How To Prep Your Car For A Ceramic Coating

June 29, 2021

How To Prep Your Car For A Ceramic Coating

A ceramic coating is the ultimate way to protect your ride’s precious paintwork. Indeed, this—or paint protection film—are a wise investment to keep your vehicle in tip-top condition and ensure that it holds its value.

Of course, much as you wouldn’t don an outfit for a special event without getting washed, brushed, and scrubbed to perfection, so you should also ensure the best preparation before your car undergoes this valuable treatment.

The following explains the 4 essential steps to making sure your car is primed and ready to go.

4 Essential Steps Before Applying Ceramic Coating or Paint Protection Film 

  • Step 1: Not just any old wash
  • Step 2: Decontaminate
  • Step 3: Polish, polish, polish
  • Step 4: Wipe on—wipe off…

Step 1: Not just any old wash

Prepping for a ceramic coating begins with a car wash like no other. Use a specialist car shampoo that contains no wax or gloss. First, rinse the car thoroughly. Then wash gently with a clean sponge or microfiber cloth. Work from top to bottom, so ensuring that the dirt runs from the car.  

Take your time. Any residue left means the ceramic coating won’t be able to bond correctly to the paintwork.

Step 2: Decontaminate 

Washing only gets rid of the surface-level contaminants. Pollutants, such as brake dust and industrial fallout, won’t be removed with simple car shampoo. So, the next step is to carry out a clay bar treatment. Spray the car with a lubricant or detailer spray first, then gently rub the clay bar over the whole surface of the car. This picks up any debris left on the surface yet is gentle and non-abrasive.

Step 3: Polish, polish, polish

The next step is to polish the paintwork and correct any imperfections. This is a vital step because a ceramic coating will lock any aesthetic flaws beneath, and you won’t be able to polish them out. 

Step 4: Wipe on—wipe off 

The final step is to thoroughly wipe the whole surface area of the car to remove any last unwanted elements that remain on the surface. Be sure to use a clean, soft, microfiber towel to do so (or several).

Another important aspect is to carry out all of the above steps in an environment that is as sterile as possible. This ensures that no other pollutants can descend onto the car surface and so undo all your hard work. 

DIY or Professional Ceramic Coating? 

  • Ceramic coating or paint protection film—should you do it yourself?

Ceramic coating or paint protection film—should you do it yourself?

While it is possible to carry out a DIY ceramic coating or paint protection film treatment, there’s no denying that it’s a precision job. Even carrying out the initial cleaning, as detailed above, is a tricky task. After all, how many of us have a semi-sterile environment available that’s free from dirt, dust, and the elements where we can ensure that nothing will re-contaminate the vehicle after cleaning and before the ceramic coating is applied?

We should also not underestimate the dexterity and expertise needed to apply a ceramic coating and/or paint protection film. There’s a lot to be said for a professional service, both for the time it takes to carry out and the quality of the finish.

Contact Auto SuperShield Today for the Ultimate in Paint Protection Film & Ceramic Coating

Auto SuperShield provides a dedicated service for the ultimate in ceramic coatings, paint protection film, window tints, and car wraps. Their expertise is second-to-none and the products on offer have been carefully selected to combine longevity and performance. 

With an unsurpassed passion for protecting and showcasing vehicles in their best possible light, their professional consultants will determine exactly what you expect from paintwork protection and suggest the perfect solution.

From the moment you make the first contact, you can be assured of the ultimate service. Don’t entrust your precious wheels to anything other than the best. Visit and book your expert consultation today.


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