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Ceramic Coating on Your Car: Is It Worth It?

Ceramic Coating on Your Car: Is It Worth It?

There are multiple ways of making decisions. Whether it’s a flip of a coin, based on your budget, or a simple ‘gut feeling’, we all have unique ways of deciding which direction to go. This is especially true with products for maintaining our prized rides.

Applying a ceramic coating on your car is a proven method for protecting paint, glass, rims, and even headlights. Exposure to UV light, chemicals, acid rain, and road grime can slowly penetrate clear coats and other materials that protect the base material. While there is a lot of great info online about DIY nanoceramic coatings, the ultimate deciding factor often comes down to if it’s worth it?

That’s what we’ll dive into with this article. In today’s AvalonKing blog, we’ll discuss ceramic coatings for your car and definitively answer the question of whether it’s worth it to most consumers. We will explain why they are growing in popularity, how they work to provide a protective layer, some of their benefits, and introduce you to a DIY kit that is head and shoulders over the competition.

So – in my best Marvin Gaye singing voice – Let’s get it on!

What are Ceramic Coatings for Cars?

If you’ve found this article online, it’s quite possible that you know a little about ceramic coatings for cars. But, for those who would like to learn more, here is a recap. A general glass coating or quartz ceramic coating is used in multiple applications to provide a non-stick surface. You’ve likely seen or currently use a ceramic coating application cooking pan at home.

Well, the ceramic coating for cars is quite a bit different. Automotive ceramic coatings are specially engineered for cars, trucks, SUV’s, motorcycles, or other vehicles. They are comprised of multiple ingredients but primarily depend on high percentages of liquid quartz or silica dioxide SiO2.

It’s a highly concentrated formula that is hand installed on vehicles by applying a small amount of the liquid ceramic coating to a microfiber cloth, which is supported by a sponge block. The vehicle owner will apply the ceramic coating in small, 2-foot x 2-foot sections, let it dry, then buff off the residual with a towel made of microfiber.

Benefits of DIY Ceramic Coatings

A ceramic coating for cars offers multiple benefits.

A nanoceramic coating (which is another name for automotive ceramic coatings) is a liquid polymer that protects a vehicle from UV rays, contaminants, chemicals, and acids produced by bird droppings, bug splatters, and chemical deicers used in cold-weather climates.

Over time, these contaminants penetrate into the clear coat or non-protective surface. Eventually, continued exposure to these elements will begin to oxidize paint. This will fade paint, create sun-damaged, or cause the paint to peel.

By applying a high-quality DIY ceramic coating, you can block UV rays, and other contaminants from penetrating the clear coat, resulting in longer-lasting, better-looking paint.

Ceramic coatings also last longer than car wax and polish, paint sealants, or spray-on ceramic polish or protectant products that are popping up. They are highly resistant to mud, dirt, dust, and other crap, which keeps the car cleaner – longer. It also amplifies the natural beauty and shine of the paint, producing an intense shine and gloss for years.

Why are Ceramic Coatings So Popular This Year?

Over the past 5 years, there has been a rapid growth in the amount of DIY ceramic coatings on the market. It’s similar in many ways to the huge growth that the energy shot industry saw about a decade ago – with similar results; meaning there are a lot of really shitty products out there.

Essentially, all ceramic coatings are made from about 7 or 8 specific ingredients. They are generally known throughout the industry, with several ‘manufacturers’ offering generic formulas. The same thing happened with the energy shot industry. It’s made the process of slapping a logo on a small bottle filled with generic coatings simple – and quite profitable for some.

However, there are a few products that are custom formulated, fine-tuned, and optimized for superior paint protection results.

Another reason for the rapid growth and expansion with ceramic coatings is the DIY versions of professional-grade ceramic coatings that are applied by expert detailers. The DIY formula of the best ceramic coatings like Armor Shield IX is slightly varied to extend the application window. One way this is accomplished is by reducing the SiO2 percentage just a little bit.

