Is ceramic coating/protective coating necessary?

In this post, I will talk about who is ceramic coating for and what it can do for you. We’re also going to talk about the hyped-up claims that manufacturers make about coatings and what a ceramic coating can and can’t do. After reading this article, you’ll be better equipped with the knowledge needed to answer the question “is ceramic coating necessary?”. Before we answer this question, let’s understand what it is.

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What is Ceramic coating?

A ceramic coating, or any protective coating, is a liquid that is applied to the vehicle surfaces. It fills in the pores in the paint, giving you a very slick, smooth, and hydrophobic surface. Once fully cured, this liquid solidifies giving you a layer of protection against UV rays, bird droppings, industrial fallout, tree sap, and other forms of contamination that can otherwise harm the paint. The hydrophobicity makes the vehicle easy to maintain and clean. This saves you frequent trips to the car wash. 

Who’s it for?

A coating is for a person who really cares about the appearance of their vehicle and wants to keep the paint and the other surfaces in pristine condition for a long time. A coating can really help someone that puts a lot of effort into keeping their car clean, as the coating makes cleaning the car a breeze and prevents contamination from sticking to the paint. 

What can a coating do for you?

A premium coating can increase the gloss of the paint. There’s no change in the way a matte surface looks after a coating. It can leave behind a smooth and hydrophobic surface that is easy to clean and maintain. It can keep the paint looking fresh for a very long time. 

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What a coating can’t do?

A coating can’t prevent scratches. Although some coatings do offer some resistance to micro-swirls, they can’t protect against deeper scratches. Vandalism or improper washing techniques can leave behind scratches on the surface. It is pretty common for manufacturers and some detailers to use the bottle cap trick or lighter fluid trick to mislead people into thinking that their coatings are fire and scratch-proof. 


A ceramic coating can really help you in maintaining the paint on your car or motorcycle. When you understand its true purpose and not have wild expectations based on some wild claims made by some people, you would be able to make a better decision on whether a ceramic coating can help you in any way. 

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