Since my Pontiac G8 GT recently reached the 10 year old milestone, I wanted to celebrate by refreshing the paint of my summer car. I researched for weeks what would be best to bring it back to its former glory and decided ceramic coating was the best option. Forget about Plastic Dipping (looks cheap, feels cheap) and repainting the whole car (way too expensive, will never look as good as the original). Members of the community mostly agreed that ceramic coating was the best option to cure swirls and minor/mild scratches. On top of that, it will last up to 5 years and years and you only need to wash your car after that. No more waxing, polishing or compound necessary. Been there done that, and it's a ton of work.
The proper application took about 3 days at a reputable shop in Ajax - 467 Auto Salon.
I got my car back a few days later and it looked better than at the dealership. All the swirls and mild scratches were gone. The coating gave a mirror like gloss and a silky finish to the paint.
Here is some pictures, looks even better in person.
this needs some clarification. Coating is just a protectant. Like a wax or sealant, it does nothing for swirls and scratches. The detailers got rid of those through good old fashion compound and polish. That said, ceramic coatings are all the rage and are showing their longevity. But please, please, please don't expect 5 years. That's so much bs that I feel bad for you. At most you'll get a year and then some residual. Even then, you need proper maintenance washes and a product like reload to keep her shiny.
And if you don't want to believe a random guy on the net, that's fine but think of it like this. We generally measure a cars life by mileage and how it was driven and cared for, not by how many years old it is right? why would a paint protecant be any different? Climates, where and how you drove it, if it was garage kept etc all affect the longevity of your protectant of choice. So nobody should put an age to their coating. And if that's not enough, go over to autogeek or autopia and you'll here the same from pro's.
You are absolutely right. The whole process involved the car being thoroughly cleaned with an acid bath, then buffed with compound and polish prior to the ceramic coating application, hence the 3 days process.
I have witnessed cars that have been ceramic coated for a few years and the gloss is still vibrant so I really don't understand your point. Of course it's not eternal and bulletproof, but most people spending 1200$ on detailing take absolute great care of their car, garage it, and don't winter drive it. I still wash the car every week but the process is much simpler than it used to be. Everything easily comes off with my pressure washer. I then apply the soap with the foamer and just lightly wash it with a mitt.
You are right when it comes to mileage and how it is driven. Mine is a garage queen, I barely do 8000KM a year, I don't even drive it when it's rainy. I think I will get the most out of it and personally see it as a placement. The car never looked so good.
I still firmly believe it is a great option to restore a car vs ugly plastic dip, wrap or the outrageous cost to get it repainted. Factor in the way I drive it and the fact I want to keep it for a very very long time and you have your answer.
As for the lifetime package, he mentioned you had to go every year for a checkup and they would refresh it if needed.
They now offer lifetime rustproofing at dealerships following the same idea.
I respect your point of view Belo, not looking to start an argument.