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Old 10-06-2018, 09:35 AM   #1
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First time with ceramic - white paint

Hi I'm in need of your help. I've just got my self a 66 plate fiesta st in frozen white. Heard from a few people they have very soft paint. Was looking into ceramic coatings, nothing in particular yet. I've always used waxes before. I will give the car a good wash and decon then a once over with the DA with Scholl S20 black.

Here's the but. I don't have a garage or anywhere indoors I can apple the coating. Am I best just going to a local detailer for them to apply the coating and do all the prep myself or should I just go for it?

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Old 10-06-2018, 09:40 AM   #2
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I don't know what's your local detailer are like but I once spoke to mine about a little work and I'd do the prep and he said no. He wouldn't do any work without doing everything himself, that way he wasn't risking his reputation.
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:53 AM   #3
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Nobody you know has a garage?


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Old 10-06-2018, 10:02 AM   #4
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No pro would ceramic coat a car unless they did the prep work too - just common sense really. People seem to use coatings outside but this is asking for trouble imo, if you haven't got anywhere indoors to not only prep but also coat the car id be looking at alternatives tbh. Or look into having a pro do the work start to finish
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I'd stick to waxing and enjoy yourself with the multitude of options out there, there's great fun to be had.

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Use something like Tac Systems Moonlight or Gyeon Can Coat?

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Thanks for all the replies. It makes sense a detailer would want to do it start to finish. What sort of ***** would I be looking at for a polish and ceramic coating applied?

Unfortunately I don't know anyone with a garage near me.

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Can anyone recommend a detailer around Stockport area?

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CanCoat would fit the bill nicely methinks.
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Thanks for all the replies. It makes sense a detailer would want to do it start to finish. What sort of ***** would I be looking at for a polish and ceramic coating applied?

Unfortunately I don't know anyone with a garage near me.

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You can use Gtech C2V3 outside, and this works fine. Wont last as long as the harder ceramics (MOHs, C1, Exo etc), maybe 3+ months on naked just-polished paint, but will give you a flavour and is fast and easy to apply. Satisfying too.

That said I have C2 on naked paint on one wing and door of VW Up, since August last year, and it looks and lasts just great. C2 is very versatile from base coat to LSP to drying aid. Base car is Crystal Serum with Exo from new April 16. I have some work done on front OS wing and door and pillar, then put C2 straight onto corrected paint. Nevr got around to putting Exo on, and its hold up fine. Easily topped up too.







DIY ceramic coating outside is feasible, but not really with the harder variants, due mainly to their extended curing times.


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I do agree with comments about any detailer worth his salt wanting to do prep before applying.

That's not to stop you using your DA + scholl polish as you have done before, and doing this directly before taking car unsealed to detailer for a quote. He will still want to go over the car, but you just made his job so much easier by presenting clean decontaminated paint. Easier for him should also mean cheaper for you....

Worth considering.

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