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The answer to this question is yes.

Ceramic coating is best applied to a new car fresh off the dealership.

This is why.

Just like any other protective coating you would put on your car; a smooth, clean, debris-free surface delivers the best results.

There is a disclaimer, however. Ceramic coating offers long term results and can affect other variables such as your car manufacturer’s warranty.

For this reason, this is a process that should be done right. Here, learn the benefits of a ceramic coating, the best products to use, and how to protect your car warranty.

Benefits of Ceramic Coating on New Cars

Here is a look at the main benefits you get by getting a ceramic coating installed on your new car.

Repel dirt, mud, and rain

A ceramic coating does a better job of protecting a car’s exterior than factory paint or wax.

There are several reasons for this. The first is that good car coating products contain hydrophobic properties. This helps form rain beads instead of encouraging water pools to accumulate on a car’s hood.

If you drive in acidic rain or get mud splashes, these will slide off the car as well, without leaving unsightly stains on its surface.

It works the same for snow, ice, and bird droppings.

Minimize oxidation, rust, and UV damage

People living in very hot climates tend to notice cracks and fading paint on their cars. This happens because the sun has ultraviolet rays, which have a destructive effect on a car’s bodywork.

Ceramic coating offers a protective layer against UV rays, maintaining your car’s colour as is. This added layer of protection also protects your vehicle from oxidation and rust.

It’s a cost-effective option

Having ceramic coating on your car would negate the need to have it waxed. Typically, car wax lasts you three months on average, necessitating you to re-wax. The costs add up over time.

You get a more durable option with a ceramic coating. With proper maintenance, a ceramic coating can remain in good order for several years.

This is not only convenient, but it saves you more money over time than paint sealant or waxing.

Improved protection

A ceramic coating bonds with your car’s paint on a molecular level. The result is a tougher, semi-permanent, protective layer. It is also able to withstand a harsher terrain and tougher elements.

In essence, ceramic coating protects not just your car’s paint, but its body as well.

Gloss finish

Protection aside, ceramic coating offers aesthetic benefits as well.

While car waxes dull with time, a ceramic coat gives your car a bright, glossy appearance. This glossy finish remains so for much longer as it does not fade with time or from exposure to the sun like wax does.

Types of Ceramic Coating

There are many ceramic coating products in the market. However, just like any other products, ceramic coating products are not all equal.

Different coatings are manufactured to deliver different results.

Here are the three main types of ceramic car coatings.

Spray-on ceramic wax

This is the cheapest of the three and is easy to apply. It does not, however, offer much in the way of protection.

You will find different formulations in the market. These can contain Teflon Silicone Dioxide or even polymers.

While spray-on ceramic wax is very hydrophobic, it’s not as hard. Once applied, this should last you about six months.

DIY nanocoatings

Do-it-yourself Nanocoatings are simpler versions of the professional-grade coatings you find at reputable car salons.

These are made with fewer solvents, making it much easier for car owners to apply by themselves.

However, unlike professional solutions where you can have multiple coats applied, this one limits you to only one coat.

This single coat can hold for about two years.

Professional nano-ceramic coatings

Professional-grade ceramic coatings are premium, highly concentrated solutions.

With this said, this type is difficult to apply and should be done by a certified, adequately trained detailer in a car detailing studio.

You can get a two year, 5 year or a lifetime package with this. Aside from it being long-lasting, a pro-grade coating also comes with a warranty.

What Happens With Manufacturer’s Warranty?

A commonly asked question is whether getting ceramic coating on a car voids the car’s warranty.

The answer to this question is dependent on two things:

  • The manufacturer’s paint warranty terms
  • The type of ceramic coating used

Typically, a professional-grade, Nano ceramic coating is unlikely to void your car manufacturer’s warranty. This is especially so if you get it done by a reputable dealer.

DIY ceramic coatings lack this provision. If the coating is not installed professionally, it is then assumed that there is also a chance that the installation was done improperly, or that the car owner may have damaged the car while attempting to correct application mistakes.

In essence, always have your car’s ceramic coating installation done professionally. Failing to do so can be a costly mistake.

Essential Facts about Ceramic Coating for New Cars

While ceramic coatings are considered more cost-effective in the long term than occasional waxing, they still do come at a cost.

Therefore, it is prudent that you strive to go about it in a way that provides value for money.

Here some key considerations to keep in mind.

Duration

One of the main things to consider before installing a ceramic coating is how long it will last while still providing sufficient protection.

If you can get a superior coating product, you can significantly minimize upkeep and maintenance costs.

A premium, professionally-installed coating product will be more expensive up front, but it will be well worth it.

Maintain an Inspection schedule

Have the coating inspected by the professional installer at least once a year. This is often a warranty stipulation.

This aside, regular inspections can help the installer point out small imperfections and budding problems before they snowball into something bigger.

Final Word

There you have it.

An excellent ceramic coating installation can protect your car for years without affecting the car’s warranty.

If you are planning on getting a new car, get the coating done sooner rather than later. Feel free to contact us here for a free quote.

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