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Old 04-07-2021, 04:10 PM   #11
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I've been watching a lot of detailer Youtube channels lately. I've found a few that I've been enjoying and learning (hopefully good stuff) from. Chicago Auto Pros kind of stands out for some really high quality content in terms of explaining what, how and why they're doing things as well as showing (and generally do a good job of speeding up the parts that should be sped up).

A few months ago, they applied 26 different coatings and ceramics to a less-than-perfect Lexus that's daily driven in Chicago to follow up with to see how well the products work and how long they last. Since it includes a Chicago winter, the comparison includes a pretty harsh environment.

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Two weeks:



One month:



Three months:

Kudos to you for being able to sit through that. I would say metaphorically that it's like watching paint dry, but it's actually literally like watching paint dry.

Is there a takeaway about which product I should buy?
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Old 04-07-2021, 04:35 PM   #12
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Kudos to you for being able to sit through that. I would say metaphorically that it's like watching paint dry, but it's actually literally like watching paint dry.
Setting the playback speed to something faster than 1.0x helps.

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Is there a takeaway about which product I should buy?
Hard to say? Partly depends on your tolerance/ability to apply, what you want to spend, and how often you want to do so. Whether you prefer water beading or sheeting also plays in. Some things looked better at one month compared to others than at three months and some that looked worse at three months looked better in comparison to others than at one month.

The ones that looked to me like they were worth considering at three months are:

Adam's Graphene Ceramic Coating Spray
Gtechniq C2V3 Liquid Crystal
AM Details Quick Detailer Plus
Lithium Ceramic Slam
Geyon Mohs Q2
Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light
CarPro UK 3.0
Glassparency Graphene Coating
Geyon Q2 Can Coat

Not entirely sure which are full on ceramics and which are coatings/sealants.
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Old 04-07-2021, 04:39 PM   #13
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Setting the playback speed to something faster than 1.0x helps.



Hard to say? Partly depends on your tolerance/ability to apply, what you want to spend, and how often you want to do so. Whether you prefer water beading or sheeting also plays in. Some things looked better at one month compared to others than at three months and some that looked worse at three months looked better in comparison to others than at one month.

The ones that looked to me like they were worth considering at three months are:

Adam's Graphene Ceramic Coating Spray
Gtechniq C2V3 Liquid Crystal
Lithium Ceramic Slam
Geyon Mohs Q2
Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light
CarPro UK 3.0
Glassparency Graphene Coating
Geyon Q2 Can Coat

Not entirely sure which are full on ceramics and which are coatings/sealants.
You forgot AM Quick Detailer Plus if lazy is the criteria. I'm interested in the Lithium Ceramic Slam.
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Old 04-07-2021, 05:07 PM   #14
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You forgot AM Quick Detailer Plus if lazy is the criteria.
I did. Editing...
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:10 PM   #15
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I've gone through a shitload of those water filters while we were full time RV'ing. I didn't think they did anything toward deionization.
They don't. Activated carbon filters are good for filtering out some biologicals and larger particulates. The particulates are what affect the service life of these things the most. as they clog the filter over time and reduce the flow rate.

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I'm thinking of having an additional line run to the garage door area that I can filter with one of these.
That unit doesn't include the flow rate in its description. That might be too technical for the product listing, but it isn't in the linked user manual PDF, either.

I'm not sure how much flow you're going to get through a pair of 10" filters. I have a CR Spotless unit, equivalent to their current DIC-20. To be fair, the current product page for the DIC-20 doesn't list flow rate, either. But I am able to run the output through a regular garden hose and a "fireman's nozzle" without any flow restrictor.





Those pictures are 6 years old - some time after they were taken, Chuck sent me the newer-style TDS meter which directly displays in PPM instead of the old-style neon lamp go/no go indicator.

If these are in an un-heated garage, you need to turn off the water flow to the unit and remove and drain the filters before the first freeze. That's how I ended up with a new-style head and canisters on a 2005 chassis (note the old logo compared to recent production).

To answer some other questions - the hose reels are "Retracta reels" by Macnaught and are quite hard to find in the US (they're Australian). I have these 2 water ones and a red compressed air one. The strange looking gizmo to the left of the reels is a WiFi access point.
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:32 PM   #16
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The ones that looked to me like they were worth considering at three months are:

Adam's Graphene Ceramic Coating Spray
Gtechniq C2V3 Liquid Crystal
AM Details Quick Detailer Plus
Lithium Ceramic Slam
Geyon Mohs Q2
Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light
CarPro UK 3.0
Glassparency Graphene Coating
Geyon Q2 Can Coat
Who are the ad wizards who came up with these names?
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Who are the ad wizards who came up with these names?
Seriously, huh?
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Those retracta reels are cool, but I have to say that the existence of expanding hoses makes them a lot less attractive than they used to be. Now, my hose just fits in the wash bucket when I'm done.
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Those retracta reels are cool, but I have to say that the existence of expanding hoses makes them a lot less attractive than they used to be. Now, my hose just fits in the wash bucket when I'm done.
Do you have a good recommendation on expanding hoses? I've had them in the past and liked them, but the ones I've had have burst after not very much use.
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Do you have a good recommendation on expanding hoses? I've had them in the past and liked them, but the ones I've had have burst after not very much use.
The ones I randomly bought at home depot a few years ago have held up just fine.

I mean, I'd expect reduced durability from them, but they've been good enough that I would just buy new ones.
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