Applying a ceramic coating isn’t something cheap, especially if you want to buy a professional coating.
While nanocoatings, in general, are extremely durable and their lifespan is pretty decent, they require some kind of maintenance, like wash or parking indoors, in order to keep these cool features at their peak.
Maintaining a nanoceramic coating can prevent oxidation, increase the lifespan, and of course, maintain the shine of your vehicle.
Now, many people will tell you all sorts of things about nanocoating maintenance, but how can you know the truth, if you are not a professional?
That is why today we’re going to bust some myths about ceramic coating maintenance and help you understand better, what’s legit and what’s not.
Why Maintaining Your Ceramic Coating Is Important
Many people out there choose a professional-grade ceramic coating for its’ ability to accept multiple layers of protection. While most coatings, DIY or Pro, offer amazing hydrophobic abilities, maintenance is always required.
See, a nanocoating penetrates the pores of your clear coat and forms an invisible protective membrane that repels liquids, dirt, and other contaminants.
Sometimes though, high-density contaminants, such as bird feces tend to latch on our surfaces and start oxidizing them.
You can view a video about ceramic coating maintenance by Chicago Auto Pros:
See, the problem is, when your amazing nanocoating constantly protects your vehicle from UV rays, its’ hydrophobic abilities are reducing, thus, contaminants tack a lot easier than before.
When that time comes, your only ally will be proper maintenance.
We recommend washing your car every two weeks, using one of these three methods:
The three-bucket method. The three-bucket method is a highly-efficient way to wash your car by simply taking three empty buckets and filling one with car shampoo and water, the other with only water, and the last one with a wheel cleaning product and water.
High-pressure wash. If you have a high-pressure washing machine, you’re golden mate. See, unlike normal-pressure hoses, they tend to clean your surfaces a lot better and make the washing process easier.
Visit a car wash. Don’t have the necessary materials for a proper car wash or want a pro cleaning? You can always visit your nearest car wash. Be careful though, if they use an automatic washing machine don’t go.
MYTH #1: Any Soap Is Ok For Ceramic Coatings
We said it before, and we’re saying it now. Stop using common dish soaps to wash your car.
Ceramic coatings require specific car shampoos, that are pH neutral and doesn’t contain wax. Now, not only common dish soaps contain a different type of formula unfit for cars, their pH is freaking high, like +9.
While car shampoos with wax are generally good for your surfaces, they are not suggested once you’ve applied a ceramic coating, because they may reduce the hydrophobic effect.
So, if you’re going to wash your ceramic coated vehicle on your own, make sure to use a proper car shampoo.
MYTH #2: Use A Quick Detail Spray
Many people believe that using a quick detail spray to maintain a nanocoating is an ok option. Well, that’s true and false. If you have to attend a car show or a serious meeting, a quick detail spray is a good solution to remove light dust.
Now, if you don’t have a serious reason to use it, you should probably go for the proper maintenance. You know, buckets, mitt, etc.
MYTH #3: All Ceramic Boost Sprays Are Similar
A debate has started recently on ‘all-in-one’ ceramic coatings, that claim to boost the performance, provide 9H hardness and a long lifespan, when used on top of a nanocoating.
There are some good options out there, such as SiO2 Boosters, but it’s truly difficult to select the proper one.
Did you know that there are 4 different types of #ceramiccoatings? ⤵️
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Nowadays, there are three basic spray categories:
Teflon-based sprays: Teflon is considered a “ceramic” material, but it’s not great for paint protection. Sure it’s going to make your vehicle shine and appear hydrophobic, but don’t expect anything else.
Silicone-based sprays: Silicone/wax hybrid sprays are often advertised as “ceramic coatings”. Yes, these ingredients are ceramic, but they don’t bond as strong as a proper ceramic coating. This is a cheap and good way to protect, but it’s not the top.
SiO2 boost sprays: It’s time for the big boys to play, meaning SiO2 and TiO2. These two ingredients are the keys for a successful, hardened, and hydrophobic protection. In short, if you want to use a spray to maintain a ceramic coating, this is the top choice.
MYTH #4: You Can Wash It Anywhere
It’s Sunday morning, you wake up, you eat breakfast, and decide to go outside and wash your beauty. Well, how about not?
Many people have a destructive habit to wash their cars in direct sunlight, which for us, is the worst mistake you can do.
See, when you wash your vehicle with a soaked in soap clay mitt, the liquid soap dries on the surfaces because of the heat, thus marking your precious baby with stains.
To avoid this problem, never wash it in direct sunlight, and choose shaded areas or a garage.
MYTH #5: It Will Stay Forever
This is probably one of the biggest myths in ceramic coatings. You’ll definitely encounter manufacturers claiming that their product is permanent, but let me ask you this. Name me one thing on this planet that is permanent.
There is no such thing as a permanent solution, simply because all materials know to mankind have an “expiration date”.
Unless you have found a vibranium coating, I’m sorry to break it to you but it’s semi-permanent.
Many professionals and amateurs talk a lot about ceramic coatings, but many times they suggest false solutions and advertise fake characteristics, just to sell you the nanocoating. So, you don’t have to believe everything you hear, unless you search it on your own.
That’s it! I hope our myth-busting article helped you and if it did, smash the share button and let your friends know about it.
Until next time, we salute you nano-wonderer.