Updated: Nov 14, 2021
If you’re interested in car care and protecting your vehicle, you’ve probably heard the term ceramic coating.
Ceramic coatings and paint protection film are two of the most popular automotive paint protection options on the market.
What Are Ceramic Coatings?
Ceramic coatings are a transparent, liquid polymer coating that uses nanotechnology to bind to the paint of your car protecting it from minor abrasions, UV damage, water spots, and chemical stains.
Not only do ceramic coatings help your car look great, it makes cleaning your vehicle a much smoother process, as well. Why? Ceramic coatings have hydrophobic (water-repelling) properties that allow you to clean your car with ease.
Should I Try DIY Ceramic Coating at Home?
Now, it may be tempting to try applying a ceramic coating to your car at home. The truth is, DIY ceramic coatings are difficult to apply and will incur a hefty bill if applied incorrectly.
When looking for a high quality, ceramic coating it’s always best to leave it to the pros.
Maintaining a ceramic coated car is crucial in extending the longevity of the coating. To make the most out of your ceramic coatings, here are some easy to follow, coating maintenance tips you can do at home after getting your car coated.
Tip #1: Wash Your Car
A build-up of environmental contaminants and debris will damage and prematurely wear down the ceramic coating.
In order to properly maintain your shiny new ceramic coating, wash the vehicle every two weeks. This will help prevent a build-up of contaminants on the car’s exterior.
Have your car professionally detailed or hand wash your vehicle using the two bucket wash method with grit guards. Automatic car washes are far too abrasive and will leave swirl marks and damage your car's paint. Always use a microfiber towel to dry your car, air drying can result in annoying water spots.