What are ceramic coatings?
Ceramic coatings are a clear, liquid glass coating. When cured, this technology will transform itself on the surface to a permanent, ridged, flexible glass shield. Ceramic coatings can be described as an additional clear coat, with 3 times the hardness and self-cleaning properties.
What kind of protection does ceramic coatings offer?
The protection provided by ceramic coatings really depends on the type of coating that's applied and how the vehicle is maintained. In short, it's a form of preventative protection that's ready for the unexpected. While a ceramic coating won't keep your paint safe from a rock chips (see PPF), it will keep those pesky bird droppings from etching through your clear coat, requiring a re-spray. Depending on what gets treated, coatings can offer serious protection from swirls, light scratches, UV fading, corrosion, staining, and more.
How are ceramic coatings applied?
Very carefully. In all seriousness, it's a process that shouldn't be taken lightly or done hastily, as it may result in more work to right a wronged installation. Paint coatings are applied by hand, one panel at a time. Prior to application, surfaces must be fully cleansed, inspected, prepped and even polished so that proper adhesion of the coating can occur. It's a vital step to ensure a strong bond between the paintwork, coating application, and ultimately, improve coating longevity.
How do ceramic coatings compare to dealership applied sealants?
The level of protection & longevity that coatings provide far exceeds anything that's readily available at an auto dealership or direct to consumers. Most of what you'll find at dealerships are short-term topical sprayed-on sealants and glossifiers that aren't intended to offer serious protection.
How do I maintain and care for my car after it has been coated?
We recommend hand washing your vehicle using a high-quality products on a weekly or bi-monthly basis to avoid excessive contamination build-up. Taking your vehicle to an automated cyclonic car wash will void the warranty on the ceramic coating. Simply put, the debris ( sand, dust, dirt, etc ) collects in the fibers of the cyclones from all vehicles and transfers them to another while simultaneously "sandblasting" the paintwork over and over again. However, TOUCH-LESS car washes are ceramic coating friendly because the only thing that touches the paintwork is high pressure water jets and ultimately the air dryers.
My car is a lease, do I need it ceramic coated?
A ceramic coating is perfect for who lease vehicles. Think about the reason you are leasing a new car. You've worked hard and want to show off your brand new vehicle. Do you really want to be stuck maintaining a showroom finish and pay for costly details? For the duration you lease your vehicle, all you must do is wash it. It has the potential to pay for itself many times over.
Paint Protection Film
What is Paint Protection Film?
Paint Protection Film (PPF, also called clear bra, clear film or clear paint film) is a thermoplastic urethane film applied to painted surfaces of a new or used car in order to protect the paint from stone chips, bug splatters, and minor abrasions. This film is also used on airplanes, RVs, cell phones, electronics, screens, motorcycles and many other areas. Paint Protection Film is OEM approved by virtually all car manufacturers. Paint protection film is installed on a limited basis by manufacturers on various pieces of cars at the factory (e.g. the rear arches of Porsches).
What protection does PPF offer?
The primary function of clear bra is to prevent rock chips in paint, scuffs, many types of vandalism and other scenarios that result in superficial damage to car paint. Paint protection film is mostly installed on the forward facing portions of automobiles but may also be installed on as much as a full body of a vehicle for the maximum paint protection.
How long does PPF last?
PremiumShield Warrants their gloss and matte/satin Paint Protection Film to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for ten (10) years from the date of purchase. Covered defects include: yellowing, staining, cracking, blistering and delaminating. This warranty does not extend coverage to damage caused by normal wear and tear, road debris impact, accidents, collisions or intentional damage of any kind.