Does ceramic coating make it easier to remove bugs and tar from your car?
Ceramic coating is a chemical polymer solution that is applied to the surface of your vehicle to add an additional layer of hydrophobic protection. It is popularly known as a bug repellent but can also protect against bird droppings, road grime and tar. You may have seen videos online that show you how water, dust, mud, bugs and other contaminants are repelled from the surface of your car with this treatment.
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Ceramic car coating is a great way to help keep your vehicle looking and working its best. But it is important to know what this product does and does not do in order to get the most out of it.
One of the most common myths about ceramic coating is that it eliminates the need for car washes. While it does make it easier to remove dirt and other debris from the surface of your vehicle, you still need to wash it regularly. Washing your car with a high quality pressure washer, a premium microfiber wash mitt and a gentle, lubricating car wash soap will help to extend the life of your ceramic coating.
This will help to minimize the risk of scratching and swirl marks, which are inevitable as you clean your car. Ceramic coating will not prevent scratches, scuffs and swirl marks from damaging your paint job, but it will prevent them from embedding in your clear coat and cutting into the paint beneath.
It will also help to protect your paint from oxidizing and fading. This is especially important if you park your vehicle in the sun, as harmful UV rays can cause paint to fade and become dull. Ceramic coating will help to keep the shine and color of your factory paint job intact for years to come.
There is no way to completely stop road grime, dirt, pollen, avian fecal matter, insect splatter and other contaminants from caking onto the surface of your vehicle. But with a properly-applied DIY or professional ceramic coating, your clean-up efforts will be far less frequent and labor intensive.
Depending on the type of ceramic coating product you purchase, it can provide anywhere from 2 to 5 years of protection from the elements and other contaminants. Many skeptics will claim that the water beading and dirt repulsion claims shown in various videos are staged or simply impossible to achieve with a retail product sold in a small bottle for $20 or less. However, the true DIY or professional-grade ceramic coating products (such as Modesta, Nanolex, CQuartz, Ceramic Pro and IGL Kenzo) are highly concentrated and often have SiO2 ratings of 80% or more, which means that they are very durable and able to resist dilution over time.