The smart DIY nanocoating manufacturers (excuse us while we tip our hat), create complete DIY kits, which include the ceramic coating (usually enough for a small passenger car), the application sponge, microfiber cloths (for applying), a microfiber towel for buffing off, and even protective gloves. The kit includes everything you need to correctly apply the product.

What is a Nano Ceramic Coating?

Car wax has been the paint protection production of choice for DIY enthusiasts for decades. That is – until the nano-ceramic coating was introduced to the consumer segment. So, what exactly is a nano-ceramic coating? Well – to be honest, it’s the same thing as a DIY ceramic coating, but just a different name.

A DIY coating uses nanotechnology, which are microscopic particles that are able to infuse themselves onto the surface of multiple materials. When it cures, it provides an exceptionally flat, smooth, and strong layer of protection. It’s also quite common for these products to be called quartz ceramic coatings. Here is why.

The primary ingredient that makes ceramic coatings for cars work is silicon dioxide, which has a chemical formula of SiO2. This also happens to be the formulation of quartz.

The nanotechnology used with automotive ceramic coatings will actually fill in the microscopic peaks and valleys that are found in clear coatings, glass, bare metal, and other surfaces where they are applied. They produce exceptional hydrophobic properties, can repel chemicals, extreme temperatures, frequent exposure to UV radiation, and even spray paint or graffiti.

They seal all the pores making the surface hydrophobic (water-repellent), but also resistant to UV, scratches, chemicals, extreme heat and even anti-graffiti. This 9H ceramic layer is completely transparent.

How Do Ceramic Coatings for Cars Work?

So, let’s address the elephant in the room. One of the most commonly asked questions of potential DIY ceramic coating users is how does this stuff actually work? The problem is, most blogs and articles focus on what they do, how they protect, or how they are applied – but they miss the point explaining the science around it.

That shit doesn’t happen here. This is how a ceramic coating truly works.

When the user applies a layer of ceramic coating, the nano-technology seeps into the minor imperfections of clear coats, glass surfaces, vinyl wraps, bare metal, even plastics, and other polymers. Based on the percentage of silica dioxide (SiO2 or Quartz) in the formulation, the freshly applied ceramic coating will begin to harden, or ‘flash’.

During this process, the coating will transform from liquid to a solid, by forming a hard, crystallized layer of protection. In most cases, with ceramic pro-grade ceramic coatings, this can take a few seconds, or require an activator (or second coating of a different formulation) to complete the process.

The DIY formulas are slightly different in the formulation. They are designed to simplify the coating process by requiring only a single application of (1) product. The process is rather simple with DIY coatings:

  • Prep Work: You’ll prep the surface area first. This consists of car washing, clay bar treating, polishing, and then completing a final IPA solution wipe down.
  • Application: You’ll apply the coating on a microfiber cloth and use a hard, flat sponge for the application. As the formula is applied to the surface, it will fill all the peaks and valleys on the surface area.
  • Flashing: Once you have applied the coating to a small 2-foot x 2-foot section, you’ll let it sit for a few minutes. This is the flashing phase, where the SiO2 molecules and other ingredients react with the surface and begin to bond. As it dries, it creates a very strong chemical bond and develops an incredibly flat layer of protection.
  • Buffing: As the coating begins to dry, it produces a whiteish fog or powder-like substance. To remove it, you’ll need to use a microfiber towel. Once you’ve removed the residue, the coating will have bonded to the surface but is not fully cured yet.
  • Curing: A DIY ceramic coating like Armor Shield IX usually takes about 48 hours to fully cure. During this time, you want to avoid any exposure to water, chemicals, or other contaminants. It’s completely cool to leave the vehicle outside in the sun, in fact, this will help to expedite the curing time.

So – that’s how ceramic coatings actually work.

What are the Benefits of Ceramic Coatings?

Now that we know what a DIY ceramic coating for cars is and how they work, let’s dive into their benefits. Most consumers opt for automotive ceramic coatings because they are looking for a longer-lasting, higher-quality paint protection product, but don’t want to spend the money to have a professional apply them.

