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Old 07-18-2017, 07:29 PM
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Default Ceramic coatings pro's & con's

I am thinking about getting my boat Liquid Armored in the next couple of weeks.

Has anyone done this to their boat? Is it worth the money? If you have done it to your boat. How long does it last? Would you suggest getting it done?

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wondering the same thing
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:57 AM
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Anyone?
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:58 AM
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Con=$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:59 AM
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It's cheaper to paint your boat every 5 years.
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I follow Big Robs Marine detailing on instagram and he applies Beeds ceramic coating. That stuff looks good! Plus the work he does in general is just incredible.
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I went down this road a month or so back and abandoned once i saw the cost.

You could pay a couple of neighborhood kids to wax it every month for ever and ever and ever...or a real detailer 2 or3 times a year for the cost of ceramic coating.
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Couple threads on the stuff. As said the cost is crazy
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A buddy just did his 41 Bahama with quad 400's and loves it. He did it more because everything just washed off with a hose. He said basically a small rainstorm cleans the boat. It's crazy how much easier it is to clean the boat. Looks incredible too.
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Pro-Looks awesome and very easy to clean.

Con-cost

I am lazy and do not plan to wax my boat myself. I'll pay the guy who can really make it look good.
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The cost to get it sprayed includes a wet sand and buffing before the coating is applied. It is pricey. Not sure what a sand and buff job costs per foot to compare the cost of the coating.
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On a new(er) boat with good gelcoat and no wetsanding or buffing needed the ceramic coating is very easy. I don't see any reason to pay someone to apply, especially at the absurd amounts some are charging for it. Even if you need surface prep, then just pay someone to wetsand or buff the boat, then follow steps below. It will save you a ton.

Pinnacle Black Diamond coating is 70.00 bottle with 20% off at Autopia, I used 1 bottle for inside and 1 for outside on a 34 YF. Simply wash the boat with heavy duty citrus degreaser from Home Depot, then wipe everything down with rubbing alcohol, spray on ceramic coating and wipe with foam applicator, let dry for a minute or two, and lightly wipe off excess with a microfiber towel. Doesn't get any easier.

Much easier to apply and the results have been better than any one of dozens of waxes I have tried. I used the ceramic coating as a base coat and still use woody wax on top once every 4-6 weeks. This may defeat some of the purpose of the ceramic but I'm mainly after the sealant and UV properties so my feeling is the woody wax will help it last longer.

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How long does it typically last?
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How long does it typically last?
2 - 3 Years seems to be the consensus
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I'm skeptical about claimed performance and durability. Better than the best rated poly sealants, maybe. Able to hold up and not degrade for two years is hard for me to believe.
Like the "Lifetime Polymer Sealant" some car dealers push..... at $1k plus, if they reapply after a few years for say 30% of buyers, they come out way ahead.
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Originally Posted by OffshoreApparel.com View Post
On a new(er) boat with good gelcoat and no wetsanding or buffing needed the ceramic coating is very easy. I don't see any reason to pay someone to apply, especially at the absurd amounts some are charging for it. Even if you need surface prep, then just pay someone to wetsand or buff the boat, then follow steps below. It will save you a ton.

Pinnacle Black Diamond coating is 70.00 bottle with 20% off at Autopia, I used 1 bottle for inside and 1 for outside on a 34 YF. Simply wash the boat with heavy duty citrus degreaser from Home Depot, then wipe everything down with rubbing alcohol, spray on ceramic coating and wipe with foam applicator, let dry for a minute or two, and lightly wipe off excess with a microfiber towel. Doesn't get any easier.

Much easier to apply and the results have been better than any one of dozens of waxes I have tried. I used the ceramic coating as a base coat and still use woody wax on top once every 4-6 weeks. This may defeat some of the purpose of the ceramic but I'm mainly after the sealant and UV properties so my feeling is the woody wax will help it last longer.

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^^^ Are you using it on non skid? Does it make it slippery?
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Originally Posted by captpepin View Post
^^^ Are you using it on non skid? Does it make it slippery?
Pretty much everything except the non skid.

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That's the Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Coating?
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Originally Posted by satbeachbill View Post
That's the Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Coating?
Yup, Thats what I used. Use more than what the videos or directions say. Gel coat is more porous than paint so more is required to get a good coat. Work a small area and don't apply in the sun.



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Yup, Thats what I used. Use more than what the videos or directions say. Gel coat is more porous than paint so more is required to get a good coat. Work a small area and don't apply in the sun.



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Did you put the ceramic coating over your wrap too?
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