Ceramic Coatings: What is It, and How Does It Protect My Vehicle?

Is ceramic coating really worth the money? Does it truly offer significant benefits over traditional wax or other paint sealants? How does it help protect my vehicle? Is it better than Paint Protection Film(PPF)?

We’re here to help you answer those questions and more, but it will ultimately be your decision on whether or not ceramic coating is worth it.

Owning a car isn’t exactly cheap and you likely want to make that investment last as long as possible. While maintaining what’s underneath the hood should be your main priority so that your car lasts hundreds of thousands of miles, you’ll also want to make sure the exterior of your car looks great for years to come. In the past, that involved regularly washing your car and doing a coat of wax from time to time, but car detailing supplies have come a long way. Now, you can be completely overwhelmed with all the available options for polishing kits, waxes, clay bars, and other detailing supplies that are designed to keep that new car shine.

In recent years, ceramic and graphene coating has become the latest in car care. Take your car to a local professional detailer who does ceramic coating and you might be surprised by just how much it costs. A quality ceramic coat for your car, using products from a reputable brand such as IGL Coatings, Gtechniq, Fireball Car Care, Ceramic Pro, and TAC Systems, could cost close to $1,000 (or more!) depending on how much additional work has to be done to get your car ready for ceramic coating, such as a paint correction or a surface decontamination and polish.

What is Ceramic/Graphene Coating for Cars?

When ceramic coating first hit the market, it was mostly only available from professional detailing shops. That is still widely the case depending on where you live, but there are some off-the-shelf products you can purchase and apply yourself. Before we get into that, let’s take a look at what ceramic coating actually is.

There are several different types of ceramic coatings that are now available, but if you’re looking at a professional-grade product, it’s likely being billed as a Nano-ceramic coating. Nano-coatings are highly-concentrated formulas that utilize Nano-technology to fill Nano sized imperfections, creating a extremely flat and hard layer of protection.

If you’ve researched various types of ceramic coatings, you may have heard of “9H ceramic coating,” which is a type of Nano ceramic coating. 10H is the highest on the pencil scale of hardness and it’s basically as hard as a solid quartz crystal. The pencil scale of hardness is used for ceramic coating to signify how “hard” the coating is once it’s cured. The scale ranges from 0 to 10, and the “H” indicates the hardness of that grade. That means authentic 9H ceramic coatings will not be damaged from a 9H pencil.

What Are The Benefits of Ceramic/Graphene Coating?

In a way, you can look at ceramic coating as a much more premium alternative to wax, but it’s more than just that. The protective layer it forms is extremely hydrophobic, helping keep water off your car’s surface. It also serves as a protective barrier from the sun’s harmful UV rays, oxidation, and other contaminants that may stick to your car’s clear coat or paint.

Nano ceramic coatings also have the benefit of offering so