Just pondering what accessories etc I will be fitting apart from the towbar and roofracks and thought I'd ask what others have or will fit to their JGC. I am toying with:
Skid plates - is this a DIY or should I order it with the car? Anyone ordered them online?
Window tint - not sure it's needed. Who has tinted theirs and why?
Side steps - Definitely DIY if I do it. Chrome or Black on a Mineral Grey?
Paint/Interior protection - NOT from the dealer but from a professional detailer at 1/3 the cost. Looking at opti-clear.
Slush mats and cargo liner
Tow hooks - if Jeep get their act together!
Headrest Tablet holders and a couple of iPads for the kids on long trips.
1-Should only have to tint the front windows on your Overland, rest is factory.
2-If you plan to go off road then skid plates and tow hooks are great, dont see value in Side Steps, only something to get damaged and hung up on. ( unless you go for the rock sliders I think side steps are for looks only and then its a matter of taste)
3-Slush mats and cargo liner, great accessories.
4-Buy the kids a book, cheaper and more stimulating.
Fair call about the book lol. but on long trips I have found they get less bored with the rear DVD in my current vehicle. I was thinking tablets because they can read, play games, watch a movie etc.
I was really only considering side steps if the protect the lower doors from stone chips etc. Not too sure whether they enhance or detract from the aesthetics of the vehicle.
The rear windows have privacy glass. The glass is dyed, not tinted.
I got our front windows tinted and they match well.
I got a cargo liner from AU through ebay and it is great.
Paint/interior protection is a scam, as you will always need to polish the car. I would just spend the money on a decent car care pack and do it yourself every 6 months.
Agree with Enforcer's comment above re paint protection. Ever seen some cars getting around that look to be about 5 plus years old and look like the clear coat is deteriorating and peeling off, yet most other cars of that same model and age do not have that problem? That is what happens long term with paint protection.
Re Tint, I also had the privacy glass windows tinted with UV film in addition to the front windows with dark/UV tint. Possibly overkill but for the little extra, it was worth doing.
Opti-coat is the one product that has a good rep with professional detailers in general and costs a third of what a dealer would charge for something way inferior. Interior protection is basically scotchguarding and leather sealant. There is a good real world review here:
More info here:
None of these things will replace maintaining your ride. You still need to wax and polish regularly if you want a concourse appearance, but people seem pretty happy with the finish as is it seems.
Regarding tinting, dyeing the glass wouldn't do zip in terms of UV and heat I am guessing. Has anyone felt the need to tint the rear or do you just turn up the aircon?
I have also seen this mentioned as a good nano-protection also.
"We also offer the best paint protection on the market, Gtechniq, for an upgrade price of $295 with the stoneguard. See www.gtechniq.com.au for more on the C1 nano-quartz. "
However, I think you need to keep re-applying it ever couple of years, so I'm not sure if it stacks up better than a self applied liquid sealant like Wolfgang Deep Gloss Sealant 3 that I use.
I use Zaino, wolfgang, Mezerna myself. Paint protection doesn't stop you from using non abrasive polishes etc to get that ultimate shine, I would still give it the Zaino treatment to really make it pop; but having a black car currently, I am acutely aware of how easily paintwork can be damaged through contaminants like acid rain, bird droppings, tree sap, bugs etc. Anything that slows down the process and allows you time to remove those contaminants before they can damage the clearcoat is worth considering provided it works.
The deal with Opti-Coat is there is a lifetime warranty if you have it applied within 12 months of purchase and have it inspected once a year. The detailer I am considering charges $65 for the inspection and an exterior wash and interior clean. Apparently it doesn't need to be reapplied every year or two, but any reapplication is covered under the warranty if required. This is their warranty:
TERMS & CONDITIONS
New & Used Vehicles Five(5) Year Warranty.
Zen Automotive Suppliers Pty Ltd warrant to the owner of the nominated vehicle that if the Optimum Clear Coating is unsatisfactory in its performance of protecting the vehicles factory paintwork from oxidation, or damage from bird droppings, bug splatter, tree sap or UV damage, whilst being maintained in accordance with the terms and conditions of this warranty, Zen Automotive Suppliers Pty Ltd or its agents will at no cost to the owner repair or clean, and re-*treat the affected area.
General Terms and Conditions
Any application, re-*application, repair work or other work carried out on the coated surface must be applied/reapplied or repaired by an authorised Opti-*Coat agent.
