[2022] Don't Buy a Ceramic Coating until you Read This!

[2022] Don't Buy a Ceramic Coating until you Read This!

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In a perfect world, every car on the road would be eternally pristine, as if it had just rolled-off the assembly line. Unfortunately, we live in a world where no amount of washing or waxing can protect our vehicles from surface scratches, rock chips, paint stains, and UV ray fading.

Luckily, the advent of modern ceramic coating products has given car owners a major weapons upgrade in the war against the elements, as well as things like bird shit, acid rain, tree sap, oxidation, and more.

Now don’t get us wrong. A high-quality ceramic coating is not going to make your car bulletproof. But outside of body armor, which last we checked was both excruciatingly expensive and heavy as hell, nano ceramic coatings offer an impressive array of protection.

So unless you are outfitting your Unimog with a $100,000 aero armor, chances are a ceramic coating is going to be your next best bet, and here’s why…

 

What in the hell is ceramic coating?

Difference between Ceramic Coated and Non-Coated surfaces.

Uncoated surface = dirt and pollutants can sit in paint pores.

Ceramic coated surface = Dirt and pollutants cannot attack paint.

Unlike traditional coatings, which are typically concocted from polymer resins, a ceramic coating is silicon dioxide or silica (SiO2) based. Commonly derived from quartz crystals and sand, silica creates an invisible, extremely resilient “nanotechnology coating” when combined with elements like titanium dioxide, polysilazane, triethanolamine, water, and various other ingredients. Once cured atop a hard surface, this viscous liquid forms a crystal-clear shell, a product that is referred to as a nano ceramic coating, or ceramic coating for short.

Why is ceramic coating used on cars?

Automakers use ceramic coatings due to its superior heat, abrasion, chemical, H20, and impact resistance, making it the ideal protective sealant for many car components. From a car’s wheel hubs and undercarriage, to its engine bay and interior, this transparent ceramic spray coating is virtually everywhere.

That said, automakers typically don’t apply a ceramic protective layer to a vehicle’s paint, leaving ample room for product specialists like AvalonKing to step forward. So strap-in, pour a drink, and cue the superhero music, because we’re about to get nerdy ya’ll…

What’s with all of the online hype about ceramic coatings?

As with any new product to hit the market, there’s a lot of hype out there about ceramic car coatings, and a quick search online reinforces this statement. Videos show people throwing mud on their truck’s hood, just to watch it sheet-off, leaving a near spotless paint coating in its wake. Dig a bit deeper, and even more brutal ceramic coating tests surface, some of which are hard to fathom.

Naysayers are quick to comment too, either claiming that these videos have been staged, or that ceramic coatings are unlikely to work at all. Accompanying these skeptics are those who fear that applying a ceramic coating product will compromise their vehicle’s paint in some way, and that it is impossible to get 2 to 5 years worth of protection from a bottle that small. Don’t worry guys. It’s not the size. It’s how you use it.

In order to dispel these unfounded claims and unrealistic real world concerns, we have put together the following ceramic coating guide to both inform and inspire car owners. Nano ceramic coatings like Armor Shield IX aren’t some form of snake oil, or black magic in a bottle, we’ll leave that business to Ozzy Osbourne and his homemade hooch.

Most ceramic coatings are highly refined products that have been stringently lab tested and proven to work on most hard surfaces. The only catch is, there are a few things you need to understand before taking the plunge.

Know Your Ceramic Coating Options

Armor Shield ix in packaging with car. Ceramic coating about to be applied to car's paint surfaces.
A car eagerly awaits an Armor Shield IX ceramic coating, which will help give it a mirror-like shine, unrivaled scratch and swirl resistance, and water-repelling hydrophobic properties.

When broken down to its bare bones, you’ll find that there are but two common ceramic coating products: “Professionally Applied Products” and “DIY Consumer Kits.” While both approaches provide a protective layer of nano coating, they vary greatly in regard to both price and the amount of prep time involved.

Despite their popularity in the professional car detailing sector, ceramic coating costs have just recently begun to reach a point where they are financially feasible on a DIY level. Just like there are varying quality levels of sushi (just say no to gas station sushi), not every ceramic coating is created equal.

Professional Grade Ceramic Coatings

Cost: $500 – $3,000

A pro ceramic coating product is an ultra high-end sealant that must be applied by highly skilled, certified professionals. This translates to the need for controlled environments, expensive equipment, and highly trained staff members, which in turn, translates to extremely high installation costs.

