Should You Ceramic Coat a New Car? How Much Does It Cost?
OK, so you have a new car that you love. It looks gorgeous and the paint job is flawless. So what’s next? You want to protect your car as much as you can and you find yourself wondering – should I add a ceramic coating to help my paint job last longer, or should I wait a bit until I really need it?
I’ve got the answers for you – and while it may never be too late to apply a ceramic coating to your car, the effort and expense of it may vary. Let’s talk about why.
Pros and Cons of Adding a Ceramic Coat to your New Car
- Better results
- Less prep work
- Less expensive
- Protects your investment over time
- Could void manufacturer’s warranty
Now let’s take a closer look at each of these pros and cons.
Want your coating to look amazing? A ceramic coating works – and looks – its best when it’s applied to a surface with few blemishes, chips, dents, grime and debris. When your car is brand new, it’s likely in the best condition of its useful life, which makes this an ideal time to add a ceramic coating.
While you can always add that coating later, it means that either you or the professional team you’re working with will have to put in a lot of labor on the front end to smooth and prepare the surface of your car before adding the ceramic coating – all to get the same result you can get when the car is brand new.
Less prep work
Here’s the deal: when your car is sporting a fresh paint job, there are generally fewer imperfections in that paint job than you might see with an older car. That means that the crew responsible for applying your ceramic coating – whether that’s yourself or a professional team – has a lot less work to do to prepare the surface for the coating.
This may be a moot point if you’re going the DIY route; in that case, you’re saving on elbow grease more so than dollars. But if you’re working with a professional team to apply your ceramic coating, you’ll pay for fewer labor hours if you apply your ceramic coating when your car is new. Why? Because all of the advance work that goes into preparing the car’s surface for the new coating is much less on a new car – for all the reasons we talked about above.
So what does that mean for you? It means you don’t have to pay for a bunch of prep labor hours, which saves you money on your overall ceramic coating.
Protects your investment over time
Who doesn’t want a new car to look new as long as possible? That’s exactly the benefit you put in place when you add a ceramic coating to your new car. Rather than waiting for your car to start showing its age to protect it, you’re guarding against the paint job on your car breaking down over time, which means your new car is likely to retain more of its value.
Could void manufacturer’s warranty
This is one you’ll want to check on in advance – it depends a lot on the coating that’s applied and your car’s specific warranty regarding paint. In most cases, a professionally applied, nano ceramic coating added to your car will not void the manufacturer’s warranty.
But not so fast: that changes when you start talking about DIY ceramic coating jobs. It is possible to cause damage to your car during the DIY process – by applying too much coating, leaving the coating on too long before removing, or trying to fix mistakes with harsh chemicals or cutting compounds. In those cases, you might be in dangerous territory when it comes to your warranty, so make sure to check in advance.
The bottom line? You ultimately have to decide whether applying a ceramic coating to your new car is in your best interest. But here’s the deal: having a coating applied while your car is new can help take advantage of the clean, smooth surface the new car provides, which can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
Reach out to us today at Freedom Classic to find out more about the ceramic coating services we offer – our experienced and highly professional team is here to help you make the best choice for your car.
Is ceramic coating good for cars?
All signs point to yes, especially if your ceramic coating is professionally applied. A ceramic coating provides an extra layer of protection against minor scratches, corrosion, rust and other environmental elements that can break down your car’s paint job over time.
How much does it cost to get your car ceramic coated?
That depends on several factors – not least of all whether you have your car professionally ceramic coated or try to do the job yourself. For a professional job, you should plan on spending anywhere from $500 to $3000.
How often should you ceramic coat your car?
That’s another one that depends – on the quality of ceramic coating and how well it’s applied, the weather in your area, how much you drive your car, where it’s stored, etc. But in a general sense, it’s safe to assume that a high quality, professionally applied ceramic coating can last up to two or three years.
What does ceramic coating do for car paint?
Most ceramic coatings use nano technology in the form of a liquid polymer that chemically bonds to the paint on your vehicle. This creates an extra layer of protection that guards your car’s paint from all kinds of sinister environmental forces: everything from flying rocks to mud and damage from UV rays. And if your car has a glossy paint job to begin with, a ceramic coating can increase the depth and shine of that glossy finish.