Everything You Need To Know About Automotive & Ceramic Coatings
Ceramic coatings are hard polymer shells that are layered on top of your car’s paint to provide it with durable protection for years to come. Traditionally, cars have been protected by natural waxes and sealants but during the early 21st century, evolution in polymer technologies and aerospace industry have pushed for more durable protection in the automotive industry.
What’s the difference between Coatings and Waxes/Sealants
Traditional waxes and sealants normally last for only a few weeks to a handful of months depending on their exposure to environment and elements. These waxes and sealants normally just form an elastic layer on top of the painted surface while dedicated coatings chemically bond with the clear coat to create a glossy and hydrophobic surface that resists chemical damage.
It’s very important to note that sometimes sealants are falsely declared or marketed as coatings nowadays and it’s best to do your research on this matter. If unsure, please directly contact us regarding the product and installation.
How long do they last?
Coatings can last anywhere from a year to ten years. Most of this depends on the installation process, the type and concentration of coating substrate(eg. Silicon Carbide, Silicon Dioxide, Graphine etc.), maintenance of the vehicle, and exposure to elements(eg. Parked indoors vs exposure to industrial fall out.) Ask us about more on this as we occasionally switch coating types.
How long does it take to install a coating?
The process can take anywhere from 4-6 hours and most of the time is used to prepare the surface for installation. This prep-work may require some paint correction or polishing/compounding of the vehicle. Polishing or compounding is a process of using an abrasive substrate that removes imperfections or blemishes from the paint so that the vehicle gets a deep clean and smooth surface to ensure proper bonding of the coating while enhancing the aesthetics of the vehicle.
When do I get my car coated?
Any car can be coated but it is preferable to coat the car as soon as you get it. Sometimes we’ve had to go with our customer to the dealership or Tesla factory! However, that’s not necessary. Ideally, a car that’s no longer than 5 years old is preferable. After that, the car‘s coating may not be last as long as the purported warranty because the paint may have small pores, chips and embedded contaminants that will reduce the coating lifespan.
How do I maintain my coated car?
Coatings are very easy to maintain though they aren’t bulletproof. Going through automatic car washes may not be a good idea while a high quality hand wash may be fine. We have a full guide here that may help you.
Can I coat my RV, boat or aircraft?
At Robust Auto Detailing, we’ve coated RVs primarily. Some installers do focus primarily on boats and aircrafts and hence they can be done. However, we would recommend that you find someone who has some accreditation with working on aircrafts and boats.
What else can be coated?
Any surface that has clear coat(eg. Wheels, certain chrome etc.), some vinyl, glass, fabrics, carpets, polycarbonates(eg. lights) and trim pieces can be coated. However, each surface may use a different coating for durability and effect.
Do you have any more questions? Please let us know. You can also book us to have your car coated.