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I just got a 2017 Dodge Ram and wanna ceramic coat it. I made the sure the truck was not washed by the dealer. It has no swirls on it just a couple of scuffs and a small scratch im going to quickly polish out. My question is can I just wash the truck,clay it and start the coating process with out doing any polishing or should I at least do the finish polish on it?

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​The most critical thing to know and remember with a coating is that the prep work is what makes the paint have depth, and gloss.

 

The coating is the final step to keep it protected and looking that way for a long time!

 

​If you are going to "quickly polish out" a scratch and scuff, I would spend the additional time with at least Finishing Polish to really make it shine.

 

Just my opinion..................... no shortcuts to perfection. 

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Polish it to get the most shine and depth.

 

Even though you can't see swirls or scratches, there will be micro-scratching that can't be seen with even the best eyesight, and this reduces the amount of shine and depth.

 

Polishing out these micro-scratches will give you more shine.  I know this because I saw the difference it made on my truck.  First two major details, no polishing, and layered with PS + Brilliant Glaze + Americana Paste Wax.  Third detail, two-step correction, and way more shine.  And this was with only a coat of PS, no glaze or wax like I used previously.

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For me personally, if I'm claying a vehicle, I'm polishing after clay - whether it be a light hand polish with Revive Hand Polish, a light machine polish with Finishing Polish and a White Foam Pad, or a full paint correction with Heavy Correcting Compound and Correcting Polish, but I do almost always polish the surface after claying on customer cars, because they will typically need it.

 

Our latest formula Finishing Polish from back in November of last year has a small amount of SiO2 ceramic in it that is a great prep step for applying our Ceramic Paint Coating, or for doing a light polish on the coating if you would ever happen to get any scratches in the coating.

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Our latest formula Finishing Polish from back in November of last year has a small amount of SiO2 ceramic in it that is a great prep step for applying our Ceramic Paint Coating, or for doing a light polish on the coating if you would ever happen to get any scratches in the coating.

 

:2thumbs:  THANK YOU for that information Dan, related to possibly "touching up" a coating! Very valuable information!

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