If you love keeping your vehicle’s exterior clean and shiny, then you’ve likely heard of a ceramic coating. A ceramic coating functions as a protective layer for your vehicle’s paint — similar to car wax or sealant but made to last longer.
As a liquid polymer, ceramic coatings actually bond to the paint and functions as the first line of defense against scratches, dirt, and water. They typically have a resin or quartz base that makes use of nanotechnology to spread thinly across your vehicle’s surface and fill in all the minuscule pores within the paint. Its liquid state evaporates quickly to leave a sheer outer layer.
Ceramic coating can distinctively increase the appearance of most vehicles. To achieve the gleaming look, however, the paint itself cannot be too thin and must be free of defects. Otherwise, the clear coat will lock in debris and other marring features.
When a ceramic coating is applied properly, it offers 4 benefits to the car exterior’s longevity.
- Longer-Lasting Coating
Vehicle owners add coatings to their car to protect their car’s paint. Paint coatings can last anywhere from one to three years depending on the brand. High-quality ceramic paint coatings can protect your paint for up to five years before needing change, and might even come with a warranty. Wax and sealants only last a few months at the most.
While a ceramic coating offers the longest lasting shine, it does require the most time to apply. The application process involves a thorough cleaning of the car’s surface of any dirt, debris or even swirl marks, and then an easy application of the glaze.
- Serves as a Protective Coating
A ceramic coating offers paint protection by acting as a shell against a variety of paint-damaging sources:
- Water:Since the ceramic coating is hydrophobic, the vehicle’s surface will shed water and bead instead of craeting paint damage from water spots and accumulated moisture.
- Chemicals:Some chemicals, like those found in bird droppings, generic cleaners, gasoline, brake fluid, shoe polishes, and shaving cream can be highly damaging to vehicle paint. A ceramic coating takes the beating of these chemical products first — stoping the paint from fading or peeling off.
- UV Rays:Ultraviolet (UV) rays can oxidize and fade car paint, or even add to rusting. A ceramic coating prevents the vehicle from looking more aged than it is.
- Scratches:Though often advertised as scratch proof, ceramic coatings are only scratch resistant — which is still hugely effective against minor scratches from bushes, small brushes with bikes, or even people passing by. They won’t protect your exterior from rock chips at highway speed or vehicle keying.
- Vehicle Stays Cleaner Longer
A ceramic coating causes debris, liquids, and chemicals to bounce off the exterior more easily instead of damaging it. The vehicle seems cleaner because dirt has a harder time sticking to the surface.
This doesn’t imply your car never needs washing. You won’t have to wash your car as frequently, but roads still contain dust and grime that will build up over time. Additionally, the car wash will not need a ton of effort on your part — dirt should come off without much resistance.
- Enhances the Look of Paintwork
Vehicles with a ceramic coating will shine and look closer to new for longer periods of time. Their translucent, second-skin nature will protect a fresh paint job on a new vehicle and keep it looking glossy.
However, this sparkling appearance can only be realize if the proper prep work was done before the coating was applied. Faded paint, haze, or swirl marks will still be present if they were not taken care of before the ceramic application — though they will still shine.