Paint Protection is a word that is often over-used in the automotive industry. As the name implies, the goal of paint protection is to protect your vehicles paintwork. Over the life of a vehicle, the paintwork is bombarded with contaminants from the environment, such as tar, industrial fallout, bird poo, bug guts, acid rain etc. These contaminants damage the paintwork and tarnish its appearance over time.
Paint protection products can generally be broken into 3 categories: Waxes, Polymer Sealants and Ceramic Coatings. The goal of each of these is to protect your paint from the contaminants in the environment that a vehicle will face in day to day driving.
Waxes or soft synthetic sealers are best applied by machine as they ensure an even thickness and application over auto paint which makes wipe down less arduous. However, when applied unevenly by hand can be extremely difficult to wipe off because it is applied unevenly in different thicknesses. Machine application of wax and cream type synthetics is the preferred method by professional auto detailers and paint protection specialists. Ceramic coatings are usually professionally applied by experienced brand applicators.
Ceramic coating is a clear coat which includes a liquid polymer. When ceramic coating is applied on a vehicle’s body, the polymer forms a chemical bonding with the factory paint. Once coated, it can only be removed by abrasion and not by any chemicals.
A vehicle with ceramic coating is also easier to clean. The body panels of a ceramic coated vehicle will be smooth and free of abrasions. Such a surface offers no place for dirt to stick on to. Even if it does, a simple swipe with a clean cloth brings the vehicle back to its radiant finish.
Ceramic coating offers good protection to the vehicle’s surface. The nano-coating can protect the vehicle from most scratches, dirt and chemical contaminants. Ceramic coating also doesn't have any side-effects to the original paint.