Just had a ceramic coating applied...(PIC HEAVY) - MBWorld.org Forums

Go Back  MBWorld.org Forums > Mercedes-Benz Sedans > E-Class (W213)
Just had a ceramic coating applied...(PIC HEAVY) >

Just had a ceramic coating applied...(PIC HEAVY)

Notices
E-Class (W213) 2016 -

Just had a ceramic coating applied...(PIC HEAVY)

Old 06-04-2018, 11:48 AM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
NFAREVIEW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 288
Thanks: 0
Thanked 34 Times in 24 Posts
2018 E300
Just had a ceramic coating applied...(PIC HEAVY)

I must say, I'm impressed! I'm one of those weird people that loves trying high end waxes and seeing how much depth and shine I can get out of my cars paint. Well, these days time is money to me, so I have less time to detail the car. As a result of this I started looking at more long term protection options. I reached out to a local detailer that was known for high end work on exotic cars. I had him do a normal full detail on my truck so I could verify his work and work ethic. The truck came out great and I hired him for a full ceramic pro 9H install.

Some background on Ceramic Pro 9H. It's a super hydrophobic nano ceramic that permanently bonds (with enough coats) to the paints clear coat. It can be layered up to form a protective glass like shield against UV damage, bird droppings, hard water deposits, light scratches and swirls from washing improperly, etc. (http://ceramic-pro.com/en/shop/product-line/product/9h/)

To apply it you must give the car a paint correction as once the 9H is applied it will seal in those light clear coat scratches, and you won't be able to buff them out without removing all the ceramic from that panel. You would have high and low spots if you tried to spot correct. So the paint prep must be done correctly.

They started with a deep wash and degrease and then did a high speed two step paint correction. My car was in great shape as I use a foam cannon and 3 different buckets with grit guards to wash it. So it didn't have any real damage after 6 months, other than the light scratches from the idiot "detailers" at the dealership that dried the trunk lid with a terry cloth towel. This is why I tell my wife to turn down the free car wash at the dealer! Thanks but no thanks!

After they corrected the paint they wiped it down with alcohol and started to apply the 9H. The 9H has to be applied evenly or you will get high/low spots of build up. They did a two man team of application, knock down with wet pad, then buff out. This ensured an even application per panel. They did 5 rounds/coats of this on every panel of the car. They also included the face of the wheels, glass and all the PPF. Then they UV cure the panels one at a time and then do a top coat of "light" to add even more depth to the paint. They started at 9am and were done right at 5pm. They only took a 15min break to eat a sandwich. These guys were hard workers!

The end result is nothing short of spectacular. I was speechless. The paint will keep this deep, beautiful, wet and protected shine for 10+ years. Every time I wash the car, it will look freshly waxed. If you are on the fence about getting this done, do it! And if you're in the Tampa Bay Area, make sure to give Dan Kashtan, owner of Automotive Impressions a call!

Photos taken with iPhone X. No filters or effects.

Starting the day in the horrid FL heat


Ceramic Pro



Hitting every inch



Is that a mirror or paint?!?



Plate was just put back on. It was removed so every inch could be protected.


The Paint Protection Film (suntek) was protected as well. It covers the 1/4 hood, bumper, fenders, grille, headlights, roof in front of sunroof, A pillars, fingernail guards behind the door handles, and luggage area on rear bumper.



All done!





Last edited by NFAREVIEW; 06-04-2018 at 11:52 AM.
NFAREVIEW is offline  
The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to NFAREVIEW For This Useful Post:
arnsbrae (01-04-2019), elnos (06-04-2018), Longhorn Dad (08-26-2018), mickhoog (08-19-2018), OneAdam12 (07-16-2018)
Old 06-04-2018, 12:28 PM
  #2  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 29
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
W213 Sport
Looks great, did it cost you 1k plus for this? Im in Ohio and asking around for pricing, it's in 700-1k range, but last for 4 years only.
elnos is offline  
Old 06-04-2018, 12:29 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
NFAREVIEW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 288
Thanks: 0
Thanked 34 Times in 24 Posts
2018 E300
Originally Posted by elnos View Post
Looks great, did it cost you 1k plus for this? Im in Ohio and asking around for pricing, it's in 700-1k range, but last for 4 years only.
Prices ranged from $1000 to $1500 depending on level of paint correction needed before application and how many ceramic coats you want. I paid $1500.
NFAREVIEW is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to NFAREVIEW For This Useful Post:
elnos (06-04-2018)
Old 06-04-2018, 05:25 PM
  #4  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
thefisch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: West Central Florida
Posts: 2,972
Thanked 283 Times in 242 Posts
2011 E550 P2 4M Sedan
Looks great. Are they a mobile detailer? That would be so much more convenient.
thefisch is offline  
Old 06-04-2018, 05:31 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
NFAREVIEW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 288
Thanks: 0
Thanked 34 Times in 24 Posts
2018 E300
Originally Posted by thefisch View Post
Looks great. Are they a mobile detailer? That would be so much more convenient.
Yup, they arrived at my house at 9am sharp and worked until 5pm. Give him a call to see if he serves your area. Dan Kashtan (Owner of Automotive Impressions) 727-455-4228 and tell him NFA Review sent ya.

