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Williams Ceramic Coat

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I have the option, for £499 English pounds, to have the Williams (yes, the F1 team) "Ceramic Coat" paintwork protection treatment on the new chariot.

It comes with a lifetime guarantee and the blurb reckons it's better than 'traditional treatments' at resisting car wash traffic film removers (I'm being realistic about the likelihood of cleaning it myself here... :uhoh: ).

Anybody know anything about it? Worthwhile or should I look elsewhere?

I'm not terribly good at keeping my car clean and when I do it's usually at a hand wash place. So it's the protective layer I'm really interested in more than a full detail and paint correction, so at least when it is clean it looks it - and still will do in 3 years time.

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For £499 I'd get the car professionally detailed and coated with GTechniq instead. 

It makes an astonishing difference and Milo would tell you the same.  Both our cars (both 3 years on) still have the coating intact and it has a 5 year (might be 7 actually) guarantee.

Apart from that, you get the advantage of having the paintwork prepped before coating.  If they just apply the Williams stuff without doing paintwork correction (and most new cars need it regardless) then they're just protecting B grade paintwork and shine.

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My M2 is being Ceramic Coated next week, albeit with CeramicPro 9H. I'm only getting 1 coat (5 year protection) and the wheels done which should save plenty of valeting time.

The 'Williams (nothing to with the F1 team apart from branding) Ceramic Coat' is inferior to CeramicPro, CQuartz and Gtechniq, it's the next step up from AutoGlym LifeShine that dealers try and flog with huuuuge markups. It's a budget product so I'd suggest haggling that price down to around £250 then it might be worth it as it'll save on cleaning time and last longer than a wax or polish, which realistically you'll never do +++ 

As with all these products, on used cars, it's down to the preparation and depending on the condition of the paintwork you may struggle to get it GTech'd for under 500 - paint correction it's own could cost £200.

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15 minutes ago, Andy_Bangle said:

you may struggle to get it GTech'd for under 500 - paint correction it's own could cost £200.

 

On that note, if he was to take it to the detailer Milo and I had our cars corrected from new and coated with GTechniq, it'll cost him around £300-400 if he was to be referred by one of us... +++

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I think Ben's mate Nathan will be getting some business instead (Kowalski Details in Manchester).

As pointed out, it's worth having the paint correction professionally done first before a coat is applied, rather than a dealer monkey sealing in grime and paint defects... +++

 

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Always cheaper getting it done from new, I'm getting my car delivered to my detailer prior to the dealer PDI. The dealer has been told to keep his car wash monkey's and their gritting sponge away from it, the advantage of a white car should be no swirl marks- just the normal BMW orange peel finish. 

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56 minutes ago, Andy_Bangle said:

Always cheaper getting it done from new, I'm getting my car delivered to my detailer prior to the dealer PDI. The dealer has been told to keep his car wash monkey's and their gritting sponge away from it, the advantage of a white car should be no swirl marks- just the normal BMW orange peel finish. 

That's exactly what I did.  They get instructions not to touch the car and the detailer goes and collects it and takes it back.

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£500 will get a reasonably detailed detail. No need to go down the GTech route though. We managed without it before.

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9 hours ago, NewNiceMrMe said:

 

On that note, if he was to take it to the detailer Milo and I had our cars corrected from new and coated with GTechniq, it'll cost him around £300-400 if he was to be referred by one of us... +++

Is this guy based in Newcastle (area)? Would quite like GTech on mine but the Scotland guys never come with any trusted reviews that I'm aware of. 

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Can't find anyone in this area that looks remotely professional that I'd trust with such a job.

 

Right pain as I'd like to get the new Galaxy corrected and protected before it's put to work rather than just being a driveway ornament as it currently is!

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Even a poxy 520d looks bling with GTechniq....(and that was £300 including full paintwork correction).

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29 minutes ago, garcon magnifique said:

That does look impressive. +++

Indeed, especially when you consider the car was 3 months old and covered in grime - surprised it was only 10 hours work.

Take it you won't be taking them up on their Williams coating offer  :roflmao:

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It's the same with the 'Proffesional' AutoGlym LifeShine, dealer price £399 - eBay price £85. 

Just a another product for dealers to up-sale punters too, with horrendous markups, much like GAP insurance, tyre insurance etc. 

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Our eldests A1 had supposedly had AG Lifeshine when new.

We sent it to the detailer about 6 months ago and he said the seats had been treated so shoddily that he estimated about 50% of the material wasn't protected and there were large sections of the bodywork that had clearly been missed.

Ultimately, no matter what you put on a car, it is likely to be only as good as the person applying it.

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