Updated: Aug 6
To understand Ceramic Coatings, it’s worthwhile to understand the 'most common' types of paint-protection products available.
Waxes are the earliest form of paint-protection which are an organic, naturally sourced form of paint-protection available in various application methods from hard paste Carnauba waxes to spray on, buff off, type formulas. Since 1944 when the first bottled car wax was produced, “waxing” a car has been the go to for keeping paint looking it's best with a glowing shine. The pit-fall of wax is that it isn’t durable being a natural substance. Typically lasting 2 - 4 weeks requires consistent, time consuming, and frequent application with purchasing of replacement product.
Sealants or what can sometimes be marketed as synthetic waxes have been developed to last a few months. They are easy to apply, though typically don’t offer the visual appearance you would typically get from a good quality wax.
Ceramic Coatings are a Silica (Si02) liquid polymer which far outmatches any wax or sealant. Applied by hand, Ceramic Coatings cure to form a protective, crystalline layer that lasts years negating the need for constant reapplication as with waxes. In turn Ceramic Coatings keep your car looking as good as new, if not better for longer.
For many, protecting the appearance of our car is part and parcel of owning one. Whether you are an enthusiast who obsesses over every detail, owner of a lease car wanting to minimise wear and tear charges, or one that just simply wants to retain as much re-sale value as possible.
Advantages of Ceramic Coating
The long-lasting protection is the main reason car owners opt for a ceramic coating over the other options. Essentially a hard layer, a ceramic coating will reduce risk of wash marring (swirls) hard water water-spotting, build up of road grime, additional protection against bird droppings, and other substances from reaching and harming the paint. With a quick rinse, they’ll simply slide right off making for faster and easier washing and drying while retaining a high gloss, glass like finish.
What Ceramic Coatings will not do
Whilst Ceramic Coatings form a hard bond to the paint or surface it is applied to and offer unrivalled protection, it will not transform your vehicle into an armoured tank or give it an impenetrable barrier against stone chips, knocks, and vandalism.
Is a Ceramic Coating right for me?
Probably not if;
You intend to have your maintenance washes carried out at an automated brush wash tunnel, hand assisted car wash, or neighbours child.
You expect to never wash your car again.
You are prone to accidental knocks, scrapes and scratches.
You expect to never have a scratch or mark again as the coating will stop it.
You want to add a harder more durable layer of long term protection to you vehicle.
You want immense gloss, shine, depth, and a glass like look that out-performs any wax or sealant.
You want increased resistance to wash marring and swirls.
You want your vehicle to stay looking better for longer, retaining resale value.
You want effortless washing and drying without the need to reapply waxes and sealants.
What Ceramic Coating should I choose?
There are many Ceramic Coating options on the market, from Professional Ceramic Coating installation, to shop and internet bought do-it-yourself versions.
Whilst professional coatings do come at a higher cost initially, they last longer and out-perform any off the shelf coating. Its worthwhile noting that a DIY product isn't necessarily a coating just because it states Ceramic on the bottle label. A true Ceramic Coating will always be supplied in a glass bottle and anything other than that is purely a wax sealant with a small amount of Si02 added to the formula.
What Ceramic Coating should I choose?