This is a 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Edition. This is a stunning little car. Mazda has come a long way in their design and workmanship. The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF was designed as a combination of the 1960’s Lotus Elan, Triumph TR4, and MGB Sprint cars. Britain was well known for these cars. They were a lot of fun to drive when they weren’t broken down.
Mazda’s plan was to bring back the fun of driving a quick little convertible and have the reliability of a Japanese car company. When the Mazda MX-5 first came out in 1990, it became the car of the year by Car and Driver and Motor Trend. Mazda effectively eliminated all the mechanical design flaws of Lotus, Triumph and MGB. However, they did not succeed with the paint in the early 1990’s. Countless cars had to be repainted because the paint would literally peel off of the metal surfaces.
Fast forward to 2018. This Mazda MX-5 RF is an amazing combination of quickness and styling. The Mazda paint finish now rivals that of Mercedes, Porsche, and Audi. Given the history of Mazda’s paint issues, the owner of this Mazda MX-5 RF was very concerned about the the paint pealing like the MX-5 cars of the past. He wanted to protect it with the best coating on the market today.
Optimum Polymer Technologies are the original coating creators. The chief Chemist and CEO of the company designed the chemical makeup for DuPont paint and was their chief chemist for 30 years. Opti Coat Pro is a very high end paint coating. On vehicles 5 years old or newer, Opti Coat will warranty any defects that may occur during that time. There are other companies that offer a warranty, but few actually have an insurance company stand behind it, Optimum does.
Even though this Mazda MX-5 is new, the process on this car is still rather involved. The whole process usually takes about 8-10 hours. The application of Opti Coat Pro takes about 1-2 hours. The rest of the time is spent restoring or fixing the paint to be nearly flawless. The thing I tell everyone is to remember that a paint coating is essentially another layer of clear coat going on your paint. This coating is much stronger than your regular clear coat because of the way it is chemically designed. It is resistant to bird droppings, bug splatter, and scratch resistant (NOT meaning it wont scratch, it is just harder to scratch). The great thing about it is if something were to happen, most of the time it can be fixed depending on the specific damage.
If you have any questions or would like to just learn more about coatings, please feel free to give me a call, email, or fill out my book an appointment link and we can discuss your questions and concerns.