Wouldn’t it be nice if you could apply a coat to your vehicle’s paint job to keep it looking good, even when it faces damage? Well, that’s what ceramic coating car protection is for.
Ceramic coating is a chemical polymer solution that you apply to your vehicle as a layer of protection. When applied, it blends with the original paint on the car and gives you a hydrophobic layer prepared to keep the original paint in-tact.
It’s a popular solution to a car owner’s troubles because it’s a long-term solution designed to withstand the physical stress of the environment. Not only that, but it’s something any DIY-er can accomplish on their own.
In order to apply the best ceramic coating for cars, continue reading below!
Prepping Your Vehicle for Ceramic Coating
Since ceramic coating protects your car from UV rays, chemicals, and repels water, it’s no wonder so many car owners are starting to trust it. For those interested in applying ceramic coating to their car themselves, we’re going to go through the process with you so you’re prepared.
Before we can apply the coat, we must first prep the car. There are five main steps involved, so let’s take a closer look:
Your car needs to be spotless before you can even think about adding a layer of ceramic coating. Any dirt, grime, or debris will get stuck under the protective coating and won’t look good -- even after it’s finished.
To properly decontaminate your vehicle, we suggest using Primus or Purifica from Labocosmetica. They’re safe, effective, and affordable for any car owner. You can also use Ductile for your wheels and tires, as well as P-Ray to remove iron and Energo to remove water spots.
1. Two Bucket Wash
After you decontaminate the car, you want to give it one more good clean before moving forward with the process. A two-bucket wash is one where you use normal soap and two buckets. One bucket has clean water and solution in it, while the other is used to rinse the cloth so it stays clean.
We use Semper from Labcosmetica because it’s very concentrated and has a high-lubricating action to it.
2. Clay Barring
Clay barring is another decontamination stage in this process. You’ll need a Clay Towel from The Rag Company and a clay bar solution. If you want, you can use P-Ray from the decontamination step for this stage.
If you don’t want to use the Clay Towel and P-Ray, a clay bar will work just fine. Just be sure to use plenty of clay lube to keep the car lubricated.
Once the clay barring is complete, you need to polish your vehicle. It’s a one-step process that doesn’t require you to do it twice. It’s also best to polish the vehicle with a machine, as opposed to doing it by hand.
To polish, we suggest using #Fiero or #Leale from Labcosmetica. You’ll also need some high-quality polishing pads, which we recommend using either the Black Waffle or Blue Waffle. Once polished, just do some quality assurance to ensure the car is as clean and spotless as possible.
Applying the coating is best done by a professional, but it’s something that any DIY-er can accomplish. There are two coats you need to know about -- the SAM coat and HPC coat. Both are important to the process.
From top to bottom and left to right, apply the SAM coat with an applicator pad and microfiber cloth. Wait an hour before applying the HPC coat the same way. Once finished, don’t drive or allow rain to get on the car for at least 12 hours. You should also avoid washing the car for at least 7-10 days.
With that being said, you now have a layer of protection that will last nearly two years. If you need more assistance with finding the best ceramic coating for cars, feel free to contact the professionals at Clarity Coat.
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