WHAT IS A CERAMIC COATING?
Ceramic Coating technology has been available for close to a decade now. Growing in popularity in the past 5 years or so due to the amazing benefits it provides.
Some of these great benefits are as followed:
Extreme Gloss or Shine
Hydrophobic & Self Cleaning properties
LONG TERM Protection (1-5+ years)
Resiliance to etching from water or bird droppings
Ease of future washes and maintenace
Vehicle stays cleaner, longer.
Deep Shine after wash every time
NO WAX again!
Despite rumors, or other product claims, a true Ceramic Coating is not a "Wipe on, Wipe Off" products. There are many factors the effect the application process. A professional installer, is trained and has experience with these products in different application settings. If installed by an untrained individual, many things could go wrong and cause damage to your vehicle.
FAQ About Ceramic Coatings
Q: Do I still have to wash my vehicle?
A: Of course! There is no product on the market that will keep your vehicle 100% dirt and debris free!
With a ceramic coating installed, your wash process will require less time & effort.
Q: My car has a clear coat on it now, why do I need a Ceramic Coating?
A: The clear coat on you vehicle now is a hardened clear coating designed to protect the colored layer of paint. Over time this clear layer can become damaged from many forms: Wash Marks, Bugs, Bird Droppings, Automatic Car Wash use, and much more. This results in unwanted marks that hinder to clarity, obstructing the view to your colored paint layer. In order to remove these unwanted marks, we undergo a process called "Paint Correction" and it removes small amounts of your clear coat to get down to the level of the defect. You only have a certain amount of factory clear coat on your vehicle so in return can only be Polished so many times. This is where a Ceramic Coating comes in. When applied it ADDs a thick, hardened layer on top of you clear coat. This layer has a rated Hardness level higher than even your factory clear coat, therefore it is much more resilient to the scratches, etchings, and marring. The ceramic coating raises the surface tension, which gives it the amazing hydrophobic capabilities (Repels liquids). This layer also acts as a sacrificial layer, meaning if it becomes damaged, it can be removed and leave more of your factory clean on your vehicle. The graph below shows defects in the paint surface.
Q: How long does Ceramic Coating last?
A: We offer 3 levels of protection here at Shine Auto Detail. 1 year, 2 year, & 5 year packages are available. These packages offer you the best in long term protection, backed by a warranty for the allotted time frame. This warranty ensures the coating that we install performs properly for the years desired. Proper maintainence is key for long term protection.
Q. My vehicle is brand new, do I still need it polished before ceramic coating?
A. Yes. Brand new vehicles still need prepped properly before a ceramic coatings is applied. Factory defects such as sanding marks, handler marring, and swirls from transport prep can be visible after inspection. New vehicles are transported on open car trailers, or on railroad cars. These vehicles travel hundreds or thousands of miles, through changing weather, road dirt, grime, rail dust, leaking cars above it, etc. In most case, dealerships will wash their cars on the lot using improper methods causing washing mars and light scratches. All of these things need to be corrected properly before installation of any ceramic products.