Maintaining our cars requires quite a hefty effort and entails some pricey investment. However, it’s a must to keep our vehicles in great condition. Nowadays though, there are a lot of available ways and options to maintain our cars by ourselves. There are many products available in the market that can deceive the age of our cars, according to its physical conditions. Your car maybe 10 years old, but no one could really tell as long as you kept it in mint condition. This article is going to be focused on one of the current trends in the car maintenance industry these days, and that is the ceramic coating. I know, you probably know about it or heard of it before. You might have heard it from your neighbor who had been raving about his car’s improvement ever since he tried this coating. Let’s try to assess the advantages and disadvantages of ceramic coating, then.
Defining the ceramic coating
Let’s begin by understanding what a ceramic coating is. Aside from what you’ve heard from your neighbor, other friends, or your car maintenance staff, it’s important to know the scientific explanation of why ceramic coatings make for a better coating for your automobiles. Another term used for this is “Nano coating”, which is derived by the fluid’s Nanoparticles of the chemical coating that penetrates the pores of the car’s paint. It combines and cross-links with the paint, hence finishing it with a protective layer that enhances the gloss and makes it clean-looking for a far longer period of time.
A ceramic coating is an industrial liquid polymer that you can apply to the exterior of your car usually by hand. It is chemically absorbed by your car’s paint and becomes a layer of protection. Needless to say, it offers better protection than any sealant or waxes because this coating will improve the gloss feature of your car. It is not an alternative for a paint protection film though. However, the longevity of this layer lasts far longer than expected. The bond created with the paint is permanent and will never wash off or be taken off. You won’t even need to reapply it over and over again. So even if you constantly wash and clean your car, this resistant to water ceramic coating will not flicker off.
Comparing ceramic coating to waxing and polishing
A common alternative to this coating of course is waxing and polishing. Sealants and waxes usually are layered on top of your car’s paint and it acts as a physical shield for your car. It does protect it from scratches and scuff marks but it often breaks down faster than the ceramic coating. It holds no assurance for resisting chemicals and therefore it doesn’t assure additional protection for your vehicle’s exterior.
Highlighting the advantages
To add more to the praises that the ceramic coating is getting, you can actually notice a lot of advantages and improvements in a ceramic coated car.
· It protects the vehicle from discoloration due to UV rays.
Over time, a car loses its shine and even starts fading its original color due to constantly being exposed to the sun. The paint begins to oxidize and the fading usually starts happening gradually. Thankfully, the ceramic coatings make it possible to shield your car’s exterior from the sun’s strong UV rays.
· It is resistant to chemicals and stains.
Due to its chemical resistant surface, there is no doubt that no other strong chemicals can penetrate your car’s coatings. The ceramic coatings will propel the stains away and never allow any permanent markings to pierce into the surface.
· It enhances your car’s glossy feature and is easy to clean.
Having a hydrophobic feature is the best advantage for car maintenance, as it is very time-saving in cleaning your car. You won’t need so many soapy products to remove dirt and muds because just by using water, it can remove all these dirty particles almost instantly. The Hydrophobic ceramic coatings also mean that when washing your car, the water will ease off from your car easily; it makes it dry faster than ever.
The Ceramic Coating not only prohibits stain and dirt to stay on your car’s surface but it also enhances the glossy feature of your vehicle. Due to some components of this ceramic coating, it results in reflective properties that maintain your car’s shine and even make it better than before. Your automotive paints become more visibly shinier and bring about depth and clarity to its vivid colors.
Limitations or Disadvantages
Okay, so you’re pretty much sold already. You may have been using temporary waxing and polishing these days, and you’re ready for a change of routine, right? But every good thing always has a bad side though. Unfortunately, this holds true for almost any product and any situation. However, how bad are the disadvantages of this product compared to its merits? You have to balance them both but it’s safe to say, the limitations of the ceramic coatings are just too minor to even consider.
You probably have already figured out the ultimate disadvantage before you reached this part. Yes it’s right though, ceramic coatings actually are a bit pricey. It costs a lot more than any other cleaning, polishing, and waxing alternatives that you have. Depending on your car’s size, the price range of ceramics coatings usually starts at $500-$2000 at an average. Before you react and overthink that though, you have to compute the opportunity cost as well. This option is time-saving, and it is a one-time investment. You use the coating now, and you never let any other product have contact with your car.
Another limitation of this is that the coating’s hydrophobic feature means it’s very fast drying. However, this also results in some water spotting. This is due to the minerals in the water that are left behind after washing. These create spots and may remain temporarily in your car. This is a very minor thing though, so it’s not a serious thing to hinder you from making a decision to coat your car with ceramic.
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