1987 Bertone (aka Fiat) X1/9

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Re: 1987 Bertone (aka Fiat) X1/9

Post by theprf » Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:40 am

Those look REALLY nice. Well done!

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Re: 1987 Bertone (aka Fiat) X1/9

Post by FRUNKenstein » Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:54 am

Last fall, I bought a ceramic coating kit from our local car care vendor - KC Auto Car Care and Accessories. They are located in the same strip mall as the restaurant where we have our local PCA breakfasts every Saturday. So, I've gotten to know the owner, Rob. Good people who are very knowledgeable on detailing products. When they do a detailing seminar at the auto museum, it always draws a huge crowd. They do a lot of ebay sales and you can order from their website (free shipping!): https://www.kcautocarcare.com/

Anyway, Rob ordered me in a special ceramic coating that works well with single-stage paint (since that's what we used on the X1/9 for the color change last summer). I have been meaning to apply the stuff, but with a house remodel last summer & fall, it got pushed back. The car goes into the shop tomorrow, and the Fiat specialist I'm taking it to has his shop at the end of a 1 mile long gravel road. So, I figured I had better get it done before then. Last night, I did the deed.

I started by doing the targa top. I figured if I messed that up, it's no big deal since it will rarely be used. It is gloss black, and it came out terrific. Easy peasy. I put the car on our 4-poster lift to make it easier to get to the lower portions of the body. Rob had told me that since it was such a small car, the bottle of liquid in the coating kit would probably be enough to do it twice. So, I'm all fat, dumb & happy soaking the little applicator pad when doing the targa top, and the hood and the top of the trunk. Then I noticed I had used about 80% of the liquid. Crap. I stretched it out and got it covered, albeit the sides aren't coated nearly as well.

The below pics are from last night. This morning, as I was walking past the targa top (and yes, it is sitting on the roof of the Turbro - oh the shame!), I ran my finger across the surface, thinking it was going to be really slick like right after waxing. To my surprise, it is not slick at all. I don't know if that's normal or not. It looks fantastic, but I was just expecting it to be slick.

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Re: 1987 Bertone (aka Fiat) X1/9

Post by 32wildbilly » Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:13 am

So ceramic is like "wax on wax off"? I always thought it was something mystical that only a qualified/certified/trained ceramic expert could perform. It does look nice.
FRUNKenstein wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:54 am Last fall, I bought a ceramic coating kit from our local car care vendor - KC Auto Car Care and Accessories. They are located in the same strip mall as the restaurant where we have our local PCA breakfasts every Saturday. So, I've gotten to know the owner, Rob. Good people who are very knowledgeable on detailing products. When they do a detailing seminar at the auto museum, it always draws a huge crowd. They do a lot of ebay sales and you can order from their website (free shipping!): https://www.kcautocarcare.com/

Anyway, Rob ordered me in a special ceramic coating that works well with single-stage paint (since that's what we used on the X1/9 for the color change last summer). I have been meaning to apply the stuff, but with a house remodel last summer & fall, it got pushed back. The car goes into the shop tomorrow, and the Fiat specialist I'm taking it to has his shop at the end of a 1 mile long gravel road. So, I figured I had better get it done before then. Last night, I did the deed.

I started by doing the targa top. I figured if I messed that up, it's no big deal since it will rarely be used. It is gloss black, and it came out terrific. Easy peasy. I put the car on our 4-poster lift to make it easier to get to the lower portions of the body. Rob had told me that since it was such a small car, the bottle of liquid in the coating kit would probably be enough to do it twice. So, I'm all fat, dumb & happy soaking the little applicator pad when doing the targa top, and the hood and the top of the trunk. Then I noticed I had used about 80% of the liquid. Crap. I stretched it out and got it covered, albeit the sides aren't coated nearly as well.

The below pics are from last night. This morning, as I was walking past the targa top (and yes, it is sitting on the roof of the Turbro - oh the shame!), I ran my finger across the surface, thinking it was going to be really slick like right after waxing. To my surprise, it is not slick at all. I don't know if that's normal or not. It looks fantastic, but I was just expecting it to be slick.
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