There are so many great reasons to apply ceramic coating to your vehicles!
So what is ceramic coating?
Ceramic coating is a protective layer that's added to the surface of the paint on your vehicle to help protect it from damage and degredation.
Superior Paint Protection
Ceramic coating after applied to the paint on your vehicle is essentially a microscopic layer of glass that significantly protects the paint from harmful ultraviolet rays, acid rain, hard water deposits, bird droppings, and scratches.
Easier to Clean and Keep Clean
When ceramic coating is applied, sio2 nano particles fill in the pores to chemically bond and level the surface above the paint with an incredibly smooth and slick non-porous barrier that prevents contaminants such as dirt, grime, bird droppings, insects, and hard water deposits from bonding to the paint.
Seriously Hard Protective Barrier
Not only does the super slick finish help prevent contaminants from bonding to the paint, after ceramic coating is cured it becomes exponentially harder than the original paint. Most mainstream ceramic coatings on the market claim to have 9H or even 10H on the hardness scale. Consequently, Diamonds are 10H on the hardness scale. What this means is ceramic coated paint will resist scratches, swirls, and paint chips exponentially more than the soft underlying paint. This is not to claim that scratches, swirls and paint chips cannot happen, it is just much more difficult to introduce these types of blemishes to ceramic coated painted surfaces than unprotected paint and offers a far superior protection to traditional waxes and sealants.
This is the buzzword of the day for marketing ceramic coating. "Hydro" is another word for water and "phobic" is another word for fear. It's a pretty slick term suggesting that water is afraid of ceramic coating and when the two meet up, the water quickly slips away.
The super slick ceramic coating prevents water from penetrating any pores in the paint at a microscopic level and when water molecules are introduced to cured ceramic coating they attract to each other because they cannot stick to the ceramic coating. This can be seen visually by the water beading to extremely round beads then sliding off the surface.
Ceramic Coating Compared to Alternatives
I think it's safe to say pretty much anyone who lands on this page knows what carnuba wax is. It's a paste that you apply to the paint to consequently do the exact same thing as ceramic coating, and that is to protect the paint from UV, contaminants and scratches, and make the surface slicker and glossier. The biggest issue with carnuba wax is it does not last much longer than 6-8 weeks and if you want continued protection it needs to be reapplied quite often. And of course, ceramic coating offers an unprecedented level of protection to your paint.
There are many alternatives under the category of "Polymer Sealants", which many are superior to carnuba wax. However, they do not come close to matching the properties of ceramic coatings.
FREE Ceramic Coating!!!
So what's the catch?
Only catch is you need to purchase any exterior detail service and a layer of ceramic protection is automatically included. The reason behind this is WE DON'T USE WAX. Wax is old-school and inferior to ceramic sealants and coatings in many ways. Every exterior detail that we perform is topped with a ceramic spray sealant that's rated and verified to last up to 1 year.
5-Year Ceramic Coating – Starting at only $375!!!
Again... "what's the catch"? I guess there is a little bit of a catch here. The ceramic coating itself is relatively inexpensive, and installing it is relatively quick and easy. However, you don't just take a vehicle off the street, wash it, then install ceramic coating and expect good lasting results. Preparation is everything and the cost of the ceramic coating is the cheap part. To get the results that you see from us takes a lot of concentrated effort with decontaminating the paint, removing oxidation scratches and swirls, touching up paint chips, and a final step of jeweling the paint (ultra fine polishing) for ultimate gloss and finish prior to installing the ceramic coating. Even with a brand new car I wouldn't suggest coating it without a thorough wash, decon and jeweling.
And why do we only offer 5-year ceramic coating when others sell 1yr, 3yr, 5yr, 7yr, 10yr, etc...? We like to keep things simple. We've tried many brands of ceramic and graphene coatings and found an excellent product that's used and endorsed by top detailers around the country with a rating for up to 5 years of durability. It's not a top-secret product and you too can buy it online. The product is Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light. We've been using it on vehicles for years and have nothing but satisfied customers and gleaming vehicles rolling down the streets. The cons of higher rated coatings are much higher cost by detailers who offer them, and when scratches do occur for instance by brushing against a bush or tree branch, repairs tend to be much more costly. Because of that, we believe the 5 year coating that we offer is in the sweet spot and gives the most bang for the buck to our customers.
Q: So really what will it cost to ceramic coat my vehicle?
A: Pricing is straight forward. The price of $375 includes $75 for the cost of the ceramic coating and $300 for an exterior detail plus ceramic coating installation. But realistically, you wont be happy in the end if we seal in scratches, swirls and other defects with 5 year rated ceramic coating. Even on a brand new car you will still want us to jewel the car at a minimum to prepare it for ceramic coating.
You get what you pay for... nothing more, nothing less. Cost will be materials plus hours worked multiplied by hourly rate (see below). There are many variables to consider including age of paint, amount and depth of swirls and scratches, how badly the paint is damaged from rock chips and bird droppings, the color of the paint, and any extras you might be interested in. Billable hours can be as low as 5 hours for a new car and can exceed 15 hours for older vehicles that require full paint correction, chip and scratch repair, dent repair, interior detail, engine bay detail, etc.
Do the calculations and compare what we offer to other detailers with flat-rate pricing, you'll be surprised at how low our pricing really is.
Bottom Line Cost = Materials ($75) + $60/hr