Ceramic Coating for cars
CERAMIC COATING FOR CARS is a go-to product for car enthusiasts who like to wash or clean their car on a daily basis or on a weekly basis and apply wax/sealant each time.
But the day after you wash your car, it looks the same as before, you see the same water spots, dirt, and grime starts clinging to your car surface. And your efforts are also washed away with your car.
The ceramic or nano-ceramic coating or glass coating is a coating (layer) applied to your car paint surface to separate it from the atmosphere.
It prevents damage from environmental hazards like most scratches, dirt, chemical contaminants, oxidation, swirling, UV rays, and reduces deep scratches to a certain limit Because It forms a crystalline glass layer on the paint and your car paint is protected under the coating.
The ceramic coating is also hydrophobic in nature, which means it is water repellent (I will explain more further in the article).
In this article, I will explain the following points to you in detail about the ceramic coating. So, please read the full article.
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|1. introduction Of Ceramic Coating For Cars|
|2. Why Your Car Needs a Ceramic Coating?|
|3. How Does It Work On Your Car?|
Why Your Car Needs Ceramic Coating?
The first thing is that everybody wants their car to be clean and shiny while they put out their car from the garage.
If your car is ceramic coated then this is the situation when it can put a smile on your face because you need not to apply so many efforts to wash or clean your car, you can gently clean your car with a microfiber cloth recommended by the detailer in very less time.
The second thing is that when we bought a car we use it for a minimum of 5 to 10 years and in this time period our car paint become dull.
To prevent it from dulling we need a layer or a coat on the paint so that it is as it is when it was delivered from the showroom.
The third thing is that if you wash your car every day or every week and apply a polish or wax on the car then you waste more time and money in the long run then a ceramic coating because the ceramic coating for cars is applied for 3 to 5 years and is a one time process.
So, in this way ceramic coating for cars is very useful in the longer run.
Terms Related To Ceramic Coating
In Easy Words, Hydrophobicity is the property of any molecule that repels water, do not let the water stay on the surface.
swirls are circle like scratches seen on paint surface due to improper cleaning, please visit our car care guide for more details).
It is the level of hardness of a ceramic coating rated on the Pencil Hardness Scale.
How Does Ceramic Coating on cars Work?
The Ceramic Coating For Cars is primarily composed of silica and titanium dioxide, these two substances together form a covalent bond with the paint and create a layer of protection that is tougher and more resistant to damage .
The bond is hydrophobic in nature and forms a nano-ceramic shield above the vehicle’s paint.
How does Ceramic Coating work on car paint? Its answer is simple.
Before the Ceramic coating, the first process is of detailing ( cleaning ) of your car, then after cleaning and removing all minor scratches and swirl marks a simple coat of liquid polymer (silicon dioxide) is applied on the car clean surface.
So, in this way ceramic coating work on car paint.
How Common Ceramic Coating On Cars Is These Days?
Ceramic coating On Cars was started for the past 150 years or more. Firstly it was applied to the airplanes and ships And in-car industries it also came many years ago but it gets popular these days very much.
If you are here on this article then I am sure that you know or heard about the ceramic coating from somewhere on the internet or maybe from car showrooms.
Its brands are now coming to India because India is a developing country and is a very big market in the automobile industry and will become bigger in the future.
Why Choose Ceramic Coating For Cars Over Others?
If your question is ‘Why To Choose Ceramic Coating For Cars Over Others?’ then you are familiar with the names Teflon coating, sealants, and waxes these are the rivals of the ceramic coating in the automotive industry.
The first thing why you should choose ceramic coating over others is that ceramic coating is long-lasting Coating, unlike others. More Advantages Of Ceramic Coating we will discuss further in the article.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Ceramic Coating
1. Paint Protection :
The purpose of ceramic coating is that it protects the paint of the vehicle from environmental hazards like most scratches, dirt, chemical contaminants, oxidation, swirling, UV rays, and corrosion.
2. No Side Effects :
It is applied to protect the paint and it does not damage the other mechanical parts of the car.
3. long-lasting :
The best part about it is that it is a long-lasting coating than normal wax and sealant.
A good quality ceramic coating starts from a time period of 2 years to 8 years varies depends on your package or layers of coating you want to apply on your car’s paint. As the no. of layers of coat increases the life of your coating will also increase.
4. Glossiness :
When you Coat your car with Ceramic Coating, you will get a glossy finish on your car’s paint.
If you feel no glossiness on your paint surface then you are at the wrong place to do ceramic coating in your car.
5. Easier To Clean :
If you don’t know I will tell you that the second purpose why people prefer ceramic coating for cars over other waxes and sealants is that it has the self-cleaning properties.
