Though there are no doubt how popular ceramic coatings has gained popularity among car enthusiast in last few years.
And why not, ceramic coatings are truly worth the investment.
But as its popularity increases, I’ve come across various misconceptions and myths about ceramic coatings in my years of working in the detailing industry.
These misconceptions often stem from misinformation, lack of understanding or overly marketed products.
As a car detailing enthusiast, I’ve had first-hand experience with ceramic coatings and can confidently say that they are a game-changer when it comes to protecting and enhancing the appearance of your beloved vehicle.
But the myths that are misleading car owners needs to be debunked.
In this article, I’ll debunk some of the most common myths about ceramic coatings for cars and provide you with accurate information based on my experience in the industry
Myth #1: You Don't Need to Wash Your Car.
This is the most common one.
A lot of my customer have asked me that do they need to wash their car after getting it ceramic coated.
While it’s true that ceramic coatings can help repel dirt and water, and make it easier to clean your vehicle, it doesn’t completely eliminate the need to wash your car.
Dirt, grime, and contaminants can still accumulate on the surface of your vehicle, and if left unattended, can potentially damage the ceramic coating and even the underlying paint.
Regular car washing with gentle methods and appropriate recommended products is still required to keep your car looking its best and to maintain the longevity of the ceramic coating.
Myth #2: Ceramic Coatings Are Just Like Traditional Car Waxes or Sealants.
Many people mistakenly believe ceramic coatings are like traditional car waxes or sealants.
However, this couldn’t be far from the truth.
While traditional car waxes or sealants provide temporary protection and shine to your vehicle, ceramic coatings offer better, long-term and durable protection for your car.
Ceramic coatings are made of nano-particles that bond chemically to the paint surface, creating a protective layer resistant to UV rays, chemicals, and environmental contaminants.
This layer acts as a barrier, preventing dirt, dust, and water from adhering to the paint surface, making it easier to clean and maintain the appearance of your vehicle.
Unlike traditional car waxes or sealants that require frequent reapplication, ceramic coatings can last for several years with proper care and maintenance.
Since we’ve ceramic coated n number of cars, I can confidently vouch for the remarkable difference that ceramic coatings can make in protecting your car’s paint.
And also enhancing its shine and gloss
Myth #3: Ceramic Coatings Are Scratch-Proof.
While ceramic coatings are highly durable and offer superior protection compared to traditional car waxes or sealants, they are not scratch-proof or completely immune to all types of damage.
It’s important to understand that ceramic coatings are not a magic bullet that can prevent all types of damage to your vehicle’s paint.
Yes, ceramic coatings can significantly reduce the risk of scratches, swirl marks, rock chips and other types of paint damage, but they are not 100% scratch-proof.
Although the hard and glossy nature of ceramic coatings can provide a level of resistance against minor scratches and swirl marks, they are not invincible against harsh or abrasive contact with the paint surface.
Myth #4: Applying a Ceramic Coating is a Simple DIY Job.
Another common myth about ceramic coatings is that applying them is a simple DIY (Do-It-Yourself) job that anyone can do at home.
While there are DIY ceramic coating products available in the market, applying a ceramic coating requires a certain level of skill, knowledge, and experience to achieve optimal results.
I see many cases where DIY ceramic coatings were improperly applied, resulting in uneven coverage, streaks, or even damage to the vehicle’s paintwork.
The proper application of a ceramic coating involves multiple steps, including thorough paint refinement , meticulous application techniques, and proper curing time.
A single mistake can lead to subpar results and potential damage to your car’s paint.
To achieve the best results with a ceramic coating, it’s recommended to seek the services of a professional car detailing experts who has experience in applying ceramic coatings.
These experts have the knowledge, skills, and equipment to properly prep the paint surface, apply the coating evenly, and ensure proper curing for maximum effectiveness.
Myth #5: Ceramic Coatings Are Only for New Cars.
One common myth I hear from my clients about ceramic coatings is that they are only suitable for new cars.
However, this is far from true.
Though ceramic coatings are good for new car to give it that extra shine and protection.
