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      03-25-2023, 07:37 PM   #1
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How long before I can drive my car after ceramic coating?

On Friday I had my local BMW dealership put a ceramic coating on my car. I already have PPF on the car. The dealership said that I could keep the car there overnight but I chose to take it home because it was going to be raining all day the next day. So after having the car coated I drove it half an hour home. Itís been sitting in my garage. Itís been over 24 hours, how long do I need to keep my car in my garage before I take it out? I heard 24 hours is the time it takes for the coating to cure. Is that true? Or should I wait longer?

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When I had mine coated, the detailer kept the car indoors for 24 hours for the ceramic to cure. Sounds like, if you are likely to compromise the coating, the damage (if any) is done.

Humour me, what’s the point of ceramic coating PPF?
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I figured driving it home was the lesser evil than driving it home in the rain the next day.

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Humour me, whatís the point of ceramic coating PPF?
Same as the point of ceramic coating a non-PPFed car
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I miss read that post as ďwhatís the price of ppfĒÖ
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On Friday I had my local BMW dealership put a ceramic coating on my car. I already have PPF on the car. The dealership said that I could keep the car there overnight but I chose to take it home because it was going to be raining all day the next day. So after having the car coated I drove it half an hour home. Itís been sitting in my garage. Itís been over 24 hours, how long do I need to keep my car in my garage before I take it out? I heard 24 hours is the time it takes for the coating to cure. Is that true? Or should I wait longer?

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When I had my X5 PPF'd and ceramic coated the installer cured it with infrared lamps.

Can I ask why you had your local BMW dealership apply the ceramic coating, wouldn't a proper car detailing company have made a far better job of applying the coating.
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Same as the point of ceramic coating a non-PPFed car
So you put PPF on to protect the paint and ceramic to protect the PPF. Seems like over kill to me.
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I use Optimum Spray Wax over my PPF, Good enough for me.
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So you put PPF on to protect the paint and ceramic to protect the PPF. Seems like over kill to me.
You probably should take an afternoon and call around to all the PPF dealers in your area and tell them how they donít know what theyíre doing. If you really want to drive that point home, you should call the manufacturers of PPF and Ceramic Coat and tell them the same thing.
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I had the bonnet on the G31 2 stage polished & ceramic coated Friday morning, the detailer did it at my home in my garage. He advised me not to drive or get it wet for at least 12 hours in order for the cc to cure, as it was I didn’t use it until late Saturday morning.
With you having driven it before the cc had fully cured it will have picked up some shit from the road which will now be imbedded with your cc coating, although with you having had cc applied over ppf I don’t suppose it matters too much to the paintwork.
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Same as the point of ceramic coating a non-PPFed car
It costs a shop far less money to put ceramic on a car that already has PPF because all of the clay bar/ color correction work was supposed to be done before the PPF was applied and was included in that cost.

Regarding the time needed after ceramic is applied, my shop recommended 24 hours.
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So you put PPF on to protect the paint and ceramic to protect the PPF. Seems like over kill to me.
Ceramic doesnít protect paint from chips and scratches
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I can understand putting PPF on a car. But why would you ceramic coat a layer of plastic?
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I had planned to just to do the PPF but the dealer pretty much threw the ceramic coating in for very cheap so I decided to do it. I did some research and it does protect the rest of the car that does not have PPF on it and plus it has a seven-year paint warranty from BMW. So I wouldnít have done it if it wasnít cheap and rolled into the financing.

Now granted, I didnít know anything about having to wait 24 hours for it to cure and I didnít have a back up plan to leave my car there, so thatís why Iím asking the question.

Hopefully, the drive home didnít mess up my car.
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I can understand putting PPF on a car. But why would you ceramic coat a layer of plastic?
Exactly. But apparently we ďprobably should take an afternoon and call around to all the PPF dealers in your area and tell them how they donít know what theyíre doing. If you really want to drive that point home, you should call the manufacturers of PPF and Ceramic Coat and tell them the same thing.Ē
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You probably should take an afternoon and call around to all the PPF dealers in your area and tell them how they donít know what theyíre doing. If you really want to drive that point home, you should call the manufacturers of PPF and Ceramic Coat and tell them the same thing.
Why would I do that?

I asked a legit question, you clearly dont. know the answer as you didnít give one.
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Why would I do that?

I asked a legit question, you clearly dont. know the answer as you didnít give one.
Everyone knows the answer. Well,,,,, most everyone.
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Ceramic doesnít protect paint from chips and scratches
PPF does (to some extent) I agree but Iíd imagine if PPF can protect against those things, it should protect against swirls and road contaminants so no need to ceramic coat.
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Everyone knows the answer. Well,,,,, most everyone.
3 of us here clearly donít.
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3 of us here clearly donít.
Well I then suggest you use google since you apparently donít believe the members here.

There are MANY threads here on the subject concerning the benefits and reasons for ceramic coating PPF.
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You probably should take an afternoon and call around to all the PPF dealers in your area and tell them how they donít know what theyíre doing. If you really want to drive that point home, you should call the manufacturers of PPF and Ceramic Coat and tell them the same thing.
No need to do all that. I'll give you the answer...

The reason you apply ceramic to your ppf is so all the above mentioned groups can make some $$$$. PPF costs $$... ceramic costs $$... ceramic coated PPF costs $$$$. They need to feed their families too!
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No need to do all that. I'll give you the answer...

The reason you apply ceramic to your ppf is so all the above mentioned groups can make some $$$$. PPF costs $$... ceramic costs $$... ceramic coated PPF costs $$$$. They need to feed their families too!
I figured you were pretty ignorant on the subject however, Iím afraid I underestimated you. Youíre extremely ignorant. No need for us to continue this conversation and I suggest you stop trolling.
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