What is a Ceramic Coating?
A Ceramic Coating is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand to the exterior of a vehicle. The coating chemically bonds with the vehicle’s factory paint, creating a layer of protection. A Ceramic Coating is not a substitute for Paint Protection Film, which provides a more comprehensive form of defense. Rather, it is a premium wax alternative. A Ceramic Coating creates a permanent or semi-permanent bond with a vehicle’s paint, it doesn't wash away or break down & doesn't require repeated application every few months.
In short, a Ceramic Coating adds additional protection to your car’s exterior and helps keep it looking like-new with comparatively minimal maintenance. The coating achieves this result by making your vehicle more resilient and easier to clean. Here are the main benefits:
Protection from UV Damage / Oxidization
If a vehicle is often exposed to the sun, its paint will begin to oxidize, resulting in dulled and faded paint. A layer of Ceramic Coating protects a vehicle’s paint from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, reducing the amount of oxidization.
Protection from Chemical Stains and Etching
Another danger for your car is chemical staining from naturally acidic contaminants. By creating a chemically resistant surface, a Ceramic Coating can keep some contaminants from bonding to your vehicle’s paint. The result is your vehicle will be resistant to staining & etching, provided contaminants are removed in a timely manner.
Ease of Cleaning
One of the most significant features of a Ceramic Coating is that it is hydrophobic, which is a fancy way of saying it repels water. When a vehicle has a hydrophobic Ceramic Coating, water will bead on the surface & slide off more easily. This means that mud and grime will have a more difficult time bonding to your vehicle’s paint, and when you wash your car, contaminants can be removed with less effort.
If you want your paint to pop with gloss, you will want to add a Ceramic Coating. A good Ceramic Coating enhances the reflective properties of your car’s paint & clear coat, adding to the depth & clarity of your paint. At AAS, we are leading installers of Ceramic Coatings in Hawaii.
What Does a Ceramic Coating Not Do?
For the reasons listed above, a Ceramic Coating does preserve your vehicle’s exterior & reduce ongoing maintenance needs. If you choose to have a Ceramic Coating applied, you'll be adding value to your vehicle.
However, despite the claims of some manufacturers and detailers, a Ceramic Coating is not a miracle, super-cure product that will solve any and every problem for your car. Thus, it is important for you to know what a Ceramic Coating does not do.
Eliminate the Danger of Scratches, Swirl Marks, or Rock Chips
The scratch-resistance of a Ceramic Coating is often exaggerated. Though some small scratches can be repelled by a Ceramic Coating (as we described above), a coated vehicle will not be completely resistant to the risk of rock chips or parking lot scratches. Furthermore, improper car washing techniques or automated car washes will still create swirl marks on your vehicle’s surface. It is important to know that a Ceramic Coating is not a substitute for more serious scratch or chip protection (such as Paint Protection Film, also known as Clear Bra), nor does it eliminate the need to wash your car in a proper manner in order to avoid swirl marks.
Eliminate the Risk of Water Spotting
A normal drop of water contains a certain amount of dirt or minerals. When water evaporates on your vehicle’s surface, the minerals are left behind, creating visible spots. Detailers & consumers may assume that the hydrophobic quality of a Ceramic Coating will eliminate water spotting, since water slides off the coated surface. While it's true that some water will be repelled from the hydrophobic surface, other water droplets will bead & remain on the vehicle, creating an opportunity for water-spotting.
Eliminate the Need to Wash
Notice above we said a Ceramic Coating keeps your car looking like-new with comparatively minimal maintenance, not no maintenance. Let’s face it, the road is a dirty place. If you are driving your car, it will get dirty, Even with a Ceramic Coating, you will still need to wash your car regularly, but comparatively less frequently, in order to maintain its look. The benefit of a Ceramic Coating is that the cleaning process will be easier. Moreover, having a Ceramic Coating means that you will no longer have to wax your vehicle every few months, eliminating a significant part of maintaining your car’s exterior. Thus, a Ceramic Coating does not make your vehicle maintenance-free, but it does mean that with less work you will be able to maintain better results.
So what does all this mean?
Simply put, it is important to be educated about a product before making a decision about whether it is right for your vehicle. Will Ceramic Coatings benefit your vehicle and add value? Certainly! Are Ceramic Coatings a miracle, one-stop-shop solution for all of your vehicle’s exterior problems? Certainly not!
It is also important to realize that Ceramic Coatings are not a substitute for the more comprehensive protection you find in a quality Clear Bra (Paint Protection Films like Xpel). For ultimate protection, add a layer of Paint Protection Film to the most vulnerable parts of your vehicle, then place a Ceramic Coating overpainted surfaces.
Looking for a Ceramic Coating on Oahu, Hawaii?
If you care about preserving the look and quality of your car’s paint, you can request a quote by calling, texting or emailing us, we’re here to help you make the right decision for you and your car for the long run. Toward that end, we would love to discuss your specific situation and your plan for maintaining and protecting your vehicle’s beautiful shine.