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I have searched the forum for topics on paint protection and/or after market clear coating but could not find anything. I have seen the "clear bra" topics and plan on doing that also. But my interest is with the entire car and not just the bumper and side mirrors. I apologize if I am bringing up an old topic. ImageUploadedByCorvette Stingray Forum1391467890.121524.jpg

I have steered away from owning a black colored vehicle because of the difficulty in keeping the car looking clean and also because swirls, scratches, smears, door dings and rock chips show up so easily. But when i had the opportunity to see, in person, the black on black Z51 I was immediately hooked!! A couple hours later she was officially mine!

My questions are.. Has anybody done any after market paint protection or clear coating? If so, what type? What would you recommend?

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you can always do a two step polishing and finish it with a sealant/glaze/wax. Detailing yourself is not that difficult once you educate yourself and learn the proper techniques.
 

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I got mine professionally detailed. Got Suntek PPF clear bra on the entire front and hood. Got my black C7 paint corrected and polished then coated with Cquartz finest. It looks great.
 

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Thanks for the reply. Cquartz sounds like the best idea. I am gonna do the same as you and do the front and side mirrors with the clear bra and Cquartz the rest.
If you don't mind me asking... How much should I expect to pay for everything?



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I'm having Opti Coat Pro installed on Saturday. From what I understand it does everything CQuartz does but lasts MUCH longer and has a lifetime warranty. The guy I'm using coats all the Late Model Racecraft (LMR) cars and they say it's amazing. Can't wait!

I was quoted $625 with paint correction including 2 small rock chips (quite a bit less than any CQuartz quote I got)


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Also, the quote includes the rims inside and out and permanent hydrophobic coating for all glass surfaces.


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Which brands did you use?
I used Adams, two step polish, paint sealant, brilliant glaze, and carnauba wax(or buttery wax). I used a cycle 5 pro, but any good DA polisher will do. You can get it done professionally but I can get professional results in my garage and I enjoy the auto detailing therapy.
 
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but I can get professional results in my garage and I enjoy the auto detailing therapy.
Nothing like the first wipe off of the last step .....LOL
 

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Txfreefaller thanks for that info. I am trying to get ideas as which is the most effective route to get the most for my money. I may have a Stingray but I also have a budget too. LoL
I was expecting a price range around $500-$700. Thanks for that extra info about the rims. I will make sure my quoted price includes everything you got.


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I'm having Opti Coat Pro installed on Saturday. From what I understand it does everything CQuartz does but lasts MUCH longer and has a lifetime warranty. The guy I'm using coats all the Late Model Racecraft (LMR) cars and they say it's amazing. Can't wait!

I was quoted $625 with paint correction including 2 small rock chips (quite a bit less than any CQuartz quote I got)


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Trust me , all the prem products last about the same.....625 is a decent price.....
 

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But with a lifetime warranty they will reapply. With Cquartz u have to pay again for reapplication every 2-3 yrs


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I'm having Opti Coat Pro installed on Saturday. From what I understand it does everything CQuartz does but lasts MUCH longer and has a lifetime warranty. The guy I'm using coats all the Late Model Racecraft (LMR) cars and they say it's amazing. Can't wait!

I was quoted $625 with paint correction including 2 small rock chips (quite a bit less than any CQuartz quote I got)


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Dont mind me asking, who is doing the work for you?

Also to add. The properties of OCP vs CQF is not the same, technically. The properties of being hydrophobic, gloss retention, depth of color and dirt/dust repellent is much stronger with CQF than OCP. But, you are correct, OCP will last longer IF and that is a BIG IF applied correctly. I have customers who do both OCP and CQF...and all my OCP customer still get their cars redone every 1.5-2 years. Now in my opinion, the BIGGEST benefit that CQF has over OCP is that CQF still gives your paint that glass smooth feel. With OCP your paint will always feel like it needs to be clayed. Just something to add. A few of my customers switched from OCP to CQF for that sole reason. lol
 

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The glossiness has 100% to do with how well the paint is prepared before the coat is applied. I have seen cars with OCP after a couple years that still look incredible and repel water, dirt, etc the same as when it was first applied.

If the coat decides to degrade I'll just have it reapplied at no cost haha. Gotta love a lifetime warranty. I haven't found a CQF installer offering one yet but that was definitely a deciding factor for me.

The installer for Custom Car Stereo ( Houston's Mecca for custom audio, tinting, etc) is doing the application on my C7. I got the referral from Late Model Racecraft here in Houston who are world renowned for their performance work (much like Lfelter and Hennessy I'm sure you guys have heard of them). I trust their referral and the fact that the owner and the company's cars are coated in OCP. If there was an all around better product I'm sure they would be using it.


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