Ceramic coatings give your vehicle protection against everything from pollution, UV rays, acidic bird droppings, bug splatter, pebbles, and swirl marks. It dramatically uplevels the appearance of your vehicle, but it isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it shield. Once Sunco Protective Films applies your ceramic coating, how do you maintain your vehicle and get the most out of your investment?
We put together some of our best tips to keep your vehicle looking showroom-ready and maintain the glossy, sleek shine of your ceramic coating:
1. Remove Contaminants Quickly
Ceramic coatings make it easier to avoid contaminants like bird droppings and tar. But it’s still important to remove any contaminants you see to maintain the integrity of your ceramic coating for as long as possible. Wipe away anything you see before it starts staining or etching into your coating. Fortunately, ceramic coatings are durable, but they’re not completely impervious to damage, especially if you allow your vehicle to continuously collect pollutants.
2. Wash Your Vehicle Regularly
You’ll find that you don’t need to wash your car every week, like you probably did before your ceramic coating. But washing your car about every two weeks maintains its sleek shine and keeps contaminants from sitting on your ceramic coating for too long. Fortunately, the days of hard scrubbing are behind you. Ceramic coatings help dirt, grime, and splatter roll away with a light cleaning for reduced maintenance.
3. Avoid Using Harsh Detergents
You can extend the lifespan of your ceramic coating and avoid degrading its durability by skipping harsh detergents or dish soap. Talk to the team at Sunco Protective Films about the best pH-neutral cleaners for your vehicle. We’ll make sure you have everything you need to maintain the appearance of your vehicle for a high-quality gloss and sleek finish.
4. Use the Two-Bucket Method
You’ll make your life easier and simplify the vehicle cleaning process by using the two-bucket method. Instead of reusing the same bucket for everything and mixing up your dirt, soap, and clean water, separate them. Use one bucket for your clean, soapy water and another for rinsing out your mitt. When you’re ready for a final rinse, reach for a hose. If you don’t have one and live in an apartment, empty one of your buckets, clean it out, and fill it with clean water for your final rinse.
5. Avoid Automatic Car Washes
Automatic car washes are tempting for their convenience but are not worth the risk of exposing your car to a beating. Its brushes are usually abrasive and could damage your ceramic coating over time. You also don’t know what kind of harsh chemicals the car wash uses, which may strip away the shine from your car’s appearance.
6. Dry Your Vehicle Properly
Ceramic coatings help reduce or eliminate water stains and swirl marks. But it’s still a good idea to dry your vehicle properly. You’ll remove any excess contaminants and spots you may have missed. Reach for a high-quality microfiber towel for drying off your car and avoid air drying to reduce the chance of water spots.
7. Avoid Waxing Your Vehicle
Wax is never a good idea for your vehicle, whether you have a ceramic coating or not. They’re messy, temporary, and can trap contaminants that weren’t washed away from your car’s paint. Once you have a ceramic coating, you don’t need to wax, and doing so could interfere with the unique properties of the process that help protect your vehicle’s appearance.
8. Be Careful with DIY Products
DIY products can sometimes be a win for cleaning, such as pouring baking soda and vinegar down drains. But when it comes to the integrity of your car or truck, it’s best to skip them altogether. Anything you use on your vehicle should be compatible with ceramic coatings to ensure their long-lasting quality. Remember, while ceramic coatings offer great protection and ease of cleaning, they are not bulletproof. Regular maintenance is key to keeping your vehicle looking great for years to come.
9. Avoid Parking Under Trees
Trees are not friendly towards vehicles, and you never know when they may drop twigs and drip sticky tree sap that’s difficult to remove. Birds are also likely to leave droppings on your car, which can build up if you don’t drive for a few days. Whenever possible, park in a garage or in the open to avoid exposure to bird droppings and tree sap.
10. Invest In Your Vehicle’s Appearance
Ceramic coatings offer incredible protection and ease of cleaning, but they are not bulletproof. Regular maintenance is key to keeping your vehicle looking great and protecting your investment. Sunco Protective Films offers a wide range of services to protect the appearance of your vehicle, including paint protection film, ceramic coatings, vinyl wraps, paint correction, and window tinting services. Ready to protect the appearance of your vehicle? Schedule your service today.