Ceramic coating is big these days and you’re probably wondering why. If it’s your first time hearing it, don’t worry, you’ll know everything about it plus a step-by-step guide on how to apply it properly.
What is Ceramic Coating?
Ceramic coating is a chemical polymer solution used to protect your car’s paint from any damage. Think of it as another layer of protection to prevent chipping, scratches, and other possible damages that can be done to your car’s exterior. Because it acts as another layer, it helps keep your car’s paint intact and damage-free.
Ceramic coating also goes by the name, nano-ceramic coating. While it is confused by others to paint protection film, ceramic coating is more of an alternative to waxing. Just like waxing, it acts as another layer to prevent dirt, dust, soot, and grime from getting deep into the surface of your car.
Why Apply Ceramic Coating?
For obvious reasons, you would want to apply a ceramic coating over your car’s paint because of its protective traits. However, there’s more to the coating than you think. Here’s a rundown on the advantages of having ceramic coating all over your car.
Protection from stains and water spots
Stains and water spots are more than just dirt sticking to your car’s paint finish. When stains are left untreated, they can permanently stay on your car leaving it ugly and difficult to clean or repair. Plus, stains have acidic substances that can damage your paint. Other than just leaving a stain behind, they can also permanently damage your car’s paint when they bond with the paint’s chemicals.
With a ceramic coating, there is another layer that can protect from these harmful substances. To add to that, the ceramic coating allows you to clean stains easier and prevent water spots.
Low Maintenance Cleaning
One of the characteristics of ceramic coating is it’s hydrophobic waterproofing. Because it’s hydrophobic, water-based stains and other kinds of dirt will automatically be repelled by the coating. Instead of staying and causing a stain, or worse, seeping into the paint, the coating automatically stops that from happening.
At the same time, the hydrophobic property of the coating against all water and mud makes it easy to clean. All you need is a moist microfiber cloth to wipe the surface. The coating won’t be removed because it needs more than just water.
Even with matte paint available, you have to admit that there is no substitute for a glossy car. The gloss makes it look brand new and well-maintained which is all anyone can hope for. While it doesn’t give a metallic shine to it, it does give enough gloss that brings out the best in the paint.
Protection from UV Rays
Lastly, you should know that ceramic coating also protects your car from UV rays. If you aren’t aware, UV rays can also damage your car’s paint through fading and oxidation. With a ceramic coating, there’s no need to worry about leaving your car under the sun. The coating keeps the UV rays at bay and doesn’t let those rays penetrate through its protective wall.
By now, you’re probably excited to apply your ceramic coating. Head on to the next section to know how.
A Step-by-Step Guide on Applying Ceramic Coating
Follow these steps to ensure that you apply the ceramic coating right.
Step 1: Washing the Car
The first thing you have to do before applying any form of ceramic coating is to prep your car. This means washing your car. This is an important pre-work because it ensures that all the dirt and dust has been removed. You don’t want any debris damaging your paint when you apply the coating. Take note that all the dirt should be removed because a ceramic coating is semi-permanent that lasts for several years.
Step 2: Paint Correction If Needed
Once your car is clean, it’s time to do some paint correction if needed. You want to make sure that all paint swirls and scratches are fixed before you apply the coating. If some of the paint has been severely damaged, it’s best to bring them to a professional auto detailing shop. However, there are some paint problems that can be fixed by yourself.
Step 3: Applying Water Mist
When your car is all done with the claying and possibly paint correction if needed, it’s time to coat. Midnight Driver’s M910 Ceramic Coating has a concentrated formula and requires a fine mist of water onto the surface of the paint before applying the coating with the applicator sponge.
Step 4: Applying the Coating
Finally, the most awaited part. To apply the coating, use a small sponge and place a generous amount of product. When applying the coating, it is better to go in one direction. It is often better to do a criss-cross motion to ensure that the whole area is covered. While you’re putting the coating, you’ll notice that you will feel a little resistance as you go. This is perfectly normal, as that is the coating starting to work and bond to the paint surface.
Step 5: Flashing
Depending on the temperature in your area, the flashing time may vary. For example, if it’s 70 degrees Fahrenheit, you can let it sit for 90 seconds. If it’s 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s 120 seconds, and so on.
Step 6: Wiping and Dry Buffing
After flash, it’s time to wipe the area that was just flashed. Using a wet towel, glide over the surface of your car. Simply wipe it once until all areas are covered. Immediately after you wipe it with the wet towel, use another dry towel to buff the ceramic coatings to clarity onto the paint surface. This gives the final gloss to your car.