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If I do ceramic coating, will that help prevent the sun beating down making my paint start to fade/peel, and also help with light scratches from the mud or etc?

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There are many out there for a Diy cquartz is the way to go, it claims to harden your paint and help prevent minor scratches. Take that for what it鈥檚 worth I would say at best very very light protection and anything diy won鈥檛 be the same as a true pro dealer can get. As the post said above you need to do a full prep work. They make a speical soap to use when washing clay, polish etc. anything not corrected or left pre coat will not only still be there but will be 鈥渃overed鈥 also not sure your area most coats don鈥檛 flash to well in the cold. I was going to do one myslef just going to wait till spring. For now I鈥檒l use a sealant and wax and let it Rock for now
 

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If you have scratches, etc., you'll need to do a full paint correction first (clay bar, cutting [and maybe wet sanding], polishing, waxing). Ceramic will help protect the paint but it won't fix or hide imperfections. If your paint is starting to fade/peel, you'll need a repaint.
Ah I didn't know abt the prep work or to not be able to on fading paint. But ceramic will help from the sun making it fade and peel?

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There are many out there for a Diy cquartz is the way to go, it claims to harden your paint and help prevent minor scratches. Take that for what it鈥檚 worth I would say at best very very light protection and anything diy won鈥檛 be the same as a true pro dealer can get. As the post said above you need to do a full prep work. They make a speical soap to use when washing clay, polish etc. anything not corrected or left pre coat will not only still be there but will be 鈥渃overed鈥 also not sure your area most coats don鈥檛 flash to well in the cold. I was going to do one myslef just going to wait till spring. For now I鈥檒l use a sealant and wax and let it Rock for now
I didn't know about the cold weather situation. What wax do you use? I've never had a nice vehicle

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Yup I just picked up a new 23, I was going to put a ceramic coat on myself, but it is cold here prob won't get much higher than 32 rest of the year, my game plan now is going to wash, clay, light polish or a finish polish/ sealant and a type of wax over top. The new rave of products are "Si02" which is a form of ceramic coating. Just be mindful that most of these Si02 I won't say there are full gimmicks but they will not last as long as a true coat or a prof coat. There are very few out there but I have a si02 past wax from I believe Mckees, and I think another company just came out with one as well could be adams or another brand. The real trick part that should be left up to the pros is the paint correction, I have a hand polisher that won't do any harm I played it safe, but if you get one that can truly "cut" you need to be very careful as you could burn through the clear coat.
 

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As red sled said if your paint is already fading or peeling it鈥檚 too late . Ceramic is great especially if you do it befor paint accumulates scratches and such .a lot of prep work plus you have to use the right kind c quartz is trusted there are others . There is also graphine coatings now that are really competitive . Two things I recently did mine took 5 hours of light prep work since paint was in great condition you have to remove all prior waxes sealants such than no imperfections or it will look like 馃挬 second it will have to sit and not get wet for at least 24 I waited 48 hours for the coating to cure one last thing the towels and applicator you used will have to be thrown away since when coating cures it leaves behind shards of glass in them but sealants waxes are good plus chemical guys makes hyrdrocharge which is right on par
 

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As red sled said if your paint is already fading or peeling it鈥檚 too late . Ceramic is great especially if you do it befor paint accumulates scratches and such .a lot of prep work plus you have to use the right kind c quartz is trusted there are others . There is also graphine coatings now that are really competitive . Two things I recently did mine took 5 hours of light prep work since paint was in great condition you have to remove all prior waxes sealants such than no imperfections or it will look like second it will have to sit and not get wet for at least 24 I waited 48 hours for the coating to cure one last thing the towels and applicator you used will have to be thrown away since when coating cures it leaves behind shards of glass in them but sealants waxes are good plus chemical guys makes hyrdrocharge which is right on par
Damn I didn't know that. Understood

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Yup I just picked up a new 23, I was going to put a ceramic coat on myself, but it is cold here prob won't get much higher than 32 rest of the year, my game plan now is going to wash, clay, light polish or a finish polish/ sealant and a type of wax over top. The new rave of products are "Si02" which is a form of ceramic coating. Just be mindful that most of these Si02 I won't say there are full gimmicks but they will not last as long as a true coat or a prof coat. There are very few out there but I have a si02 past wax from I believe Mckees, and I think another company just came out with one as well could be adams or another brand. The real trick part that should be left up to the pros is the paint correction, I have a hand polisher that won't do any harm I played it safe, but if you get one that can truly "cut" you need to be very careful as you could burn through the clear coat.
Yeah, like these products? That's what you're talking about?

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Yeah, like these products? That's what you're talking about?

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What leveled17yeti said could have been said better. You need a perfect surface before you apply a coating otherwise it will look like turd for a long time. You can see here the results of the glass like finish if you take your time. And like Leveled17 said, toss the applicator out at the end of each session because it will scratch the hell out of the surface if you try to reuse it.

In this pic I did the drivers side and had not done the tailgate yet.


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Yes it will enhance the color. Blacks look blacker, reds more red, etc. It鈥檚 liquid quartz which reflects light.

It鈥檒l still get scratched and mud will still stick. But the work needed to clean and correct that is no where near than before.

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What leveled17yeti said could have been said better. You need a perfect surface before you apply a coating otherwise it will look like turd for a long time. You can see here the results of the glass like finish if you take your time. And like Leveled17 said, toss the applicator out at the end of each session because it will scratch the hell out of the surface if you try to reuse it.

In this pic I did the drivers side and had not done the tailgate yet.


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Damn that truck looks like a mirror. I'm jealous of your garage size lol

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Yes it will enhance the color. Blacks look blacker, reds more red, etc. It鈥檚 liquid quartz which reflects light.

It鈥檒l still get scratched and mud will still stick. But the work needed to clean and correct that is no where near than before.

Apex Detail on YT has demonstrated all of this many times
Ok cool I'll check em out

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