I've always been an old school carnauba wax guy when it comes to paint protection. I never favored the "glass like" look of ceramic nano coatings. This all changed, and I became a ceramic convert, after discussing ceramic coatings with Nxt Level Detailing in Tustin CA (@nxtleveldetail). They convinced me they could apply a ceramic coating that would deliver the protective values ceramics are famous for, and match my old school luster preference. Over a three day period, they completed a two step paint correction process and then applied a coating of Feynlab Ceramic V2. The car looks brand new, and the ceramic coating is so hydrophobic that nothing sticks it. Road grim and air pollution dust just roll off.
The paint correction process involves five basic steps: a decontamination wash, followed by a clay bar treatment, then an abrasive compound to remove clear coat swirls, then a polish and finally the application of the ceramic nano coating. This is very labor intensive, with NxtLevel working one panel on the car at a time. They have an electronic device that measures the depth of the clear coat so they can monitor how deep they can go in removing swirl marks and scratches. On my hood I have a couple of fairly deep scratches that are all the way through the clear coat. They could not remove those, but after their overall treatment, you can hardly see them. This level of paint correction performed by a professional is expensive, prices vary but in Los Angeles this level of service ranges between $1,200-$2,000.
They also gave me the level of "luster" I wanted, by controlling the top coat they use. The results look more like wax then the "glass layer" I've seen on some ceramic coated cars, and that is what I requested. The car looks amazing, like it just came off the showroom floor, and my car is four years old. Besides looking great, the car finish sheds everything. I would say it accumulates road and air pollution grime at a rate about about 1/3 less than with my previous wax treatments.
I am new to ceramic coatings so I cannot compare the performance of Feynlab products to others, here is the product description: https://www.feynlab.com/product/feyn...mic-version-2/
Going ahead, I'll be monitoring the long term performance of this product and will post some impressions along the way.
NXT Level Detailing by Jeff Reeb, on Flickr
Untitled by Jeff Reeb, on Flickr