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    Default Gtechiq Crystal Serum - a Detailers perspective

    Ceramic Coatings
    I Don't like them.

    Lets put things in to perspective, my job is to make cars look sweet, this can take me a few hours or even a few days. Thing is if they stay looking sweet for a long time, I’m shooting myself in the foot! I want my customers to come back on a regular basis, I do my magic and therefore I become indispensable. Perfect!
    Then there is the ceramic coating, the problem I have with it is that any decent coating will keep a car clean for much longer, make it easy to clean and keep it looking shiny…. For years! That puts me out of a job!! Now I know this from experience because I have a number of irregular customers. Now when I say irregular, I only get to see them when they have changed their car or and had a knock. When they get a new car I coat it with Gtechniq Crystal Serum, they say ‘Wow, looks amazing’ and then bugger off (after paying of course). If they get another car then I get to play again because, well it stayed looking amazing and did not need a detailer to keep it like that. So thats my problem with ceramic coatings, Im redundant.
    On the plus side for me, I am looking at at least three days worth of work, a specialist and reassuringly expensive product that only an authorised detailer can apply. So I get a tidy sum for a customer who is about to become irregular and is over the moon about how easy their car is to keep clean.

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    We use that as well but as you know it does take longer to prep the car otherwise i think the coating highlights imperfections.

    It is good stuff - most of my customers go for the 18mths one instead of the 5 years

    but I get your point.

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    Not sure what you're complaining about.

    A few years ago there was no such thing as 'detailing' and nobody would pay a few grand to get a brand new car cleaned and then another few grand to get it wrapped in plastic.

    No there is a growing industry that pays people with OCD a decent living!

    Make hay while the sun shines!


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    I feel sorry for t-cut 🤣

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    yup, bloody wraps mean all I can do is sand back the bug splat. 😁

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    Maybe do wraps - topaz must be making a mint - not exactly difficult ( although I have just seen a. appalling one ) and cost wise only expensive for the templates

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    Given you dislike them both, you might give a straight answer...

    Do coatings protect the car from stone chips in any way, or do you need PPF for that?
    I'm anti-PPF as I like to clean my cars and I like them to be truly shiny. still don't think PPF shine matches 'naked'

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    Actually I do not dislike either. It’s tongue in cheek.
    Officially coatings will not protect from stone chips and PPF will reduce the potential damage.
    Coatings in my experience make the paintwork more slippery so they reduce the damage but do not stop
    It. PPF takes the hammering but can look fugly after a time. My biggest problem with PPF is their coatings, this is improving but up
    Until now I end up putting a coating on both them and naked paintwork.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nineexcellence View Post
    Maybe do wraps - topaz must be making a mint - not exactly difficult ( although I have just seen a. appalling one ) and cost wise only expensive for the templates
    The thought has crossed my mind as I have seen plenty of bad wraps and plenty of good. There is one chap I would go to and they are on this forum


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nineexcellence View Post
    I feel sorry for t-cut 🤣
    T cut is the new vinyl, all the hipsters are raving about it.


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