What is the most cost-effective way of glass coating application? How about the market price for glass coating?

Where should we apply glass coating?

What aspects do you value when you choose and buy a new car?
Many people tend to choose as a whole, from its function, price, appearance and so on.

A new car when you had loved at first site in the catalog or at the exhibition.
It would be great if we could keep the car brand new for long time, wouldn’t it?

Applying glass coating to a new car makes it beautiful for long time. Also home car wash and daily maintenance get so easy.

Usually car dealers ask “How about glass coating as an option?” when you decide to buy a new car.

However, are we only able to apply glass coating in this way?
The answer is NO.

We have three choices to apply glass coating below;

– To ask car dealers
– To ask professional car detailers
– To apply by oneself (DIY glass coating products)

In this article, we would like to introduce about each advantages, disadvantages and market prices in detail. (Sorry, we show the price in Japanese currency… please check in your country’s currency.)

Part 1. Quick and easy car dealers


You can ask dealers to apply glass coating as an option.
Some of you might think that you’re going to ask them because you already have relationship of trust with them.
From now, we would like to tell its advantage and disadvantage.

【Advantage】A car is delivered with glass coating.

This is the biggest advantage of applying glass coating by car dealers.

You can ask them to buy and apply glass coating at the same time, so your new car is delivered with glass coating completely when you get it.

You don’t need to bring your new car to the car detailers again and wait a few days until the car detailing finished.

It means that you can drive your new car right away!

“I need to save any time and effort to find car detailers and bring my car to them!”

“No matter what I want to drive my new car as soon as possible!!”

We recommend this way to you emphasize the speed.

【Disadvantage】The optional price is comparatively expensive.

On the other hand, the high-cost is the disadvantage.

If a car is large, the price for glass coating will rise to around 100,000 JPY. It cannot be helped because it saves a lot of time and effort as we said above, but it is a very serious problem if you want to save costs.

Anyway, the price depends on dealers of course. Also it varies depending on the manufacture, type, class, size, model year, color, and painting (such as pearl, metallic…etc.) of the car.

Therefore, you should better to check the price before you ask them certainly. Moreover, please be careful the person who applies is like. A dealer is not professional of car detailing, such as a car detailer. Therefore, sometimes the person who applies glass coating doesn’t have enough knowledge of glass coating. Otherwise it is worse, he is an absolute armature.

Accordingly, we recommend to check who and where applies just in case.

[The average price for glass coating by dealers]

Light automobile (Hustler, Lapin…etc.)
From 50,000 JPY

SS size (Aqua, Vitz, Roadster…etc.)
From 55,000 JPY

S size (Insight, Axela…etc.)
From 60,000 JPY

M size (Prius, Levorg, Skyline…etc.)
From 65,500 JPY

L size (Crown, CX-5, Cercior…etc.)
From 70,000 JPY

LL size (Priusα, Harrier, X-TRAIL…etc.)
From 75,000 JPY

3L size (Voxy, Serena, Odyssey…etc.)
From 80,000 JPY

4L size (Alphard, Vellfire, Hiace…etc.)
From 85,000 JPY

Part 2. Skillful and plentiful after-service car detailers

Most of you want your car keep beautiful by apart from DIY glass coating, maybe you ask to car dealers as we said in Part1. However, we think that looking for an ideal car detailer can be one of your choices if the price is too high at the dealer or if you want to apply glass coating to a used car.

Now, we would like to introduce about its advantages and disadvantages.

【Advantages】They have skillful staffs and plentiful after service.

1)Your car gets high-quality finish with their solid skill from preparation to glass coating.
-However, you need to research reviews and ask detailers directly and it is very difficult to find out the reliable car detailer.

2)Most of them have sincere guarantees such as a regular inspection.
-This point is recommended to you who hesitate to control your car condition. Some of them inform a regular inspection diligently. Moreover, their inspection is covered with not only outside but also inside and if you have one of them close to you, car maintenance will get easy.

3)3- They solve troubles which you cannot deal with them by yourself.
-They are very reliable when you are in trouble with recovering your failure of DIY glass coating, removing terrible scratch or strong water spots and using a professional machine.

【Disadvantages】It is very costly and there is possibility that they tell a lie.

