6 Reasons to Consider Ceramic Coatings
The 6 biggest points we hear from our clients, every day.
Ceramic coatings are the biggest thing to hit the automotive detailing industry since clear coats, and may completely change the way we look at automotive paint. The effectiveness of this new tech is mind-boggling, but there are still many people who aren’t in the know.
This post is a compilation of the top 7 reasons why we believe in ceramic coatings. In this article, we also tell you how to get the best performance possible from your coatings.
1. Total Chemical Resistance
Bird poop is unappealing for obvious reasons, but the really insidious part of the stuff is its acidic chemical structure. Acidic bird droppings eat through the clear coat and destroy the paint underneath, leaving your car’s body vulnerable to corrosion.
Birds aren’t the only things that leave chemical waste on your vehicle; tree sap, industrial fallout, and acid rain are all common enemies of your car’s paint. Fortunately, ceramic coatings are 100% resistant to chemical damage. While your vehicle is coated, it will remain safe from chemical damage.
You still need to clean off any residue left by trees, birds, or industry, but a ceramic coating will ensure that your vehicle remains completely safe.
2. Dirt Repellent and Hydrophobic
Ok, we’ve all seen the videos. Someone chucks a bucket of nasty water at a coated car, and the water just beads right off without leaving any kind of blemish. Naturally, you’re probably wondering what creates this effect and whether or not you can expect to get the same results.
The truth is good news; ceramic coatings are insanely hydrophobic, meaning that they repel water instantly. Water will fall off your car like it doesn’t want to be there, and won’t get to leave any dirt residue behind, the way it does on an untreated vehicle. You still need to wash your car here and there, but the process will be amazingly fast, easy, and effective.
Most people considering ceramic coatings have been using waxes and sealants forever, and they might be wondering why bother with the upgrade. While it’s true that ceramic coatings are designed to the same ends as waxes and sealants (protect your paint and make your ride look good), in the real-world, the products are incomparable.
Waxes and sealants require constant reapplication as part of your regular, at-home maintenance. This is because day-to-day life quickly removes the protective layer from your paint. Ceramic coatings, however, are orders of magnitude more durable. Once a ceramic coating is applied to your vehicle, it will stay there for years to come.
4. Protection against UV Radiation and High Temperatures
Automotive paint, especially dark colours, can get intensely hot. Anyone with a black car knows what it’s like to burn your hand on the hood on a hot summer’s day. Don’t worry, ceramic coatings are able to resist temperatures up to 760 degrees Celsius.
Ceramic coatings also filter 100% of UVA and UVB solar radiation. Your entire paint job will be protected from fading by a single application of ceramic coatings. If you park your vehicle outside, this is a huge advantage.
5. Rust and Oxidation
These days, we mostly think of car paint as the most important part of your car’s aesthetics. Many of us forget that the primary purpose of car paint is to protect your car’s body from rust and corrosion. Because ceramic coatings protect your paint, they are the most effective measure you can take to protect your vehicle from rust and corrosion.
6. Gloss and Luster
We know it’s not all about the looks… but sometimes it’s a lot about the looks.The only way to keep your vehicle showroom fresh is by using ceramic coatings. Ever application of ceramic coatings start with a full-blown paint correction, ensuring that the ceramic coating is sued to preserve perfection. It’s good news that Island Detail is also the best paint correction spot in town.
The Importance of the Installation
If you’ve been doing a lot of research, you’ve undoubtedly found several places around that can do ceramic coatings for you. You’ve probably learned that you can order a DIY kit and get the job done in the comfort of your own home!
The crucial point to get across is that any ceramic coating is only as good as the installation. On the surface, installation sounds easy: grab a bottle of coating and paint it on. However, there is more to it than that. The coating can only be applied after paint correction, washing, claying, and polishing, and the car must remain completely free of all blemishes and debris during the application. Anything trapped under the layer of resin will be there permanently.
When looking to get the best results, you need to seek the professionals. Shops like Island Detail get access to the industry-leading products that are only available to commercial installers, and have the tools, skills, and facilities necessary to get the most out of those products.Whether your vehicle is a sporty coupe or a capable off-roader, a beautiful paint job is a mark of pride and a cause for admiration. On the other hand, a neglected or deteriorating paint job will cause the value of your vehicle to be far less than its potential.
To get started on your project, just give us a shout, we’re always happy to chat.