Most of the time, people tend to go for the cheap solution, by choosing a DIY ceramic coating, but, will the outcome be the same as if you chose a professional grade coating?

Don’t get me wrong, I love DIYs and they are great. They offer amazing hardness, awesome hydrophobic effect, and many more, but they tend to have a short lifespan and you can apply only one layer.

When you apply a ceramic coating, you expect superior protection, extended lifespan, and maintenance as easy as possible.

While many DIY ceramic coatings are can be applied to different materials, these all-in-one solutions simply don’t hold up the same. Some of them will last for about a year, while others might last up to five.

In today’s article, we’ll break down some of the most critical reasons why a professional grade ceramic coating is better than a common DIY.

With A Pro Ceramic Coating You Can Apply Multiple Layers


Professional-grade ceramic coatings, such as Ceramic Pro 9H and Nanodiamond Car-Paint, require a controlled environment and must be applied by professional installers. Pro coatings are unforgiving and if you make a mistake, you’ll need to remove them and start the process over and over again, while DIY coatings tend to be more flexible and easy to apply, but they do not support multiple layers.

Look, theoretically you can apply more than one layer of DIY ceramic coating,  but it’s not going to bond properly and the only thing you’ll achieve is wasting your money.

In short, a professional-grade nano coating can stack on top of each layer due to the superior engineered carrier solvents. The hard part is the application and removal, while this is one of the most popular reasons why amateurs don’t apply pro coatings.

That being said, a professional-grade nanoceramic coating offers the ability of multiple layering, meaning that you can increase its’ durability.

Multiple layers of protection Single-layer of protection
More expensive Cheaper
Increase durability Standard durability
Requires pro installer Can be done by amateurs
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Increased SiO2 Does Not Increase Hardness

Many DIY ceramic coating manufacturers often promote their amazing SiO2 percentage in their formulations, claiming it makes their products stronger and better. That’s not true. SiO2 is the ingredient that helps provide a smooth surface (Hydrophobic effect).

Now, the ingredient that increases the hardness and lifespan of a nanocoating is Titanium Dioxide or TiO2.

If you only want to have the hydrophobic effect and dazzle your friends by throwing liquids on your surfaces and watch like butter, any coating will do the job.

If you truly want supreme results, stop watching the SiO2 percentages and pay attention to TiO2.

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Preparation Is Critical

People, we said it before and we are saying it now. The most important part before applying a ceramic coating is preparation, especially on pro ceramic coatings.

Let me be clear about something. There is no ceramic coating in the world, that repairs scratches or damages on your car’s paint. Due to this fact, it’s crucial to repair any imperfections before applying a nanocoating.

Now, preparation consists of a proper car wash, clay bar treatment, paint correction (if needed), and Isopropyl Alcohol spray.

Because of the complexity of the preparation, most users tend to hire professionals just to be certain, before applying a ceramic coating.

Keep in mind though, that even a DIY coating requires proper prep work.


Guaranteed Results

A DIY ceramic coating is an easy-to-apply solution, but the chances for failure are a lot. See, most of the time, amateurs try to apply a nanocoating, but due to their lack of knowledge and experience, they often fail and blame the manufacturers.

I really don’t know why people do that. The fact that you do not know what you’re doing, doesn’t mean it’s the manufacturer’s fault.

So, instead of pointing your fingers to someone else, try to understand how ceramic coatings work, what’s the prep work, and how to apply them correctly.

Now, to avoid all the fuss you can always hire a professional installer and get the job done properly. And the best part? If the application fails, you know who to rightfully blame.


In short, if you truly want a superior coating, the professional-grade ceramic coatings is the recommended solution.

With DIY coatings you’re taking a calculated risk, but they are cheaper.

Anyway, the choice is entirely yours.

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Constantine Stephan

Constantine Stephan is the Founder and Chief Editor of Nanex.

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