Updated: Jan 20, 2021
This short blog post has come about because we have a lot of people asking us to apply ceramic coats on services that don’t include a machine polish, not understanding the importance of only ever applying a ceramic coat after paint correction.
It’s becoming more and more common for unprofessional, money-grabbing cowboys to apply a ceramic coat over paint defects and not informing clients that the defects should always be removed first, leaving us to pick up the pieces. Removing a ceramic coat is not something you want to do if you can avoid it.
Why you should never apply a ceramic coat without correcting and perfecting your paint finish first
A ceramic coat is a permanent change to your car that involves a lengthy 2-day process if you want to take it off.
That’s why it’s really important to ensure the paintwork is perfect before you apply it. The last thing you want to do is lock in paint defects as it’s impossible to get these defects corrected once a ceramic coat has been applied. The only way to remove locked in defects is to wet sand the paintwork, which is a massive job. After wet sanding, you need two more machine polishing steps to restore the gloss levels to your paint finish.
So why a two-stage machine polish before applying the ceramic coating?
It’s always best to check with your detailer what the two-stage service includes, as this will differ from detailer to detailer, but typically it will include a clear coat scratch removal, compounding & polishing the paint to a near-perfect finish.
It’s important to get the finish as perfect as possible before applying the ceramic coat because this is the finish you are going to be left with for years to come. You want your paint finish to be as perfect as possible before the ceramic coating is applied!
Three main benefits of ceramic coating
A durable long-lasting form of protection
High gloss levels
Protects your original paint finish
Three main negatives of a ceramic coating
It can be applied incorrectly
They can suffer from hard water spotting
The removal process is labour intensive and costly