Edit to add: He just did a bunch of exotic cars owned by some Tampa Bay Lightening players. He's good to go.

Last edited by NFAREVIEW; 06-04-2018 at 05:34 PM.
NFAREVIEW is offline  
Old 06-05-2018, 02:25 AM
  #6  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 62
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Lexus RX350
Car looks incredible!! Yeah Iím seriously considering this!
nas2344 is offline  
Old 06-05-2018, 08:19 AM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
dudley07726's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: SWFL
Posts: 294
Thanked 17 Times in 16 Posts
2018 E400 Coupe, 2016 Audi A6 3.0
Really think it will last 10 years? Any proof? Looks great.
dudley07726 is offline  
Old 06-05-2018, 06:37 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
NFAREVIEW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 288
Thanks: 0
Thanked 34 Times in 24 Posts
2018 E300
Originally Posted by dudley07726 View Post
Really think it will last 10 years? Any proof? Looks great.
The ceramic permanently bonds to the clear-coat and overlays on top providing a protective layer of harder material. The glossy look is a top coat that per my detailer has to be re applied every 24 months depending on care and conditions the car has been through. The price would reflect a normal detail in the sub $200 range. It's worth every penny IMHO. We just drove the car after waiting 3 days for it to cure and the dust that settled in the garage just flew off in the wind. Nothing sticks to it. The shine is absolutely incredible in the FL sun.
NFAREVIEW is offline  
Old 06-05-2018, 07:22 PM
  #9  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: WI
Posts: 2,041
Thanked 151 Times in 121 Posts
17 E43; 18 GLS550
Originally Posted by NFAREVIEW View Post
Prices ranged from $1000 to $1500 depending on level of paint correction needed before application and how many ceramic coats you want. I paid $1500.
Ridiculous prices for the gullible only. Designo paint which is a microceramic product costs as much and "lasts" for 25 plus years....... Much simpler; wash, then clay your car and use Meguiars ultimate spray finish. It takes ten minutes to apply and "lasts" one year. Total cost: about 10 bucks!
Skip the snake oil.
c4004matic is offline  
Old 06-05-2018, 07:51 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
NFAREVIEW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 288
Thanks: 0
Thanked 34 Times in 24 Posts
2018 E300
Originally Posted by c4004matic View Post
Ridiculous prices for the gullible only. Designo paint which is a microceramic product costs as much and "lasts" for 25 plus years....... Much simpler; wash, then clay your car and use Meguiars ultimate spray finish. It takes ten minutes to apply and "lasts" one year. Total cost: about 10 bucks!
Skip the snake oil.
Meguires spray wax...lol, yeah you and I have different expectations in a cars finish. I'm sure your car is covered in micro scratches in the clear coat. Mine is flawless, not a single imperfection in the clear and the ceramic will keep it that way. It's clear (see what I did there) you don't understand nano ceramic coatings.
NFAREVIEW is offline  
Old 06-05-2018, 11:33 PM
  #11  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: WI
Posts: 2,041
Thanked 151 Times in 121 Posts
17 E43; 18 GLS550
Originally Posted by NFAREVIEW View Post
Meguires spray wax...lol, yeah you and I have different expectations in a cars finish. I'm sure your car is covered in micro scratches in the clear coat. Mine is flawless, not a single imperfection in the clear and the ceramic will keep it that way. It's clear (see what I did there) you don't understand nano ceramic coatings.
First I have no clear coat since I have designo matte paint, a true microceramic paint. It is truly tough as advertised since its a paint!!! So called ceramic finishes are are hydrophibic polymers that have a very strong affinity for paint. They are however infinitesimally thin thus offering essentially zero scratch protection they simply repel water as long as they stick to the paint (unlike regular wax which just sits on top of the paint without bonding). You can laugh, but the fact is that the Meguiar product is the same chemical as the snake oil that others sell for 100s of dollars. BTW Meguiars even includes the "premium" microfiber towel with the product! All for 10 bucks! Spray it on the towel, wipe and done!
c4004matic is offline  
Old 06-07-2018, 03:37 PM
  #12  
Member
 
