Very, very impressed with CMX; 2 coats, pics inside

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    I am of the mindset that you shouldn't just jump around trying to use all the latest "hot" detailing products. You should find a line and stick with it, learn it, know how it reacts, etc (I believe I picked this up from one of the Ammo videos).

    For me, that line is Mothers and I have now applied two coats of CMX to my 2019 GT. Coats were about 15 hours apart and CMX requires a very, very light touch when you go to remove it. The less pressure I applied, the better it looked and I was barely holding on to the microfiber towel. I debated not doing ceramic because I didn't want "that look"; the one that makes your car have a candy-coated-shell that makes you look like a Skittles rolling down the street. I think CMX left a nice protective layer that also looks good. Pics below, critique welcomed.

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    Looks great! I bought some CMX yesterday and did a couple of panels - very impressed. Much better than the CQuartz Reload I used previously.

    I thought of using CQuartz UK or some similar full deal product, but for now I'm quite looking forward to using this and building up a few layers

    Good product
     
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    Remind me, isn't that CQ stuff mega expensive? CMX (I think) would be the much better value.
     
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    #4 A7X, Jun 13, 2019 at 9:34 PM
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    CQuartz is pretty expensive. A do it yourself kit is probably $75 and takes a fair bit of time and preparation and is a one time use
    I'm amazed at the results on the panels I did. It was raining today and the rain beaded up perfectly and just rolled off as I was driving.

    I've never seen that level of beading on a car before. For $25 Can for a pretty large container that will probably last for a couple of years is a good deal. Applying the CMX is super easy as you said
     
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    I don't know if CMX or the Meguiars version are the same as a "real" ceramic coating, but I just wanted to say you're not wanting to look like a Skittle rolling down the road and having bright red wheels and decals don't exactly mesh in my mind haha

    Are you talking about the super shininess from most ceramics?
     
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    What you are posing as "super shininess" to me looks like a hard-candy shell. It just looks a little too "thick" to me and borders on ridiculous. This affects some colors more than others, IMO people with Kona Blue cars just shouldn't get crazy with the ceramic, it looks awful. I'm just not a fan of it and prefer the finish that CMX has left on my car.

    As for my red wheels, well, I view the Mustang as a platform that I can use to make my own. I bought a bone stock Mustang for a reason and I'm customizing it to my taste. My car is named "Sunday Red" and I add red components/accent to build it in the way I'd like.
     
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    That's very cool.

    I've gone the opposite way and gone black. Faded factory stripes, black wheels and badging

    Different strokes and all are valid
     
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    I'm not saying you can't do what you want to your car to make it your own, jut saying it's weird to me to talk about one thing being Skittles for the extra gloss (I know what you're talking about with some of them) and then have bright red wheels which actually would look like Skittles to me. We call one of our buddies Skittles because of the number of times he's changed his car's theme up, he took it a step further now and put little flashing LEDs at the corner of his headlights now lol.

    Let us know how long the CMX ends up lasting for you, always nice to see real world results instead of manufacturers saying it can last a year.
     
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    I'm gonna go full skittles on my kona blue!
     
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    I will mock you accordingly :cwl:
     
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    I will do that. Although for me, detailing is like therapy, so I enjoy doing it. It will be hard to think about how good the CMX is alone since I'll most likely always have a quality wax or detailer (both Mothers) on top of it too.
     
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