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    Ceramic Pro

    A guy I work with was telling me about this product called Ceramic Pro which is supposed to protect your paint from damage and also make it so you rarely need to wash your car because stuff won't stick to it. I was wondering if anyone had heard of it or used it. It's supposedly fairly new to the US market.

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    Try it out and report back. Many like washing their car so its obviously not for everyone.
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    There are a number of coating products in use these days. They need to be applied to an appropriately-prepped surface and in a controlled environment for best results. Check with Brian at http://www.speedfreakdetailing.com/#!contact/csvi for real world experiences and advice.
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    As many of you know, I was/am unhappy with the ability of "Blue Tang O" (my 135i Cabrio) to show fine scratches and dirt. After seeing this thread and doing my homework, I have decided to let the team at Capitol Shine have a go at the car. I spent time today in Arlington talking with them, and letting them inspect the car. It is going to be done in February, when I can leave the car for an extended time. I'm going with the complete Ceramic Pro package. This was the only surface coating that I can find that is tested and rated for hardness. I'll will update you all after it happens.
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    She is now home. The initial appearance is fantastic. They said it required more than 100 hours to clean and prep the car surface for the Ceramic Pro. I'll really know the results in a few weeks of exposure to the elements and driving it. I will try to get to Columbia and other club meetings to show how it looks. Anyone near Baltimore is welcome to contact me and come see it. Capitol Shine is now a club sponsor and you can get a discount on all their services.
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    How much did it cost you ?

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    Prices vary depending on the amount of labor required to prepare the paint for the coating (removing scratches etc). Then there are different levels or coatings of Ceramic Pro that you can put on it. You have to get with Rob at Capitol Shine since, I think, every car is different. That being said, I'm trying to post a picture showing how the snow did not stick on the sides of the car but only on the hood, trunk and curved fenders. It looks AMAZING. So far, I'm glad I did it.
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    Can you ballpark the approximate cost for say, a 2012 5 Series? Just trying to get an idea to see if it's a viable option for me. I'm in Maryland. Will you be at the Social tonight?

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    1. Ballpark - NO. It all depends upon how much work is required to get the paint ready for coating (I think). Contact Rob at Capitol Shine and ask him.

    2. Tonight - YES.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpongeBob View Post
    She is now home. The initial appearance is fantastic. They said it required more than 100 hours to clean and prep the car surface for the Ceramic Pro. I'll really know the results in a few weeks of exposure to the elements and driving it. I will try to get to Columbia and other club meetings to show how it looks. Anyone near Baltimore is welcome to contact me and come see it. Capitol Shine is now a club sponsor and you can get a discount on all their services.
    100 hours of prep!?, misprint?,

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    Definitely NOT a misprint. The car is 1 1/2 years old and had the scratches and swirl marks to prove it. It is necessary to totally remove all imperfections before the Ceramic Pro coating can be applied, or they will show underneath it. Were you at the Columbia gathering yesterday? If so, you would have noticed how - in the bright sunshine - you could see the clear coat marks on the dark cars there and compare it to the finish that is now on mine. Any more questions?
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    A snow update: Took the hose today and washed all the snow off. Then dried it. No soap. No washing. Car looks great. Ceramic Pro seems to be a good decision.
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    My Ceramic Pro job by Capitol Shine

    Finished for the time being. I'm very pleased with the quality of the work they did. Here's a "before and after".
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    My car will be at the "Capitol Shine - Ceramic Pro" booth at the DM Concours on Sunday, May 3. Stop by and do your inspection!
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    It's been almost a month since the DM Concurs. Has anyone else had their car done with Ceramic Pro?
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