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Old 07-20-2014, 12:05 PM   #1
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Default Freshly Detailed w/Gtechniq Crystal Serum Coating

My local detail shop (Watershed Auto Care in Simi Valley, CA) applied Gtechniq Crystal Serum and Exo Nano Coating. The SQ5 looks amazing and will stay this way.

For reference, my SQ5 is 8 months old and has 12,600 miles on it.

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Old 07-20-2014, 12:08 PM   #2
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Great pics. Incredible depth to the paint. Steve
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very nice
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Quick question on your hitch. Did your hitch installer notch the rear lower bumper panel?
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Quick question on your hitch. Did your hitch installer notch the rear lower bumper panel?
I specifically asked them to cut it out like pictured, however, they messed up and did it according to the outline on the back of that panel. So... it was really wide, and you could see the electrical hook ups. I talked to my service manager and he understood they messed up, so he ordered me a new panel.

I cut out the opening this morning, trying my best to make it as close as possible. It came out pretty good. I still have the other panel, so if I ever tow something that needs the electrical hookups, I'll just use that panel.
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Looks great, Dustin. I'm a big fan of these coatings!
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Looks amazing, might have to get that done too. Do you mind sharing the pricing info?
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looks great
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Looks amazing, might have to get that done too. Do you mind sharing the pricing info?
Total cost was $500. This included inside/outside detail, color correcting, and coating on the body and wheels. I did get a discount since I've been bringing my vehicles to Watershed for a couple of years now.
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Pics my detailer took:

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I'm a novice when it comes to paint protection, so I'm curious: How does the stuff your detailer used differ from OptiCoat Pro? I'd like to do something to protect the paint of my brilliant black TDI - while also increasing "sparkle" - without going so far as to pay top dollar for Xpel Ultimate.
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I'm a novice when it comes to paint protection, so I'm curious: How does the stuff your detailer used differ from OptiCoat Pro? I'd like to do something to protect the paint of my brilliant black TDI - while also increasing "sparkle" - without going so far as to pay top dollar for Xpel Ultimate.
Both opti coat and gtechniq are paint coatings. Google Opti coat vs. gtechniq and you will see the pluses and minuses of each versus the other. I think you would be happy with either one.

If you want to go with a clear bra (Xpel Ultimate, 3M, or whatever), you will need to have that installed first as they will not adhere to the vehicle that has been coated.

Hope that helps.
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It does indeed! Thank you.

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Both opti coat and gtechniq are paint coatings. Google Opti coat vs. gtechniq and you will see the pluses and minuses of each versus the other. I think you would be happy with either one.

If you want to go with a clear bra (Xpel Ultimate, 3M, or whatever), you will need to have that installed first as they will not adhere to the vehicle that has been coated.

Hope that helps.
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D.F. Mind if you let me know how much you paid for the detailing and how long they took?
BTW. The mirror effect is so nice...
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D.F. Mind if you let me know how much you paid for the detailing and how long they took?
BTW. The mirror effect is so nice...
See post #9...
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Got a quote for Modesta yesterday - body and wheels - $1,400, no paint correction needed .. $500 for what you got seems like an absolute steal. Congrats.
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The local detailer that uses the Gtechniq products charges $995 for paint correction, coating for paint, wheels, carpet, and glass. I did my Q5 and S6 at $495 each when they were running a special promotion.

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The local detailer that uses the Gtechniq products charges $995 for paint correction, coating for paint, wheels, carpet, and glass. I did my Q5 and S6 at $495 each when they were running a special promotion.

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Stunning results!
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Stunning results!
Indeed..... Both look amazing!

I think I might have to try the Gtechniq, myself.

How long did it take to detail, apply, and cure? We're you able to drop off and pick up the SQ5 the same day?
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Indeed..... Both look amazing!

I think I might have to try the Gtechniq, myself.

How long did it take to detail, apply, and cure? We're you able to drop off and pick up the SQ5 the same day?
Typically you can drop it off in the morning and pick it up the end of the same day. This really depends on how much color correcting needs to be done. If you get the wheel coating, that takes 12 hours to cure. Paint coating takes 4 hours to cure, I believe.
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