Ceramic Coating

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2022 Lariat Tremor 7.3 carbonized gray
I was down at one of our local auto detailers tonight doing a consultation on ceramic coating and was a bit shocked by the pricing and wanted to run it past the group. I was inquiring about my Tremor on order but we were actually there for my buddy who has a new GMC Denali 2500 so same pricing would apply to my truck. We were quoted $1,800 for ceramic coating on the paint, windows and wheels, which comes with a 6 year warranty. From my research online I was expecting this to be closer to $1,000. Am I being unrealistic or is that the going rate for a good ceramic coat?
 
I was down at one of our local auto detailers tonight doing a consultation on ceramic coating and was a bit shocked by the pricing and wanted to run it past the group. I was inquiring about my Tremor on order but we were actually there for my buddy who has a new GMC Denali 2500 so same pricing would apply to my truck. We were quoted $1,800 for ceramic coating on the paint, windows and wheels, which comes with a 6 year warranty. From my research online I was expecting this to be closer to $1,000. Am I being unrealistic or is that the going rate for a good ceramic coat?
I paid $1000.00 for a 10 year ceramic coating.
 
I paid $1,000.00 for 10 year including all the glass and wheels and the wheels are removed and they coat the face and the barrel of the wheels. It s 30 hour process with the color corrections and iron decon. I love having it done but I don't do car washes. I only wash by hand at home. If you plan to use car washes don't get ceramic coat.
 
This was ceramic coated 3 years ago. Just a 10 min home wash and looks like this. Ceramic coating is the real deal. Especially on a huge Tremor. The bugs just slide right off. You will be very happy once you see the paint "POP" after the color correction and coating. My Velocity Blue Tremor looks like a show truck after a 15 min home washing session.
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Here is 3 year old ceramic coating on the Raptor and 3 month coating on the wifeys car. Her car was made with very bad paint process. They are inconsistent in paint thickness, however with the 9X coating its just fine.
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Hugely worth it and I paid a little more for my Tremor than you were quoted. I just took my truck back on Monday to have the wheels done and protective wrap on the grille, front bumper and headlights.

I’d do it all again and not look back.

MB
 
Got mine done about 10 months ago, which included full paint correction, wheels, & glass. Make sure you get the wheels done, really helped with brake dust removal. Before treatment, I had a hard time removing brake dust from the wheels. Still very happy and well worth the expense in my opinion.
 
I don't mind paying $1800 if that's the going rate but a couple respones here got 10 year coat for $1000, how long ago was that?
The Xpel Fusion Ceramic I have has a five year but they all require annual check ups. There's also a Ceramic Boost that you can use along with a ceramic specific car wash, so there is a maintenance required for the longevity of the coating.

MB
 
I am using good old Turtle wax hybrid (ceramic). Goes on easy and wipes off easy. Paint is as smooth as if it was just waxed. 15 bucks a bottle and the results are pretty amazing and literally takes 20 minutes to do my whole truck. I have used it 3 times on my truck 2 times on my wifes car and still have 2/3 of a bottle. I only wash my vehicles by hand so an additional 20 min per wash is nothing. I would recommend anyone giving it a try before dropping 1-2k.
 
Ceramic will save you time by not having to wax-9H will help with scratches- dark color vehicles I would go for it- white and silver-it's debatable whether you will realize the value-
 
The color correction alone was worth it for me. The paint jobs on our trucks are part of a production paint process, not ultimately what I'd prefer if I had a choice. The guys at Automobilia clayed every inch of my paint work and the resulting depth and smoothness was incredible. The paint will never be better just prior to adding the ceramic, as whatever is on/in the paint prior to the application of the ceramic is fossilized once the ceramic goes over the top of it.

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MB
 
The color correction alone was worth it for me. The paint jobs on our trucks are part of a production paint process, not ultimately what I'd prefer if I had a choice. The guys at Automobilia clayed every inch of my paint work and the resulting depth and smoothness was incredible. The paint will never be better just prior to adding the ceramic, as whatever is on/in the paint prior to the application of the ceramic is fossilized once the ceramic goes over the top of it.

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MB
Nice looking truck, what color is that? Looks like carbonized Grey but cant tell
 
I couldn't justify the expense of ceramic for my situation/use/level of interest but I did use the Mcguire's Hybrid Ceramic liquid wax this weekend and was amazed at how easy it goes on and doesn't leave residue if I get it on the plastic. Took me an hour to do the whole truck with canopy shell. For $17/bottle I'll just use that and spend the money on other things, but that's me. Sounds like the ceramic is a great thing and maybe in the future I'll splurge.
 
Since I can't fit my truck in my garage, I decided it wasn't worth it. The amount of pollen and dust that accumulates on the truck overnight would require me to wash my truck daily to really get the visual benefit of the ceramic coating. Yeah, it would probably look nice after a wash, but if I'm avoiding the sun and washing it at 6pm or later, it'll be dirty by the morning. Granted, the grime should come off easier if it was ceramic coated, but I'm not dropping $2k for it to look nice in my driveway while I sleep. I'd much rather spend the money on PPF.
 
I’m so far unable to compute the value of a professional detail let alone ceramic coating for a new vehicle that isn’t a show car.

It took me 3 hours and less than $50 to clay, de-iron, and ceramic spray the Tremor myself after I picked it up (including the wheels.)

In my climate that should offer protection for at least a year without touch ups, but I also use a ceramic detailing spray with every wash (and I only hand wash) so I won’t be surprised if I don’t need to ceramic coat again for 2+ years.

And this is a truck (with a fairly shit paint job to begin with.)

I suppose paying nearly $2k for this (or something marginally better) would make sense if I wasn’t washing the vehicle myself or if I just didn’t want to spend any time on it.

But otherwise I continue awaiting enlightenment.
 
I was down at one of our local auto detailers tonight doing a consultation on ceramic coating and was a bit shocked by the pricing and wanted to run it past the group. I was inquiring about my Tremor on order but we were actually there for my buddy who has a new GMC Denali 2500 so same pricing would apply to my truck. We were quoted $1,800 for ceramic coating on the paint, windows and wheels, which comes with a 6 year warranty. From my research online I was expecting this to be closer to $1,000. Am I being unrealistic or is that the going rate for a good ceramic coat?

I was down at one of our local auto detailers tonight doing a consultation on ceramic coating and was a bit shocked by the pricing and wanted to run it past the group. I was inquiring about my Tremor on order but we were actually there for my buddy who has a new GMC Denali 2500 so same pricing would apply to my truck. We were quoted $1,800 for ceramic coating on the paint, windows and wheels, which comes with a 6 year warranty. From my research online I was expecting this to be closer to $1,000. Am I being unrealistic or is that the going rate for a good ceramic coat?
I have been considering the same with mine. Here's the link to the place I'm leaning towards. https://bulldogautodetailingtx.com/
 
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