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Ceramic Coatings vs. Wax
Ceramic coatings are the evolution in paint care. Traditional waxes were developed in the early 1900s to protect and hydrate single stage paints and served their purpose well. However, as automotive paints developed over the years, using a more modern multi-stage color then clear coat paint means traditional waxes aren’t as useful.
Waxes lay on top of your clear coat whereas ceramic coatings are developed to chemically bond to the clear coat’s structure. The results are years of hydrophobic surface performance, gloss, and protection versus a month or two with wax.
The most apparent benefit you’ll notice right after a ceramic coating application is how glossy your paint appears. Upon its first maintenance cleaning, you’ll notice it’s new ultra hydrophobic nature, which makes washing and drying a breeze. Because your wheels get dirtier than any other surface, we recommend applying a ceramic coating to them as well as your brake calipers. Do this and cleaning wheels isn’t a chore anymore!
Additionally, your car’s paint is now protected by nano-technology with a bonded layer of ceramic that will shield against bug guts and bird droppings. CQuartz & Gtechniq coatings also protect against UV light damage, effectively slowing down the dull and fade rate associated with years of baking in the hot harsh sun.
BODY & TRIM
WHEEL & CALIPERS
YEARS OF PROTECTION
We get asked a lot of questions regarding ceramic coatings. Here are a few of the most frequently asked. Feel free to contact us if you have a question that isn’t listed.
What is a ceramic coating, why should I get one?
A properly applied and cured ceramic coating infuses your paint’s clear coat structure with tiny nano-particles effectively filling in its pores. What the customer is left with is an ultra-durable, chemical resistant, hydrophobic finish that will stand up to nature’s elements. The protective coating yields a thickness of 100 times denser than carnauba wax. It also makes maintaining your vehicle a breeze!
Can I install a coating myself?
Secondly, American Shine are paint correction specialists which means that your paint surface will be expertly prepared prior to coating application. This process is labor intensive and requires a skilled hand. We also use a proprietary panel wipe solution to ensure all polish oils have been removed. Without a surgically clean surface, the coating will not bond properly and will fail prematurely.
How long does a ceramic coating last?
Do ceramic coatings prevent scratches?
Do ceramic coatings prevent rock chips?
What is the difference between PPF & Ceramic Coatings?
Ceramic coatings, on the other hand, are designed to take the place of a traditional wax or sealant. They protect painted surfaces from UV fading, damage from chemicals such as bird droppings, bug guts, and the salt laid down before snow. They effectively lock in the factory paint finish, ensuring it looks great for years to come. On a new or like a new vehicle, we recommend a combination of both products.
What is the recommended maintenance?
American Shine recommends using wash and maintenance products from the specific coating manufacturer you’ve received. Each has its own line of care products designed to work synergistically with the coating itself. Coating specific products are good quality cleaners, with additives to feed and condition the coating, and none of the unneeded fluff like waxes and silicones found in regular shampoos.