dukester34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 169
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
none yet
Saw yours did my research, have an appointment to drop mine off on July 11th Gold package plus wheels, and glass.
dukester34 is offline  
Old 06-09-2018, 05:00 PM
  #13  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
NFAREVIEW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 288
Thanks: 0
Thanked 34 Times in 24 Posts
2018 E300
Originally Posted by c4004matic View Post
First I have no clear coat since I have designo matte paint, a true microceramic paint. It is truly tough as advertised since its a paint!!! So called ceramic finishes are are hydrophibic polymers that have a very strong affinity for paint. They are however infinitesimally thin thus offering essentially zero scratch protection they simply repel water as long as they stick to the paint (unlike regular wax which just sits on top of the paint without bonding). You can laugh, but the fact is that the Meguiar product is the same chemical as the snake oil that others sell for 100s of dollars. BTW Meguiars even includes the "premium" microfiber towel with the product! All for 10 bucks! Spray it on the towel, wipe and done!
Funny you compare my paint to yours when yours is a matte and I have to protect mine a certain way, as do you. It's apples and oranges. I can say this, in 5-6 years I bet $100 our car is rock chip free and still has paint in the same shape as the day we took delivery. Yours on the other hand does not age well on the highway. And the fact you think a Meguires spray wax is the same product as a 9H ceramic tells me all I need to know about your automotive detailing knowledge lol. I see you have an affinity for tracking down my posts just to **** on them. Whether it's guns or wax you just can't help yourself. I know you're into me, but I don't swing that way dude. Lay off, it's unhealthy.
NFAREVIEW is offline  
Old 06-09-2018, 05:01 PM
  #14  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
NFAREVIEW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 288
Thanks: 0
Thanked 34 Times in 24 Posts
2018 E300
Originally Posted by dukester34 View Post
Saw yours did my research, have an appointment to drop mine off on July 11th Gold package plus wheels, and glass.
Very cool. Where at? Make sure to post some pictures in this thread when you're done!
NFAREVIEW is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to NFAREVIEW For This Useful Post:
dukester34 (06-09-2018), Youngd (08-28-2018)
Old 06-10-2018, 02:04 AM
  #15  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: WI
Posts: 2,041
Thanked 151 Times in 121 Posts
17 E43; 18 GLS550
Originally Posted by NFAREVIEW View Post
Funny you compare my paint to yours when yours is a matte and I have to protect mine a certain way, as do you. It's apples and oranges. I can say this, in 5-6 years I bet $100 our car is rock chip free and still has paint in the same shape as the day we took delivery. Yours on the other hand does not age well on the highway. And the fact you think a Meguires spray wax is the same product as a 9H ceramic tells me all I need to know about your automotive detailing knowledge lol. I see you have an affinity for tracking down my posts just to **** on them. Whether it's guns or wax you just can't help yourself. I know you're into me, but I don't swing that way dude. Lay off, it's unhealthy.
Just sayin..... Some people also swear that a cat-back can give you 25 HP. Im giving you the skinny from a chemistry outlook you can believe or not..... Its a very good, long lasting synthetic wax, nothing more nothing less. Paying more than 10 bucks for it is anyone's choice. BTW I also use it in my regular paint 550 where it works great too.
c4004matic is offline  
Old 07-14-2018, 04:43 PM
  #16  
Member
 
dukester34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 169
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
none yet








just did mine
dukester34 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to dukester34 For This Useful Post:
arnsbrae (01-04-2019)
Old 07-14-2018, 06:40 PM
  #17  
Out Of Control!!
 
hyperion667's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 20,824
Thanked 651 Times in 631 Posts
'12 CLSAMG
Showroom shine man!
hyperion667 is offline  
Old 07-15-2018, 03:18 AM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
Cao Black's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 349
Thanked 37 Times in 33 Posts
2018 E300 P2 & 2015 ML350

With the magnifying glass my finish probably won't "outshine" (pun intended) ceramic coating. That's okay. I hand wash and apply a little Pete's 53 (Chemical Guys, $40).
Luckily I live where the roads aren't salted, there's no salty sea breeze, not even any smog to speak of, so waxing is enough for me. I'll save the $1000. I'm sure I can find something to do with it.

