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I purchased the car 18 months ago and have 7 thousand miles of fun on her so far. I plan on keeping the car forever....... it is black..... (which seems important to this question for some people)

A local shop is very trustworthy and does amazing work on cars worth 10 times what my car is worth. I have no doubt they will do the best possible paint correction and coating that anyone could do. that is not my concern. my question is if I should do it. the top product/service they provide is alleged to last 7 years and cost around $1,000.00 . Does a coating have a negative impact on the value of the car down the road? after 5 or so years do you just do another coating? Are ceramic coatings to new to truly know the long term consequences?
 

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My 55 is black also
I have almost 4000 coats of wax.

https://www.slkworld.com/caring-your-slk/415642-updated-11-9-18-3830-coats-wax-too-many.html


If I were you, I would spend that dough on Clearbra..see my Clearbra albums
My car is 10.5 years old and 111K miles. :D

or other fun things for your car like these for your 55:


Kleemann Supercharger:

https://www.slkworld.com/performance-mods-r171/390442-my-supercharger-adventure-begins.html

Kleemann ECU Tune and Headers:

https://www.slkworld.com/performance-mods-r171/174881-my-baby-had-operation-kleemann-ecu-tune-headers-downpipes-vids.html

Wavetrac Limited Slip Differential (LSD):

https://www.slkworld.com/performance-mods-r171/398273-my-lsd-limited-slip-differential-adventure-begins.html

Carbon Fiber Diffuser:

https://www.slkworld.com/performance-mods-r171/409529-my-carbon-fiber-diffuser-arrived-today.html

Carbon Fiber Air Brakes/Side Vents

https://www.slkworld.com/general-modifications-r171/419794-carbon-fiber-air-brakes-side-vents.html

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I purchased the car 18 months ago and have 7 thousand miles of fun on her so far. I plan on keeping the car forever....... it is black..... (which seems important to this question for some people)

A local shop is very trustworthy and does amazing work on cars worth 10 times what my car is worth. I have no doubt they will do the best possible paint correction and coating that anyone could do. that is not my concern. my question is if I should do it. the top product/service they provide is alleged to last 7 years and cost around $1,000.00 . Does a coating have a negative impact on the value of the car down the road? after 5 or so years do you just do another coating? Are ceramic coatings to new to truly know the long term consequences?
I did extensive research on this too. The best hand down ceramic coating is Ceramicpro 9H, then the second best is Gtechnique serum.... I dont care what people said and claim. However, spending over $1000 for over 10 year old car's cosmetic is kinda too much!!
 

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As Myk said, I got Mabel coated last year. I used Defined Details, run by one of the top detailers in Scotland, and he advised me that it was better to go for a coating with a 1 or 2 year guarantee, as the ones that say 7 years or more were extremely unlikely to achieve the same level of protection for that lifespan. I would advise that any blemishes, stone chips, etc. to the paintwork get sorted first though. Minor scratches shouldn't be a problem as the correction detailing before application should take care of them.

I am very satisfied with the job he did and with the coating. Mine has a 2 year guarantee and cost me £600. The car is a lot easier to keep clean and attracts a lot of comments on her condition. I attach a photo of her taken this morning after a quick wash.
 

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Mine was done before I bought it.

I use it as a daily driver and Find dirt washes off a lot easier and after a good wash and final rinse the water slides off (the coating is hydrophobic) and it is much easier to dry.

People say it’s scratchproof but the experts say this isn’t the case at all so don’t be fooled by any company who claims it is.

I have also waxed on top of it and found it easier to polish off the wax residue than a car that hasn’t been coated.

I think it is worth it if you plan to keep the car.
 

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$1000 seems excessive. I have used CK Quartz UK blend on my wheels and they definitely wash off easier. It is readily available and you can do it yourself if you take your time and working in small patches. I plan on doing my car, hopefully next weekend. I need to give it a good buff first.
 

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$1000 seems excessive. I have used CK Quartz UK blend on my wheels and they definitely wash off easier. It is readily available and you can do it yourself if you take your time and working in small patches. I plan on doing my car, hopefully next weekend. I need to give it a good buff first.
$1000??!! I asked many shops in orange county, The STARTING price is $1500 up!!CK Quartz is ok, but doesnt last long. It took days to prep the paint surface... so I preferred to do it just one. Gtechnique light serum promised 5 years protection. It already 3 years and its still there. But it was very difficult to apply, chance are you will have to remove and redo a few times to get perfect result!!
 

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$1000??!! I asked many shops in orange county, The STARTING price is $1500 up!!CK Quartz is ok, but doesnt last long. It took days to prep the paint surface... so I preferred to do it just one. Gtechnique light serum promised 5 years protection. It already 3 years and its still there. But it was very difficult to apply, chance are you will have to remove and redo a few times to get perfect result!!
This forum is pretty awesome, there are a ton of professional detailers on there and they would disagree with you. The 2 are normally said to be comparable. Be sure you are looking at the UK version of the Quartz as it does last longer than the standard one. The online store is pretty great too, tons of options on there with great feedback.

https://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/detailing-forums/?
 

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This forum is pretty awesome, there are a ton of professional detailers on there and they would disagree with you. The 2 are normally said to be comparable. Be sure you are looking at the UK version of the Quartz as it does last longer than the standard one. The online store is pretty great too, tons of options on there with great feedback.

https://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/detailing-forums/?
I USED C quartz before!! Never dispute about the quality, result!! Infact, C quartz actually was much easier to apply!! Im only concern about longevity. Gtechnique "promised" 5 years longevity. Dont remember exactly but C quarter offers 1 or 2 years longevity
 
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