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WHAT IS CERAMIC COATING

WHAT IS A CERAMIC COATING?

A Ceramic Coating (such as Adams Graphene Coatings, Gtechniq, and Ceramic Pro) is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand to the exterior of a vehicle. The coating chemically bonds with the vehicle’s factory paint, creating a layer of protection.

A Ceramic Coating is not a substitute for Paint Protection Film, which provides a more comprehensive for of defensive. Rather, it is a premium wax alternative. A Ceramic Coating creates a permanent or semi-permanent bond with a vehicle’s paint, meaning that it does not wash away or break down and does not require repeated application every few months.

WHAT DOES A CERAMIC COATING DO?

In short, a Ceramic Coating adds additional protection to your car’s exterior and helps keep it looking like-new with comparatively minimal maintenance. The coating achieves this result by making your vehicle more resilient and easier to clean. Here are the main benefits:

PROTECTION FROM UV DAMAGE / OXIDIZATION

If a vehicle is often exposed to the sun, its paint will begin to oxidize, resulting in dulled and faded paint. A layer of Ceramic Coating protects a vehicle’s paint from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thereby reducing the amount of oxidization.

PROTECTION FROM CHEMICAL STAINS AND ETCHING

Another danger for your car is chemical staining from naturally acidic contaminants. By creating a chemically resistant surface, a Ceramic Coating can keep some contaminants from bonding to your vehicle’s paint. The result is that your vehicle will be more resistant to staining and etching, provided the contaminant is removed in a timely manner.

EASE OF CLEANING

One of the most significant features of a Ceramic Coating is that it is hydrophobic, which is a fancy way of saying it repels water. When a vehicle has a hydrophobic Ceramic Coating, water will bead on the surface and slide off more easily. This means that mud and grime will have a more difficult time bonding to your vehicle’s paint, and when you wash your car, contaminants can be removed with less effort.

ENHANCED GLOSS

If you want your paint to pop with gloss, you will want to add a Ceramic Coating. A good Ceramic Coating enhances the reflective properties of your car’s paint and clear coat, adding to the depth and clarity of your paint.

As we said at the outset, a Ceramic Coating will add value to your vehicle. At Elevated Auto Detail, we are Gtechniq certified installers. If you would like to learn more or schedule an appointment, Contact us. But be sure to keep reading to learn about the limitations of Ceramic Coatings.

WHAT DOES A CERAMIC COATING NOT DO?

For the reasons listed above, a Ceramic Coating does preserve your vehicle’s exterior and reduce ongoing maintenance needs. Therefore, if you choose to have a Ceramic Coating applied, you will be adding value to your vehicle.

However, despite the claims of some manufacturers and detailers, a Ceramic Coating is not a miracle, super-cure product that will solve any and every problem for your car. Thus, it is important for you to know what a Ceramic Coating does not do.

ELIMINATE THE DANGER OF SCRATCHES, SWIRL MARKS, OR ROCK CHIPS

The scratch-resistance of a Ceramic Coating is often exaggerated. Though some small scratches can be repelled by a Ceramic Coating (as we described above), a coated vehicle will not be completely resistant to the risk of rock chips or parking lot scratches. Furthermore, improper car washing techniques or automated car washes will still create swirl marks on your vehicle’s surface. It is important to know that a Ceramic Coating is not a substitute for more serious scratch or chip protection (such as Paint Protection Film, also known as Clear Bra), nor does it eliminate the need to wash your car in a proper manner in order to avoid swirl marks.

ELIMINATE THE RISK OF WATER SPOTTING

A normal drop of water contains a certain amount of dirt or minerals. When water evaporates on your vehicle’s surface, the minerals are left behind, creating visible spots. Detailers and consumers may assume that the hydrophobic quality of a Ceramic Coating will eliminate water spotting, since water slides of the coated surface. While it is true that some water will be repelled from the hydrophobic surface, other water droplets will bead and remain on the vehicle, creating the opportunity for water-spotting.

 
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CERAMIC COATING

High end Protection

Graphene Ceramic Coating

We use Adams Graphene ceramic coating rated at 10H hardness on the pencil scale. Estimated to last 7+ years if maintained correctly. We now also install the new 9+ year Advance ceramic coating.

All Protection packages come with a light machine polish and decontamination Wash included. Also Light interior detail and light engine bay detail included. All Ceramic coating jobs take Two days, some could take Three.   

Add Adams Advance Ceramic Coating rated at 9+ years of protection (depending on maintenance) For an additional $250 to replace the 7+ year  coating.

Level 1 Protection Package (Light machine polish included)

7 YEAR GRAPHENE CERAMIC COATING on Paint and Windshield

Price starts at

Cars $800-$900

Trucks & SUVs $900-$1000

Level 2 Protection Package (Two step correction included)

7 YEAR GRAPHENE CERAMIC COATING On Paint, Windshield, and all four wheel faces

Price starts at

Cars $1,000

Trucks $1,200

SUVs $1,300

Level 3 Protection Package (Two step correction included)

7 YEAR GRAPHENE CERAMIC COATING On Paint, Windshield, and all four wheel faces, Plus interior coating of leather seats and dash  with a leather coating. Cloth seats get a fabric coating as well as the hole carpet coated.

Price starts at

Cars $1,500

Trucks $1,600

SUVs $1,700 - $1,800

Interior Coating (For leather seats only)

2-3 year interior coating

Protect your interior from water spills, stains and dye from jeans. All surfaces become hydrophobic and repellent. 

Price starts at

Cars $200

Trucks $300

SUVs $360

Wheel Ceramic Coating protection

Includes prep and coating

Wheel Face Set of 4 wheels $200

Remove all 4 wheels and coat $400

If you only want the benefits of a ceramic coating and don't care for the paint correction, no problem we can do that as well. 

Ceramic Coating WITH OUT paint correction. Includes decontamination wash

Price starts at

Cars $500-$600

Trucks and SUVs $600-$700

*All Prices may change depending on vehicles conditions