If you have been wondering how to maintain your ceramic coating and make it last longer, then you are off to a good start! Pro detailers all tend to agree that routinely cleaning your ceramic coated car with a good quality car shampoo is an essential rule to follow.
Why Maintenance Shampoo Is Important?
A proper car shampoo made especially for ceramic coating surfaces will do wonders for prolonging the life of the car surface protectant. This will also help to prevent harmful contaminants like bird droppings, pollution, and other chemical waste from effecting the ceramic coating.
Car prep and maintenance shampoos like FEYNLAB PURE WASH perfectly complements nano ceramic coatings by resetting their hydrophobic and self-cleaning properties with every use.
Why Drying Matters?
A car wash is not complete until the car paint is completely dried. This is where many people make some rookie mistakes – by either using the wrong drying techniques or using supplies that can damage your coated vehicle.
When you have a ceramic coated vehicle, it’s best to use a microfiber towel. These bad boys will cut down on swirl marks, and unlike other rougher materials, microfiber will not leave scratches to your car paint.
5 Maintenance Hacks For Your Ceramic Coated Vehicle
Okay, now on to the good stuff. Let’s dive in and learn some important tips to maintain your ceramic coated vehicle.
Tip #1 – NEVER take your car to an automated car wash
The quickest way to ruin a perfectly ceramic coated vehicle is to take it to one of those drive through car washes – especially the ones with those brushes or mope-type cleaning equipment. These washes can instantly wreck your car’s ceramic coating as the soaps they use are really Ph aggressive, like an industrial detergent. These washes are not delicate enough for your coated vehicle and can ruin it in seconds.
Tip #2 – Wash your vehicle in low sunlight
When you wash your car, it’s best to do it around early morning or sometime before sunset. Direct sunlight during car washes will instantly dry the soap on top of the coating, resulting in streaks or water spots. So, try to find an optimal time during the day when the sun isn’t right above your head.
Tip #3 – Always use a Ph neutral car shampoo
FEYNLAB ceramic coatings protect your car in the best way possible, ensuring a glossy, hydrophobic surface. This results in fewer contaminants sticking to the top layer of the coating, making it easy to remove debris from the car paint surface.
Due to this, there is no reason to use a harsh car shampoo or clay bar to clean the surface. Always use a Ph neutral car shampoo that contains no added wax. This wax can leave a residue on top of the coating which will reduce the hydrophobic properties, leaving your car surface dirty, which is the opposite of what a car shampoo should be doing.
Tip #4 – Stay Consistent. Use the same maintenance products
Consistency is key when it comes to your car maintenance. Whether it’s changing the oil, checking your tire pressure, or maintaining your car’s ceramic coating. While many car enthusiasts love to try different products, this might not be a smart idea with ceramic maintenance sprays. We recommend that you contact the manufacturer of the ceramic coating brand you use to ask them for recommendations on what type of maintenance products you would need to increase the longevity of your car’s ceramic coating.
Tip #5 – Always use clean products
Anytime you wash, deep-clean, dry, or apply products to a coated car surface, make sure to avoid contamination of other cleaning supplies. Which means, anytime you’re using a microfiber towel, wash mitt, or buckets to wash your car, make sure they are completely clean and free of any dirt, debris, degreasers, etc.
In conclusion, making the proactive and smart decision to ceramic coat your vehicle is one that requires some time and research to ensure you’re not getting ripped by some fake coatings out there that will instantly ruin your car surface. It’s always best to choose a professional and high-quality nano ceramic coating brand that will enhance your car’s appearance and provide the best protection needed. Make sure to seek advise from a pro or your local installer on how to maintain the coating.
A professional auto shop that offers ceramic coating with a warranty will always have your best interest in mind. They want to ensure you have the best possible experience, so you can cherish this for a long time!