The best way to look at a ceramic coating detail is the coating application being the last step (like any protection) to a detailing process. A majority of your good looks come from the level of paint correction performed, which is enhanced by a quality coating.
Before I began discussing the potential value of Ceramic Coatings, I believe it is necessary to first address what they are not. Ceramic Coatings are not a magic pill. It may not be for everyone. It will not protect your car against rock chips. Ceramic coatings do not last forever on its own. If you read the fine print of some of these lifetime offerings, you will see some version of a coating needing to be reapplied 6 months or annually. Ceramic Coatings do last longer and provide a significantly stronger defense against the environment than waxes and sealants. A coating does not make your car scratch proof. There is some self-cleaning abilities with ceramic coatings, making vehicles easier to wash and maintain safely due to extreme hydrophobic behavior and contamination not sticking as easily. But you will still need to wash your car with CARE. No form of protection is a license to neglect you car.
A ceramic coating is a liquid polymer. When it is applied to your vehicle, the coating hardens into a glass membrane forming a semi-permanent barrier. It is going to provide longer durability. On painted surfaces the coating will amplify the appearance of your paint. The coating will magnify gloss and shine of polished paint (aka paint correction). The coatings also create a deepening and enriching of colors. You will have long term good looks (glossy paint). A coated surface is also noticeably easier to clean. Imagine some of the benefits of a wax or a sealant amplified.
The quality of the auto detailing is more important than the final product, assuming the detailer is using a legitimate coating. In short true ceramic coatings are for:
Unfortunately it has become very common for businesses to claim that they are offering ceramic coating protection due to with the term ceramic or SI02 being on a label. Most reputable businesses would refer to these products as spray sealants or spray waxes. Also most companies that operate with integrity are very conservative with the durability claims of their ceramic coating offerings. Think about the goals of many of the companies that produce ceramic coatings and businesses that provide this service, where there is a grey area with respect to longevity.
Below are two videos that go into further detail about coatings.
Ceramic Coating Video
When connecting with potential clients, part of the consultation process involves educating and potentially addressing the misinformation about the detailing process. If you are a future client of Mirror Reflections Auto Spa or looking to book with any reputable business, your detailer should be happy to discuss these topics with you.
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