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Old 17-05-2018, 08:32 PM   #1
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Long term ceramic users - thoughts please

I constantly flip-flop on ceramic coating or not but currently swaying to the seriously thinking about side.

So I'd be really interested to hear pros and cons from people who've had some form of ceramic on the same car for at least two years.

Ease (or otherwise) of maintenance, resistance to daily life damage, persistence of appearance, beading/sheeting performance, missing waxing, not missing waxing etc etc anything at all that would cause you to recommend it/avoid it/do differently.
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Old 17-05-2018, 09:44 PM   #2
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Had nanos on 4 different cars from new now, and for up to 3 years. Nanolex,Gtechniq and Gyeon products.

Would never go back to wax.

Gtechniq Crystal Serum was most impressive on last car. From new to write off in 3 years, barely a swirl.

Maintenance easy, but still needed, so don't be fooled by some of the claims out there.


Beading and water resistant. Dirt will stick, but not as much as with wax.

It's extra clarity over wax Does show up all imperfections though. So prep is everything.

Gtechniq C2v3 is a great starting point and easy to diy. Not longest lasting (2-3 months).

Buy yourself 100ml and try. It's indecently quick and easy compared to waxing, and with good results.
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Thanks all good info

I'd get it done by a pro, as you say, the prep is obviously key so I'd want a proper refined starting point.
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Old 18-05-2018, 09:57 AM   #4
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I have been using coatings for 4/5 years now.
The two things I will highlight are.

1) Lighting. You need the best lighting to ensure that you remove the residue, if you do a poor job of removal it will leave a smudge that will drive you crazy.
I have found that regularly moving the car outside into the daylight is a good idea to ensure you have a crystal clear finish

2) Use the suede type cloths for removal and/or Final buff. Nothing beats them for coatings.

Other than that follow the instructions and you will be fine.
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