Whats Is Ceramic Coating?
The most recent development in paint protection are products commonly referred to as glass or ceramic coatings. These coatings are made from materials that are more durable than the polymers found in traditional sealants and waxes giving you a more durable, longer-lasting protection. In addition to forming a very strong bond with the clear coat finish, a coating is generally much thicker than a wax or sealant, creating a sacrificial layer that can absorb damage and better protect the paint underneath. The thickness gives it a great depth of gloss that’s hard to achieve with other products. Most coatings will easily give years of protection when properly applied and can also be polished to improve their shine without impacting their effectiveness.
A common misconception is that these ceramic coatings are scratch-proof. While they are often more durable than most clear coats, they can still be scratched and damaged. Be sure to use proper washing techniques to maintain the gloss of your paint finish.
A coating is recommended for enthusiasts who insist on the best quality finish for their vehicle or the consumer who wants an easy, one-time application that will protect their investment for many years. Coatings are especially cost-effective when compared with the time and money associated with frequent re-applications required by waxes.
A Ceramic Coating (such as GTECHNIQ, GYEON, and Ceramic Pro) is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand to the exterior of a vehicle. The coating chemically bonds with the vehicle’s factory paint, creating a layer of protection.
A Ceramic Coating is not a substitute for Paint Protection Film, which provides a more comprehensive for of defensive. Rather, it is a premium wax alternative. A Ceramic Coating creates a permanent or semi-permanent bond with a vehicle’s paint, meaning that it does not wash away or break down and does not require repeated application every few months.
What Does A Ceramic Coating Do?
In short, a Ceramic Coating adds additional protection to your car’s exterior and helps keep it looking like-new with comparatively minimal maintenance. The coating achieves this result by making your vehicle more resilient and easier to clean. Here are the main benefits:
Protection From UV Damage / Oxidization
If a vehicle is often exposed to the sun, its paint will begin to oxidize, resulting in dulled and faded paint. A layer of Ceramic Coating protects a vehicle’s paint from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thereby reducing the amount of oxidization.
Protection From Chemical Stains And Etching
Another danger for your car is chemical staining from naturally acidic contaminants. By creating a chemically resistant surface, a Ceramic Coating can keep some contaminants from bonding to your vehicle’s paint. The result is that your vehicle will be more resistant to staining and etching, provided the contaminant is removed in a timely manner.
Ease Of Cleaning
One of the most significant features of a Ceramic Coating is that it is hydrophobic, which is a fancy way of saying it repels water. When a vehicle has a hydrophobic Ceramic Coating, water will bead on the surface and slide off more easily. This means that mud and grime will have a more difficult time bonding to your vehicle’s paint, and when you wash your car, contaminants can be removed with less effort.
If you want your paint to pop with gloss, you will want to add a Ceramic Coating. A good Ceramic Coating enhances the reflective properties of your car’s paint and clear coat, adding to the depth and clarity of your paint. A Ceramic Coating will add value to your vehicle. At Dangerous Curves Auto Detailing, we are Accredited and Professional installers of Ceramic Coatings for Wilmington, NC and the surrounding area. If you would like to learn more or schedule an appointment, call 910.769.0503. Keep reading to learn about the limitations of Ceramic Coatings.
What Does A Ceramic Coating Not Do?
For the reasons listed above, a Ceramic Coating does preserve your vehicle’s exterior and reduce ongoing maintenance needs. Therefore, if you choose to have a Ceramic Coating applied, you will be adding value to your vehicle.
However, despite the claims of some manufacturers and detailers, a Ceramic Coating does not make your vehicle “bullet-proof” nor is it a miracle, super-cure product that will solve any and every problem for your car. Thus, it is important for you to know what a Ceramic Coating does not do.
Eliminate The Danger Of Scratches, Swirl Marks, Or Rock Chips
The scratch-resistance of a Ceramic Coating is often exaggerated. Though some small scratches can be repelled by a Ceramic Coating (as we described above), a coated vehicle will not be completely resistant to the risk of rock chips or parking lot scratches. Furthermore, improper car washing techniques or automated car washes will still create swirl marks on your vehicle’s surface. It is important to know that a Ceramic Coating is not a substitute for more serious scratch or chip protection (such as Paint Protection Film, also known as Clear Bra), nor does it eliminate the need to wash your car in a proper manner in order to avoid swirl marks.
Eliminate The Risk Of Water Spotting
A normal drop of water contains a certain amount of dirt or minerals. When water evaporates on your vehicle’s surface, the minerals are left behind, creating visible spots. Detailers and consumers may assume that the hydrophobic quality of a Ceramic Coating will eliminate water spotting, since water slides of the coated surface. While it is true that some water will be repelled from the hydrophobic surface, other water droplets will bead and remain on the vehicle, creating the opportunity for water-spotting.
Eliminate The Need To Wash
Notice above we said a Ceramic Coating keeps your car looking like-new with comparatively minimal maintenance; this is not to say there is “No Maintenance.” Let’s face reality, the road is a dirty place. If you are driving your car, it will get dirty, even with a Ceramic Coating, you will still need to wash your car regularly in order to maintain its look. The benefit of a Ceramic Coating is that the cleaning process will be easier. Moreover, having a Ceramic Coating means that you will no longer have to wax your vehicle every few months, eliminating a significant part of maintaining your car’s exterior. Thus, a Ceramic Coating does not make your vehicle maintenance-free, but it does mean that with less work you will be able to maintain better results.
So What Does All This Mean?
Simply put, it is important to be educated about a product before making a decision about whether it is right for your vehicle. Will Ceramic Coatings benefit your vehicle and add value? Certainly! Are Ceramic Coatings a miracle, one-stop-shop solution for all of your vehicle’s exterior problems? Certainly not!
It is also important to realize that Ceramic Coatings are not a substitute for the more comprehensive protection you find in a quality Clear Bra (Paint Protection Film). If you’d like to learn more about Paint Protection Film, call 910.769.0503. For ultimate protection, add a layer of Paint Protection Film to the most vulnerable parts of your vehicle, then place a Ceramic Coating over every painted surface.
Looking For A Ceramic Coating In Wilmington, NC
If you care about preserving the look and quality of your car’s paint, you can receive a quote in with a simple phone call. We’ll follow up to answer all of your questions. We are not in the business of making outlandish promises and pushing a product on you. Instead, we’re here to help you make the right decision for you and your car for the long run. Toward that end, we would love to discuss your specific situation and your plan for maintaining your vehicle’s beautiful shine.
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