A ceramic coating is a clear liquid polymer that when applied to your vehicle, chemically bonds with the original factory paint and creates a hydrophobic layer of strong protection. This protects the vehicle from harmful UV rays that can deteriorate and fade your cars finish, road grime, bird droppings, acidic chemicals like insect acids as well as any contaminants that would normally etch into the original paint or clear coat. The coating is also scratch resistant, meaning that if you were to hit your car with something sharp it will bounce off the surface and not penetrate into the paint.
Aside from its incredible shine and protective qualities, it is known for being a long-lasting alternative to waxes and sealants. Many automotive detailing professionals highly recommend it to their clients, as it can offer a more comprehensive protection that lasts for years. However, a few people may believe that it’s just another big sales and marketing gimmick.
Ceramic coating is a high-tech process that features silica nanoparticles, which gives your car a glass-like shine and makes it easier to clean. It also contains a number of other beneficial properties, such as being waterproof and heat-resistant. This technology has been used in military applications to protect equipment such as engine turbine blades from environmental ware, so it can withstand harsh conditions and high temperatures for extended periods of time.
Typically, a professional ceramic coating will be applied by hand and is done after an advanced paint correction process, which can take hours or even days to complete. The result is a glossy, mirror-like finish that will keep your vehicle looking great for years to come.
One common misconception about ceramic coating is that it acts as a force field, protecting your car from scratches and dings, but this is not entirely true. While the coating will help to prevent the formation of these marks, they will not completely protect your paint from chips and dings if you are driving on unpaved roads or when you are in an accident. This is why it’s always a good idea to have your paint protected by other means, such as paint protection film.
The biggest reason to invest in a ceramic coating is that it will significantly increase your car’s resale value, as it will make your vehicle look newer and more appealing. The coating will bring out the depth and richness of your vehicles glossy paint, as well as accentuate any matte finishes. In addition, the hardness of the coating will make it much more resistant to swirl marks and scratches.
While a ceramic coating will significantly reduce the amount of work required to maintain your vehicle, it is not a superhero shield that will protect your car from everything. It is still susceptible to damage from chemicals in the air, such as acidic rain or bird droppings, and drive through car washes that use dirty brushes and wash mitts. It will also wear down over time if you are not washing and waxing your vehicle regularly.