In Detail: Ceramic Coatings Part 2

In Detail: Ceramic Coatings Part 2

This is the second part of a 2-part series in which we break down the details of ceramic coatings. If you’re looking for part 1, click here. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy the article.

Why Do People Use Ceramic Coatings?

The main benefits of ceramic coatings are the various forms of protection that they offer. Ceramic coatings protect your vehicle from damage caused by rain, dirt, UV damage, light scratches, oxidation, and chemical damage. Modern ceramic coatings are extremely durable (high quality ones typically last over 5 years) so you can depend on these properties for years to come.

Many people compare ceramic coatings to poly-sealers. Ceramic coatings are thicker, therefore offering superior scratch resistance. Ceramic coatings out perform poly-sealers on nearly every metric, and the finish offered by coatings is unbeatable.

Many people think that ceramic coatings produce gloss on their own, but this isn’t really true. What ceramic coatings do is seal in and protect what’s underneath. That is why the prep work is the most important part of a successful application of ceramic coating. This is also why it really pays to go to an experienced professional installer of ceramic coatings. Only the pros have the tools, time, and skill to properly prepare your car to get maximum benefit from a ceramic coating. The level of gloss achieved by a ceramic coating simply can not be achieved by other means.

Many people compare ceramic coatings to poly-sealers. Ceramic coatings are thicker, therefore offering superior scratch resistance. Ceramic coatings out perform poly-sealers on nearly every metric, and the finish offered by coatings is unbeatable.

What are the Downsides?

The biggest downside of ceramic coatings is the amount of prep work required for a good application. At CJ’s Autobling, we fully respect all the automotive DIYers out there, but we also understand that ceramic coatings are just not the job to tackle in your garage. Before a coating can be applied, the surface must be made absolutely free of any blemishes, specs, or imperfections. If not, those blemishes will be trapped underneath the coating.

A top-tier shop will provide a multi-stage paint correction service as part of a ceramic coating package. This should include a wash, claying, and buffing. Only after this prep can the application begin. Technicians must be careful to apply a thin and even coating. To get an idea of just how thin ceramic coatings are, and how precise the technicians must be, just visualize that an entire car will be covered by only 30ml of coating. A botched job is a big headache, so it just makes sense to go to the pros.

What are the Alternatives?

For the dedicated DIYer, waxes and sealants are the most popular alternatives. Unfortunately for these folks, these do not provide close to the same durability, performance, or longevity, of ceramic coatings. Paint protection films are a good way to protect the most exposed areas of your car from chips and dings, but don’t offer much in terms of gloss. If you demand the ultimate in protection AND aesthetics, you can use both PPF and ceramic coatings.

Made up Your Mind?

If you think ceramic coatings are just what you’ve been looking for, then check out even more information right here or reach out to us directly by giving us a call or sending us a message. We would love to talk about your upcoming project, and are happy to help.