Although a $500 intro price for the application of the ceramic coating itself may seem tempting, the fact remains that most cars require quite a bit of prep work before they are ready to receive said coating. This means scrubbing down surfaces with a clay bar, a ton of isopropyl alcohol spraying and microfiber polishing, and hours/dollars burnt, as ceramic coating takes a back seat to surface prep. Don’t believe us? Ask any professional ceramic coating installer, and they’ll agree that prep time always adds the most zeros to a final bill.

Speaking of time. On average, the installation of a pro ceramic coating takes around five days to complete. Naturally, this time frame can be reduced drastically if the car’s paintwork is in pristine condition, or if the vehicle in question is small of stature. Yet even then, chances are you are still going to have to cough-up a few grand for your professional ceramic coating install, and here’s why.

Let’s say a professionally installed ceramic coating package like Ceramic Pro Gold runs you upwards of $2,000 when installed by a licensed specialist. But halfway through the clay bar decontamination phase, the installer discovers that your entire rear quarter panel is oxidized to hell and back. This translates to a full paint correction procedure, which for the average car owner, is entirely too steep to justify, especially when combined with the initial two grand invested in surface prep and the ceramic coating itself.

Professional Ceramic Coating Costs

Ceramic Pro Prices

Opticoat Ceramic Coating Costs

DIY Ceramic Coating Kits

Cost: $20 – $150

Most people can’t afford a pricey pro ceramic coating, and instead have to opt for a product that is designed to appeal to the average DIY enthusiast. While a professional cleaning and install will almost always render the best results, it is hard to ignore the value associated with applying a ceramic coat on one’s own.

The benefits of opting for a DIY ceramic coating kit go well beyond value too. These specially formulated chemical blends are far less finicky than professional-grade car coatings, therefore making them an ideal option for the common car owner. However, it is important to note that quality, durability, and longevity all correlate to the hardness grade associated with the ceramic product being used, so opting for a ceramic coating with a 9H hardness rating will always yield the best long term results.

Interestingly enough, the biggest complaint people have about a DIY ceramic coating isn’t so much the product itself, but the poor customer support and vague installation instructions that go along with it. In contrast, the highest rated consumer-grade ceramic coating on the market, AvalonKing’s Armor Shield IX, comes with detailed instructions, superior customer service, easy-to-understand ordering recommendations, and an unbeatable money-back guarantee. AvalonKing has even gone as far as publishing a set of guidelines for properly preparing a car’s paintwork for ceramic coating, along with various application tips and tricks, and maintenance and after-care advice.

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Perhaps the most notable ceramic coating benefit, is its water displacing/hydrophobic capabilities. As this video, and numerous others illustrate, water, and all of the dirt, grime, and gunk that is encapsulated within it, quickly bead-up and roll off. Thus leaving the ceramic coated side of the car almost completely devoid of liquid.

Why Not Wax?

While wax may add a lustrous level of shine to a car’s paintwork, it falls short in both staying hard for prolonged periods of time. Yes, we know it may sound like an erectile dysfunction infomercial, but natural carnauba, spray waxes, and ceramic waxes only for a while before they go limp. Simply put, the protective layer they provide is not nearly as permanent as a true ceramic coating, and will not protect surfaces from things like scratches and falcon feces.

While the up-front cost of a DIY ceramic coating may be more expensive than the average car wax, the superior levels of protection it offers are clear. Factor in the amount of time and money spent on stripping and reapplying car wax every month, and a ceramic coating’s benefits become even more obvious.

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Common Ceramic Coating Myths

"Myths" and "Facts" direction signs.

Myth #1: A Ceramic Coat Will Make a Car Bulletproof

The varying levels of hardness associated with automotive ceramic coating products are all registered on a numbered scale, just like our neighbor’s parole officer visitation days. While people are quick to associate these numbers with the MOHS (mineral hardness scale), all ceramic car coating products are tested on the common pencil hardness scale. Therefore, a 9H ceramic coat rating does not correlate to nearly diamond level hardness levels, but the amount of pressure the coating can withstand before a mark or line can be seen.

While this may do jack-shit to protect your car’s hood from that boulder that just fell out of the bed of the dump truck in front of you, it can help in other areas. 9H hardness levels do wonders for preventing small scratches, scuffs, swirl marks, and road debris from cutting into, or embedding into clear coat.

Myth #2: A Ceramic Nano Coating Doesn’t Need Maintenance

Despite having superior hardness and water repelling properties, the average ceramic paint coating still needs to be cleaned regularly. So while you may not be able to prevent road grime, pollen, avian fecal matter, and various other contaminants from caking onto your car, at least there is a way to make clean-up far less frequent and labor-intensive.

