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Well, Im a new cummins owner. 2018 2500 new. and Im concernerd to keep it looking and performin like new for many years. I currntly have 1200 miles on it. So...my question..After a real good wash and dry and clean all bugs and grime off ...what can I do to protect the paint..F-11? Torque? Thanks in advance.

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I’m a big fan of ceramic coatings. I’ve done my own each time, but if you have it professionally done it can be expensive though-due to the paint correction bidding process that goes into it before application. On your own plan on a weekend to get the paint squared away then apply. It’s not hard just labor intensive.

As far as just cleaning, if you’re super retentive, the two bucket wash technique works well. Dry with some high quality microfiber. I like the chemical guys towels.

If you don’t want to go full in on ceramic coating, get a good wax and apply it every few washes. There are also some decent “sealants” which are slightly longer term “waxes” as well. I’ve used chemical guys jet sealant on painted wheels before and it works well. It would work equally as good on body panels.

Paint care is a big Pandora’s box. Lots of options, thousands of opinions and techniques.

There is a detailing sub forum on here that has some info, it’s not an overly robust sub forum but there is some stuff in there.


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Powerlock and collonites 845 in that order. Two stages of each. Paint will then be sealed like a rock and is good for a year or so depending on how you wash and store your truck
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Ceramic Coatings. Many on the market. It's been 103k, through hell and back. My paint is perfect, aside from some stone chips (unavoidable at that mileage). NO swirls, RIDS, it's simply stunning. And really easy to clean. No waxing. No nothing. Just wash it. It's the only way to go.

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Paint care is a big Pandora’s box. Lots of options, thousands of opinions and techniques.
Indeed. I park mine outside if I expect a decent rain (or better yet, snow fall) and they look just fine.
I'm more picky about keeping the chassis clean, though, since that's where the important stuff is.
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Subd for some good cleaning info. I usually let the rain do it but the paint is too nice on this one

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professional ceramic coating, full paint correction and 3m ppf in the high wear places
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professional ceramic coating, full paint correction and 3m ppf in the high wear places
What does that cost, if you don't mind me asking.
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What does that cost, if you don't mind me asking.
I had a qoute of a "special" that was going on at the time but it was $1200 from linex i believe was the company or zeibert, cant remember which right now

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I had a qoute of a "special" that was going on at the time but it was $1200 from linex i believe was the company or zeibert, cant remember which right now

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That’s a steal


I suggest ceramic coat. I am very anal about the up keep of my vehicles





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I live on a 2 mile gravel road, work down 3/4 mile of gravel road. My trucks would never stay that clean
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I know the feeling.
After a trip through Colorado's nasty magnesium chloride, I did wash mine off. Underneath.
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