Last edited by Cao Black; 07-15-2018 at 09:52 PM. Reason: typo
Cao Black is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Cao Black For This Useful Post:
Ormond2004 (01-07-2019)
Old 07-16-2018, 02:30 AM
  #19  
Junior Member
 
G3710's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 74
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
17 E300
Will be doing this myself. Supplies cost me under $100 on AutoGeek, I have been detailing my own cars for years, enjoy it, I could not justify paying 1k for this but the car does look amazing.
G3710 is offline  
Old 07-16-2018, 08:32 AM
  #20  
Out Of Control!!
 
hyperion667's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 20,824
Thanked 651 Times in 631 Posts
'12 CLSAMG
Hot damn, there are some lame *** comments here. "Oh man, I'd never spend that much" (Because I'm too cheap or can't afford it) "Oh man, I did mine for XXX dollars" (yeah good for you, your point?) "Oh man, that's way to much to spend".....

Really dudes..............just congratulate the man and move on for Odin's sake! WTF?
hyperion667 is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to hyperion667 For This Useful Post:
arnsbrae (01-04-2019), tarsands (01-04-2019)
Old 07-16-2018, 02:05 PM
  #21  
Junior Member
 
G3710's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 74
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
17 E300
Originally Posted by hyperion667 View Post
Hot damn, there are some lame *** comments here. "Oh man, I'd never spend that much" (Because I'm too cheap or can't afford it) "Oh man, I did mine for XXX dollars" (yeah good for you, your point?) "Oh man, that's way to much to spend".....

Really dudes..............just congratulate the man and move on for Odin's sake! WTF?
Hopefully my comment did not come off as ďlameĒ. The application of this product is more about prep and time. Itís not something that I would spend 1k on because Its an easy DIY. I was able to buy the product for 55$ on sale, it should take me about 4 hours with the help of two friends. 4-5 hours on a weekend and roughly 100$ in product is worth saving $900 for me. For others it may not be. Nothing more nothing less


OP car looks amazing.
G3710 is offline  
Old 07-18-2018, 12:13 PM
  #22  
Super Member
 
gfmohn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Eastern Massachusetts
Posts: 658
Thanked 19 Times in 16 Posts
C300W4 Luxury Leather Active Lighting Distronic+ Multimedia Heads-Up Display Previous: 2007 C280W4
Last Nov., I had my C300 (not the 2007 in my Signature, but my present 2015 C300) done with CQuartz ("UK" version). As the name implies, the "UK" version gives more protection. It cost $315 at Arlington Auto Detailing in Belmont MA. That included a medium-level interior detailing (leather seats preservative, etc.) and a "reload" several months later. I finally had that done a few weeks ago. Before, I had sometimes envied Toyota Corolla finishes. Now, my cay's finish is not the equal of Lexus finishes, but it is appropriate to a luxury car. My C300 is Iridium Silver, so I cannot get a photo showing that "wet look." CQuartz is not advertised to last 10 years, but it is advertised to last "up to 2 years." Best of all for me, I have had to wash the car only once since last Nov. That was to merely wash off salt. I live in an elderly housing facility, so my car is not garaged. Now, dirt just doesn't stick to it. This includes the wheels, which were also treated.
gfmohn is offline  
Old 07-27-2018, 03:33 PM
  #23  
Member
 
dukester34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 169
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
none yet
Originally Posted by dukester34 View Post








just did mine
Ceramic PRO of Spokane had me back today for my first wash which they provide to make sure it cured properly. since I picked it up I have dusted it once with cloth they provided me. today when the water hit WOW is all I can say. the way the water and dust/dirt roll off.
dukester34 is offline  
Old 07-27-2018, 04:02 PM
  #24  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
rbrylaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 3,008
Thanked 251 Times in 209 Posts
2019 E450 4Matic & 2018 E400 4Matic
The finish on your car looks fantastic. I hope it lasts for a long time!
rbrylaw is offline  
Old 08-17-2018, 12:12 AM
  #25  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Missouri
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
2014 CLA250 Edition 1
Just had mine cermaic coated about 2 months ago, and was well worth the money. Not only does the paint seem to stay cleaner, it definetly looks like I added another clear coat, and if you are pressed for time and need to run through a touchless wash, EVERYTHING comes off and dries spot free. Its honestly pretty amazing and saves me hours weekly as I am pretty OCD about the car.
GPAudio is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:
You have already rated this thread Rating: Thread Rating: 0 votes,  average.

Quick Reply: Just had a ceramic coating applied...(PIC HEAVY)


Contact Us About Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: