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Never had ceramic coating on any of my previous cars but thought I would try it on my new CX30. Think I got a pretty good deal. I got a 3 year service plan which means I can get up to 6 additional coatings over the next 3 years. They did everything on car including the cladding, wheels and engine compartment. Got the plan for $400 US which was 20% off.

I was wondering what the cost in the US would be.
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Nicee! I don't have the price for the us but it looks sharp and I feel you got a pretty good deal. Did it also make the plastic cladding shinier or is it just me?
Yes all the plastic is shinier. They told me the more coats that go on the shinier it will get. Sure beats putting on 20 coats of wax. lol
 

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The entire vehicle for $400?
Yes, What would it cost stateside? Labor is REAL cheap in Thailand. The minimum wage is 300 baht a day which equals about $10.00 a DAY. It really doesn't pay to do your own labor here. To give you some perspective I have a classic 65 Oldsmobile Cutlass and when I bought it only the drivers side power window would go up and down and the 2 speed wipers only had one speed, very slow. So I bought it to this electrician guy who rebuilds automotive generators and alternators and asked if he could fix my car. 3 days later all the windows and wipers worked perfectly. He had cleaned and rebuilt all the motors. The cost was 1500 baht ($50.00 US). I gave him 2000 and he was so happy. A week later my car wouldn't start and he came out to the house and replaced a relay and wouldn't take any money. In the 13 years years I have lived here (I am originally from the US) I have countless stories of how cheap the labor is here and the quality of work is very good.
 

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Yes, What would it cost stateside? Labor is REAL cheap in Thailand. The minimum wage is 300 baht a day which equals about $10.00 a DAY. It really doesn't pay to do your own labor here. To give you some perspective I have a classic 65 Oldsmobile Cutlass and when I bought it only the drivers side power window would go up and down and the 2 speed wipers only had one speed, very slow. So I bought it to this electrician guy who rebuilds automotive generators and alternators and asked if he could fix my car. 3 days later all the windows and wipers worked perfectly. He had cleaned and rebuilt all the motors. The cost was 1500 baht ($50.00 US). I gave him 2000 and he was so happy. A week later my car wouldn't start and he came out to the house and replaced a relay and wouldn't take any money. In the 13 years years I have lived here (I am originally from the US) I have countless stories of how cheap the labor is here and the quality of work is very good.
How do you like living there? I do not have a big net worth US wise.... But there I could live like a king. What do you think of the culture? Do they speak English?
 

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How do you like living there? I do not have a big net worth US wise.... But there I could live like a king. What do you think of the culture? Do they speak English?
I have a Thai wife and speak some Thai so it is easy for me to live here in a semi rural area. About 50% of Thais in the tourist cities, Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and some in the northern city of Chaing Mai, speak English. Outside of those cities maybe 10%. Of course the COL in those cities are higher. Best to vacation here and check it out, that's what I did. Took a couple vacations here and checked out the country. Buddhist culture is way laid back and very friendly. Their motto is "Mai Pen Rai" which loosely translated means, "Don't worry about it".

Right now all the boarders are closed due to Covid so no tourists until some time in 2021.
 

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Welcome to the forum. I live in Sarapi, Chiangmai and been in Thailand 15 years. I write on Thai culture and have noticed big changes in friendliness and xenophobia following Covid, mostly in the tourist areas where people have lost jobs and businesses and need to get money from somewhere.

I'm currently having stability problems with my CX3. Getting a lot of help from this forum. Seems it's not a CX30 problem, more the fact I've bought the car from a rogue Mazda dealership
 

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Yes, What would it cost stateside? Labor is REAL cheap in Thailand. The minimum wage is 300 baht a day which equals about $10.00 a DAY. It really doesn't pay to do your own labor here. To give you some perspective I have a classic 65 Oldsmobile Cutlass and when I bought it only the drivers side power window would go up and down and the 2 speed wipers only had one speed, very slow. So I bought it to this electrician guy who rebuilds automotive generators and alternators and asked if he could fix my car. 3 days later all the windows and wipers worked perfectly. He had cleaned and rebuilt all the motors. The cost was 1500 baht ($50.00 US). I gave him 2000 and he was so happy. A week later my car wouldn't start and he came out to the house and replaced a relay and wouldn't take any money. In the 13 years years I have lived here (I am originally from the US) I have countless stories of how cheap the labor is here and the quality of work is very good.
$400 is amazing. A lot of the professional grade coatings applied by a shop is around $600-$800 in the downtown Canada area. Ceramic Pro is ballpark of $800 to $6000 depending if you know the shop or which "package" you get. Then again, almost everyone here has a G-wagon or cars/suvs that are worth a house so that probably drives up the market as well.

