[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.

Further Reading:

How it Works

FAQ

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

Matt

Matt

Great info! I just it advertised on the Flying Wheels YouTube channel and he showed how to apply it. It looks very easy to do. I’m gonna give it a shot and see how it works out. It doesn’t seem too difficult for a novice.

Great info! I just it advertised on the Flying Wheels YouTube channel and he showed how to apply it. It looks very easy to do. I’m gonna give it a shot and see how it works out. It doesn’t seem too difficult for a novice.

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Kyle!
Armor Shield does work great on matte surfaces but to be safe try to test on a small portion first. In most cases, Armor Shield will enhance the matte textures rather than adding shine. The gloss and shine of a ceramic coating come primarily by the mirroring effect! That leads to a tremendous advantage when applied to matte and satin surfaces as it can only enhance what is already there.

Hi Kyle!
Armor Shield does work great on matte surfaces but to be safe try to test on a small portion first. In most cases, Armor Shield will enhance the matte textures rather than adding shine. The gloss and shine of a ceramic coating come primarily by the mirroring effect! That leads to a tremendous advantage when applied to matte and satin surfaces as it can only enhance what is already there.

Kyle Burgess

Kyle Burgess

Is it safe/ok to apply over my entire hood, I have a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk that has a matte decal on the hood so wasn’t sure how to approach it? I’ve already purchased 2x kits so can’t wait to get started!

Is it safe/ok to apply over my entire hood, I have a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk that has a matte decal on the hood so wasn’t sure how to approach it? I’ve already purchased 2x kits so can’t wait to get started!

Casey Jones

Casey Jones

Would you recommend this coating for non clear coat paint like farm equipment? I would like to protect my new bobcat and tractor.

Would you recommend this coating for non clear coat paint like farm equipment? I would like to protect my new bobcat and tractor.

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hello Casey!
Absolutely! Armor Shield works fine with singe stage paint, surfaces with no clear coat, and even bare metal. The key will be in the prep! We would definitely recommend that a round of polishing as part of the prep phase to help ensure the best long term results!

Hello Casey!
Absolutely! Armor Shield works fine with singe stage paint, surfaces with no clear coat, and even bare metal. The key will be in the prep! We would definitely recommend that a round of polishing as part of the prep phase to help ensure the best long term results!

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Joe!
We definitely recommend a round of polishing as a final step of preparation for those that want to achieve the best results! Not 100% essential and many do skip the polishing phase but if you want the very best results that’s the way to go about it.

Hi Joe!
We definitely recommend a round of polishing as a final step of preparation for those that want to achieve the best results! Not 100% essential and many do skip the polishing phase but if you want the very best results that’s the way to go about it.

Joe

Joe

Would it be advisable if, before applying Amor Shield, I have the car polished first?

Would it be advisable if, before applying Amor Shield, I have the car polished first?

Tim

Tim

Thanks to your blogpost, I decided to get a ceramic coating from nano care on my car. Since I’ve never had any kind of protective coating on my car, I chose professionals to do it. But you have to renew the coating now and then, so I am thinking about doing the next coating on my own. I am really happy with the outcome and can’t imagine my car without the coating anymore.

Thanks to your blogpost, I decided to get a ceramic coating from nano care on my car. Since I’ve never had any kind of protective coating on my car, I chose professionals to do it. But you have to renew the coating now and then, so I am thinking about doing the next coating on my own. I am really happy with the outcome and can’t imagine my car without the coating anymore.

Shammy Peterson

Shammy Peterson

I found it helpful when you said that ceramic coatings are ideal protective sealants for many car components since they are resistant to superior heat, abrasion, chemicals, and impact. This is something that I will consider because I want to sell my car before 2022 ends. I will be sure to consider having my car serviced within the week to save money on repairs.

I found it helpful when you said that ceramic coatings are ideal protective sealants for many car components since they are resistant to superior heat, abrasion, chemicals, and impact. This is something that I will consider because I want to sell my car before 2022 ends. I will be sure to consider having my car serviced within the week to save money on repairs.