Myth #3: A Ceramic Paint Coating is Permanent

Although a ceramic coating forms a semi-permanent bond with a vehicle’s paintwork, glass, plastic, or clear coat, this sacrificial layer is by no means an indestructible coat of armor. Over time, the molecular structure of even the hardest 9H-rated ceramic coating will begin to deteriorate, at which point it is best to strip the coat entirely, and reapply a fresh layer. That said, a well-made ceramic coating product typically provides 2 years worth of protection at the bare minimum, especially when properly applied and cared for by the consumer.

Myth #4: Ceramic Coating is Easy to Apply

While DIY ceramic coating kits feature an application process that is relatively easy, the amount of prep time required prior to installation is quite time consuming. Surface blemishes, clear coat oxidation, and paint correction must all be attended to ahead of applying a ceramic coating. Remember, once cured, a genuine ceramic coating product will become semi-permanent, so it is best to do your prep work properly the first time to avoid any regrets down the line. Just like marriage prenups…

Myth #5: Ceramic Coatings Hide Imperfections

While ceramic coatings will give a much smoother look to surfaces, they do little to hide things like faded paint, swirl marks, scratches, obscenities scribbled in permanent marker, or any other notable blemish. Regardless as to whether it is attractive or not, what you see on your car’s surface gets locked into place once a ceramic coating cures, therefore making said imperfection all the more noticeable. So be sure to make sure that surface is looking exactly the way you want it to look before locking it semi-permanently in place with a ceramic coating.

Quick Nerd Note: Perhaps the most notable nano ceramic coating benefit, is its water displacing/hydrophobic capabilities. As numerous videos have illustrated in the past, water, and all of the dirt, grime, and mud that come with it bead-up and roll off, leaving the car’s paint almost completely devoid of liquid. So beware of “ceramic” spray-on products that depend heavily on polymers to replicate hydrophobic attributes, for they are notorious for having poor durability and piss-poor longevity.

Frequently Asked Questions and Ceramic Coating FAQs

Warning about spray-on ceramic products.

"Remember, not all ceramic coatings are created equal, especially when it comes to their hydrophobic coating water displacement capabilities. Many ceramic spray products my boost an easy spray-on application process and superior water disbursement properties, but they often rely heavily upon polymers, and therefore do not last very long."

1. How long does ceramic coating last when properly applied to a vehicle’s paintwork?

Although a high-quality DIY ceramic coating like Armor Shield IX is guaranteed to provide protection for 2 years, there have been many reports of it lasting as long as 5 years. In order to achieve this level of extended longevity, the following three factors must first be present.

Proper Prep Work and Application. If a ceramic coating is applied to a clean vehicle, it will always bond better, penetrate imperfections and porous areas properly, and cure harder.

Formula Quality. Not all ceramic coatings are created equal. Watered-down versions don’t adhere as well or last as long as high-end 9H formulas. A high-quality ceramic coating should always go on smoothly without appearing too watery, nor too gooey.

SiO2 Percentage. A good bottle of ceramic coating will contain at least 80% silica dioxide (SiO2). The stronger the SiO2 dosage, the harder the ceramic coating will cure, which in turn helps boost durability.

2. How do you remove ceramic coating from a car?

Removing ceramic coating is rarely as easy as its application, but with the proper tools and a cold six pack, this task can be accomplished in anyone’s garage on a Sunday. But fair warning friends. While a chemical stripper specifically designed for ceramic coating removal may appear to be the easiest route, the acidic nature of these chemicals can cause damage to softer surfaces like tires and door moldings, so proceed with caution.

The best approach is to wait until your car’s ceramic coating is on its last leg, and use a clay bar or clay mitt to scrape away the thin layer residing on the surface. You can also go the paint correction route, and put an approved polishing compound and a power buffer tool to work. Just don’t get carried away, because you might cut into your car’s clear coat.

3. How do you maintain a ceramic coating?

The best way to keep a ceramic coated vehicle looking sharp is to regularly hand wash the entire vehicle with water and a pH neutral car shampoo. Make sure that your shampoo does not contain any waxes or sealants either, and use the two-bucket hand washing technique every other week.

Applying a high-quality SiO2 ceramic boost spray to your freshly washed machine every other month will go a long way to boosting the longevity of that ceramic coating as well. This slick, stackable layer rests on top of the existing ceramic coating, and negates the need for removal. Going this route not only significantly extends the life of a DIY ceramic coating, but it also adds additional depth and shine to the paint below.

4. What is ceramic coating made of?

In order for ceramic coating to form a layer of protection on a surface, it must contain the appropriate ingredients in carefully measured amounts. Once this balance has been achieved, the coating can then penetrate all of the microscopic imperfections lurking beneath the surface.

