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The fiats 124 spider and 128 wagon are mine. The van belongs to a customer and the pic was taken when I first met them. Thanks

What do you think of them re-releasing the spider?

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Ive owned a Miata. They nailed it imho so Im quite excited about it. I love the look from the front. The side and rear are more like meh but i havent seen it in steel yet. I wont be getting one any time soon either way...
post #19578 of 26360
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So you're looking at several factors. There is hardness of the original clear coat. The Tesla didn't need a base paint correction but has a really soft CC. OC was put on with a clear coat fix, not wet sanding or the like. The worst part of it was because of a bird dropping because I was out of town. The car was in a closed commercial parking garage when during the time.

The main thing is the car itself and your laziness - how much it cost, what you want to do with it, etc.
Ok. Well I've done maybe 30 minutes of research on the subject now. Being genuinely interested as well - I need to do a paint correction on the gt3 soon and replace yellowing clear film.

The opti cost system is purchasable for $59.99. Could be wrong but it looks like it's the whole cost of materials. I'm semi experienced with synthetic sealants - I can clay/polish/glaze/seal/wax a car in about a day using Klasse - and this system looks comparable in terms of steps.

So I can pay for a top notch paint correction - this would be 10-12 hours' labor for $600-1000, and that's if you are paying the most expensive detailers. And then once it's done it's not a lot more time to lay down the opticoat, and after that it's just the curing process.

So ok. $1k might be fair if the person doing it was doing a paint correction in the process, and he was good enough to command $60-80 per hour rates. But I would ask exactly what I was getting for my money, because it seems like $1k for just an application would be a total rip-off
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Ok. Well I've done maybe 30 minutes of research on the subject now. Being genuinely interested as well - I need to do a paint correction on the gt3 soon and replace yellowing clear film.

The opti cost system is purchasable for $59.99. Could be wrong but it looks like it's the whole cost of materials. I'm semi experienced with synthetic sealants - I can clay/polish/glaze/seal/wax a car in about a day using Klasse - and this system looks comparable in terms of steps.

So I can pay for a top notch paint correction - this would be 10-12 hours' labor for $600-1000, and that's if you are paying the most expensive detailers. And then once it's done it's not a lot more time to lay down the opticoat, and after that it's just the curing process.

So ok. $1k might be fair if the person doing it was doing a paint correction in the process, and he was good enough to command $60-80 per hour rates. But I would ask exactly what I was getting for my money, because it seems like $1k for just an application would be a total rip-off

I think you'd be well within your reason to ask - esp. on a great car. Also, I'm talking about Opti-Coat Pro + and the bells and whistles outside of any film - not the stuff you buy on autogeek.

It's not justifiable, but then again, neither is a 135k electric golf cart. There were intricacies in the prep. I did mean to set the boundary conditions with the very narrow set of cars I'd get it on.
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And for perspective, I got a quote for the "gold" service of Ceramic Pro for about $800. Part of this is the guinea pig discount. To get CQuartz best would have been about the same. A place closer to my house would have done OptiCoat for $1,200-- and another $200 or so for the wheels.

If you look on the Tesla forums, there are a lot of threads on these coatings and clear bras, as Tesla's paint is notoriously soft.
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Not sure if I ever posted this. Picked it up last Feb slightly used.


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^ Very nice. Was considering a Golf R before I picked up my M3.

 

Looks lowered. Manual?

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Not a golf R but my wives daily. Tuned, bolt ons and vmr wheels. Nothing special but like the cars.
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^ Very nice. Was considering a Golf R before I picked up my M3.

 

Looks lowered. Manual?


Yeah H&R sport springs ~ 1" lower than factory. Mk6 R's in the states only came manual. Dsg is faster but to me manual is just so much more engaging. Normal mods, United Motorsport stage 2 loaded with the haldex flash, 3" down pipe to miltek exhaust. Hawk pads with Ecs two piece rotors and neuspeed rs 12 wheels, shaved about 10-12 lbs per corner. Shot of the rear rotors/wheels.

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UM actually did the tune for my big turbo audi. I use them for everything I can.
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I paid under a grand for paint correction and opti coat pro from one of, if not the, best detailers in the Bay Area. I think he's done more Teslas than anyone else. It was easily worth it as 2 years later I have no swirls, etc although I have had some chips because a coating can only do so much.
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I paid under a grand for paint correction and opti coat pro from one of, if not the, best detailers in the Bay Area. I think he's done more Teslas than anyone else. It was easily worth it as 2 years later I have no swirls, etc although I have had some chips because a coating can only do so much.

Best succinct reply.
post #19588 of 26360
@jungleroller: Love that color. Car looks good.
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@jungleroller: Love that color. Car looks good.

Thank you kind Sir! I don't have many pics of it but one more just for you.

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Originally Posted by UnFacconable View Post

I paid under a grand for paint correction and opti coat pro from one of, if not the, best detailers in the Bay Area. I think he's done more Teslas than anyone else. It was easily worth it as 2 years later I have no swirls, etc although I have had some chips because a coating can only do so much.
The last is a good point. It appeals to me that I'd never need to do a detail, but then there's another grand or two I'd need to sink into a clear bra as well, to avoid rock chips and light damage. I think I would go for it if I was a quoted a price for paint correction + opticoat + clear bra that's not far from the price of a paint correction + clear bra install.
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