One of the many benefits of ceramic coating is its ability to protect the original paintwork by preventing scratches from occurring. We’d all like to live in a world where we didn’t have to worry about our cars getting scratched, right? So, is ceramic coating really that effective at preventing scratches and dents on your vehicle’s paintwork? Continue reading this article from the team Neighborhood Mobile Detailing to find out more about the benefits of ceramic coating for your vehicle.
Does Ceramic Coating Prevent Scratches?
The answer is NO. The reason is that ceramic coating is a thin layer of ceramic material, which has been used for many years to protect the surface of a metal substrate from chemical corrosion, abrasion, thermal degradation, or oxidative corrosion. However, ceramic coating can offer minor protection against scratches that can be caused by washing the vehicle.
What Is The Role Of A Ceramic Coating?
So, what is the purpose of a ceramic coating, if it cannot prevent or remove scratches?
A ceramic coating has numerous advantages, including:
– UV Protection: UV light is sun-emitted radiation that heats your car’s surface and eats away at both the clear coat and the painted surface beneath. A ceramic coating will provide additional UV protection for your car’s original paintwork.
– Salt Damage: If you live in an area where salt is used liberally on winter roads, make sure you wash your vehicle on a regular basis. A ceramic coating will help to reduce the damage caused by winter road salt.
– Scratch Resistance: While not scratch-proof, a good quality ceramic coating provides some protection from minor dings and scratches.
– Corrosion Resistance: A ceramic coating will protect against high-pH substances such as chemicals, acid rain, bird droppings, and even bug splatters, which can eat through the clear coat and the paint.
– Ulta-Hydrophobic: Ceramic coatings are hydrophobic, which means they easily repel water. Not only will there be no streaks or water spots, but it will also be much easier to remove debris, bird droppings, and bug splatters.
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What Are The Stages Of Ceramic Coating Application?
Step 1: Wash your car by hand
Begin by thoroughly hand washing your vehicle, and if necessary, use a degreaser to remove any paint surface grime before claying. The vehicle should then be rinsed.
Step 2: Spray Iron Remover
Spray iron decon on the entire vehicle while it is still wet, including the glass, paint, and rims. Spraying directly on plastics can cause discoloration. Wait about 5 minutes. When the product reaches the iron, it turns purple. If the water did not turn purple, it means that the surface was free of iron contamination. After 5 minutes, thoroughly rinse your vehicle, ensuring that no iron remover product remains on the vehicle.
Step 3: Apply Clay Bar
Using clay after washing your car can also be a good option throughout the preparation process. Clay employs an abrasive formula that can aid in the removal of deeper debris that has accumulated on your vehicle over time.
Step 4: Super Dry
Dry the vehicle completely with a clean microfiber towel or if you have a blow-dryer, use it to dry all crevices. Make sure the vehicle is completely dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 5: Inspect and Fix Scratches
You are not fixing imperfections on your car when applying a ceramic coating. You are instead protecting the vehicle’s current paint job and enhancing its shine.
With this in mind, removing any imperfections prior to applying the ceramic layer can be extremely beneficial.
Apply a paint corrector to the exterior of your vehicle. Check the vehicle for any type of scratch or mark, such as swirls. Before proceeding, use the paint corrector on these spots to ensure the car’s paint is perfect.
Step 6: Apply Polish
After the paint has been corrected, the exterior of the vehicle should be polished with a high-quality polish. A polish will increase the shine of your car’s paint job, which will be reflected once the ceramic coating is applied.
Step 7: Apply Surface Prep Spray
In the same way that you would prime a wall before painting it, your car should be primed before applying the ceramic coat. To prepare your vehicle for the ceramic coating step, use an Isopropyl Alcohol solution to remove any polishing residue, oils, or waxes that may have been left on the paint.
Step 8: Ceramic Coating Application
Before starting on this process, you should make sure to wear gloves, as it’s absolutely critical that you do not leave any marks on your car. Aside from that, it is also important to check the weather. Not only make sure you can devote your full attention to the delicate ceramic coating process while the weather is dry and pleasant, but also ensure your car is completely dry, especially if you’ve washed it outside.
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Each coating product will provide specific instructions on how to apply the coat. Most experts recommend moving in a crisscross pattern or back and forth, following the vehicle’s body lines. In any case, make sure to follow the coating instructions for your particular product.
Ceramic Coating At Neighborhood Mobile Detailing
A ceramic coating is the best way to protect cars from a variety of damage. It not only protects against many contaminants, minor scratches, and swirl marks, but it also makes cleaning and maintaining the car easier. For more information, contact Neighborhood Mobile Detailing at +1 619-919-451 to set up an appointment. Do not forget to continue to read other blogs for updated topics related to car detailing.