When you look at the financial cost of ceramic coatings for cars, there is a smart reason for this. There are generally two grades of auto ceramic coatings, the professional-grade, and DIY grade.

The professional products are made by manufacturers and only sold to certified or approved application experts. Most of the time, these folks operate paint detailing companies, vinyl wrap or PPF businesses, or custom auto body shops.

The ceramic pro-grade products are sold individually, as a commercial-grade type product. They are not sold to the general public with DIY kits, as they require special equipment and techniques to apply correctly.

When you visit a professional installer, you’ll have package options to consider. The packages are based on ‘years of protection’ or ‘guaranteed years of protection’. This image above explains some of the popular packages offered by ceramic pro installers.

The price for professional-grade coatings can range from $600 to $3,000. But, that’s usually just the coating itself. Prep work such as paint correction is often much more and required for the guarantees to be effective.

The DIY Coating comes in a complete installation kit. The cost ranges based on the size of the vehicle, and the level of prep work needed. But, overall, the do-it-yourself coating is a significantly reduced financial investment.

With that in mind, here are some of the pros and cons of each option to consider.

PROS OF CERAMIC PRO INSTALLATION

  • The Minimalist Option: When you have the pro installer complete this project for you, it’s the ultimate minimalist effort. Simply drop off the vehicle and pick it up when they are done.
  • Different Warranty Options: The ceramic pro option comes with multiple levels of warranty options. Consumers can opt for the warranty grade that fits their needs and budgets best.
  • Superior shine: Professional nanoceramic coatings often produce elegant shine and hydrophobic properties.

CONS OF CERAMIC PRO INSTALLATION

  • Expensive: Comparing ceramic pro products to DIY isn’t really fair, but it’s a reality. Most of these packages range from $1,000 to $2,500 based on the product, how many applications, and years of protection.
  • Questionable Warranties: Some pro installers are better than others. Always verify the facts and terms of any warranty – and get it in writing before opting for the pro-grade.
  • Extra upkeep requirements: Most of the professional-grade coatings require the use of specific paint protection or upkeep products, or monthly – semi-annual visits to their facility for detailing, which cost extra.

PROS OF DIY CERAMIC COATINGS

  • Less Costly: It’s estimated that a high-quality DIY nano-ceramic coating will cost about 90% less than the best ceramic pro option.
  • Superior Hydrophobic Properties: DIY ceramic coatings can produce exceptional shine and hydrophobic properties.
  • Similar length of service: On average, the professional and DIY products offer the same level of protection for the same length of time.
  • You feel better about doing it yourself: Well, this is the primary reasons why consumers opt for the DIY solution.

CONS OF DIY CERAMIC COATINGS

  • It takes effort to prep the vehicle: Positive results are typically generated based on the prep work completed. The quality of your paint surface will mainly determine how much prep work will be required.
  • Not for all cars: If your paint’s clear coat is thin, a DIY ceramic coating is not going to help much. It’s really intended for newer cars with quality clear coat finishes.
  • Some really cheap products on the market: The DIY coating segment is packed with inferior products with over-exaggerated claims, so do your research before you purchase.

How Long do Ceramic Coatings Last?

Most ceramic coatings that are DIY formulas can last anywhere from two to five years. Of course, longevity is dependent upon many variables.

Prep Work

The DIY nano-coating needs to have a completely clean and debris and damage-free surface in order to fully bond and cure. When there is paint damage such as faded paint, scratches, or other contaminants, they will be amplified once the coating cures.

Quality of the Product

Not all DIY ceramic coatings are the same. While most of the cheap coatings are a generic formula (like the energy shots example we spoke of above) there are some that are highly engineered and fine-tuned for optimal performance.

Application and Aftercare

Making sure to apply the product as recommended by the manufacturer is critical to longevity. The main item that impacts this is the high temperature or humidity level where the product is applied. The hotter and more humid – the quicker the product will flash, and lead to difficulty applying it.

Aftercare for most high-quality DIY ceramic coatings is quite user-friendly. Simply wash your car every two weeks using the proven two-bucket car washing method. What are the advantages of having a ceramic coating on your car?

