I get asked a lot of questions about car care for ceramic coated vehicles.
There’s a common misconception that one needs to follow a strict car care routine for ceramic coated vehicles. People think this is necessary to ensure the coating lasts as long as possible and stays looking good. In reality, ceramic coated vehicles are easy to maintain. Your car care will take less time and effort than a non-coated car. You make time-saving efficiencies because of the extreme hydrophobicity and self-cleaning nature of coatings like Kamikaze Collection Zipang and Enrei Coat.
Car Care – For a Ceramic Coated Vehicle:
Any high grade, professional ceramic coating from the likes of Gyeon, Gtechniq, and our number one choice, Kamikaze Collection, requires no special know-how or expensive maintenance products. Simply wash your car with a good quality Ph neutral shampoo and the 3 bucket method. That is all there is to it.
Be sure to give your car a thorough rinse pre-cleanse before touching the paint with the wash mitts to avoid any wash marring. Always use a plush deep pile microfibre drying towel to safely dry the vehicle.
What to avoid:
- Don’t apply products such as waxes or sealants on top of the coating. These products prevent the coating’s hydrophobic and self-cleaning abilities from functioning.
- Avoid car shampoos that contain any sealant or wax additives for the same reason.
So as you can see, there aren’t a lot of car care considerations to maintain your ceramic coated vehicle. Simply wash it correctly with the 3 bucket method and not the roadside car wash. By using this washing method, any scratches or marring should be kept to a minimum.
That said, what I like to do for all my customer’s ceramic coated vehicles is to recall them each year for some coating maintenance and a general check over.
Yearly Coating Maintenance:
Over the course of a year, your paintwork will inevitably pick up some contamination that washing alone won’t remove. The ceramic coating helps to keep this contamination build-up to a minimum compared to an uncoated car, but it still needs attention.
I use a very gentle clay bar to pick up and remove the embedded contaminants. I also carry out full chemical decontamination to remove any iron particulates, industrial fallout, and tar.
With the paintwork perfectly clean, I take the vehicle inside to take care of the interior and to get a close-up view of the paintwork under the inspection lights. At this stage, I’m checking for marring and swirls. If the vehicle has been taken care of properly, then there’s usually very little in the way of paint defects, and the paintwork requires no further attention.
However, if the vehicle hasn’t been washed properly or has been neglected, there may be some swirls and marring. This means a single-stage polish is required to bring back the paint’s depth and clarity. The polishing process allows me to remove any light hazing, scratching, and marring before re-coating.
Benefits of the Yearly Coating Maintenance:
This yearly coating maintenance detail ensures that no impurities stick to the paint. The ceramic coating can, therefore, work at its very best.
Supplement your general car care with this yearly routine and there is no reason why your ceramic coated vehicle shouldn’t look fantastic for many years.
If you’re ready for easier car care, consider a ceramic coated vehicle. Drop us an email or give us a call to find out more about how we can help.