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What is a ceramic coating?

     There are many different types of ceramic based coatings on the market.  Many are Si02 or “Silica” glass based coatings.  Some are metal oxide or even graphene based now.  However, which ever coating you choose to apply, or have a professional apply, is going to protect your vehicle’s paint, glass, metal, and plastic surfaces for years instead of months.

How can a ceramic coating protect your vehicle?

     These ceramic coatings, when applied correctly, bond to the surface and create a very slick and glossy surface.  This will aid in the cleaning and maintence of your vehicle for years.  

Are these coatings bullet proof? In short, no.  However they do offer minor swirl resistance and it makes cleaning bird bombs and bug guts much easier.  

How are ceramic coatings applied?

     Your vehicles paint must be clean and free of any previous waxes and sealants.  For the best optical results, the paint should at least be polished to reduce swirls, minor scratches, and other paint defects.  Now depending on the polish choosen, you may need to wipe the paint down with a panel wipe that ensures no residue or oils are left on the paint after polishing.  Some polishes act as primers and dont need to be panel wiped.  After the paint is cleaned, polished and prepped the ceramic coating is applied in small 2x2ft sections.  depending on the coating you may need to allow it to flash or have the carrier fluids evaporate away.  Then the area can be lightly leveled with soft microfiber towels, which will help to spread the coating evenly and remove any residue that needs to be removed.  This process is repeated over the enitre vehicle.  The exterior textured plastics are also coated, but this process is much more forgiving. The wheel faces are also coated, and if needed the wheels can be removed, cleaned and coated inside and out and then reinstalled. The glass can also be coated in the same fashion.

How long does a ceramic coating last?

     This depends on the ceramic coating.  Some coatings are rated for 1, 2, 3-5, or even 9-10 years!  The durability of any protection, including ceramic coatings, depends heavily on how it is maintained.

How do I maintain a ceramic coated vehicle?

     This is the best part!  Its extremely easy to wash and dry your ceramic coated vehicle.  Using a quality shampoo, soft wash mitts and microfiber drying towels, and a topper. A “topper” is a ceramic spray sealant that is applied onto all the surfaces after the wash.  The topper can be applied onto the vehicle right after the rinse stage, and used to aid in drying the vehicle.  Tunnel washes and ANY car washes that use strong chemicals and brushes should NEVER be used.  Doing so will greatly impact the durability and quality of your vehicles paint.

Who do I call to have a ceramic coating applied to my vehicle?

     Please do your research!  When choosing a Detailer feel free to ask questions about the process and coatings used.   If they have a website, make sure to read all services and information provided. A quality detailer will treat the customer like family.  We want to build lasting relationships with out customers. So we will ensure that we use quality products that prodcue the results our customers are paying for!

Should I have my BRAND NEW Vehicle Polished?

Execllent Question!  This should only be determined after the Detailer has properly washed and inspected your vehicle.  The only way to deteremine the need to polish your new vehicle will be inspecting the paint with lights.  We look for any blemished, scratches, swirls, and dust nibs left over over from the factory or dealership handling your vehicle.  In most cases a simple Paint Ehancement polish is all that is needed to remedy any minor blemishes.  We alwasy take paint depth readings to ensure there is plenty of clear coat before we continue with any machine polishing.



     Well why would a dealership tell me not to wax my vehicle?  Unfortunately we can't answer that question directly since really we don't know why they would say such a thing.  But what we can tell you is that not properly washing and protecting (wax/sealant) your vehicles paint from the elements will incur damage.  Your vehicles clear-coat, meant to protect and add gloss to your vehicle, is not impervious to the elements.  It is basically a layer of transparent paint.  It needs washing and protection.  Improper washing will ruin your vehicles finish, so accurate knowledge and experience is needed to properly maintain your vehicles paint.


     Improper compounding and polishing can also ruin your vehicles finish.  Untrained and careless "detailers" have been known to cause such damage.  A high-speed rotary polisher in the wrong hands will cause swirls, holograms (buffer trails) and can even burn through the clear-coat, especially at the corners and edges of your vehicles panels. 


     Protecting your vehicle with a Sacrificial Barrier is very important. 


       "The primary purpose of a car wax or synthetic paint sealant is to act as a sacrificial barrier coating over the surface of your car’s paint. The idea being that anytime anything comes into contact with your car’s paint, before it can cause any damage to the paint it first has to get past the layer of wax or paint sealant. When your car’s paint is under attack, the layer of wax or paint sealant sacrifices itself so your paint doesn’t have to sacrifice itself.  Or in other words, the layer of wax or paint sealant gives itself up so your car’s paint doesn’t have to give itself up."

     -Mike Phillips

     Director of Training at 3D Products