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Old 06-28-2022, 02:39 AM   #1
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Can anybody recommend a ceramic coating for paint?

I am in the process of trying to improve the appearance of my car that has extensive peeling clear coat. I've attached some pictures. I want to do a DIY job at this point, mainly on the roof and areas adjacent to the roof. I just want something that will make the car look reasonable from a distance, will last at least 6-12 months and will offer some protection before I do something that is longer lasting.

I am considering a paint prep of removing the remaining clear coat with the edge of an old credit card, pressure wash, wet sanding, rub & buff and then a good wax OR a ceramic coating (with whatever the prep required for the ceramic coating).

I have seen various DIY ceramic coatings talked about on the internet, such as CarPro CQuartz and
Optimum (20055) Gloss-Coat. There are other ceramic coatings too. Here for example is a cheaper one that is rated highly on Amazon and has a "2 year warranty."

QUESTION(S): Can anybody recommend a ceramic coating for the paint on the roof and adjacent areas?

Are ceramic coatings really better and longer lasting protection than a good wax?

Thanks,

R.


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Old 10-19-2022, 07:05 PM   #2
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I am considering a paint prep of removing the remaining clear coat with the edge of an old credit card, pressure wash, wet sanding, rub & buff and then a good wax OR a ceramic coating (with whatever the prep required for the ceramic coating).

QUESTION(S): Can anybody recommend a ceramic coating for the paint on the roof and adjacent areas?

Are ceramic coatings really better and longer lasting protection than a good wax?

Thanks,

R.
Way late of a reply...but just in case for you, or anyone reading this later.

I actually tried going down that path. Removing the clear coat is rathe difficult. Only the stuff flaking and bubbling off is easy to remove. - I then went to sanding. Quickly went through the color coat and into the primer coat. didn't take much.

From the two coatings you mentioned, i've tried both, I'd prefer the CarPro UK3.0. I used this on a friend's 4Runner. From the various detailers I'm friends with (i do it on the side as well), UK3.0 is a nice coating and has pretty good durability.

Coating vs Wax? Yes, they are better and longer lasting.

Poorboy's World offers a coating that I like and is way easier on the wallet.

In the end, I had my car painted at a budget paint shop for about 1500.

I plan on wet sanding it myself, then applying a ceramic coating.
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