What is Ceramic Coating?
Commercial grade ceramic coating is a chemical polymer solution that typically would be applied to the exterior paint work of a vehicle to prevent it from external paint damage. Applied by hand, it blends with the paint of your car and creates an additional hydrophobic barrier of protection.
Due to this chemical bonding and creation of a new layer, the car’s original paint job remains untouched.
Although many car enthusiasts assume that it is an alternative to a PPF(Clear Bra), it’s an alternative to wax and paint sealants. The whole idea of the coating is to prevent dirt, grime, stain marks, and other defects that can potentially ruin the clear coat of the car if left on for long periods of time.
Ceramic coatings, are a permanent or semi-permanent solution to your worries depending upon the coating and type of polymer used. One way I like to think of it is as is like another clear coat, but that it has properties to repel and resist the outdoor elements. The great thing is, that it can be applied to almost every part of your vehicle!
Gtechniq, GYEON, CQuartz, Ceramic Pro are some distributors of some of the most durable ceramic coatings today.
So, what can it actually do for your car?
On the left, we have a fully ceramic coated Tesla. Pay attention to the hydrophobicity and water repellent traits that the coating has.
On the right, we have a BMW that has been coated on the left half of the hood while the other half is not. See how the water tends to just sit on the surface of the uncoated side? If water dries up on your paint, it could lead to clear coat failure and make your paint wear a dull finish.
Ceramic Coating Advantages & Benefits
Here are a few reasons to have it applied to your car/truck/boat/RV:
Protection from Harmful UV Rays
You can only imagine the damage that the sun’s harmful UV rays can do to your car’s paint job. Ceramic coating will protect your car’s paint from oxidizing, preventing it from fading and wearing a dull look. This is absolutely critical if you park your car outside. Once clear coat starts to fade, it can start to peel off and at that point cannot be saved with any paint correction/detailing methods.
Protection from Chemical Stains
Chemical stains that come from acidic contaminants in the air is another potential damage to your car. A coating will act as an extra barrier to prevent these contaminants from bonding with the paint.
Cuts Down The Time It Takes To Clean By Half
When it comes to waxing and other types of detailing, washing your car and maintaining that gloss gets exhausting. With a coating, you really don’t have to worry about the polymer wearing off. This doesn’t mean you can just ignore your car and wash it once a year but it will be much easier as the dirt/debris/contaminants will come off with less elbow grease. (However, removing it completely requires another process involving compounding, polishing and possibly wet-sanding.)
Not only does it blend with your car’s paint but also repels water. This means that all water-based dirt and grime will bead and simply sit on the surface and eventually slide off. A quick rinse, foam bath, rinse afterward and you have yourself a spotless car.
This is perfect for the car owners that are chasing that aesthetic look. Much like car bra, ceramic coatings also add extreme gloss and depth of your vehicle. It will give your car a glossy look, bringing the best out of the original paint job.
But there still are some myths that go around when it comes to this advanced protection. Some of the most common myths about ceramic coating are listed below.
Ceramic Coating Myths
Every product in the world has its benefits and drawbacks. Whether they are worth it or not is for us to decide. These are some things that a ceramic coating will not do.
No More Scratches And Swirl Marks
Ceramic coating will not protect your car from the usual threats: scratches, swirl marks, and rock chips. However, they are scratch RESISTANT. Despite its blending properties, it still retains the characteristics of paint. This is why you should still expect your car to get these once in a while. However, there are methods of washing/detailing to minimize and prevent those from happening.
No More Water Spots
As discussed before, after the application of ceramic coating, water-based contaminants will bead on your car’s surface and eventually slide off. But they still contain minerals and soluble particles such as calcium that will stay on the surface after the water has evaporated.
Self Cleaning Means No More Washing?
You will still need to regularly wash your car. Easier maintenance is a better term for self cleaning as the coating will make cut down your washing time in half. Everything that sits on the coating will come off much easier. All it takes is a quick pressure wash, foam bath, pressure wash again, blow dry and bam, new car again!