A ceramic coating on your vehicle is incredibly strong, and it will require a little care and maintenance to extend the life of the coat and keep your paintwork looking like new for years. Follow these five easy ceramic car coating care and maintenance tips to keep your car’s coat shining.

1. Wash your car every two weeks

Your ceramic coat won’t keep your car clean on its own, but it will make it much easier for you to wash. All you have to do is give the vehicle a light wash every couple of weeks. Sometimes, you may only need to rinse it off with a hose or power washer to get rid of the minimal amount of dirt that could collect on the vehicle’s surface. Use a car shampoo that is pH neutral and free of wax or sealants.

2. Keep the car away from direct sun when you wash it

Always wash the car in the shade or in the garage – anyplace where you can keep it out of direct sunlight. In fact, you should minimize your car’s contact with direct sunlight whenever possible. When a coat is curing it needs to stay out of the sunlight for 24 hours. Once it is cured, you don’t need to go to extremes to keep it out of the sun, but minimize exposure wherever you can, especially when washing.

3. Use a quality car shampoo

You might get away with using a soap that is not automotive-specific when washing a car without a ceramic coat. However, once you’ve invested in a good protective coating, you should use only cleaning products that are specifically formulated for cleaning cars. Don’t go for shampoos that contain waxes or sealants – just a plain, sudsy, pH neutral car shampoo will do the trick.

4. Don’t go to automated car washes

Automated car washes use brushes with tough, abrasive bristles, which should never be allowed to come into contact with your ceramic coating. You won’t see the effects of this immediately, but these bristles will have a long-term effect on your finish and will shorten the life of your coating. Touchless car washes are better, but they likely use a higher alkaline soap to cut through the dirt, and this is not optimal for your car.

5. Use the two-bucket method

The two-bucket method has become a standard for washing cars because it’s so effective at reducing swirl marks and ensuring a good, thorough cleaning. It’s really quite simple: fill one bucket with your soap solution and the other with clean water, which can be used to rinse your sponge or wash mitt as you go. You can also add a grit guard to keep your wash mitt free of grime and dirt.

Once you have had a professional detailer apply your ceramic coat, caring for your car’s finish is really quite easy. If you are looking to enhance your vehicle’s look and provide a strong protective layer with a quality ceramic coating, contact Pro Auto Spa, the leading ceramic coating experts and car detailers in Colorado Springs.