Waxing/Protective Layer

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    I remember when an old friend bought a BMW M3 new back in 2002. He put some sort of wax on it. I think he said 9 layers. He explained it built up a protective layer so dirt/etc basically wipes right off. Or you can just spray with a hose to clean the car without needing soap or sponges. It was a timely process but he said he loved it.

    Does anyone know what product this might have been?
     
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    ceramic coating, there are some DIY kits available but the best option for a vehicle is to find a local company that does detailing/ceramic coating as a service. I've gotten a few quotes locally in Houston and they vary in product, number of coats, and quoted lifespan. 5 year coating with 7 coats is around $1500, 7+ "lifetime" coating with 9 coats of product runs right at $2000. The less work the detail shop has to do on paint correction the better so I plan to take the truck straight off the lot and to the coating shop when we finally order.
     
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    There is a guy here in Des Moines that I had talked to about this just the other day. I am going to get mine done as well with the ceramic coating. He said he would do the 6yr warranty for $1000 if I took it to him right after getting it home. Otherwise it would be another $200.

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    Thank you for the info guys! Seems a little pricey. From anyone with experience with and without ceramic coating, do you feel it's really worth it? I am finding varying opinions online.

    I may just try the DIY first.....
     
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    I've been skeptical as well, but seeing the differences in paint alone is worth it to me. It looks amazing. I don't know what color you have, but if there is any metallic or pearl in it, it makes a WORLD of difference!

    -Mike
     
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    Watch a video on a true ceramic coating process...there’s no one that can correctly DIY ceramic coating, especially since you cannot purchase quality ceramic coating unless you are professionally trained. Anything you buy off-the-shelf is not professional quality and you will not have true ceramic coating (and...you can possibly cause more/irreversible damage using poor quality products). And ceramic coating over paint that hadn’t been professionally corrected is also going to create sub-par results.

     

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