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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:

http://www.nitroforumz.com/showthread.php?t=753
 

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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.

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teflon bonding to metal?

I don't want to burst your bubble but teflon doesn't bond to anything without A LOT OF HEAT AND PRESSURE. Look at your nonstick pots and pans...it takes a serious sand blasting and serious heat and pressure just to get it to stick to the metal...telfon is the most slippery substance known to man....it doesn't just rub on and adhear to paint magically....thats called SNAKE OIL! LOL Good luck getting your money back! :shakehead:

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.

-TheChad
 

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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:

http://www.nitroforumz.com/showthread.php?t=753

I'm one of those guys. I've owned and operated 2 body shops in the past. Don't pay good money for something that is really nothing more than a good old fashion waxing. I guess if you're the kind of person that would never take the time to wax their ride then paying the dealer an exorbitant amount of money might be understandable... hardly though.

My girlfriend just last night bought a brand new 07 Wolfsburg Edition Jetta. We did the same thing to it we did with my Nitro. We brought it straight home with the nice new car dealer detail job on it... pulled it into the garage... and waxed it up. With the new catalyzed paints the chemical reaction cures the paint not the air so it's not like the old days where you really had to worry about 6 months going by before you waxed. It would be next to impossible to get a vehicle so quick that you couldn't immediately wax it.

As far as wax preferences I usually use Liquid Luster. That's what I put on my Light Khaki Metallic Nitro. It's a pink liquid show car wax. Almost have to get that at car shows... state fairs or online.

On my girls new Jetta I used Turtle Wax Ultimate paste wax. It's a little harder to hand rub off but it's good protection.

I'll tell ya though nothing I've ever seen shines more than 2 coats of Liquid Luster. Hope this info helps you out...:Racing:
 
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