What Is a Ceramic Coating?
It is a chemical polymer solution that is silica (SiO2) based. The solution is applied to the exterior of a vehicle to protect the vehicle from paint damage. The solution is applied by hand and offers an additional layer of hydrophobic protection. It is an extremely strong and durable coating. The coating is well-known for creating protection that lasts several years.
What Are the Benefits of Ceramic and Graphene Coatings?
The compounds found in both ceramic and graphene coatings provide substantially superior protection for your vehicle as opposed to traditional waxes and sealants. The nanotechnology found in these coatings allows the coating to stick to the surface of the vehicle, its wheels, trim and windows on a molecular level.
These coatings can last for several years when properly taken care of. Graphene, especially, has a high sleek factor. It is comparable to some of the top coatings and sealants on the market today.
Apart from weather damage protection, chemical and UV ray protection, these coatings will also protect your vehicle against bird droppings, tree sap, insects and water spots. These coatings are less susceptible to cracking and chipping, are anti-static, have a high water contact level, offer a high sleek and candy-like gloss, protect from scratches and swirl marks, and reduce the need for frequent car washes.
Experienced, fully trained and knowledgeable employees at Flawless Cleaning and Detailing determine which type of coating is best for your vehicle. After your vehicle has been detailed, an associate will walk you through the correct method of caring for your vehicle in order to prolong the effects of the chosen coating for as long as possible.
In addition, you will receive a complimentary kit that includes brochures and information on how to take care of your ceramic or graphene-coated vehicle.
Why SPS Coatings?
SPS Coatings was the first to develop a graphene coating that offers more than 50% reduction in water spotting potential and cleanliness when compared to traditional ceramic coatings.
The photo shown depicts a vehicle that had not been washed in four months. On the right side, a well known professional grade ceramic coating was applied. On the left, SPS Coatings Graphene was applied. You can see in the picture that the left side is considerably cleaner. A simple wash will make it look new again. Now, the right side has water spotting, which requires specials cleaners to remove, and sometimes a machine polish is needed to remove the water spotting, which also removes the ceramic coating. Your ride deserves a higher quality protectant, and SPS Coatings graphene is just that.
Graphene forms a bond for up to five years, when maintained properly. The depth graphene provides is perfect for getting lost in your vehicle's shimmer. Environmental damages are reduced greatly due to this coating's unique structure. Now is the time to treat your ride to the highest quality coating in the world.
What are the benefits to having a ceramic or graphene coating on your car?
Ease of cleaning. Spending less time to make your car look freshly detailed means more time for the important things in life.
Chemical resistance is great to have especially with what is used in our wintery mix to keep our roads clear. The brine wreaks havoc on your vehicle's clear coat without any protection.
Resistance to damages from things such as hard water deposits, tree sap, and bug guts.
Protection for multiple years with minimal care. Realistic expectations for longevity of professional coatings are three to five years, when cared for properly.
Having a well kept vehicle will help when it is time to sell. A vehicle with faded clear coat will not sell nearly as well as a vehicle with glistening paint.
What are our client's saying?
"I have had two vehicles detailed by Flawless. My Charger had years of abuse from automatic car washes and Jon brought back the paint to a very reasonable condition before ceramic coating it. Shortly thereafter, I had my new Kia Sportage detailed and SPS graphene coating applied. I am more than pleased with how much cleaner the Kia remains. After a touchless wash, it has an amazing shine. After about one year, the SPS graphene coating is performing better than the ceramic coating on my Charger in regards to staying cleaner, being easier to clean and overall water shedding."
What is the process of having your vehicle ceramic or graphene coated?
The vehicle is washed thoroughly from top to bottom. This process takes anywhere from 45 to 75 minutes.
The vehicle is then washed with a clay towel to remove surface contaminants. This is followed by a chemical treatment to remove iron (red specks), mineral deposits, tar, and any wax or grease. This process takes anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.
Machine polishing is done to ensure the car's paint is in great condition to have the ceramic or graphene coating installed. This process is open ended and can take as little as two hours, and as long as, multiple days.
The vehicle is washed again and is cleaned of all polishes. This takes about 45 to 75 minutes.
The ceramic or graphene coating is then installed to all applicable areas of the vehicle. This can take anywhere from one to four hours.
What can be protected with our ceramic or graphene coatings?
Paint and Trim
Wheels, Wheel Wells, and Calipers
Windshield, Side, and Rear Windows
Interior Plastics, Center Console, Dashboard, Door Panels
Carpets and Upholstered Seats
Side by Sides
And more! Just ask if it can be done.
What are some of the benefits of a ceramic coating?
