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What can't a ceramic coating do? Car ceramic coating does not mask imperfections in paint. If it is applied to a surface with scratches, they“ll keep visible and cannot be removed, because paint can no longer be changed underneath the "ceramic" layer. For this reason, a protective composition must be applied to a new or restored surface with an abrasive polish. (paint correction) Liquid ceramic coating cannot completely eliminate scratches and chips from the car body during operation. Scratch resistance is often overestimated. It will protect against the appearance of swirl marks, but it will not protect against more serious scratches and chips created by an exterior force. Improper washing can still scratch the surface. It cannot be considered a substitute for more reliable protection against chips that the protective clear film provides, even in a professional hand. Stone will bounce off and may leave a mark on a film, but not on a body. It is not able to completely eliminate the formation of traces from dried water on paint. So, water usually contains some amount of salts, impurities and minerals. After it has evaporated, all of the salts and contaminants remain on the body in a form of visible traces. Most of the water does slide and roll off the body, but a percentage of the water is retained and leaves traces as it evaporates. Regular car washing! Even if the car is ceramic coated, it cannot be ruled out for your vehicle. Your car will still be able to get dirty, but dirt and clay will not stick to a surface too much. Washing becomes easier and no further waxing of the body is required, but still needs to be regularly maintained. A big feature of ceramic protection is the importance of preparing the surface before applying it. This will determine further life of protection. Preparation and application procedure will be detailed in the article below.
What is the main disadvantage of ceramic vehicle coating? This is not a disadvantage, but rather a peculiarity, that can only be known to those who read anything detailing the ceramic coating process. Since it is still possible to scratch a ceramic surface, sooner or later, scratches may appear on it for various reasons. Not as many as on an unprotected or near waxed surface, but they will. These scratches will be impossible to remove by polishing, such as on a normal clear coat. The only way to remove scratches from paint is to remove the old ceramic layer and apply a new one. Considering its price, this is not easy to do. It requires an abrasive surface treatment that, along with ceramic paint coating, will also remove a small amount of the original paintwork. For example, if the car is wax or DON treated, it can be refinished at any time. This can easily be done in certain areas that require it. If you cannot do this with a ceramic layer, it’s because it is a permanent, long-term layer that has a strong bond with the paintwork. A few scratches that appear during this period will remain on the car until you have decided to completely remove a "ceramic" and re-apply a new one. Manufacturers solve this problem with an additional down layer of polish that requires periodic renewal. This can be called a disadvantage, but for me, it is not. So people who believed in the miracle of "ceramics" and decided to "apply and forget" may be disappointed, but not us. It requires a certain amount of care.