We have explained earlier why Ceramic Coating is essential and why it makes sense to invest in it. Wouldn’t you want that every penny you spent should be worth it? And, of course, you would love to see that shine and glossy look retained on your car as long as possible.
So the question asked by many vehicle enthusiasts is, “Can something be done to make the Ceramic Coating last longer?” The answer is “Yes! We Can”.
The good news is that you can achieve this by simply making some changes in the way you maintain your car. Just by taking some special care, you can save a lot of time and money. All you need to do is be clear on some key questions that come in mind when it comes to ceramic-coated vehicle maintenance.
Do I need to take special care after ceramic coating?
The answer to this is both Yes and No! If you are habitual of maintaining your vehicle the right way, then there is no necessity of taking any special care. However, if your car is abused by a daily wash guy, then its mandatory to take extra care of your ceramic-coated car. Further questions will answer what exactly you need to ensure for your vehicle.
How often should I wash my vehicle?
The most important thing to remember is not to wash for a minimum of seven days after you have got your car coated. Yes! This is how it should be. And it is because of the fact that the coating needs some time to get completely cured and formed a nano bond with the surface. During this period, the coating is vulnerable to all sorts of soaps, shampoos, etc.
Many people are not aware of this and think it is normal to continue with your regular car wash. You are merely negating the effect of ceramic coating if you are ignoring this thumb rule.
Post the seven days, you can follow your regular washing cycle. Preferably, once a week but the frequency of your car wash may vary depending on the level of pollutants in your area. If you live in a less contaminated area, then the car can be washed in ten days or even fortnightly.
The thumb rule is the lesser, the better!
How do I wash my car?
Even during your standard washing, please make sure you are:
- Using a high-quality car wash shampoo
- Using a good quality wash mitt/microfiber towel
- Following the Two Bucket Washing Method
- Not washing in direct sunlight but a shaded area
- Using separate wash mitts for wheels
- Not using any kind of brush while washing
The safest wash that can prevent the ceramic coating on your car is the Two Bucket Wash.
How you dry your vehicle is equally important?
After you have washed your car, following these simple drying steps will help you enjoy the prolonged benefits of Ceramic Coating.
- Rinse thoroughly so that only water remains on the vehicle
- Use a leaf blower or Air compressor or Car Dryer
- Blow off the water as much as possible
- Wipe any water residue by microfiber towel
- Do not rub the cloth on the surface but just gently push the fabric across the surface.
Essential to use products that help in maintaining the Coat
Apart from washing and drying, the life of ceramic coating can be extended with the help of the products that you apply after that.
Use Synthetic Spray Sealants, also referred to as Ceramic Coating booster. They extend the life of the coating and enhance the hydrophobic property of the coating. They also give a glossy look to the coating. These are easy to apply and are affordable.
It is not necessary to use these sealants, but they can be like icing on the cake (for your ceramic coating). They amplify the benefits of ceramic coating.
Should you Wax your Ceramic-Coated Vehicle?
Wax can be applied on the ceramic-coated vehicle. Although it is not necessary. Wax does the same thing as the spray sealant, as mentioned above. However, the application for both is different. Waxing has its own set of benefits, for which you can refer Want to Keep Your Car Shining? Go For Wax!
Can I Polish My Vehicle?
Polishing is advised to be done before Ceramic Coating and not post that. Polishing removes scratches and swirls from the car paint. If Ceramic Coating is applied before Polishing, the scratches would still be visible.
Warning: The Polishing ceramic-coated surface will remove the coating from the surface.
#Bonus Tip: How Frequently Should you Get your Vehicle Coated?
The answer to this question varies on your driving frequency. Auto detailers have multiple packages to offer to range from 2 years to 5 years to 7 years of the coating. The two-year coating package works well for someone who is not taking his/her car out daily. However, for someone who has a lot of driving to do every day, will benefit by going for a five year or seven-year package.
Having said that, the durability of the Ceramic Coating also depends on how well you are maintaining your vehicle. If you are washing and drying your car, as explained above, there is a possibility that the coating will last beyond the committed time frame.
It is also crucial that you follow the ideal way of maintaining your vehicle, as instructed by your detailer. Otherwise, you may end up damaging the coat well before your package ends.
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Ceramic Coating provides the highest level of protection and is considered most durable in the industry at this time. The coating on your vehicle is only as good as the finish of the surface. So there is no point in cutting corners, and following the steps above can give you the most durable protection that the industry has to offer.
If you want to know more about ceramic coating, feel free to contact us.