There has definitely been a shift in the detailing industry in the last 5 or so years towards extensive protection when a car is newly purchased. This move has been, for the most part, positive. Consider for a moment how expensive cars are now. In 1999 a BMW E36 M3 had a MSRP of $39,700 and now, if you want 2017 BMW f80 M3, the MSRP has ballooned up to $64,000 for a bare-bones model. Maxed out, one will spend close to 6-figures on a new M3.
It’s fair to say that protecting such expensive purchases makes complete sense. But sometimes this attitude can turn into a ‘more is better’ concept. Some detailing professionals also believe more to be better and have begun suggesting that the more coating layers you have added to your car the better the protection will be. My personal opinion is that there is nothing inherently wrong with layering. Layering can provide a thicker barrier on the paint and additional refractive properties that enhance how the paint looks.
But what’s the cost? Is there a possibility that layering can be taken too far? This video demonstrates a possible outcome of extreme layering.
What do you think? Can layering be taken too far? Can you have too much of a good thing? We’d love to hear your .02!