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gabbar garage

Informative post! This is a great share thank you

Informative post! This is a great share thank you

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gabbar garage

Such a great information. This is really very helpful for bloggers

Such a great information. This is really very helpful for bloggers

Chad

Chad

Hi!
I coated my black 2020 mustang this past Saturday. I was a little scared at first because there is some risk involved if something goes wrong. I followed all the steps except I forgot to use my high PH wash to start the process. The car is always kept clean and the iron remover, clay, and polishing should have removed anything on the paint. My biggest concern was the application because it just seemed like nothing was going on the car and it was too easy. I started on the center of the rear spoiler. I put on a coat and the oil slick look formed almost immediately. I wiped it off and it didn’t see any difference. I grabbed my phone to use as a timer and reapplied that area and even though it looked like it flashed right away I waited a full minute based on the expected flash time in the instructions. It also seemed to apply kind of streaky. I did the rest of the car multiple panels at a time because it went on and wiped off so easy and drying time didn’t seem relevant. After finishing the car I wasn’t impressed with gloss that I was expecting so I went in to watch football to allow cure time before applying a second coat. When applying the second coat it went on with no streaky look. There was a solid wet path behind the applicator. I literally did one side of the car and half the other side before going back to start wiping off the first side. It still wiped off super easy and I don’t see any issues. I could see a notable increase in gloss after the second coat but not as much as I expected at least not under the LED ceiling lights in the garage. The garage was finally opened the day before yesterday and the afternoon sun hit the rear of the car and waaaaaaaaaa the gloss showed itself. I still haven’t taken it outside to enjoy it because I want to give it the full cure time but it’s looking good.

Hi!
I coated my black 2020 mustang this past Saturday. I was a little scared at first because there is some risk involved if something goes wrong. I followed all the steps except I forgot to use my high PH wash to start the process. The car is always kept clean and the iron remover, clay, and polishing should have removed anything on the paint. My biggest concern was the application because it just seemed like nothing was going on the car and it was too easy. I started on the center of the rear spoiler. I put on a coat and the oil slick look formed almost immediately. I wiped it off and it didn’t see any difference. I grabbed my phone to use as a timer and reapplied that area and even though it looked like it flashed right away I waited a full minute based on the expected flash time in the instructions. It also seemed to apply kind of streaky. I did the rest of the car multiple panels at a time because it went on and wiped off so easy and drying time didn’t seem relevant. After finishing the car I wasn’t impressed with gloss that I was expecting so I went in to watch football to allow cure time before applying a second coat. When applying the second coat it went on with no streaky look. There was a solid wet path behind the applicator. I literally did one side of the car and half the other side before going back to start wiping off the first side. It still wiped off super easy and I don’t see any issues. I could see a notable increase in gloss after the second coat but not as much as I expected at least not under the LED ceiling lights in the garage. The garage was finally opened the day before yesterday and the afternoon sun hit the rear of the car and waaaaaaaaaa the gloss showed itself. I still haven’t taken it outside to enjoy it because I want to give it the full cure time but it’s looking good.

Don

Don

My car paint is freshly painted ,though I dont have a way to keep out of the rain for the cure time, I have a nice car cover lined on the inside with a wooly like looking sheep skin, would this be ok to use 48 hours outside covered for curing?

My car paint is freshly painted ,though I dont have a way to keep out of the rain for the cure time, I have a nice car cover lined on the inside with a wooly like looking sheep skin, would this be ok to use 48 hours outside covered for curing?

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hello Shelly!
that would be the optimal scenario but of course, that may not be possible for everyone. After 24 hours you could drive the car if you are in a pinch but we would still recommend treating the car with extra precautions and continue to avoid mud, water, heavy dust and the such.

Hello Shelly!
that would be the optimal scenario but of course, that may not be possible for everyone. After 24 hours you could drive the car if you are in a pinch but we would still recommend treating the car with extra precautions and continue to avoid mud, water, heavy dust and the such.

Robert

Robert

Great Product . Highly recommend, I did 2 coats Armor Shield . Didn’t have to ,that’s just me .wash with ArmorAll ceramic car wash now and then .Couldn’t t be happier . I know will last for years to come

Great Product . Highly recommend, I did 2 coats Armor Shield . Didn’t have to ,that’s just me .wash with ArmorAll ceramic car wash now and then .Couldn’t t be happier . I know will last for years to come

Shelly

Shelly

Hi Dale. When u say it takes 48 hours to cure, does that mean the car needs to stay in a garage out of the elements with no driving?

Hi Dale. When u say it takes 48 hours to cure, does that mean the car needs to stay in a garage out of the elements with no driving?

performance tuning Auckland

performance tuning Auckland

Such a nice blog on the truth about ceramic coatings and I hope you keep update us with such great tips and information in future too. This is a great post; I will share as much as I can.

Such a nice blog on the truth about ceramic coatings and I hope you keep update us with such great tips and information in future too. This is a great post; I will share as much as I can.

