As per the last update I now have freshly painted and very shiny looking car. In the past I have never really been particularly bothered about the condition of the paint and I have always prioritised driving the car over polishing it.
Now the car looks so amazing after the respray I feel I need to try and maintain the condition of the paint. A couple of weeks after receiving the car back from S&D I decided to wash the car. I used the 2 bucket method with PH neutral shampoo and a Dodo Juice Carnauba wax. I am not sure what I did wrong but I managed to introduce swirl marks into the paint which was very disappointing. After seeking advice from various other owners who know more about paint the various processes and products required to maintain paintwork that I do, it all seemed very complicated and time consuming.
I know many people really enjoy polishing their cars but I don’t get much spare time with a young family as it is and I get more enjoyment out of driving it so the ceramic coat suits my requirements. For this reason I opted for a glass based ceramic coating which lasts 3+ years and in comparison to wax requires very little maintenance. The coating is very durable and fairly idiot proof against swirl marks etc, apparently all I need to do to maintain the finish is wash the car and occasionally use a top up detailing spray.
I was recommended by a friend to a local detailer who has experience with Ceramic coatings, Byod Rees of BR Car Detailing.
Byod is accredited by SiRamik, which I understand is one of the leaders in the Ceramic coating industry. I have seen examples of his work before so I had not hesitation in booking him.
Byod works from GT101 in just outside of Colchester in Essex so local for me. The car was first given an enhancement detail with two stages of machine polishing to remove light imperfections and increase paint clarity. Next was the SiRamik APT ceramic coating (1 coat of Ultima and 1 of Altum). Byod also proofed the new roof with 303 Fabric Guard and a ceramic coating to the wheels.
I will let the work speak for itself but suffice to say I am very impressed. I thought the car was shiny when I picked it up freshly sprayed from S&D but the detailing has added a new depth to the paint and the ceramic coating is so shiny it looks like a mirror.