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Paint Protection (DiamondKote, etc)

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Paint Protection (DiamondKote, etc)

I bought a 2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L, Midnight Blue and the dealership is offering this Diamondkote paint sealant/protection pkg.
Some people I have talked to say it works, and swear by it, others say it is a waste of money.
I don't buy it, but on a $40k+ van maybe $250 is worth it.
What say u?

I did search, but the results were inconculsive. :|
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This is not a good idea. Ask any detailer, a paint sealant offered by a dealership is a waste of money. If you want your car to look as fresh as the day you bought it, there is more work involved than applying a $250 "sealant." There are many synthetic sealants you can buy and apply yourself. Sealants last AT MOST, up to 5-6months. A bottle of synthetic sealant from Meguiars costs only about $20CDN. You can apply it yourself and save $250.

Save the $250 and spend it on something else.

Eclipsed7 wrote:I bought a 2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L, Midnight Blue and the dealership is offering this Diamondkote paint sealant/protection pkg.
Some people I have talked to say it works, and swear by it, others say it is a waste of money.
I don't buy it, but on a $40k+ van maybe $250 is worth it.
What say u?

I did search, but the results were inconculsive. :|
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Dec 18, 2004
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Diamond Kote is a paint sealant and it isn't worth the price...you can buy your own quality paint sealant at crappy tire and do it yourself...wash your car / apply it/ buff it out..that's it.
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Dec 19, 2003
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the only good thing is they have life warranty
i think...
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Nov 26, 2001
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For a $40 000 van the dealership should absorb the $250 price tag of the paint sealant.

I did have the sealant on a van once and it had to be re-applied every 3 years. It does make the vechicle shine.


I bought an 01 Ranger, and every summer I apply a paint cleaner and a polish. I use Zaino Brothers products, recommended by the Mustang Car Club.

Reviews
http://www.tccoa.com/articles/misc/zaino/sirw.shtml

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http://www.zainostore.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc
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Jul 30, 2005
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It is generally well known in the auto sales business that the "extras" that the business manager tries to sell you after you've purchased the vehicle is generally a waste of money from the consumers' point of view and a great source of revenue for the dealer. For example, a dealer may charge you $90 for seat fabric protection. But in reality they're spraying your seats with a $5 can of 3M seat protector which you can buy from CDN Tire and apply yourself in a few minutes. However, depending on the general reliability of your make and model of new vehicle, some of the additional warranties maybe a good idea.

In regards to your paint protection........save your $250.
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Done and done.
I am going to put that $250 into an Ipod intergration setup or a DVD player for the kids in the back.

Thanks guys
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Dont forget the undercoating... ;)
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Apr 11, 2005
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I find Zaino products to be better than DiamonKote's and you should try to do it yourself. I didn't even bother with the $400 package on my $80K car with the dealer. Get a Zaino kit for around $100 and spend 1 day on it and you are done..
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