What is a ceramic coating?
A Ceramic Coating (such as SiRAMIK SC15) is a liquid polymer that is applied to the exterior of a vehicle. It chemically bonds with the vehicle’s factory paint, creating a layer of protection. The Coating creates a permanent or semi-permanent bond with a vehicle’s paint, meaning that it does not wash away or break down and does not require repeated application every few months in the same way as a wax or a sealant does.
What does a ceramic coating give me?
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. In essence the easiest way to understand this is, it places a then layer ( ie a nano layer ) of protection over the cars surface. This can include the bodywork, wheels, cabriolet roofs, fabric and leather interiors.
A ceramic coating will be able to protect your vehicle from UV damage, oxidization, chemical stains, it will make it more resilient to etching ie bird lime which can severely damage paint work.
One of the most significant features of a Ceramic Coating is it’s hydrophobic properties, which is a technical 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. This, in turn, reduces the chance of causing micro marring or inflicting wash induced scratching on your car. However, It will not prevent this from happening ( see below )
Finally, from a visual standpoint, If you want your vehicles paintwork to pop with gloss and brilliance, 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, far more than any wax or sealant will be able to. That appearance will also remain far longer.
What will a ceramic coating not do?
Although a ceramic coating will lessen the risk of small scratches and swirl marks, it will not stop them from happening. A poor wash technique or using contaminated materials ie a dirty wash mitt, is the most likely cause of inflicting damage on a cars paint work. Like wise a coating will not prevent stone chips from damaging your vehicle. .As stated above, a Ceramic Coating keeps your car looking like-new with relatively minimal maintenance, not no maintenance.
The road is a dirty place. whether you are driving or parking your car on the road, it will get dirty, Even with a Ceramic Coating, you will still need to wash your car regularly in order to maintain its look. The benefit of a Ceramic Coating is that the cleaning process will be easier. Moreover, having a Ceramic Coating means that you will no longer have to wax or seal your vehicle every few months, eliminating a significant part of maintaining your car’s exterior. Thus, a Ceramic Coating does not make your vehicle maintenance-free, but it does mean that with less work you will be able to maintain better results.
Before any ceramic coating can be applied to a vehicle, that vehicle must be fully prepared before hand. Whether a brand new vehicle or one you have recently purchased
There will be evidence of previous swirl marks, marring, tar and fallout on there which must be removed first. Please see our other package details for how we can prepare your car for it to be coated.
All prices quote on the ATD Detailing website are based on a small car, such as Alfa Romeo Mito, Kia Picanto etc.
If you would like to arrange a ceramic coating to be applied to your vehicle, please contact us to discuss you requirements.