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Ceramic or not to ceramic... that is the question

Dazs87 Dec 11, 2017

  1. Flying Scotsman

    Flying Scotsman Registered User

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    @jassyo06 ....Yes mate, ceramic coatings can be applied by non professionals. As long as you prepare the paint surface properly and that means removal of all contaminants and imperfections. Next, you apply the ceramic coatings and allowing for drying times etc. your car looks great. The problem is many owners do not have a heated, covered garage, equipment and expertise in order to do this type of finish work.
    As an aside I am polishing and waxing my car today and yes it is cold and miserable weather, but I am fortunate in having a heated underground heated car wash area in my building.
     
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  3. Rob2k68

    Rob2k68 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    PMSL - you’ve been missed matey.

    Yeah first one is high expectations !!!!! ;o)
     
  4. S15THM

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    The ceramics vs professionals paragraph I posted was in reference to some of the higher end ones not being available to purchase as a consumer product and you actually need accreditation to buy them like some of the products others and myself have opted for on here.
     
  5. Flying Scotsman

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    @pburv ....He will be back....after one year of newly wedded bliss. :blink::whip::whistle2: :smile new: His thoughts will turn to life's realities and serious things, such as cars and poking good fun.
     
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  6. SL11CKK

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    Jim is a top guy! Love watching his vlogs though - just a pitty I can’t take my car there because he’s too far away from me as I’m in London.


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  7. DW81

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    Another white detail fan here to as well mate, I watched a couple of his videos now and when I do the detail on my rs3 in the spring I will certainly look at investing in a rotary polisher along side my DA. Seems this is something else I need to learn how to do.
     
  8. DW81

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    The crystal serum black sets within a minute I believe so you have to be on the ball othewise it will more that likely be wet sanding time.
     
  9. pburv

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    haha too true....I'ts been a long 12 months:sadlike:...Lot's of good fun but not enough poking:whistle2:......Oh and not many cars.:blow:
     
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  10. Tom.H

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    It was a 1h 45m drive for me lol
     
  11. jassyo06

    jassyo06 T-Cut King !

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    He's too busy doing his impersonation of Bob Dec Niro...... Out in the worldermess lol
     
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  13. jassyo06

    jassyo06 T-Cut King !

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    Can't set within a minute mate for example applying to one panel at a time..... by the time you coat it...the product can't set, as it's got to be then spread evenly over the panel and excess removed with a Microfiber cloth.....
     
  14. Broonie22

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    I have watched a bit of his YouTube channel and he is an absolute genius. What he does is amazing. Those two Astons recently were incredible. The attention to detail is mind blowing. Your car looks brilliant.
     
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  15. DW81

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    I probably heard it wrong then jassey. I see it’s a apply then wipe of very quickly product so maybe it gets very tacky very quickly, then Becomes a nightmare to buff off if left for to long
     
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  16. DW81

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    Couldn’t agree more, explains things very easily and also tells you what pads compounds his using. I’ve certainly learnt a few things from those vlogs, a master of his trade.
     
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  17. jassyo06

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    It becomes very grabby and time to get to that stage varies for all of them...... Going to treat myself to some detailing tools in January.... Probably cost the same as some on here who have paid for a expensive detail, but at least you have all the toys lol l wouldn't give it second thought applying any of these so called pro detailer products only...... As l think it's a rip off.....
     
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  18. Tom.H

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    Cheers mate, yeah he's a good guy. Made him a set of show plates to use for the cars he does - you may have seen them on his vlogs.

    Only GTechniq one I've seen that's accredited only in Crystal Serum, the rest can be DIY.
     
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  19. cuke2u

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    Just get it done and done properly:
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  20. glospete

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    or perhaps good fun poking ......


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  21. jassyo06

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    All top brands have a pro only coating mate Gyeon, Kamikaze, CQ Quartz, Fireball.... I laugh when watching them with the masks on in there videos applying the kit..... It's not exactly mustard gas lol
     
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    SPIKE_S3 Vorsprung durch Technik

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    Looks great....what a shine. Missing some tyre dressing though!
     
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    He comes across as really decent in his vlogs. Has a real passion for doing the very best he can. I am in Dundee so even less chance of him doing my car unfortunately.
     
  24. Broonie22

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    I did notice those show plates recently. Very impressive. Nice touch. He comes across as a good guy. Imagine it is very interesting chatting to him.
     
  25. Bristle Hound

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    @Rob2k68 - ^ Stunning Rob !
    Now you gotta keep it like that buddy ;) :D
     
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  26. Jimbo10

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    That's the nicest red Audi I've ever seen!!! :hi:
     
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    Thanks BH :friends:

    It was like that for all of 5 seconds before going out in 4 inches of snow but at least the coating was there to protect it and I got to see it beading :tearsofjoy:
     
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    If that's the case You need to go and visit some Audi showrooms mate
     
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    If I were on a quest to find the nicest red Audi then I might visit some showrooms...but I'm not...so I won't.

    I'll let you know when I spot a nicer one
     
  30. Dazs87

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    So, I had my car detailed and ceramic coated yesterday by Stefan from AV detailing. He was amazing! Worked so hard and I’m thrilled with the result. He’s mobile, but did it for me at my Audi garage where they let him use a private repair bay. For what I paid for, I am really happy and highly recommend him. I know there will be people who have paid a lot more, and they may have used different products etc. But for what I have had, I feel the results of my car finish in comparison to the price are amazing. It was a snow foam clean, stage one machine polish and a ceramic coat application. All for £350, I don’t think you can go wrong! Anyway, you can judge for yourselves by the pictures... so in answer to my original question, definitely ceramic coat!!!!
     

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    Awesome ye can't ask for more than that mate, anything more than £500 bangers then they are over charging especially on a new car detail
     
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  34. Rob2k68

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    That looks stunning - some of the best Navarra pics I’ve seen.


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  35. DW81

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    Looks flawless mate, very very good price too I might add. What coating did he use? I will say that your maintenance washing will be a much easier and enjoyable affair now mate.
     
  36. Dazs87

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    Really happy with the results! It’s called Aspect 9H ceramic coating... it was developed by the company and is super quick to cure and the results are great. IMO it’s as good a finish as I’ve seen on any other products. Time will tell of course, but the guys at Aspect Valeting were super helpful and knowledgeable and it doesn’t seem like they’ve built their business on ripping people off with substandard products. I believe in getting what you pay for, but this time I’m happy I went with the cheaper option!
     
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  37. Broonie22

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    That is fantastic. Your car looks amazing.
     
  38. stevefj

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    Looks like a fabulous outcome mate - Navarra when properly cleaned looks awesome. As long as you're happy with the service, results and what you paid is all that matters.
    We only paid what we did as the way Audi had left the car after 'cleaning and preparing' it prior to our collecting it was an utter shambles - they ended up having paid half the £750+vat cost to make good.
     
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