Ceramic Car Coating Canada
Ceramic car coating does wonders for protection and shine
Trying to keep a car looking brand-new can be expensive, and end up feeling like endless work. All that washing and waxing feels futile when a bird finds its target ten minutes after you are done. And it is not just the birds; UV radiation, chips, stains, road salt, dirt, swirl marks, all of these mean that the glossy newness of your car paint starts to fade and wear. This is where ceramic coating (also known as glass coating, ceramic glass coating, and other variations) comes into the picture. Ceramic car coating is based on nanotechnology, which allows it to provide a layer of protection over your vehicle’s paint work. The coating forms bonds with the substrate at the nanomolecular level, and will not wash off or break down like a wax. This protection keeps your car cleaner and shinier for longer than any other paint protection coating.
In this article we will describe the benefits of a ceramic car coating, how they are applied, and where you can find suitable products and professional applicators in Canada.
4 of the Best Ceramic Car Coating Products
The market for home-applied, DIY ceramic car coating is booming. Though you won’t get the same result as you would with a professional application, it is also just a fraction of the price. If you do choose to apply nano ceramic coating yourself, the four products above are the top rated DIY ceramic coating kits online.
These products will all provide a crystal clear reflection and protect your paintwork from dust, dirt, salt, minor scratches, water marks, bird droppings, and UV radiation. If properly applied and maintained, the coating should also last for 1-2 years.
The 4 unbeatable benefits of ceramic car coating
Glass coating for cars, ceramic coating, liquid glass, nano ceramic coating, ceramic glass, car paint protection coating, is there a difference between all these products? Well, no, not really. All these terms are used to describe a nano coating based on silica/silicon dioxide. These nano coatings are hydrophobic, hard, temperature resistant and weatherproof, and this is what makes them so perfect for your vehicle. A ceramic car coating makes your car paint more resilient, and easier to keep clean. This is because they are:
- UV resistant – When your vehicle is exposed to the sun, the paint will begin to oxidise and fade. A ceramic coating provides a barrier which protects from this effect.
- Chemical-proof – Acidic fluids and salt will stain and etch a paint job (including bird droppings and dead bugs), but with a ceramic coating the hydrophobic property will prevent these destructive elements from affecting the paint.
- Hydrophobic -They repel water, so water will bead on the surface and slide off. It is also more difficult for mud and grime to adhere to the surface, making washing easier and less frequent.
- Glossy -A ceramic coating coats your car in a slick, self-cleaning surface which makes your car glossy and shiny, like it just came out of the shop. Also an often desired wet-look can be achieved.
Ceramic car coating vs. waxing and hard-waxing
Ceramic glass coatings are a relatively new solution for protecting car paint; despite the two terms, their compositions are very similar: both are car paint protection coatings. They are slowly replacing the more traditional waxing and hard waxing, which is no wonder. In the table below you can see how ceramic coating compares to waxing and hard waxing in price and durability.
|Car paint protection coating||Durability||Price from|
|Hard waxing||up to a year||$190.00|
|Ceramic coating||from 1 to 5 years depending on the product||$520.00|
The prices are merely indications and include application costs. Note that glass and ceramic coating for car cost range is wider than the one of more traditional paint protection methods.
Applying ceramic glass coating for cars in your own garage
Applying a ceramic glass coating is an intensive operation and, like other automotive coating options, requires an experienced and qualified professional to apply them. The process is delicate and hiring an authorised detailer will, for most people, mean a better and more effective coating application. There are, however, ceramic coating kits available which can be applied at home, if you wish to do so.
A word of warning: ceramic coating application requires absolutely contaminant-free environment which is hardly possible to reach in a private garage. Dust and dirt may ruin the coating, therefore, no warranty can be given to home applied ceramic coatings.
Though each individual product may have slightly different application requirements (always follow the specific instructions), the basic procedure is as follows:
- After washing and buffing the car, wipe it down again with a low percentage (15%) IPA solution and a microfibre cloth, to make sure there is as little contaminants and oils as possible left on the car surface.
- Take the applicator pad/cloth and apply the coating in an X pattern across it. Only a very little of the coating will be needed.
- Using a circular or back and forth motion, wipe the coating onto a panel, applying to one panel at a time.
- After 5 minutes, check the application for irregularities or high points. If they are present, gently wipe over the surface with a microfibre cloth to smooth out the surface.
- Allow to cure. This step is especially important as this is when the nano coating forms crosslinks and becomes the protective coating you need.
Remember that, no coating can be guaranteed durability unless maintained appropriately: a ceramic or glass coating for cars will degrade if not looked after, and will need reapplication every year to five years depending on the coating.
The *other* ceramic coating: headers and exhaust
Ceramic coating is a term used both for the clear car paint protection coating and for a coating which uses non-metallic inorganic materials to create a hard-wearing, high performance finish, particularly for parts exposed to heat. This ceramic coating is used in the automotive industry to provide thermal barrier properties, abrasion resistance, dry lubrication, and long-lasting protection. Ceramic coating headers protects them from thermal shock and high temps, as does coating exhaust systems, piston heads, valves, and more.
If you care enough about the performance of your vehicle to invest in aftermarket headers, ceramic coating headers is en effective way to protect your investment.
Canadian applicators specialised in ceramic car coating
If you take your vehicle into a shop for a professionally-applied ceramic coating, it will of course be more expensive than if you had applied it at home. You are paying for the work hours, but also the security of a trained and experienced professional, and usually a warranty for the coating and the job. A coating is an investment for the serious car lover and there are trained professional applicators across Canada.
Where waxing is a quarterly expense, ceramic coating is a one-off. A professional ceramic detail can cost anywhere from $520 up to $2,700 depending on the size of your car, number of coats and surface treatment required. Not all detailers will provide ceramic coating headers and exhaust services, so check first before facing disappointment.
|Glass coating for car supplier||Address|
|Inception Automotive detailing||345 Wyecroft Road Unit 2 Oakville, ON, L6K 2H2|
|Get Detailed||50 Doncaster Ave. #9 Thornhill, ON|
|Elegance Auto Detailing||2776 J. T. Rathwell Lachine, QC, Canada H8S 1K7|
|RS Auto Detailing||1100 Finch Ave W #11b, Toronto, Ontario M3J 2E2|
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