What are Ceramics in detailing?

The best way to look at a ceramic coating is to think of it as a second layer or a sacrificial layer of protection on top of your cars clearcoat. A ceramic coating seals all the pores in your paintwork making it water repellent. You’ll find many videos across the internet demonstrating water falling off a car when a ceramic is applied, this makes it easier to wash and helps protect your car from imperfections such as UV raise, scratches, chemicals and extreme heat. The layer of ceramic is completely transparent, but leaves your car with a gloss effect and looking like a mirror.

What Ceramics do we use?

Here at Absolute Precision Auto Detailing we use only the best products. We are certified applicators of Krypton Ceramic Protection, one of the leading brands in ceramic coating. Krypton offers a glossy, mirror and glass like finish to your detail or enhancement. The quality of the finish and the length of protection is dependant on the chosen ceramic.

The Krypton ceramics we use protect your vehicle for 3-10 years:

  • K5 ceramic (3 years),
  • K9 ceramic (5 years)
  • Krypton Crystal Sirius Self Healing Ceramic (protects up to 10 years and is guaranteed for 7 years)
  • We also have a variety of other protection for your vehicle, including Krypton ceramic wax, liquid wax, K3 top up coating and nano coatings.

When are ceramics applied?

There is a process to detailing which leads to being able to apply and cure a ceramic coating. The process begins with a wash, claybar, de-iron and de-tar (this is know as paint decontamination). Your paintwork needs to be decontaminated to ensure no contaminates are attached to your paintwork when the polishing process begins. The reason for this being, once polishing begins any contaminants left will only cause deep or light surface scratches. We then move on to a paint depth reading, this ensures the areas of paintwork we polish are thick enough to begin the process (the reason for this being that polishing areas with paintwork too thin could completely burn through the clear coat). Before we apply the ceramic, a final panel wipe is conducted over the car to remove oil or polish residue. The ceramic is then applied and cured using a curing lamp. Heat is needed to bond the ceramic to the paintwork, the length of time it takes to do this is dependant on the chosen ceramic.