Precision's Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS A CERAMIC COATING?

Ceramic coatings are extremely durable vehicle protection systems. Depending on the coating used they are suitable for use on paintwork, wheels, glass and plastic trim.

The basic chemical composition of a ceramic coating is Silicon Dioxide (SiO2). Ceramic coatings may also be referred to as quartz, Nano or glass coatings.

WHY CERAMIC COAT?

It’s a good investment to permanently protect the exterior from deteriorating prematurely and maintain a higher resale value. Less maintenance due to the slickness of the coating won’t allow dirt, brake dust and road tar to stick to your paint, wheels or glass nearly as much, making cleaning your vehicle a much more enjoyable and effortless process. Not to mention you will see the ultimate gloss and shine continue to perform and bead. Properly maintained vehicles will continue this for years to come.

HOW IS THE COATING APPLIED?

Coatings are carefully applied by certified applicator’s as a liquid one panel at a time covering the exterior painted surfaces. The paintwork is firstly decontaminated, corrected and prepared to ensure the coating achieves a good bond to the paintwork.

WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE?

We advise that every 6 months ( spring & fall ) the vehicle is thoroughly decontaminated by the removal of any road tar, iron, tree sap and industrial fallout deposits that may have accumulated. Following that we will apply a refresh ceramic top coat sealant to rejuvenate the ceramic coating and enhance its hydrophobic properties.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CERAMIC COATINGS?

Don’t be fooled! There are many products available on the market, some good and some bad. A lot of big box store shelves are stocked with ceramic detail sprays. These are not to be confused with a full level ceramic coating application. The principle differences are the amount of SiO2 content in the product. Some have levels as low as 5% as typically found in maintenance sprays. Others have as much as 70%. As a general rule the higher the level of SiO2 the more durable the product will be. 

HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?

It depends on the type of coating and the environment the car is driven in. “CM” Coating Maintenance is key. Gtechniq smart surfaces science ceramic is a highly durable coating that bonds to your paint which can last many years providing the proper maintenance. 

Gtechniq is resistant to chemicals so it will not be washed away by strong car wash shampoos and cleaning chemicals. However we recommend that you avoid abrasive car washes with harsh chemicals and brushes. 

WHAT DO THEY DO?

These very resilient coatings will give superior protection against light surface scratching caused by poor washing, harmful UV rays, dirt build up, oxidation, bird droppings, brake dust, tar, sap, and even help prevent acid rain stain. Your treated car will not only be easier to clean, it will also stay clean longer. Ceramic coating is second to none when it comes to giving your paint that deep rich reflective gloss and shine. I call it the ease of care coating.

HOW DO I KEEP THE CAR CLEAN IN THE MEANTIME?

A careful and regular washing schedule using a PH neutral shampoo and/or hydrophobic spray will keep your car looking pristine. Prevent water spots by not air drying. Dry with microfibre cloths or compressed air.

ARE CERAMIC COATINGS A “TREAT IT AND FORGET IT’ PRODUCT?

Absolutely not! Despite their highly durable properties, they still need maintaining. Beware of the hype that comes with many car treatment systems (ceramic and dealership applied treatments) that promise ‘no polishing’ and ‘lifetime protection with no maintenance as part of the deal. It is simply not possible to coat a car, then treat it to the occasional wash, and for it to remain glossy and contaminant free several years down the road.

HOW DO CERAMIC COATINGS COMPARE AGAINST DEALERSHIP APPLIED SEALANTS?

They are much more durable in almost every aspect of protection and visually appear to have a much higher gloss characteristic. Dealerships wash, and ceramic your vehicle in a very short time period and charge a fortune. Professional installers need your vehicle for a minimum of 12 hours.

HOW DO THEY WORK?

Ceramic coatings work by bonding a thin layer of liquid directly to your car’s paintwork creating a new substrate. Once bonded the product is much harder to remove than traditional products and is, therefore, more durable.

I’VE HAD MY CAR TREATED, IS THERE ANYTHING TO AVOID?

Avoid roller brush car washes and wiping your car clean when it’s dry. Always have a lubricant and clean microfibre cloth or wash mitt.

WHAT ARE CURE TIMES?

Ceramic coatings need to cure for a minimum of 12 hours before being exposed to the elements. Your car will sit indoors, overnight at 70 degrees for optimal curing. Your car will then  be ready for the outdoors and continue to cure/harden over the next 24 hours.