When should you invest in a Ceramic Coating like OptiCoat Pro Plus
Ceramic Coatings have been all the rage here in the last few years. From pro level products to Pep Boys everyone seems to have product they call “ceramic”. So what exactly are these products that have taken the auto care industry by storm? Should you invest in one? Before you do, invest some time in reading this brief tid bit from an insider in the industry.
Ive been detailing cars for almost 15 years here in the Dallas area. In that time Ive seen about everything one can in this industry. A decade and a half is plenty of time to try more than a few different products and methods of cleaning and detailing. Here at Flawless Detail weve developed our own process and have found the best products to clean and protect your vehicle. One of the newer products out there is the “ceramic” coating. What is a ceramic coating Im glad you asked. A Ceramic Coating (such as Opti-Coat Pro or Pro Plus) is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand to the exterior of a vehicle. The coating chemically bonds with the vehicle’s factory paint, creating a permanent layer of protection.
In short, a Ceramic Coating adds additional protection to your car’s exterior and helps keep it looking like-new with comparatively minimal maintenance. The coating achieves this result by making your vehicle more resilient and easier to clean.
Protection from UV Damage / Oxidization
If a vehicle is exposed to the Texas sun for long periods of time unprotected its paint will begin to oxidize, resulting in dulled and faded paint. A layer of Ceramic Coating protects a vehicle’s paint from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thereby reducing the amount of oxidization.
Protection from Chemical Stains and Etching
Another danger for your car is chemical staining from naturally acidic contaminants. By creating a chemically resistant surface, a Ceramic Coating can keep some contaminants from bonding to your vehicle’s paint. Here in Texas this means tree sap and bug guts are much less of a threat to your paint surface.
Ease of Cleaning
One of the most significant features of a Ceramic Coating is that it is hydrophobic, which is a fancy way of saying it repels water. When a vehicle has a hydrophobic Ceramic Coating, water will bead on the surface and slide off more easily. This means that mud and grime will have a more difficult time bonding to your vehicle’s paint, and when you wash your car, contaminants can be removed with less effort.
If you want your paint to pop with gloss, you will want to add a Ceramic Coating. A good Ceramic Coating enhances the reflective properties of your car’s paint and clear coat, adding to the depth and clarity of your paint.
Ceramic Coatings like OptiCoat Pro and Pro Plus can actually help maintain the value of your car by ensuring the paint surface is kept like new! Both products are registered on your CarFax report.
So when does it make sense for you to invest in a coating? Well often the answer to some questions lead to more questions!
- Do you have the money to spend on getting a professionally installed coating?
- Are you a daily driver?
- Does your car spend a lot of time outside?
- Do you enjoy having a clean car?
- Would you like to spend less time cleaning your car?
If you answered yes to at least two those questions a ceramic coating might be right for you.
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