True ceramic coating is a long-term nanoscopic exterior automotive paint treatment and protectant that is applied in a liquid form and cures to form a hard layer on top of the paint. Essentially, it’s the candy shell that protects the paint’s delicious chocolate center.
What Is Ceramic Coating Made of?
Ceramic coating is typically composed of silicon dioxide (silica, Si02), which is sourced from natural materials such as quartz and sand. Some types and brands also use titanium dioxide (titania, Ti02) as an additional hardening agent. When applied to a car’s paint, the two create a chemical bond with hydrophobic, aka water-repellent, properties.
A Ceramic Coating is not a substitute for Paint Protection Film, which provides a more comprehensive for of defensive. Rather, it is a premium wax alternative.? 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 like wax.
When looking at the prices of waxes, films and Ceramic Coatings, it is clear that Ceramic Coatings is one of the most expensive options. This option may seem like the perfect fit, but once you look at the price you might consider otherwise. In this section we will cover why Ceramic Coating may seem expensive, what the cost actually covers and why you should still consider it an option for your vehicle.
When taking care of a car, detailing it is a timely task. Similarly, waxing cars is quite a long process and needs to be done often- usually every one to five months. Because it is a constant responsibility, on average the waxing process costs about 60000 per year. Over five years, you would spend about 300000 on waxes alone. If you were to invest in a premium Ceramic Coating, you would spend about 45k -2 laks in total, meaning a one time payment. Over the course of five years you would save about 4laks , and be better protected from bird dropping , dust and strong winds. As the price points show, Ceramic Coating is an option that reduces costs as well as provides vehicles a more reliable coverage. Looking at the costs alone Ceramic Coating might seem like a more reasonable option, but there are a few more factors to take into consideration when choosing between waxes, films and Ceramic Coating.
Some other important comparative factors when choosing between waxes, films and Ceramic Coating are:
- Heat tolerance
- Scratch resistance rating
- Chemical resistance
- Length of protection
Each factor shows how both waxes and Ceramic Coating compares, and clearly supports why Ceramic Coating is the leading choice amongst car enthusiasts. When looking at the comparisons, price points should be a factor as well, but should not be the only factor. Quality is always more important than quantity, especially when making decisions for your vehicle.
Warranty Coverage: Registered with 30 days of the application of the coating, your warranty covers Gloss retention, Environmental impact, Protection against UV damage, Self-cleaning properties, and Water Repellency (Hydrophobicity).
Quarter inspection are the recommended process for ensuring the coating is maintained and care for the vehicle is properly executed. Quarter inspections should be carried out by an approved applicator within 3 months every quater before the anniversary date of the last service to ensure peak performance. Although durable and long lasting, Quarter inspections ensure maximum gloss and protection from Nanopro coating.
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 rate only 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.
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 film.
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.