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New Car paint protection

Discussion in 'Car Care and Detailing' started by thewez, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. thewez

    thewez Full Member

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    Umm new car is black with 20" alloys (Tarraco) and wonder if anyone's had ceramic coasting. Also thinking about some of those rim protectors...



    Any recommendations?



    Ideally Cheltenham area, although happy to drive for a good job.



    Might also get the yeti done too, that would be paint correction and ceramic as thats black too....



    Cheers,



    Scott
     
  2. Betts-4

    Betts-4 Active Member

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    I started a thread called autoglyme lifeshine I think as was after advice recently and came to conclusion stay away from dealers and ceramic Coat is best but more expensive.

    Got a deal at local place for £479 Cquartz and Gliss combo for exterior interior glass and alloys

    I had the rim protectors on my old ST and all flew off on motorway and nearly caused me to crash getting stuck in wheel! My advice stay away
     
  3. bunziboy

    bunziboy Active Member

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    It depends how fastidious you are and if you have OCD with the car paintwork. It can be a lot of work maintaining the appearance of your car. I have a black Cupra ST. Got it in March and had it detailed (inc. paint correction) and ceramic coated (CQuartz UK). I use pre rinse, snowfoam and the two bucket method with a few mitts, towel dry and top up with Carplan reload. It looks great but you can see fine scratches even after a few months. You can't avoid these with kids and people brushing past the car in car parks. Ceramic coatings are not scratch resistant but if you are getting a machine polish I would have it done as it's relatively cheap. I would firstly try a recommended sealant that fills swirls and see if that's good enough for you. If you don't mind the work washing it yourself you can slow the deterioration by avoiding brush washes and hand washes.

    PS. I fitted some RimBlades. I had a very light brush with a kerb and the stood up OK, a heavier kerbing would have damaged the rims. The alloy gator protectors look a bit more heavy duty but they are expensive.

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  4. Maypack

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    @Deano j1971 has Alloygators fitted in his CUPRA ST and from conversations we have had is very happy with them.

    I tried to get them fitted into my CUPRA 300 but the local supplier/fitter refused to fit them as my wheels are Diamond Cut.

    They are costly but if fitted correctly (and if they will fit them to your wheels) they seem to be well worth it.

    Gutted I can’t get them fitted so I have to be extra careful driving


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  5. bunziboy

    bunziboy Active Member

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    You can find some garages willing to fit them to diamond cut alloys. The problem is corrosion, I think. I'm sure there would be some protection for the rims you could apply to minimise any issues. The Rimblades I have don't look like they would give much protection as they are a soft PVC type plastic and only stuck on with double sided tape.
     
  6. Tony Tonic

    Tony Tonic Active Member

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    I've done Ceramic coating to my Tarraco with cartec at Autoshine . org in Kingson, bit of a trek for you though
     
  7. ChrisM75

    ChrisM75 Active Member

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    Not sold personally on the value of ceramic coatings. The value in a professional job is the prep work, where they make the paint about as perfect as can be before applying it. The coatings themselves are durable, but offer little more protection than regular nano products, and can be considered a little cold and glassy looking on some colours. Make no mistake, ceramic coated cars still get swirl marks, still get etched with bird poop, and can get hard water etching as well. Indeed water marking can be a really problem on ceramics, even the temporary types you find in sprays and shampoos now.

    CarPro Essence Plus is a good option instead (or as well). Side by side it looks better to my eye than ceramic coatings alone, and lasts a good 6 months.
     
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