One of the most popular questions we get is if ceramic coatings are able to remove scratches and the answer is 100% guaranteed no.

Although, i am definitely sure that if scientists find a way to make nano coatings “paint healing”, that’s it – game over. All the other paint protections will be 1000 light years old inferior. 

Anyhow, we are not here to discuss what if, instead we are going to break down the reasons why it’s not self-healing, why it can’t remove scratches and what exactly does it do. 


Can ceramic coating remove scratches?

This is a very common question in the auto universe and the answer isn’t hard at all – no. Ceramic coatings can’t remove scratches because they have not these types of properties. Basically it can not

  • Self-heal
  • Repair damages
  • Remove scratches 
  • Remove swirl marks

So if you are looking to apply a nano coating because you want to “fix” your car’s paint, you’ll be horribly disappointed.

See, nanoceramic coatings are liquid polymer solutions that work by penetrating the tiny imperfections of your car’s clear coat and form a semi-permanent transparent layer of protection that reduces the chances of oxidation and damage but does not have the ability to repair existing damages.

This is why polishing is required before applying the nano protection and paint correction in general. 

Before you apply the protection your surfaces must be nearly perfect and without any damages or swirl marks, because if you apply the coating on top of your damages it’ll look like crap and wear off pretty soon.

Do Ceramic Coatings Fill Scratches?

We are the type of dudes that talk with exact terms, so yeah, it can fill the scratches but there’s a huge difference between repairing a scratch and filling it. 

Like we said before, a nanoceramic coating penetrates the microscopic pores of your car’s clear coat, fills them and forms a very strong protective layer that shields your surfaces from all sorts of threats.


So, yes, it fills the scratches with its tiny microscopic nano particles but it doesn’t repair anything or even cover it. 

Keep in mind that ceramic coating is transparent, thus, the scratches will be there no matter what.

What to not expect from a nano coating

Ceramic coatings are amazing but like all things it has some downsides. They are not a lot, but it’s necessary to tell you them.

Do they protect me from rock chips?

Nanoceramic coatings do not shield your vehicle against rock chip damage simply because the mass and speed of the flying objects are too much for the protection. 

If you are looking for a paint protection that is suited for rock chip damage, PPFs are the the greatest option right now. 

Do they prevent all kinds of scratches?

While nano coatings have a hardness grade of 9H (10H is the hardest material know to man – diamond) they can’t withstand everything. 

They can prevent minor scratches to a certain degree using a sharp object, let’s say for example tree branches or car keys, but they do not stand a chance in front of a chainsaw or a bullet.

do they repel everything and always?

A great misconception about nano coatings is that they can always repel anything, but that’s not true. 

While they can repel most liquids and contaminants, there are certain substances that are denser than others, for example paint or bird droppings.

Of course a simple rinse is all it takes to clean it up. Not even a standard wash.

do they prevent water spots (stains)?

Nanoceramic coatings form a transparent layer of protection that shields your clear coat and the layers underneath it from oxidation and stains, but this doesn’t mean that stains won’t be there if you let them.

See, water contains traces of salt, thus when you leave water on top of your car’s surfaces it’ll dry out and leave a salty-type stain.

The huge difference though between a coated and a non-coated vehicle is that stains in non-coated vehicles are extremely hard to remove, while in coated they can be removed with a simple washing.


then what does it do for your car?

Applying a 9H ceramic coating is the best way to protect your car from threats that can damage it, oxidize it, and eventually destroy it.

Once the coating is cured, it provides a variety of benefits including:

  • Liquid Stain Prevention: Stains from liquids can be extremely hard to remove but thanks to the SiO2 percentages infused in the formula, stains belong to the past.
  • Reduces UV Damage: Sunlight is one of your worst enemies because it destroys the clear coat and later on the paint. 
  • Easiest Maintenance Ever: If you’re tired of spending too much time maintaining useless paint protections, then ceramic coatings is tailor-made for you. In order to maintain your coating simply wash your car once every two weeks. That’s it!
  • Provides Unique Depth: Nanoceramic coatings do not enhance the shine of your car – Always remember that! What they do is increase the depth of a glossy finish and enhance the matte effect of a matty finish. 
  • Protection Against Scratches: A ceramic coating thanks to the TiO2 percentages is able to prevent minor scratches using a sharp a object to a certain degree. It’s crucial to understand that it prevents, not repairs.
  • Extended Lifespan: We all love lifespan. Who doesn’t want something that lasts for a really long time and what’s better than a protection that lasts for over a decade? Either you buy a DIY kit or apply a Pro-Grade coating, you’re secured for a long time.
  • Hydrophobic Effect: When a nano coating is applied on your clear coat, it penetrates its tiny pores and forms an invisible hydrophobic layer. This means that any liquids, dirt, or other contaminants will simply repel off your surfaces and even if they don’t, a simple rinse will be enough for you to remove them once and for all.
have your heard of paint protection film?

have your heard of paint protection film?

Paint protection film, also known as PPF or Clear Bra is a protective transparent film that shields your exterior surfaces from liquids and contaminants, while they can be stretched to fit extremely complex curves and edges.

The key benefits of a Paint Protection Film that as ceramic coating has not, are that will prevent damage from debris and rock chips, and that in most cases has self-healing abilities.

There are several types of PPF, meaning that some are can reflect rock chips better, while others reflect better debris or some have a larger lifespan than others.

but why do i care about pPF?

If you’re looking for a self-healing paint protection, then go for the PPF. 

One amazing PPF we recommend is KAVAVA by Ceramic Pro because it offers a huge variety of benefits.

can i combine it though?

Hell yeah! If you want the ultimate paint protection, then ceramic coat your car and later apply a PPF. This is the epic combo if you’re looking for next level protection.

let's wrap it up

A nano coating is the best protection you can offer to your beauty and it does wonders but it works as protection, not correction. 

It’s really important to understand that prep work is definitely required when you talk about ceramic coatings.

That’s it people! 

Till next time,

-Nanex out

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Constantine Stephan

Constantine Stephan is the Founder and Chief Editor of Nanex.

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