Self-cleaning means you no need to worry about washing your car before going to anywhere you want, you can easily use the only microfiber cloth to remove dust from your car in very less time and I think you will enjoy the cleaning as I enjoy because after ceramic coat car surface will become very smooth.
6. Hydrophobicity :
Hydrophobicity means water repulsion, the ceramic coat makes your car’s surface hydrophobic which means water with contaminants and dust will not stay on your body paint and your car looks cleaner and will not damage easily.
7. Cost-Effective :
It is cost-effective in the long run because if you wash your car on a weekly or monthly basis and apply wax or sealant on the car and if you will do this for let say 2 to 8 years then if you calculate the expense then it will be more costly than a ceramic coating and the shine of wax lasts for a day or two without any protection to the paint.
On the other hand, It gives your paint protection, shine, and very much fewer efforts to clean after ceramic coating. But for someone, it may be a problem to spend approx 20,000 to 50,000 rupees at a time.
The last thing I want to say about ceramic coating cost that it is cost-effective in the longer run.
Disadvantages Of Ceramic Coating
1. Water Spotting :
The main disadvantage or we can call it a problem with ceramic coating is water spots, although the ceramic coating is hydrophobic and does not retain water on the paint surface but some water drops are left on the paint and as we know water contain dust and minerals and after evaporation, they left spots that we call water spots.
But don’t worry you can easily or smoothly remove them with a clean microfiber cloth.
2. It Takes Time :
“Good Things Take Time”
Time is not a problem for everyone but for many who has only one car or do not have any alternative for some days.
How To Apply Ceramic Coating On Cars?
In Simple Words :
If you are the one who not wants to go deep in the process of detailing and ceramic coating application then these are the simple point that everybody can understand easily.
First of all your car is cleaned, polished, again cleaned then Ceramic Coated and finally buffed off the residue.
Finally, your car is parked for curing ( For some time according to the detailer and the product they use).
In Detail :
If are a car enthusiast and want to know about it in detail then these are the following steps professional detailers take in the process of ceramic coating explained in detail.
1. Preparation Work :
As we discussed earlier that it is a type of glass or crystal coating that seals the paint as it was at the time you did the ceramic coating on your car.
So, it is very important to clean the car paint maximum you can.
These are the steps taken by the detailers to clean the car properly.
1. Water washing: first of all your car is simply washed with car shampoo to remove all dirt from the body of the car.
2. Claying: Then after washing claying is the next step of cleaning, clay is a compound used to remove very small and tiny contaminants from the paint, these contaminants make your paint rough.
To make paint smooth and ready for polishing clay is used.
Clay is a sticky component so it is used with lubricant ( you can use soapy water) so that it will not stick with the paint.
After removing all dirt and contaminants we need to remove swirl marks, grease, and minor scratches by polishing the paint surface.
Polish gives a shine to the paint that was lost due to oxidation, dirt, and pollution.
So, polishing plays a very important role before ceramic coating because as we know after ceramic coating everything will be sealed under it so we need to get the maximum glossiness before ceramic coating otherwise you will not get the desired shine.
All the polish residue and chemicals that are remained at the time of polishing on the car paint will be wiped out.
After cleaning and polishing the main step is the application of ceramic coating gel directly on the painted surface.
Few drops of the ceramic coating are taken on a clean microfiber cloth and slowly applied on a single part of the car or on the half part if it is a bigger part (depends on the size of the part).
The motion of the microfiber cloth is in the criss-cross direction so that the liquid evenly spread over the surface.
Another microfiber cloth is also used for gentle cleaning over the coating area after 1 to 2 minutes so that all blemishes are completely removed.
In the same way, you can apply a second or third coat of ceramic coating according to your preference.
So, in the way, the ceramic coating for car application process is done.
Your car will be kept in the closed dust and pollution-free environment for the recommended time ( about 2-3 Days) for achieving 9h hardness by the detailer.
4. Take Over:
Then after these steps, a lot of money is snatched from your pocket and your car is given back to you (what a bad joke, actually ceramic coating for car is worth).
How To Apply Ceramic Coating On Cars At Home / DIY:
Important thing first, I never recommend you to apply ceramic coating by yourself but if you are curious and can take risk then you can do everything you want.
There are so many DIY ceramic coating for car kits are available in the market. If you have a tight budget and have some time to invest in your car then you can try some of them. I will give you some best products links below you can buy online yourself.
For applying ceramic coating on the car at home first of all you need a DIY ceramic coating for car kit.
Please carefully read all the instructions before applying the ceramic coating on the car directly.
You can follow the same steps mentioned above for the further process.
