Sorry about that I have posted on multiple threads regarding this topic and seem to have neglected this one.
First, my main reason for applying a coating was the hydrophobic property and it's "staying power". From testimonials and info found primarily online I decided to use Opti Coat Pro because of the incredible sheeting and beading effect it provides. This is a common characteristic of coatings and is almost impossible to distinguish between them (in my opinion). The Opti Coat on my car is AWESOME and does exactly as I was expecting it to.
Second, glossiness was a factor in my decision. I have heard overall that C Quartz is "glossier" but it has been the opinion of most detailers and installers (both C Quartz and Opti Coat) that the gloss comes from the paint prep and polish. In accordance with this I found an installer that is truly passionate about his work and takes the time and effort to produce a world class finish. The result is a stunning finish that truly blew me away!
Third, the longevity of the coating was a huge factor. Opti Coat is a "permanent" coating and has an optional factory LIFE TIME warranty (haven't found a C Quartz or any other coating installer offering this). At $1000 for a two year coating (C Quartz) I couldn't justify the cost. I would rather wax and clay bar as needed at that price if it's going to wear off in a couple of years.
Since the coating was applied it has rained here in Houston and I have seen great results in water repellency and less road grime on the car after air drying. My installer, John Gray, coated the painted surfaces, rims (inside and out), all glass surfaces, and my painted calipers. I could not be more happy with the result and at near half the price of C Quartz I am happy my coating will last for years to come!
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