Leo

Leo

I just did 1 of 3 cars today. It wasn’t as scary as I always thought. This website really contains every bit of information you would need and answer any questions you might have. I even contacted customer service through chat and they were more than helpful. Ordered my 4th bottle already.

I just did 1 of 3 cars today. It wasn’t as scary as I always thought. This website really contains every bit of information you would need and answer any questions you might have. I even contacted customer service through chat and they were more than helpful. Ordered my 4th bottle already.

Rabbi Sheikh

Rabbi Sheikh

Thank you for sharing this truth. Actually, I’m grateful because I got the way to stop wasting money on wax or other traditional paint. You written the truths about ceramic coating, I experienced ceramic coating my car last time, really It’s amazing.

Thank you for sharing this truth. Actually, I’m grateful because I got the way to stop wasting money on wax or other traditional paint. You written the truths about ceramic coating, I experienced ceramic coating my car last time, really It’s amazing.

Michaela Hemsley

Michaela Hemsley

Thanks for explaining how ceramic coating can really help protect your car’s paint. My husband has been trying to figure out how to make his car look better longer. I will have to tell him to look into getting a ceramic coat done.

Thanks for explaining how ceramic coating can really help protect your car’s paint. My husband has been trying to figure out how to make his car look better longer. I will have to tell him to look into getting a ceramic coat done.

Marvin LEFFLER

Marvin LEFFLER

Finished coating my new Honda Insight. One bottle covered the car, plus 1/3 of the second coat. This includes the car body, all windows, and the wheels. Dispatched of the second coat with kids to share on my second bottle.
The the rain move in. Waiting out the four rain days before I take the car out to see how it really looks.

By the way, great tutorial videos.

Finished coating my new Honda Insight. One bottle covered the car, plus 1/3 of the second coat. This includes the car body, all windows, and the wheels. Dispatched of the second coat with kids to share on my second bottle.
The the rain move in. Waiting out the four rain days before I take the car out to see how it really looks.

By the way, great tutorial videos.

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Thank you!

Thank you!

The Detailing Pros

The Detailing Pros

Such a great blog.

Such a great blog.

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Carter!
1 kit should be enough to fully coat a Camaro! That is going to be sweet man! Once you coat that Cam send us some pics so we can also show it off!

Hi Carter!
1 kit should be enough to fully coat a Camaro! That is going to be sweet man! Once you coat that Cam send us some pics so we can also show it off!

Carter

Carter

For my 2012 Camaro how many bottles of this would I need to do a full ceramic coat for my car?

For my 2012 Camaro how many bottles of this would I need to do a full ceramic coat for my car?

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi J!
the lowest temps we recommend are 7.5 degrees Celsius or 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hi J!
the lowest temps we recommend are 7.5 degrees Celsius or 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Ramesh!
The paint needs sufficient time to gas off. We recommend waiting at least 45 days on fresh paint prior to applying Armor Shield.
I would stick with the basic prep but if the car is not going to have any road exposure while waiting for the paint to gas off you could skip the claying process. Wash/dry and IPA wipedown should suffice.

Hi Ramesh!
The paint needs sufficient time to gas off. We recommend waiting at least 45 days on fresh paint prior to applying Armor Shield.
I would stick with the basic prep but if the car is not going to have any road exposure while waiting for the paint to gas off you could skip the claying process. Wash/dry and IPA wipedown should suffice.

J.

J.

Hi, I want to apply this on a weekend in my garage but in the coldest months of the winter and no heated garage I need to know what is the coldest temperature I can apply this without affecting the paint or the product performance. Cheers

Hi, I want to apply this on a weekend in my garage but in the coldest months of the winter and no heated garage I need to know what is the coldest temperature I can apply this without affecting the paint or the product performance. Cheers

Ramesh

Ramesh

Hi Dale,
I was planning to apply the ceramic coating on my new KIA Seltos. Unfortunately there were some imperfections on the hood with minor chips during first service and they had to repaint the hood.

Questions:
1. How long should I wait before prepping and apply the ceramic coating?. As you know it is recommended to always have a good prep of washing, decon, polishing(if needed) before coating.
I don’t know whether I can wash, use the iron/tar removal, clay bar, or the very least IPA wipe on a newly painted hood.

What is your suggestion / recommendation on when to coat this car with AS XI in this scenario?

