Better protection, longer lasting, lower maintenance, etc than a normal detail/sealant/wax.
Ceramic Pro is who I will be using as well. For the price point I choose CP because of lifetime warranty and also the only coating that goes onto your carfax besides the other main reasons.
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Ceramic Pro is who I will be using as well. For the price point I choose CP because of lifetime warranty and also the only coating that goes onto your carfax besides the other main reasons.
Amen. I had a full paint correction done and then had 9H applied. It's about time to go in for a simple refresh of the top "Light" coat to keep it all at it's best.
He even polished and coated my interior CF trim, looks brand new and will stay that way.
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Ceramic Pro is who I will be using as well. For the price point I choose CP because of lifetime warranty and also the only coating that goes onto your carfax besides the other main reasons.

I just read the lifetime warranty terms/policy.

Warranty doesn't seem to go far on paper. Apparently it only covers "environmental induced contaminants such as; bird droppings, tar, tree sap, bug impacts and oxidation. "

And even at that you have to meet their "annual service requirements" and pass their annual inspections.

I guess if you know the place doing the work well enough they'll take care of you. I was most interested in being protected from swirl marks and such. But that's not covered in this policy.

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I just read the lifetime warranty terms/policy.

Warranty doesn't seem to go far on paper. Apparently it only covers "environmental induced contaminants such as; bird droppings, tar, tree sap, bug impacts and oxidation. "

And even at that you have to meet their "annual service requirements" and pass their annual inspections.

I guess if you know the place doing the work well enough they'll take care of you. I was most interested in being protected from swirl marks and such. But that's not covered in this policy.

http://media.wix.com/ugd/9db0a9_3d04...52e6f20a65.pdf
Yeah there is no such thing as a lifetime coating. Also don't believe all the 9H swirl prevention stuff. Both of those are marketing tactics used by companies. Do more digging on the professional detailing forums.

No matter the coating you will eventually reapply and or have to repolish the car. Just a matter of how many swirls or etching marks you can handle before doing so. Once you polish or compound you must also recoat the car. The best thing you can do for your car for swirl prevention is a meticulous wash and dry technique.
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The best thing you can do for your car for swirl prevention is a meticulous wash and dry technique.
So foam gun and leaf-blower/air compressor gun! But even then, if you drive your car the dust and sand in the air will eventually do its damage. It's like the war on drugs, you can minimize the damages, but ultimately you will never win.

I guess you could always clear wrap your car after a paint correction. Although, I have been told they don't actually prevent chips. Often it just holds the paint in place, until the wrap is removed, then the chip marks appear. It should prevent swirls though.

There is a local guy with an M5 who had his car ceramic coated, clear-bra'd, then ceramic coated on top of the clear bra. Probably over kill, but his car always looks great.
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