How to Wash a Ceramic Coating
Critical info from our detailing experts to you.
To maintain the performance of your ceramic coating, you need to maintain it properly. The good news is that maintaining a ceramic coating is extremely easy – you just need to follow a few guidelines and avoid a few pitfalls.
Here’s all the need to know details of maintaining a ceramic coating:
Ceramic coatings help keep your car clean, but that doesn’t mean that you are off the hook for washing your vehicle. You should still wash your vehicle between every two and 4 weeks, depending on where you live and what conditions you are driving in. Regular washes will help to prevent contaminant build-up.
The first time you wash your vehicle after it gets coated, you will be amazed with how easy it is. The water and dirt will simply fall off the surface of your vehicle with virtually zero elbow grease required on your part. As for the washing procedure itself, here are our recommendations:
The Two Bucket Car Wash
We love this car washing method so much that we wrote an article about it. In case you haven’t read it, here’s how it’s done:
One bucket is used for warm soapy water (please use a dedicated car shampoo – leave the Dawn in the kitchen!) and the other is clean water for rinsing your wash mitt. Ideally, the fresh water bucket is equipped with a grit-guard to trap contaminants.
As soon as the bucket of fresh water gets dirty, discard the water and fill it up with clean water. To avoid dragging grit across your vehicle’s body, it is extremely important to clean your wash mitt between scrubbing sessions.
Use the Right Soap
One rule of thumb that we keep close to heart in the detailing industry is that you should always use the mildest product that will get the job done. High quality ceramic coatings perform a lot of self cleaning on their own, so you can generally use a very mild cleaning product.
Make sure you select a mild soap that is intended for use on ceramic coatings. This will guarantee you the best results and help preserve your coating – we understand that they aren’t cheap and you’ll want to make each coating last for as long as possible. If properly maintained, high quality coatings, like the ones made by EPIC, will last for up to 5 years. Read about EPIC coatings at Island Detail right here.
Avoid Automatic Washes
This might be the most important thing you read today: avoid automatic car washes at all costs. Despite their convenience, nearly all automatic car washes (even the “touchless” ones) do more harm than good, and you’re most likely better off waiting until you have time for a proper wash.
If you’re really crunched for time and that gas-station car wash is getting increasingly tempting, simply bring your vehicle to us. We can give your car the attention it needs with a Hand Wash, or you can upgrade to a Quick Clean to get the interior cleaned as well. These services cost barely more than a drive-through car wash and your vehicle will thank you for the consideration.
Island Detail Has You Covered
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