Hi Dale,
I was planning to apply the ceramic coating on my new KIA Seltos. Unfortunately there were some imperfections on the hood with minor chips during first service and they had to repaint the hood.

Questions:
1. How long should I wait before prepping and apply the ceramic coating?. As you know it is recommended to always have a good prep of washing, decon, polishing(if needed) before coating.
I don’t know whether I can wash, use the iron/tar removal, clay bar, or the very least IPA wipe on a newly painted hood.

What is your suggestion / recommendation on when to coat this car with AS XI in this scenario?

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi William!

1. How much is the coating
$69.99 USD for a single kit.
2. How long I need to leave the car with you for the coating.
Well, you can’t leave the car with us as we don’t have an automotive or detail shop. the coating does require 48 hours to cure.
3.How lond would be the warranty after coating
2years.
4. How many recoating would it be and how long i can utilise the number of recoating
1 coating is enough for most customers.

Hi William!

1. How much is the coating
$69.99 USD for a single kit.
2. How long I need to leave the car with you for the coating.
Well, you can’t leave the car with us as we don’t have an automotive or detail shop. the coating does require 48 hours to cure.
3.How lond would be the warranty after coating
2years.
4. How many recoating would it be and how long i can utilise the number of recoating
1 coating is enough for most customers.

William Koh

William Koh

Lexus ES300-New Car-Jan 2021

Would like to know

1. How much is the coating
2. How long I need to leave the car with you for the coating
3.How lond would be the warranty after coating
4. How many recoating would it be and how long i can utilise the number of recoating

Lexus ES300-New Car-Jan 2021

Would like to know

1. How much is the coating
2. How long I need to leave the car with you for the coating
3.How lond would be the warranty after coating
4. How many recoating would it be and how long i can utilise the number of recoating

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car paint nz

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Hello, thank you for sharing this article it will be really helpful for me to understand about the truth about ceramic coatings. I appreciate your step for choosing this topic. Great article!! You have done a good research I must say, thank you very much for sharing this article.

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used tyres auckland

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Thanks a lot to you for sharing the truth about ceramic coatings here, these kind of ideas are were much needed. I really appreciate that you have provided the data too, really appreciative and useful blog for us. Looking for more!!

Christian Relon

Christian Relon

the question is
what is recommended ceramic coating
nano tech?

the question is
what is recommended ceramic coating
nano tech?

mechanic wellington

mechanic wellington

From this article you will get to know about the truth of ceramic coating. The best available content here and the article is much informative regarding work as well. I love this article, thanks for producing such great contents. I love your posts always.You must also check out Cartherapy it has some great insights too.

From this article you will get to know about the truth of ceramic coating. The best available content here and the article is much informative regarding work as well. I love this article, thanks for producing such great contents. I love your posts always.You must also check out Cartherapy it has some great insights too.

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Power Steering Christchurch

It’s a great source of knowledge; I think it will be helpful for lot of people who are looking for the truth about ceramic coatings. Thank you very much for sharing this article, this is really helpful for me, thanks again!

It’s a great source of knowledge; I think it will be helpful for lot of people who are looking for the truth about ceramic coatings. Thank you very much for sharing this article, this is really helpful for me, thanks again!

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Vikas!

There is nothing in Armor Shield that can permanently damage the car in any way shape or form. Worst case scenario you take a compound polish and fully remove the coating!
The key to success is in the prep work and following the instructions precisely! Youve got this though as the process is straight forward and very easy to do!

Hi Vikas!

There is nothing in Armor Shield that can permanently damage the car in any way shape or form. Worst case scenario you take a compound polish and fully remove the coating!
The key to success is in the prep work and following the instructions precisely! Youve got this though as the process is straight forward and very easy to do!

vikas

vikas

Hello Dale, I just picked up me new MDX and before this I have changed almost 6-7 cars and always had Xylon put by my buddies who is a head detailer in Volvo dealership, he is out of country and I do not wanna drive my MDX without this quoting, just nervous this product will not ruin my 60K car. last night

Hello Dale, I just picked up me new MDX and before this I have changed almost 6-7 cars and always had Xylon put by my buddies who is a head detailer in Volvo dealership, he is out of country and I do not wanna drive my MDX without this quoting, just nervous this product will not ruin my 60K car. last night

Lorraine

Lorraine

Could you use this on a caravan that’s list it’s sheen pkease

Could you use this on a caravan that’s list it’s sheen pkease

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Jay!

We will be releasing our very own ceramic boost spray in the upcoming months! I would recommend waiting for 1 to 2 months prior to first use of a ceramic topper.

