The term ceramic coating is not so old. However, it has become quite popular over the last few years within the car enthusiast scene. It has become a highly requested option for many new car buyers as one of the best paint protection forms. Theoretically, waxes and sealants come nowhere near as good as the nanotechnology behind these ceramic polymers.
Many new car buyers take their car to a good ceramic paint professional, i.e., a car detailer instead of a car dealership. Car detailing professionals ensure that your vehicle is pretreated with the mandatory preparation prior to being sealed in with a fresh coat of ceramic paint protection.
So, what exactly is Ceramic Coating? Is it worth it, and does it offer any extra layer of protection to the car? What are the pros and cons of ceramic coatings? These are some of the obvious questions that come to our mind, and rest assured, we are excited to talk about a few topics on this new approach.
What is Ceramic Coating?
First, the technology behind ceramic coatings has been around for many years, widely adopted in other industries such as Aviation, the Navy and Building/Construction scene for its excellent protection properties. Without getting into too much of the science, the Silica Dioxide (SIO2) ingredient is highly sought after.
Since being introduced to the Automotive Industry, Ceramic Coatings were developed to provide both protection and a showroom gloss to paintwork. The ceramic paint protection comes as a liquid polymer coating within a thick glass bottle (to insulate the formula and prevent any disruption as it is heat-sensitive). The liquid polymer bonds perfectly well with the factory paint as a semi-permanent layer. After a car has been coated with ceramic paint, it can only be removed via aggressive and abrasive techniques such as a multi-stage machine buff/polish. No chemicals will remove it unless the coating has been freshly applied and yet to dry (which happens in minutes). If a ceramic coating is installed correctly and professionally, it can last for many years, offering you optimal gloss, shine, and protection.
Why every car needs Ceramic Coating
There are several advantages and positive takeaways as far as a ceramic coating is concerned.
It offers adequate protection as far as the car surface is concerned with its 9H hardness rating. The nanotechnology and initial liquid form can fill in pores and blemishes on the surface for a smooth finish. In addition, this helps to protect the car from most common scratches, chemical contaminants and dirt as it envelopes the exterior. It does not have any negative side-effects as far as the factory painting is concerned.
One of the most significant advantages of the protection is that there is no need to wax or polish your car for the many years to come when applied. There is also no need for expensive car detailing services as you can get by with just a regular car wash maintenance service to keep it looking as good as the day you first purchased it.
Like many Australians, especially those who live close to the CBD with narrow roads, very few indoor parking spots (garages), terrace houses or living close to the beach, it can be tough to keep your car protected all year round. Especially during the scorching summer, heat is a huge catalyst for creating permanent damage beyond the usual wear and tear when it reacts with tree sap, salt, bird/bat droppings and so on. Suppose your car is being parked outdoors under trees or underneath the sun constantly. In that case, you really should consider having a ceramic coating sealed to your paintwork to slow down the oxidation of the paintwork and keep it in top-notch condition.
It compares significantly better than wax and sealants on so many levels, particularly durability and performance. Waxing can help your car to get a special shine, but waxes have no hardness to it, and therefore a lack of protection against physical abrasion and, for that reason, has a minimal lifespan. The same applies to paint sealants, which act very similarly to waxes, but with usually slightly longer durability. Though both ceramic coating and conventional waxing take time and effort, when we look at it from an investment perspective, there are enough reasons to believe that ceramic coating is a better option.
Although the cost of a ceramic coating can be a deterrent for some, there are so many reasons that make it an investment that could go a long way for your car. It may be the best investment decision you can make for your car, given its advanced ability to keep your vehicle in excellent condition. If you wish to resell it one day, you can do so for a reasonable price, which could be the difference of a few thousand dollars.