1)If you ask them to apply glass coating, not easy polymer wax is so expensive.
-Of course, car detailers are cheaper than car dealers, but you feel that it is more expensive than DIY because it needs labor costs and technical fee.

2)You cannot drive your car while applying at the car detailer. Car dealers apply glass
-coating before delivery of your car, but, on the other hand, you need to leave your car even though you have been using, so, it is inconvenient. Some car detailers provide an alternative car, so you would be better to ask.

3)Most of their regular inspection is essential.
-This point might be the advantage as we said above…
Please check applying fee includes regular inspection. However, some of them ask us to pay the regular inspection fee every time. In spite of long durability of glass coating, total cost effect could be bad in the end if we have to pay every inspection.

4)They only apply polymer coating or wax as if it was glass coating.
-Most of car detailer’s original glass coating meet this case.

Especially, the easy car detailer with gas station tend to call all similar products as “glass coating”, but they are actually “glass-like-coating”. We understand it is difficult to find out real glass coating, but let’s compare and examine from gathering information as much as you can.

To be honest, there is not a big difference between professional and amateur in glass coating finish. However, preparing the surface such as polishing and buffing requires technique and makes the difference. If you are not satisfied with DIY results and seek the perfect ones, please consider about asking car detailers once.

[The average price for glass coating by detailers]

Light automobile (Hustler, Lapin…etc.)
From 50,000 JPY

SS size (Aqua, Vitz, Roadster…etc.)
From 55,000 JPY

S size (Insight, Axela…etc.)
From 60,000 JPY

M size (Prius, Levorg, Skyline…etc.)
From 65,500 JPY

L size (Crown, CX-5, Cercior…etc.)
From 70,000 JPY

LL size (Priusα, Harrier, X-TRAIL…etc.)
From 75,000 JPY

3L size (Voxy, Serena, Odyssey…etc.)
From 80,000 JPY

4L size (Alphard, Vellfire, Hiace…etc.)
From 85,000 JPY

Part 3. Overwhelming cost-effectiveness and a feeling of satisfaction after finished DIY


If you want to save costs, applying by yourself is the best! These days, quality of glass coating products on the market is getting better and better, so you can get same durability and gloss as applying by car detailers unless you don’t choose a bad product.

Then we would like to introduce about its advantage and disadvantage below.

【Advantage】Drastic cost cutting in car detailing

We might think that this is the most important point. If you ask to car dealers or car detailers, they need several ten thousands Yen at least. However, if you do it by yourself, applying fee is FREE!! Furthermore, DIY glass coating products can be applied easily and the results look like professional. There are many products which can be applied in 3 hours (or less than it).

One point advice! How to distinguish glass coating

You must have good eyes to tell the difference between a real glass coating and a glass-like-coating.

“Anyway, what is the REAL glass coating?”
Some of you might have a question like this. For us, Pika Pika Rain defines real glass coaling as liquid change to real glass after crystallized and it protects a car.

Two of examples below are not called as crystallized glass coating;

.1) You need to apply the product once or twice a year.
.2) Liquid doesn’t harden and changes to soft silicon, not glass.

Please be careful these products before you buy because they don’t last long like real glass coating.

Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating change to glass layer after crystallized and a car is protected by it, so you can use it without any worries!

【Disadvantage】You should do everything on your responsibility.

For example, if there are many scratches on the car body, you have to polish the car. Also if oily dirt still on the car body, you have to remove it, too.

If you fail to apply and glass coating is not applied unevenly, it’s just your fault. Unfortunately, you must deal with it on your responsibility.

You need be careful not to get the car wet for certain period. The method of preservation and the weather as well.
Glass coating is difficult to be removed once it’s happened, so that’s the very reason for ensuring that preparation should be perfect with reading the instruction.

You should be better to ask to the manufacture by phone or email if you have any questions. About Pika Pika Rain, please contact us below any time!!

TEL: +81-6-6245-4500 MAIL: japan@pika2rain.com

[The average price for DIY glass coating products]

From a mini car to a large-size car
Under 10,000 JPY
(One bottle of Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM can apply two mini cars if you do very well.)

Perfect preparation makes glass coating professional quality finishing!!

The preparation is the most important work before applying glass coating.

Why is this so important?

The answer is that glass coating cover car paint surface with glass layer as it is. It means that glass coating finishing is reflected by the condition of car paint surface directly.
Of course things to do will change by car’s condition. Then we would like to introduce about varieties of preparation as an extra article.

