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How to Care for your Ceramic Coating

How to Care for your Ceramic Coating

How to Care for your Ceramic Coating!

Safely wash your vehicle and ensure you properly use the right tools and techniques!

Optimum No Rinse Guide

Wash by hand frequently preferably with a rinseless product like Optimum No Rinse Wash & Wax

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When drying use OptiSeal  or Optimum Car Wax, always add protection!

optimum quick detailer

Use an instant detailer whenever wiping the paint, try to avoid any hard debris or dry buffing

microfiber towel

Use high quality microfibers and wash them properly

MicrofiberTech, RagCompany, or Autofiber for great value and performance.

Get a Professional Treatment!

bring in your vehicle for an 6 month or 12 month service

avoid cheap car washes: no bristle or touch based car washes

avoid any improper physical abrasion: improper touching or detailing

avoid rinsing your vehicle with water, it will water spot in the sun!

Liquid Finish Detailing is based in Apex, Cary, and Raleigh specializing in paint correction and Opti Coat Pro Plus. Operated by one Madman with a sole focus to keep customers happy with unique services and products. 

Ceramic Coating Myths & Truths

Ceramic Coating Myths & Truths

Ceramic Coating Myths & Truths

Ceramic Coatings are extremely popular, however they are often highly misunderstood and can lead to a ton of confusion. Always ask your installer for real world performance, durability questions, and proper maintenance. Here are some common ceramic coating myths and truths!

#1

coatings don’t need maintenance: I never need to wash my car!

Coatings will cut down wash time and effort. Proper technique and tools will ensure your coating’s durability. Your vehicle will get dirty! Coatings are best for people who hand wash and frequently maintain their vehicle

 

#2

Coatings are permanent: bulletproof surface protection forever!

the effective lifespan greatly varies on maintenance and how often it is brought in for a 6 – 12 month detailing session. Everything has a life expectancy and will breakdown with time.

 

#3

coatings will chip or peel off

Any good quality coating will not peel off since the layer microscopically bonds properly into surface. When the coating has failed it will simply shed less, bead less, and wear away.

 

#4

coatings protect against scratches, rock chips, and dents

You need paint protection film for chips and scratches to absorb the brunt of damage. Coatings are sacrificial layers to hard damage like brushing up against paint or very light scratching. Dents can absolutely damage the metal underneath a coating.

 

#5

I have 7, 9, 10H Diamond Hardness Protection!

Pure marketing that overstates paint hardness. Proper hardness claims are really measured on a pencil hardness scale and shouldn’t translate to a “diamond MOHS” hard surface.

 

#6

coatings are glossier than sealants or waxes

Dependent on a vehicle’s condition, but shine is all about prep work. What a detailer applies to a vehicle after proper paint correction is the cherry on top.

 

#7

coatings are chemical resistant

Most coatings are highly resistant to chemicals. However degreasers, solvents, acids, and anything that can etch should always be removed immediately.

 

#8

coatings are self healing

A very small amount of coatings are self healing and there is a limit to re-healing. PPF is far more common for self healing thick protective layer.

 

#9

coatings are fire (or graffiti, flame thrower, forcefield, etc) proof

Pure a marketing! Lighter fluid burns at a lower rate and doesn’t take into account friction or uv degradation. The hottest point of a flame is the tip! Nothing is indestructible!

 

#10

coating warranties represent the lifespan of the product

It’s impossible to measure or understand how long a coating will last. Durability all varies on the maintenance, quality of installation, and paint quality.

 

#11

never wax my car after a ceramic coating

Always apply a spray booster or nourishing wash solution for your coating. A thick sealant or carnauba wax is not recommended.

 

#12

Using no soap or never hand washing after a ceramic coating

Using no soap will reduce the longevity and scratch the paint. Do not rinse your vehicle with hard water, will water spots occur!

Further Ceramic Coating Myths & Truths Reads:

Is Ceramic Coating Worth It? Here’s The Truth:

Breaking Down the Top 10 Ceramic Coating Myths

The Truth Behind Wild Coating Claims

 

Liquid Finish Detailing is based in Apex, Cary, and Raleigh specializing in paint correction and Opti Coat Pro Plus. Operated by one Madman with a sole focus to keep customers happy with unique services and products. 

