Originally Posted by CDAA
That's interesting XRchic. I went for the paint and interior protection and got a great result especially on the exterior. Apparently mine is a Jarvis Ford Teflon coating that is endorsed by Ford. The car's finish is extremely shiny and is easy to keep clean. I don't have much time to clean cars, but with this stuff I can simply dust it off and wipe it down. As for the interior, it also makes the plastic appear richer in colour and better quality. The only thing I can complain about was the attention to detail on the interior protection, which was quite average and will be done again at the next service.
Well, as I said it just could have been my bad experience. I agree though, it does look nice when it is done properly - but you can get that effect with the plastic interior yourself with good quality gear that you can buy.....
What happened to me was that mine was delivered on 30 May (Winter). A week later, it was sunny and I noticed the rear drivers side door was a different colour to the rest of the car (milky dark grey). Threw a fit, took it back and got the dealer to look at it in the sun - he agreed. Ford agreed to respray the side of the car at the dealer. They did so, and it was worse - too many blue flecks and it looked dark blue. They resprayed it again and it was ok. I asked about what would happen to the paint protection I had paid for. They went and got the head of the paint dept to talk to me. He told me that some guy just turns up with a bucket, some polish and a rag and just polishes it with average car polish. I told them that I was told that this stuff was more than just polish, it would make it easier to clean, that it would protect it from all kinds of stuff, etc and he said it is crap - that is nothing more than you can buy at a car accessories shop. All the paint guys there had a bit of a laugh at my expense for paying for it.
He also told me that some Focus purchaser was told that the paint protection would help protect it against rust, bird shit, etc and months later she came in screaming and carrying on because there was bird shit on her car, she had not been in a hurry to wash it off (idiot) because she thought the paint protection would protect it - she ended up having her entire top half of her car resprayed because of the damage caused by the bird turds.
Now obviously you wash bird shit off regardless, right? But in any event, she reckons she was told that it wouldnt matter because of some coating or other.... something must have gone on because the paint guys said Ford told them to respray it no questions asked....
I have heard other similar stories about it too. It doesn't matter much to me now because half of my car has none of the paint protection anyway - but all the same I think I wasted my cash - I could have done it myself.
Besides, mine is black and I kinda gotta wash it all the time anwyay!
The only thing I can think of is that each dealer has a different supplier for their paint protection and that some is better than others.
As for the interior, I have done it myself before - scotch guard on the seats and armour all on the plastic - was better lasting than what I had done with the BA (and I didn't leave greasy dribbles all over everything) - I have 2 young kids so I had to get it done and just thought I would be lazy this time. Lesson learned.