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What Is Ceramic Coating?
Ceramic Coating is an effective way to keep your car clean, shiny, and protected. The Ceramic Coating chemically binding to your paint and engineered to produce an extremely hard candy gloss with super slickness. Hydrophobic, UV Resistance, Anti-Graffiti, Chemical Resistance, Oxidation and Corrosion Resistance.
The concept may sound similar to a car wax or a sealant, but a ceramic paint protection is far more advanced than any conventional paint protection method. Ceramic Coating uses nanotechnology to fill those tiny pores within the paint job of your car. Once this liquid polymer bonds with the paint, it acts as a defensive shield for your car against various types of elements and minor damages.
Why Do Ceramic Coating?
You want your vehicle to look as good as it did the day you bought it. Why do you want to do that? Because on the day you resell, your car value is a clear indication on how much you have been taking care of your car. You who have been looking after your car well, will get a good resell value. Those of you who didn’t put any effort into caring for your car, you’ll see the difference where other sellers on www.carsales.com.au are selling for a better price than yours.
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What DOES Ceramic Coating DO?
Ceramic Coating adds additional protective coating to your car’s exterior and helps keep it looking like-new with comparatively minimal maintenance. The coating achieves this result by making your vehicle more resilient and easier to clean. Here are the main benefits:
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 a vehicle’s paint from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thereby reducing the amount of oxidization.
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 Ceramic 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 Ceramic Coating is that it is hydrophobic, which is a fancy way of saying it repels water. When a vehicle has a hydrophobic Ceramic 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.
If you want your paint to pop with a glossy finish, you will want to add a Ceramic Coating. A good Ceramic Coating enhances the reflective properties of your car’s paint and clear coat, adding to the depth and clarity of your paint.
What Is The Cost Of Ceramic Coating?
Due to there being many different types of vehicles and the condition of the paint work can vary greatly we can only give an estimate, the final cost would depend on how much work and how many stages of paint correction are involved upon inspection.
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. Moreover, weighing the cost of ceramic coating against that of the yearly maintenance and waxing makes it a no-brainer. (Refresh your memory here where we talked about what ceramic coating does)
Can Ceramic Coating Prevent Scratches or Fix Scratches?
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, a Ceramic Coating is not a miracle 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.
Though some small scratches can be repelled by a Ceramic Coating (as we described above), a coated vehicle will not be completely resistant to the risk of rock chips or parking lot scratches. A scratch is still going to be a scratch, a dent is still going to be a dent. It’s NOT the Iron Coat from Ironman.
The road is a dirty place. If you are driving your car, it WILL get dirty! Even with an extra layer of protection with Ceramic 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. Moreover, having a Ceramic 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 Ceramic Coating does not make your vehicle maintenance-free, but it does mean that with less work you will be able to maintain better results.
If you do the calculation, instead of doing a Detail Hand Wash (see pricing for Detail Hand Wash here) every few months, you’ll just need to do a Deluxe Hand Wash (see pricing for Deluxe Hand Wash here) instead. It is highly recommended that you do a Deluxe wash with us every few months.
Can Ceramic Coating Damage Paint?
Ceramic coatings can’t damage your paint, regardless of what you do. However, improper application can leave streaks, high spots, hazing, and horrible reflections. So you’d better know what you’re doing, because once this thing sets, it cements over your paint for the next couple of years.
The biggest drawback of ceramic coatings is they are uncompromising. Once you start working, there’s no margin for error and little chance to correct your mistakes as you go.
Moreover, if you haven’t spent at least half a day meticulously cleaning and polishing your paint, well, too bad. Every scratch, swirl mark, hazing, or other imperfection will be locked in for the lifetime of the coating.
The only way you can remove a ceramic coating after it has cured is to bust out the sandpaper and sand, then polish, then finish the whole car. We’re talking several days of grinding away at the coating to strip the car down to clear and start over from square one.
Make sure you contact our professional team for advice before trying it yourself.
When To Apply Ceramic Coating?
When you have a ceramic coated car – it is important to have that coat and the vehicle inspected once per year at the minimum by our team (contact us here, if we did your job, we will remember you!). This permits us to treat any imperfections or signs of premature degradation before major problems occur. The annual inspection is also a requirement of most professional-grade ceramic coating warranty packages.
How Long Does Ceramic Coating Take?
There is no single answer to this question. The actual application of a specific ceramic car coating will generally take a fixed amount of time-based on the size of the vehicle, so we can easily answer that. However, that is only one part of the process. There are several other factors that we consider when determining how long it will take. It depends on the following factors:
- Paint Chips
- Paint Scratches
- Swirls Marks
- Surface Area to be Treated
The only way we can really tell how long it will take us to complete a ceramic coating job is by seeing the current condition of your paintwork.
How Is Ceramic Coating Applied?
Before applying the application, we need to detail it thoroughly before we do the coating. There is no point in applying a ceramic coat if your car is covered in scratches. We recommend doing paint correction and scratch repair before applying the ceramic coating. We also give the vehicle a thorough decontamination wash before we start. Depending on the existing condition of your paintwork, all of this can take several days’ time. After that, the application of the coat takes just a few hours – but then we need to keep it indoors in an environmentally controlled space for 24 hours to allow it to cure properly.
Why Is Professional Ceramic Coating So Expensive?
First of all, the ceramic coating compound is expensive. Applying it requires a high degree of expertise and professionalism, and the car needs to be properly prepared before applying the ceramic coating, which also requires expertise and a lot of time as explained above (Q: How Long Does Ceramic Coating Take? & Q: How is Ceramic Coating Applied?).
As a rough example, to apply ceramic coating on a 5 year old car, chances are that the paint is already full of light scratches and swirl marks, which requires a good wash, clay bar treatment, 3-stage cut and polish, and then the application of the ceramic compound.
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