Compound


When you check your car carefully, there are many scratches and water spots which is adhered to the car body even though you care about it passionately. Unfortunately, you cannot help it.

However, Pika Pika Rain Liquid Compound can remove scratches and water spots (Ion deposit) by polishing the surface thinly and make it fine.

Oil Remover


Always the oily dirt is on car paint surface. It is not only daily dirt but also remaining car wax and coating which you applied before. Oil remover can deal with them.
Removing oily dirt makes glass coating easy to adhere to the car body. Gloss and durability of glass coating is changed by how close it bonds to painted surface, so we recommend to adopt this work as possible.
Please make note that there are two types of oil remover in the car care market. The one contains alcohol and another contains oil. Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating contains alcohol, so please choose the same type of oil remover.

Ion Deposit (Water spots) Remover


Water spots are very hard to be removed by daily washing.
Pika Pika Rain water spots remover is possible to remove them easily. It is simpler than using polishing machine, so we recommend to apply for partial water spots.

Preparation for a new car

A new car doesn’t have remarkable dirt and scratch, so we think that polishing with compound is not necessary. Glass coating lasts long by applying oil remover.

Washing with car shampoo

-Drying completely with microfiber cloth and applying oil remover
-Applying glass coating

Preparation for a secondhand car

In this case, you must do preparation. Polish with compound completely and remove scratch and dirt on the car body.

Washing with car shampoo

– Polishing with compound to remove scratches and strong water spots
(If water spots are partial, only applying water spots remover is fine.)
– Washing with car shampoo to remove compound completely
– Drying completely with microfiber cloth and applying oil remover
– Applying glass coating
If you apply in above steps, the beauty of glass coating is brought out!

Find a combination to fit your budget and lifestyle.

We introduced about car dealers, car detailers and DIY glass coating. We hope you understand each advantages, disadvantages and the market price. Please don’t forget that the market price is only a target figure, so that asking car detailers to make a quotation is the best way to check the exact price.

“I’m interested in DIY glass coating, but I don’t have enough place / confidence to apply…”

“I’m anxious about scratches on my second car, but I don’t have any equipment to polish…”

If you cannot find your best style from three ways which we introduced, how about these combinations below?

Bring a glass coating product to car dealers or car detailers

Actually, some of our customers bring Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating to their favorite car detailers and ask them to apply it. You need to discuss with them, but there is worth to try it if you have any friendly car dealers or car detailers.

Asking only preparation for glass coating to car detailers

Also our other customers ask car detailers to remove scratches, water spots and iron filings which they reluctant to do. Then they apply Pika Pika Rain by themselves.

The average price for glass coating

Types Car dealers Car detailers DIY products
Light automobile
(Hustler, Lapin…etc.)
From 50,000 JPY Under 10,000 JPY
(Some products can apply two cars.)
SS size
(Aqua, Vitz, Roadster…etc.)
From 55,000 JPY Under 10,000 JPY
S size
(Insight, Axela…etc.)
From 60,000 JPY
M size
(Prius, Levorg, Skyline…etc.)
From 65,500 JPY
L size
(Crown, CX-5, Cercior…etc.)
From 70,000 JPY
LL size
(Priusα, Harrier, X-TRAIL…etc.)
From 75,000 JPY
3L size
(Voxy, Serena, Odyssey…etc.)
From 80,000 JPY
4L size
(Alphard, Vellfire, Hiace…etc.)
From 85,000 JPY Under 20,000 JPY
(Need two bottles for a large / wide car.)

How was this article?

Everyone has own idea about which points they want to save. For example, time, price, effort…etc.

Please compare and examine your preference and compromise points until you can find the best way to apply glass coating!

The best way to last long for glass coating!!

Do we need to care for glass coating in the first place?

You tend to be satisfied when you finished applying glass coating, don’t you?
Many manufactures and DIY products (our products, too…) say, “Our product can last for 3 years!”, so you might think like this, “I don’t need to do anything from now!”
However, our words mean that the durability of genuine glass layer lasts long.
If you want to keep glass coating the best condition, to be honest, it is better to care your car.

Because the main purpose of glass coating is protection for car paint surfaces which is under glass coating and glass coating is damaged instead of them.
For example, if some strong chemical agent adheres to the car body, it doesn’t eat into it, but glass coating will be taken off. Also glass coating will be dirty instead of car paint surface.