How Long Does Ceramic Coating Take to Do?

So, I literally cringed writing that title – but it’s what most consumers type into Google, which is why I did it – (That’s your free SEO tip for the day). Basically, the process of applying a DIY nanocoating can take anywhere from eight to 24 hours to complete – from prep work to completion.

As with the expected longevity, there are multiple variables that impact the expected time needed to complete this task correctly.

How Much Prep Work is Needed?

If you have a lot of swirl marks, paint damage or stains caused by bug guts or bird droppings, or excess build-up of wax that needs to be removed, this will extend the time of the project. If the paint is fresh and new, and you only need to wash, clay bar, and lightly polish – it will reduce your prep time significantly.

Area of Application

It’s recommended to install a nanoceramic coating in a temperature-controlled environment. When you can optimize the environmental conditions where it’s applied, you’ll be able to minimize mistakes and complete the task easier.

The Product Used

Not all ceramic coatings offer the same layer of protection. In fact, the majority of them require multiple layers of application in order to protect the vehicle for two to three years. This is mainly attributed to the SiO2 or Quartz percentage in the formulation.

The lower the percentage, the more coatings required. If you can find a high-quality product with a higher SiO2 percentage, that only needs (1) application, you’ll save time and produce exceptional results.

Effectiveness of Ceramic Coatings for Cars

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There are several paint protection products on the market today. Some are more expensive or time-intensive than others. However, smart car owners understand the value of effectiveness. The problem is that determining what is ‘effective’ really breaks down to what the induvial user considers important.

Let’s examine some of the common consumer attributes that are important to most consumers that consider DIY ceramic coatings.

Level of Protection

In general, most DIY ceramic coatings offer similar protectant qualities. They help to reduce exposure to dramatic weather elements, UV rays, and acids produced by bird droppings, bug splatters, or road grime. However, how well they protect the vehicle or coated surface is just as important. The level of protection is usually attributed to how strong or durable that the coated surface is after application.

We mentioned this above, but it’s important to drive the message home. Durability and hardness of ceramic coatings are typically based on the SiO2 or Quartz percentage. When the percentage is higher – the level of protection is enhanced. When choosing between ceramic coatings for cars, always choose the one with the highest percentage of SiO2. The magic number is slightly above 80 percent.

Resistance to Scratching

One thing that needs to be clarified is that nanocoating products do not make a car bulletproof or scratchproof. However, they can help to reduce damage to the paint surface or materials coated. Coatings are exceptionally hard. They are graded on hardness based on the pencil scale of hardness, which ranges from 1H to 9H.

The best coatings are 9H ceramic coatings. If you read about any ceramic coating that claims to have a 10H level of hardness or higher, it’s 100% pure bullshit. The highest level is 9H.

Easy to Maintain

Many consumers are also interested in how easy the product is to maintain. There are some DIY solutions that recommend using their spray or specific products for aftercare. Others are a bit more relaxed and simply recommend washing the car every few weeks. The important item to consider here is what is comfortable for you.

How Safe is Ceramic Coating?

I actually just posted a new article specifically address this topic. If you’d like to get detailed answers about how safe is ceramic coating click the link. For those looking for the short and sweet version, here you go.

In a few words – ceramic coatings are very safe for DIY enthusiasts to use. We offer protective nitrile gloves, to keep your hands free from becoming sticky. But if you get Armor Shield IX on your hands, arms, legs, or other body parts, simply wash with water and soap.

How Do Ceramic Coatings Compare to Other Sealants?

We mentioned above that consumers have multiple paint protection products. While many of them do a great job protecting the surface area of materials, some are more effective than others. Here are the general contenders to consider for paint protection or sealant.

Car Wax

In the beginning, there was carnauba wax, a natural-occurring product that is derived from palm trees grown in Brazil. Car Wax is designed to provide protection against exposure to UV rays, contaminants, and other debris. Polish helps to improve the luster or shine of the clear coating.