The main ingredient in any true ceramic coating is silica dioxide or SiO2, which as we mentioned earlier, should make-up at least 80% of the formula. However, there is a point where too much SiO2 will turn the ceramic coating viscous, thus making it difficult to apply. A good rule of thumb is to avoid products boasting an SiO2 rating of 85% or above. Other ingredients commonly found in ceramic coatings include titanium dioxide (nano TiO2), activated fluorine, silicon brightening particles, polysilazane, triethanolamine, and water.

5. How many layers of ceramic coating does a car need?

Nano ceramic coatings don’t layer well, so properly applying a ceramic coating to a car’s finish the first time should be all that is needed. The only reason why people tend to coat a vehicle twice, is to guarantee that no areas were missed during the first application.

6. Can you apply wax over a ceramic coating?

Applying car wax to a fresh ceramic coating is like putting vinyl wrap over a $20,000 paint job. It might help protect the coating itself, but it will also negate the hydrophobic properties that make ceramic coating so special. In turn, this will make the vehicle a magnet for all of the contaminants you wish to avoid, so skip the wax, and opt for a ceramic booster instead.

Parting Shots

Buffing a car headlamp.

A ceramic paint coating not only offers rock-hard paint protection, but hydrophobic/water-repellent properties as well. This transparent layer of armor resists UV rays, repels road grime, and prevents scratches, chemicals, extreme heat, and swirl marks from eating into your car’s paintwork. When properly applied and cared for, this semi-permanent ceramic shield will last for years, requiring little more than a quick rinse when dirtied.

If money is of no concern, and protecting your show machine at all costs is the objective, having a professionally installed ceramic car coating applied to your vehicle is the best option. The peace of mind associated with this service, along with the meticulous attention to detail that a trained ceramic coating installation professional provides, offers more benefits than we can mention.

But for most of us, coughing-up a few grand for the installation of a ceramic coating for our daily beater is completely out of the question, leaving the DIY ceramic coating kit as the next best option. And while it may take a bit of elbow grease, and some TLC once installed, the perks to DIY coating a car far outweigh its initial cost and required care.

Still not sure whether ceramic coating is right for your ride? AvalonKing’s Armor Shield IX ceramic coating DIY kit currently has a 4.8/5 positive rating score after 1,800+ reviews, and offers a 2-year guarantee with every kit, all for just $69.99.

Shining car that has had ceramic coating applied to bodywork to protect paint.

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434 comments

Tim Charlet

Tim Charlet

Hi Barry:

Thanks for contacting us today. It’s not recommended to simply just wash and wax a vehicle if you’re going to expect good results from your ceramic coating. This article provides some additional tips on what you should do to correctly prep and apply a ceramic coating. Also, applying outdoors is not a great idea, especially if the car is in direct sunlight. https://avalonking.com/blog/how-to-apply-ceramic-coating/

Hi Barry:

Thanks for contacting us today. It’s not recommended to simply just wash and wax a vehicle if you’re going to expect good results from your ceramic coating. This article provides some additional tips on what you should do to correctly prep and apply a ceramic coating. Also, applying outdoors is not a great idea, especially if the car is in direct sunlight. https://avalonking.com/blog/how-to-apply-ceramic-coating/

Jerry

Jerry

How do you remove ceramic coating?

How do you remove ceramic coating?

Barry Brroks

Barry Brroks

Hi, I have just ordered a new car, I live in Costa Blanca spain, considering using your product to diy coat, but, I don’t have a garage…a) can I just wash and wax the new car before applying the coating, or do I need to do anything else, b) given the warm climate, is it ok to apply coating outside, and leave to cure outside as long as it does not rain…should I get a car cover to use for the curing process….? Any help you can provide would be appreciated.

Hi, I have just ordered a new car, I live in Costa Blanca spain, considering using your product to diy coat, but, I don’t have a garage…a) can I just wash and wax the new car before applying the coating, or do I need to do anything else, b) given the warm climate, is it ok to apply coating outside, and leave to cure outside as long as it does not rain…should I get a car cover to use for the curing process….? Any help you can provide would be appreciated.

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Juan!

We don’t make a special coating for Matte finishes. Now, with that said, we find that a special solution isn’t needed. Armor Shield works great with Matte paint. It will enhance the textures!

Hi Juan!

We don’t make a special coating for Matte finishes. Now, with that said, we find that a special solution isn’t needed. Armor Shield works great with Matte paint. It will enhance the textures!

