Yes we have a detailing forum, but it is:
B) February so even slower
If there's one thing I hate, it's washing/claying/glazing/sealing/waxing. I typically do two big rounds of it (spring cleaning and winter prep) where I will do all of those steps, and then mid-summer I will try to top it off with just a couple coats of wax. I typically use Chemical Guys products. That said, it doesn't seem to matter how clean the paint is, or how many coats I do, it seems like within just weeks/several heavy rains the water beading stops and I'm pretty sure there's nothing left on there. While the car looks amazing when first done, I can't help but think what's the point when just weeks later the water is flat on the surface.
So I'm thinking I might just want to try a DIY ceramic coating this spring just to see how I like it. The prep work is no big deal, I am experienced with paint corrections etc. and the surface will be washed/clayed/polished (if needed)/IPA wipedown.
I'm primarily looking for longevity (particularly in a winter salt state) and UV protection from the sun. What are the best/longest lasting DIY coatings? What have you used, how was your experience, how have they held up? Are they a true replacement for the dregs of waxing?