No need to wax or seal the vehicle for the life of the coating. Ceramic coatings create a barrier that is significantly harder, more chemical resistant, and longer lasting than any wax or sealant. Adding any products “on top” of a coating other than maintenance products sold by the coating manufacturer can impede a coatings protective abilities.
Reducing the amount of cleaning needed, makes cleaning the vehicle easier. Dirt releases easier, faster, and the resulting effect is much less time and effort needed to make your vehicle look like it has been freshly detailed.
Marring resistance. While NOTHING is “scratch proof” some professional grade coatings do make the surface harder than original clear coat, thus greatly reducing the amount of swirl marks accumulated over time vs. a non-ceramic coated vehicle with proper washing and drying techniques.
Excellent gloss and aesthetic appeal. Clients have told us that even years after having their vehicle ceramic coated, they still get compliments about the car having a “just detailed look” after a simple wash.
UV and chemical protection. Ceramic coatings provide protection against harmful UV rays and chemicals far beyond any wax or sealant. Most professional grade coatings are very chemical resistant and can only be damaged or removed by extremely high or low PH products.
What are some of the downsides of a ceramic coating?
Up-front cost. While a coating may provide many benefits, the up-front cost is prohibitive to some. However, when calculating a prospective clients time, energy, product expense, or the cost of having a detailer wax or seal a vehicle 2-4x per year, the cost of a ceramic coating can be significantly less over the life of a vehicle.
Ceramic Coatings, like any other surface on a car, are susceptible to water spotting from hard minerals from many water sources. Only washing the vehicle in the shade, early mornings, or late in the evenings in hot climates helps. Using good quality microfiber towels, a leaf blower or air compressor to help dry the vehicle quickly can help as well. Water spotting can be removed safely from most coatings but are not covered under any known coating warranty or guarantee as they are preventable.
Ceramic coatings can still be scratched and chipped. While some coatings do provide a measurable degree of hardness vs. factory clear coat, no coating is scratch or chip proof. This is a common misconception that is regularly spread by many dealerships and even some detailers looking to make a quick sale. Paint protection film will aid in preventing chips, and Flawless Cleaning and Detailing offers paint protection film installation as well.
How do I take care of a ceramic coating after it is applied?
The simplest answer to this question is to wash it, dry it completely, and take it to your detailer as needed for decontamination or maintenance. Maintenance from a detailer may consistent of high PH washing to deep clean the coating, chemical decontamination with iron removal chemicals, clay bar treatment, maintenance products meant to reinvigorate or increase slickness, or even spot polishing and recoating of small sections in case of damage. Flawless Cleaning and Detailing provides maintenance services to ensure your ceramic coated vehicle is as fresh as the day it was ceramic coated.
What if I get into a car accident? Will insurance cover the cost of having the coating re-applied?
In our years of experience dealing with these situations we have found that with full coverage insurance the cost of coating re-application is covered under most policies. Make sure to inform your detailer as soon as possible after an accident occur so he or she can provide an estimate for re-coating the damaged sections of vehicle so that you can submit the information to your insurance company.
My car is brand new. Will I still need to have the paint clayed and polished prior to coating application?
Yes. Any quality detailer will see these steps as the foundation necessary for a quality ceramic coating application. Any detailer or dealership that does not follow these steps prior to applying a ceramic coating are likely improperly applying the coating. Even for a brand-new vehicle “off the truck” a thorough wash, clay bar treatment, and light polishing are the absolute minimum before coating application. Often times much more polishing and compounding is needed even on a brand-new vehicle to make sure the surface is as flawless as possible before the ceramic coating is applied. Flawless Cleaning and Detailing uses new tools, such as clay and polishing pads with every ceramic coating service.
There is a huge variance in pricing from one detailer to the next, or even from the dealership on the cost of a ceramic coating. What gives?
Many factors affect the pricing of a ceramic coating, including but not limited to:
The experience, knowledge, and skills of the detailer applying the coating.
The type of coating being applied, all products are different.
The level of preparation needed prior to applying the coating. Some dealerships or detailers will skip steps altogether in order to offer a lower price.
The size, color, and manufacturer of the vehicle can also affect pricing. Some vehicles have much softer clear coats that are harder to prepare for coating application than others.
What about having a clear bra or paint protection film added to the vehicle, should I have this applied before or after the ceramic coating, and does the ceramic coating work on it?
We recommend having any paint protection film products applied to your vehicle prior to having the ceramic coating applied. This way you have the protective properties of the film, with the added hydrophobic, self-cleaning, and UV protectant abilities of the ceramic coating. Most ceramic coatings can be applied to paint protection film, but ask the detailer applying your ceramic coating prior to your appointment about any questions you may have about film.
At Flawless Cleaning and Detailing, we pride ourselves on transparency, openness, and education. At any time should you have questions prior to, or after ceramic coating application, we would love to hear from you.