Ceramic Pro, unfortunately, does not cover cladding because cladding is allegedly "too porous" for ceramic pro. BS to me but using chemical guys snow foam weekly keeps it in good condition. Planning to use the hybrid ceramic wax by Meguiar's before winter hits.

Although, I would be curious to know how much Ceramic Pro in Thailand is!
 

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$400 is amazing. A lot of the professional grade coatings applied by a shop is around $600-$800 in the downtown Canada area. Ceramic Pro is ballpark of $800 to $6000 depending if you know the shop or which "package" you get. Then again, almost everyone here has a G-wagon or cars/suvs that are worth a house so that probably drives up the market as well.

Ceramic Pro, unfortunately, does not cover cladding because cladding is allegedly "too porous" for ceramic pro. BS to me but using chemical guys snow foam weekly keeps it in good condition. Planning to use the hybrid ceramic wax by Meguiar's before winter hits.

Although, I would be curious to know how much Ceramic Pro in Thailand is!
If this is what you are talking about it is $600US for a mid size car.
 

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I took delivery of my car 2 months ago and immediately used Griotts ceramic coating on it. Since it was new,it had no defects, and a quick claying removed any whatever from sitting on the lot. $35 a bottle lets me do the car many times. It looks fantastic, though I had not thought about doing the engine bay.
So how is this different than what detailers use or do?
 

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I took delivery of my car 2 months ago and immediately used Griotts ceramic coating on it. Since it was new,it had no defects, and a quick claying removed any whatever from sitting on the lot. $35 a bottle lets me do the car many times. It looks fantastic, though I had not thought about doing the engine bay.
So how is this different than what detailers use or do?
 

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I took delivery of my car 2 months ago and immediately used Griotts ceramic coating on it. Since it was new,it had no defects, and a quick claying removed any whatever from sitting on the lot. $35 a bottle lets me do the car many times. It looks fantastic, though I had not thought about doing the engine bay.
So how is this different than what detailers use or do?
This is my opinion as I am speaking from my experience as I've used Sonax's Profiline on my last car was detailed often, and currently have Ceramic Pro gold on my CX-30. Sonax's option is often touted as a good and reliable choice for DIY detailers. I felt like it offered a semi-pro alternative to professional coatings like cQuartz.

I think the problem with the DIY stuff is that it doesn't last as long as the ceramic pro. I remember the Profiline started beading really weirdly after the second or third month, with maybe 1 or 2 washes to get the muck off. I used the basic wash as the hot waxes are not good for the coating. In contrast, the beading of the ceramic pro is still the same as the first day I got it, and I've washed it in a similar manner.

I think DIYers can argue that maybe the prep work hadn't been done to the fullest etc etc, and I agree that several rounds of clay bar and iron decontamination could probably get the car in a perfect state for prep or semi-professional level of prep. However, if the product started wearing off 2-3 months then I wonder how much longer a DIY product would go. I think that either way, the product would need to be reapplied every 8-12 months, and I simply don't have the time to do that. After your third reapplication, you are entering the cheaper professional coatings so it makes you wonder if it's worth it.

For me, the cost of prep and reapplication wouldn't have been worth it for me. As I am planning on keeping the cx30 for at least 7 years, ceramic pro was the value choice for me.
 

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This is my opinion as I am speaking from my experience as I've used Sonax's Profiline on my last car was detailed often, and currently have Ceramic Pro gold on my CX-30. Sonax's option is often touted as a good and reliable choice for DIY detailers. I felt like it offered a semi-pro alternative to professional coatings like cQuartz.

I think the problem with the DIY stuff is that it doesn't last as long as the ceramic pro. I remember the Profiline started beading really weirdly after the second or third month, with maybe 1 or 2 washes to get the muck off. I used the basic wash as the hot waxes are not good for the coating. In contrast, the beading of the ceramic pro is still the same as the first day I got it, and I've washed it in a similar manner.

I think DIYers can argue that maybe the prep work hadn't been done to the fullest etc etc, and I agree that several rounds of clay bar and iron decontamination could probably get the car in a perfect state for prep or semi-professional level of prep. However, if the product started wearing off 2-3 months then I wonder how much longer a DIY product would go. I think that either way, the product would need to be reapplied every 8-12 months, and I simply don't have the time to do that. After your third reapplication, you are entering the cheaper professional coatings so it makes you wonder if it's worth it.

For me, the cost of prep and reapplication wouldn't have been worth it for me. As I am planning on keeping the cx30 for at least 7 years, ceramic pro was the value choice for me.
I agree with your explanation. Another factor for me is I am 74 years old and have better things to do with my limited physical abilities like playing golf. ;)
 

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I went for a full professional coating too. For me, I just have to wash the car with a safe wash when I want and check for re-treatment of panels once every year for three years. No more care than that it seems.

Suits me, I have to say.
 
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