Ceramic Coatings make your vehicle easy to clean, stay clean longer, and look freshly detailed after a simple wash.

The FACTS about Ceramic Coatings

Ceramic Coating Questions & Answers

Ceramic Coatings are a replacement for traditional waxes and sealants. They offer a superior level of protection, a more durable bond to the surface, and depending on the formula can add advanced properties such as improved hydrophobics, gloss, self cleaning effects and scratch resistance.



What are some of the benefits of a ceramic coating?


  • There is no longer a need to wax or seal the vehicle for the life of the coating. Ceramic coatings create a barrier that is significantly harder, more chemical resistant, and longer lasting than any wax or sealant. Adding any products “on top” of a coating other than maintenance products sold by the coating manufacturer can impede a coatings protective abilities. 
  • Reduce the amount of cleaning needed, makes cleaning the vehicle easier. Dirt releases easier, faster, and the resulting effect is much less time and effort needed to make your vehicle look like it has been freshly detailed.
  • Marring resistance. While they are NOT “scratch proof” some professional grade coatings do make the surface harder than original clear coat, thus greatly reducing the amount of swirl marks accumulated over time vs. a non-ceramic coated vehicle with proper washing and drying techniques.
  • Excellent gloss and aesthetic appeal. The look of a ceramic coating is very different than a traditional wax. Clarity is retained in a ceramic coating as there is less refraction of light. Therefore paints often look deeper and candy coated instead of distorted and blurred like with a wax.
  • UV and chemical protection. Ceramic coatings provide protection against harmful UV rays and chemicals far beyond any wax or sealant. Most professional grade coatings are very chemical resistant and can only be damaged or removed by extremely high or low pH products.


The truth about coatings


  • While Ceramic Coatings make a vehicle much easier to clean, your coating still needs to be washed and maintained. It's not a replacement for washing you vehicle. Think of it like a non-stick pan. When you cook in a non-stick pan it's easier to clean up, but you can't just keep using the pan when it's dirty and expect it to not eventually be covered in grime.
  • Ceramic Coatings, like any other surface on a car, are susceptible to water spotting from hard minerals from many water sources. Only washing the vehicle in the shade, early mornings, or late in the evenings in hot climates helps. Using good quality microfiber towels, a leaf blower or air compressor to help dry the vehicle quickly can help as well. Water spotting can be removed safely from most coatings but are not covered under warranty as they are preventable.
  • Ceramic coatings can still be scratched and chipped. While some coatings do provide a measurable degree of hardness vs. factory clear coat, no coating is scratch or chip proof. This is a common misconception that is regularly spread by some detailers looking to make a quick sale.


So how do I wash my car now?

This simplest answer to this question is to wash it, then dry it completely, and take it to your detailer as needed for decontamination or maintenance. Maintenance from a detailer may consist of a high pH washing to deep clean the coating, chemical decontamination with iron removal chemicals, clay bar treatment, maintenance products meant to reinvigorate or increase slickness, or even spot polishing and recoating of small sections in case of damage. Ask your detailer if he or she provides maintenance services prior to having them apply a coating for you.



What does the warranty from the coating company cover?


Most ceramic coating company guarantees or warranties cover re-application of the product if there is premature failure. It is best to get the details of what is needed to maintain your warranty from your detailer prior to coating application, as most companies’ warranties vary slightly. Our product, Ceramic Pro, has warranty information provided here:  https://ceramicpro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/CP-AfterCare-Warranty-Digital.pdf 


My car is brand new. Will I still need to have the paint clayed and polished prior to coating application?

Yes. Any quality detailer will see these steps as the foundation necessary for a quality ceramic coating application. Any detailer that does not follow these steps prior to applying a ceramic coating are likely improperly applying the coating. Even for a brand-new vehicle “off the truck” thorough wash, clay bar treatment, and light polishing are the absolute minimum before coating application. Often times much more polishing and compounding is needed even on a brand-new vehicle to make sure the surface is as flawless as possible before the ceramic coating is applied.


There is a huge variance in pricing from one detailer to the next, or even from the dealership on the cost of a ceramic coating. What gives?