If you leave those, naturally glass coating performance will be down.
Then, what should we do for keeping both glass layer and painted side beautiful and high performance?
We will explain it from now in the next paragraphs.

Washing a car is necessary even though you apply glass coating!

-“If I apply glass coating, a car has never got dirty, hasn’t it?”
-“Is washing with water enough to keep a car beautiful?”

Many people might misunderstand like these, but our answer is NO!!
Of course, glass coating makes easy to remove dirt, but it is not equal that you don’t need to wash a car.
Washing a car is a very important work.

What if you don’t wash a car at all?

What if you don’t care for your car because you applied glass coating?

The biggest problem is dirt which cannot be removed by washing. Of course a car with glass coat is easier to remove dirt than without it. However, if you expose a car for several months to the rain, ion deposit (water spots) will be made on the car body.

Ion deposit is a white ring mark which minerals crystallized in the water and then once it is made on the car body, it is very hard to be removed.
We have only two choices to solve this problem.

One is polishing with compound and another is applying water spots remover.
However, unfortunately, the former removes the layer of glass coating together and also the later might melt the layer of glass coating if you make a mistake for the way of using.

If you have already got water spots, we recommend to apply Pika Pika Rain water spot remover as soon as possible.

[View details about Pika Pika Rain Water spot Remover]

Frequency of car washing after applying car glass coating

Some of you might have a question, “How often should I wash a car?”

Basically, it is the best you wash a car when you feel your car get dirty. Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating has an excellent antifouling property, so we recommend washing a car once a month. However, the frequency depends on the situations of parking and the weather.

For example, if you drive a car once a week and keep it in the garage. Moreover, you hardly drive in rainy days. In this case, your car might be still beautiful even though you don’t wash a car more than a month.

On the other hand, if you drive every day and park in the outdoor parking, your car might get dirty easily during a month. Also there is high possibility that strong water spots stick to the car body.

Therefore, be cautious and wash a car when you feel your car get dirty.
A car which is glass coated is easy to wipe out and remove dirt because its drainage is very good.
If you still feel troublesomeness, how about using the car wash item for time savings below?

[View details about Microfiber Chamois]

[View details about Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo]

How to choose car wash method

How about a car wash machine? Truly, this is an easy way, but the brush and mop might scratch on the car body because sometimes small stones are caught in them.

If you really want to use car wash machine, please choose the type of high-pressure washing. It doesn’t use brush and mop, so it lessens the risk to scratch.

We strongly recommend home car wash, washing by hands. It hardly gets swirl marks and it is easy to remove dirt which is adhered to small car parts. The most important thing is that you can notice and deal with problems at the early stage.

This is the best car washing!!

We said that washing a car by hands is highly recommended in the last section.

-“Is it okay just washing? Is there any points for car washing?”
-“I don’t have a confidence in my way … is it right?”
In this section, we will solve your questions at once!

We will introduce and explain the best way for home car wash each steps.

【Step1.】Remove any dust, dirt, grime and other substances with plenty of water.

Your car gets dirty by dust and sand even though you always pay attention to your car.
First, please wash away them by plenty of water.

[View details about Microfiber Cloth]

[View details about Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo]

【Step2.】Stir the car shampoo to make bubbles.

Prepare a bucket and 0.5 – 1ℓ of water and pour a capful of car shampoo(15㎖) into the water.
Please make note the ingredients of the car shampoo.

Use the shampoo which is not contained a polishing material not to remove the layer of glass coating. Any neutral shampoos you can use, but Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo will reduce your time and labor for car washing.

[View details about Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM]

【Step3.】Soak a microfiber in the car shampoo and wash the car completely.

You don’t need to brush too much if the dirt is not so strong.

It is important to use smooth microfiber cloth, not towel nor sponge for the protection of glass coating.
After you wash the microfiber cloth with water, you can reuse it.

However, please do not use the microfiber cloth which wipe the glass coating. The reason why is that the crystalized glass coating might damage on the car body.

【Step4.】Rinse and dry the car completely.

Rinse with plenty of water. Then, please don’t forget to dry the car with microfiber cloth completely as a finishing. Also be careful to dry cracks in the hood and doors where is easy to remain water. If you keep the car wet a long time, it makes water spots.

