So, you’ve just had your car professional detailed by a Detailer and decided to go with that superior high-gloss finish with a ceramic coating application. First of all, congratulations on making the right decision, but frankly speaking, a ceramic-coating is not a ‘set and forget’ procedure. Having a ceramic coating applied to your car’s paintwork does not mean it is immune to becoming dirty, it definitely still can and will get contaminated. Although, you run a lower risk of it permanently damaging the paint of your car, given that you follow the right post-care and maintenance procedures.
Importance of post-care maintenance
First and foremost, taking precautionary care of your vehicle is the best way to keep your car looking new whilst maintaining that level of protection at a optimal rate for a longer period. The reason for an accelerated wear and tear or degradation of the ceramic coating, mainly comes down to neglect. Meaning, consistent washing and cleaning is crucial to achieving the best out of your paint protection, do not neglect maintenance!
If you have had your car professionally serviced by a Detailer for ceramic coating, you would notice that in order to keep your warranty valid that certain conditions must be met. In summary, washing your car regularly and correctly is key. Neglect this post care advice and you risk breaking your warranty terms and conditions.
Post care advice on car care maintenance
- Do not polish during the warranty period. Using any abrasive compounds such as polishing agents will thin out the coating.
- Try avoid parking under trees as to avoid bird droppings, tree sap and so on. Always gently clean the car afterwards to remove the resin from the paintwork. Leaving these contaminants for extended periods (especially under the sun during warm temperatures) can cause the contamination to penetrate through and cause permanent damage. Bird droppings, although seem harmless, contain highly acidic content.
- Wash your car regularly at least once every fortnight, but of course, if you drive very frequently across long distances, we recommend to wash more often.
- Use pH neutral car wash shampoo and always dry your car immediately after washing as to avoid water staining with a microfibre towel.
- Avoid automatic car wash drive-throughs and be mindful of who you use to wash your car
- Use appropriate washing techniques when washing the car eg. gently washing the car, regularly rinsing, avoid cross contamination and so on.
If your detailer has a maintenance program, we would recommend to sign up to that subscription to ensure that your car is taken care of in the most professional and more importantly, safest manner possible. Taking care of cars is what professional detailers love and do best. They are well equiped with both the materials, equipment and knowledge to bring out the best of your ceramic coating without any compromises.
You will often find that many reputable ceramic coating applicators will offer a ceramic coating maintenance program that entails an inspection, wash and treatment process that takes place 2 to 4 times a year. This allows for Detailers to address any concerning issues on an ongoing basis and reduce the likelihood of permanent damage due to negligence/accumulative contamination.
One of the biggest culprits for minor paint blemishes is due to poor washing technique and lack of education within the car care industry. Which is why we always recommend a professional to maintain your car on a regular basis. Should you decide to do this on your own, we cannot urge enough the importance of educating yourself amongst proper car washing methods. For example, many would not know the negative side-effects of not washing the car after it has been raining. Some would consider this as a ‘natural car wash’, but it in fact, promotes more harm than anticipated due to the fact that rain consists of hard minerals and dust particles. Once rain dries onto the paintwork, these calcium deposits can etch into your paintwork causing water spot staining, the longer you leave this unattended the more problematic this becomes to the point that it requires aggressive treatment.
If you have experienced a car accident/collision
Accidents do happen unexpectedly and should you find yourself in a position where your car has been involved in a collision with an oncoming car or wall, whichever it may be, reapplying is necessary. Just note that you should consider reapplying the entire panel as soon as possible as you would like to maintain the panel in a near new state prior to any reapplication of ceramic coating.
Scratches, stone chips, scuff marks?
It is true that installing a ceramic coating on to your car’s paint can offer excellent defensive properties against abrasion and external contaminants, however, it is not bulletproof as many claim it to be.
Ceramic coatings do harden into a solid/sturdy state once fully cured. Although, in the instance that you have been involved in a collision or have driven on the road and have had rocks flick up onto the paint causing stone chips, these blemishes can still occur, but at a lower likelihood of further paint damage in comparison to a non-coated surface. Think of your ceramic coating as a strong sacrificial layer used to protect your paint. We all know the cost of replacement and repair of damaged paint can be very expensive, which makes a ceramic paint protection an excellent and popular option.
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