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  1. VanishingPoint

    VanishingPoint Silver Member

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    CQuartz/Protective Film Treatment/Carbon Tint Review

    So the area I live in "Somewhere Texas" and it is a gravel pit. From my first journey just down my road on delivery, even at idle, I could here pebbles and debris hitting my car like BBs.

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    I knew what I had to do ASAP, or my "VanishingPoint01" would start looking like a "Number 2," if you catch my meaning.

    I also knew it needed protective film and paint treatment due to the debris in the air, wind blowing sand and particulate at 10-30 miles per hour, and of course the millions of exotic birds here:
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    So the one stop shop was "Jay's Detail" located in San Antonio. Jay graciously agreed to devote an entire weekend to making my car more Texas road worthy.

    Please note that under his special lights, several factory paint defects, and some human ones, were found. All this courtesy of the factory, from transport (not my guy) and the dealer possessing the car for just one week. If you are a paint snob, never, ever let the dealer touch your car, and BE THERE when it lands-and watch them, and it, as if it was your first born.

    Here is how my long journey, to include a long weekend with overnight in a hotel room, started...it all began, with a lot of painter's tape:

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    As you can see, the tape on the nose and other parts started to peel from speed limit travel, but I was damn sure not going to get any rock chips on the parts I was planning to protect in the first place!

    The process began with a full wash, clay, and documented paint inspection. The paint had a few fish eyes, two decent scratches on the trunk, the usual swirl marks from poor washing techniques, and two rough to the touch blemishes/touch ups on the rear quarter panels from-if I was to guess-some type of transport strap rubbing from where-I have no idea, and yes I was pissed, in fact furious stomping around and kicking over buildings like Godzilla on Tokyo, until Jay hosed me down with cold water and gave me a paper bag to hyperventilate in. He told me not to worry, and gave me a teddy bear to hold. I named him George.

    It helped, that Jay corrected the problems to within 99% perfection-the "fish eyes" can't be corrected since it is "IN" the paint, not on it.

    You must of course bear in mind that this car is painted, treated, and transported in the same fashion as every other Dodge; meaning, it gets no special treatment as one of it's flagships-and yes, it shows if you care to look.

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    Then, the protective film:

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    Then came the various CQuartz products on the paint and over the protective film, as well as the product for the rims, plastics, and windshield:

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    VanishingPoint Silver Member

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    Awesome looking car!
     
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    Congrats.....Looks great!
     
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    rayzazoo DRIVESRT.COM Gold Supporting Member

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    Could you post / PM the final cost?
     
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    Carnage SRT Hellcat Supercharged Moderator Staff Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC Charter Member

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    Dude I mean my dude that is just bad arse. Superb! I'll have to find a good place in Houston
     
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    HellcatdotClub. I can get you in contact with someone in the Houston are if you need me to. VanishingPoint Great post & i appreciated the kind words! BTW i don't remember giving you a teddy bear LOL
     
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    So did you do the whole car with the protective film, did you use xpel or 3m....i wasn't aware cquartz had their own film? and what was the cost to do this?
     
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    No sir we protected the entire front clip which includes Full hood, Full Fenders, Bumper, A pillars, Roof and lower rocker panels and mirrors. The entire car including the film was then covered in Cquartz Finest Ceramic Paint Coating.
     
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    rayzazoo DRIVESRT.COM Gold Supporting Member

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    Is there a concern with the front and back not matching in, for lack of better words, "same shine".
     
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    thats a great question. However with the technology in PPF which includes the self healing scratch coat its already shiny. Adding the Cquartz Finest adds the protection on top of the PPF and there is absolutely no visible difference in lack of gloss from the PPF/Finest application over Finest on bare paint. If you have any more questions feel free to ask :)
     
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    magnummrk SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    That looks great!
     
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    I didn't have a concern. It shines all over pretty much the same.

    And to me, if there is even the slightest bit of clarity issues, it beats the rock chips and scratches.
     
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    cost must be insane

    i am doing just the front grill area on my new truck in Xpel this week...$850

    if it goes well i plan to xpel my Challenger sides and front end....im not going to do the whole hood like you did...but im expecting $1500+
     
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    No, it was not cheap, but the peace of mind is pretty high. I will be contacting my insurance provider though to know I have it lol.
     

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