How to Apply DIY Car Ceramic Coating: Tips You Need to Know

VD March 03 2022

The ceramic coating, also known as quartz coating, is currently celebrating a triumph in the paint care sector. Everyone talks about it and everyone wants it. Many car care beginners have heard this term before and want to know whether the ceramic coating is a sensible alternative to waxing. For many car care beginners, ceramic coatings are still a closed book. In our article, we want to shed some more light and answer the top questions about the ceramic coating.

What is the ceramic coating?

Ceramic coating has a silicon oxide base, which initially gives the sealing layer its special hardness. Other components ensure that the ceramic seals form a much stronger bond with the surface and can therefore usually only be removed by mechanical polishing. This results in higher service life. The disadvantage of quartz coating is the "drier" shine and, depending on the product, more complicated preparation and application procedures.

Applying ceramic coating at home

The application of a ceramic coating differs in the way and special applicators and suede clothes are required, but otherwise, nothing stands in the way of the DIY application in the private sector. A prerequisite for this is careful paint preparation. Likewise, you should initially find out about the properties and processing recommendations of the manufacturer.

Tools to apply DIY car ceramic coating

Unlike waxes and polymer sealants, ceramic coatings are applied using a quartz applicator with the suede microfiber cloth placed over it. This combination ensures a thin and even layer, which is removed after a product-dependent air time with several terry microfibre cloths (polish removal cloth with a dense loop weave) and polished to a high gloss. 

Protective gloves are also mandatory. Depending on the product, respiratory protection is also required because the seals can contain very strong and volatile solvent compounds. Safety goggles are optional since there is no risk of splashing.

How to apply CIY ceramic coating

It is very important to provide sun-, wind- and rain-free location for the application of the ceramic sealant. The paint surface must not be heated by solar radiation, because this happens very unevenly depending on the angle of inclination to the sun and you cannot achieve uniform drying times. 

The air movements outdoors can be very dangerous because the wind very often whirls up various dirt particles such as grains of sand, dust, and also bio-contamination and presses them onto the fresh coating layer. 

Another important point is the primary hardening time. With ceramic coating, this is usually very long at 12-24 hours and during this time neither dust, sand nor water should be deposited on the paint surface.

FAQ 

I was recommended a nano sealer instead of the wax, is a nano sealer a ceramic sealer?

Using the term "nano sealing" only for ceramic coating (quartz coating) is initially incorrect and even downright wrong. Almost all modern car care chemistry is based on nanotechnology and “nano” simply means that the active particles are very fine in order to achieve better efficiency on the surface, whether wax, coating, polish, detailer, glass cleaner, etc.