How to Remove Ceramic Coating Completely

Varvara March 03 2022

The best way to protect your vehicle's paint from UV rays, acid rain, bird droppings, bug splatter, and numerous other contaminants is with ceramic coatings. A physical layer forms above the paint, repelling rain and water and preventing dirt and grime from sticking. This self-cleaning effect is achieved by preventing dirt and grime from sticking to the surface.

If you wish to remove a ceramic coating, what should you do? You will have to work hard. Removing ceramic coatings is a difficult task.

This article will show you how to remove a ceramic coating from your vehicle using different methods.

Why remove a ceramic coating?

Sometimes the application of the ceramic coating can go wrong.

  • There may be some contamination on the surface
  • Applying too much or too little product can result in the improper spread.
  • Before driving off the ceramic coating, you may not give it enough time to cure.

A range of defects can result from these errors, including high spots, uneven thickness, dirt and contaminants entrapped, hazing of reflections, and overall poor quality.

Like paint, ceramic coatings can be scratched and scuffed. Chemically, ultraviolet light, and water do not affect them, but mechanical abrasion does. A scratch will most definitely penetrate the clear coat or beyond the ceramic layer, which is only a few microns thick.

In case your car has been scratched, dented, or your paint has been transferred, you may require bodywork and paint correction. If such a problem occurs, it is necessary to remove and reapply the ceramic coating.

How to prepare the car for ceramic coating removal?

It is always necessary to clean meticulously. Rinse the car first so dirt and debris can be washed away. Avoid propelling hard debris and mud at high speed directly toward the surface of your paint.

Even if the car looks clean after rinsing, there is likely to be a number of particles still trapped in the surfaces and pores of the paint. Mineral deposits, salt, iron dust, grease, tar, etc. are just a few things that cause problems. You can remove them with a clay bar.

Removing ceramic coating with chemicals

By diluting 5:1 of wheel and brake cleaner with ordinary water, you can remove the ceramic coating. Just mix thoroughly in a spray bottle before spraying it on the body panels.

Using a fresh piece of clay, agitate the surface while it's still wet and soapy. Apply light pressure as you agitate. Once you're done, use a power washer to thoroughly rinse the surface.

The clear coat and underlying paint layers can be damaged if you use too strong a product or allow it to dwell on the surface for too long. Alkaline products can irreversibly damage and compromise paint if not used carefully and with utter attention.

Once you think you have removed all of the ceramic coatings, test it again to determine how much you have removed.

Removing ceramic coating with polishing

Ceramic coatings can only be removed by mechanical abrasion, which is universally accepted. Since ceramic coatings are physical, polishing is the only way to get rid of them for good and reveal the clear coat underneath.

Put some lubricant on the surface and use fine sandpaper. Make sure the ceramic coating is worn off before moving down to more aggressive grit. Just be careful not to ruin the clear coat.

Following the removal of all high spots, the rest of the polishing procedure is the same as for a vehicle without a coating.

If you're not satisfied with the surface quality of the clear coat, polish it until you are happy with it. Once the vehicle has been polished, it should be completely free of ceramic coatings.