Protecting Plasti-coat / Clear coat
I know this has been brought up many times. I did a quick search to see if there was a thread dedicated to it and didn't find anything in one place.
I've posted here before about how I strive to maintain and prolong the life of the 26 year old plasti-coat on my '90 Excella. It was in excellent condition when I got it three years ago and I'm trying to keep it that way. I've worked extensively with concours cars (vintage Porsches) and have done a lot of reading and research on detailing. I used to use the best quality carnuba wax on my cars and really like the rich, deep shine it puts on a car. But it's expensive, time consuming to apply, and it doesn't last very long. I looked for better alternatives and a Ferrari friend told me about acrylic polymers.
Thinking I would look into given that it was endorsed by a Ferrari owner, a very finicky group, I did some reading and decided to try it. I chose Liquid Glass, one that has been available for a long time, and I've never gone back to wax.
An acrylic polymer is akin to another layer of clear coat. It will never crack or yellow, it lasts a long time, it builds layers with frequent application - and it creates a deep lustrous shine. I apply it 3-4 times a year to my trailer. The process is very easy as it wipes off so well when dry. My hope is that I will be able to hang on to the plasti-coat much longer than normal with the frequent applications of Liquid Glass.
I'm interested in hearing what others are doing to preserve their finishes.
John & Vicki
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