For applying ceramic coating on car at home follow these steps :
1. Cleaning: You can clean your car easily at home.
If you want to wash your car like a pro you can watch this video.
2. Polishing: Use good quality polish it may be expensive. I am sharing a video below ‘ how to polish any car‘ with you please watch this video for better application of polish.
3. Again wash: remove all polish properly before applying a ceramic coating.
4. Apply it with the provided cloth in the box in criss-cross direction. For your help, I am sharing videos of the application process (please watch this video).
5. Curing or rest for the ceramic coating is very important so, please leave your car in your garage or in the close environment for the recommended time.
Please keep your car away from water, UV rays, dirt, and pollution during the curing period.
After Service / Warranty of Ceramic Coat
This depends on your detailer and the plan you choose for ceramic coating.
Most of the detailers have their two to three plans based on layers of coating and after the service they offer.
For example; Platinum plan, Gold plan, Silver plan, Bronze plan, etc.
Please consult this thing before you take any plan for your car.
I am giving below a basic idea of warranty and after service some detailers offer.
- They give you an annual or every six-month inspection facility according to your plan.
- They provide you restoration service if any part loses its shine or looks weird for any reason.
- Your warranty will be void if the coating damaged due to accident, some chemical exposer, any type of modifications done on the vehicle surface and by mistake of the mechanic while servicing the vehicle ( please read the warranty manual carefully )
- Damage caused by anything that is not mentioned in the warranty sheet will void your warranty.
Maintaining a ceramic coating is not a difficult task.
To maintain it you have to do the following things.
Here is the video of ‘How-To Maintain a Ceramic Coating’
1. Wash your car every two weeks, do not use hard brushes and cloths use the only microfiber cloth for washing purposes.
2. Dry up the car after the wash has done and do not wash in direct sunlight because in sunlight water is evaporate frequently and leaves water spots on the car.
3. Use a good quality automotive shampoo if you use poor quality soap or shampoo then theses poor qualities product may harm the coating.
4. Use the two-bucket method for washing and use a separate bucket for the wheels.
Watch This Video For Full Detail.
5. Do not use any polish or wax on the ceramic coating and also do not do any type of Rubbing in your car.
What is Rubbing, Video is here.
1. After Applying It Your Car Will Becomes Scratch And Rock Chip-Proof :
Some car detailers say that their ceramic coating is scratch-proof then he/she fooling you don’t trust them.
It is a hard very thin layer and hard things can’t be scratch-proof at any cost but we can say it scratch-resistant, it can protect your car paint from minor scratches and swirl marks at all.
When you go fast at highways small stones hit your car and leave scratches, Ceramic coating can,t protect your car from these scratches.
2. After Ceramic Coating You Will No Need To Wash Your Car :
This is another big myth about ceramic coating in people’s minds, they think that after applying a ceramic coating for the car they will not need to wash their car.
We know that it is hydrophobic in nature means it repel water but some small water droplets remain on the paint surface that contains so many contaminants and after water evaporation, it leaves spots that we call water spots.
So, to remove all these spots and maintain the life of ceramic coating you have to wash your car with good-quality car shampoo. (use microfiber clean cloth to wash your car)
If you are the one who parks his car in open space or under a tree then to remove bird droppings and leaves marks you need to wash your car.
In fact, a ceramic coating makes washing work so easier and smoother than any normal car.
3. It Has Zero Maintenance :
You can’t say that it has zero maintenance because if you do not maintain your car timely then you wasted money and you will get the same output as before, same water spots, swirl marks, bird droppings, and no shine due to dust.
On the other hand, if you clean your car on a weekly basis with good quality products and with little bit efforts then you will get opposite results.
So, it’s a myth that ceramic coating for cars is maintenance-free, you have to maintain it a little bit, not more and you will get very good results.
4. Your Car Will Becomes Fireproof :
Many companies market their product as fireproof but it’s not true.
In marketing, videos they use liquids that burn at low temperature and burn quickly and don’t damage the coated surface.
5. Lazy Owners Get The Ceramic Coating For Their Vehicles :
Some people think that lazy people get a ceramic coating done on their vehicles, this is not true.
But this is not true rather people who love their vehicle, love to drive, and love to care for their car and want their vehicle look better, get a ceramic coating done on their vehicles.
If you are a car lover then the ceramic coating is a must-go-to product for you.
6. Ceramic Coating For New Cars Is Not Needed.
We see new cars very shiny and best looking of its life so to maintain the paint quality you should apply the ceramic coating before the paint got damaged or became dull.
Do not forget to skip the preparation step for new car because it remain in showroom for many months and employees wash or clean their car many time before selling and so many small swirl marks remain on the body, so to remove swirl marks and other small marks preparation work is very important even for new cars.