Juan meza

Juan meza

Do you make a coating for Matt finish paint jobs

Do you make a coating for Matt finish paint jobs

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Juan!

The industry standard to wait to apply anything to a fresh coat of pain is 30 days.

Hi Juan!

The industry standard to wait to apply anything to a fresh coat of pain is 30 days.

Juan meza

Juan meza

How long should I wait to apply the coating on a fresh paint job. No bake booth

How long should I wait to apply the coating on a fresh paint job. No bake booth

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Hi Sarah. Putting the vehicle in direct sunlight after the coating has been completed is not mandatory but does speed up the curing process a lot. In normal conditions, in shade, the vehicle would be good to drive after only 5-6 hours and you should just avoid rain for 48h. These times just go down after baking it in direct sun but exact times vary a lot on the conditions so I can’t tell you exact figures.

Hi Sarah. Putting the vehicle in direct sunlight after the coating has been completed is not mandatory but does speed up the curing process a lot. In normal conditions, in shade, the vehicle would be good to drive after only 5-6 hours and you should just avoid rain for 48h. These times just go down after baking it in direct sun but exact times vary a lot on the conditions so I can’t tell you exact figures.

Sarah Mardini

Sarah Mardini

Do I have to bake it in the sun after I buff off? How should I do so and is there a timeframe or anytime during the 48 hour window?

Do I have to bake it in the sun after I buff off? How should I do so and is there a timeframe or anytime during the 48 hour window?

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Kevin!

You could actually do it either way. The absolutely best way to do it would be at the 3-year mark to give your car a polish and remove the old coating. After you’ve polished the car you should then just need to do an IPA and reapply. Granted, that is the preferred way but I think most people simply detail their car, IPA and then apply.
Armor Shield will never peel or become flaky, It will slowly wear off over time.

You are very welcome Kevin! We are overwhelmed with the positive responses that we receive from our fine customers such as yourself!

Hi Kevin!

You could actually do it either way. The absolutely best way to do it would be at the 3-year mark to give your car a polish and remove the old coating. After you’ve polished the car you should then just need to do an IPA and reapply. Granted, that is the preferred way but I think most people simply detail their car, IPA and then apply.
Armor Shield will never peel or become flaky, It will slowly wear off over time.

You are very welcome Kevin! We are overwhelmed with the positive responses that we receive from our fine customers such as yourself!

John Farrar

John Farrar

Great information. Thanks to all!

Great information. Thanks to all!

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hello Henry!

The preferred method is applying the wrap first and then Armor Shield. That way Armor Shield provides a layer of protection to the wrap as well!

Hello Henry!

The preferred method is applying the wrap first and then Armor Shield. That way Armor Shield provides a layer of protection to the wrap as well!

Kevin

Kevin

I just finished putting two coats on my truck and was wondering in 2-3 years when I need to redo what’s the process? Do I need to remove the old ceramic coat or just go through the same steps as I did putting it on the very first time? Also over time will the ceramic coating peal or become flaky? Thank you and I really love the look of my truck with Armor Shield IX

I just finished putting two coats on my truck and was wondering in 2-3 years when I need to redo what’s the process? Do I need to remove the old ceramic coat or just go through the same steps as I did putting it on the very first time? Also over time will the ceramic coating peal or become flaky? Thank you and I really love the look of my truck with Armor Shield IX

Henry

Henry

Hi Eric, I just bought a new car and are thinking of putting ceramic coating and wrapping the front hood for rock-chip protection. Do i apply the ceramic cose first then the wrap?

Thanks

Hi Eric, I just bought a new car and are thinking of putting ceramic coating and wrapping the front hood for rock-chip protection. Do i apply the ceramic cose first then the wrap?

Thanks

Jay

Jay

i live by the ocean, how long does the ceramic coating last for with salt air? Can i ceramic coat my windshield and any other windows? thanks.

i live by the ocean, how long does the ceramic coating last for with salt air? Can i ceramic coat my windshield and any other windows? thanks.

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hello Jay!

We have a high percentage of customers that live either by the ocean or in the northern hemisphere where salt is used on the snow-covered roads. Armor Shield holds up quite well under the salty spray and salty airy conditions. I wouldn’t anticipate decreased life expectancy of the product if you are able to maintain the vehicle.

In regards to your second question. Armor Shield works great on all glass surfaces! The key is in the prep works so don’t neglect the preparation even on glass!

Hello Jay!

We have a high percentage of customers that live either by the ocean or in the northern hemisphere where salt is used on the snow-covered roads. Armor Shield holds up quite well under the salty spray and salty airy conditions. I wouldn’t anticipate decreased life expectancy of the product if you are able to maintain the vehicle.

