Washing your ceramic coated car is easy. Being able to clean your vehicle with minimal effort is one of the key benefits of getting a ceramic coating in the first place. However, there is a right and a wrong way to wash your ceramic coated car. Try these four ceramic coating cleaning tips to help you get the best out of your ceramic car coating.
1. Use a pH-neutral, wax-free shampoo
Your ceramic coated car has a glassy, waterproof surface that repels dirt and moisture, which means that you don’t need harsh cleaning materials to wash it. A pH neutral shampoo will be gentle on your finish. You should also avoid using any wax on the car, as it may leave a residue on the coating and reduce its hydrophobic qualities.
2. Don’t put the car through an automated car wash
The brushes and mops that are used in automatic car washes will scratch your coating and reduce its lifespan. The soaps are usually quite abrasive as well. The best thing to do is to avoid these car washes. With a ceramic coating, you simply don’t need them.
3. Don’t wash the car in bright sunlight
It is best to wash your car in indirect light conditions. This is because direct sunlight can cause shampoo to dry more quickly on top of the coating and can cause streaking and water spots. Rather, wash in the late afternoon, early morning, in the shade, or on an overcast day.
4. Use the two-bucket system and keep all your equipment clean
It is crucial to keep your sponges and towels clean, and avoid cross-contamination. Use the two-bucket system to rinse your cleaning materials as you go.