7. Ceramic Coating Provides More Gloss Than Any Wax Or Sealant :
No it is only a coating that seals the gloss of the paint under a glass layer.
The ceramic coating does not provide any type of shine but the preparation work under the coating shines, the better the preparation work the better the gloss of the vehicle is.
8. Ceramic Coating On Cars Is a Permanent Coating :
Nothing is permanent in this world, Ceramic coating becomes dull after years.
If you take the plan of 2 years then till 2 years your car will be protected by ceramic coating then after start dulling.
Frequently Asked Questions?
1. Can We Use The Car Directly After Coated?
No, you can’t use your vehicle just after the ceramic coating.
You have to leave it for curing time ( recommended by the detailer)
2. Are There Are Different Types Of Ceramic Coatings Available In The Market?
The chemical formula is the same for all-ceramic coatings but the only difference is the level of SiO2.
3. How Much Time Is Consumed In The Whole Process?
The whole process can consume 1 to 5 days depending on the detailer method and his products.
4. Which Parts Are Covered In The Coating Process?
On every painted part of the vehicle like the body, rims, windshield, and all glasses.
5. Does It Affect The Warranty Of The Vehicle?
The ceramic coating on cars never voids your vehicle’s warranty until and unless it is applied to the rotating parts and engine-related parts like brake rotors that may cause any damage or safety concern to the vehicle life.
6. Can We Do Ceramic Coating On a Wrapped Car?
I can say yes, but only an experienced and professional detailer can do this job.
This may be more time taking or risky, the process may damage your wrap.
7. Is Ceramic Coating For Car Is Safe For Its Paint?
This is a silly question most people asked in my comment section.
I tell you that the main purpose of ceramic coating is to protect the paint from the environmental damage.
And the second purpose of ceramic coating for cars is to maintain the gloss of your car’s paint.
8. Does Ceramic Coating Peel-Off From The Paint Surface?
The ceramic coating on cars forms a strong bond with the paint surface and does not peel off or flake off from the paint when it’s life over it start disappearing.
9. Can We Remove a Ceramic Coating After Application?
Yes, you can remove a ceramic coating with the help of experienced professionals using many methods like ;
- Using manufacturer method of removing their ceramic coating ( contact your ceramic coating manufacturer company and consult)
- Polishing: You can cut off the ceramic coating using a different type of cutting compounds ( do not do it yourself you may damage your original paint)
- Chemical method: This method is not considered as the best method because your original paint may damage due to chemicals.
10. Do I Need Wax After Ceramic Coating?
No, you need not wax your car after Ceramic Coating.
11. Is It Safe For My Chrome Parts And Glass Parts?
Yes, separate solutions of ceramic coating products are used for chrome and glass areas.
12. Is Ceramic Coating Worth To Choose?
The ceramic coating is worth it for the car enthusiast and the people who have a decent budget to spend on their car.
If Ceramic Coating For Cars is not worth it then why I wrote this article and waste my valuable time on it (Sorry for Bad joke again but it is true)
13. What Are Ceramic Coating Prices?
|Ceramic Coating||Teflon Coating|
|1. Less Chances Of Fraud||1. More Chances Of Fraud|
|2. Expensive||2. Available in cheaper rates|
|3. Take quite a long time and expertise to apply||3. Take less time to apply|
|4. Provide Good Quality Protection||4. Provide Less Protection|
|5. Very Much Preferable If You Have good Budget||5. Good Option In Low Budget|
|Ceramic Coating||PPF(Paint Protection Film)|
|1. It Is a Coating||1. It Is a polythene|
|2. Expensive||2. More Expensive|
|3. Take quite a long time and expertise to apply||3. Need More Expertise|
|4. Provide Good Quality Protection||4. Provide High Protection|
|5. Very Much Preferable If You want shine||5. Very Much Preferable If You Have daily Run.|
|Ceramic Coating||Wax / Sealants|
|1. Long Lasting||1. Last For a Week Or a Month|
|2. Expensive||2. Available in cheaper rates|
|3. Take quite a long time and expertise to apply||3. Less Time Consuming|
|4. Provide High Quality Protection||4. No Protection|
|5. Very Much Preferable If You Have good Budget||5. For One Time Happiness, Nothing More|
THANK YOU SO MUCH IF YOU ARE WITH ME TILL NOW.
So, the conclusion of this article is that ceramic coating for cars is a nice deal for those who want their car to look like new for years and can spend some money on it.
Ceramic coating costs you not more if you see it in the longer run.
Ceramic coating takes time to cure depends on the product your detailer use.
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