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    Paint Coating Product Advice

    I'm wanting to put a ceramic on my 2011 Corvette Grand Sport. I have been correcting the paint and the clear coat seems to be a bit "soft". There are still a lot of scratches that I cannot get out, but I am afraid to do any more corrections on it. I do not know the paint thickness so I am going to take it to a professional. I've been using Griot's Garage (GG) Complete Compound with an orange Lake Country cutting pad for corrections. I followed that up with the GG Complete on a LC white polishing pad.

    I did a bunch of research and I think I finally have it narrowed down to the following products. I have never coated a car, but I know I can do it, so something "user" friendly is important. I don't want to sacrifice a durable coating though. I know it will not prevent scratches and swirls, but even if it helps a little bit I will be happy.

    Anything else I am missing from my list (GYEON) or specific recommendations? I almost fell into the Avalon King trap, but I followed my gut and stayed with the AG family of products.

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    Re: Paint Coating Product Advice

    I have only used Cquartz UK from that list, but have used both v2 and v3 several times and really like it.

    I find it easy to apply, looks good, and has really good durability.
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    Re: Paint Coating Product Advice

    I too would go with CQ UK

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    Re: Paint Coating Product Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottStoef View Post
    I'm wanting to put a ceramic on my 2011 Corvette Grand Sport. I have been correcting the paint and the clear coat seems to be a bit "soft". There are still a lot of scratches that I cannot get out, but I am afraid to do any more corrections on it. I do not know the paint thickness so I am going to take it to a professional. I've been using Griot's Garage (GG) Complete Compound with an orange Lake Country cutting pad for corrections. I followed that up with the GG Complete on a LC white polishing pad.

    I did a bunch of research and I think I finally have it narrowed down to the following products. I have never coated a car, but I know I can do it, so something "user" friendly is important. I don't want to sacrifice a durable coating though. I know it will not prevent scratches and swirls, but even if it helps a little bit I will be happy.

    Anything else I am missing from my list (GYEON) or specific recommendations? I almost fell into the Avalon King trap, but I followed my gut and stayed with the AG family of products.
    I have found the paint on this year corvette to be on the hard side. So it sounds like the compound and pad you have is not removing the defects on the hard paint. If you have a microfiber pad you could give it a test spot with the current compound you have and see if that removes the harder defects. I had the same experience on my 02 SS, my dad's 02 Z28, and my cousins 2010 Camaro. These required a microfiber cutting pad to remove the defects.

    Based on my experience I would choose Cquartz UK 3.0. It has proven to be a very good coating that just performs very well. I would even recommend topping it with Gliss to get that extra gloss but more importantly adding that slickness. It will take a couple panels for you to get the hang of the coating. And don't worry about high spots and just focus on the application and removal process.

    Pinnacle's coatings are the easiest to use.

    GTechniq CSL is nice to work with in terms of application but it needs Exo to add that hydrophobic property. It is pretty good but Cquartz alone beats it in durability and overall performance.

    I would not bother looking at Gyeon other than CanCoat. Cquartz and Gtechniq are better than their Synchro coating based on my experience.

    Be sure to get yourself a prep product like Eraser and get yourself some good towels like the edgeless 300 from that rag company. Use two towels, one for the initial removal and the second for the final wipe. You will cycle your towels once all sides are used and you notice that you are just pushing product around.

    I bombarded you with a lot of information. Feel free to ask more questions.

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    Re: Paint Coating Product Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottStoef View Post

    I'm wanting to put a ceramic on my 2011 Corvette Grand Sport. I have been correcting the paint and the clear coat seems to be a bit "soft". There are still a lot of scratches that I cannot get out, but I am afraid to do any more corrections on it.
    I've buffed out a boat load of Vettes and like Michael aka The Guz, I have found the clears on most modern Corvettes to more on the hard side than on the soft or medium side.

    That said, if it's a daily driver I wouldn't chase after each and ever scratch, in fact, I'll write a brand new article explaining what I do and share it here.



    Quote Originally Posted by ScottStoef View Post

    I do not know the paint thickness so I am going to take it to a professional.
    Unless they have a real expensive Paint Thickness Gauge, they won't be able to measure the paint thickness on composite body panels. Even if they have the right gauge, it likely will only read total film thickness, not individual layers.

