If you ask any car owner, every car should be made to be forever clean and blemish-free. But since we don’t live in a utopia, our cars often end up covered in stains, scratches, chips and fading. Fortunately, our kind automotive innovators blessed us with a product that can serve as a car owner’s weapon against the elements and other harmful things that can attack your car—ceramic coating!
A quality protective coating might not be a bulletproof armor against every blemish and stain, but it’s sure better than anything else on the market (or at least anything an average driver can afford). Here’s what you need to know.
What is a ceramic coating?
Ceramic coating is a concoction based on silicon dioxide or silica (SiO2). Silica creates an invisible nanotechnology coating that gets very resilient when mixed with other ingredients and water. Once fully cured, your liquid coating turns into a crystal-clear shell that protects your car’s paint from many outside influences looking to damage it.
Ceramic coating VS wax
We all know about traditional wax for polishing surfaces and giving shine to a car’s paintwork, but is it better than ceramic-based coating? The short answer is no. The long answer lies in the fact that wax falls short in staying hard and protective for a longer period of time. Natural wax, spray wax and ceramic wax all work only for a while before they lose their potency. Wax is not nearly as effective as a real layer of protective coating, and it won’t keep your car safe from scratches and bird poop.
Sure, the costs of applying a coating may be bigger than an average wax job, but if you count in the superior levels of protection, the investment will pay off. Stripping and reapplying wax every month will cost you a lot of money and time in the long run, so the benefits of ceramic coatings are even more noticeable.
Benefits of ceramic coating
Speaking of the benefits, what are they exactly? Well, the primary reason why people choose to apply ceramic coating is to protect their car paint from abrasion, chemicals, impact and heat. Also, this protective coating is often hydrophobic, which offers a new level of protection. This protective layer also resists UV rays, repels grime, prevents extreme heat from harming your paintwork and keeps minor scratches away from your car.
What’s there on the market?
While this treatment is very popular in the professional car detailing field, it just started being available on a DIY level. But just like there are various levels of quality with wax, not every brand is created equal. Luckily, you can find useful DIY ceramic coating buyer’s guides that will help you choose from the wide offer in the market today. The guides rank products on various bases such as product quality, presentation, customer feedback and overall value, so you can make a good purchasing decision.
Does it require maintenance?
Many people think that once you apply a quality coating layer, you don’t have to worry about car maintenance at all. However, you still need to clean your car regularly, but less frequently than before and maintenance takes less time. Also, you need to know that, no matter how good your layer of coating holds, it will still lose some of its protective abilities over time—it’s not a forever solution. Once the structure of the coating starts to deteriorate on a molecular level, you will need to strip it off entirely and apply a new layer. But usually, the better you take care of your car, the longer your coating will keep its protective abilities.
Is it expensive?
When these amazing products first appeared on the market, they were very expensive. But, as the technology improved, the price situation changed until it reached a point where almost any car owner can afford a DIY option. Of course, since we have professionally applied products and DIY kits for consumers, they vary in price and the amount of prep time and skill needed. It’s also important to know that not every ceramic coating is suitable for every car, so read the label well.
If you can afford it, don’t hesitate to cover your beloved car with this type of protective coating. If you want a pristine application, leave the job to a professional, but if you want to save money, you can choose a DIY option and still give your car good protection. Make your choice and protect your car from harm as soon as you can!