Ceramic Coatings have taken the automotive world by storm, revolutionizing the way we protect and care for our vehicles. These advanced coatings offer unmatched durability and performance, setting a new standard in the car care industry. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve even deeper into the fascinating world of ceramic coatings, covering everything you need to know to become a true specialist of this game-changing coating.
What Is a Car Ceramic Coating?
Car ceramic coatings, often referred to as glass ceramic coatings or Nano coatings, represent a ground-breaking form of semi-permanent paint protection. While traditional car waxes and sealants may provide a temporary shield for your vehicle’s paint, ceramic coatings take it to a whole new level. These coatings contain a high concentration of SiO2 (silica dioxide) nanoparticles, which are derived from quartz, a primary component of glass. The result is a thin, hardened, yet flexible layer of glass that acts as a robust shield against environmental contaminants. Ceramic coatings are known for their exceptional durability, protection, and performance.
Why Is a Ceramic Coating Used on Cars?
The popularity of ceramic coatings such as Carpro Cquartz Uk 3.0 Edition has surged due to the impressive attributes, which include:
One of the most significant advantages of ceramic coatings is their ability to provide long-lasting protection to your vehicle's paint. While traditional waxes and sealants may need frequent reapplication, a properly applied ceramic coating can safeguard your car’s finish for months to years. Protecting your vehicle from contaminants such as dirt, grime, bird droppings, acid rain, tree sap, oxidation and more.
Ease of Maintenance
Thanks to their hydrophobic properties, ceramic coatings make the car washing process a breeze. Water, dirt, and grime effortlessly slide off the coated surface, reducing the effort required to keep your car looking pristine.
Ceramic coatings are renowned for their ability to enhance the depth, saturation, and gloss of your car’s paint system. The result is a jaw-dropping finish that turns heads wherever you go.
Extended Paint Lift
By acting as a protective barrier, ceramic coatings prolong the life of your vehicle’s paint, shielding it from the damaging effects of UV rays, oxidation, and other environmental factors.
Ceramic coatings come in various forms, from simple spray-on products to full-fledged coatings, catering to a wide range of protection needs.
(CarPro Cquartz UK Edition Ceramic Coating)
Professional Coatings vs. DIY Coatings
When it comes to applying ceramic coatings, you have two primary options: professional application or a DIY approach.
Professional ceramic coating applications are typically carried out by experienced professionals using premium-grade ceramic coatings. These experts ensure that the surface is meticulously prepared before applying the coating, maximizing its bonding and effectiveness. While professional services deliver expert-level results, they can be relatively more expensive.
DIY ceramic coating kits such as the Ultimate Ceramic Coating Kit have gained popularity due to their affordability and convenience. These kits include all the essential components and step-by-step instructions needed for the application process. However, a crucial factor in achieving success with a DIY kit is thorough surface preparation. Properly preparing the surface is essential to ensure that the coating bonds effectively and provides long-lasting protection. DIY kits are an excellent choice for car enthusiasts who enjoy a hands-on approach to detailing.
Ceramic Coatings vs. Car Waxes
Ceramic coatings offer extended protection, lasting for months to multiple years.
They repel water and contaminants, making cleaning easier.
Ceramic coatings provide a superior depth of shine and a glossy finish.
They act as a robust barrier against UV rays and other environmental contaminants.
The application process of DIY ceramic coatings can be quite daunting, however, if you prepare the vehicle correctly and follow the instructions found in blogs and videos on YouTube you should see success when applying the ceramic coating.
Waxes typically offer protection for a few weeks to a few months.
They don’t repel water as effectively as ceramic coatings.
Gloss and Shine
Waxes provide a good shine but may not match the depth and gloss of ceramic coatings.
Waxes offer basic protection but are not as durable against environmental factors
Easier application process. Rub on, Buff off application for most waxes. Can use either Hand Applicators or Car Polishers.
While ceramic coatings offer exceptional protection, proper aftercare is essential to maintain their effectiveness and durability. Consider these key steps:
Proper Washing Techniques
Start by using a high-quality shampoo like Carpro Reset or NV Snow to maintain the integrity of the coating. This gentle but effective shampoo is designed to preserve the coating while ensuring a thorough clean. It’s the perfect companion for ceramic-coated vehicles.
To enhance the longevity and hydrophobic performance of your ceramic coating, apply Carpro Reload 2.0 or Nv Boost V2 as a maintenance spray. These products rejuvenate the coating, ensuring that water beads up and rolls off effortlessly. Regular application of a spray coating every 4-6 weeks will keep your coated vehicle looking fresh and protected.
Periodically inspect your coating for any signs of wear or damage. Addressing issues promptly can prevent further deterioration and maintain the coating’s effectiveness. The Takenow Handheld Detailing Light can be a useful tool to help spot any defects in the coating. Using Carpro Essence PLUS to help repair and heal damaged ceramic coatings.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals and Aggressive Techniques
The use of harsh chemicals such as acidic cleaners or abrasive cleaning tools needs to be monitored and used sparingly to avoid compromising the integrity of your ceramic coating. Carpro Descale is a acidic shampoo that has been specially formulated to be used as a cleaning agent to remove built up mineral deposits, along with dirt and grime. However, this is only to be used occasionally as using an acidic wash too frequently can strip/harm the ceramic coating.
Avoid automated car washes that utilize harsh brushes or abrasive materials, as these can potentially scratch or damage your coating. Automated car washes are also known to have very harsh shampoos that will definitely cause further damage to the coating.
Hand Washing your car with the Waxit Maintenance Kit is by far the most effective and safest way to clean and maintain your ceramic coated car.
Protection from Environmental Elements
Whenever you leave your vehicle outdoors for an extended period, it’s wise to consider using a car cover. This protective measure shields your car from dust, pollen, bird droppings and harmful UV rays.
More importantly, if you reside in an area known for extreme weather conditions, such as heavy rainfall, snowfall or high temperatures, make an effort to park your vehicle in a covered area or garage. This will help to minimize the exposure to these harsh elements and in turn, prolong the life expectancy of your ceramic coating.
Whether you opt for professional application or choose the DIY route, ceramic coatings substantially elevates your car care routine, ensuring your vehicle stays in pristine condition for years to come. Explore the wide range of ceramic coating products available at Waxit Car Care and experience the next level of vehicle protection and maintenance.
Still not sure whether ceramic coating is the right option for you? Check out the Ultimate Ceramic Coating Kit which has over 100 positive reviews, comes with everything you need to prepare, wash, ceramic coat and maintain your car, starting at just $176.75 (50ml and maintenance kits are also available).
The staff at Waxit Car Care are always happy to assist with any further information or questions you may have. Get in contact with us via email or phone call to discuss your ceramic coating options.