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Has anyone had any experience with either Opti-Coat or Ceramic Pro ? Or both for that matter ? Just want to know your thoughts/experiences with the two. Possibly other options ?
 

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I was going to get into the process of applying it myself but heard how tricky it can be to work with those coatings.
At this point I rather pay a professional that has done a lot of coatings. But it does help to educate yourself on the process:

 

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Don't think anyone has used those yet. @Razer has used clear bra on their Abarth but I don't know what brand. Here's the relevant thread: http://www.10thcivicforum.com/forum...l-discussion-forum/5305-paint-protection.html
I was going to get into the process of applying it myself but heard how tricky it can be to work with those coatings.
At this point I rather pay a professional that has done a lot of coatings. But it does help to educate yourself on the process:
The clear bra does seem like a much better idea, a lot more durable.

Yea the opti-coat does seem a bit tedious to apply, I would definitely need to leave it to a professional. Now to check the price difference in between the two.
 

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Opti-Coat initially was very hard to install because if I recall, it wasn't self-leveling. Now with the new version, its really not that bad. If you can apply a carnauba wax, you can apply the opti-coat. The only key thing is making sure the surface is fully prepped. properly.
 

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After watching the video, it looks like clear bra and opti coat doesn't perform the same function. Opti coat seems like a sort of permanent wax to make paint maintenance easier while clear bra is more for protection.

It depends on what you're looking for.
 

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After watching the video, it looks like clear bra and opti coat doesn't perform the same function. Opti coat seems like a sort of permanent wax to make paint maintenance easier while clear bra is more for protection.

It depends on what you're looking for.

I think you're right, except for the "permanent" part, but you did include the caveat "sort of". I would think that ceramic (glass) coating would certainly last longer than "waxes" or "polishes", but only time will tell.
 

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I think you're right, except for the "permanent" part, but you did include the caveat "sort of". I would think that ceramic (glass) coating would certainly last longer than "waxes" or "polishes", but only time will tell.
By ceramic (glass) coating, are you referring to products like 58Xcar glass coating products or something else.. I'm just curious as I'm more used to seeing nano-coating sealants, and what not
 

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By ceramic (glass) coating, are you referring to products like 58Xcar glass coating products or something else.. I'm just curious as I'm more used to seeing nano-coating sealants, and what not
Good question...I know they're expensive for a very small bottle of liquid that's applied to a small sponge by only a few drops at a time.
 

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Good question...I know they're expensive for a very small bottle of liquid that's applied to a small sponge by only a few drops at a time.
Did some research on it and it legitimately hardens to a glass like substance :|I feel so compelled to try this out now. 24 Hour dry time, no contact with water or washing at all. Apparently when you open it, it's advised to clean around the bottle openings due to shards of glass like crystals being built up a little. You also have to throw out the rags and applicator pads you use for the same reason.
 

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That's a lot more interesting than what I originally thought (long-term wax like coating). I guess a glass-like coating would help prevent swirls and such along with making things easier to clean off.

Anyone planning on using Opti-Coat?
 

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Did some research on it and it legitimately hardens to a glass like substance :|I feel so compelled to try this out now. 24 Hour dry time, no contact with water or washing at all. Apparently when you open it, it's advised to clean around the bottle openings due to shards of glass like crystals being built up a little. You also have to throw out the rags and applicator pads you use for the same reason.

Yep, that's the stuff. According to the hype, it should really protect the car's clear coat for some time. Also recommended for the wheels since brake dust can't stick to 'em.
 

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Yep, that's the stuff. According to the hype, it should really protect the car's clear coat for some time. Also recommended for the wheels since brake dust can't stick to 'em.
I would really like to see how well it'll hold up to the brake dust. I heard it's really tough to get anything that'll repel it properly.
 

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I would really like to see how well it'll hold up to the brake dust. I heard it's really tough to get anything that'll repel it properly.
I'm with you, but they say it's "super hydrophobic" and nothing really sticks to it.
 

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I'm with you, but they say it's "super hydrophobic" and nothing really sticks to it.
Here's a short video I found on it for the wheels, Wish they did a longer version showing long-term results and how cleaning is with it though

 

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That's a lot more interesting than what I originally thought (long-term wax like coating). I guess a glass-like coating would help prevent swirls and such along with making things easier to clean off.

Anyone planning on using Opti-Coat?
I initially was thinking of it, but this Glass Coating stuff has really peaked my interest. I've seen cars with opti-coat before, but I would definitely love to bite the bullet and try this stuff out if I can find an installer.
 

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I would really like to see how well it'll hold up to the brake dust. I heard it's really tough to get anything that'll repel it properly.
Most Civic's i've seen come with wheels that are very forgiving to some of the most harsh wheel acid out there, the typical grey painted alloy wheel. Just look at some older BMW's from the 2000's, during that era they had horrible brake dust and if those wheels still look good... there will be hope for us in not having damaged wheels
 

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Heard Opti Coat 2 on wheels helps with winter salt too but installing it may be a PITA. Would you need to remove the tire and cover the whole wheel with it?
 

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Heard Opti Coat 2 on wheels helps with winter salt too but installing it may be a PITA. Would you need to remove the tire and cover the whole wheel with it?
Hmm ... I don't think removing the tire is necessary. I would definitely take the wheel off completely to make sure I could thoroughly clean/coat the inside of the barrels though along with the faces. I see a lot of people just cleaning/protecting the face of the rim alone, I like to be a bit more thorough
 

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Is there anything you can use for the fender liners ? Like so mud and what not doesn't get all stuck in there and stuff ?
 
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