The steps we take to ceramic/graphene coat the exterior of your vehicle
Ceramic Coating your vehicle is one of the most sought-after protection solutions available today. Ceramic Coating is a liquid applied to your vehicle’s surfaces, that forms a molecular bond with the original surface to add an extra layer of protection. The coating acts as a barrier and prevents contaminants from coming into contact with your painted surface. The new ceramic coating layer is also hydrophobic, thus making the vehicle easier to clean.
Step 1. Inspection We will need to inspect the condition of the painted surface. We are looking for chips, scratches, swirls, or marring. This inspection will help to identify any potential issues that can and cannot be repaired before the ceramic coating is installed.
Step 2. Wash A decontamination wash is necessary because as we remove all the dirt and debris from the paint we need also need to remove all the decontamination from the iron deposits. We need the surface of the paint to be free from any decontamination on the paint.
Step 3. Clay Bar Treatment Clay bar treatment is not always needed but is best practice to remove all the embedded decontamination. We do the clay bar treatment at the same time as the decontamination wash to both chemically and mechanically to remove the contamination. The Clay bar treatment will remove contamination that is not visible but can be felt with your fingers.
Step 4. Tape We need to tape off the areas that we want to protect. Such as emblems, trim, or plastic. This will also help us with the cleanup if there should be any compound or polish residue.
Step 5. Paint Correction Depending on the inspection and the client's needs, we will perform a one-step, two-step, or three-step paint correction.
One-step paint correction is a single compound/polish process on the paint that will remove light scratches, marring, and swirls, This is considered a paint enhancement and is done on all ceramic coating installs. The paint will look glossier and shiny. Brand-new vehicles will get a one-step paint correction/enhancement.
Two-step paint correction is for vehicles that have more scratches and damage to the paint. This process includes a one-step cutting compound that is more aggressive to remove scratches and damage. This more aggressive paint correction process will leave marring on the paint. This will require a second paint correction with a polish to remove the marring and enhance the gloss.
Three-step paint correction requires wet sanding the paint. This is done to remove the orange peel look from the paint and is the first step in creating a mirror-like paint finish. Wet sanding can also be done in smaller isolated areas that have deeper scratches. The three-step paint correction does not have to be done on the entire vehicle and can be done where it’s needed. After wet sanding, the area may need to be followed by a two-step paint correction or followed up with a one-step paint correction. This process can take days.
Step 6. Clean the Paint.
Once all the paint correction is complete, the tape is removed, and the entire exterior of the vehicle is cleaned. We use a dedicated cleaning chemical on the paint that removes all the polishing oils or residue and promotes the ceramic coating to bond. This is one of the most important steps for ceramic coating.
Step 7. Ceramic Coating.
With brand-new microfiber towels, ceramic coating chemicals, gloves, an applicator pad, and an inspection light, it is finally time to install the coating.
Fold two microfiber towels in quarters.
Put on gloves.
Shake the ceramic coating.
Prime the applicator pad with the ceramic coating.
In small sections apply the ceramic coating.
After the ceramic coating has flashed, level off with one microfiber cloth, check for high spots and level the coating again.
With the second microfiber and inspection light, buff the coated area to make sure all the high spots are gone.
Work your way around the entire vehicle.
Depending on the ceramic coating package, a second layer or multiple layers of ceramic coating needs to be applied.
Step 8. Cure Time The ceramic coating needs 24 hours to cure before it gets wet and a full 7 days before the vehicle can be washed.
Though these are not detailed steps, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.