  • Car wax provides car owners with several advantages.
  • It’s easy to use
  • Cheaper than other products
  • Simple to maintain and store
  • You can combine it with polishes and other paint sealants
  • Easier to remove

However, there are some areas of concern to consider.

  • Doesn’t last very long
  • Traps dirt and debris
  • Not good at protecting against chemicals
  • Only lasts a few weeks

Paint Sealant

Paint sealant is basically a synthetic car wax on steroids. It is applied the same way but tends to provide up to six months of protection. There are some advanced formula’s that can last a year. Paint sealant is a synthetically engineered liquid product that has been lab-created to adhere to the paint clear coat and provide a thin layer of protection. It’s usually a combination of ‘wax’ and polish.

Some of the top benefits of using a paint sealant to keep your clear coat protected include:

  • Is easy to apply
  • Works well with car wax and polish
  • Makes the car appear glassy and wet

Although paint sealants can last up to six months, they also come with some negative features:

  • Shows paint imperfections
  • Requires more prep work than wax
  • Difficult to remove
  • Provides a medium level of paint protection

Ceramic Coatings

This is the Iron Man nano-tech version of the paint protection world. It bonds to the surface area to provide a microscopic yet incredibly strong layer of protection. It seeps into the clear coat to fill all of the imperfections and eventually leaves an incredibly flat surface area. This is the key to making the surface hydrophobic (water-repellent), and resistant to UV, scratches, chemicals, extreme heat and even anti-graffiti.

The pros of the ceramic coating are pretty detailed, but here we go:

  • Very durable
  • Quite chemically resistant
  • Exceptional scratch resistance
  • Can be used on top of vinyl coatings or PPF
  • Incredible hydrophobic properties
  • Produces a brilliant shine

While ceramic coatings are amazing products to protect a vehicle paint surface from damage, it’s not perfect.

  • The application requires a lot of prep work
  • Amplifies paint imperfections
  • Hard to remove
  • Some really inferior products on the market

Paint Protection Film or PPF

PPF vs Ceramic Coating Venn Diagram

Paint Protection Film or PPF as we’ll call it going forward is the upper echelon is paint protection products. It’s a space-age technology product that was initially invented by PPG and used to protect helicopter blades from damage during the Vietnam War. It evolved from those early days into an exceptional protection product.

PPF is a thin vinyl product that is clear and installed on the vehicle’s surface. Most car owners will apply PPF on the front bumper, hood, side-view mirrors, and other front area sections that tend to be hit by debris. Some folks will apply it on the entire vehicle.

The paint protection film is installed by a professional detailer or an automotive vinyl expert. When it’s applied correctly and maintained, it offers consumers multiple benefits:

  • Exceptional protection against rock chips
  • Incredible self-healing properties
  • Virtually scratch-proof
  • Can last for 10 years

PPF is a great paint protection product, but there are some things you should consider before making the investment. Oh, and here is a bit of clarification – IT’S NOT FOR ALL PPF PRODUCTS.

There are some that are higher quality than others, so these CONS are for the cheaply made products still in circulation in some countries.

  • PPF is the most expensive paint sealant or protection option as they are typically applied by professionals, and the cost of goods is higher due to the advanced technology and longevity.
  • Not as hydrophobic as Ceramic Coatings. While many new PPF products have improved recently with hydrophobic properties, they are not as good as ceramic coatings. This is why many professional PPF installers recommend applying a quality ceramic coating on top of the PPF for better results (and usually offer this service).
  • When damaged, requires replacement.
  • Some cheaply made PPF’s can still discolor. Yeah, there are still some really crappy made PPF products made, that can discolor over time due to excessive exposure to UV rays or contaminants. WHILE THIS IS VERY RARE it’s still possible. So, make sure to buy a high-quality PPF to avoid this potential.

Best DIY Ceramic Coating Kits

If you’ve made it this far into this article, you likely have a solid understanding about ceramic coatings for cars, how they work, and why they are generally a better, and more economically friendly paint protection product. In short, I think we’ve proved that investing in a ceramic coating like Armor Shield IX is definitely worth it.

