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Old 12-14-2020, 09:29 AM
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Wife and I bought a new Camry SE in November 2019. It came coated with something. Not sure if it left the factory with it, or the dealer applied it. Water beaded like wax, but whatever it was lasted a lot longer than wax. As in like up through this past summer. I just put a coat of wax on it yesterday for kicks. I'm kind of out of touch with the new products. I just used Mother's carnauba wax / car cleaner, which for all I know, is considered crap by anyone that really knows a good deal about what to use on a car. I used to use a two step 3M process. First the 3M polish, then the 3M wax. But that got to be too much work and I got lazy and just switched to Mother's.


So what did our new car come coated with?
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Paint, ultra thin paint.
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Camry you say?

Was almost certainly coated in whatever is most practical.

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There is usually nothing on new cars when they leave the factory. in fact, they get crudded up on the way to your dealer even through they put that tissue paper all over it. The dealer only does enough to make it presentable to a customer. It's possible your dealer waxed it when the "prepped" it for you, but honestly, that is pretty rare as they will do the bare minimum in terms of cost of materials and human effort to get it out the door. At most, they might have used a spray wax, or some time of wipe one quick-detailer.
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Probably a ceramic spray or detail wax at the dealership.

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Wife and I bought a new Camry SE in November 2019. It came coated with something. Not sure if it left the factory with it, or the dealer applied it. Water beaded like wax, but whatever it was lasted a lot longer than wax. As in like up through this past summer. I just put a coat of wax on it yesterday for kicks. I'm kind of out of touch with the new products. I just used Mother's carnauba wax / car cleaner, which for all I know, is considered crap by anyone that really knows a good deal about what to use on a car. I used to use a two step 3M process. First the 3M polish, then the 3M wax. But that got to be too much work and I got lazy and just switched to Mother's.


So what did our new car come coated with?
Does your dealer do ceramic coatings? Could have been that. Ceramic coatings can last 2-3 years
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I’d go back to that dealer! That’s pretty nice of them to wax it with anything. I recently returned a brand new 2020 black platinum expedition for clear coat pitting. The paint was so dry your fingernail scratched it. Of course the next one I got a month later was perfect and waxed like a Ferrari
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No clue, I take all of mine and have them ceramic coated immediately but not by the dealer.
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Jerry Lundegaard says it is the Tru-Coat..............Fargo (1996) - TruCoat Scene (2/12) | Movieclips - Bing video
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Does your dealer do ceramic coatings? Could have been that. Ceramic coatings can last 2-3 years
I'll have to call them and find out. Whatever it was, it wasn't anything we ordered, paid for, or received any paperwork about. The car was in the showroom when we went to the dealership. It was their display model.

The ceramic coating sure sounds like a possibility. One thing that was stood out was that when I waxed it this weekend, there absolutely zero dirt on the white cloth i used to apply the wax with. Ussually, after having not waxed a vehicle for a year, and even with a thorough washing, some dirt would come out when using the cleaner ,/ wax. But not this time.
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Jerry Lundegaard says it is the Tru-Coat..............Fargo (1996) - TruCoat Scene (2/12) | Movieclips - Bing video
Ha Ha !!!

That's too good. Love that movie
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I'll have to call them and find out. Whatever it was, it wasn't anything we ordered, paid for, or received any paperwork about. The car was in the showroom when we went to the dealership. It was their display model.

The ceramic coating sure sounds like a possibility. One thing that was stood out was that when I waxed it this weekend, there absolutely zero dirt on the white cloth i used to apply the wax with. Ussually, after having not waxed a vehicle for a year, and even with a thorough washing, some dirt would come out when using the cleaner ,/ wax. But not this time.
Highly likelihood it was ceramic'd. As many people would touch it in the showroom, it would be worth the expense to the dealer. A quick phone call should clear it up. Good luck!
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Ceramic Coating is very expensive. Don't think they would put a ceramic coating (something the dealer would charge you $3000) to do, on a Camry for free. In fact, probably not even on a Ferrari. That is where these dealerships make their money selling you these after market products/services. They may have waxed and then sealed it, but even then I still don't think a volume car dealership would do it for free. As the post says above, usually they will dot he cheapest thing possible to have your car shine at pickup, and thats about it.
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If you waxed it it’s not ceramic. Wax will just smear on a “ good “ ceramic coating.
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This stuff is great. And it last.



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Originally Posted by Bryan A. View Post
Probably a ceramic spray or detail wax at the dealership.
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This year I tried TLC2 on my cars and the inside aft of my boat. I was very surprised at the ease of application and how well it worked/lasted. Best money for the return, I will use again
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Depends on the dealer.

Most don’t do anything other than wash it with dirty water and then apply a glaze with a rotary to make it look nice when you pick it up. Then you wash it and see all of the swirls.

Btw freshly painted panels without any protection will bead like crazy. I bet the car has also been spray waxed regularly since it was the showroom model.

99% chance it is not ceramic coated.
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Dealers upsell a lot of products including "paint protection" that isn't ceramic coating but it is a nano tech coating they claim has similar properties as a ceramic coating to include mitigating scratches and swirl marks and help maintain gloss. They offer similar for the interior but its designed to prevent staining.

If this was a showroom car it is possible they had their detailers put the protective coating on the paint to help prevent scratches and such while sitting on the showroom. If so, I wouldnt be surprised if they treated the interior too.

Huge mark ups on the stuff and it takes their guys no-time to put it on and costs the dealer very little.
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Ha Ha !!!

That's too good. Love that movie
good one. I'm going thru this crap right now. This time its nitrogen. We already have 78% in the air we breathe.

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