 

October Update: Metallic Silver Model 3s & Beautiful Blue Camaro SS Opti Coat Pro

October Update: Metallic Silver Model 3s & Beautiful Blue Camaro SS Opti Coat Pro

OCTOBER UPDATE: Metallic Silver Model 3s & Beautiful Blue Camaro SS Opti Coat Pro

We survived Hurricane Florence!Tesla Model 3s are invading the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Opti Coat Pro service for two rare metallic silver Model 3s with black and white interiors. Metallic silver on ultra white is a beautiful combo, and will sadly be hard to find in the future. Normal pigtails, scratches, and paint defects were prevalent despite being one of the easier colors to prepare via Paint Correction

Also up for documentation is a Hyper Blue Camaro SS with Opti Coat Pro, always fun working on a non standard paint color!

As part of the Opti Coat Pro service an inspection wash includes complimentary education session to cover how to maintain your coating. Microfibers, chemicals, tools, wash styles, any manner of car care is covered.

Wheel faces, lenses, paint, and chrome were covered with one step Optimum Opti Coat Pro system. Opti Coat Pro comes with a 5 year warranty (paint failure) along with hydrophobic, easy to clean, marring, scratch, and acid resistance.

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September Update: Porsche Macans and Audi A4 Opti Coat Pro

September Update: Porsche Macans and Audi A4 Opti Coat Pro

September Update: Porsche Macan and Audi A4 Opti Coat Pro

Pretty Macan GTS Carmine Red with 2000 miles and quite a fair amount of damage from the dealership. 3M Pro Series PPF and 3M window film installation from our friends at Custom Tint Inc. Stage 1 Paint Correction was performed, trim coating installation, and Opti Coat Pro installed for longevity!

Finally new 2018 Audi A4 Monsoon Grey was installed with Opti Coat Pro and had minimal paint defects thankfully.

As part of the Opti Coat Pro service an inspection wash includes complimentary education session to cover how to maintain your coating. Microfibers, chemicals, tools, wash styles, any manner of car care is covered. 

Wheel faces, lenses, paint, and chrome were covered with one step Optimum Opti Coat Pro system. Opti Coat Pro comes with a 5 year warranty along with hydrophobic, easy to clean, marring, scratch, and acid resistance. 

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August Update: VW Golf R, GMC Dually & Chevy Silverado Truck Coating

August Update: VW Golf R, GMC Dually & Chevy Silverado Truck Coating

August Update: Lexus LS500 F Sport Opti Coat Pro

One special VW Golf R White New Car Preparation package with easy to clean and outstanding protection. 3M Pro Series PPF and 3M window film installation from our friends at Custom Tint Inc. Two gigantic trucks for heavy duty protection against daily usage. Mark my words these vehicles destroy me every time with their size.

As part of the Opti Coat Pro service an inspection wash includes complimentary education session to cover how to maintain your coating. Microfibers, chemicals, tools, wash styles, any manner of car care is covered. 

Wheel faces, lenses, paint, and chrome were covered with one step Optimum Opti Coat Pro system. Opti Coat Pro comes with a 5 year warranty along with hydrophobic, easy to clean, marring, scratch, and acid resistance. Click below for more photos and Facebook Album walk though of the full process.

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Tesla Model 3 – Opti Coat Pro Plus New Car Treatment

Tesla Model 3 – Opti Coat Pro Plus New Car Treatment

Tesla Model 3 – Opti Coat Pro Plus New Car Treatment

Multi Coat Red Tesla Model 3 with Opti Coat Pro Plus new car detail and paint correction. Paint inspection revealed multiple paint flaws (improper buffing, sanding marks, isolated scratching) and severe contamination from the factory. A total of 5 paint correction hours were performed to enhance the paint and repair damage to optimal shape.

As part of the Opti Coat Pro Plus service an inspection wash includes complimentary education session to cover how to maintain your coating. Microfibers, chemicals, tools, wash styles, any manner of car care is covered. 

