Updated: Nov 11, 2020
🔰 What is a ceramic coating?
Primarily composed of silica and titanium dioxide, these two substances together form a covalent bond that is hydrophobic in nature and forms a nano-ceramic shield above the vehicle’s clear coat.
Durability: up to 2 years Shine type: Deep wet, High Reflection
🔰 What is Wax?
Car wax or automotive wax is a natural or synthetic product that is designed to provide a thin layer of protection on the body of a vehicle. The majority of car waxes on the market today are comprised of a blend of carnauba wax mixed with natural oils, beeswax, and petroleum distillates.
Durability: 1 month Shine type: Glossy
🔰 What's the difference between WAX and Ceramic coating?
Ceramic protectants (coatings) provide a much higher durability/shield qualities than WAX. They resist heat, UV rays, environmental contaminants & harsh detergents much better than wax. Wax on the other hand simply sits on top of the paint's surface. It does not create the chemical bond like we find with ceramic coatings.
🔰 When and how often should I apply a wax or ceramic?
Waxes & sealants are protectants - they should always be the last thing you apply to your vehicle's paint. How often really depends on the type of driving you do and the punishment your car’s paint endures. With wax, a good rule of thumb is once every 4-6 weeks for general-use cars that are parked in a garage or covered. You’ll want to step up the frequency if you live in an area with overly-harsh weather conditions, or if the vehicle spends a majority of time parked out in the elements.
Durability and length of protection are really where ceramics shine. It can depend on the type of coating you choose & the conditions your car or truck lives in, but I typically see
1-2 years of protection from a coating like Migliore or CarPro. That’s more than triple the amount of time when compared to a wax. They are more difficult to apply and I'd suggest consulting a professional like me if you choose this investment.
Please watch my video performing a paint correction and Ceramic application:
Read More benefits:
🔰 Ceramic Coating provides paint protection by acting as a shell against a variety of paint-damaging sources:
💧 Water: Since the ceramic coating is hydrophobic, the car’s surface will shed water and bead instead of causing paint damage from water spots and accumulated moisture.
🧪 Chemicals: Some a GB chemicals, like those found in bird droppings, generic cleaners, gasoline, brake fluid, shoe polishes, and shaving cream can be highly damaging to car paint. A ceramic coating takes the beating of these chemical products first preventing the paint from fading or peeling off.
💢 UV Rays: Ultraviolet (UV) rays can oxidize and fade car paint, or even contribute to rusting. A ceramic coating prevents the car from looking more aged than it is.
💢 Scratches: Though often advertised as scratch proof, ceramic coatings are only scratch resistant — which is still hugely effective against minor scratches from bushes, small brushes with bikes, or even people passing by. They won’t protect your exterior from rock chips at highway speed or car keying.
🥇San Diego’s 5-Stars Rated Automotive Aesthetics Specialists on Google & Yelp.
🔥 Get 15% Off at www.mindfuldetailing.com with coupon code: mindful
*valid for all car detailing services