I just got home from the dealer, Is it worth it to get the "Clearcoat Protectant"?
Call me a sucker I guess.
I just bought my wife a Hyundai Elantra, and the dealer offered this sort of package for $395, They said they apply a Teflon Powder that they rub on, then blow dry which actually adhears to the clear coat, which will protect against things like Bird Droppings, Acid Rain, and Road Salt from etching into the clear coat (Which DOES happen). They also are putting some sort of high pressure steam into the inside of the doors which is suppose to coat the unprotected metal from rust, and spraying an under coat on the bottom of the car to protect against road salt.
I figured for $395, the undercoat which is verifiable, is probably worth that. I can't really verify that they apply this teflon coating to the outside, but the first time it rains, i'll know if it's on there.
I am a fan of teflon, I use to use it on ball bearings for professional R/C racing, it actually bonds into the metal and makes it super slippery.
So If the rain doesn't bead right off the car, then I know they didn't do anything to the body. But Assuming they actually do apply this Teflon coating, it'd be like Rain-X for the body, and water should bead off which will be great for water spots.
MamaLoco, are you referring to items that some dealers try to sell unsuspecting buyers like coconut flavored paint sealants? Toyota is bad about this and actually print it on most window stickers. (See below) I have seen some dealerships attach separate window stickers with this kind of thing on them to raise the cost of the vehicle. Be careful of this kind of thing. Most of them are rip-offs. Did you know Lusterizing isn't even a real word? We have some paint guys on here that will tell you a couple months after you have your new ride, a coat of quality wax will suffice. We have an older thread discussing quality products such as this: