One of the best ways to protect the car’s paint is by applying a ceramic coating on the car. This forms a hard glassy layer on the paint, and it protects the paint from scratches and damages. These services are available at the car saloons and detailing workshops. It becomes easy to keep the car clean after applying a ceramic coating on the car, but you need to take some care while washing the car post-treatment.
You might be wondering that washing the car is not rocket science and what you need to take care of. The washing technique also affects the performance and longevity of the ceramic coating. So, it becomes crucial to care for your car correctly. We also come across some people who feel that they would not have to clean the car after getting a ceramic coating. Well, this is not true at all. The car will have a slippery finish, and it will develop a hydrophobic finish, but you would still need to clean the car. When something like bird droppings, tree saps, dust and grease falls on the car, it will mostly slide down, but the remaining amount will need to be washed as well.
In this article, we have listed the dos and don’ts of the car wash after the ceramic coating. You can scroll through the details below, and you will get more information about washing your car after the ceramic coating.
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Automatic Car Wash
After getting the ceramic coating on car, the most important thing is to avoid the automatic car wash at any cost. No matter how dirty your car is and no matter how much hurry you are in, you should avoid the automatic car wash. The automatic car wash systems have hard brushes and pads that can often damage the ceramic coating. To avoid this kind of damage, never let your machine near the automatic car wash. The best way to wash the ceramic coated cars is manually using the hands and a mild shampoo. We have shared more details about the washing procedure in the points below. Check them out, and you should also refer to the manufacturer’s care instructions for washing ceramic coated cars.
Your detailer will share the details with you about washing the car after the ceramic coating. In most cases, you will be asked to visit him again after a couple of days for the inspection. It is also vital to ensure that you are not washing the car for at least seven days after getting the ceramic coating. During this time, the ceramic coating is getting cured, and that is the procedure that hardens the ceramic coating. It can take several days and prolonged exposure to UV light for this coating to be hardened. Washing the car soon will only damage the ceramic coating and slow down the curing process. Cleaning the car sooner than seven days will shorten the life of the ceramic coating. We also recommend you to get the first wash at the detailer so that he can also review the present status of the coating and correct any imperfections in the coating.
The ideal frequency to clean the car after getting the ceramic coating is once every week. If you live in a dust-free environment and drive less, you can also wash the car just once in fifteen days. However, if you see dirt or any residue on the car, then you should wash it and clean the car at the earliest. The tree sap and bird droppings can be very acidic, damaging the ceramic coating on the car. Keep them away from the car, and you should also follow the set maintenance schedule to clean your car regularly. This goes a long way in improving the life of the ceramic coating.
The next thing is to ensure that you are using a compatible product during the car wash. You need to have pH neutral shampoo that is compatible with the ceramic coating. You should also ensure that you are not using a shampoo with wax because the wax coating on the ceramic coating can reduce the shine or the gloss effect. If you plan to use a polish, ensure the polish is not abrasive because the abrasive polishes will undoubtedly strip the ceramic coating. It is better to use SiO2 infused shampoo because this type of product can improve the life of the ceramic coating.
Safe Wash Method
You should also ask your detailer about the safe washing method. If he hasn’t already shared the details, then that is alright. We can also give you the required information about safe washing methods. You should use a pH neutral car shampoo, and you should use a minimum of two buckets of water. Apply the shampoo on the car and use a good quality microfiber washing cloth to keep the car clean. You can also use grit guards during the washing procedure. Apart from that, it is very important to ensure that you are drying the car using a detailing towel or a clean microfiber cloth. Leaving the water on the car will leave white salt marks all over the body. Also, wash the car in the shade or during the morning hours so that the soap doesn’t dry on the car’s surface.
Many people do not believe in using the booster spray, but they help you greatly after you have washed the car. You should regularly use SiO2 infused booster spray or ceramic sprays to detail the car after you have washed it. These sprays further add a protection layer to the existing ceramic coating of the car. There are many such options available in the market, and you should check some of those products available to you.
The last point that we want to make clear is the use of microfiber towels. Now, some people use rugs to keep the car clean, but that is something frowned upon. You should use microfiber towels because they can attract dust owing to the charged strands of the fibre. The microfiber towels are also very soft, and they are great at absorbing water. Using a microfiber cloth, you can ensure that you do not scratch your car and the top ceramic coat also remains in the best condition with the microfiber towel. Also, take care that you are not using dirty microfiber towels to clean the car.
This was all about washing the car after the ceramic coating. Like we said, never take the car to the automatic car wash and always go for the inspection when you have been scheduled. Moreover, you should not use harsh chemical-laden shampoos and dirty towels on the ceramic coating. These things can still damage the ceramic coating for you. You should also check with the car detailer about the products that are compatible with the ceramic coating. It is very important to stick to the maintenance schedule because the warranty will only be applicable if you maintain the coating as per the recommendations. If you still have any other questions about taking care of the ceramic coating, you can let us know, and we will get back to you.