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      12-04-2018, 04:31 PM   #1
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Question about ceramic coating/PPF and sensors

For those of you that have gotten PPF or ceramic coatings did they apply anything to the various sensors (mainly parking distance "dots") or did they avoid them? I intend to do one or the other or possibly both but didn't think to ask about this until now.
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      12-09-2018, 02:38 PM   #2
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Ceramic coating over sensors has not caused any issues for me.
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      12-09-2018, 08:21 PM   #3
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I have PPF and ceramic on my entire m550(including sensors) and have had zero issues
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      12-09-2018, 08:43 PM   #4
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The film they usually cut around the sensors as it is easier for them to install it that way anyway. And most pre-cut films come like that I believe. Coating shouldn't make a difference.
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      12-09-2018, 11:02 PM   #5
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For you guys who have done can you share what kind of pricing we're talking about, thinking PPF + Ceramic, $2-3k?
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      12-10-2018, 09:57 PM   #6
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For you guys who have done can you share what kind of pricing we're talking about, thinking PPF + Ceramic, $2-3k?
Depends on the quality of the shop and the region. I got my m550 done at a shop that specializes in custom protection and wraps for exotic vehicles, so I paid a premium since they are extremely meticulous and well renowned.

Example:

1. Suntek Ultra Matte - all surfaces

2. Ceramic Pro 9H - interior and exterior - all surfaces

3. Vinyl contrast accents as you wish (grille, spoiler, handles, roof, etc.)

...Will run you about 6-9k in the DC/MD/VA area
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For you guys who have done can you share what kind of pricing we're talking about, thinking PPF + Ceramic, $2-3k?
I think that is wishful thinking. I was quoted around $1,500 for paint correction and ceramic coating. PPF depends on what you want covered but it can be pricey. This was by a private detailer who specializes in Ferrari's. I found him at a exotic car repair shop in Northern VA. He is using Kenzo echocoat 10H coating. I'm taking his word that it is good since I'm picking the detailer and not the product as others have suggested. Unfortunately this product isn't available for retail customers, approved detailers only.
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I am quoting CDN numbers and not US so take it for what's it worth - but if I wanted the entire car PPF'ed, I'd be looking at around $3000 for that alone. I had my M3 covered with PPF (hood, bumpers, fender, rear wheel arch) and it cost me over $1K at a good deal place as I paid cash. So the whole car is definitely up there. For the coating, expect to pay around a grand I'd say as they clay bar, power polish, detail etc the car first. It can take a day or two easily depending on how meticulous they are.
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so I guess a partial wrap plus full ceramic probably at least $3k then..., and I'm sure being in NYC doesn't help...
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Here's what I was quoted

-Paint Protection Film: - Stops rocks, love bugs, scratching and other debris from damaging your paint.
Full Front with lights and Mirrors - $2000.00
Lights - $100.00
Full Rockers, with behind the rear wheels and lower part of the doors - $500-600.00. Depends on how many sections.
Rear luggage kit - $75.00
-Paint Correction and Ceramic Coating: Correcting the paint and applying a coating, allows for a better shine and easier washing and no waxing for up to 5 years.
Light polish with Crystal Serum Ultra - $1400.00
Two-Step polish with Crystal Serum Ultra - $1800.00

another guy quoted me this for ceramic
Triple Ceramic Pro 9H 890
detail/paint correction 427.5
All rear windows ceramic 100
Door jams (75 each) 300
Wheel barrel coating (100 each) 400
sub total 2117.5
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what exactly are they doing for paint correction? Is this just a surface prep, or are they doing some sort of touch up or coating??
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what exactly are they doing for paint correction? Is this just a surface prep, or are they doing some sort of touch up or coating??
he normally charges more but since its brand new he discounted as he doesn't expect anything major to correct. I'll know more once I take the car over to him.
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what exactly are they doing for paint correction? Is this just a surface prep, or are they doing some sort of touch up or coating??
Paint correction is a surface prep before they do the ceramic coating. My guy talked about wet sanding to get surface smooth before the ceramic. He said between $200-500 because car is brand new. No scratches or chips as it's probably going from dealer to window tinter to detailer.
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That makes sense, thanks!
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so anyone can recommend a partial wrap+ceramic in NYC?
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what exactly are they doing for paint correction? Is this just a surface prep, or are they doing some sort of touch up or coating??
Paint correction is a surface prep before they do the ceramic coating. My guy talked about wet sanding to get surface smooth before the ceramic. He said between $200-500 because car is brand new. No scratches or chips as it's probably going from dealer to window tinter to detailer.
No wet sanding!! It's brand new, maybe some clay bar. Don't let the dealer wash your vehicle. Big no-no. My dealer was instructed only to remove protective film for inspection, NO WASHING!!
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so anyone can recommend a partial wrap+ceramic in NYC?
PM me if you are willing to go to Nassau county.
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Anyone has someone to recommend in Long Island City/Queens/Brooklyn for partial wrap+ceramic? Since the car has to seat there for at least 2 days don't want it be too far away of a Uber ride...
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i was recently quoted 1k for total exterior (plus wheels) and to coat my seats with gtechniq serum light. Is this a good price? How much have you all paid for this service and with what product? Thanks!
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i was recently quoted 1k for total exterior (plus wheels) and to coat my seats with gtechniq serum light. Is this a good price? How much have you all paid for this service and with what product? Thanks!
This is the package I choose. I figured might as well go with the most protection they offer. Very pleased with the finish and ease of cleaning.
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Ceramic coating over sensors has not caused any issues for me.
me neither
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Have all the products I'll need to keep it looking good. Might order the gliss coating as I've heard ceramics have issues with water spotting.
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