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ERJ
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Paint work

Post by ERJ » Thu May 09, 2019 2:49 pm

Hi everyone. New to this site having not had a Skoda before but excited for the new car. I wonder if you could advise whether any of you have gone for any form of paint protection?

I’m referring to the likes of ceramic protection applied by either the dealer or a third party.

Thanks
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SkodaVRS1963
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Re: Paint work

Post by SkodaVRS1963 » Thu May 09, 2019 5:29 pm

Don't let the dealer near it!!!!!!!
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Re: Paint work

Post by wokwon » Thu May 09, 2019 11:42 pm

No, I just cleaned, sealed and waxed it the first week I had it.

I would have liked the plastic wraps on the leading edges but it's too expensive.
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Re: Paint work

Post by Swindiaq » Fri May 10, 2019 7:39 am

For lack of a better local option, I went with the Williams ceramic protection (discounted).
I'm glad I got the paint protection, but wish I'd travelled a bit further to get a better product from a professional valeter.
If you're getting a dark coloured car then it's worth it IMO
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Re: Paint work

Post by scratch113 » Fri May 10, 2019 9:19 am

I've got a fairly low opinion of dealer-applied paint sealants, however that said, I did go for the Autoglym Lifeshine on my Kodiaq as it was offered as a deal-sweetener and was just too good an offer to pass up and saved me the bother of doing it myself. I'll see how long it will last, but expectations are that after about 6 months or so, I won't see any benefit from it, so no better than just a polish myself...

I've previously applied paint sealant to my cars myself - on my Land Rover (previous car) I used Liquid Elements' ECO Shield, which is really easy to apply, just do one panel at a time. If you give the car a wash and then use something like GTechniq Panel Wipe first, it will take off any polish residue and then the paint sealant will adhere much better and give a longer-lasting result. I can also recommend the R-Evolve X (also from Liquid Elements) for the alloys - again, easy to apply and makes washing them a joy!

Previous to that, I did my wife's C-Class Merc with GTechniq EXOv2 and C1 which are both a bit of a pain. If you're not quick enough at removing the residue then it goes really tacky and is a real pain to get back off. Best advice is to do just 1/4 of each panel at a time (especially the larger ones like the roof or bonnet).

Of course if you're willing to pay then search out your nearest GTechniq dealer and get them to apply the Crystal Serum Ultra (around £6-700 or so for a Kodiaq-sized car afaik). It comes with a 9 year guarantee and is apparently amazing stuff!

Hope that all helps!
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ERJ
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Re: Paint work

Post by ERJ » Fri May 10, 2019 12:14 pm

Thank you for the response. Whilst I’ve polished and waxed cars in the past I’ve never sealed the paint or anything similar so I will be getting a third party to do it. A local company (Walton on Thames) does a ceramic coating for £420.

I’ve known of friends cars having a similar ceramic or Permaguard coating and the cars never seem to get dirty.
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Re: Paint work

Post by SkodaVRS1963 » Fri May 10, 2019 5:33 pm

Ceramic coating does not stop stone chips, does not prevent water spots, does not replace proper care or maintenance, does not prevent scratches (irrespective of the advertising puff) and does not last forever.

It might be for some, not for me.
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scratch113
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Re: Paint work

Post by scratch113 » Fri May 10, 2019 8:30 pm

SkodaVRS1963 wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 5:33 pm
Ceramic coating does not stop stone chips, does not prevent water spots, does not replace proper care or maintenance, does not prevent scratches (irrespective of the advertising puff) and does not last forever.

It might be for some, not for me.
Nope, and nor does a decent wax polish...

I don't think any manufacturer of a paint sealant would claim to protect against scratches, stone chips or even to last for ever, despite the name given to the Autoglym product - "Lifeshine". Hmm, won't last that long, methinks!

Ceramic coatings (the decent ones anyway) do make it both easier to wash your car and also stay cleaner between washes as dirt doesn't adhere as well to the paint and it does protect better against bird lime than either a wax polish or else nothing at all (i.e. just wash with no wax or sealant). Still not absolute protection though - even with a ceramic coating, if you leave bird muck adhered to your car for more than a few days then you will still end up with a lasting mark on the paint. It's better than either wax polish or nothing though.

I would say that if you're all about a deep shine and the best finish you can get then a decent wax polish is superior, but you need to be doing it around every 2-3 months whereas a decently applied ceramic sealant can last at least a couple of years, and even longer in the case of the GTechniq Crystal Serum Ultra.

Horses for courses really.
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2003 Audi S4 4.2 V8
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1990 Ford Escort Mk5 1.6 LX
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Re: Paint work

Post by Zach » Sat May 11, 2019 5:02 am

Ceramic protection only really does the following:

- Improve hydrophobicity
- Repels dust & dirt (to a certain degree)
- Protect against UV damage
- Protect against chemical stains
- Makes maintenance easier

Ceramic protection does NOT do the following:

- Not require maintenance
- Make the car 'scratch proof' (ceramic coatings can have some micro-scratch resistance but there's no night and day difference)
- Protect against water spotting
- Provide gloss (the prep work done will factor in much more for gloss)

If I were you, I would put money that would've been towards getting the ceramic coating to get a paint protection film like Suntek PPF-C applied to the front of your car.
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