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I’ve got a G31 530d xdrive on order, should arrive at the dealers first week in February. I’m wondering whether it’s worth having a ceramic coating applied to protect the paintwork, anyone got any views?

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Having looked into a ceramic coating a bit more, the general consensus seems to be that if you’re going to have it done then use an independent specialist detailer, as they’re more skilled than the dealer. The Gtechniq system was the one i was thinking of, the top version is called Crystal Serum Ultra and costs north of £800. I’d certainly like it, but probably won’t bother, I’m thinking of buying some of the ‘consumer’ Gtechniq products and applying them myself.......I’d like a dash cam fitted as well and don’t want to spend another grand on the car. We don’t seem to be talking about discounts achieved on a new G30/31, I found the best discount was through Carwow, got about 24% off a 530d xdrive touring.

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Hands up, I'm a bit of a car detailing geek. I'm not OCD about it like some people, but I'm probably a bit OTT.

 

I'm picking up my new 530d xdrive touring tomorrow (bluestone) and am expecting the normal new car dealer "valet". So it will go straight home to be properly sorted. First a proper wash: jet wash, snow foam, wash (2 bucket method with wool mitt of course!) & dry with a chamois. Then it will be clayed and inspected carefully for dealer inflicted damage. I'll then mop out said dealer inflicted damage. As mentioned, I'm not OCD, so won't be wet sanding out the factory imperfections! After that I should have a perfect surface to apply:

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001FEISS6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Yes, I am old school, a decent Carnauba based wax on properly prepared paintwork is good enough for me. And repeat in 6 months, etc. 

 

Does old school work? I px'ed a metallic black SUV (bought new) a little while ago and was told it was the only 3 year old metallic black px they'd ever taken in without a single mark on the paintwork. To be fair, I knew where the many paint chips had been touched in, but they weren't obvious!

 

I seriously doubt whether a ceramic coating at £800 vs £40 for some decent wax is that much better. Let some monkey wash your car with a dirty sponge and it will still end up with swirls & scratches. Coatings & polish do pretty much the same thing: make the paintwork shiny and provide some (very limited) protection against the elements and bird lime. Vendors have been selling alternatives to wax for donkey's years and the main selling point is that (in theory) you don't have to keep applying it a couple of times a year. Been there, tried that!

 

Just my 2p worth!

 

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11 hours ago, lol64 said:

 

Just my 2p worth!

 

 

Here's mine.

 

 

Any dealer applied products are not worth it - generally they are inferior products, not applied properly (due to lack of knowledge and time available) and over priced. Some dealers / manufacturers offer such products for hundreds of pounds for a product only costing £30-50; they are hugely marked up and this is where a dealer seeks to make some profit on the sale.

 

I use the GTechniq system extensively across my cars and have recently re-applied C2v3 to my F10 over the weekend. The Crystal Serum product which GTechniq offer is a fantastic product and I've seen it applied to a number of vehicles with some outstanding results, but for maximum protection should be applied by an accredited professional detailer. Their "consumer" products are widely available online and are very easy to apply. C2v3 will offer months of protection and can be applied without specialist products or preparation.

 

Of course, there are hundreds of other products about and some people will prefer other brands. 

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In fairness the BMW pack does come with a lovely cleaning kit that I’ve now got to find a home for as I can’t imagine that I’ll ever use it, I don’t really see the point in having a clean car.

 

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