In regards to your second question. Armor Shield works great on all glass surfaces! The key is in the prep works so don’t neglect the preparation even on glass!

Tim Charlet

Tim Charlet

Hi Malia:

Thanks for the question and reading our article. If it’s been two years, it’s quite possible that the ceramic coating that was applied has worn out and needs to be removed and replaced for maximum effectiveness. If you’re not comfortable with detailers who apply a ceramic coating and don’t want to do it on your own, then I would suggest that waxing and polishing would be your next best option. Waxing on top of a ceramic coating isn’t really recommended, basically because it removes the positive attributes of the coating itself. But, if the coating has served its purpose, it’s completely fine to wax on top of it.

Hi Malia:

Thanks for the question and reading our article. If it’s been two years, it’s quite possible that the ceramic coating that was applied has worn out and needs to be removed and replaced for maximum effectiveness. If you’re not comfortable with detailers who apply a ceramic coating and don’t want to do it on your own, then I would suggest that waxing and polishing would be your next best option. Waxing on top of a ceramic coating isn’t really recommended, basically because it removes the positive attributes of the coating itself. But, if the coating has served its purpose, it’s completely fine to wax on top of it.

Malia

Malia

Hi, I had my brand new 2017 Toyota Highlander ceramic coated and was really thrilled with the results. About 3 months later, the place I took my car to get coated closed down his business :(

I haven’t waxed or polished my car since bc I remember being told not to do that. I’ve been searching all over the Internet with no real answers about this. In my case, bc it’s been 2 years – is it safe to apply a coat of wax and polish? Is there a specific type of wax/polish I should be using (ex. Carnuba only?).

I can tell my car is dying for a coat of wax and polish! Note….where I live, I can’t find anyone who does ceramic coating except for mobile retailers and I don’t quite trust their version of applying ceramic coating (sorry)….

Thank you for your help,
Malia

Hi, I had my brand new 2017 Toyota Highlander ceramic coated and was really thrilled with the results. About 3 months later, the place I took my car to get coated closed down his business :(

I haven’t waxed or polished my car since bc I remember being told not to do that. I’ve been searching all over the Internet with no real answers about this. In my case, bc it’s been 2 years – is it safe to apply a coat of wax and polish? Is there a specific type of wax/polish I should be using (ex. Carnuba only?).

I can tell my car is dying for a coat of wax and polish! Note….where I live, I can’t find anyone who does ceramic coating except for mobile retailers and I don’t quite trust their version of applying ceramic coating (sorry)….

Thank you for your help,
Malia

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Bill!

You only need to wait for 1 to 2 hours between coats.

Hi Bill!

You only need to wait for 1 to 2 hours between coats.

Bill Call

Bill Call

How soon after the first coat of ceramic spray can you apply a second coat?

How soon after the first coat of ceramic spray can you apply a second coat?

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hey Michael!

I probably wouldn’t advise using the clay bar on your coating. Optimally you can get away with just pressure washing the car and using a foam cannon to clean the surface and then go along and touch up the area with additional shampoo and a wash mitt. Now, if that doesn’t work you may want to spray the area with a fallout type of cleaner. Best to use one that is acid-free. Now, another great way to remove any “stains” on the coating would be to use a water spot remover. Now, most water spot removers do have acidic properties so be sure to neutralize the acids quickly after application by flushing the area with distilled water.

Hey Michael!

I probably wouldn’t advise using the clay bar on your coating. Optimally you can get away with just pressure washing the car and using a foam cannon to clean the surface and then go along and touch up the area with additional shampoo and a wash mitt. Now, if that doesn’t work you may want to spray the area with a fallout type of cleaner. Best to use one that is acid-free. Now, another great way to remove any “stains” on the coating would be to use a water spot remover. Now, most water spot removers do have acidic properties so be sure to neutralize the acids quickly after application by flushing the area with distilled water.

Michael Wieland

Michael Wieland

I have a ceramics coating in place, some tree sap has dropped on the product, can I clay the surface to remove the sap without damaging the ceramics?

I have a ceramics coating in place, some tree sap has dropped on the product, can I clay the surface to remove the sap without damaging the ceramics?

T Lew

T Lew

Hello Eric.
Reading about all the applications.
How many times can you apply ceramic on the surface at one time?
Is there a build up thickness if you properly apply it 3 to 5 times to the same area ?
Also if the vehicle is stored in the garage after properly installing ceramic.
Does the ceramic shine and protection break down after time ?

