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      12-09-2020, 11:18 PM   #1
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My new 2020 330i xDrive Before/After Ceramic Pro

I bought my first BMW (2020 330i xDrive) in October and have been incredibly happy with it. Coming from a Mustang GT, this is a great overall upgrade—I care a lot less about horses and more about comfort and refinement now. I love how the 330i manages to capture those things and still give me a reasonably powerful engine and much better handling.

Anyway, when I got it one of the first things I did was get the Ceramic Pro Silver package done. I got full paint correction done too (even brand new cars have swirls and scratches from careless dealership employees and the long freight trip). Mine in particular had a scratch on the driver side door (present at the dealership)and an area on the rear bumper with some small scratches (which happened within a day or two of buying—it looked like someone had lightly bumped it with their front license plate when parking in my parking garage).

The paint correction fixed both issues, and it’s an overall night and day difference. I’ll try attaching some before and after pics for context. The first two are “before”. The rest are “after”.
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First Congrats!! Looks great and they did a GREAT job on the paint correction and getting it back to shiny and new looking. You are correct, I am taking my car to Detail Authority soon to have paint correction done on the hood and mine is a 21!
Going to get PPFilm put on the front bumper and headlights too. Love that color. I had a gray colored 340i a few cars ago - not as hard to keep looking good as white or black.
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First Congrats!! Looks great and they did a GREAT job on the paint correction and getting it back to shiny and new looking. You are correct, I am taking my car to Detail Authority soon to have paint correction done on the hood and mine is a 21!
Going to get PPFilm put on the front bumper and headlights too. Love that color. I had a gray colored 340i a few cars ago - not as hard to keep looking good as white or black.
Congrats on your 21! I bought my 2020 new too, just a couple months back, and got an amazing deal since they were making room for the 2021s. I think the door scratch was just the product of it being on the lot for awhile. Then the rear bumper scratches by a careless parker as I said in the OP. There was some swirling on the body, too—I’m sure the dealership washed it a few times if it was on the lot as long as I suspect. Thanks for the kind words—I couldn’t be happier with how the pc and coating came out! I didn’t think grey was a color that could be made to pop, but the people I used definitely made it happen!
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Congrats on you car. Mineral Grey is one of my fav colours, had it on a previous car and loved it. The ceramic coating just makes it look that much better 👍🏼
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Congrats on you car. Mineral Grey is one of my fav colours, had it on a previous car and loved it. The ceramic coating just makes it look that much better 👍🏼
Thanks man! I couldn’t be happier. You don’t realize how dull factory paint can look until you get the paint correction and coating done. And now she’s winterproofed for when I have to drive to see family later in the month.
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Looks great. Mineral gray definitely has great depth when polished and sealed.
I too have Ceramic Pro on my M440i with XPEL on the front facia and so far I’m loving the outcome.
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Portimao with Ceramic Pro 9H

You guys just made me feel better about my decision to have my new Portimao blue '21 330 ceramic coated with ceramic pro this weekend.
Mineral grey was my first choice until I saw Portimao.
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MG looks stunning after paint correction and ceramic coating! Love the gloss. Glossy cars make me weak in the knees.

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You guys just made me feel better about my decision to have my new Portimao blue '21 330 ceramic coated with ceramic pro this weekend.
Mineral grey was my first choice until I saw Portimao.
PB will pop even more with a ceramic coating. Absolutely get it done. The gloss is to die for!
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