Ceramic coating: Benefits and disadvantages

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If you have an old car or if you park in the direct sunlight, the color might fade. Let us be honest if you have an old car you don’t want it to look like one unless it’s vintage. Ceramic coating is trending these days as it gives your car a lovely look and reduces the hectic job of washing it every week. It is not just limited for old cars but it is something to consider for a new car to protect the new paint it comes out with.

What is ceramic coating?

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Ceramic coating is a chemical polymer solution that is applied on the car’s exterior. The coating is not just a layer on the paint but it bonds with the paint using a chemical bonding. This will make it last long and water repellent (hydrophobic layer).

What are the benefits of ceramic coating?

car in the sun
Protection from harmful UV Rays:
The damage done by the sun to your car’s paint is just painful and you feel helpless when you don’t have a covered parking spot. Ceramic coating will protect your car’s paint from oxidizing, preventing the paint from fading and getting a dull look.

Protection from chemical stains

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Chemical stains are caused due to acidic content in the air. Due to rising air pollution increasing acidic content in the air, this will damage the paint. Ceramic coating prevents this type of damage by forming a layer on the paint.

Hydrophobic nature of ceramic coating

ceramic coating advantages dirt jeep
The Ceramic coating also forms a water repelling layer on the paint called hydrophobic layer. This layer will not allow the dirt and mud to stick on to the paint and can be washed off with a quick jet spray.

Glossy finish

ceramic coating glossy finish
This is the part which most of us love. Now who doesn’t like a glossy look in their car? Well ceramic coating for cars does just that by bonding with the car’s paint and brings the best out of the original paint.

Disadvantages

ceramic coating scratch
Protection from scratches and swirl marks
Ceramic coating might protect you from some damages but not all, at the end of the day it’s still a type of paint. It cannot protect the original paint from usual scratches that occur.

Expensive and time consuming

time taken for ceramic coating
Even though ceramic coating has a lot of advantages and benefits it all comes with a cost. Ceramic coating in India is priced between ₹19,000 to ₹75,000 and it takes about three days on an average for the complete process.

It still needs a wash

Shining car
Ceramic coating does protect you from the water based dirt and mud. The water spots will still remain on the car which needs a proper wash for cleaning. Even after the coating you will have to wash your car frequently for that glossy look to reappear. Coating only makes the wash easier.

Should you go for it?

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Yes!, it has a lot of benefits compared to the disadvantages. Ceramic coating will last for about 3 to 5 years depending on the quality of materials and job or in some cases lifelong when done properly. For the price you pay it helps a lot in maintaining your car.
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