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Lets Talk About: Ceramic Coat

Fitment Industries Author | | September 4th, 2018 |

  • - Hey guys, it's Claire from Fitment Industries and today we're gonna be talking about something a little different. Today, we're gonna go more towards the detailing side of things again, since that's kinda what I know, what I do. And, we're gonna talk about some ceramic coat. Now I know you guys have seen a ton of videos online, either by brands or people trying it out themselves, of people ceramic coating their cars and throwing pretty much anything they can think of on it. Whether it be water just beading off, sometimes they throw mud, anything. So we're gonna go into that, see what ceramic coat is, how it works, and if it's right for you. Alright, so what is ceramic coat? Ceramic coat is a liquid polymer that will bond to your vehicle's factory paint. And you might be saying, okay Claire that's great, but what exactly is a polymer?
    (whispering) This is where I need to look at my sheet 'cause it's a bunch of words. Oh my god, okay, why did I do this to myself? A polymer is a substance that has a molecular structure consisting of chiefly or entirely of a large number of similar units bonded together, like polyester or epoxy. Boom, science. What I like to explain it as is simply your car having another layer of skin, or similar to another layer of clear coat. It's not gonna act exactly like a clear coat, but it's very similar. So when you're looking up ceramic coat, what you're gonna see a lot of is the words nanotechnology, and what nanotechnology is, is it's basically saying hey, what this product is doing and how it's working is very, very tiny, like on a molecular scale, tiny, yeah.

    So what that does is it seals the pores in your car's paint. 'Cause if you look at a diagram of what a vehicle's paint looks like, the layer of clear coat above it, it's gonna have little dips in it. And what that ceramic coat does is it goes over it, and fills it in. Now you might be wondering, is this something I can do myself or do I need a professional to do that? And, to that, I say both. There are some products where you will need a professional to do it, like Ceramic Pro is a great example, that's something that you need to be certified to do. I did do that in the past and it is pretty fussy, I've worked with a lot of ceramic coats, and that is the hardest one to apply by far. You have to wear a mask, you have to worry about all these high and low spots, and if you screw it up just a little bit, you're gonna know and you're gonna see that on your vehicle's paint. However, there are kinds out there, such as Cquartz, which I have also used and works great, which is more user friendly. You're not gonna see those mistakes as easily, it's way easier to apply, that kind of thing. Another thing to think about is the expense. So, if you're gonna want Ceramic Pro done, they have a couple different packages, and you do, like I said, have to be certified, so they're gonna charge quite a bit more and the product itself is a little bit different. And those are usually around 2 grand out the door. Otherwise, you can get other brands for cheaper and do them yourself for about anywhere from sixty to around two hundred and fifty bucks, anywhere around that range depending on what kind you get. Alright, so if you are a do-it-yourself-er, you might be wondering, okay, how do I go about this? So I have a couple basic steps that I'm gonna tell you guys.

    First of all, obviously follow the directions. Read it over a couple times if you need to, watch some youtube videos, there's plenty of them out there, but to get started, you're gonna want to wash your car. Get it as clean as possible, don't have any dirt or grime or anything on there because if that's on there, when you seal your paint, it's gonna stay in there. Second, I always claybar the car before applying. So go over everything, do it well, put some elbow grease into it, I know you can do it. Just get it done, do the thing. And then, one of the more important steps which is gonna give your car that clarity that you're looking for, is to buff and polish. Now, depending on the condition of your paint, you may need a single stage polish, you might need a multiple stage buff and polish. So just take a look at your paint, maybe take it to a professional and see what they think, but more often than not you're gonna want a multiple stage polish to cut down those scratches and then bring the paint back to life. Now once you've got all that done, comes the fun part of applying the ceramic coat. Some of it's a little bit stinky and strong because of all those chemicals, so if you feel the need to, you can always wear a mask. But basically, just follow the instructions on the bottle, make sure it nice and even, and make sure you're covering the entire surface. Now that we got all that out of the way, what does ceramic coat do and what doesn't it do? So, ceramic coat is basically gonna make your car a lot easier to maintain, it's very hydrophobic, so those videos that you see of water sheeting off and stuff like that, believe them. It's an awesome product, it works great, it'll also help keep bugs and stuff not entirely off your car, but it makes them way easier to wash off, makes dust and grime and all that stuff way easier to wash off too. Ceramic coating also protects against UV, oxidization, and rust, so when you see cars rolling around with paint that looks a little faded, a little old, that comes a lot of the times from sitting outside and getting beat on by the sun. And what ceramic coat will do, will protect your paint from that, so that's pretty cool in itself.

    Ceramic coatings just make more of a durable surface for your paint. It's not gonna completely protect it from scratches, it's not bulletproof or anything like that, but it will you know, take care of those minor things, little scratches, things like that it'll protect against. Okay, once you have your ceramic coat installed, you're gonna have to maintain it. It's not something you can just throw on there and leave, so basically just be mindful of how you're washing the car, try and stay away from those automatic touch washes and just pay attention. Just pay attention to it, if you see something that's harming it, just stop. It will need to be reapplied every so often, but trust me, it is worth it. So in the end, should you do ceramic coat, shouldn't you? It all depends on how much you care about your paint. I do it on every vehicle that I own because I am very particular about my paint, if you don't care so much about it, it's probably not for you. As far as doing it yourself or getting it professionally done, again, personal preference. If you don't feel like doing it, by all means find an installer and have them do it. So that's it for today, guys, hopefully you understand ceramic coating a little bit more. Always feel free to drop a comment, don't forget to subscribe, give us a like, share the video. Also, check out our website at fitmentindustries.com. Check out our detailing kits there, and that's it for today. See you!