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Just got off the McKees web site and saw the ceramic kit for $125. Little pricey to me
Yeh it is if you don't read the details. That's for a car and includes enough for 4 wheels and all the windows. Don't think I would buy that kit either since I don't have any windows on my bike and enough for four wheels is overkill. I'll be calling them tomorrow and see if there is a mc specific bottle just for paint.
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I guess I did not mention the cost.
The cost of the prep polish used was in the $2-$3 range. The cost of the coating used was in the $5-$7 range.
The cost advantages is that no other cleaning, waxing, polishing, etc. $ should need to be spent for at least 2 years...so there's that. But that is not why I did it.
The real reason I did it is that I'd rather be riding than cleaning...since that is the case I go months, sometimes well over 10K miles without washing the bike (riding in the rain is as close as they get to being washed sometimes).
Then, when I do eventually wash/clean them, the dirt, bugs, etc. have been on there so long it is a true PITA to get clean.
With the Ceramic coating it should stay looking good much longer, and importantly, when it does come time to actually wash it, it is not a PITA since hardly anything sticks, and what does, comes off very easily.
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I think a lot of us feel this way. Especially if you live in the SW where we can and I do ride almost every day. If I had to park it all the time due to rain and snow I could probably get into washing more often and it is somewhat therapeutic and stress-relieving. However, (not this month due to constant rain and my cager-induced broken ankle) I'm not doing either. Once I'm back on the road later this month I still want to keep my bike clean and Kevin's info looks like it'll be great for those of us who like to ride clean bikes but with minimum of cleaning.
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Looks like a very good product. Back in 1997, The car dealership I worked at, offered a product in the same size bottle called Custom Finish?? It looks like the same results you have. $25 a bottle tho @2-4-oz. and $30 for application. Well that program lasted about 3 years and stopped because of price. So, many of us in the shop got what was left over for free. I used to use it on one of my bikes and it was awesome, but I missed the intimacy of polishing my bike every once in awhile. So when I ran out I never thought to look for a similar product in a more "price for what you get" range.
.....I really don't think that cost savings is what people look at over the long run. I think that selling it on the longevity of the shine and the low maintenance of keeping it looking good will sell it. But, having a shine that doesn't take a little work, has a tendency to make a person feel like they are loosing a personal connection they've built with their bike. And for the guy that hates cleaning and waxing, this type of product is probably what they need.
I ride her hard to get that "personal connection".

Seriously though, I do spend more than the average amount of time wrenching on my bikes, due to using them as test beds for R&D, so that makes for a pretty nice connection.

I do know what you mean about that enjoyable evening waxing and polishing. It can be very relaxing.

Unfortunately I have a shortage of time and FOUR bikes that were never clean, and just never seem to be able to slow down enough to get into that groove anymore.



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Just got off the McKees web site and saw the ceramic kit for $125. Little pricey to me
Yeah. The ceramic coat I got was $45 and the prep polish was around $20, plus I got it with a 10% off coupon.

BUT, I did my wife's F150 Supercab w/ an 8' bed and one motorcycle, and still have over half the ceramic coat left, and probably 2/3 of the prep polish left.

Pretty sure I'm ahead of the game over wax/polish/etc. on the $ front...which is NOT the reason I did it, but it is a nice side benefit.


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Sounds like a good way to do it since you'll easily be able to get different angles that show the difference.
Yeah, it's raining and 30* now, and due to be colder over the next few days, but I'm gonna do that on the side of the building as soon as we have a warmer, dry day.

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Talked to McKee's about this. Good news and bad news. Basically, minimum cost is $18 for the wash and $45 for the coating. Prices DK quoted are the amount he used so he has a lot left over. Bad news, McKees said the wash is probably stable indefinitely but the coating is 1 year shelf life. So you can't buy it thinking this'll keep the paint shining for decades.
The rep said they are going to look into providing a one-time use set for bikes which could be a lot cheaper. He also said if you buy what they have and want to use it before the expiry date it's great for keeping shower doors and windows spotless. I have several bikes but my Sporty is the only one I'd be willing to spend extra $ on for this kind of paint protection. So unless I can find a couple of buddies who want to share doing this I will await McKees getting a cheaper package out.
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Am super happy to have gotten the Sporty done. It will be a few days before I get it out in the light to really get a good look at it...but, even in the room, and still not cured, it is looking good.



Prepping the paint-






Applying the ceramic coating-






All done and letting it cure-






The paint/clear was in good condition, so very little prep was needed. From start to finish was about 90 minutes.



This is the prep and coating I used.






Looking forward to having the better looking finish, and NOT having to spend a bunch of time keeping it clean!



I also got the TG done this weekend.

Here are a few photo's of it.

Applying the ceramic coating-





Coating on, but not yet cured, nor in the sunlight. While I really like how this improves the look of the paint, what I like More is that it makes keeping it clean so much easier!









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Talked to McKee's about this. Good news and bad news. Basically, minimum cost is $18 for the wash and $45 for the coating. Prices DK quoted are the amount he used so he has a lot left over. Bad news, McKees said the wash is probably stable indefinitely but the coating is 1 year shelf life. So you can't buy it thinking this'll keep the paint shining for decades.
The rep said they are going to look into providing a one-time use set for bikes which could be a lot cheaper. He also said if you buy what they have and want to use it before the expiry date it's great for keeping shower doors and windows spotless. I have several bikes but my Sporty is the only one I'd be willing to spend extra $ on for this kind of paint protection. So unless I can find a couple of buddies who want to share doing this I will await McKees getting a cheaper package out.
Yeah, I did not know about the shelf life. With the 4 oz. bottle (that I got in August) I've done the large truck, a Heritage, a Sporty and a Tri-Glide. It's about gone...very little left.

The Prep polish is about half gone.

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