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 chemically bonds to your car’s paintwork providing 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.
Neglect, such as failure to wash the vehicle regularly, abrasive cleaning with unsuitable implements or brushes at automatic car washes and the use of abrasive polishes will reduce the performance and durability of the treatment.
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 quality of materials consumed during preparation, the time spent preparing the paintwork and the quality of the protective treatment being applied.
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 applicators 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.
The best value for money is a detailer who will,
- Spend time properly cleaning, decontaminating and polishing the paintwork as part of their preparation.
- Use quality materials as part of their preparation and application process.
- Apply a well known, high quality, protective treatment.
What should I look for when choosing someone to apply paint protection to my car?
- A good applicator will have extensive experience in polishing paintwork as well as experience applying protective treatments.
- They should always give you a detailed explanation of how they prepare the paintwork before applying the actual protective treatment.
- They should be registered and fully insured.