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Paint protection is it worth getting it..

Hi Guys the jeep sales team tried their hearts out to sell me paint protection and leather protection. I politely refused. Do you guys think is it work 1200k or is it marketing gimmick. Can I get this done from outside for cheap. If so where in Sydney would they do this.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:52 PM
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Hi Guys the jeep sales team tried their hearts out to sell me paint protection and leather protection. I politely refused. Do you guys think is it work 1200k or is it marketing gimmick. Can I get this done from outside for cheap. If so where in Sydney would they do this.
Hi There,
Do a search on the same subect. AllyPally wrote a superb method of protecting your paint work for less than $100. I followed his steps and mines still good after 6 months of washing only.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:02 PM
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Re: Paint protection is it worth getting it..

Watch the movie "Karate Kid".

Wax on ... Wax off

Do that once or twice a year.

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Old 10-17-2012, 06:20 PM
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Re: Paint protection is it worth getting it..

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Hi Guys the jeep sales team tried their hearts out to sell me paint protection and leather protection. I politely refused. Do you guys think is it work 1200k or is it marketing gimmick. Can I get this done from outside for cheap. If so where in Sydney would they do this.
I am thinking you got the decimal point in the wrong place and meant to say $12.00. At that price, it is probably a little over the top, but acceptable. Anything greater than $12 is a ripoff, as it would cost you about another $150 to repair the damage they created while doing it.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:38 PM
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I am thinking you got the decimal point in the wrong place and meant to say $12.00. At that price, it is probably a little over the top, but acceptable. Anything greater than $12 is a ripoff, as it would cost you about another $150 to repair the damage they created while doing it.
Spot on allypally. It also isn't a marketing gimmick it is an outright ripoff.

Don't fill the greedy dealers pockets with your hard earned cash. I did it all myself for well under $100 and after the job was done the products I purchased remained all near full.

- Carnauba Wax (purchased in store here in haste) followed by Meguiars Ultimate Liquid Wax (due to shipping costs I purchased 2 online and yet all cost less than the price of 1 here)
- Scotchgard tins for carpets, mats and cargo area (purchased 4 in error at BigW)
- A small tin of a leather protector from Bunnings.
- Professional window tinting for $150 (all round) and not just the front like the dealers offer.

As the Meguiars came with a clay bar I then did our much older second vehicle.

I have since had the new car replaced and last weekend I performed the same thing on the new vehicle using the leftovers.

This weekend I plan to do 2 other family vehicles - again using the leftovers.

Apart from the scotchgard I will still have enough of the carnauba wax and ultimate Liquid Wax to last quite a number of years - applying it once or twice a year depending on weather and travels.
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Re: Paint protection is it worth getting it..

The Ming Mole is just there to remove any further unwanted cash you may have left.
I would never use the dealers "Protection Packs" as they are generally outsourced.
My mate does all the tinting for 3 different dealerships. He charges $90-$150 for a car and they charge $300-995 to the end user.
Same goes for the paint protection, usually done by a local detailer.
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Re: Paint protection is it worth getting it..

I did a fair bit of research on the subject a while back on the various detailing forums I am a member of. Professional detailers agree that nearly all of the paint protection products are rubbish, particularly the dealer applied stuff.

The one product that does have a good reputation is Opticoat, which takes a full day to apply and has to cure for 24 hours after application.

Distibutor site:
About Opti-Coat Ceramic Clear Coating

Torture test:
Review and Extreme Testing: Opti-Coat 2.0 and CQuartz - Auto Geek Online Auto Detailing Forum

2 year review:
2 Year Opti-Coat Test Thread

Durability test:
Optimum Opti-Coating - Durability Test Review!!! - Auto Geek Online Auto Detailing Forum

I have it on mine and I'm pretty happy with it. Lifetime warranty when applied on new vehicles up to 12 months after purchase. My neighbour was so impressed with it after seeing it on the Jeep, he's had it put on his Porsche Cayman and his wife's Audi.

Costs around $900 for the Jeep incl wheels.
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Can anyone recommend a detailer in Sydney that has experience with opti coat product and knows what he is talking about.

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Re: Paint protection is it worth getting it..

Looks like there is only one in Sydney:
Reflect Effect Car Detailing & Protection
Unit 2B Bourke St, Parramatta NSW 2151
Ph: 0416 047 826 Email: info@reflecteffect.com.au
Web: Vehicle Detailing, Paint Correction and Protection Services and Window Tinting - Reflect Effect
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I had mine applied by Reflect Effect. Highly recommended. It is only a one person business, but Dan is a good guy and knows his stuff. There are a few other detainers around Sydney who are approved to apply Opticoat, but I can only speak to Dan's work.


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Re: Paint protection is it worth getting it..

I had paint protection done on my last new car (Focus XR5) and it has been pretty ordinary. In fact the car previous to that which I did not even wax/polish looked as good at the same age as the one with protection.

So this time I went the Meguiars 3 step process. It took 5-6 hours but came up very nice. After washing I ran the Gold Class Trim Detailer over the black plastics before using the Deep Crystal Paint Cleaner then the Deep Crystal Wet Look Polish. Nice!
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Re: Paint protection is it worth getting it..

I had a paint protection on my last car, it was part of a whole package, including window tint. I was a very disappointing finish, lifetime warranty, but it looked like it might have lasted a year.

Now I use Mothers Carnauba Wax.

It's the first thing I did. The finish is unbelievably smooth. Do that a couple times a year, and maybe run a clay over every other year. I put a clay and Carnauba wax on my 21 year old Soarer and it really made the finish smooth.
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