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2020/10/23 13:28:47 (permalink)

Paint protection ideas GT4

Hi Again,
   Thanks for all the help so far.
 
I wanted to get options on paint protection for my 718 GT4.(GT Silver)
Is it worth going down the route on PPF on the front section or all over? or I have been offered a ceramic coating option.
 
 
Or do you think its worth just looking at high end wax etc to apply at home.
Thanks again
 
 

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Re: Paint protection ideas GT4 2020/10/23 13:45:43 (permalink)
Hi Dale,
 
I think a lot of 718 owners opt for a front PU, sills, intake area and rear valance as a minimum PPF protection since they’re the most vulnerable areas.
 
Ceramic coating won’t offer anywhere near the same level of protection as PPF for stone impact, minor scratches, etc., although it will be superior to wax and probably will make washing the car easier.
 
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Re: Paint protection ideas GT4 2020/10/23 14:51:07 (permalink)
It probably depends on useage and how bothered you are about trying to keep your car 100% perfect.
 
I'm, at the moment, road use only although I'm intending to start track days next year.  I've not bothered with PPF and I don't care about minor stone chips etc.  If anything gets really bad I'll just get it repainted, but my previous GTS had very little wear and tear after 4 years and 14,000m.
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Re: Paint protection ideas GT4 2020/10/23 15:22:09 (permalink)
PPF is all about mainting it. Very expensive for a plastic cover :)
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Re: Paint protection ideas GT4 2020/10/23 17:05:16 (permalink)
Thanks again so much for the advise. 
I'm not planning on tracks days as of yet. Mainly a car to bring out and enjoy on my local roads for now so I'm sctratching my head thinking is PPF a little over the top. Ceramic coating seems cheaper but never used it. Only Autoglym LifeShine in the past.
 
 
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Re: Paint protection ideas GT4 2020/10/23 17:41:37 (permalink)
I had my 981 GT4 Ceramic coated by an accredited Gtechniq company.  He used Gtechniq Crystal Serum Ultra with Exo V4 on top.  The guy had the car for two weeks and spent 110 hours on the car.  A two stage machine polish and then applied the coatings to the car.  I also had the entire interior coated/protected by them too.  Cost was £1,100.  The guy I use is very passionate about his cars and treats customer cars as if it was his own.  
 
If the OPC has offered you ceramic coating it will unfortunately be nothing like what I had applied to my GT4.  They will probaly spend a few hours on the car and no machine polishing, just coat the car with whatever product they use.
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Re: Paint protection ideas GT4 2020/10/23 18:30:49 (permalink)
Thanks for the comment.
   I had a feeling that would be the process from OPC.
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Re: Paint protection ideas GT4 2020/10/23 18:34:11 (permalink)
My three white Cayman`s (used cars) have all had OPC applied gtechniq Platinum ceramic coating … one had to be re-done under warranty after a year (five year warranty - annual inspection) due to an adhesion issue. 
 
All were superbly presented and the coating has done an excellent job of `looking after` the bodywork 
 
My areas of travel here are predominantly rural, dirty roads … the main areas affected by road rash have been - windscreen / leading edge of roof / lower rear bumper behind the wheels.
 
The area in front of the engine air intake has only taken a few hits (CR & CS). However, on the GT4 … the inside of the `scoops` are well peppered, with many tiny chips in the plastic  
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Re: Paint protection ideas GT4 2020/10/23 18:35:13 (permalink)
Dale, 
 
If you want to go down the Ceramic coating route get it done by a professional detailer and not by the OPC.  Yes it will cost more but you'll get a better product from a professional detailer.
 
My 981 GT4 had previously been coated with Gtechniq Platinum in January 2018 by a previous owner using his local OPC and the car was covered in swirls.  This was removed by my detailer and Gtechniq Crystal Serum Ultra with Exo V4 was applied in June this year.  People have commented that the paintwork looks like new.  It certainly didn't look like new when I bought the car in March this year.
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Re: Paint protection ideas GT4 2020/10/24 14:36:19 (permalink)
Agree with GTech stuff. Very good. Their shampoo is really good. They also have a top up coating you can apply yourself if the car is fully cleaned first - this is very good!
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