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My ceramic coating experience

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    To me there are only a few levels of 'truck.'

    1. Dirty, filthy, dented work truck.
    2. Yeah, it gets washed once a month truck.
    3. Washed weekly, waxed bi-annually.
    4. Detailed once a month, rinsed every day.
    5. Show truck - always shiny and new looking.

    I've mostly vacillated between 2 and 3, with an occasional foray into 1.5 territory.

    I can't justify the time/money for 4, and especially not for level 5.

    But here's the thing: It's not my truck that you choose to spend time and money on. I try not to be judgmental of any truck, or any truck owner.

    (Except the guys with the truck nutz. Those guys are douchebags.)

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    I'm pretty fortunate that I get a "company" vehicle to drive. So mine usually sits in the garage and only has 30k on it right now. Most of my customers are truck owners, who just don't have the time or patients to truly clean the truck. Once I clean and apply some form of protection, the owner usually only has to wash it regularly and it looks good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eracer View Post
    To me there are only a few levels of 'truck.'

    1. Dirty, filthy, dented work truck.
    2. Yeah, it gets washed once a month truck.
    3. Washed weekly, waxed bi-annually.
    4. Detailed once a month, rinsed every day.
    5. Show truck - always shiny and new looking.

    I've mostly vacillated between 2 and 3, with an occasional foray into 1.5 territory.

    I can't justify the time/money for 4, and especially not for level 5.

    But here's the thing: It's not my truck that you choose to spend time and money on. I try not to be judgmental of any truck, or any truck owner.

    (Except the guys with the truck nutz. Those guys are douchebags.)
    When you aren't a level 4, a ceramic coating allows you to keep a like new shine longer without the frequent details and makes the washes easier.

    It's far easier and quicker to wash and dry now.
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    Hows it holding up man?

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    I haven't washed the truck in about a year, lol. So it's hard to say. It still shines up nice and glossy after a wash, but it definitely doesn't bead water any more. That's mostly my fault for not washing it frequently enough, but that's also one of the biggest reasons I wanted some protection on there-I know my tendency to put that off when I'm busy. To really maintain the water beading I should have topped it with something between then and now, probably gtechniq c2v3 or similar. Frequent washing/drying and maybe hitting it with a clay bar now and then might have done the trick. The surface of the ceramic coating can become contaminated just like clear coat.

    The real test will be seeing just how easily it polishes back up the next time I do it. I would say now that I'm not so busy that time is coming.

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    I know you weren't asking me, but my ceramic Coating is a year old now and it's not my opinion that impresses me nearly as much as the folks that care for my trucks cleanliness.

    They see my truck on average 3 times a month. Most times it's a truck that looks like it has done a bit of off-roading, due to the dirt road I live on. But I'm mostly concerned with the nasty crap that comes from parking under the trees, sometimes without moving the truck for a week.

    These handwashing folks tell ME that they are the ones that can tell that everything just wipes off so easily. Less elbow grease on their part. They do this all day every day and it is clear to them that the truck is just plain slippery.

    I'm a believer.

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    Im looking at doing a ceramic coating this summer on my truck. I think i'm gonna spend a few days and do it myself and really clean her up.

    I want one of the thicker ones for more of a paint protection type deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eracer View Post
    To me there are only a few levels of 'truck.'

    1. Dirty, filthy, dented work truck.
    2. Yeah, it gets washed once a month truck.
    3. Washed weekly, waxed bi-annually.
    4. Detailed once a month, rinsed every day.
    5. Show truck - always shiny and new looking.

    I've mostly vacillated between 2 and 3, with an occasional foray into 1.5 territory.

    I can't justify the time/money for 4, and especially not for level 5.

    But here's the thing: It's not my truck that you choose to spend time and money on. I try not to be judgmental of any truck, or any truck owner.

    (Except the guys with the truck nutz. Those guys are douchebags.)
    Obsessed with a clean truck. I’m a 3.75 on that scale. I probably need to seek professional help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EcoXLT View Post
    Obsessed with a clean truck. I’m a 3.75 on that scale. I probably need to seek professional help.
    Me too man, me too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Envious View Post
    Im looking at doing a ceramic coating this summer on my truck. I think i'm gonna spend a few days and do it myself and really clean her up.

    I want one of the thicker ones for more of a paint protection type deal.
    My brother bought the stuff and did it himself. I think he did 2 coats.

    The truck was brand new and even though it probably came with some imperfections that should be "corrected" before a professional would have ceramic coated it, he said it was already perfect in his eyes.

    One thing for sure is you could clearly see the before/after as he was applying it. Pretty amazing considering.

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