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    How is the prep process?

    Do all the swirls and imperfection need to be buffed out first or is clay bar enough?

    Yep, I'm new to the topic.

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    The amount of prep work you put in is solely based off what you want the results to be. The ceramic coating is basicaly a clear glass like polymer almost like an extra clearcoat once applied. So any imperfection that exist before you apply it will still be there.

    Most of the time you start with a deep iorn remover decontamination wash, then a normal wash and clay bar. Then a 1 to 3 step paint correction process depending on how bad the original paint is. I would say atleast 75% of the ceramic coat process is prep work.

    I know it seams expensive when you price it out but I've coated both my wifes Audi's and 1/2 of my Ram, I will tell you its alot of work to get it nice. And those guys earn there money.

    Hope that helps some.

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    I know lots of people use their Cummins for work and couldn’t give a dang about the sparkle (my neighbor has TWO Cummins work trucks and they’re simply coated in mud all the time) but I’m a huge fan of detailing. I use a coating called CQuartz, and I’ve coated my last 4 vehicles. Currently the coating on wifeys Camaro is a year and a half old and still looks like the day I coated it. I finished my coating on the Ram this past weekend, and even pearl white can have some liquid depth to it. Over time, swirl marks from simply drying your truck can be devastating to its appearance. I’d love to answer any questions you fellas have about coating and the process and “if it’s worth it.” If anybody is close to where I am, I can even help you do it. Detailing is my side hobby for when I’m home from sea. Let me know what you guys have coated with, and how it went for you!
    A buddy and me have been looking in to doing this to both our pickups. Is ceramic coating something your average guy can apply him self? Can you damage your paint in anyway if you dont know what your doing?


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    A buddy and me have been looking in to doing this to both our pickups. Is ceramic coating something your average guy can apply him self? Can you damage your paint in anyway if you dont know what your doing?
    Anything is possible, in both regards to applying yourself or doing damage. However, using the correct tools and application process goes a long ways. You'll want to strip wash, decontaminate, and clay bar first. The polishing process is where most people get cold feet. For both beginners and pros, the DA polisher seems to be the tool of choice. Because of it's random action, the chances of you damaging your clearcoat or paint is very slim. However, that assumes you're using the correct polish for the application, correct pads and polishing speed, and using common sense as to how long to remain in one area. I try to use all one company brand polish so I know what can be used with what, and in what order.

    The ceramic coating process itself is very easy. The only issues I can see with this is having visible high spots when done, and that can be fixed with a DA and a non-abrasive polish.

    My recommendation is to look into the coating you wish to use and what they recommend. It's very doable by the average person.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariner View Post
    Anything is possible, in both regards to applying yourself or doing damage. However, using the correct tools and application process goes a long ways. You'll want to strip wash, decontaminate, and clay bar first. The polishing process is where most people get cold feet. For both beginners and pros, the DA polisher seems to be the tool of choice. Because of it's random action, the chances of you damaging your clearcoat or paint is very slim. However, that assumes you're using the correct polish for the application, correct pads and polishing speed, and using common sense as to how long to remain in one area. I try to use all one company brand polish so I know what can be used with what, and in what order.

    The ceramic coating process itself is very easy. The only issues I can see with this is having visible high spots when done, and that can be fixed with a DA and a non-abrasive polish.

    My recommendation is to look into the coating you wish to use and what they recommend. It's very doable by the average person.
    Do you have any recommendations on coatings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megary View Post
    Do you have any recommendations on coatings
    My personal favorite is CQuartz TiO2.

    I've tried 3 different brands and this is my favorite.

    In fact, next month I'm set to polish and re-coat my wife's Camaro.

    I coated her car in CQuartz 2 years ago next month and it still beads water.

    It's also still completely swirl free.

    If you do coat your truck, don't forget it still requires maintenance to maintain it's condition.


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