Pro Ceramic Coating
Ceramic coating description:
Originally designed for the oil and space industry, ceramic technology has now expanded quickly into the automotive industry. All because how effective it really is!!
What is a Ceramic Coating for Cars?
What is a ceramic coating? The way to understand Ceramics Coatings Is to think of them as a second layer of skin, or a sacrificial layer of protection over your car’s clearcoat.
Ceramic Coatings utilize nanotechnology, very tiny particles that seal all the pores making the surface hydrophobic (water-repellent), but also resistant to UV, very minor scratches, chemicals, extreme heat and even anti-graffiti. This ceramic layer is completely transparent bond that will not wash away under cleaning or rain, or break down over a short period of time. In fact, usually, it lasts years depending on the option you go with and the process used to apply the coating itself!
They repel dirt and water like nothing else, which makes them easier to clean. Their hardness helps to resist minor swirl marks and marring from washing from entering the clear coat itself!!
What are the options?
There are two options when deciding you want your auto surface ceramic coated:
1. Professional Applications come with a warranty and huge piece of mind that it is done correctly (hints the warranty) !!! At least with us Here at Hidden Details this is true!!
2. DIY Consumer Kits
Ceramic Coating Cost: $300 – $2,000
These are vehicle ceramic coatings that must be applied by trained and certified professionals. The use of equipment, experience and labor makes the cost relatively higher, depending on your budget. On the very low end as far as professional ceramic prices you can expect to pay at least $300 for just the application. Pre-prep and professional preparation will add extra cost as well if you want it installed correctly!
The ceramic process typically takes anywhere between 1-5 days depending on the condition of your paint, the size of the vehicle and the packages you select. Premium ceramic coating packages you can expect to pay upwards of $2,000 from a Licensed and certified installer like Hidden Details.
What about the average person who doesn’t drive a Lamborghini or doesn’t want to pay potentially hundreds for an auto ceramic coating?
There are options for them as well.
DIY(do it yourself) KITS – which we do not recommend but it is an option
AVERAGE COST $20 – $300
Recently, a range of exciting consumer level car coatings have been entering the marketplace. This has opened up “nano” ceramic coatings to casual drivers who are less concerned about their cars being showroom quality and more about ease of cleaning and protection against the elements.
If you are interested in a DIY kit then you are welcome to ask what we would recommend for you based off a few questions to understand your skill level and what you are actually expecting from it at that cost. Otherwise here at Hidden Details we of course would love to provide you with our professional service coatings!!!
What Does a Nano Ceramic Coating Do
There is a good reason why their popularity is growing a lot. A lot of the benefits are simply unheard of in the automotive industry, but that said, there are also some minor precautions you need to be aware of.
OOtherwise known as being very water repellent.
An important feature of a Nano Ceramic Coating is that it is hydrophobic. This basically means that water will be repelled instantaneously. When your car is ceramic coated, the incredible hydrophobic effect of the coating will cause water to bead up and roll of the surface along with most dirt, grime, or mud (as it has all been unable to bond to your vehicle’s paint).
Any remaining dirt on the car can be removed with less effort. A lot less effort.
Protection from UV Damage / Oxidization / Rust
Vehicles that are often exposed to the sun will start seeing the paint fade and look dull. This is caused by the sun’s UV rays which causes oxidation. Ceramic Coating can dramatically reduce damage from UV rays.
Ceramic coatings or nano coatings if you will, works much harder at protecting the surface of your vehicle than an ordinary paint job. The new coating bonds with the molecular structure of your car’s paint and can’t be dislodged by vibrations or external force, meaning it lasts years not months. As mentioned earlier in the article, think of it as an added layer of skin on top of your paint. How long does ceramic car coating last? Even a good DIY coating could last up to 3 years IF all proper procedures were carried out completely.
Small scratches can definitely be resisted but Not prevented by a Ceramic Coating and then it will certainly help against minor incidents that would otherwise mar your clear coat and or paint surface. For examples, driving through brush, small little knicks from bikes, kids playing, or animals jumping excitedly against the car.
A coating will heavily cut down on the amount of washing and maintenance but not completely eliminate the need for it..
It will still require washing, just with a lot less effort and less frequency. Overall with a car coating, it’s going to be much easier. Additionally, it eliminates the need for waxing every few weeks, saving a lot of money over the course of the ceramic coatings lifetime.
Ceramic Coating Myths
We have added a few to help you understand even more!
Myth 1: Ceramic Coatings Are Scratch Proof
A lot of detailers and suppliers exaggerate the scratch resistance of Ceramic Coatings for cars, even going so far as to call them scratch-proof which is completely false.
Most newer coatings for cars are typically rated 9H on the pencil scale. This is the highest possible scratch resistance, however… 9H Ceramic coatings for cars are not thick or flexible enough to absorb the impact of a rock hitting your paint at highway speed or to resist against someone purposely trying to scratch your car.
Myth 2: Ceramic Coatings Don’t Require Maintenance
Another myth is that ceramic coated cars do not require washing or maintenance. Actually the opposite some options require coating maintenance as well depending on the options you choose from DYI to Professional. Special soaps are best so they do not put a film over your ceramic layer which would lead you to believe your coating isn’t working well anymore.
Myth 3: Ceramic Coatings Are Permanent
Partly, this is true. The ceramic coating is actually semi-permanent. With a good product and proper application, it should last at least 2-5 years, however, it is definitely not permanent. Most DYI kits are even less then 2 year durability as claimed and less then a year if not applied properly to begin with.
Myth 4: They Are Really Easy to Apply
This is actually relatively true. With the new DIY kits becoming available to consumers, the actual application process is relatively easy.
That said, it’s not necessarily simple. Before you can even apply the nano coating, the surface has to be free of surface blemishes, surface contaminants, and silicones and waxes at which applies to even brand new vehicles. The process really depends on the condition of the surface. As the ceramic coating will semi-permanently add a layer over your vehicle’s paint, it’s crucial to do any paint restoration before applying the car coating. We really do not suggest applying ceramic without these steps. It’s up to you to decide, but we do recommend washing the car, claying, buffing, and keeping it pristine while applying the coating. (some of these procedures we highly suggest a professional)!
Myth 5: Ceramic Coatings Provide More Gloss Than Sealants And Waxes
Not necessarily. The truth is the coating for cars doesn’t provide the gloss alone – the prep work done underneath is also crucial. If you have a very faded paint and apply a coating to your car, it will still be faded, with a little bit of shine on top. The same applies for haze or swirl marks, they’ll also be “locked” under the coating if they’re not removed first.
So, hopefully that helps answer “What is a Ceramic Coating?”.
As for whether it’s worth it to ceramic coat your car?
Yes, absolutely, for most cars.
What it does do is keep your car looking like its been recently waxed for years, makes dirt fall off super easy, and does a better job of protecting your paint than any wax or sealant.
Its also phenomenal on your rims, plastic, glass, headlights and more!!
So ask yourself this: Do you want your car to look like it’s just been washed and waxed every day for years, with a deep glossy finish, easy cleaning, dramatically increased level of environmental protection? If you can say yes to that, we encourage you to try out a Ceramic Coating here at Hidden Details!!
Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation!!