Hi Andre and welcome to the forum. That is certainly a high end treatment and works out at about 750 GBP. Of course the secret to correct application of ceramic coatings is all in the preparation. Many people assume cars arrive in showrooms with perfect paint but nothing is further from the truth. Dealer detailing can leave a lot to be desired with transport wax and residue from protection panels getting left behind when the car is being prepped for the customer. So some of the professional detailer's cost goes into correcting these defects along with tar spot and organic fallout decontamination prior to applying the coating. Over this side of the pond something like Gtechniq Crystal Serum Black would run out to about the same amount of money and that too comes with a 7-year warranty. I don't know how it would stand up to all the sap from your maple trees though.
I see you are an Optimum No Rinse convert. It is on my list of products to try as it seems incredibly versatile although I would still be extremely reticent to use it as a true waterless wash. My current go-to quick detailer is Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer. The ease of application, degree of hydrophobicity and the insane gloss levels it produces beats anything else I've tried.
Hello TooBad, thanks for welcoming me to the forum.
Not quite and ONR convert yet, only used it twice, but it seems to be really working out for me. The ceramic coating plays a big part in how easy it is to wash the car, obviously.
You are correct, preparation is key. The shop I went to did a great job. Preparation included:
• full decontamination wash, including iron removal and claying the surface for additional contaminants
• single-stage polish of all painted exterior surfaces, this corrects swirls and minor scratches and provides higher gloss before applying the coating
I am very satisfied with the results.
I do not go for a waterless wash, I start with a power wash, then use a special sponge that I soak in my ONR & water bucket (multi-use, no need to throw away the solution each time) to wash section by section. I suppose one could rince again before drying if they are worried about left over particles on the car. I also use Opti-Seal when drying, applying sparingly on the micro fiber or directly on the car. The results are quite nice