Wax/Paint Protection

Discussion in 'Cosmetic Upkeep - Cleaning, Detailing, Protecting' started by Jon54, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. Jon54

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    As I’ve stated in other posts, I’m an old fart. My knowledge of paint protection is a can of Turtle Wax paste wax. Lots of elbow grease and never really happy with the results.

    I inquired of a reputable detail shop about ceramic treatment and was quoted something like $500 for my new truck.

    I’m looking for an easy to use product. Open to suggestions.
     
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    I just got my order of Avalon King Armor Shield IX.
    It’s a DIY ceramic coating. Seems fairly easy to use. Hardest part is getting the truck perfectly clean first.
     
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    I will be interested to hear your experience. Are you going to wash and then clay bar before you do the ceramic? If I end up doing a ceramic coat, that is what I was planning. I'm still on the fence whether to do the ceramic or use some clear bra wrap.
     
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    I used to be obsessed with detailing products but nowadays I keep it simple .. I throughly clean it then I’ll use meguiars hybrid ceramic wax every couple months and I’ll use p&s beadmaker after every wash to help with the drying and water spots

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    How do you like the hybrid ceramic wax? Thinking of switching over from Turtle Wax Ice once depleted.
     
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    I'm kinda' on the fence about whether to clay bar first or not. I've done it with vehicles in the past, and i know I probably should for best results. (This will be my first experience with a Ceramic product).
     
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    I put it on my truck soon as I got it and it’s still hanging on 3 months later .. it’s really easy to apply and I highly recommend it .. turtle wax ice is a great product as well
     
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    I've never been happy with Turtle Wax on a vehicle. The only product they have that I swear by is chome polish, use it on my MC and it's amazing on chrome.

    One wax that I really like is Meguiars wax, I've used it for years.
     
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    #9 May 4, 2019
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    Took a crack at applying the Armor Shield IX today.
    Not sure how good a job I did, as I only used 1 bottle, and expected it to take more. ( I didn’t do any of the inner part of the bed ).
    It looks pretty slick though...

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    The pictures certainly look good! That was just with a wash and dry before applying it? No clay bar?

    I'm really curious how well that will protect against scratches - I drive brushy forest service roads and get scratches from the brush. I'm hoping something like this will help with that. I bought white because it hides scratches better, but not getting them in the first place would be ideal.
     
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    Yep, just a quick wash (my truck barely has 100 miles on it), and a thorough dry.
     
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    WOW!
     
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    I'm still on the fence about doing the ceramic coating - it needs to sit for like 24 hours?

    I also watched this video:


    And they said it was a pain to remove. They said it was the consistency of syrup. Did you find that to be the case? How long did it take you to do the truck?
     
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    I'd guess, around two hours (hard to be exactly sure) because I had to stop a couple times (unrelated reasons).
    Not sure about the consistency, but I'd assume it's fairly thick, as I had to "shake" it out of the bottle onto the applicator.
    Goes on pretty easy once it's on the applicator though.
     
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    The hybrid ceramic is working well for me as well.
     

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