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Everything You Need to Know About Vehicle Ceramic Coatings

Ceramic coatings have created quite a buzz in the auto industry as the latest and most advanced vehicle protection method out there. But with all of the information available, it can be overwhelming to know exactly what it is and what it can do for your vehicle.

That’s why we’ve compiled all the information you need to know about vehicle ceramic coatings in this blog post! Read on to learn more about ceramic coatings to better understand if it’s the best option for you.


What are ceramic coatings?

Applying ceramic coatings

Vehicle ceramic coatings are a revolutionary and advanced form of protection for your vehicle's exterior. They utilize nanotechnology made from silica and titanium dioxide which work together to create a covalent bond that adheres to your vehicle’s paint. This semi-permanent coating provides a thin—but strong—hydrophobic layer that protects your vehicle from paint-fading UV rays, weathering, corrosion, chemicals, other contaminants, and more.


How do ceramic coatings work?

Dirty car

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The chemical composition of the coatings allow them to create a resilient barrier between your car’s paint and potential paint-damaging elements such as UV rays, surface scratches, weather, and acidic environmental factors like bird droppings and tree sap. A ceramic coating can also help to prevent oxidation which causes your paint to wear away and your vehicle’s colors to fade.

One of the most significant qualities of vehicle ceramic coatings is their exceptional strength and durability. With a hardness level of 9H, they are essentially as hard as solid quartz. This incredible hardness ensures that the coating—and the paint underneath—is more resistant to scratches and other types of damage.

Ceramic coatings are also hydrophobic—meaning they repel water, dirt, and other contaminants before they can stick to your vehicle and create a mess or cause potential damage. Being hydrophobic also means ceramic coatings will not wash away in the rain or car wash. As a result, your car not only stays protected for longer, but it also stays clean for much longer.


How do ceramic coatings compare to other paint protectants?

Waxing a car

In the end, all paint protectants work to do two things: protect your vehicle’s paint and make it shine like new. However, when compared to other protection methods, ceramic coatings always come out on top.

Traditional paint protectants like car wax are great solutions if you’re looking for a quick way to DIY some shine back into your vehicle’s paint job, but they can only offer a limited level of protection. While it is able to protect against some levels of UV rays and daily grime, traditional wax is not as effective as ceramic coatings against extreme weather and certain types of damage like scratches.

Car wax is also not a long-term solution. Whereas a ceramic coating can last years, car wax can easily be removed through factors such as extreme heat, degreasers, and car washes—resulting in the constant need for reapplication.

Even ceramic waxes—which mimic a ceramic coating’s synthetic nature and chemical bond—can’t compete with the coating’s longevity and durability. While ceramic waxes provide a higher level of protection and shine than traditional car waxes, they are still a short-term solution and need to be reapplied every few weeks or months. Plus, where a ceramic coating is hydrophobic, ceramic waxes are only hydro-resistant—meaning they can still wash away over time, leaving your car without protection.


Do ceramic coatings need to be done by a professional?

While there are DIY ceramic coating kits out there, they are often lower quality and difficult to apply to your vehicle effectively. Without professional experience, you risk applying the coating incorrectly—which can cause expensive mistakes and damage your paint and finish.

Having your ceramic coating applied by a professional eliminates these risks and gives you the assurance that your vehicle will be properly treated. A professional can also tell you how long curing/drying will take and let you know which precautions to keep in mind to make sure your ceramic coating cures properly.


How long does a ceramic coating last?

Vehicle ceramic coatings are the longest-lasting vehicle paint protection method currently available. The semi-permanent coating comes in different options that can provide protection for one, three, or even seven years.

And these coatings can last even longer if given the proper maintenance. A professional hand wash—with a specialized ceramic coatings-approved cleaning agent—is recommended every week to every other week. This maintenance plan will keep your warranty intact and allow you to enjoy a smooth, glass-like finish for years to come.


Are ceramic coatings worth it?

In short, yes.

Vehicle ceramic coatings offer a superior level of protection, durability, and longevity—making them the most effective option and the best value for your investment.

Ceramic coating services can vary in price based on vehicle size and level of protection, so you can always find the best option that fits your needs and budget. For more information on ceramic coating specifics for your vehicle, contact your local auto detailing professional.


If you’re looking for the best protection and shine for your vehicle, ceramic coatings are the way to go! Contact your local auto detailing shop to see what ceramic coating options are available for you.

Safeguard your investment and keep your vehicle in showroom condition with ceramic coating protection!

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That's why, at Premier, you’ll get more than just exceptional service for your car.

You’ll drive away happy knowing you’re also valued and a huge part of supporting and celebrating others.

If you’re ready to restore, protect, or style your car—book an auto detailing service in Lafayette, Indiana or Kokomo, Indiana. Our professionally trained staff (and satisfaction guarantee) promise that you’ll be impressed with our attention to detail and blown away with the final results.

* There will be an additional charge of $50 for Iron Decontamination. If your vehicle has tar, overspray, or road paint on it, we will provide a custom quote for removal.

* Removing stains is an intricate service, and while we always try to do everything possible to remove stains, we cannot guarantee full stain removal. In the event a stain cannot be fully removed, we will try to attenuate it as much as possible.

* Headliners are extremely delicate. Excessive cleaning and wetting of the headliner can cause it to fail, so excessive soiling may not be able to be removed.


Ceramic Wash, Clay, and Seal

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.


Full Detail

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.


Interior Detail

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.

*The paint polish is not intended to remove any deep paint defects. It is only intended to enhance gloss and deep clean the paint in preparation for the coating application. Additional paint correction services can be quoted at an additional charge.

Because we value you and your vehicle as much as you do, we recommend following a maintenance protocol after the initial curing time of your ceramic coatings application.

This maintenance plan will keep your warranty intact and allow you to enjoy a smooth, glass-like finish for years to come.

A professional hand wash—with a specialized ceramic coatings approved cleaning agent—is recommended every week to every other week. As a ceramic coatings VIP, you'll receive a $20 discount on all hand washes.

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Why is ceramic coating the most elite paint protection product on the market?

Premier ceramic coating offers nano-ceramic compounds that provide the maximum level of slickness, protection, and durability.

A normal clear coat has hardness between 2H and 4H. However, ceramic coatings have a hardness above 9H. This shield is the hardest paint coating on the market today and prevents minor scratches to your clearcoat and acts as a sacrificial layer.

Think of ceramic coatings as an additional clear coat layer, only a lot harder. All of this allows for more peace of mind and a fuller enjoyment of your vehicle, even in harsh environments.

Surface Scratches

UV Protection


No-Bond Surface


Permanent Protection

* We protect all plastics, vinyl, leather, Alcantara, carpet, and upholstery to help repel dirt, dust, and stains. We do not coat interior glass as it will cause fogging issues.

* A new tint can be applied to driver and passenger windows to match other factory-tinted windows on SUVs and trucks.