Ceramic coating initially gained popularity as a professional service provided by detailing shops like Tintix. Recently, they’ve become more widely available, affordable, and easy to use. There are a variety of popular options depending on how seriously you take your car’s care. Some ceramic treatments come in concentrate kits, while others come as hybrid waxes or spray-on and rinse-off products.
Are you asking, what is a ceramic coating? or what is a ceramic coating for cars?
Ceramic coating is a long-term nanoscopic exterior automotive paint treatment and protectant that is applied in a liquid form and cures to form a hard layer on top of the paint. Essentially, it’s the candy shell that protects the paint’s delicious chocolate center.
Ceramic coating is typically composed of silicon dioxide (silica, Si02), which is sourced from natural materials such as quartz and sand. Some types and brands also use titanium dioxide (titania, Ti02) as an additional hardening agent. When applied to a car’s paint, the two create a chemical bond with hydrophobic, or “water-repellent,” properties.
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Take anything that contains chemical compounds, and you are looking at a resilient solution. Same goes for ceramic coating, which will both protect and enhance the finish of your car. Other than the obvious, here are a few more reasons to apply it to your car:
Protection from Harmful UV Rays
You can only imagine the damage that the sun’s harmful UV rays can do to your car’s paint job. Ceramic coating will protect your car’s paint from oxidizing, preventing it from fading and wearing a dull look. This is absolutely critical if you park your car outside.
Protection from Chemical Stains
Chemical stains arising from acidic contaminants in the air, acid rain, bird droppings, and tree sap are other potential sources of damage to your car. A coating will prevent these contaminants from bonding with the paint. Especially with the air pollution rate rising in cities, ceramic coating is a huge relief from airborne contaminants tarnishing a car’s paint.
Hydrophobic Nature, Ease of Cleaning
When it comes to waxing and other types of detailing, washing your car becomes a headache. With ceramic coating, you don’t have to worry about the polymer wearing off. (Incidentally, removing it completely requires another process involving a polishing and wet-sanding.)
Not only does it blend with your car’s paint but also repels water. This means that all water-based dirt and grime will bead on the surface and eventually slide off. A quick jet wash afterward and you have yourself a spotless, ageless car.
This is where the aesthetics all car owners will love. Much like car bra, ceramic coating also gloss and depth into your car’s paint. It will give your car a glossy look, bringing the best out of the original paint job.
Unlike traditional coatings, which are typically concocted from polymer resins, a ceramic coating is silicon dioxide or silica (SiO2) based. Commonly derived from quartz crystals and sand, silica creates an invisible, extremely resilient “nanotechnology coating” when combined with elements like titanium dioxide, poly silazane, triethanolamine, water, and various other ingredients. Once cured atop a hard surface, this viscous liquid forms a crystal-clear shell, a product that is referred to as a nano-ceramic coating, or ceramic coating for short.
After the application of the ceramic coating, water-based contaminants will bead on your car’s surface and eventually slide off. But they still contain natural minerals and soluble particles that will stay on the surface after the water has evaporated.
Ceramic coating cannot get rid of the water spots that are produced as a result, the removal of which will require a far more hands-on approach.
You will still need to regularly wash your car. A layer of the ceramic coating does not give your car superpowers to auto-clean itself. While we are all waiting for a miracle product that would do that, for now, let’s focus on the bright side of ceramic coating.
Real garages and detail companies like us TINTIX, have all the right facilities, products, tools, and resources for the job and take the proper time to make sure the vehicle is 100% prepared for a ceramic coating. Because of our level of attention to detail, ceramic coating jobs can take days and cost from several hundreds of dollars to a couple thousand.
A pro ceramic coating product that we use in TINTIX is an ultra-high-end sealant that must be applied by highly skilled, certified professionals. This translates to the need for controlled environments, expensive equipment, and highly trained staff members, which in turn, translates to installation costs.
The fact remains that most cars require quite a bit of prep work before they are ready to receive a ceramic coating. This means scrubbing down surfaces with a clay bar, a ton of isopropyl alcohol spraying and microfiber polishing. as ceramic coating takes a back seat to surface prep.
The installation of a professional ceramic coating takes around Seven days to cure. Naturally, this time frame can be reduced drastically if the car’s paintwork is in pristine condition, or if the vehicle in question is small of stature.
How much does ceramic coating cost? At TINTIX we have two options:
The short answer is yes. Ceramic coating has great benefits that will add value to your car in the long run. It will make your job of cleaning and maintaining it less tedious. So that you spend more time driving and enjoying your car than thinking about ways to keep it protected and clean.
But if you ask us whether it is a one-stop solution for all your paint worries, we would slant to the negative. There’s no one product in the market that will guarantee the complete protection of your car. If there were, we wouldn’t be discussing ceramic coating, one of the finest car paint protection services available today.
Is ceramic coating worth it? In many cases, ceramic coating your paint is absolutely worth the price. It provides great protection against contaminants and minor scratches, all while making the vehicle much easier to clean up.
Is ceramic coating permanent? A Ceramic Coating creates a permanent or semi-permanent bond with a vehicle’s paint, meaning that it does not wash away or break down and does not require repeated application every few months.