    Instead, read this article and then after doing your best, take a rest and move forward. Don't turn detailing your car into Rocket Science.


    The two reasons WHY you should always do a Test Spot before buffing out any car

    Read the part under reason #2 in the above article,

    2: To figure out the least aggressive approach






    Quote Originally Posted by ScottStoef View Post

    I've been using Griot's Garage (GG) Complete Compound with an orange Lake Country cutting pad for corrections. I followed that up with the GG Complete on a LC white polishing pad.
    I've used the Griot's Complete Compound a couple times. It works well but the wipe-off can be a tick on the sticky side. Moving forward, check out their BOSS line of products. Get the BOSS Correction Cream. It's a great compound. I show the BOSS system in all my classes. I'd trust it on any black car and that means something in my book.




    Quote Originally Posted by ScottStoef View Post

    I did a bunch of research and I think I finally have it narrowed down to the following products. I have never coated a car, but I know I can do it, so something "user" friendly is important. I don't want to sacrifice a durable coating though. I know it will not prevent scratches and swirls, but even if it helps a little bit I will be happy.
    Anything else I am missing from my list (GYEON) or specific recommendations? I almost fell into the Avalon King trap, but I followed my gut and stayed with the AG family of products.

    All three of those are quality products. The PBL Surface Coating is the easiest to use and also re-apply. This is also my go-to for a glass coating. Love this stuff. One of my favorite products. I wish it wasn't so expensive.

    Side story - I taught a Roadshow Class in Powel, Ohio last summer, the owner, Richie Dillinger shared a story with me after the class. A few years ago when the PBL line was first introduced, I think this was in 2013, on the last day of SEMA (in 2013), Richie stopped by the Autogeek Booth and offered to buy the open bottle of PBL Surface Coating I was demonstrating. For anyone that has never been to SEMA and specifically, for anyone that has never WORKED a booth at SEMA - on the last day you SELL EVERYTHING!

    If you don't sell it you have to pack it up and then in a few weeks un-pack it. So as a ritual, about 3:00pm on Friday at SEMA if it isn't nailed down it's for sale and if it is nailed down we have a hammer that can remove nails.

    To cut to the chase, Richie told me after returning home with the PBL Surface Coating, he washed and prepped his Corvette for the coating and then installed it. (wipe on, wipe off), then he let the other shoe drop. It's still o their to this day.

    That's the fall of 2013 to now. That's 6 years. I didn't walk out to the back of the shop yard where the Vette was parked to inspect it but from where I stood it looked good. Richie owns a full fledged car and boat detailing shop. If he thought he needed to remove it and start fresh he certainly had the time.


    Anyway back to your question. I would suggest pick from one of these,

    Gtechniq C1 Crystal Lacquer and top it with the EXO - I show this combo in my class.

    CarPro CQuartz UK Edition

    Pinnacle Black Label Paint Coating topped with the Surface Coating - this is what I use on the wife's car


    All three are quality products. Like the Guz said, the PBL is the easiest to apply.



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    Re: Paint Coating Product Advice

    Always kind of weird to quote yourself but here goes...


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post


    I've buffed out a boat load of Vettes and like Michael aka The Guz, I have found the clears on most modern Corvettes to more on the hard side than on the soft or medium side.

    That said, if it's a daily driver I wouldn't chase after each and ever scratch, in fact, I'll write a brand new article explaining what I do and share it here.


    True to word, here it is. This took me about 25 minutes to think out. The typing is fast, it's the thinking part that takes a few minutes.


    When to stop buffing - Or - How far should you go to remove swirls and scratches?


    Here's a quote I like and share a lot,

    Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. - Henry Ford


    Hope the article helps...


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    Re: Paint Coating Product Advice

    Thank you everyone for your thoughts and opinions. I especially want to thank Guz and Mike for going that extra mile to help me out. I'm sure I am worried about the possibility of going through the clear coat on a car I just got a month ago. It is better to be safe than DIVORCED! I guess what you are saying about the hardness makes sense. Even after I compounded and polished the area the only thing removed were the minor swirl marks. Don't get me wrong it looks A LOT better. I was just surprised the "scuffs" didn't come out, especially since I couldn't catch anything with my fingernail.

    I will definitely read the articles you have Mike, and I appreciate you putting one together to help me out.

    Best Regards!

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