Hello Eric.
Reading about all the applications.
How many times can you apply ceramic on the surface at one time?
Is there a build up thickness if you properly apply it 3 to 5 times to the same area ?
Also if the vehicle is stored in the garage after properly installing ceramic.
Does the ceramic shine and protection break down after time ?

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Hi there. With Armor Shield IX, as it is very highly concentrated, I would recommend doing 3 passes at the most. It wouldn’t be a big issue up to 5 times but you would need to be careful not to have any excess on edges or certain body panel areas with sharper curves. The protection does slowly deteriorate after years of regular driving.. if the car was garaged the coat wouldn’t deteriorate during that time.

Hi there. With Armor Shield IX, as it is very highly concentrated, I would recommend doing 3 passes at the most. It wouldn’t be a big issue up to 5 times but you would need to be careful not to have any excess on edges or certain body panel areas with sharper curves. The protection does slowly deteriorate after years of regular driving.. if the car was garaged the coat wouldn’t deteriorate during that time.

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Hi Bob. While a rock chip could crack the coating, it wouldn’t affect anything larger than the actual contact area. And you could just re-apply over the affected area but the coating wouldn’t crack around it.

Hi Bob. While a rock chip could crack the coating, it wouldn’t affect anything larger than the actual contact area. And you could just re-apply over the affected area but the coating wouldn’t crack around it.

Bob gill

Bob gill

I’m thinking about doing my 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO it’s black.Was just told by a friend of it gets hit by a stone or something similar will crack coating and look like broken glass and needs to be redone is this true?

I’m thinking about doing my 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO it’s black.Was just told by a friend of it gets hit by a stone or something similar will crack coating and look like broken glass and needs to be redone is this true?

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Hi Joe. Yes, Armor Shield IX is suitable for use on all plastic surfaces, including headlights and all other light groups as well.

Hi Joe. Yes, Armor Shield IX is suitable for use on all plastic surfaces, including headlights and all other light groups as well.

Joe

Joe

Can you use it on plastic? Like your headlights for instance?

Can you use it on plastic? Like your headlights for instance?

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hey Vic!

Armor Shield does provide a layer of protection from the sun. Now, when you say sun protection cream I’m not sure what you mean by that. Are you talking sunscreen? Of course, if you get a chemical on your car you should immediately wash it off but Armor Shield should also help protect the paint from such thing as well. If you want to protect your paint from sun fade well then Armor Shield is the way to go!

Hey Vic!

Armor Shield does provide a layer of protection from the sun. Now, when you say sun protection cream I’m not sure what you mean by that. Are you talking sunscreen? Of course, if you get a chemical on your car you should immediately wash it off but Armor Shield should also help protect the paint from such thing as well. If you want to protect your paint from sun fade well then Armor Shield is the way to go!

Vic Nugent

Vic Nugent

Nobody , but nobody seems to want to let us know whether or not the coating will protect from Sun Protection cream ¿??

Nobody , but nobody seems to want to let us know whether or not the coating will protect from Sun Protection cream ¿??

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hey Patrick!

You sure can! Armor Shield would act similar to a clear coat for you.

Hey Patrick!

You sure can! Armor Shield would act similar to a clear coat for you.

Patrick

Patrick

If you have a cheap paint job, single stage poly and no clear coat, can you still use your ceramic coating?

If you have a cheap paint job, single stage poly and no clear coat, can you still use your ceramic coating?

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Mark!
Armor Shield really shouldn’t lose its shine. Indeed it is sacrificial! At the time scratches occur, the coating becomes damaged, or you reach 2 years then you just need to reapply a fresh coating of Armor Shield.

Hi Mark!
Armor Shield really shouldn’t lose its shine. Indeed it is sacrificial! At the time scratches occur, the coating becomes damaged, or you reach 2 years then you just need to reapply a fresh coating of Armor Shield.

Robin

Robin

Do not ever use dish soap! It will strip any wax you may have put on the car.

Do not ever use dish soap! It will strip any wax you may have put on the car.

Mark

Mark

What in between product would you recommend to help keep the coating glossy. I see this is supposed to last multiple years, but also that it is listed as sacrificial, which means it would pick up scratches. Would a spray on/wipe off type ceramic coating touch up those between the 9H coatings? Something like a quick detail ceramic coating.

What in between product would you recommend to help keep the coating glossy. I see this is supposed to last multiple years, but also that it is listed as sacrificial, which means it would pick up scratches. Would a spray on/wipe off type ceramic coating touch up those between the 9H coatings? Something like a quick detail ceramic coating.

