Start here if you have not actually purchased a car yet
Before you keep reading - If you have not driven off the lot yet, but are about to purchase a brand new vehicle, CONSIDER A CERAMIC COATING, and not the sealant that they offer you in the finance department. A ceramic coating is the real deal - the dealership protection is a lesser form of actual protection, plus a warranty.
Start here if you already bought a new car
Okay, so you just bought a brand new car, and you rejected the $1,000 paint protection plan (wise move!). You are looking to protect the paint, as you know that within a year or two, it will not look nearly as good as it does now. (Also wise!) You've heard of ceramic coatings, and of how awesome they are at protecting paint, but are not sure about pulling the trigger (As they are described to do the same thing as the dealership stuff...). I'm here to tell you (not just because we at Detail Pros install ceramic coatings) that installing a ceramic coating on your vehicle when it is brand new, is a great investment. Here's why:
Thin factory clear coat is the reason to go ceramic
Paint on a brand new car, straight from the factory, is thin. It is also susceptible to scratching and damage under typical car ownership conditions. With these two legit factors, the condition of your car's paint is all downhill from the moment you drove off the lot - and not in a good way. With thin paint, if chemicals and the environment, and namely, the sun, penetrates the clear top coat, that paint is damaged. The result is clear coat failure, which looks like white, patchy, sun spots (common on Hondas and older vehicles). With the paint being so sensitive and easily scratched, that penetration from the sun and the elements is real, as scratching and abrasion is the very act of actually making the clear coat thinner.
By installing a ceramic coating, you are adding an additional, harder, slicker, and more chemical + scratch resistant top coat. What this means is less damage to the paint over time. Scratches and UV sun ray damage is less likely to occur. And when you add this ceramic coating layer to a brand new car, you are adding tangible insurance to the car's paint system, when it's in it's thickest, most healthy condition. Adding this additional top coat is guaranteeing longer life for the car's paint.
The viscous cycle of polishing paint to make it look good again
If you can imagine this: when cars get scratched, paint gets removed. The only way to fix the scratched appearance is to remove and level out more paint via polishing. While the polishing will make the car look better, overall, the paint gets thinner and more susceptible to damage from the environment.
The only way to prevent all of this paint removal and potential paint damage is to:
A. keep your car from getting scratched (regular, gentle hand washes)
B. install paint protection film (tangible clear plastic film that wraps the paint)
C. install a durable ceramic coating
The reason I like ceramic coatings most, is that they are cheaper to install than paint protection film (some people do not like the look of paint protection film), and they will make it easier to wash your car. You should consider A. B. and C. if money and time is not an issue. But a ceramic coating can certainly be a great first step to keeping your brand new car as new as possible.
Hi! This blog is written by Detail Pros' very own, Ken! I am the owner and detailer at Detail Pros in Yuba City, CA, which is a smallish town between Sacramento, CA and Chico, CA. Thanks for reading!
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