So – what makes a product like Armor Shield IX the best DIY ceramic coating kits on the market? Well, let’s take some time to review a few videos from our valued customers who have experienced first-hand how good it is.

What Do You Need to Consider Before Doing Ceramic Coating Yourself?

If you’re about 90% ready to purchase a high-quality DIY ceramic coating kit, there are a few important items to consider, that will help you reduce mistakes, and produce quality results.

First – Make Sure Your Paint is in Good Condition

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The quality of paint makes a huge difference when applying a ceramic coating. Anytime you are planning to invest in a nanoceramic coating product, it’s important to start with examining the current condition of the paint.

A common myth about ceramic coatings is they improve the quality of paint. This just isn’t true. In fact, when there is paint damage like swirl marks, scratches, faded paint, and stains caused by bird shit and bug guts, the coating will amplify these imperfections – not hide them.

That being said, if you have damage to the paint, you should either have paint correction completed by a professional detailer, do it yourself, or consider a new paint job or new vehicle.

We wrote a really detailed article about DIY paint correction, which we highly recommend reading if you’re considering doing this yourself. Once you have, determine if you feel comfortable doing this yourself. Otherwise, start looking for a local professional car detailer or auto detailing company who can handle this for you.

Second – Consider your Paint Protection Options

When the paint is in good condition, you’ll need to consider all of your paint protection options. While we strongly believe that ceramic coatings like our Armor Shield IX is a great deal, it is not for everyone.

Before you spend money on any paint protection method, complete the research needed to ensure you’re making a smart investment. Weigh the pros and cons of each one, along with the financial and time investment needed to successfully apply and maintain each.

We wrote a detailed article comparing all four of the common paint protection options for you to review.

Third – Consider the Different Types of Ceramic Coatings

By now, you’ve either determined to go full throttle into the ceramic coating game, or you’re going to choose paint sealants, car wax or a PPF. If you’ve made the coating decision, awesome! We think you’re making a good choice.

However, there are several types of ceramic coatings out there.

Professional Coatings

Ceramic pro products will run you anywhere from $500 to $3,000. However, this is just for the coating itself. Most of the time, pro coated products require paint correction to honor warranties – and of course, to be completed in-house. While they tend to last a long time with exceptional results, always consider the financial pinch associated with this option.

DIY Ceramic Coating

Armor Shield IX Nano Ceramic Coating

The other option is the do-it-yourself ceramic coating. The main difference between DIY and pro-grade stuff is that the DIY coatings are specially formulated for easier application. I would recommend reading more about these two products, to help you understand all the variables involved. This article is quite helpful when choosing between professional ceramic coatings and DIY ceramic coatings.

Fourth – Complete a Cost Analysis

If money wasn’t a consideration, I’m certain we’d all be driving around in Bugatti’s with full custom paint jobs, vinyl wraps, or PPF that is covered in ceramic coating. However, money is always a factor. This is why the next item to consider when you’re thinking about a ceramic coating is weighing the cost.

I wrote a rather in-depth article breaking down all of these factors including cost, which you should read. Click this link to break down the true cost of ceramic coatings.

What Are the Best Ceramic Coating Kits?

There are several ceramic coating DIY kits on the market. Some of them good – some meh, and some that flat out just doesn’t cut the mustard. However, pound for pound, and according to consumer reviews, and that from professionals in the industry, Armor Shield IX is among the best ceramic coating kits available.

But what makes Armor Shield IX so much better than others? Well, there are several reasons why our DIY nanoceramic coating kit is head and shoulders ahead of the competition.

The Quality of the Product

We mentioned above that the best DIY ceramic coatings are slightly revised versions of professional-grade coatings. They are designed for an easier application while producing similar longevity and paint protection results.

This is what we did with Armor Shield IX’s formulation. Our DIY ceramic coating contains a SiO2 percentage of slightly more than 80%. But, it’s not too quartz-rich to make it difficult to install. In fact, according to many consumers and professional detailers, Armor Shield IX is one of the strongest ceramic coatings available on the market today – even compared with some pro-grade products.

