If I keep opti seal or hyper seal topped off, does a coating have a benefit?


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I'm getting a new car soon and am trying to figure out what I want to do, protection wise. I'm willing and able to do rinseless washes with ONR several times per month and am planning on using opti seal or hyper seal as drying aids each time.

Given that, is there benefit to applying either gloss-coat (myself) or opti-coat pro+ (installer)? I understand that these will last significantly longer than the spray on sealants, but I'm curious if they give superior gloss or protection in some way once the upkeep requirements aren't part of the decision.

Additional info - this will be a garage-kept daily driver. I live in Michigan so will be dealing with salty roads in the winter.

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gloss, slickness, and ease of cleaning are characteristics wax/sealants and ceramics have in common, though you might argue degree for each and certainly durability is much greater for coatings.  The ceramic benefits you're not getting with wax/sealant (though new Hyper Seal addresses this) is hardness and chemical resistance.  Ceramic coatings are much harder than clear coat or toppings and chemically/etch resistant to most everything including bug guts, bird crap, water spots, etc. 

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On 6/15/2021 at 10:51 PM, ryeguy said:

I'm getting a new car soon and am trying to figure out what I want to do, protection wise. I'm willing and able to do rinseless washes with ONR several times per month and am planning on using opti seal or hyper seal as drying aids each time.

Given that, is there benefit to applying either gloss-coat (myself) or opti-coat pro+ (installer)? I understand that these will last significantly longer than the spray on sealants, but I'm curious if they give superior gloss or protection in some way once the upkeep requirements aren't part of the decision.

Additional info - this will be a garage-kept daily driver. I live in Michigan so will be dealing with salty roads in the winter.

Ryeguy, on my new Subie Outback I initially had a dealer-applied coating (possibly crystal fusion) which did little to keep car clean and turned windshield into sandpaper grinding the wiper blades down.  Our local detailer, amazed by how bad the dealer stuff was, prepped the car, applied Opti-Coat Pro+ to exterior clear coat/plastic and Glassparency to glass (preferred two-step glass treatment).  The detailer warned me about waiting 7 days to wash but had used Opti-seal, and as vehicle  is garage kept there were no issues.  Now helped along by Hyper-Seal (now new formula version), the Pro+ , at 7 months, so far beads nicely and is very easy to keep clean.  As Ron mentioned elsewhere, I don't tunnel-wash (voids warranty) nor let anyone other than detailer or myself wash the car (most of time that's ONR in distilled water applied by IK 2 sprayer - whole car takes about 10 minutes). 

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