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Old 01-06-2020, 12:41 PM   #15
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It took me many years to figure out and understand the detail process that I call my own. I'm still learning and critiquing the ways I do things and the products I use. You won't be able to figure it all out in a forum thread like this. I suggest you start researching. Adam's has many solid products and they are a sponsor here. They also make many great videos on Youtube that show and explain the installation techniques of their products.

If you're unsure on the direction to go, maybe breaking down the solutions into grades would be better.

Fair- wash/wax

Good- clay, correction/polish, ceramic coating

Better- clay, correction/polish, clearbra-style limited placement PPF, ceramic coating

Best- clay, correction/polish, PPF the whole car, ceramic coating (coating is honestly just icing on the cake and helps with UV protection)

You will need to determine your price range and what you're willing to take on versus shipping the car to your detailer. For an amateur, polishing a car with a DA and applying an off-the-shelf ceramic coating is certainly doable after some research. Don't hesitate to test things on another car first. As mentioned before, there are some good resources here to also help you get started.
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Old 01-06-2020, 01:06 PM   #16
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It took me many years to figure out and understand the detail process that I call my own. I'm still learning and critiquing the ways I do things and the products I use. You won't be able to figure it all out in a forum thread like this. I suggest you start researching. Adam's has many solid products and they are a sponsor here. They also make many great videos on Youtube that show and explain the installation techniques of their products.

If you're unsure on the direction to go, maybe breaking down the solutions into grades would be better.

Fair- wash/wax

Good- clay, correction/polish, ceramic coating

Better- clay, correction/polish, clearbra-style limited placement PPF, ceramic coating

Best- clay, correction/polish, PPF the whole car, ceramic coating (coating is honestly just icing on the cake and helps with UV protection)

You will need to determine your price range and what you're willing to take on versus shipping the car to your detailer. For an amateur, polishing a car with a DA and applying an off-the-shelf ceramic coating is certainly doable after some research. Don't hesitate to test things on another car first. As mentioned before, there are some good resources here to also help you get started.
Thank you, your "Better" line is pretty much exactly what I am going to shoot for. I grew up working in my Dad's body show and worked with the old buffers and such (although it has been 30 years) so using a modern polisher shouldn't be an issue. Just need to figure out exactly what I need to buy (all this new ceramic/PPF stuff is all new to me), thanks to you guys I have a much clearer idea of the process and feel much better about a path to take.

Like I said, not looking for 100% show car quality, but would like it to look great for a very long time (I plan to keep this car for a long time).

Thanks again for all the input and please keep the suggestions and comments coming!
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Old 01-06-2020, 02:29 PM   #17
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Thanks Adam, I was looking at your stuff yesterday...

Do you have a easy list of the initial basic stuff to get?

What to wash with...
Claybar/surface prep...
Ceramic options...

There are so many products on your site I don't know what I need and what I don't...

Maybe a beginners guide to "Here's what you need to do to your new car for the average owner/mild enthusiast..."

The car will eventually be my daily driver so I'm not looking for show quality, but I certainly take pride in my vehicles and keep them a long time so want to keep it looking good (and this is the most expensive vehicle I have ever purchased)...

I'm going crazy reading all this stuff trying to figure out what is what and what I really need, if there was a simple guide for the average car owner/mild enthusiast to keep our vehicles looking great at a reasonable price I'd be all over it...

For washing our Wash & coat will help to make your coating last longer.

https://adamspolishes.com/collection...ucts/wash-coat

Here is a link to our Surface Prep.

https://adamspolishes.com/collection...s/surface-prep

Here's our clay

https://adamspolishes.com/collection...econtamination

And our Coatings

https://adamspolishes.com/collection...int-coating-9h

Thanks!
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Old 02-25-2020, 02:55 PM   #18
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User Friendly Ceramic coatings you can do yourself at home

CarPRO CQuartZ UK 3.0 Ceramic Coating - should last 2-3 years with regular maintenance
CarPRO GLISS as a super glossy top coat - Will last about 1 year and offer insane gloss.

GTechniq Crystal Serum Light Ceramic Coating - Should last 3+ years
GTechniq EXOv4 super glossy top coat - Will last 1 - 1.5 years.
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