Many factors affect the pricing of a ceramic coating, including but not limited to:

  • The use of "Off the Shelf" products that can be purchased without being a business or carrying necessary certifications and training to apply a professional grade coating. Many detailers offer products that can be purchased by the DIY home detailer for less than $13 per application and then charge hundreds, while stating they get similar results to a professional grade coating. While some of these DIY kits will mimic properties of a professionally installed coating, they will not last or have the same results. A quick and easy way to determine if a detailer is using a professional grade coating is to check what brand they apply and visit that company's website to see if they are an approved installer for the brand. Most professional grade coating companies will require certification, insurance and a brick and mortar business. In turn they know that their brand will not be tainted with poor installs and allow the use of their high solids coatings that while more difficult to install will provide much much better results.
  • The experience, knowledge, and skills of the detailer applying the coating.
  • The type of coating being applied, all products are different.
  • The level of preparation needed prior to applying the coating. Some detailers will skip steps altogether in order to offer a lower price.
  • The size, color, and manufacturer of the vehicle can also affect pricing. Some vehicles have much softer clear coats that are harder to prepare for coating application than others

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Notes on Coating: In addition to an increased level of gloss and shine, coatings also add a deepening and richening of colors. Blacks will be blacker, reds will be a deeper red, etc. Also on colored or satin wheels, coatings will have the same effect. It will not turn satin wheels glossy, but it will add a darkening and richening effect.

Ceramic Pro Ceramic Coatings

CERAMIC PRO 9H


Ceramic Pro 9H forms a permanent bond with the surface and will not wash off or break down. Ceramic Pro 9H can only be removed by abrasion. It is a highly durable protective coating that protects your paintwork from damaging contaminants. 9H can be applied in multiple layers which means the thickness of the coating can be increased with additional layers allowing a thicker/harder coating with improved scratch resistance.


  • Scratch Resistance (Above 9H)
  • Super Hydrophobic Effect
  • Weather & UV Resistance
  • Thermal Resistance (up to 1200°C)
  • Anti-Graffiti
  • Advanced Chemical Resistance
  • Oxidation & Corrosion Resistant
  • High Gloss Finish Ceramic coating

CERAMIC PRO TOP COAT

 

Light allows the surface to stay cleaner longer as dirt and grime will not stick to it. The super hydrophobic effect of the coating will cause water to bead up and roll of the surface along with any dirt and grime. Light is usually applied over 9H in the layering process. Though not as durable as 9H, it can also be applied on its own. Light also enhances gloss depth further on all painted surfaces for that wet look that is often hard to attain with synthetic waxes.


  • Super Hydrophobic Effect
  • Weather & UV Resistance
  • High Gloss Finish
  • Anti-Graffiti
  • Advanced Chemical Resistance
  • Oxidation & Corrosion Resistance

CERAMIC PRO SPORT

 

Commonly used on surfaces previously treated with CP 9H or CP Light in order to refresh their hydrophobic and UV resistant properties but can also be used as a 6-12 months stand-alone coating.


  • Super Hydrophobic Effect
  • Self-cleaning Effect
  • Chemical Resistance
  • UV Resistance
  • Prevents Water Spotting
  • High Gloss Finish

CERAMIC PRO RAIN

 

Ceramic Pro Rain is a coating specifically designed for glass. It has excellent durability with a Super hydrophobic effect that allows water to simply bead up and flow off the glass while you are driving. Ceramic Pro Rain lasts for up to 12 month in automotive use


  • Excellent Durability
  • Hydrophobic Effect – 115°
  • Fills Scratches and Swirl Marks
  • Excellent Wear Resistance
  • Keeps Glass Cleaner
  • Allows Water to Roll off Glass
  • Anti-Icing

CERAMIC PRO PLASTIC

 

Ceramic Pro Plastic is a unique coating for plastic and rubber surfaces suitable for both interior and exterior use. Plastic and rubber surfaces coated with Ceramic Pro Plastic will feature a super hydrophobic effect with excellent wear resistance. The coating will add a moderate sheen to the surface making it a great permanent finish for both exterior and interior plastics no matter if they are new or need restoration.


  • Excellent Durability
  • Easy to Clean
  • Hydrophobic Effect
  • UV Resistance
  • Wear Resistance

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