Wheel faces, lenses, paint, and chrome were covered with two step Optimum Opti Coat Pro Plus system. Opti Coat Pro Plus comes with a 7 year warranty along with hydrophobic, easy to clean, marring, scratch, and acid resistance. Click below for more photos and Facebook Album walkthough of the full process. Read more →

April / May Update: M3 Restoration, Opti Coat Pro 911 / Kia Sorento

April / May Update: M3 Restoration, Opti Coat Pro 911 / Kia Sorento

April / May Update: M3 Level Restoration, Opti Coat Pro 911 / Kia

Some recent updates to April & May.

M3 Level 3 Restoration – Huge swirl reduction for a 2016 M3 F80 from up North. Mediocre Pickup Photos.

Kia Sorento New Car Detail & Opti Coat Pro Installation

911 991 Turbo Porsche – This vehicle had some definite wear after 44K and 3 years of usage. Paint Corrected for 8 Hours, Opti Coat Pro applied, and trim restored with CarPro DLux.

As part of the Opti Coat Pro service an inspection wash includes complimentary education session to cover how to maintain your coating. Microfibers, chemicals, tools, wash styles, any manner of car care is covered. 

Wheel faces, lenses, paint, and chrome were covered with a Optimum Opti Coat Pro. OCP comes with a 5 year warranty along with marring, scratch, and acid resistance. Click below for more photos and Facebook Albums going into the full process.

Thank you to all my customers for the privilege of making your vehicles beautiful with nutty fun!

  • Brandon, Madman.

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Honda Ridgeline – Opti Coat Pro New Car Coating

Honda Ridgeline – Opti Coat Pro New Car Coating

Honda Ridgeline – New Car Opti Coat Pro

Beautiful new Honda Ridgeline with Modern Steel Paint in for new car treatment with Optimum Opti Coat Pro! Minor isolated scratching on a few panels. Wheel faces, lenses, paint, and chrome were covered with a Optimum Opti Coat Pro. OCP comes with a 5 year warranty and provides silly marring, scratch, and acid resistance! Here goes the madness. Click for more photos and Facebook Album going into the full process.

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Top Amazon.com Car Microfiber

Top Amazon.com Car Microfiber

Top Amazon.com Car Microfiber

Looking for the best Amazon.com Car Microfiber? Amazon.com offers a huge variety of car microfibers. As a car fanatic you want microfibers that are ulta soft, durable, high quality, absorbent, streak free, scratch free, and at an afforable price. I personally love TheRagCompany for their quality, value, and direct sourcing. Order all the following via Amazon Prime and get a taste for proper quality. Most brands such as Chemical Guys, Carrand, ZWipes, Viking, & many brands all use lower grade towels that initially start off soft however taper off in durability and quality. Use the proper microfiber care: proper detergent, mixing, temperature, and drying system. 

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Liquid Finish – Optimum Car Care Products

Optimum Polymer Technologies – Detailing Chemicals

Wondering what the best starter detailing product line for your vehicle to maintain the shine and condition after a fresh detail? Optimum Car Care is my choice since it straddles the boutique, professional, and enthusiast detailer market. Innovative, easy to use, efficient, and cost effective are the hallmarks of this brand.  These are all available with Amazon Prime!

 

Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine – the only way to safely wash your car! Read the No Rinse Guide. Save time, wash safely, and enjoy cleaning your car.

Try Wash & Wax version

 

Optimum Car Wash Soap – traditional high foam car wash for wheels or body, super long foam suds with ultra lubricity.

 

Opti Clean – use for any dust or light dirt. daily or weekly maintenance after a drive or light rain sprinkle

 

Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer – make your paint, glass, or surfaces slick and glossy to restore your paint protection.

 

Power Clean – super safe all purpose cleaner for literally any surface, includes exterior or interior surfaces. Use for bugs, leather, or paint issues.

Opti Bond – great adjustable tire shine for that dark and wet look, water based for that clean durable apperance.

 

 

Opti Seal – easiest sealant that air dries off a vehicle, apply during washing or after a wash for protection

Optimum Car Wax – the only spray wax in the world to add UV to your paint system and offers a slick surface