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Greg,

We see this question come up quite often. Armor Shield should provide everything that wax gives you and then some! Wax isn’t necessary and there are some that even say that it would mask the attributes of a ceramic coating if applied on top. I don’t recommend it though from the standpoint that it isn’t needed. The better way to go about it would be applying a second coating of Armor Shield.

Greg,

We see this question come up quite often. Armor Shield should provide everything that wax gives you and then some! Wax isn’t necessary and there are some that even say that it would mask the attributes of a ceramic coating if applied on top. I don’t recommend it though from the standpoint that it isn’t needed. The better way to go about it would be applying a second coating of Armor Shield.

Greg

Greg

Hi, I’m curious as to whether wax could or should be applied over the ceramic coating?

Hi, I’m curious as to whether wax could or should be applied over the ceramic coating?

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Hi Perry. Dish soap would be too aggressive in general. Ceramic coating is much more resilient than the paint and clearcoat but I still wouldn’t recommend using dish soap as it would likely reach uncoated areas as well when washing.

Hi Perry. Dish soap would be too aggressive in general. Ceramic coating is much more resilient than the paint and clearcoat but I still wouldn’t recommend using dish soap as it would likely reach uncoated areas as well when washing.

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Hi Cyrus. The coating would actually make the finish much shinier then it is right now, even if its a new car.

Hi Cyrus. The coating would actually make the finish much shinier then it is right now, even if its a new car.

Perry Barinowski

Perry Barinowski

I’ve washed my car after coating it about 5-6 times using dish soap since I haven’t found a better alternative. I’ve since found a new soap, but is dish soap unsafe/damaging to the ceramic coating?

I’ve washed my car after coating it about 5-6 times using dish soap since I haven’t found a better alternative. I’ve since found a new soap, but is dish soap unsafe/damaging to the ceramic coating?

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Hi Barney. The coating works very well for fiberglass boats and a general rule of thumb is 2 bottles for every 10 feet of boat length.

Hi Barney. The coating works very well for fiberglass boats and a general rule of thumb is 2 bottles for every 10 feet of boat length.

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Yes indeed Larry.

Yes indeed Larry.

Cyrus Anklesaria

Cyrus Anklesaria

The colour of my car is white.
Will ceramic coating make it dull?

The colour of my car is white.
Will ceramic coating make it dull?

Barney portman

Barney portman

Can it work on fiberglass boat and how many square inches or feet does a kit cover

Can it work on fiberglass boat and how many square inches or feet does a kit cover

Larry R

Larry R

When you state “UV Protection” does that mean it blocks UV? Both UVA & UVB?

When you state “UV Protection” does that mean it blocks UV? Both UVA & UVB?

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Hi William. Armor Shield IX does offer a very high level of UV protection and is suitable for use on all glass surfaces.

Hi William. Armor Shield IX does offer a very high level of UV protection and is suitable for use on all glass surfaces.

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Mitch! Optimal time would be the full cure rate of 48 hours. In a pinch perhaps as low as 4 hours. With the love bug season in full swing, I’d definitely suggest waiting the full 48 hours for maximum protection. As far as LineX goes we don’t see a problem with that but honestly, we don’t have a sample size of data or previous case studies for which to reference. Armor Shield should bond with nearly any stable surface material.

Hi Mitch! Optimal time would be the full cure rate of 48 hours. In a pinch perhaps as low as 4 hours. With the love bug season in full swing, I’d definitely suggest waiting the full 48 hours for maximum protection. As far as LineX goes we don’t see a problem with that but honestly, we don’t have a sample size of data or previous case studies for which to reference. Armor Shield should bond with nearly any stable surface material.

william h dobbin

william h dobbin

Is this the same product used on windows to improve uv ray protection

Is this the same product used on windows to improve uv ray protection

Mitch

Mitch

How long should I wait to drive my truck after applying? It is summer time and there is a lot of bugs that could cause damage if driven too soon. Also, I have put LineX on my bumpers, grille and running boards….is ceramic coating suitable for these or would it be too hard to wipe off causing white spots from dry product.

How long should I wait to drive my truck after applying? It is summer time and there is a lot of bugs that could cause damage if driven too soon. Also, I have put LineX on my bumpers, grille and running boards….is ceramic coating suitable for these or would it be too hard to wipe off causing white spots from dry product.

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hey Will.

That is a great question that we often see. The best practice is to apply the graphics first and then a ceramic coat. The Ceramic coating will add a layer of protection to the graphics as well.

Hey Will.

That is a great question that we often see. The best practice is to apply the graphics first and then a ceramic coat. The Ceramic coating will add a layer of protection to the graphics as well.

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