THE TRUTH ABOUT CERAMIC COATINGS – WHAT THEY ARE, WHAT THEY DO, AND WHAT THEY DON’T DO
You want your vehicle to look as good for as long as you can. Originally you would carefully wash it on a regular basis and apply a fresh layer of wax every few months just to build up that protective barrier.
Although despite all these efforts, swirl marks, chips, and stains start to populate on your vehicle’s exterior, as well as water spots, dirt and grime start clinging to your car the day after you give it a thorough wash. But WHY!!????
The sad truth is, products like wax and sealants tend to break down easily and were only manufactured on the belief that these would be re-applied to the vehicle many times a year. In reality what was a good option in the past like wax and sealants are no longer a popular choice as there are now more permanent products that can be used
What if there was a product that could change this belief? A product that would provide protection from environmental hazards and make your car easier to wash, while not requiring repeated application of a wax or sealant?
A product that offered a far more superior layer of protection then traditional methods and even looked glossier then ever before?
Good news! There is such a product and It has a various amount of names but the most common is “Ceramic Coating” or “Nano-Ceramic Coating” or “Glass Coating“, either way it is considered a coating regardless and not only could it add substantial value to your vehicle but keep it looking cleaner for longer while making the choir of washing your car a fun routine
But before you make a buying decision, it’s important to get the facts straight. A quick google search for such products already gives you the understanding that this will not be an easy task to find a reputable product with the right applicator.
If you have read anything online about coatings, you may have come across some competing claims all trying to fight each other over the small terms like lifetime warranties and multiple layers of coating.
On the one hand, many manufacturers and detailers have made outstanding promises about the performance of their chosen coating and on the other hand, some auto care commentators have offered critiques.
Let’s spend some time clearing up the issue. What’s the truth about automotive ceramic Coatings? What are their benefits? What are their limitations? What will be best for your vehicle?
WHAT IS A CERAMIC COATING?
A ceramic coating (such as Opti-Coat Pro, Autotriz, and Ceramic Pro) are considered 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 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. Although some coating manufacturers require annual inspections or top ups to prolong the life of the coating and to not void their warranty (Certainly a good idea to investigate into before making a final choice)
WHAT DOES A CERAMIC COATING DO?
In short, a coating adds an additional layer of protection to your car’s exterior and helps it looking like new with very little or minimal maintenance. The coating achieves this result by making your vehicles painted surface more resilient to bugs, dirt, atmosphere fallout and thus easier to clean. There are many benefits from a coating and here are the main ones:
** 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 the vehicle’s paint from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thereby reducing the amount of oxidization and slowing down the aging process
** 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 paint protection 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 paint protection coating is that it is super hydrophobic, which is a fancy way of saying it repels water. When a vehicle has a hydrophobic 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.
** ENHANCED GLOSS
If you want your paint to pop with gloss for many years then, you will love the advantages in light refraction a good coating can offer. Ceramic coatings can enhance the reflective properties of your car’s paint and clear coat, adding to the depth and clarity of your paint.
Now for the fun parts – Let me help you skim through all the nonsense
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 coating is not 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.
First off regardless of what anybody claims there is no such thing as a bullet proof coating
** ELIMINATE THE DANGER OF SCRATCHES, SWIRL MARKS, OR ROCK CHIPS
The scratch-resistance of a car treated with a ceramic coating is often exaggerated. Though some small scratches can be repelled, 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, 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. These visible spots are called water spots and in some cases can be very hard to remove. Detailers and consumers may assume that the hydrophobic quality of a 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 treatment keeps your car looking like-new with comparatively minimal maintenance, not no maintenance. Let’s face it, the road is a dirty place. If you are driving your car, it will get dirty, Even with the very best ultimate super dooper approved by nasa 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 and quicker, possibly even more enjoyable. Moreover, having a 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 coating will 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 you and your vehicle. Will a ceramic coating benefit your vehicle and add value? Certainly! Are these coatings a miracle, one-stop-shop solution for all of your vehicle’s exterior problems? Certainly not!
It is also important to realize that paint protection coatings are not a substitute and it does not mean you can just be lazy and never need to clean your car again.
Looking for paint protection for your new car in Melbourne?
If you care about preserving the look and quality of your car’s paint, you can request a quote and we will get back to you asap. We’ll follow up and 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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