How Ceramic Coating Works

One of the hot new products on the auto detailing market is ceramic coating. You’ll see many people talking about how you can get lifetime protection for your vehicle’s paint.

Some claims people make are true, but there are many people that overhype the product (just like many other wax products on the market).

What is true about ceramic coating is that it is one of the strongest coatings you can apply to your vehicle’s paint. The only other method of protection that is better would be applying paint protection film to your vehicle.

Ceramic coating is a synthetic substance that bonds to your vehicle’s clear coat to form a protective shell. In many cases, a ceramic coat can keep your vehicle’s paint protected for 2 years at a time.

Some people will say that you can get lifetime protection from a ceramic coat, but like many other paint coatings it will wear down over time.

But how does ceramic coating work? What’s the process of actually installing it? We’ll cover that today…

A quick note before we begin, we generally recommend hiring someone who provides professional auto detailing in Salem Oregon to apply ceramic coating to a vehicle.

The reason for this is that it is a very specialized, and expensive product. If the application is not done properly, it can cause more harm than good. Reversing a ceramic coating that has not been applied properly can take quite a bit of time, and will definitely require a professional in that case.

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Prepare The Paint Before Application

Whenever a professional is applying a ceramic coat to a vehicle, you want to make sure that the paint is as smooth as possible before application. Any dirt, debris, scratches, swirl marks, and anything else will get sealed between the clear coat and ceramic if they are left there.

Because of that it’s best to thoroughly prepare the paint before applying the ceramic coat.

Not only is this because you will get the best possible outcome when it comes to the look of your vehicle, but it will ensure the ceramic coat adheres properly to the vehicle’s clear coat.

If the product doesn’t adhere correctly that could shorten the lifespan of how long a ceramic coat could keep your car protected.

How The Application Works

Applying a ceramic coat to a vehicle is similar to applying wax. A detailer will put a few drops of the liquid to an application pad, and then apply it to the vehicle section by section.

After the material sits for a handful of minutes, any excess can be buffed off with a microfiber towel. This will allow enough time for the ceramic coat to actually bond to the clear coat of the vehicle.

Again, we highly recommend hiring a professional auto detailer to do the application as it requires protective equipment and needs to be done properly. Installers generally have to wear respirators and rubber gloves to make sure they don’t breathe in the fumes or have any of the material get on their skin.

What Happens Once Application Is Complete?

After the car has been given a layer of ceramic coat, you have to let it sit for at least one day (ideally in a garage) for the coating to cure.

If you don’t allow time for the ceramic coat to cure, you could cause damage to it and shorten how long it could keep your car protected.

Once it has cured however, your vehicle’s paint will be much more resistant to any liquids, and for the most part any dirt and debris will easily be cleaned off of your vehicle.


Ceramic coating is very popular for a reason. While it’s one of the most expensive options for protecting your vehicle’s paint, it is also one of the most effective.

Just like any protective coating, you still need to maintain your vehicle on a regular basis. You won’t want to get a ceramic coating, and then stop washing your car.

Regular washes will help to preserve the ceramic coating, and will help prolong the amount of time it will keep your vehicle protected.

If you’re looking for a company that provides auto detailing in Salem Oregon, reach out to us today for a free quote.


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