It can be particularly beneficial for older cars.
Why? Because ceramic coatings are known to bring back the shine and gloss your car has loosed over the years of wear and tear.
And further giving it an extra layer of protection.
As a detailing studio owner, I’ve seen first-hand how ceramic coatings can revive the appearance of older vehicles with dull, faded, or oxidized paint.
The hydrophobic properties of ceramic coatings can make water bead up and roll off the paint, revealing a deeper, richer color and a glossy finish.
The protective barrier created by the ceramic coating can also help guard against further paint damage and slow down the aging process caused by environmental contaminants and UV rays.
Myth #6: Ceramic Coatings Are Too Expensive.
So mainly there are two types of protection you can opt for your car – Ceramic coating OR PPF Coatings.
Comparatively, PPF is much costlier than ceramic coating.
Usually, customers opt for ceramic coatings if budget is a constraint and if looks are a priority above protection.
And the benefits you get from ceramic coatings can easily outweigh the expense.
Myth #7: Ceramic Coatings Requires No Maintenance.
While ceramic coatings are known for their long-term durability and performance, they are not maintenance-free.
This is another common myth about ceramic coatings.
While they require less maintenance compared to traditional car waxes or sealants, they still require regular care to ensure their effectiveness.
Whenever a customer opts for ceramic coating packages from us, I always emphasize the importance of proper maintenance as well.
This includes regular washing with gentle techniques and pH-neutral car wash soaps, avoiding harsh chemicals or abrasive tools, and periodic inspections to ensure the coating is intact.
It’s also recommended to have the coating professionally inspected and maintained by a detailing technician at least once a year to address any potential issues or perform necessary touch-ups.
it’s important to know that ceramic coatings are not permanent and may degrade over time due to exposure to environmental factors and wear and tear.
It’s essential to follow your detailer’s instructions and recommendations for maintenance to ensure the continued protection and performance of ceramic coating.
Myth #8: Ceramic Coatings Are Self-Healing.
Ceramic coatings create a strong bond with your car’s paint, thus protecting it from minor scratches.
But that doesn’t mean they can repair themselves.
Ceramic coatings are typically composed of nano-sized particles that form a protective layer on the surface of the paint, with typical thickness ranging from 3 to 4 microns.
Some ceramic coatings in the market claim to have self-healing properties, but it’s important to note that the self-healing ability is limited to very minor damages and usually up to 1 micron, which may not be sufficient in certain environments.
Especially in harsh conditions of India.
So you don’t need to spend extra for self-healing ceramic coatings.
If protection is your priority and you’re looking for self-healing products, better choose PPF over ceramic coatings
Myth #9: All Ceramic Coatings Are the Same.
There is a common misconception I’ve seen among customers.
Ceramic coatings vary in terms of their formulation, application process, durability, and performance.
Different brands and types of ceramic coatings has different properties and the level of protection it offers.
Ceramic coatings come in different levels of hardness like 6H, 7H, 9H, and 10H.
It’s important to choose a high-quality ceramic coating from a reputable brand and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and maintenance to ensure optimal performance.
And please stay away from brands offering you ceramic coatings for cheap.
Those will usually do more harm than good for your car.
Myth #10: Ceramic Coatings Will Peel Off.
Ceramic coatings form a thin and incredibly strong bond on top of your car’s paint.
People thinks that a ceramic coating peels off when it fails.
But it doesn’t peel off like a clear coat separating from the base coat.
Instead, it simply wears away over time.
Just like when wax fails, you won’t see a ceramic coating peeling off in sheets.
Instead, you may notice that the water-beading and dirt-shedding qualities are diminished, indicating a decrease in the coating’s effectiveness.
This is typically a gradual process that occurs over time due to exposure to various environmental factors, such as UV rays, contaminants, and abrasion.
In conclusion, ceramic coatings for cars are a popular and effective way to protect and enhance the appearance of a vehicle’s paint.
However, people need to be aware and informed about these myths and misconceptions about ceramic coatings.
Do your own research before opting for one or get in touch with expert and trusted car detailers in your area.
After all your car deserves the best care.