Azure gray metallic tri-coat cost is insane!!!

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Just got done talking to my dealer on a mock build. The upcharge for the new azure gray metallic tri-coat is $995!! I fully expected an upcharge. But that is crazy!!!
My wife wanted the cactus color and it was over 1000 and you had to add another package to do it.
 

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My dealer would never do that. All vehicles are at MSRP.
  • Plus $1995 power running boards
  • $1495 power tonneau cover
  • $550 ceramic coat
  • $295 metallic lettering inserts
  • $949 3M paint protectant
  • $229 2 extra cargo hooks
  • $2495 Ford 8yr/100,000mi bumper-to-bumper warranty
  • $149 invoicing & document fee
Forget the dealer ceramic, @AzScorpion will Graphene it, and toss in a free damper, for a fee of $3,000. And you're paying for quality with him.

But seriously, that's good price for ceramic work!
 


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Just got done talking to my dealer on a mock build. The upcharge for the new azure gray metallic tri-coat is $995!! I fully expected an upcharge. But that is crazy!!!
WOW! and I got the "Saber" paint color for no extra charge, and now it is almost Custom since it is so rare. I love it and I get compliments daily from friends and strangers alike!
 
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It certainly is on the Ford website. Perhaps that changes on the new ordering 2023 whenever it comes out.
I don't know where you are looking but Cactus Gray is not an upcharge color on the Ranger, Bronco or Bronco Sport. Never has been.
 

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Geeze people relax. I know there are plenty of upcharges for colors across different manufacturers. I was just saying I'm surprised the price is $995 azure. Which is $200 up from Cyber Orange. Both are metallic tri-coats.
lettuce used to cost me $3. Now it costs me $12.

in the world of paint, the sparklie bits specific to that paint probably went the route of the lettuce.
 

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Forget the dealer ceramic, @AzScorpion will Graphene it, and toss in a free damper, for a fee of $3,000. And you're paying for quality with him.

But seriously, that's good price for ceramic work!
Too good. I'm guessing it's not a true ceramic top coat. Ceramic is one of those terms that isn't regulated so companies can get away with being real loose with what it means. Normally you should expect to pay two to four times that amount to have a paint correction done and the ceramic applied.
 

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Too good. I'm guessing it's not a true ceramic top coat. Ceramic is one of those terms that isn't regulated so companies can get away with being real loose with what it means. Normally you should expect to pay two to four times that amount to have a paint correction done and the ceramic applied.
The word Ceramic is a well defined term, any metallic oxide is a ceramic. Most of the ceramic automotive coatings contain aluminum oxide or titanium dioxide in them but as long as it contains metallic oxide it can be called ceramic.

The only real difference between the designer coatings the pros use and what you buy at AutoZone is the concentration of ceramic in the bottle. That concentration difference does not justify the cost difference, it's simply what the market will bare.

I am quite sure that that quoted price by the dealer does not include paint correction and to have a ceramic coating applied certainly does not require paint correction. That 2 to 4x price difference you mention is 90% or more the cost of the labor for paint correction. The actual cost of the ceramic coating material and it's application is very small.
 

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Here is azure gray metallic tri-coat

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My first thought when I read "insane" was you were being hyperbolic. After seeing that color and thinking about @hell's new ride in that stunning Green, I think I agree. No way I am paying a grand for that color.

Of course, this is coming from the guy who paid no uncharge and bought plain Jane Iconic White, so... :)
 

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I don't know where you are looking but Cactus Gray is not an upcharge color on the Ranger, Bronco or Bronco Sport. Never has been.
Use the order process on the Ford website for a Ranger. When you chose that color it wants to add another package.
 

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The word Ceramic is a well defined term, any metallic oxide is a ceramic. Most of the ceramic automotive coatings contain aluminum oxide or titanium dioxide in them but as long as it contains metallic oxide it can be called ceramic.

The only real difference between the designer coatings the pros use and what you buy at AutoZone is the concentration of ceramic in the bottle. That concentration difference does not justify the cost difference, it's simply what the market will bare.

I am quite sure that that quoted price by the dealer does not include paint correction and to have a ceramic coating applied certainly does not require paint correction. That 2 to 4x price difference you mention is 90% or more the cost of the labor for paint correction. The actual cost of the ceramic coating material and it's application is very small.
So we should charge more for the "ceramic" coating on our trade -ins!
A nice ferric oxide trim and coating? ;) :giggle: Trust me! 🤣
 
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The word Ceramic is a well defined term, any metallic oxide is a ceramic. Most of the ceramic automotive coatings contain aluminum oxide or titanium dioxide in them but as long as it contains metallic oxide it can be called ceramic.

The only real difference between the designer coatings the pros use and what you buy at AutoZone is the concentration of ceramic in the bottle. That concentration difference does not justify the cost difference, it's simply what the market will bare.

I am quite sure that that quoted price by the dealer does not include paint correction and to have a ceramic coating applied certainly does not require paint correction. That 2 to 4x price difference you mention is 90% or more the cost of the labor for paint correction. The actual cost of the ceramic coating material and it's application is very small.
What the material ceramic is is defined but constitutes a coating in a practical, functional way is not. Quick spray coatings don't contain a high enough concentration to form a reasonable layer that provides any of the intended long term benefits of a ceramic coat. Shiny for a bit because of the other ingredients in whatever the spray are but it won't perform the same protective function. I just drove 800 miles through the back country in Wyoming, brushing up against sage and trees the whole time. Covered in dust and gravel. At the end it looked like hell. A quick wash and not a scratch on the truck. A cheap, quick spray product doesn't provide that.

And yes, you don't need to perform a paint correction beforehand but why wouldn't you want to do that first, both on terms of how much better it looks and in terms of how well any protective or shine product will adhere to it? Doing it half ass will never get results better than half ass.
 

 
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