The benefits of coating your car
Paint coatings resist dirt and dust better than traditional protection of wax and sealants. This means it is much easier to clean and maintain your car whilst keeping it looking like new.
Glass or ceramic coatings are usually tougher than the vehicles factory coat. This added hardness helps to protect the paint against UV damage, hard water spots, guano and other environmental pollutants associated with daily driving. Coatings also tend to be much more resistant to chemicals than traditional forms of protection.
The most obvious benefit is the gloss and shine the coat gives to the car, so not only is the car easier to maintain and well protected, but it looks great too. The car still needs maintenance but waxing and sealants are no longer needed, and the upkeep is much easier, with no need for scrubbing when cleaning.
Applying a car coating is not an excuse to neglect a car and never wash it. There are proper techniques to wash and maintain your car once the coating has been applied, so there should be a commitment to learn how best to keep the coating in the best condition. The professional installer will be able to provide all the advice you need on proper maintenance, including which products and techniques are best to use when cleaning.
DIY or professional application
Unless you have a lot of experience in preparing paint, coatings should be applied by a professional. If you have a particular brand in mind, it may be that it is one that can only be used by professionals. Whilst you can spend a lot of money on the coating, it is the preparation of the surface that ensures the best results as it must be totally clear of any blemishes and nicks. This multi-stage preparation process does make car coating expensive, but it will give a pristine shine.
Some of the chemicals in car coatings can be harsh, containing high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), organic chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at ordinary room temperature. For some people, VOCs can make them feel light-headed. Make sure to read more about VOC's, as they can be quite dangerous.
If you make any errors with applying the coating, making a paint correction is both difficult and expensive. If you have to repaint, you lose the coating and all the money used in the coating process as the preparation work needs repeating too.
Car coatings are not just for paint
Whilst paint is the most common area of the car to be coated, you can also apply coatings to other parts of the car too. Protecting the exterior trim from UV damage and yellowing helps extend the life of the plastic, unpainted panels, and plastic headlights.
It is also possible to coat the exterior glass on a vehicle so that it repels water and dirt from its surface, which not only makes cleaning easier since less can stick to the surface, but also improves vision as there are no light scratches or swirls on the glass.
Coating the face of the wheel helps keep the maintenance levels low, particular if the wheels have intricate designs.
Gift for car lovers
Car enthusiasts are extremely particular about what goes in or onto their cars, so buying gifts for them can be difficult, particularly if you’re unsure about the list of rare parts or custom-built wheels they have told you they are looking for.
If your partner’s vehicle is their pride and job and getting scratches on the paintwork is a major concern, car coating will make the perfect gift. Car coating will protect the value of the car and keep it in the best possible condition, with a surface that is both smooth and shiny. If you are having the car coating professionally applied, the company may offer low cost maintenance options so that you can be sure your warranty remains intact and that the car is getting the best care.