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Should I Ceramic Coat My New Car?

Updated: Jan 9

Ceramic coating for cars has gained popularity in recent years to protect a vehicle's paint and other surfaces from environmental damage. There are multiple ways to protect your car from environmental damage, one of the most common questions asked of vehicle owners has been, "should I ceramic coat my car?"

A ceramic coating offers a sacrificial layer of protection that can endure for years when applied by a certified installer.

It makes sense to apply the coating when the vehicle is brand new right?

Well... the short answer is yes and the long answer is yes and no. The choice to have a professional grade nanocoating installed by a certified detail shop like Mobile Detailers Inc is a smart one. It is also important to consider all the options available to you, before making a final decision.

A ceramic coating elevates the protection of your new paint job to the highest level. This ultra-concentrated coating uses advanced nanotechnology to penetrate microscopic imperfections found in all porous surfaces, including the vehicle’s paint clear coat, glass, carbon fiber, and more.

The paint finish on your new car is not perfect. Frequently, factory paint has slight imperfections that require paint correction, which involves polishing the surface to eliminate scratches. Once the car’s paint and other surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and free of small particles, the nanoparticles will smooth out the surface, filling in any dips or ridges. When a ceramic coating is applied, the level of protection against minor scratches and exposure to harmful elements will increase.

Some of the benefits of Ceramic Coating on New Cars:

1. Protection Against Environmental Elements: Ceramic coatings provide a high level of protection against mud, rain, dirt, bird droppings, tree sap, pollen, and other contaminants due to their hydrophobic properties. This makes washing/detailing far better 2. Preventing Oxidation and Rust: Ceramic coatings block UV rays from reaching the clear coat, reducing the risk of oxidation and corrosion over time. 3. Enhanced Shine: While ceramic coatings don't necessarily make paint glossy, they can enhance the depth and richness of the existing finish, whether it's glossy or matte. 4. Resale Value: Applying a professional ceramic coating can potentially improve your vehicle's resale value. 5. Timing: It's recommended to have your car coated as soon as possible after purchase to minimize the need for paint correction and save time and money.

Note: Have your car coated as soon as possible after purchasing from the dealership, as you’ll require less paint correction or prep work – which can save you time and money.

Not all Ceramic coatings are created equal.

In fact, it’s one of the most saturated protection options for paint protection. some coatings that simply resemble nanocoatings but don’t offer the same protection. There are generally three types of ceramic paint coating products for cars.

Types of Ceramic Coatings:

1. Ceramic Spray Coating: These are easy to apply and affordable but offer less protection and durability, typically lasting around three months. 2. DIY Nano Coatings: DIY ceramic coatings are more accessible for consumers but may not provide the same level of protection as professional-grade coatings and usually last up to two years. 3. Professional Ceramic Coatings: Professional-grade coatings like IGL Ceramic Coatings are applied by certified detailers and come with warranties. They are more durable and can be layered for enhanced protection.

Effect on Manufacturer's Warranty: Whether a ceramic coating voids a manufacturer's warranty depends on the specific coating used and the terms of the manufacturer's warranty. Professional-grade coatings may not void the warranty when applied correctly, but DIY coatings may carry more risk.

Factors to Consider When Comparing Ceramic Coatings:

1. Longevity: Consider how long the coating will remain effective to determine its overall cost-effectiveness. 2. Annual Inspections: Some professional-grade coatings require annual inspections to maintain the warranty and address any issues. 3. Warranty Inspections: Professional-grade coatings offer a warranty. The terms vary based on the Ceramic coating you choose. If you have any questions or would like a quote, we're happy to help.

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