Ceramic Coating: Why it's important and who to go to!
Ceramic Coating... What is it, who needs it, and who do they get it from?? A lot of you may have questions about ceramic coating and what the benefits are for your vehicle. We have had all of our vehicles done and would recommend it to everyone! But instead of us just telling you to do it, we sat down with the expert at Ceramic Armory (one of our 2021 rally season partners) so he could tell you the benefits! James at Ceramic Armory has over 25 years of experience in the business so the question of where should I take my vehicle is simple to answer... Take it to the best!
So what IS ceramic coating? "It is protection made by a chemical that physically bonds to your clear coat, plastic, trim and glass of the vehicle, boat, helicopter, airplane, semi, etc... that you're putting it on." So instead of something that makes a layer that sits on top of the surface, ceramic coating will bond itself and that's what makes it different from everything else out there. The benefits of this special coating are numerous, the most sought after being your car staying cleaner and when it does get dirty, being easier to clean. That is the main benefit of ceramic coating. On top of that because it bonds to the substrate as opposed to just sitting on top where it could be washed away, it protects much better than the polymer paint sealants that have been used in the past. It has unmatched UV protection which is HUGE in Florida! All of the plastic trim on vehicles and the paint can fade very quickly here so the UV protection is very important! It's also harder than clear coat. Obviously not indestructible but it can prevent and resist wash marring, minor scratching and things like that. Even if it DOES get scratched the upside is the scratch is in the ceramic coating and not your clear coat.
Should you ceramic coat every vehicle you have? Bottom line is James would recommend it! There is a lot of debate from certain groups like some say you shouldn't ceramic coat a show car. James would argue that you SHOULD because show cars get touched a lot. Guys like to wipe them down before a show with polish and the truth is every time you touch your vehicle's surface, you're going to scratch it. So it doesn't matter if it's your daily driver or a car that is in the garage, they should all have ceramic coating done to help preserve the paint and clear coating.
So what do you recommend as far as do's and dont's for upkeep? James is a huge fan of something called a "rinseless wash" every other week and there are a lot of different companies out there that make them. It's basically a wash solution that you put in a bucket of water and you wash it section by section and dry it off doing a rinseless wash. It's fast and easy and you can do it in your garage with no water spots. Ceramic Armory also has a ceramic detail spray that they give to everyone that gets a coating through them and you can also buy them at places like ADVANCED AUTO PARTS. It's a quick detail spray to remove dust and fingerprints and if done once every 3 or 4 months your coating will last a lot longer and it keeps it slick and repels water spots.
Is ceramic coating something people can do on their own? "There are a lot of products you can purchase on the market that you can do yourself but they are not a pro level coating like Ceramic Armory installs but they are decent! What people may not realize is everything that goes into putting the actual coating on the vehicle. The actual coating is not that tricky and there's no magic sauce to it. But Ceramic Armory spends at least 10 times longer prepping a vehicle for the coating then applying the actual coating itself." It also takes a lot of materials like special pads, clay bars, compound polish, tape, chemicals, etc... A lot of mistakes can be made as well if you don't know how to properly prep the vehicle before you apply the coating which would just then seal in all of the scratches and swirls. There is a lot involved in the prepping process. Unfortunately, a lot of people go to Ceramic Armory and pay them to fix DIY coating jobs and end up paying twice as much for the fix then they would have if they just let the pros handle it the fist time. Just food for thought!
"Please know if it comes out of a spray bottle it is NOT a ceramic coating!" If you are pulling out of a drive thru car wash and the last option is a "ceramic coating" after your car has just been scratched to hell... There is a big difference in THAT and what Ceramic Armory does. That was probably one of my biggest takeaways from this conversation!
What is the best way for people to get on your schedule? "The easiest way is to message James at Ceramic Armory on Facebook. You can also put in a request through their website or give him a shout on his cell!
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