Investing in a DIY nano-ceramic coating is a smart decision. It repels liquid, which makes cleaning easy. The clear coating gives a great gloss to your car’s exterior while protecting it against micro-marring. It is also applied to trucks and boats for the same purpose. It is, no doubt, a premium option than waxy alternatives. People think that to maintain a ceramic coating, all you have to do is apply it and relax. That’s not true.
Tips for Maintaining the Ceramic Coating
Ceramic coating is super strong after it dries, but it weakens over time after being exposed to environmental hazards like UV rays and natural acidic contaminants. It requires occasional upkeep to maximize its lifespan. Comparatively, it requires minimal maintenance. Here are five easy steps that can help you to extend the lifespan of your ceramic coating.
Tip #1 – Wash your vehicle frequently
You need to sort out a car washing schedule regardless of its use. This reduces the chances of accumulation of contaminants on your car service. Remember, keeping in covered wouldn’t help because the dust can penetrate underneath the cover collecting inside it on microscopic levels. Washing it twice a week is highly recommended.
Tip #2- Avoid direct sunlight while washing your vehicle
Exposing your vehicle to direct sunlight while washing would heat up your car surface. It doesn’t only leave water spots behind, but it is the worst enemy of such professional coatings. To get this job done in the best way possible, we would recommend you to park the car in the shade or wash it in the garage.
Suppose you don’t have a shady spot, then its vest to wash your vehicle early in the morning or late in the evening. The sun is at its lowest levels at this time, so your vehicle will not get direct sunlight.
Tip #3- Just two buckets
The two-buckets method of car washing is mind-blowing. This doesn’t mean you need just two water buckets to clean it. The phrase two buckets describe the two main steps to get the best washing result. The first bucket is for soaking the wash wit. The second bucket is to wash the mitt off each section of your car.
Wash your car from top to bottom. You can, then, add a rinse bucket with grit guards to rinse the dirt and debris from the wash mitt from each section after application. The method reduces swirl marks making your hard work pay off.
Tip #4 – Add an automotive soap or shampoo in the washing supplies
Using an automotive-specific car soap or shampoo for washing is a great idea. These products do not contain abrasives substances, contaminants, or chemical agents. However, before selecting one, make sure the product is high in quality. Companies sell it as secondary maintenance products that contain wax and polish. These ingredients are harsh for your car surface.
Tip #5- Separate buckets to wash car body and wheels
Microscopic metal shavings get collected in the wheels of your car. This brake dust can cause damage to the car surface. So don’t forget to keep a separate bucket for washing and mitts for the wheel. Otherwise, you would be using the mitt, with tiny pieces of metal, to wash the ceramic coated paint on your ride.
Why Ceramic Coating Needs Proper Care?
Car coating and paints are layering products designed to penetrate deep inside the microscopic cracks with a clear coat. The ceramic coating does the same for your car. Upon curation, this layer hardens up to 9H, which is tougher than the best clear coats.
Not sure about the 9H deal? You won’t be once you read below.
If you are confusing the 9H value for the Mohs hardness scale, so you are going the wrong way. You can scratch glass with a dried product of 9H, measured using the Mohs scale.
The Mohs scale is a universal hardness rating scale for minerals ranging from 1 to 10. Soft minerals are at the beginning of the scale, for example, iron is below 5, while hard minerals are rated higher on the scale, such as diamond, which is 10. Quartz, used in ceramic coating, has a rating of 7. However, this scale is not accurate for measuring the quality hardness for ceramic coating. The 9H rating is awarded as per the pencil scale, which is another variant for the OG Mohs scale. 9H, the highest rating of this scale, is equal to 6H of the Mohs scale. It must be clear by now why these scales are incomparable. So, if you find a local manufacturer claims their product to be 10H or above on the scale, beware! That’s a spinal tap.
DIY ceramic coating reaches 9H level within a few days upon drying. The product is high in quality and provides incredibly durable protection. But then again, it can wear out for some reason.
Routine environmental exposure
Ceramic coating is a steroid-based clear coating. Like another conventional coating, routine exposure to environmental hazards like UV rays, dirt, debris, road grime, tree sap, acids in de-icing products, bird droppings, and bug guts eats the whole microscopic layer, slowly and steadily. The damage is not visible on the really first day, but if it is constantly exposed without maintenance, you will start noticing a reduction in self-cleaning attributes resulting in increased water spots after a wash.
What Happens If The Ceramic Coating Is Not Maintained?
If you think that after applying the ceramic coat, it’s all about sitting on the front seat and enjoying the ride without paying attention to the coat, it doesn’t work this way. The car surface would start dropping hints before it takes its toll. Here are a few warning signs that will immediately spring up due to neglected maintenance.
1. Dull car surface
What is the reason behind you investing in these high-quality ceramic coats? It’s simple. You want your car to shine above all. However, with time, your car will start appearing wet constantly. This happens if you keep on neglecting the maintenance of the coating, and you gradually notice the loss of shine and luster that no car owner wants.
2. Gone hydrophobic effect
The way dirty contaminants like mud, dirt, or water, slides off the glossy car surface is so satisfying. All thanks to the ceramic coating that makes it possible due to its hydrophobic effect. If the car is often allowed to soak up the hazardous chemicals, the energy of the surface is increased, which reduces the hydrophobic effect.
Let us explain to you the concept behind surface energy. Surface energy is how liquid responds while being in contact with the surface. Ceramic coating reduces the surface energy on the paint-coated surface, and that’s how the water slides without friction without sticking. But then, since the routine exposure is increased, the surface gets covered with dirt and debris, reducing the surface energy. As a result, you would see more debris sticking on.
3. The unwanted outcome – wear out
The world is mortal, so does the ceramic coating. Neglecting its maintenance would bring its time sooner. Don’t go on the market slogan “reduces the need to wash as often.” This doesn’t literally mean that you shouldn’t wash your car again. If you don’t wash it as required, the debris will form a layer on the surface. This will eventually result in the pro-coating to wear off quickly, leaving your car paint exposed to the damages.
It’s a Wrap!
Now that you know how bad things would go if you don’t maintain your freshly applied nano-coating, here is how you can easily take care of it. Just wash your car. Yes, its simples as ABC. Use a two-bucket method to make the wash worthwhile. We don’t recommend an automatic car wash for your vehicle; however, if you have it as your last resort, then it should be a touchless wash. Don’t forget to dry it off with a microfiber towel. Happy driving!