Maintaining Your Ceramic Coating

WHAT, HOW, WHEN, WHY

Maintenance Washing

Routine washing is crucial.  We recommend that customers maintain a wash routine that consists of a proper hand wash at least every two weeks.  As your coating becomes covered with dirt and contamination, you will notice a decrease in hydrophobic properties (i.e. water beading & sheeting).  It is important to remove these surface contaminates often.
Using a specially formulated shampoo like the  CarPro Reset will help to effectively clean your coating and it rinses away easily without leaving behind gloss enhancers or other surfactants.  This is an ideal coating maintenance shampoo, however, there are other options that will be just fine as well.
You will notice that your vehicle will be very easy to wash because the dirt will wipe away easily from the coating, and your wash mitt will slide effortlessly across the surface.  Likewise, drying is also much easier because the majority of the water can be easily sheeted from the surface. We recommend using the Master Blaster to quickly blow the remaining water from the surface.
The Benefits of a Paint Coating has several advantages.  One of the key benefits is the noticeable difference in ease of maintenance.
Many people have the incorrect impression that paint coatings are a “no maintenance required” type of product.  This is simply not true.  Proper maintenance is still required to take full advantage of your coating.  Basic routine maintenance will help to keep your coating looking and performing its best and will help you get the maximum life out of your coating.
Water Spots & Decontamination
Water spots are always a potential hazard.  Hard water spots are a common occurrence if water is allowed to dry on the vehicle’s surface and is not washed shortly afterwards.  Sometimes the mineral deposits can become so tough that even a thorough washing will not remove them.  These water spots are often removed with a light polishing process, however this is not a good remedy for a coated vehicle because you may risk removing the paint coating.  Luckily CarPro created  Spotless Water Spot & Mineral Remover for this exact situation.  This product quickly and easily eliminates hard water spots from your vehicle without the potential risk of harming your coating.
Coatings resist bonded contamination better than most traditional forms of protection, however they will still become contaminated over time.  Luckily, this contamination is typically easy to remove with a product like CarPro's TarX and IronX.  In most cases these products will remove the majority of bonded contaminates from the surface of your coating, but it is possible that your vehicle may also require more agressive methods to remove other contaminates.  You can contact us to consult if this is the case.  We are fully prepaired to handle these issus as they arrise.  We typically recommend a quick decontamination at least once each year.
Other Important Factors

  • Avoid high volume brush style car washes, and high PH detergent style cleaners.
  • Use only recommended mild PH netural soaps.
  • For best results, wash with the recommended "Rinse Free Car Wash" on a weekly basis to avoid excessive contamination buildup.
  • Avoid washing in direct sunlight to minimize streaking and water spotting.
  • Wash from the roof downwards, leaving the dirtiest sections last to avoid possible cross contamination.
  • Avoid high volume brush style car washes, and high PH detergent style cleaners.
  • Always dry vehicle with the recommended drying towel or air blower.
  • Never use aggressive products to polish the coating or to remove surface contamination. If the surface of the vehicle looses it hydrophobic effects normally there is a reason.  Contact us for support.

Vehicle Inspection Schedule
  • To uphold the ceramic coating warranty, you must visit the certified installer who applied your original coating every 12 months during the duration of warranty – unless you have had a change of address if this is the case please email or contact us for proper direction.
Additional Protection

Many people are interested in applying for additional protection on top of the coating.  It is important to remember that when you are topping your coating with another product, you are covering or masking some of the properties of the coating.  For example, if you apply a wax on top of your coating, you will be observing the properties of the wax until it wears off and the coating is exposed.  If you choose to top your coating, you will still have a great base layer of protection beneath your “topper” since the coating will still be present, but the beading, sheeting, dirt/dust attraction, and other properties that you observe will be characteristic of whatever product you have used to top the coating.
While a typical spray wax may work fine, there are other products that tend to perform much better on top of paint coatings.  My personal favorites are  CarPro HydrO2 and CarPro Reload.  These two products are silica-based, therefore they are excellent “coating toppers” because their properties are very similar to the coating that is beneath them.  When used on top of your coating, HydrO2 and Reload will provide additional protection, slickness, amazing hydrophobic properties, and best of all – they are extremely quick and easy to use!  If you decide to top your coating, these products can be used as often as you’d like, but we typically suggest using one or the other every 2-4 months.