I’m writing in to say I used the two products above and I couldn’t be more pleased!
- Paint Sealant + Polish kit by Klasse
- Been using this for 20 years and as I have mentioned many times before, I'm not a fan of ceramic coatings on paint due to the disproportionate cost vs. durability. Klasse offers protection up to 12 months, has an amazing deep shine, and requires no expensive paint prep. Detailers will apply it for the cost of a typical wax/detail.
- Plastic+Trim: Cerakote Trim Protection
- Easy to apply and durable enough to survive a winter/salt season. Really does make trim look brand new again.
For the Klasse product I washed my car, clay bared it, applied the included Klasse all-in-one with an orbital sander and paint correction pad, and twice applied (whisper thin) the included Klasse sealant with the orbital and a waxing pad.
That was 8 weeks ago — and I park on the driveway under a tree — and the paint is absolutely bulletproof. Bugs from long drives spray off with water. Nothing seems to stick to the paint. It beads like I waxed it yesterday. Indeed, I’m not sure I’ll need to wash the car with soap for a while because a spray from the hose cleans the paint like a $20 wash.
Absolutely recommended! COST: $50 for the kit, which still has over half left after doing all the above to my vehicle, my partner’s vehicle and my folk’s vehicle too. They say it looks better than it did new, and it’s 12 years old.
For the Ceracoat product I washed the trim and wheels then degreased both. This was hard work on the tires where it took multiple efforts—letting the degreaser soak in, semi-scrubbing, etc, until the tires were jet black and wouldn’t give a black smear on a wet rag. I let it all dry thoroughly. Then I applied the ceracoat as recommended. I have no memory of what this involved really, beyond rub it on and buff it off. I did whatever the bottle and a few YouTube’s recommended.
That was also about 8 weeks ago and the water still beads on the tires! I swear they’re now untouchable. Nothing will stick to them, dirt sprays right off or never sticks in the first place. They‘re also still jet black—not glossy per se, but just right: tire-colored black like they’re brand new.
(FWIW, I also applied Aquapel to the windows and have mixed feelings. It’s super durable, still beading on the windows after the same 8 weeks. But somehow my wipers can’t remove all the water when I try. That is, they sometimes smash the beaded water droplets into a million tiny droplets that won’t wipe away. Also dirt sometimes smears on the window instead of wiping off with the wipers and windshield spray. When it wears off I probably won’t reapply.)
That’s it for the reviews. Thanks @SASSquatch for your literally life-changing recommendations! I’ll be using Klasse and Ceracoat Trim as long as they’re available, hopefully for years to come!