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In order to help you by providing this guide on ceramic coating and its application, we should probably start with a short explanation of what a car ceramic coating is. Unlike traditional coatings, usually concocted from polymer resins, a ceramic one Is based on silicon dioxide or silica (SiO2). Silica, traditionally derived from quartz crystals and sand, creates an invisible “nanotechnology coating”, which when combined with other ingredients, such as titanium dioxide and water, becomes rather resilient.

Once cured, this viscous liquid becomes a crystal-clear shell, i.e. a product commonly referred to as a nano ceramic coating, or ceramic coating. Now that we have a good idea of the science behind this great product, we can take a closer look at the ways in which it can help your car.
Why is it used on cars?

The primary reason is its amazing resistance to heat, abrasion, chemical and impact. That’s why many car components, from the wheel hubs to a car’s engine bay, feature this protective layer. Also, it could be applied to a car’s paint because of its hydrophobic properties. This transparent layer resists UV rays, repels road grime and prevents minor scratches and extreme heat from eating into your car’s paintwork.
What options are there?

Like with most other products, when ceramic coatings first appeared, they were rather pricy. However, the situation has changed and they are now quickly reaching a point where they are financially feasible on a DIY level. Still, you need to know that not all car ceramic coating products are suitable for every car. Basically, you have professionally applied products and DIY consumer kits. Needless to say, they vary in terms of price and amount of prep time involved.
What you need to know?

Don’t think that once you’ve applied a great nano ceramic coating, you don’t need to look after it properly. You still need to clean it regularly, but you’ll soon realize that cleaning should be done less frequently and that it takes much less time. Next, you need to be aware that, regardless of how great a ceramic coating might look, it still loses it protective properties over time. Once the molecular structure starts deteriorating, the coating needs to be stripped entirely before a new layer is applied. Needless to say, the better you look after your car, the longer the coating will last.

You should also be aware that, if you decide to apply a coating yourself, you need to invest a lot of time in preparation. You need to attend to surface blemishes, clear coat oxidation and paint correction before you apply a coating. Finally, you shouldn’t expect nano ceramic car coatings to provide shiny and glossy finish that would hide things like faded paint, swirl marks or scratches. That’s why you need to take care of all imperfections before you apply a layer of this protective coating.
How to maintain a ceramic coating?

If you want your coating to look sharp, you need to hand wash the entire vehicle with water and a pH neutral shampoo. The shampoo you use should not contain any waxes or sealants. Also, you need to apply a high quality SiO2 ceramic boost spray every couple of months. This layer will rest on top of the existing ceramic coating and it can be layered, which means you don’t need to remove one layer before applying another. This will extend the life of your nano coating and add additional depth and shine to the paint underneath.
Conclusion

If you can afford to protect your car, it’s highly recommended you consider applying a ceramic coating. This job is best left to professionals, since you might not be able to give appropriate attention to details that can ruin your attempt to provide protection to your car. On the other hand, a professional is experienced and knows what needs to be done, but you need to be ready to pay more.

There is also a DIY option, which includes a lot of your time and effort, but you could really save some serious money. Luckily, there is a wide range of products available now and you can find many useful tutorials online. Basically, you need to weigh the pros and cons of both options and opt for the one which has better chances of being successful.