Back from getting OptiCoat ceramic yesterday.

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  1. Zooks527

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    This picture doesn't do it justice.

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    The real injustice is that I can't wash it for 2 weeks.
     
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    Man, Kona Blue really pops with a good coating! Looks like a good investment.
     
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    I've got Opticoat Pro+ on mine. Really keeps it shiny always. Yeah, the settle in process is a bit crazy.
     
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    Lookin good man. That's the thing about Kona. A camera can't even capture what it really looks like.
     
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    How much does this cost? Did you do it yourself?
     
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    Ugh, if I did a custom order I would've gotten exactly the same color/options you have. But, I didn't feel like waiting. The ceramic looks great. I had mine done last month and it's worth every penny.


    Also let me know if you ever want to sell those wheels lol.
     
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    Second on the how much did they charge you?

    I just got a quote of $1,400 for buff an then Opticoat pro +. Not sure if this is a good price or not.
     
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    $1400 for a full hand wash, paint correction where needed (there were some wet sanding marks from the factory), and application to the body, glass, and wheels. Also comes with a free hand wash in two weeks, where they'll show me the "official" wash technique (which, as it turns out, is the same one I've been doing for the last 10 years of black BMW ownership).

    Struck me as needlessly spendy, which is why I didn't do it on delivery. Then I found out just how easily this paint picks up scratches (via the massive pollen dump going on for the last month) and bit the bullet.
     
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    20 weeks. It was a long slog.
     
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    I have my 2019 Gt Premium since November; have been careful not to drive in bad condtions ( including deer season at night) and have less than 3000 miles. Had the entire front clip wrapped ( bumpers/facia/hood plus two small spots rear of the rear wheels, and the rest is ceramic coated. I've washed the car exactly three times. All it needs is a quick dust off with detailing mix, one moistened micro towel, and a dry one for buffing. Takes about 10 minutes. Good investment in my book. Cost about $2700; I know- it's not cheap, but I'm satisfied.
     
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    I'm debating doing this. My 19 should arrive within a month. What brand of coating and wrap did you choose?
     
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    $1400 is not bad. From a detailers perspective, we'll spend roughly 12-16 hours on one vehicle that is getting a coating package. The amount of prep, and insane amount of thoroughly going over the paint to ensure it's uniform and free of contamination and swirls and scratches is nuts. For coatings, we'll typically have the customer drop the car and have it up to three days. So yeah, unless you're having a cave-man do it, $1400 is on the low side..

    And with us it just doesn't stop with the paint, we have specific coatings for plastics, wheels, etc... So yeah, a prep & coating by an experienced shop on coatings with good reputation could range from $1200 - $2200 depending.

    I had a guy with a big Raptor come in... so yeah... it's a lot of work!

    P.S. - To the OP, you're Stang looks amazing! :)
     
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    The wrap was Suntek, with a 10 yr warranty. I don't know about the ceramic but it's good for either 2 or 3 years. If you do the wrap make sure you let them wrap the black plastic panel under, and along, the trunk. They warned me it scratches easy, and they're right. Have to take it back and have it done. I saved cost of "paint correction" by installed 4 mudflaps at the dealer's parking lot, then driving at 25 mph to the detailer, who was 1/2 mile away. I've heard of some instances where people have found it cheaper to get the car from the dealer to the detailer on a flatbed, avoiding any "paint correction". Guess it depends where you live.
     
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    One more thing- they did the windshield with ceramic. Mirrors with Suntek.
     
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    It looks great but I can't get over the cost for it. I HATE the fact that my garaged kept car gets so dusty sitting there and it is a chore to clean it for car events. But I still can't bite the bullet on getting it coated.
     
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    I hear you. Mine sits garaged and gets dusty too but last nite I went to a local cruise nite. Rather than washing it I gave it a quick wipe with a detailing spray and a dry micro towel.You have to be careful which detailing sprays to use as some can hurt the ceramic. But I was done in 10 minutes. If the car had needed a wash, that's different. But it seems it hardly ever does.
     
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    Prices here are far lower, about 1/2 of quotes above by top shops and even less by "good" shops. I did wheels myself, not hard if you prep well and take your time.
     
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    I became my own customer when I got my 2019 GT/CS. Pulled it in the shop and spent about 3 or 4 days on it. Still finding little things and fixing them.

    Here is the thing, If you have the time and physical abilities... Doing this work is both understanding the process, obtaining the right products and some general knowledge and a whole lot of just jumping in. Mike Philips teaches folks in his Competition Ready classes form 7 years old to 87 years.

    Head on over to Autogeekonline.net, and you CAN learn and do this all yourself. (And this is coming from someone who details)… You can do it! ;)
     
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    I paint corrected my car twice ,added a clear bra and never looked back
    Ceramics look slick but are not protection and with all the dam bugs we get
    in the south I need protection over shine and the ability to scrub them fuckers off
    without jacking up the paint
     
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