Hi Jay!

We will be releasing our very own ceramic boost spray in the upcoming months! I would recommend waiting for 1 to 2 months prior to first use of a ceramic topper.

Jay

Jay

What product do you recommend after applying Armor Shield to use as a sacrificial layer? Also how long after the ceramic coating would I apply this product?
Thanks!

What product do you recommend after applying Armor Shield to use as a sacrificial layer? Also how long after the ceramic coating would I apply this product?
Thanks!

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi SKG!

Not sure there is an exact answer to this one. A few reasons would be part replacements, adding a component such as a spoiler, a paint job, damage caused by chemical exposure, or even a large scratch.

Hi SKG!

Not sure there is an exact answer to this one. A few reasons would be part replacements, adding a component such as a spoiler, a paint job, damage caused by chemical exposure, or even a large scratch.

Ethan

Ethan

Hello all, does a spray polish/cleaner (like Honda’s for motorcycles) affect ceramic coating?

Hello all, does a spray polish/cleaner (like Honda’s for motorcycles) affect ceramic coating?

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

When it comes to aftercare products look for those that are designed specifically with Ceramic coatings in mind. Armor Shield can be damaged with both extremely high and extremely low ph value chemicals. Try to use products in the range of 5 to 9 for PH balance.

When it comes to aftercare products look for those that are designed specifically with Ceramic coatings in mind. Armor Shield can be damaged with both extremely high and extremely low ph value chemicals. Try to use products in the range of 5 to 9 for PH balance.

SKG

SKG

Under what circumstances would you want to remove a ceramic coating? At the risk of answering my own question: painting/body work.

Under what circumstances would you want to remove a ceramic coating? At the risk of answering my own question: painting/body work.

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Chris!

Did you coat the entire exterior of the vehicle? Did you skip windows and rims? If you only used one bottle and that bottle feels full I’d dare say you need to apply another coat. It’s already past that time but you only need to wait for 1 to 2 hours between coats.

Hi Chris!

Did you coat the entire exterior of the vehicle? Did you skip windows and rims? If you only used one bottle and that bottle feels full I’d dare say you need to apply another coat. It’s already past that time but you only need to wait for 1 to 2 hours between coats.

Chris

Chris

I just applied your ceramic coating to my full-sized four-door sedan (Subaru Legacy ), I coated the applicator pad, until it was fairly moist each time, i applied the coating on a new section. after completing the whole car, and putting a second coating on trunk/bumper, my bottle of ceramic is still fairly full. Does this mean I didn’t put enough on?

P.s. Seems to be a great product, from the little I have interacted with it!

I just applied your ceramic coating to my full-sized four-door sedan (Subaru Legacy ), I coated the applicator pad, until it was fairly moist each time, i applied the coating on a new section. after completing the whole car, and putting a second coating on trunk/bumper, my bottle of ceramic is still fairly full. Does this mean I didn’t put enough on?

P.s. Seems to be a great product, from the little I have interacted with it!

Adam

Adam

Does applying this ceramic coat product to a mat vinyl wrap make the vinyl wrap shiny, this defeating the purpose of the mat wrapping?

Does applying this ceramic coat product to a mat vinyl wrap make the vinyl wrap shiny, this defeating the purpose of the mat wrapping?

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Adam!
The answer varies, to be honest. Most don’t have an issue at all because Armor Shield enhances the current paint/wrap textures. There is the possibility that it may add more shine than desired on mat wraps. Best to test out on a small section to ensure that the shine and texture enhancement is right for you.

Hi Adam!
The answer varies, to be honest. Most don’t have an issue at all because Armor Shield enhances the current paint/wrap textures. There is the possibility that it may add more shine than desired on mat wraps. Best to test out on a small section to ensure that the shine and texture enhancement is right for you.

Dale Pearl

Dale Pearl

Hi Dan!

It can be performed either way or even both but most actually apply the PPF and then Armor Shield on top of the film. Ideally, you should stack products based on expected longevity. The longest-lasting product should be next to the paint. Optimal example: Paint—>Clear Coat—>PPF—>Armor Shield—>Ceramic Topper—>Wax

Hi Dan!

It can be performed either way or even both but most actually apply the PPF and then Armor Shield on top of the film. Ideally, you should stack products based on expected longevity. The longest-lasting product should be next to the paint. Optimal example: Paint—>Clear Coat—>PPF—>Armor Shield—>Ceramic Topper—>Wax

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