In short, it’s the closest thing to a hand wax that an express tunnel or automatic drive-thru wash can give you, but lets dive in a little deeper with vive-houston’s detailed explanation.
CERAMIC COATING: DOES IT REALLY WORK?
Have you ever thought about applying ceramic coating to your car? Do the popular claims of it preserving your car’s paint job hold true? Is it better than waxing and polishing? How does it fare against the advantages of a paint protection film (PPF)? And is it really worth it considering its price tag?
We know you have asked these questions many times only to end up more confused than before. The amount of contradicting information available on the web can be annoying at times. Which is why we have decided to clear them once and for all.
Today, we will walk you through the basics of ceramic coating for cars. What it is, what are its advantages and disadvantages, how it fares versus waxing and other alternatives, and what we as experts think about it. Here goes…
Ceramic Coating Basics
We get it. You want your car to look lovely all the time and you are open to trying anything that’s effective and permanent.
You have tried all the basic stuff like daily washing and monthly waxing to get rid of those scratches, stain marks, dirt, grime, and what-not. And yet they come back the following day with the additional swirl marks from all the washing.
So, you think of something else. A solution that will make your car look heavenly day in and day out with just little regular maintenance. Something that is a one-time affair against the menace of chemical etching and oxidation: you apply it and then forget about it for years.
Let us introduce you to ceramic coating, the magical potion for cars that everyone’s talking about. We know you have heard about it before. From that friend who recently applied it on his Torch Red Chevy Corvette and who couldn’t stop raving about it.
But what about the naysayers? The critics who doubt about its reliability? Is there any truth in what the critics say about ceramic coating?
Is it really the best solution for preventing dirt and grime sticking in your car? Let’s find out.
What is Ceramic Coating?
Industry-grade ceramic coating is a chemical polymer solution that is applied to the exterior of a vehicle to protect it from external paint damage. Typically applied by hand, it blends with the paint of your car and creates an additional hydrophobic layer of protection.
Due to this chemical bonding and creation of a new layer, the car’s factory paint job remains untouched.
While many car enthusiasts and even detailers believe it to be an alternative to clear bra (paint protection film), ceramic coating, in reality, is an alternative to waxing. The main idea is to prevent dirt, grime, and stain marks from appearing on the paint job and ruining the clear coat.
Ceramic coating, also sometimes called nano-ceramic coating, is a permanent or semi-permanent solution to your worries depending upon the coating and type of polymer used. Due to its chemically intrinsic properties, it does not break down in normal atmospheric conditions like rain or summer.
Modesta, Nanolex, CQuartz, Ceramic Pro and IGL Kenzo are some of most popular brands of ceramic coating today. They are widely used in and around the Houston area and elsewhere in Texas. But before you decide if you really want to try it out, let’s dig deeper.
People keep raving about it. So what more can it do for your car?
CERAMIC COATING ADVANTAGES & BENEFITS
Take anything that contains chemical compounds and you are looking at a resilient solution. Same goes for ceramic coating, which is both permanent and easier to clean once applied. Other than the obvious, here are a few more reasons to apply it in your car:
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.
Protection from Chemical Stains
Chemical stains arising from acidic contaminants in the air is another potential damage to your car. A coating will prevent these contaminants from bonding into the paint. With air pollution rising in the city, ceramic coating can be a huge relief.
Hydrophobic Nature, Ease of Cleaning
When it comes to waxing and other types of detailing, washing your car becomes a headache. With ceramic coating, you don’t have to worry about the polymer wearing off. (Incidentally, removing it completely requires another process involving a polishing and 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 on the surface and eventually slide off. A quick jet wash afterward and you have yourself a spotless, ageless car.
This is where the aesthetics all car owners will love. Much like car bra, ceramic coating also gloss and depth into your car’s paint. It will give your car a glossy look, bringing the best out of the original paint job.
All of these benefits have revealed the truth about ceramic coating, haven’t they? Over the past few years, its popularity has only risen in and around the Houston area. Reviews from both users and auto industry experts have been extremely positive.
But there still are some myths and incorrect information swaying around when it comes to this advanced protection. Some of the most common myths about ceramic coating are listed below.
Things that ceramic coating cannot do
Every product in the world has drawbacks. Whether they are deal breakers or not is for us to decide. These are not exactly demerits; just things that ceramic coating just does not promise to do.
Protection from All Types of Scratches and Swirl Marks
Ceramic coating will not protect your car from the usual threats: scratches, swirl marks, and rock chips. Despite its blending properties, it still retains the characteristics of paint. This is why you should still expect your car to be at the receiving end of these common, undesirable elements.
For protection from scratches and chipping, you should opt for the more advanced paint protection coating.
Protection from Water Spotting
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 natural minerals and soluble particles that will stay on the surface after the water has evaporated.
Ceramic coating cannot get rid of the water spots that are produced as a result, removal of which will require a far more hands-on approach.
Stop the Need for Car Wash
You will still need to regularly wash your car. A layer of ceramic coating does not give your car superpowers to auto-clean itself. While we are all waiting for a miracle product that would do that, for now, let’s focus on the bright side of ceramic coating.
Is Ceramic Coating worth it?
The short answer is yes. As we have seen in this article, ceramic coating has great benefits that will add value to your car in the long run. It will make your job of cleaning and maintaining it less tedious. So that you spend more time driving and enjoying your car than thinking about ways to keep it protected.
But if you ask us whether it is a one-stop solution for all your paint worries, we would slant to the negative. There’s no one product in the market that will guarantee a complete protection of your car. If there were, we wouldn’t be discussing ceramic coating, one of the finest car paint protection services available today.
Moreover, weighing the cost of ceramic coating against that of the yearly maintenance and waxing makes it a no-brainer.