Your car is constantly at the mercy of the elements, which is why you should consider investing in a ceramic coating. Rain, snow, sleet, and even sunlight can slowly damage your paintwork, leading to a dull and faded exterior. Ceramic coating is an ultra-hard, clear protective layer of liquid polymer that safeguards your vehicle from weather damage, dirt and minor scratches. A good quality ceramic coating will also restore and add shine to your paintwork, and create a water-repelling barrier against water-based dirt and grime.
Benefits of ceramic coating
There are a host of benefits when it comes to applying ceramic coating to your vehicle.
- A ceramic coating can help to prevent swirl marks when washing your car, and makes washing your car much easier: the dirt sits on top of the coating and will easily wash off with a two-bucket wash, reducing the risk of accidental scratches with excessive scrubbing.
- A high quality coating will protect your car from the sun’s UV rays, which can oxidise and dull your paintwork.
- A ceramic coating is a long-wearing alternative to regular waxing - depending on which coating you choose, it can last up to 5 years with minimal upkeep.
- The application process involves eradicating any chemical fallout and tar from your vehicle's paintwork, leading to a showroom-standard glossy shine.
- Ceramic coatings are scratch-resistant; effective against minor accidental scratches like brushing past a bush or people knocking into the vehicle.
What are swirl marks?
Swirl marks are tiny fine scratches on the paint surface of your vehicle. They occur most commonly when tiny bits of grit or dirt are buffed across the surface of your vehicle when washing it, or by brushing off dry dirt with a towel or cloth. They can also occur if you use a dirty car cover, which can trap dirt particles, leaves or even thorns in the fabric.
Most vehicle exteriors are finished with a two-stage paint job. The first coat is a pigment that applies colour to the vehicle, and the second is a transparent layer, through which the coloured layer can still be seen. Swirl marks are tiny scratches in the transparent layer and are visible when light reflects through to the pigmented layer.
Does a ceramic coating stop swirl marks?
Light swirl marks can be stopped with a high-quality ceramic coating.
They can certainly help to prevent deeper swirl marks, but won’t prevent them from happening in the first place. However, they are one of the best options for minimising the risk of swirl marks in your paintwork. Before applying the coating, a car is treated with a specially formulated chemical to dissolve any microscopic pieces of metal that could be stuck in your paintwork and causing swirl marks. Once applied, the ceramic coating serves as a barrier between the paintwork and any grime or dirt that could scratch your vehicle.
How do you get rid of swirl marks?
Swirl marks are incredibly fine scratches on the surface of your paintwork - you usually can’t even feel them with your fingers. Because they are so fine, they are generally easy to remove by polishing the paint. You could consider a light paint enhancement for shallow swirl marks, or if your vehicle is covered in swirls and scratches from everyday use, opt for a full paint enhancement.
Ceramic Coatings at Definition Detailing
Definition Detailing use top grade Si02 coatings, which are one of the hardest materials on Earth. Our coatings can fill light swirl marks to lock in a smooth, high-gloss finish. Ceramic coatings require minimal maintenance and ensure your vehicle looks fantastic. For more information about Definition Detailing’s Ceramic Coatings, click here.