Ceramic coatings are a type of polymer-based finish applied to various surfaces to enhance their appearance. These coatings are relatively new to the auto industry but are already being used on some luxury vehicles.
If you’re looking at ceramic coating because you want something different than waxing/sealing, then yes! It may be worth the extra cost and time spent. We’ll go through some details so you know what to expect from Ceramic Coatings. Hopefully, we can help you decide if they’re worth trying out!
What is a Ceramic Coating?
Ceramic coating is a protective film applied to surfaces such as car bodies, appliances, furniture, etc. It is usually used on exterior surfaces because it provides excellent protection against scratches, corrosion, UV rays, etc.
You should note that ceramic coatings aren’t a replacement for paint protection film (PPF). Still, they’re an excellent way to protect against scratches, dents, and minor chips without having to go through the hassle of repainting.
When applied properly, ceramic coatings create a strong, durable bond between the surface (clearcoat, metallic, matte, gloss, wood) and the coating itself. You don’t need to reapply often, so they’re great for long-term use and a perfect wax alternative.
What Are Some Benefits Of Using Ceramic Coatings?
Ceramic coatings are not just great at protecting against stains and etchants; they also provide many other benefits.
Ceramic coating provides excellent protection against corrosion. It does this by forming an extremely hard ceramic layer on top of the original paint. This layer prevents water and dirt from penetrating the paint and causing it to rust.
Unlike waxes and sealants, ceramics do not melt when exposed to heat. As a result, they can form a waterproof barrier that keeps water away from the paint.
- Protection from UV Damage / Oxidization
When materials are exposed to sunlight for long periods, their exterior finish may become discolored due to oxidation. An anti-reflective coating reduces the reflection off a surface, which helps prevent fading.
- Resistant to Scratches and Dents –
Ceramic coatings are harder than regular paints; they resist scratching and denting much better than regular paint. They are also scratch and chip resistant, meaning you won’t have to worry about them peeling off after being scratched.
- Resistance to Heat
The average car is exposed to sunlight day in and day out, so it must stay protected. If your vehicle has been sitting outside all summer, then chances are there’s a lot of heat buildup inside. Ceramic coating can withstand extreme heat, making it ideal for vehicles with hot climates.
- Durable Coatings
Ceramic coatings have been proven to withstand extreme temperatures and exposure to harsh chemicals such as gasoline, brake fluid, and even saltwater. They are so durable that many of users report that their ceramic coating has lasted longer than other types of paint!
- Easier Cleaning
Since ceramic coatings are non-porous, they make cleaning easier. This means you’ll spend less time washing your car and more time enjoying it!
- Easy Application
Ceramic coating can be easily applied using spray guns or brush applicators. There are no special tools required. They also contain very low amounts of volatile organic compounds. That means they don’t emit harmful fumes during application.
Should You DIY Ceramic Coating or Get it Done Professionally?
We wouldn’t recommend applying ceramic coating by yourself unless you’re sure you’ve got everything under control. If you want to maintain the quality of your paint job, then you need to get the ceramic coating professionally applied by a detailing expert.
However, If you’re feeling adventurous, you should give it a shot, but don’t worry too much if you get stuck. The process of applying a ceramic coating is very similar to that of using regular wax.
Ceramic coatings are usually applied using a spray gun or brush. The coating is sprayed onto the surface in layers, each layer being slightly thicker than the last. This means that the top layer has more ceramic particles in it than the bottom layer. Once all the layers are dry, they can be polished off with a soft microfiber cloth.
Maintainance Tips After Ceramic Coating
- Use only water and recommended soaps. Do not use any other cleaning products such as Windex, glass cleaners, etc. These can cause damage to the coating.
- Do not apply pressure when washing. Use a soft sponge or brush.
- Avoid using abrasive materials such as sandpaper or steel wool. They will scratch the paint surface and weaken the ceramic coating.
- Never wash in direct sunlight. The heat causes the ceramic coating to crack.
- Dry the car immediately after washing. Never leave wet spots on the vehicle.
- After washing, don’t use a waxing product or anything else to add another coat of protection. Extra waxing is unnecessary because the wax won’t stick to the coating.
- Apply a light coat of wax every six months to keep the car looking its best.
- Always check the manufacturer’s manual for proper maintenance procedures.
Ceramic coating is a great way to add protection and gloss to surfaces. It is a good investment because it is affordable, easy, and will save you from paying for a repaint if it is done right. Of course, a professional will do a better job than a novice, but a beginner can do a respectable job with a little practice.
While ceramic coatings can be a bit more expensive than other coatings, the benefits for your vehicle or furniture and the increased value in the resale market should make it worth it!