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What is Ceramic Coating?

Car ceramic coatings are a type of protective coating that is applied to a vehicle’s exterior to provide long-lasting protection against various environmental contaminants such as UV rays, dirt, grime, acid rain, and other pollutants. Ceramic car coating is made from a liquid polymer that is applied to the surface of the vehicle, and once cured, it forms a strong, protective layer. Ceramic coatings offer several benefits for car owners.

First, they provide a long-lasting, durable layer of protection that can last for years with proper care and maintenance. Second, they are highly hydrophobic, meaning that they repel water and prevent contaminants from bonding to the surface of the car. This makes the car easier to clean and maintain. In addition to providing protection and ease of maintenance, ceramic coatings also enhance the appearance of the vehicle. They can deepen the colour of the car’s paint, add gloss and shine, and provide a smooth, glass-like finish.

Applying ceramic paint requires skill and experience, and it is often best left to professional detailers who have the tools and expertise to apply the coating correctly. The process typically involves several steps, including thorough cleaning and preparation of the vehicle’s surface, application of the coating and curing time. Overall, ceramic coatings are a popular choice for car owners who want to protect their vehicles and keep them looking their best for years to come.

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Full coverage is always best and adds most protection to the car. The most popular package in our shop is a Full Front Cover (bumper, bonnet, wings, head lights, door mirrors) and in most cases, people also opt in to cover the sills, leading edge or rear bumper, A-pillars and front of the roof section. This extended front cover protects most of the vulnerable areas that usually pick up damage. If you need to drive through narrow lanes, adding doors or the full sides of the vehicle/car would make sense too.

How is car ceramic coating Installed?

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Step One

IT ALL STARTS WITH A BATH

The bathing stage itself starts with a thorough wash of the vehicle. This involves using a high-quality, pH-neutral car shampoo to remove any dirt, grime, and contaminants from the surface of the car. It's important to use a gentle, non-abrasive method to avoid scratching the paint. Once the car is completely clean and decontaminated, it needs to be dried thoroughly. Microfibre towels are typically used for this purpose as they are soft and highly absorbent, minimising the risk of scratching the paint.The bathing stage is crucial for ensuring that the surface of the car is as clean and smooth as possible, which is vital for the optimal application and adherence of the ceramic coating. Any dirt or residue left on the car can interfere with the coating's ability to bond properly with the paint, reducing its effectiveness and longevity.
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Step Two

PAINT CORRECTION STAGE

The main part of paint correction involves levelling the paint to remove imperfections. This is typically done using a machine polisher and various grades of polishing compounds and pads. The process starts with a more abrasive compound to remove deeper scratches and imperfections, followed by finer polishes to refine the finish and bring out the shine. After the major imperfections are removed, the paint is polished to a high shine. This step may involve multiple stages of polishing with progressively finer products to achieve a smooth, glossy surface.
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Step Three

CERAMIC COATING TIME

The car coating stage is the core part of the ceramic car coating process for a car, where the actual ceramic coating is applied to the vehicle's surface. This stage is crucial as it determines the effectiveness, durability, and appearance of the ceramic coating.The environment where the ceramic coating is applied should be controlled. Ideally, this is an indoor space that is clean, dust-free, and has a stable temperature.The ceramic coating is usually applied using a small applicator pad. The product is applied in small sections in a systematic manner, ensuring full coverage. The coating is often applied in a criss-cross pattern to ensure even distribution.After application, the coating needs to be levelled or evened out. This is done using a microfibre towel to gently buff the surface. This step is crucial to prevent high spots or uneven areas in the coating.
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Severely damaged paintwork on a Jaguar XKR

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Transformation of the XKR after multi stage paint correction

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Is ceramic coating only for paintwork?

Car ceramic coating is a versatile protective solution that extends beyond just the paintwork of a vehicle. Its primary application on automotive paintwork is well-known, where it offers a hard, protective layer that enhances gloss and shields the paint from environmental factors, UV rays, and minor abrasions. However, its use is not confined to paint alone. Ceramic coatings are also highly effective on glass surfaces, such as car windows and windshields. Here, they enhance visibility in wet conditions due to their hydrophobic properties, causing water to bead and slide off easily. This feature also simplifies the cleaning process, making it easier to remove dirt and other residues.

The wheels and brake calipers of a car can also benefit from ceramic coatings. These parts, susceptible to accumulating brake dust and road grime, are better protected and easier to maintain when coated. The coating’s ability to withstand high temperatures makes it particularly suitable for these areas. In addition to these external applications, ceramic coatings can be used on various interior surfaces. There are specific formulations designed for leather, upholstery, and dashboard materials, offering protection against spills, stains, UV damage, and general wear.

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Ceramic Coating on Wheels

Ceramic coating has become increasingly popular for protecting and enhancing the appearance of car wheels. When applied to wheels, the coating forms a strong, durable layer that provides exceptional protection against various elements. This barrier is particularly effective against brake dust, a common issue for wheels, as well as road salts, grime, and tar. These contaminants often adhere to wheel surfaces and can be challenging to remove, potentially causing damage over time. However, with a ceramic coating, the surface becomes significantly more resistant to these substances.

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ceramic coating on bare metal & Exhausts

Ceramic coating on bare metal surfaces and exhausts of a vehicle offers a unique set of advantages, tailored to the challenging conditions these parts often face. When applied to bare metal, such as chrome accents or metal bumpers, the coating provides a protective barrier against corrosion, oxidation, and tarnishing. This is particularly valuable for classic cars or custom builds where maintaining the integrity and appearance of metal components is crucial. For exhaust systems, which are subjected to extreme heat and corrosive exhaust gases, a ceramic coating can significantly enhance durability. 

Why Choose Ceramic coating for cars?

Choosing a ceramic coating for cars from Max Protect is a decision that brings a multitude of benefits, both in terms of aesthetics and long-term protection. Max Protect’s ceramic coating is renowned for its superior quality, providing an unmatched layer of defence against a variety of environmental factors. The coating forms a hard, durable barrier on the surface of your car, protecting the paint from harmful UV rays, acid rain, bird droppings, and even minor scratches. This not only preserves the paint’s vibrancy but also significantly reduces the likelihood of damage that can degrade your vehicle’s appearance over time.

Beyond protection, Max Protect’s car ceramic coating enhances the overall look of your car. It imparts a deep, rich gloss to the paintwork, giving the vehicle a constantly ‘just-washed’ look that is highly appealing. The hydrophobic nature of the coating makes maintenance a breeze; dirt and grime wash away easily, reducing the need for frequent, rigorous cleaning. This not only saves time and effort but also minimises the wear and tear that can come from regular washing.

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