You will not find a professional detailer that will tell you that ceramic coatings aren’t the best paint protection solution on the market. Scientists have developed sophisticated formulas that are customized for specific materials, applications, and customer use. When a professional installer applies a professional-grade ceramic coating, he guarantees a semi-permanent protection that will last for a long long time. So, what’s the best time to apply a nano-coating? Should you apply it when you buy the car and it’s brand new or wait a little bit?
Well, to answer this interesting question, we’ll simply put it this way.
We always say that in order to apply a ceramic coating, you must first clean the surfaces very well, thus, when a car is brand new, it’s the greatest opportunity to apply a nanoceramic coating.
A brand new vehicle is the professional installer’s dream because the final outcome is magnificent and the prep work isn’t that exhausting.
So, yeap. Once you buy the car, protect it.
What Are The Different Types Of Ceramic Coating for Cars?
Did you know that there are several types of ceramic coatings out on the market? In a matter of fact, many people believe that nano coatings have the most types in the paint protection world. There are three types of nanoceramic coating for cars:
- Spray-On Ceramic Wax: The first type is very easy to apply, cheap, and with almost no protection. This is a quick solution, for people who don’t want to invest in a proper paint protection or need some type of protection for a specific event. Their formulations often include polymers, Teflon or Silicon Dioxide (SiO2) and their main goal is to provide a hydrophobic effect, without being protective, while they last for about six months.
- DIY Ceramic Coatings: The next level is DIY Nano Coatings. They are easier to apply and offer amazing hydrophobic and protective abilities. Their lifespan can reach up to 5 years, while their cost compared with their benefits is totally worth it. We recommend applying a DIY nanoceramic coating if you are looking a decent paint protection, for a decent amount of coin.
- Professional-Grade Nanoceramic Coatings: The final level of nano coatings are the professional-grade coatings. Applying a pro-grade coating means that you really want to protect your car, while they offer titan-like protection from all sorts of threats and last for a really long time. This solution is for car owners who seek the ultimate paint protection solution and are willing to pay top coin for it. Also, they require professional installation, and also have the ability of multiple layering, meaning that you can apply more than a single coating.
What Features Matter When Comparing Different Ceramic Coatings
No matter how much money you have or much you love your car, you must always do your homework. There are more important factors in a product than a good advertisement or low price, that’s why you should know them before choosing a nano coating or another paint protection solution.
- It Must Last For A Long Time: One of the most crucial features that you should always look for in a paint protection product is its lifespan. For example, a high-quality DIY nanoceramic product should last for at least +3 years, while a superior-quality professional-grade nano coating should exceed a decade. So, if you come across a paint protection product that has a really short lifespan, think again. If you want to go with the pro-grade, we suggest choosing the lifetime warranty package, while it offers the longest lifespan available on the market.
- Annual Inspection: A ceramic coated vehicle must be checked for any imperfections or damages at least once a year. Most pro-grade warranty packages offer this annual checkup, in which professional installers can correct or enhance your nanoceramic coating and ensure its functionality.
- Hardness: Most ceramic coatings, either DIY or Professional-Grade offer 9H hardness, which basically means how resistant is your coating to scratches using a sharp object. If a manufacturer offers lower than 9H or doesn’t have the proper certifications to prove it, don’t go for it.
TIP: From our experience, you should double-check paint protection products that advertise their products a lot, because these are mostly the lower-quality ones (no offense).
5 Reasons Why Brand New Cars Require Ceramic Coating
A ceramic coating provides paint protection to the maximum level. Professional-grade nano coatings are highly concentrated and with the use of nanotechnology, they penetrate microscopic pores found in all porous surfaces including your car’s clear coat.
When you do the proper preparation and remove contaminants from the tiny imperfections of your car’s surfaces, nanoparticles fill them and form a semi-permanent transparent flat layer. While a single coat is all it takes to be fully protected, adding extra layers of the nanoceramic product will increase the overall durability and provide unique titan-like protection.
Below you will read 5 reasons why ceramic coating for new cars is a great idea:
- The Overall Cost: Cost is the first thing that car owners check before they buy a ceramic coating. There are two basic options, that have an entirely different price but also features. You can go for the DIY coating which is the cheaper solution and costs about 70$ or you can apply a professional-grade ceramic coating, but prepare to pay more than 300$. If you choose a pro-grade nano coating and have a brand new car, the cost will be less because the preparation process will be quicker, while if your car is old and has damaged surfaces, the cost will be higher because the professional installer will need to correct and fix those damages.
- It’s About Prevention, Not Correction: The majority of the car owners always look for a paint protection solution after the damage has happened. On the other, some cool people don’t want to wait for the bad things to happen so they are trying to prevent them – Kudos to those guys. Anyhow, ceramic coating your brand new vehicle is the smartest thing you can do because it prevents damages from natural elements, scratches, and many more!
- They Repel Almost Everything: Shoutout to SiO2 and the genius scientists who infused our beloved nanoceramic formulas with it. Silicon-dioxide is the key ingredient for the production of the hydrophobic effect. The hydro feature gives the chance to our cars to repel liquids and contaminants off our beautiful surfaces with ease and if something isn’t leaving them, you can always remove it with a simple rinse. This amazing ability is extremely crucial to preventing water spots, stains, and oxidation.
- Protection Against Scratches: The greatest benefit of a ceramic coating is that prevents minor-scratches. See, when a liquid nanoceramic solution is applied on your perfectly cleaned surfaces, it penetrates the microscopic pores of your vehicle’s clear coat and form a highly-protective transparent layer that blocks threats from “hitting” your paint. Now, if you want to understand how hard is a nano coating, we urge you to read our amazing article on hardness, in which you will learn how we measure the hardness of a coating and what is 9H in ceramic coatings.
- Enhances Shine & Depth: Do you know why car manufacturers hate ceramic coatings? Because they enhance the shine of their own paint job. I mean, imagine that someone takes your product, and enhances it. Anyhow, it’s important to understand that a nanoceramic coating will not make your paint glossy. Instead, if you have a gloss finish it’ll increase the depth and if you have a matte finish it’ll enhance that matte paint even more, without producing gloss.
Do Ceramic Coats Void Manufacturer’s Warranty?
To be honest, we can not give you a clear answer on this. That’s because every car manufacturer defines his own legal definitions and standards that are covered under a manufacturing warranty. In most cases, professional-grade nanoceramic coatings will not void a manufacturer’s warranty.
However, if you decide to apply a DIY ceramic coating and take full responsibility, prepare for the worst. One of the downsides of a DIY paint protection is that you cannot guarantee that any mistakes will not happen. If you accidentally hurt the painted surface of your vehicle during the preparation process, your warranty will void.