Ceramic Coating Benefits:

A Game Changer for Car Owners or Snake Oil?

Ceramic Coating Revolution

Read this before buying a ceramic coating!

What does a ceramic coating do?

Have you ever dreamed of keeping your car's exterior looking as flawless as the day you drove it off the dealership lot or maybe even better? If you're a car enthusiast, you know that a car's exterior finish isn't just paint; it's a statement of pride. The gleam of a well-maintained vehicle is something that turns heads and makes you feel like a million bucks.

But, we understand that maintaining that factory-fresh shine can be a challenge, especially with the daily wear and tear, harsh weather conditions, and various contaminants your car faces. That's where ceramic coating, the game-changer for car owners, steps into the spotlight.

In this article, we're diving deep into the world of ceramic coating and exploring how this revolutionary technology can elevate your car's appearance, simplify maintenance, and preserve its value for years to come. Say goodbye to endless waxing, polishing, and worrying about the elements – it's time to unleash the true potential of your car's finish with ceramic coating.

What Is a Ceramic Coating?

Ceramic coating, often referred to as nano-coating or glass coating, is a state-of-the-art, liquid polymer applied to a vehicle's exterior surfaces. Once it cures, it forms an invisible, protective layer that offers numerous benefits to car owners. But, what exactly is this miraculous coating made of and how does it work?

Ceramic coatings are primarily composed of silicon dioxide (SiO2) or titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles suspended in a solvent. When applied to your car's paintwork, glass, or other surfaces, these nanoparticles create a hydrophobic and protective layer. This layer is incredibly slick, and it chemically bonds with the factory paint, enhancing its physical properties.Ceramic 

What Are The Benefits of Ceramic Coating?

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1. Supreme Paint Protection:

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2. Enhanced Gloss and Shine:

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3. Hydrophobic Magic:

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4. Minimal Maintenance:

5. Scratch Resistance:

6. UV Protection:

7. Chemical Resistance:

8. Increased Resale Value:

9. Stain Resistance:

10. Environmentally Friendly:

What is the disadvantage of ceramic coating?

Ceramic coatings are great for many types of owners.  From an enthusiast with a new (or new to you) car who wants to keep it looking its absolute best, to a collector of high end cars, trucks, SUV's, ATV's, UTV's, RV's, airplanes, and more, ceramic coatings have you covered.  

They're not perfect and they aren't for everyone.  There are a couple limitations:

A professional grade ceramic coating is a permanent application for its rated lifespan or longer.  Professionals use higher quality, higher purity, more concentrated coatings than consumers are able to purchase.  They are much less forgiving and often require specialized training, experience, and tools.  Some people are shocked at the cost for a coatings but if you think of it like an insurance policy, things start to come into perspective.  We realized this and we offer flexible payment options for our coating services through Affirm.

A ceramic coating is a great line of defense from normal wear and tear.  They will stand up to and protect your vehicle from many types of scuffs, scratches, swirls, etc.  While impressive, they do not defy physics.  They can not prevent rock chips, dents, dings, chips, or deep scratches.  If you need a more intense physical barrier, you might want to consider Paint Protection Film (PPF).

Although they are easy and quick, automatic carwashes are a no-no for those trying to maintain best practices in the care of their vehicle.  The harsh chemicals are designed to strip everything from your paint and repeated exposure can take their toll on coatings.  Brushes don't get cleaned between cars and are notorious for transferring dirt and other contaminates to the cars behind them.  This can mean deep scratches and swirl marks while also slowly eating away at your coating.  Many professionals will not warranty a coating if it has been run through automatic carwashes.  Your detailer can usually tell.

Why not to get ceramic coating?

We have spent a lot of time covering ceramic coating benefits and what sets them apart from older technologies.  But ceramic coatings may not be for everyone.  If you aren't the type of person who really cares that much about their vehicle's appearance or longevity, it might not be worth the investment to you.  Sometimes older or severely damaged cars will often need as much work or more than they are even worth to correct and prepare them for a ceramic coating.  Ceramic coatings can not fix damaged clearcoat.  If your clearcoat has failed or paint has failed, a ceramic coating will not help or increase the longevity of the remaining paint. 

How much does ceramic coating actually cost?

You may read all this and think ok, it sounds great, but how much should I pay for ceramic coating on my car?  Well, the answer is not always simple.  Expect to pay between $800 and $5,000+ for a professionally installed ceramic coating with most starting around $1,000 or so.  Your region, market, and the availability of products as well as what the detailers near you carry and install all play a role in the actual cost of a ceramic coating.  Also, the type of vehicle you have can play a role in how much a coating costs.  Smaller 2 door cars are usually a little cheaper than a full size SUV.  Some paints are trickier to work on than others and have different hardnesses.  Sometimes that means a detailer will need to do more steps than normal just because of your vehicle's make or color.  A lot of exotic and collector cars take extra time because of more complex designs to work around.  A detailer that works on high end and expensive exotics opens themselves up to larger risk, which is in turn, usually passed on to the detailer in their insurance rates.  A good detailer may have more overhead than someone who offers mobile ceramic coatings near you.  Some coatings require specific environmental conditions to properly adhere and that means a more complex and expensive shop and equipment for your detailer.  Those overhead costs can all play a role in the amount you will pay for a coating.

How Does a Ceramic Coating Work?

How Does a Ceramic Coating Work Its Magic?

Now that you're acquainted with the benefits and limitations of ceramic coatings, let's take a closer look at how this technology works its magic. Understanding the process will give you a deeper appreciation of what's happening beneath the surface of your car.

Ceramic coatings are applied in a liquid form, and they bond chemically with the factory paint. Once cured, they create an ultra-thin yet incredibly strong layer on the car's surface. This layer boasts hydrophobic properties, making water bead up and roll off, along with protection from the elements.

Here's a step-by-step breakdown of the process:

1. Inspection:

2. Decontamination:

3. Paint Correction:

4. Surface Preparation:

5. Application:

6. Maintenance:

Can I do ceramic coating myself?

While some car enthusiasts opt for a DIY approach, we recommend having ceramic coating applied by a professional detailer. Professional application ensures thorough preparation, precise application, and expert-level results. Professionals also have access to higher quality products that are more effective, last longer, and have true manufacture backed warranties.  Some may even report to CARFAX in order to assist with future warranty transfer and the potential for increased resale value.  If you're confident in your detailing skills, have several days to devote to a proper job, and have the right equipment and environment, some DIY ceramic coating kits are available. These typically come with detailed instructions for a successful application.  With the ability to self-install comes the need for the coatings to be more forgiving.  Unfortunately, when making this trade off, consumer grade coatings have to sacrifice some of the materials and concentrations.

Investing in the Future of Your Car

Sadly, some companies use misleading marketing and buzzwords to capitalize on the hype of ceramic coatings.  Many products are ceramic infused but are not true ceramic coatings.  Just because it isn't a true coating does not make it a bad product.  It just means a consumer has to be more educated and more diligent in their shopping.

Ceramic coatings are a game-changer for car owners who desire a vehicle that stands out, exudes brilliance, and is easy to maintain. This innovative technology offers a myriad of benefits, from superior paint protection and enhanced gloss to hydrophobic magic and minimal maintenance.

Consider ceramic coating as an investment in the future of your car. It's a surefire way to keep your vehicle looking its best, increase its resale value, and enjoy the satisfaction of driving a truly remarkable automobile. So why wait? Explore the world of ceramic coating and give your car the love and protection it deserves.

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