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Coatings have been becoming extremely popular the past couple of years. Detailers and weekend warriors have been switching over from waxes and sealants to see what all the buzz is about and from we can see, coatings are here to stay! The look may be different than what you expect to see from a wax or sealant, however there is something about seeing your car in what looks like a coat of glass that just really stands out. Each year new versions come out and coatings just seem to be getting better and better.

If you are looking for the deepest, wettest look out there, we here at Detailed Image would highly recommend checking out a coating (i.e. 22ple, Gtechniq, CarPro, etc.). These semi-permanent coatings take more effort and time to apply, but the results are well worth it. They will provide an amazing level of gloss and shine, while protecting your paint for up to 24 months! Like mentioned above, your car looks like it has been coated entirely in glass! Better yet, you can top these coatings (i.e. 22ple VS1 Final Coat, CarPro Reload Spray Sealant, etc.) to add more depth, gloss, and protection to the paint!

As the popularity of coatings grow our Ask-a-Pro detailers have been hard at work testing and using these coatings in their detailing routines. Below are some great articles they have written to help guide you through the process of applying and taking care of a coating:
We also have some other great product reviews and detailing articles that contain popular coating products. Take a look at these below:
We hope this coating information is helpful and if you ever have any questions regarding coatings or any other products, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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Coatings are so easy to use. I've used 22ple and Gtechniq c1/exo. My next one to try is Kamikaze Myabi topped with Kamikaze Infinity wax(glass coating/wax combo). It's pretty hard to mess them up, just need the right light to make sure you have it all removed. On my cars I won't go back to traditional wax and sealer, unless a garage queen then I'll use Esoteric Signture wax. My Bernese mountain dog jumped up on the side of my charger, didn't scratch a bit, and the marks on the coating wiped off.


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I'm a little embarrassed to admit I have never heard of these "coatings", but I'll look into them. The ability to protect against scratches intrigues me.


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I have tried opticoat 2.0 and opticoat pro works well since I hate washing my car so it makes it an easier experience

I also here great stuff about ceramic pro 9h and even more about modesty bc04
 

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Has anyone tried CilaJet?
I paid an extra 650 at the dealer for this application and it is supposed to be no wax for 5 years.
I've washed with water only and thoroughly dried with a MF towel and the shine does look pretty glass like and wet
Still a little suspicious that it will last 5 years but only had car a month so I'll give it some time before I make any conclusive judgement
 

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Has anyone tried CilaJet?
I paid an extra 650 at the dealer for this application and it is supposed to be no wax for 5 years.
I've washed with water only and thoroughly dried with a MF towel and the shine does look pretty glass like and wet
Still a little suspicious that it will last 5 years but only had car a month so I'll give it some time before I make any conclusive judgement

Why use water only? Use a good ph balanced soap that will add lubrication to your wash mitt. Other wise your basically wet sanding your paint. Soap lifts the dirt away from your paint


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Ceramics are so much easier to apply than wax...
 

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Yes sir 20170425_135145.jpg
 

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Awesome, looks great!! How was it to apply? Paint looks perfect.
Please give some more info, how did you prep? I know you had a coating on before was that removed?


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I used the Adams paint correcting polish to remove..then finish polish. The Adams ceramics come in a kit...with a prep spray, ceramic coating and boost spray. So.i.did the prep and then applied 2 coats on.most of the Jeep and 3 coats on areas that take a beating. It's like other ceramics...but instead of hazing...it has the rainbow affect when ready to lightly wipe down. Then I waited 36 hours for curing and then added the boost spray. Pretty simple.
 

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Thanks Scott, I guess I'll order it tonight so I can do it this weekend. Also did you leave it in the garage for the 36 hrs?


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I used the Adams paint correcting polish to remove..then finish polish. The Adams ceramics come in a kit...with a prep spray, ceramic coating and boost spray. So.i.did the prep and then applied 2 coats on.most of the Jeep and 3 coats on areas that take a beating. It's like other ceramics...but instead of hazing...it has the rainbow affect when ready to lightly wipe down. Then I waited 36 hours for curing and then added the boost spray. Pretty simple.

Ok so my kit arrived today! My question is how long did you wait in between coats?


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Ok so my kit arrived today! My question is how long did you wait in between coats?


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Personally I did the whole truck...went back and did another coat...then did an extra coat on the front bumper, hood, mirrors etc. Then I let it sure a couple days and then did the ceramic boost.
 

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So I've had this on for a couple months now. Application was very easy. Most of the time spent was on prep, claying and buffing. The finish is awesome with great shine. Protection is some much better than a traditional coating and wax. After it rains it looks like I just washed it. It's also so much easier to wash when I do. Paint looks wet!!


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What would a shop charge to do the whole process for you? I run a few businesses and don't exactly have a ton of time these days!
 
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