These four steps are our best car washing. No car washing, no long-lasting car glass coat.
We very much hope you will try it!!

Don’t you wash the car in the bad situation?

Ignorance about washing a car might harm your precious car… so, you should get an accurate knowledge and wash the car appropriately.

Bad examples and their reasons

【eg.1】Car washing under the blazing sun

Many people might have the image which washing a car should be done in sunny days.
However, surprisingly, it is wrong.

Because even you wash a car completely, water drops on the car body dry very quickly under the sun light before you dry the car body and these cause water spots. The car get dirty by washing… don’t you think it’s meaningless?

Accordingly, cloudy days are the best for washing a car.
If you really need to do in sunny days, we recommend to wash and apply in the morning to avoid the car body temperature is increasing,

【eg.2】Hydrophobic wash or Waxing after car washing

These days it is very easy to do hydrophobic wash and waxing wash at gas stations and many busy people use them.

You might think that it is easy and quick, but it just applys the hydrophobic coat spray to the car, so its gloss and water repellent effect cannot last long. After all, you need to do again and again in a short term. Waxing wash as well.

How about glass coating? Exactly it takes time to apply first, but the durability is longer than hydrophobic/ waxing wash and maintenance is not time-consuming.

【eg.3】Washing a car with the different quality of water

Have you ever cared about the water quality?

Also have you ever washed the car with well water (ground water)?

We’d like to talk about cautions for washing the car with well water.
The water quality depends on its area and depth. Moreover, the difference which you don’t notice might damage on your car by washing car with well water.

Well water contents more calcium than tap water and then it has a high risk to make strong water spots on the car if you forget drying. Especially, please be careful to wipe water which drops form around the headlights and door mirrors.

Is there any other ways to protect glass coating?

The answer is the detailing spray!

Daily car wash is a good way as a maintenance for glass coating. However, some of you might think, “I want to do my best for my car…!”
Then we would like to introduce “Nano Pika Pika Rain” series, detailing spray for glass coating.

What if you apply our detailing spray?

It improves the gloss and water repellency. So, if you want more high quality finish, please try our detailing spray.

We have three types below;

– Nano Pika Pika Rain Type-K (Water-sliding effect)
– Nano Pika Pika Rain Type-H (Hydrophobic effect)
– Nano Pika Pika Rain Type-S (Hydrophilic effect)

Normally, we recommend that you use same type of water repellency as glass coating.
Incidentally we might say that Type- K has many good reputations which makes smooth touch.

On the other hand, our detailing spray is also very useful for some of you who are satisfied with only applying glass coating, too.

Nano Pika Pika Rain series form the protection layer on the glass layer which is formed by glass coating. This protection layer drop off naturally in a several months, so you should better to apply the detailing spray every car wash. It means that dirt and water spots on the protection layer can remove with it when you wash the car. In other words, the protection layer is sacrificed to the glass layer.

However, the effect which we said above is the only case when you use both Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating and Nano Pika Pika Rain series.

Sometimes we receive inquiries whether applying other company’s detailing spray with our glass coating is right or wrong, but, to be honest, these questions are very difficult to answer. Because we don’t know what ingredients in other company’s products, so we cannot judge and answer it surely.

Basically, using same company products is the best way to make the synergy effect, so, we recommend to get together same company products for beginners.

(If you really want to use, please test on the edge where unnoticeable on your responsibility…)

Please make note that Nano Pika Pika Rain series is only for improving and protecting the glass layer, not for removing iron filings and an oil film which cannot remove by washing completely. In this case, lets’ apply maintenance products occasionally, like iron filings remover and oil remover (degreaser)…etc.

Keeping glass coating as much as we can…

We understand that it is difficult to do everything which we said above, but, if you only try some of these and glass coating will keep its quality for long time!

However, it is true that the glass layer is getting worth and worth in a long term even though you care your car diligently. Of course, the durability of the glass coating is largely dependent upon the parking situation and frequency in drive.

Some of our customer says that he still feel the effect of glass coating after he applied 5 years, but, on the other hand, some other customer say that they notice event though before 3 years sadly.

Then, we think it is a good choice to apply the glass coating again when you feel the effect gets weak. And then try to keep glass coating by washing and maintenance.

Let’s keep your car beautiful as much as you can in this cycle!