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08-15-2019 12:40 AM
LogicalPosition
I Totally Agree!

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Originally Posted by LeftCoastGeek View Post
Near as I can tell from googling and reading, that 'Ceramic Coating' stuff is more akin to a super-wax job than to anything resembling clearcoat or paint.

Ceramic coating seems to have some properties that I personally find very attractive.
#1 is the fact that you no longer need to wax the car.
#2 is the idea that you wash the car with water, no soap.
#3 is the idea that nothing sticks to it, bird droppings, bee droppings, dirt, tar, oil, apparently NOTHING.Supposedly it also acts like a hardened protective layer resisting stone chipping, scratches, and discoloration from staining.
#4 is the idea that you don't have to reapply the product very often, 1-5 years.
#5 is the idea that it fills in imperfections.
#6 it shines like wax and adds a thickness/depth to the paint.
#7 it's a DIY product if you know what you are doing.
#8 it's cheap by comparison to a respray.

When I saw dealers putting it on exotics, it convinced me that it was safe. When I saw it used on extremely worn paint, I was sold.
Is it a product I'd use on every car? Maybe not.
08-14-2019 11:48 PM
LeftCoastGeek Near as I can tell from googling and reading, that 'Ceramic Coating' stuff is more akin to a super-wax job than to anything resembling clearcoat or paint.
08-14-2019 11:28 PM
LogicalPosition
Rattle Can Solutions

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I've only got a peeling problem on the entire TE roof for now. Be nice to try this process maybe. I know here, no one is gonna shoot the top for less than $1,500 and that's probably with me prepping it. As long as I can make the top look nice again, I think I might be down for this.

Kevin
Kevin you and I have discussed paint solutions in the past. I know you weren't too keen on attempting rattle can solutions, and I said I was the rattle can king(Hey, at least it's color!).

I think this ceramic coating business hides a lot of the issues you get with rattle cans, and it sure does leave a thick, shiny appearance to the overall paint.Keep in mind it's only good for about 1-5 years depending on the quality of the product. I would think if the vehicle were stored in doors you'd probably get a few more years out of it.

My guess is, for well under $500 and a few hours of labor you could make your TE look excellent from 10-20 feet.
08-14-2019 04:13 PM
Real1shepherd
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Originally Posted by LogicalPosition View Post
I spotted a '93 Toyota MR2 at a cruise in from about 20 ft and decided to get a closer look.
As I approaced I was taken by the imprssive paint for such an old vehicle. I asked the owner, "fresh paint"? He said "No. Ceramic coating". I had explored ceramics 2 years ago, but hadn't seen an older vehicle with the product. I was told that new cars were the best application, especially the highliine cars.

When I closely inspected this MR2, it was almost like a new paint job. The owner told me it was faded, clear coat was peeling, had deep scratches, really rough, but he thought for $1k, he'd give it a try. You could still see the deep scratches and a few imperfections, he didn't bother refreshing anything under the ceramic, just thoroughly cleaned the paint. This paint was now thick, shiney, care free, and could easily look like fresh paint from 5-10 feet. That paint didn't look that good when that MR2 was brand new!

At this point I wandered over to the booths where they had reps for the Ceramic Coatings and had some exotics on display. Very impressive!

I doubt it's going to impress everyone, but if you just want a cheap alternative to a repaint, and if you want care free shine, this stuff seems to get it done.

Beware! There are a lot of DIY products out there, and I've been told there is a big difference in quality in terms of durability, ease of application, warranties, etc. As with any coating/paint, the prep/foundation matters most.
I've only got a peeling problem on the entire TE roof for now. Be nice to try this process maybe. I know here, no one is gonna shoot the top for less than $1,500 and that's probably with me prepping it. As long as I can make the top look nice again, I think I might be down for this.

Kevin
08-14-2019 04:08 PM
Real1shepherd Interesting pattern/color scheme...thanks for posting!

Kevin
08-14-2019 02:35 PM
Dunnik Coco Mats arrived today

I think the black/grey checker is the one to go for if you have a black or grey interior. Looks, feels and fit is fantastic.
08-05-2019 08:59 PM
ddhartman Removed the IACV and cleaned it. Now she is running smooth once again. Next step is to replace driver's side rear window sliders (or track assembly if I can't find sliders). Then onto replacing injectors (currently have to crank it a bit to start it, and the injectors are 31 years old).

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07-26-2019 12:50 PM
LogicalPosition
What Sold Me On Ceramics

I spotted a '93 Toyota MR2 at a cruise in from about 20 ft and decided to get a closer look.
As I approaced I was taken by the imprssive paint for such an old vehicle. I asked the owner, "fresh paint"? He said "No. Ceramic coating". I had explored ceramics 2 years ago, but hadn't seen an older vehicle with the product. I was told that new cars were the best application, especially the highliine cars.

When I closely inspected this MR2, it was almost like a new paint job. The owner told me it was faded, clear coat was peeling, had deep scratches, really rough, but he thought for $1k, he'd give it a try. You could still see the deep scratches and a few imperfections, he didn't bother refreshing anything under the ceramic, just thoroughly cleaned the paint. This paint was now thick, shiney, care free, and could easily look like fresh paint from 5-10 feet. That paint didn't look that good when that MR2 was brand new!

At this point I wandered over to the booths where they had reps for the Ceramic Coatings and had some exotics on display. Very impressive!

I doubt it's going to impress everyone, but if you just want a cheap alternative to a repaint, and if you want care free shine, this stuff seems to get it done.

Beware! There are a lot of DIY products out there, and I've been told there is a big difference in quality in terms of durability, ease of application, warranties, etc. As with any coating/paint, the prep/foundation matters most.
07-26-2019 11:20 AM
ackvig
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I attend and show my W140 at numerous car shows and cruise in's down heah in Florida, 2-6 events every week for the past 2 years. I have seen a marked increase in the number of vehicles that are ceramic coated in the past year. Everything from high dollar $2 mil+supercars to relatively inexpensive survivors.

I can honestly say I can't wait to get this ceramic applied to my Benz. It looks awesome! Apparently it's good for 5 years, no wax required, water and sponge washing, nothing sticks to it and it resists scratches. It gives the paint that "thick" appearance like you used to see on highline cars pre 1985. I've see ceramic that brought back horrid, scratched, faded paint, and made it look like fresh paint.

I think the basic application is about $1k, but you can buy the product for self application for under $200. I know the Lambo, Ferrari, Rolls, Maserati DEALERS are doing it to their showroom vehicles down heah.

Good luck, Dunnik!
OK, I'm intrigued!

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Thanks!

Much cheaper/easier than a full-respray, and my paint is a good candidate: it's still good, overall, but is showing its age. It has an honourable patina that is perhaps worth preserving.

Resprays are great (if pricey) but it's nice to be able to answer yes when asked if it's the original paint and they go, "wow".
Same here! My car would be a great candidate! Will love to see pics.
07-26-2019 10:27 AM
Dunnik Thanks!

Much cheaper/easier than a full-respray, and my paint is a good candidate: it's still good, overall, but is showing its age. It has an honourable patina that is perhaps worth preserving.

Resprays are great (if pricey) but it's nice to be able to answer yes when asked if it's the original paint and they go, "wow".
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