This was one of our June 2016 Ceramic coatings done on a friends new to him Mini Paceman.
There was so much trim to tape up and vinyls to protect from the buffer, the tape job took us half a day!
We first compounded to see what’s left in terms of RIDS (random isolated deep scratches), lightly spot sanded where we felt comfortable and then repeated compound polishing. A final gloss polish is used to get as fine a finish within the paint correction stage before applying the ceramic coating.
Per manufacturer instruction, each ceramic coat gives a theoretical 3 year span. It’s possible to layer coats to result in a more substantial coating lifespan however adequate curing time between needs to be considered, of course depending on the coating used.
A maximum of 3 layers seems to be the limit that the detailing community goes for. With the Paceman I did initial two coats with a third on the following day (i.e. Day 3). (PS> This was from a 50ml bottle, a little goes a super long way.)
Scratch resistance is the major selling point with Ceramic coatings and indeed they do. It doesnt however mean they are “bulletproof” and the coating itself cannot be scratched. Like a bulletproof vest, the coating absorbs the damage protecting the paint underneath.
Also, while ceramics offers a “no maintenance” proposition. I do advocate periodic ceramic based sealants like RELOAD to build up and possibly cover weak areas. There is also specialised shampoos like CarPRO’s RESET that aids in safe cleaning and as the name suggests “resets” the top most molecular structure. It is also safe to clay and remove iron deposits from a ceramic coating with specialised products.
We offer a “Ceramic Coating Maintenance Wash” using CarPRO (i.e. RESET as shampoo, PERL for tyres and trim and RELOAD on paintwork).
BTW: Check the front bonnet red vinyl, what do you see?
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