Today’s topic is about why ceramic coating should not be thought of as indestructible automotive armor and why you, as a responsible vehicle owner, should protect and replace your ceramic coating accordingly.
Even if you have coated your vehicle with the most durable ceramic coating available, it will eventually and inevitably wear off and require some maintenance and occasional upkeep. Repeat after us: NO. COATING. IS. PERMANENT.
Even when using a high-end ceramic coating like FEYNLAB’s, there is no ‘coat it and forget it’ ceramic coating solution at this point in the automotive industry. There are some high-performance, long-lasting coatings available, such as the FEYNLAB Self-heal plus coatings, which come with a 7-year protection warranty. Even so, even the toughest of tough coatings will fade over time and require replacement or maintenance.
So, it’s past time for people to stop falling for deceptive marketing tactics that claim their ceramic coating will last a lifetime and protect the vehicle from all types of damage. Those are just empty words with no solid evidence to back them up.
Let us delve deeper into this topic. While there is no permanent coating solution to protect your vehicle’s surface, a little maintenance can help extend the life of your ceramic coating!
Ceramic coatings are designed to repel rather than absorb. When looking to extend the life of a ceramic coating, choosing the right topcoat or booster is critical. There are numerous high-quality coating toppers available, including the new Feynlab Overcoat V3, a universal topper compatible with all Feynlab ceramic and self-heal coatings. It improves the hydrophobicity and self-healing properties of coatings while also ensuring proper coating maintenance, which is EXACTLY what we need to help our coatings last longer!
The next factor to consider is how you wash your car, as this has a significant impact on the longevity of the coatings. A ‘ceramic coating friendly’ shampoo, such as the FEYNLAB Pure Wash or FEYNLAB Pure Rinseless, will be your best friend in this situation. These car shampoos will remove all dirt and debris from your vehicle’s surface without removing the coatings.
Check out our previous blog here for a more in-depth discussion of how to properly wash your ceramic coated car.
SIGN YOUR CERAMIC COATING NEEDS A REPLACEMENT
So, a few years have passed, and you’ve noticed that toppers and maintenance sprays aren’t doing much for your car’s ceramic coating. The only option left to you is to visit your nearest certified installer and have your old ceramic coating replaced with a new layer of coating.
The primary reason we coat our cars (and everything else) is to protect the surface. So, while it may not appear to be as important, replacing your car’s ceramic coating is a mandatory step you must take to ensure no damage occurs to your car paint, or else all of the time and resources you have invested in your old ceramic coating will be wasted; The longer you wait to replace your old coating with a new one, the more damage your car will sustain.
Sure, if you clean your vehicle with ceramic coating-approved products on a regular basis, drive only occasionally, and park in a temperature-controlled garage, you have every right to be confident that you have enough time before the coating needs to be replaced.
But keep in mind that this paint protection gamble is entirely on your shoulders, so make sure you know when to stop dragging the old coating and get a new one done!
If a 2-year removal and replacement routine is not in the cards, protecting and maintaining a ceramic coating is your best bet. As you are all aware, ceramic coatings require regular maintenance and do not do a good job of concealing hidden damage, especially later in life. The surface of a vehicle can be damaged by anything from direct sunlight and road debris to bird droppings, acid rain, and vandalism. As a result, maintaining a healthy ceramic coating is critical to protecting a car’s clear coat as well as everything underneath it.
To summarize, aside from routine cleaning, using a good water source on wash day, and following a ceramic booster regiment, the next best thing you can do for your ceramic coated vehicle is park it in a confined space. Garaging in a controlled environment exponentially increases the longevity of a ceramic coated vehicle’s paintwork.
If you have any additional questions about how to maintain your ceramic coating or about replacing your old one, please leave them in the comments section below!