Many car owners are trying to keep the attractiveness of the car and are looking for ways to protect the paintwork. Until recently, the surface of a car was protected with ordinary wax, but such a procedure requires frequent renewal. To replace the predecessor, a new formula has been developed that copes with the preservation of the car’s gloss better and remains for longer.
The ceramic coating for cars is an excellent method of protecting the paintwork from unwanted scratches and damage. It improves the performance of the vehicle and protects against environmental influences. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of this method.
Ceramic Coating Composition
The ceramic coating of a car is a mix of silicates, quartz sand, and polymers. When these elements are applied to the paintwork, a protective film is formed, which secures the surface from mechanical damage. The ceramic coating must be applied evenly, so manufacturers can add an organic silicon solvent to it. Also, there is aluminum oxide, which increases the hydrophobic properties, and titanium dioxide – it gives the desired shine to the car. Putting it all together, you get a specialized paste that protects and refreshes the car body.
Advantages of the Procedure
Here is why you need to pay attention to this method:
1. Mechanical protection
The main plus is resistance to mechanical influences. The protective layer forms a coating that is several times harder than paintwork. Therefore, it is much more difficult to scratch it. Ceramic protects the machine from sand, gravel, frozen ice, branches, stones, scratches from heels, and chips.
Ceramics makes the surface of the car body glossy and mirror-like. Titanium dioxide, which is present in the protective coating, reflects light, and the surface of the car shines.
3. Easy wash
The washing will be easier due to the hydrophobic coating created by the aluminum oxide. Dirt will effortlessly be removed from the car with a simple wash.
4. Corrosion protection
When applying ceramics, corrosion is excluded, since the factory coating is isolated from the environment. Accordingly, the metal does not oxidize and the appearance of rust is excluded.
5. Insensitivity to chemicals
Petrol, oil, and other stains are not a problem for the coating. The chemicals just don’t interact with the ceramic layer.
So, all the positive factors from the ceramic coating will delay the natural aging of the paintwork by three years.
Disadvantages of the Procedure
Mind them before coating your car:
- Duration of the procedure (it may take much more time than waxing).
- Price (ceramic coating is an attribute of an expensive car. Not everyone can afford to apply ceramics).
- Difficult to remove (ceramic coating doesn’t last forever. It will also begin to scratch over the years of car operation, albeit much later than the native paintwork. Then it will have to be removed. Removing obsolete coating is not an easy procedure. You will have to polish it completely and only then apply a new layer of protection).
Applying a ceramic coating is, of course, not a necessary procedure, but a status one. A mirror-shiny car will always attract attention on the roads.