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What are they?
Ceramic coatings are an LSP (last step product). They take the place of a wax or sealant.
How are they different?
Coatings are formulated from silica - the same mineral that glass consists of. Like waxes and sealants, they add a sacrificial coating over your clearcoat. Unlike waxes or sealants, they also provide physical protection:
They also make washing your vehicle significantly easier. The coating is very hydrophobic, meaning water runs off it much more efficiently:
What are the disadvantages?
Coatings are difficult to apply. Unlike waxes and sealants that are simply wipe on/wipe off, coatings must be meticulously applied, and any excess product removed within a short window of curing. Any high spots left over will have to be polished off, as the coating is extremely hard.
How do you maintain it?
Maintenance is easy - just wash it like you would any other vehicle. We recommend against using shampoos that have waxes or "gloss enhancers" in them, as the coating will temporarily take on those properties. Drying is even easier than usual - a leaf blower does a great job!
Every several months it is a good idea to refresh it with a strong decontamination wash and spray coating. This is something we are happy to do for our customers as part of a maintenance wash.