Ceramic coatings?

Mar 23, 2012
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The web site for the product I had applied
The PDF

The sales Blurb:

"Ceramic Coat can be applied to your vehicle leaving an extremely durable and high-gloss finish which prevents pollutants from impacting your car’s paintwork.

Once treated with Ceramic Coat your paintwork is guaranteed for 5 years and you will never have to polish it again. Some paint protection products require the use of an ‘enhancer’ to maintain both the gloss shine and the lifetime guarantee. Ceramic Coat does not; all you need do to re-validate the guarantee is to have your vehicle inspected by the selling dealer after five years. In the unlikely event they find any problems with the coat, they will reapply Ceramic Coat*.

Without Ceramic Coat protection your paintwork could be become dull and faded over time, when exposed to atmospheric pollutants and harsh car wash chemicals. The paintwork will progressively fade and hold dirt meaning cleaning and washing will become harder."


Is it better than just to Wax your car regularly, I suspect there is an argument for and against, but if I don't have to Wax the MoHo...Happy days I have other cars that I can spend my time waxing ;)
Yes I had a similar thing on our car but wouldn't bother again (the williams one).I think next time I'll just take it to a hand car wash and get them to do an autoglym polymer sealant on it.

I was querying the use of the term "ceramic" as I don't see how it can really be ceramic as such (it could have ceramic particles in but that would be abrasive).


I suspect its marketing talk for durable (and expensive!)
 
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Listen to mr cynical there 😂
Yes I think I've always been Mr cynical and its getting worse as I get older I am also well equipped with our move to Yorkshire having both deep pockets and short arms!!!!

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Jan 24, 2019
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Yes I had a similar thing on our car but wouldn't bother again (the williams one).I think next time I'll just take it to a hand car wash and get them to do an autoglym polymer sealant on it.

I was querying the use of the term "ceramic" as I don't see how it can really be ceramic as such (it could have ceramic particles in but that would be abrasive).


I suspect its marketing talk for durable (and expensive!)
Similar but not the same, OK, I guess going to the hand car wash will use new unused cloths to apply the Autoglym (not knocking the product as I am an Autoglym fan). As I say year 1 the MoHo still looks like new and dead easy to wash.....will let you know in 4 years time. As for the marketing bit I believe Williams Ceramic is owned by Turtle Wax. My daily watch has Sapphire glass, being an outdoor type of guy my watch faces all get scratched......`i was sceptical regarding Sapphire glass yet I cannot see any scratches on the glass face of my watch it may be marketing backed but it works, first watch I have ever worn where the glass looks like new!
 
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HandyAndy
Aug 5, 2018
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While the ceramic coating itself is working nicely and the water beads off much better than most polishes I've used in the past. I do remember someone asking me about using this specific valeter, although I cannot seem to see the post now.
TBH, I wouldn't bother, I wasn't that impressed with their thoroughness despite them being there working on it from 10am til 5pm.. ( I watched em on the CCTV from work :D ) they missed quite a few areas I would have expected them to take more care of.
Didn't do the door shuts.
Didn't do under the bonnet
Didn't do under the edges of the rooflights
Didn't spend any time on some stubborn black plastic marks where I'd previously smacked the wing mirrors into the door panel :(
Didn't make a very good job of the front the over cab section above the windscreen because it was hard to reach I guess...
Some of the dull paintwork I asked them to polish was left a little "orange peely" for want of a better word, as if they had only lightly buffed it and not polished the dull out properly.

I guess I will be doing it my self next time after all. *sigh....
 
Jan 31, 2016
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My wife's Caddy goes in in couple weeks for full valet, paint prep, and 12 month ceramic coating, also getting sent removed.
Cost £250. I asked about Hymer and he wanted another £150 just clean polish and ceramic the outside if we had both done together.

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Aug 5, 2017
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My wife's Caddy goes in in couple weeks for full valet, paint prep, and 12 month ceramic coating, also getting sent removed.
Cost £250. I asked about Hymer and he wanted another £150 just clean polish and ceramic the outside if we had both done together.
That's cheap! It cost me £480 for a small sports car with a soft top.....
 
May 7, 2016
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We have a Williams ceramic coat on the car which is still good after 4 years. The motorhome has Paintseal ceramic which looks good but we have only had it for a few months.
 
Jan 24, 2019
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We have a Williams ceramic coat on the car which is still good after 4 years. The motorhome has Paintseal ceramic which looks good but we have only had it for a few months.
I have Williams as well (Turtle Wax)over a year on its still looks good they say it does not need re-applying unless there has been bodywork damage. Good news to hear someone else with positive comments (y) (y):)

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Jan 24, 2019
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My wife's Caddy goes in in couple weeks for full valet, paint prep, and 12 month ceramic coating, also getting sent removed.
Cost £250. I asked about Hymer and he wanted another £150 just clean polish and ceramic the outside if we had both done together.
First of all Ceramic, from what I have read does not have to be done annually, polishing removes the original layer (and probably paint) So....You may want to have a look at Williams or similar, Pausim is commenting his MoHo still looks good and ours does too.
 
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