If you’re considering a full auto detail for your car, it’s a great time to consider finishing up with a professional ceramic coating to help maintain that shine for years to come.
Ceramic coatings are an upgraded service in auto detailing, and it is a great option to include if you haven’t already protected your car with a professional coating. Ceramic coatings will keep your vehicle in gorgeous showroom condition for a long time, preventing swirl marks, stains, UV damage, and keeping dirt and grime at bay with a robust hydrophobic protective layer. Before you decide to have a ceramic coating applied to your car, be sure to know precisely what it is and what it can do for your car – as well as what it can’t do.
Ceramic coatings are liquid polymers that bond chemically with a car’s paintwork, creating a very effective layer of protection. They are a premium alternative to wax and sealant, offering improved protective qualities and on a semi-permanent basis, meaning they don’t need to be reapplied as often as waxes and sealants do. It is not a substitute for paint protection film, rather it is a complementary layer of protection with an added bonus of keeping that showroom-quality shine. As long as your vehicle’s paintwork is maintained properly, their protective qualities are considerable and will last for many years before you need to think about reapplication.
Ceramic coatings offer the following benefits:
- Protection against oxidation and UV damage
- Protection from chemical stains
- Hydrophobic layer for easy cleaning
- Enhanced paintwork with a lasting, high gloss finish
That being said, a ceramic coating will not do any of the following:
- Eliminate the risk of rock chips and scratches
- Eliminate water spotting – some water droplets will still form on the surface of the coating and evaporate, leaving traces of dirt behind. However, the ceramic coating acts as a sacrificial layer, protecting the factory finish. Water spot marks can still be removed from the ceramic coating.
- Ease of keeping your car’s exterior clean and free of damaging dirt particles. You will still need to clean the car regularly – you will find the job much easier, though.
It is very important to prepare your car thoroughly before applying a ceramic coating. Before the coat is applied, all contaminants must be washed off the paintwork. Ordinary washing will not remove all of the pollutants on the car, so we take it through a cleaning and preparation process before we apply the coat. This process includes the following steps:
- A prewash rinse using a pressure washer. This removes the loose dirt on the surface of the paintwork.
- A thorough wash, using the two-bucket system and high-quality, professional car cleaning product.
- Decontamination using a clay bar.
- Removal of industrial fallout with an iron removal product.
- A final rinse and inspection, before drying the vehicle with forced air.