User-Friendly

While strength and the quality of the product are essential for superior protection, if it’s hard to apply for DIYers, it’s a waste of time and money. Armor Shield IX was developed to empower the average car consumer to apply a professional, high-quality ceramic coating themselves, without needing a Master’s Degree in Engineering or automotive technology.

We formulated this DIY nanocoating to be easy to apply and maintain. In fact, the hardest part about applying Armor Shield IX usually breaks down to the prep work. The video above does a great job showing how user-friendly our product is to apply and use.

What’s in the DIY Ceramic Coating Kit

Product quality, user-friendly installation and use are important factors for choosing the best DIY nano quartz coating. However, if you don’t have the right supplies needed to complete the task, it’s pretty much pointless – right?

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Armor Shield IX DIY Kit

The Most Complete Ceramic Coating DIY Kit for Consumers

The DIY Kit includes everything you need to perform a professional grade ceramic coating without any prior experience. Get the feeling of driving a new car, every day.

The Armor Shield IX consumer kit comes with EVERYTHING you need to correctly apply the product.

  • (1) 30ml bottle of Armor Shield IX Ceramic Coating (This is enough for the average-sized car or motorcycles) 2 bottles are needed for sedans and crossovers, while 3 should take care of full-sized trucks and SUV easily.
  • Application Sponge – this provides a strong yet flexible flat surface for smooth and consistent application (even on rounded corners).
  • Applicator Suedes – you’ll wrap the suedes around the sponge, then apply the coating on the suede for application. You should change out the suedes if the coating gets ‘hard’ on the surface, which is why we include (3) per kit.
  • Professional Nitrile Gloves – Armor Shield IX isn’t hazardous to your health. But we don’t want you to get sticky stuff on your hands.
  • Microfiber Buffing Towel – after you apply the coating, you need to buff it off. The high-quality microfiber buffing towel is perfect for accomplishing this crucial vital step.

Customer Support

Anytime you are using something new, it’s important to have a reliable source to ask questions and seek advice. That’s the name of the game here at AvalonKing. Our customer service game is strong. In fact, it’s one of our biggest differentials that elevates us from our competition.

We not only provide detailed, illustrated instructions in each Armor Shield IX ceramic coating kit, but when customers ask us questions – we’re quick to reply. Simply review the comments from REAL CUSTOMERS on our product page.

Additionally, our social media engagement game is on-point. When you have questions or concerns addressed through any platform, we’re here to provide factual data and answers you need.

Two Year Warranty

We believe in the quality of our product. In fact, we stand by this by offering a two-year expected longevity warranty – something our DIY coating competition simply doesn’t offer. We also offer a 30-day easy return (in case you have buyer’s remorse or second thoughts), and ONLY sell our product through our safe and secure online shopping platform.

A Prep Kit Coming Soon

Finally, if you’re looking for a complete one-stop-shop to get everything you need to prep your vehicle before applying Armor Shield IX, we’ve got the solution for you. We have a new prep kit which includes a clay mitt, automotive-specific shampoo (for washing), IPA spray, and other goodies.

Additionally, we’re constantly developing new products that empower our customers to complete automotive care easier, faster, and with higher-quality results.

When you break it down simply, a ceramic coating on your car is definitely worth it. If you have any questions about the information posted in this article, or about ceramic coatings for DIY consumers, comment below, or contact us directly.

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Tim Charlet

Tim is part of the AvalonKing team as a content editor. A 30-year automotive guru, marketing super freak, and accomplished publicist & columnist, “Timmah” is also a licensed NHRA Drag Racer, a proud dad of two, and loves a good Guinness two-part pour.

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  1. I like how you mentioned that applying a ceramic coating on your car is a proven method for protecting paint, glass, rims, and even headlights. Personally, I spend a few hours a few times a month detailing my truck since I like to have it nice and sharp. Thanks for helping me realize how ceramic coating can help my truck to look clean every day.

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