Car Paint Protection FAQ’s
What is paint protection?
Car Paint Protection is the application of a wax, sealant or coating treatment to the car’s paintwork. As waxes only offer short term benefits sealants and coatings were developed which provide better longevity.
Modern paint protection products such as Ceramic Pro form a highly durable bond to the surface of the paintwork. Ceramic Pro helps protect your car from damage caused by everyday hazards such as insects, bird droppings, tree sap and road grime.
The latest nanotechnology products can also save you time as you don’t have to continue waxing and polishing regularly to keep that glossy appearance. They also make washing your car easy, fast and efficient.
What is Ceramic Pro 9H?
Ceramic Pro is a high gloss nanotechnology paint protection treatment with excellent chemical, thermal and ultraviolet resistance. This latest generation product is a huge step forward compared to older style waxes and sealants.
How long does Ceramic Pro 9H last?
Ceramic Pro bonds to the paintwork to provide a long lasting protective treatment. Actual durability will vary depending on the types of conditions encountered and the different maintenance regimes of individual owners.
Ceramic Pro’s high chemical resistance means it will not be easily washed away by strong car wash shampoos or cleaning chemicals.
Good maintenance, such as regular washing, is recommended for the best product performance and durability.
Typically, on a well maintained car, Ceramic Pro can last a number of years provided the vehicle is not subjected to exceptional circumstances such as abrasive cleaning techniques, industrial fallout, scheme and bore water deposits or general neglect.
Neglect, such as failure to wash the vehicle regularly, poor washing technique with unsuitable implements or automatic car washes with brushes will reduce the lifespan of the product.
Abrasion from machine polishing or abrasive compounds and polishes can reduce the lifespan of, or completely remove, the Ceramic Pro treatment. We recommend against using any of these on your treated paintwork.
We are always more than happy to help with advice about the best way to look after your car’s paintwork and stock a variety of car care products which you can purchase from our workshop or online here.
Can Ceramic Pro protect against scratches and stone chips?
No, Ceramic Pro 9H, along with other chemically applied paint protection products, does not offer protection against scratches and stone chips. The hardness quality of Ceramic Pro may offer a slight reduction in light washing marks but its main purpose is to ensure longevity of the coating.
Can Ceramic Pro protect against water spotting?
No, water spotting comes from mineral deposits in bore water and tap water which are left behind as the water evaporates. Water spotting may also be the result of cement, limestone or industrial process dust on your paintwork which is subsequently exposed to a light shower.
It’s always best to remove Bore and tap water before it has a chance to dry on it own.
You should also wash off dust which contains cement, limestone or industrial process particles as soon as possible.
How is Ceramic Pro 9H applied to my vehicle?
We apply Ceramic Pro by hand after decontaminating and preparing the paintwork. Ceramic Pro is applied as a liquid using an applicator one panel at a time. Once cured Ceramic Pro bonds to your paintwork providing a highly durable coating.
If Ceramic Pro is so good, why is it not included on all new cars? I’d pay more upfront!
For several reasons, probably the most important, is dealers already have their own paint protection services which they make a profit margin on. The application process works best when applied manually which is not suitable for a production line. The paint on your vehicle should be fully cured before Ceramic Pro can be applied, making it even more impractical for a production line.
It would cost too much money in time and labor for a manufacturer to include this on every car they produce.
Why do quotes for applying protective treatments vary from one applicator to another?
Quotes will vary depending on the cost of the products to be used, the materials consumed during preparation and the time spent preparing the paintwork.
Car dealerships usually have the most expensive prices for vehicle aftercare due to their sometimes excessive profit margins and commissions.
On the other hand some independent car detailers and tinting companies may quote prices which seem very low, usually achieved by using products which are cheap, easy to use and require little preparation time. The great feeling of getting a good deal is usually short lived. Cheap products and lack of preparation will generally not provide a long lasting result
Good detailing products and consumables are expensive, their cost and the time spent working on the car, will usually be reflected in the overall price of the job.
The best value for money is a detailer who will,
- Spend time properly cleaning, decontaminating and polishing the paintwork as part of their preparation.
- Uses quality materials as part of their preparation and application process.
- Applies a well known quality protective treatment.
What should I look for when choosing someone to apply paint protection to my car?
- How much experience do they have? Are they using good quality products? Will they be preparing the paint first?
- Many window tint companies in Perth offer paint protection as a side line. Do they have experience in polishing paintwork?
- A good applicator will have experience in polishing and protecting paintwork as well as using high quality products. They should always give you a detailed explanation of how they prepare the paintwork before applying the product.