Busting Ceramic Coating Myths
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With the viral explosion of nano-ceramic auto coatings, myths and false information have started to spread. Before taking the plunge on this important vehicle modification, it’s important to get fully informed.
Myth 1: Ceramic Coatings Are Scratch Proof
Some salespeople will claim that their coatings are “100% scratch proof and will prevent rock chips”. These claims are false. Don’t let a flashy sales pitch fool you.
Ceramic coatings are durable and strong enough to protect your paint against small scratches and minor incidents that would otherwise cause surface damage. Coatings are great at protecting your car from swirl marks and chemical damage.
Ceramic coatings are incredibly thin, and therefore can’t absorb the impact of a high-speed rock hitting your car or some jerk keying your ride.
Myth 2: Ceramic Coatings Require Zero Maintenance
Some people are under the impression that a vehicle with ceramic coatings never needs to be washed or cleaned. While a ceramic coating makes washing significantly faster and easier, it still needs to be done. Dirt and grime will seem to fall off your car when you wash it, but if you leave it too long, it will find a way to stick.
Ceramic coatings will mean that you need to wash your car less often, and when you do, it will be faster and easier than ever, and yield better results than you can imagine.
Myth 3: Ceramic Coatings Are Permanent
The reason this myth sticks around because it has elements of truth. Ceramic coatings form a molecular bond with a vehicle’s gel coat and cures into a hard shell. This means that a ceramic coating will last for years.
With proper installation, high-quality ceramic films will only need to be reapplied every few years. So while it’s not a fully permanent solution, it will provide long-term protection.
Myth 4: Ceramic Coatings Are Easy to Apply
This myth is another one that is somewhat founded in truth. DIY kits have become available that are relatively easy to apply, but yield sub-par results.
Attaining a professional-quality finish to your vehicle is not as simple as it may seem. Prior to the application of a ceramic coating, the vehicle must be completely free of any scratches, swirl marks, dust, water spots, or other blemishes. Blemishes will reduce the coating’s ability to bond with the car’s paint, limiting the effectiveness and durability of the coating.
To ensure a proper application, a vehicle needs to be repaired, washed, clayed, buffed, and kept 100% spotless during the application process. Sound like a lot of trouble? Don’t worry, this is our bread and butter.
Myth 5: Ceramic Coatings Provide More Gloss Than Sealants and Waxes
Here’s the biggest secret of the ceramic coating industry: coatings don’t actually add much gloss. Ceramic coatings are designed to preserve and enhance what is underneath. Because of this, the prep work is at least as important as the coating itself, because any blemishes will be trapped underneath. Unlike waxes and sealants, coatings don’t need to be reapplied every couple months.
If you have any more questions about ceramic, just shoot us a message, we are always happy to chat about your automotive goals.