This agreement excludes vehicles used either at present, or previously for commercial purposes.
Opti-*Coat agents must be notified of any claim due to failure of product performance within 30 days of occurrence
Vehicle must remain continuously registered within Australia for the duration of the warranty
Warranty is non-transferrable.
Warranty is only valid from date of registration of warranty number, activation code and vehicle details online.
Extended Lifetime Warranty* - Terms and Conditions
Valid only to new vehicles treated within 12 months of initial registration
Subject to an annual service and inspection by an authorised Opti-*Coat agent, according to the requirements of the Optimum Maintenance Plan within 30 days before or after warranty anniversary.
Extended Lifetime Warranty – Maintenance Plan
The following forms the minimum requirements for the Optimum Maintenance Plan. Additional services are available at client request. Contact your Opti-*Coat agent for pricing.
Annual Hand wash and dry. Surface inspection. Paint decontamination if required.
Five-Yearly Hand wash and dry. Surface inspection. Paint decontamination. Removal and reapplication of damaged coating if required.
General Liability Limitations
Zen Automotive Suppliers Pty Ltd or its agents, will not accept liability for:
Deterioration of paintwork or any other treated part of substandard specification, materials or workmanship by vehicle manufacturers, their dealerships, third party suppliers or modifiers, or professional valeters not authorised by Zen Automotive Suppliers Pty Ltd
Pre-*existing damage or deterioration
Any claim for matters which are covered by vehicle manufacturers warranty
Damage caused by manual or automatic wash brushes, contaminated and/or abrasive cloths and sponges, untreated areas due to accident damage and/or their subsequent repairs, damage caused by stone chips, or other such materials
Warranty Will Be Deemed Invalid If The Following Transpire
Neglect to maintain the vehicle according to the standards and techniques recommended
Damage caused by abrasive compounds and polishes and third party products
Damage, either accidental or malicious, including but not limited to fire, flood, extreme weather conditions and secondary effects that may result from the foregoing
Failure to repair and re-*treat surfaces subject to accident damage
Failure to adhere to requirements listed under the terms and conditions of this warranty
Making a Claim
In the event of a warranty claim, this warranty is limited to the following maximum amounts at Zen Automotive Suppliers Pty Ltd option
Zen Automotive Suppliers Pty Ltd or its agents shall arrange the necessary approvals for warranty repairs and coating reapplication to be carried out.
Pay the owner of the nominated vehicle a maximum amount of $1500 or the cost of coating application (whichever is less) in full and final settlement of the customers claim under warranty.
Vehicle Accident Damage
Contact your vehicle insurer to ensure your paint protection is included in your insurance cover package. If the vehicle sustains damage and reapplication is required, contact Zen Automotive Suppliers or your Opti-Coat agent to arrange any additional treatments.
I will clarify my statement with any "Dealer" paint protection is a scam.
With the Zaino type of products, they are also a dime a dozen with all making big bold claims. I have tried several, long term polishes, which work well (I am not doubting their results, only their wild claims). I however have found that a 3-6 monthly application of a quality wax like NXT Techwax or similar delivers a far better result.
Any polish is better than nothing, but spending $300+ on some miracle cream is just wasting money IMHO.
I must admit that I haven't bought zaino for a while, but it certainly didn't cost me $300!
It really comes down to how much time and effort you want to put in and what you want to achieve. I am not anal about it and I found I had like new car results by giving my car the zaino treatment every six months and washing it weekly. Others might want to keep their car in show condition and put in a lot more effort. To each their own. Nothing wrong with NXT If you're happy with the result then all that really matters
I had the front tinted to match the rears 2% difference cant notice it.
Also got UV on the rears they are only died glass and not laminated like the front. could notice a big difference in the 30c sun when he moved the car out to show us before doing the whole car.
Paint protection from the Dealer is a complete waste of money.
All they do is wipe a paint protectorant over the paintwork. Probably takes them all of 10mins, with $10 worth of materials. They do not even prepare the paintwork beforehand.
Same with seat protection. They spray the seats with Scotchguard, then charge a fortune for it.
To do it properly, you should wash the car thoroughly, claybar it, then add sealant. If you really make the effort, by doing the prep work, the car will look pristine for years.
I am sure anyone can use a can of scotchguard without stuffing it up. There are some very good leather protectorants out there for those who want to go the extra step.
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