What Does A Nano-Ceramic Coating Do?
Nano-ceramic coatings, usually ceramic coatings, are a semi-permanent protection for your vehicle’s clear coat. This coating will protect your vehicle’s exterior from dirt, grime, and many chemicals that can stain or damage it. Depending on quality and application, a nano-ceramic coating generally lasts for about two to five years before needing to be reapplied.
The added protection is excellent, but the aesthetic benefit of a nano-ceramic coating makes the options shine. Ceramic coatings provide a better gloss that stays cleaner longer. Vehicles with a ceramic coating are easier to clean thanks to a hydrophobic coating that repels water. This same repellent feature also makes it harder for dirt and grime to adhere to the exterior of a vehicle.
Nano-ceramic coatings also offer protection from oxidization and UV damage, which is especially useful in places like Phoenix and Scottsdale, where the sun and its brutal UV rays are not avoided.
Ceramic coatings will generally outperform waxes and sealants regarding protection and longevity. Most detailers think of a nano-ceramic coating as a superior alternative to waxing, thanks to the perpetual polish it provides.
A clear bra is a protectant option with a thicker application, but most don’t offer the same level of shine or hydrophobic water-repellent properties. You don’t necessarily have to choose one or the other. Ceramic coatings and clear bras are beneficial and can be applied to the exact vehicle.
Most nano-ceramic coatings have a 9H hardness rate, which means they can resist swirl marks and even minor scratches. That being said, a nano-ceramic layer is not a paint protection film. If you want maximum protection from rock chips or scratches, you should strongly consider getting a clear bra in addition to the ceramic coating.
A ceramic coating also isn’t a substitute for frequent washes. Although the hydrophobic coating will help reduce water spotting and dirt adhesion, it’s not magic. Vehicles with ceramic coating should still be washed regularly to maintain the high-gloss shine.
Why Are Ceramic Coatings Better Than Wax?
If you have a lot of time on your hands, are an expert in detailing, or have the money to get your vehicle detailed regularly, you can nearly replicate the effects of ceramic coating. Wax offers a similar shine but will only last for weeks.
You are likely familiar with wax – it’s somewhat sticky. Things can get attached to wax and become embedded in it. This can happen with the surface of your car as well. Waxes have a low bonding rate and melting point, so they degrade quickly in the elements, especially in hot climates like Phoenix.
Waxes also don’t offer the same level of protection from chemicals, industrial fallout, or swirling/minor scratches a clear bra or nano-ceramic coating can offer.
Sealants can provide similar protections, but the abrasion, UV, and chemical resistance they offer to your car’s clear coat isn’t at the same level you’d get from a high-quality ceramic coating.
Applying Nano-Ceramic Coating and Why Professional Installation Is Important
Applying the coating to a vehicle isn’t necessarily the most challenging process to get right. Prepping a car is a tedious, time-consuming task. If a vehicle isn’t adequately prepared, the ceramic coating won’t adhere properly and won’t offer the protection or aesthetic benefits you seek.
Applying ceramic coating yourself may be cheaper, but the savings are attributable to a shop’s labor hours in prep time. Professional detailers are dedicated to making sure a ceramic coating is effective. It lasts as long as possible, so they don’t cut corners on prep or miss easy-to-neglect spots.
A detailer will use professional polishing and paint correction tools to get your car as shiny as possible. If your vehicle isn’t at maximum glossiness before the coating is added, no post-application polishing will get it there.
The coating also needs to be used sparingly according to manufacturer recommendations. Small sections should be done at a time. The layer must sit on each section for a set amount before being completely wiped off. It’s a delicate, time-consuming process to do right. Suitable towels and applicators should also maximize effectiveness and ensure even results.
Get the Best Possible Nano-Ceramic Coating and Clear Bra Treatments in Phoenix and Scottsdale
Vehicle owners who want their vehicle to maintain that ultra-polished look without needing wax every month should strongly consider getting a ceramic coating from RPM Automotive. If you’re looking for maximum protection from chemicals, UV damage, weather erosion, bird droppings, tree sap, and even light scratches, we can help.
Contact our detailing experts at 602.776.8888.