Are Some Vehicles Not Compatible With Ceramic Coating?

November 24, 2021

Ceramic coating is the buzzword of the moment when it comes to the ultimate in paint protection. But is it ok for all cars? Are there instances when it shouldn’t be applied? 

The following discusses the cases when you might want to consider applying a ceramic coating to your car and the (very few) reasons why it might not be the best way forward.

What Ceramic Coating Does (& Doesn’t) Do

  • The role of ceramic coating

The role of ceramic coating

Ceramic coating consists of an ultra-fine layer of nano-ceramic particles being applied to the surface of a car. These penetrate the paintwork and bond tightly to it, creating a transparent, super-hard layer that protects the paint below. The purpose of this is two-fold. Firstly, it protects the original paintwork that lies beneath it. Secondly, it makes the car shine like never before! There’s no secret that car detailers describe the result as making the color ‘pop’—that’s exactly the effect that ceramic coating has.

This layer of coating makes the car easier to keep clean, prevents fine lines and scratches on the factory paintwork, protects it from environmental damage, and makes water run away from the surface of the car.

It’s also important to understand what ceramic coating cannot do. It can’t protect your car from major damage. A severe scrape, scratch, or rock strike will break through the ceramic integrity. But what it will do is prevent all those minor issues, UV light fade, and chemical degradation (bird droppings, tree sap, acid rain, etc.) from taking their toll on the color of your vehicle.

What Cars Benefit from a Ceramic Coating?

  • When and when not to apply a ceramic coating

When and when not to apply a ceramic coating

The most important thing to understand before applying a ceramic coating is that any paint imperfections must be dealt with before you do so. Great as the technology is, if you put ceramic coating over paint swirls, scratches, and any other damage, all you’re going to achieve is to seal them in. Plus, because a ceramic coating makes the paint shine beautifully, you’ll effectively highlight any such issues.

So, the rules as to when to apply a ceramic coating are as follows:

  • Don’t apply to paintwork that’s anything less than pristine
  • Don’t apply to dirty paintwork
  • Don’t apply unless you have a sterile environment in which to work and allow the coating to cure
  • Don’t apply over any bodywork damage
  • Don’t apply to anything less than a perfectly prepared vehicle 
  • Do apply to new cars if you want the paintwork to remain as beautiful as the day it rolled off the production line
  • Do apply over a resprayed vehicle (for the same reasons as a new car). Just make sure you wait for a few weeks for the paint to cure.
  • Do get the car professionally detailed before a ceramic coat is applied

While there are DIY ceramic coatings on the market, they are nowhere near as effective or long-lasting as a professional-grade coating. If you care enough about your vehicle to warrant a ceramic coating, then the last thing you want is a substandard product. This not only applies to the quality of the coating itself, but also to the installation. 

A poorly applied ceramic coat is disastrous—a highly expensive mistake that you’ll only ever make once. Remove the risk by only entrusting a highly qualified, professional service to undertake the task. That way you can be sure that the product has longevity, it will be installed correctly and in a sterile environment, and that the car will be expertly detailed before the ceramic coating goes on.

Need Ceramic Coating Advice or Installation? Contact Auto SuperShield Today

No one is going to pretend that a professionally applied ceramic coating isn’t a considerable investment. That’s why it’s essential to know that the installer is experienced, qualified, and insured. 

Auto SuperShield has been in the business for many years. In contrast to many so-called ‘experts’ this isn’t something that we do on the side. Ceramic coating, car wraps, and paint protection film is all that we do. For us, it’s more than a job—it’s a passion. Our reputation means everything and if we think your car isn’t an ideal candidate for ceramic coating (or any other type of coating, for that matter) then we’ll be the first to tell you.

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