How to Clean Car After Ceramic Coating
Ceramic coatings are a great way to protect your car’s paint from scratches, corrosion, and UV rays. But they need to be maintained. If you don’t, the beauty of your ceramic coat will begin to fade away and it won’t be as durable.
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A high-quality ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that adheres to the paint of your vehicle to form a layer of paint protection film. It is an important part of protecting your vehicle’s paint from damage and can be purchased at an auto detail shop or online.
When you receive your new ceramic coating it is recommended that you let it cure for a period of time specified by the dealer or the company who applied it to the vehicle. This can take up to three weeks. During this time you will need to avoid rain, water sprinklers, direct sunlight, and chemicals that can damage the coating.
It is also a good idea to have your ceramic coating professionally inspected by an auto salon. This will ensure that you have a safe and properly cured coating and that your car has the best chance of looking its best.
After the coating has cured and crystallized you can begin to wash your car regularly. You should use a ph neutral shampoo and not aggressive soaps as this will damage the coating. Always use automotive-specific car wash products and avoid washing in direct sunlight to minimize streaking and water spotting.
You should use a two-bucket method with the first bucket containing your ceramic coating wash solution and the second bucket filled with plain water for rinsing. This will prevent any soap residue from baking on the surface of your car and cause spots or stains to occur.
Keep your car clean and shiny by using mild soap and a soft edge-less microfiber towel for washing your car. Be sure to avoid high volume brush style car washes, high PH detergent style cleaners, and bug/tar removers as these can etch the ceramic coating and cause swirl marks in your paint.
Washing your car with a soft edge-less microfiber towel will also help to remove any bugs, bird droppings, or tree sap that may have been left behind on the coating. If you notice a scratch occurring in your ceramic-coated vehicle, there are polishing compounds you can purchase to eliminate the scratch without having to touch your paint.
Your ceramic coating is hydrophobic, so it’s difficult for smudges and dirt to stick to it, but road oils and other sticky substances can still get stuck on your vehicle. If you see any smudges or road oils that have been stuck on your vehicle, you can easily remove them by scrubbing the area with a soft edge-less microfiber cloth and then wiping it off with a dry microfiber towel.
It is also a good practice to wash your car on a bi-weekly basis to prevent contamination build-up. This should be done using only recommended mild soaps and a few high-pile, edge-less microfiber towels like our 460 GSM microfiber towel to absorb most of the water from the vehicle before drying it completely.