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Those that are saying it's a gimmick, that it only lasts a year, or doesn't really protect against anything are wrong on all points.

Ceramic coating is fantastic, but don't make the assumption that it's some kind of force field. PPF is better at protecting against debris, for obvious reasons, which is why the military originally developed it.

CC is awesome for keeping the vehicle clean, looking awesome, and for protecting against minor scratches and pebbles, etc. I have a black bronco, which has has been peppered with small pebbles, has had mud pasted on the side of it for weeks at a time, and things like keyrings knocked against the side of it. It's protected against all of that, or greatly reduced the damage, compared to not having anything. If someone or something hits it hard enough or keys your car with intent, it won't protect against that. I also ceramic coat my motorcycles, where I wrap them or not, because it's unbelievable how many rocks hit them and crop the fairings.

If your CC is only lasting a year, either you used a crap product or you messed up on the application. CC, Automotive Vinyl, and PPF all have a life cycle and have to be replaced or reapplied some what regularly (measured in years).

I've used all three and prefer CC unless I'm going to vinyl-wrap something, in which case I'll wrap it, then use a type of CC made specifically for vinyl, on top. While it's simple to apply, it's easy to mess up and you can end up with streaking, spotting, etc. with a hardened solution that you aren't going to get off without effort (like sanding).

As for the warranty, unless you garage your vehicle and it never sees the light of day, it won't last 10 years, just like AV won't. Sometimes that 10 year warranty actually includes a re-application of it so check the contract. PPF can last up to 10 years, but likely it will be yellowed, peeling, or damaged before then and you'll have to replace it anyways.

All of them have their pros and cons, so it's best to see which one fits your desires/needs more. I wanted more ease of cleaning, and some protection. It's a bloody Bronco, it's gonna drag over rocks, have branches scrape along it, etc. Nothing will protect against all of that. I bought it for a purpose, not so I could parade it on a show room floor with a mirror shine and no beauty marks.

Edit: Also, that price does seem a bit steep, but not completely out of this world. There are varying CCs with different hardnesses, etc. If they are using one of the top of the line products, then I could see why the price might be higher. It's also area dependent, since most of its labor cost. Competition can drive prices up or down. I had mine applied by my dealership when it was delivered (or they contracted a local shop more likely). They did an AWESOME job.
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I elected to do my own ceramic coating. I'll admit I had no pretensions about this being a concourse vehicle either. I started following reddit's r/detailing used a few Chemical Bros. products but eventually gravitated to Mckee 37 products.

It takes the better part of a day but the gloss is real and essentially permanent. If you get on the McKee mailing list sooner or later they shoot you great prices on the product you want. I used their graphene kit, a silicon spray and their foam gun, also a clay mitt.

I wouldn't call my work or the results perfect but the $300 or $400 dollars I have into it, I can ceramic coat it again whenever I feel like, and I now have a foam gun which is pretty cool.

Otherwise mylocal detailer will do it for $700.

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New 2 door heritage owner. Looking at ceramics coating. Any good?? Worth it(got a quote for $1400)? Just looking for thoughts, opinions, etc.

Also one was proposed me has a 9 year warranty and is transferable if the bronco gets resold. Thoughts??

Thanks.
You might consider System X “Max” lifetime warranty. It‘s also registeredon your car fax report.

This is the only professional ceramic I have used. Prior to System X I used the standard personal grade and wasn’t satisfied.

The issue you will run into with any professional grade is it has to come from an authorized installer.

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What is the story w/ pics 3 & 4 ? :oops:
 

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I applied Armor Shield IX on my bronco the first week I got it. Did all the prep work from clay bar, iron wash, paint correction and orbital polisher before applying product. Two coats recommended. Was easy to apply, product very forgiving. Looks great. How long will it last. My Bronco is garaged mostly. Would I do it again, probably not. My other vehicles live outside. I wash and rinse vehicles. We have hard water so when vehicle is still wet I spray Technician choice ceramic spray all over vehicle then rinse off it helps with water spots.
 

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Ive had my last 3 done and will tell you it's simply amazing. Dirt will not stick to it very well. The paint correction I believe is what seperates the good shops from the bad ones. Mine has a 9 year warranty thru Gtechniq and the detailer goes over it every year. I'm a believer!

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Great looking rig! What size wheel and tires are those if you don’t kind me asking? Squatch? Any lift? Appreciate it, just trying to figure out what to do next to mine. I have method rims in a 0 offset and looking to go up in tire size on my non squatch badlands .
 

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Great looking rig! What size wheel and tires are those if you don’t kind me asking? Squatch? Any lift? Appreciate it, just trying to figure out what to do next to mine. I have method rims in a 0 offset and looking to go up in tire size on my non squatch badlands .
Itchysquatch, thanks! She is a 2023 Wildtrak Sas. factory HOSS 3.0 with 17x9 RTR Wheels 0 offset, 35x12.50 KO's... I also had a 2023 Big Ben NON Sas with same wheel/tire, 2" zone lift and its stance was virtually identical.
 

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Itchysquatch, thanks! She is a 2023 Wildtrak Sas. factory HOSS 3.0 with 17x9 RTR Wheels 0 offset, 35x12.50 KO's... I also had a 2023 Big Ben NON Sas with same wheel/tire, 2" zone lift and its stance was virtually identical.
Gotcha, appreciate the quick response. Enjoy the ride!
 

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Totally worth it. I got a 5yr and with the paint correction, it cost me $950. It is so easy to keep clean. The water beading is amazing.

I use Chemical Guys products for my washes and cleaning and this thing always seems to look great.

Totally worth the investment in my opinion.

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In my opinion it's totally worth it! I got crystal serum ultra topped with the new EXO V5, PPF on all the vulnerable areas, and nano ceramic tint on all the glass including the windshield for 2900.00. i will say shop around and research on chemicals before committing.
 

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Question for everyone. Does ceramic tend to attract dust? I had ppf on the hood and fenders along with full xpel ceramic. The car cleans off easily but the hood seems to attract dust pretty quick. Also I noticed it doesn’t seem to bead water as much as other parts of the car huh

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I'd have it installed only if I had black paint. I've been down the black paint road and it's a maintenance nightmare. For me, it's a regular carwash and yearly wax. Drive it like you stole it!
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