Are you considering a ceramic coating for your vehicle? If so, it will help to know the following things about them before you have one applied.

Ceramic Coatings Will Require Regular Washing

A common misconception about ceramic coatings is that they will protect your car so well that you do not have to wash it. While a ceramic coating is going to give your car's body superior protection, it will get dirty and look dirty over time. The big difference is that the ceramic coating provides protection. It doesn't act as a magical force field that prevents dirt and grime from sticking to your vehicle. It just means that when you wash your car, it is going to be easier to clean and you won't have to worry about long-term damage caused by things like salt on the roads in the winter.

Ceramic Coatings Are Not Permanent 

Understand that a ceramic coating is not something that will remain on your vehicle forever. While a ceramic coating can protect a car for a very long time, the ceramic coating is not permanent. Think of it like applying a seal to a granite countertop or applying wax to your vehicle. Both of these things are going to provide additional protection to the surface for an extended period of time, but they eventually wear away and require a new application. The same can be said for ceramic coatings as well. The good news is that a ceramic coating lasts a lot longer than wax.

Ceramic Coatings Do Not Peel Off

Another misconception about ceramic coatings is what happens when the coating reaches the end of its lifespan. A ceramic coating is going to wear away gradually to the point where you have to pay attention to how water beads on the surface to tell if it's still working. The ceramic coating is not going to peel off and be noticeable to you, which can be a good thing when it comes to the overall look of your car. Just pay attention to how long it has been since the ceramic coating was last applied, and follow the recommendations on when to add a new ceramic coating to keep your car looking good.

Ceramic Coatings Are Not Scratch Proof

Know that a ceramic coating is not going to make your car completely scratch-proof. While a ceramic coating does give your vehicle scratch-resistance qualities, it will not be impervious to scratches. It's important to have reasonable expectations about what kind of damage a ceramic coating will protect your vehicle from. Consider a ceramic coating a sacrificial layer that protects your car's paint job.