Automotive Ceramic Coating
If you want to preserve the factory-fresh look of your car long after the new car smell is gone, getting a high-quality automotive coating is your best bet.
For many first-time car owners, adding a ceramic layer to their car paint is unheard of, as ceramic is famous for being the primary ingredient in pots, tiles, glass, and bricks—not as a protective coating for commercial and private cars. However, as more people grow accustomed to customizing their vehicles with metallic, pearlescent, and matte paints, they start to think about more cost-effective alternatives to getting a new paint job every five-or-so years.
At GlasWerks DMV, we are the leading provider of nanocoatings, ceramic wax coatings, and spray ceramic in Northern Virginia. Our headquarters is in Sterling, VA, but we serve classic car owners, racers, and car enthusiasts from all over America.
We have years of experience in exterior and interior detailing. We also specialize in making vehicle exterior styling and maintenance easy for thousands of car lovers by making their cars impervious to weather effects and scratches. We’re famous in our service areas for efficient service times, employing detailers that take pride in their craft, and remarkable cost-efficiency.
What Is Ceramic Coating?
A ceramic coating is one of the most cost-effective ways for commercial fleet owners and car enthusiasts to keep their vehicles looking brand-new and well-maintained for many years. Waxing your car once a month and washing it every week can get rid of dirt, stain marks, scratches, and pollutants for only so long. A ceramic coat will protect your car from rust, oxidation, oil, and chemical spills for the long term.
Get the Best Ceramic Coats from GlasWerks DMV
Many independent detailers have their unique spin on ceramic coatings, but at GlasWerks DMV, you get only the best. Our ceramic wax is an industrial-grade synthetic polymer solution that protects car doors, roofs, hoods, and lamps from weather and paint damage. It is a favorite among customers who are getting persistent swirl marks on their vehicle exteriors from daily washing.
A ceramic coating from GlasWerks DMV will bond with the paint and metal molecules on your car exterior, creating a hydrophobic layer that protects everything from rain, snow, and moisture. You could even park your car on the open rooftop of a commercial garage and leave it there for years—it would still look brand new when you came back to it.
Ceramic Coating vs. Clear Bras
Car enthusiasts love writing long paragraphs on social media pages even when they are not experienced detailers, leading some to believe that a ceramic coating is an alternative to paint protection film—or what our professionals call a clear bra.
A clear bra is a urethane layer that detailers apply to your vehicle exteriors to shield it from abrasion, indentation, and disfiguration. On the other hand, ceramic coatings are polymer-based substances that bond with paint molecules, protecting them from contaminants. A clear bra has self-healing properties that allow it to absorb minor scratches and chemical etch marks, while a ceramic coat will need a refresh if someone keys your car.
What Kind of Protection Should You Get?
When it comes to vehicle coatings, ceramic and nano-ceramic are two terms that mean the same thing. If you want optimal long-term preservation of your car’s brand-new looks, it’s best to combine a ceramic coating with a clear bra. However, if you are on a budget, a ceramic coat is enough to enhance the gloss of your paint job, make it easier to clean, and prevent it from fading.
Benefits of Ceramic Coating
Shielding Your Car from Ultraviolet Light
Outdoor parking areas are all the rage in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, where thousands of vehicles spend their lives in parking lots, commercial loading bays, and residential street parking. A ceramic coating will protect your car from harmful UV rays, which can cause paint to fade, thin, and change color.
Commercial customers give hundreds of vehicles in their fleets ceramic coats just for this reason, as converting a parking lot to an indoor space takes millions of dollars. Delivery vehicles are some of the most far-reaching advertising tools in a company’s arsenal, and they can’t have their signs and logos fading in the sun as their drivers do their rounds.
A ceramic coating is perfect for every kind of vehicle, from a minivan that carts your kids to school every day to an exotic car that only sees the outside world once in a blue moon.
Stop Chemical Stains from Changing the Look of Your Car
Whether you have spray from winter road salts on your windshield or paint stains on your front bumper, a ceramic coating can stop your car from sustaining permanent damage from all kinds of harsh weather and pollutants. This coating is popular among mechanics who deal with brake fluids, battery acids, and spray paint all day as well as commuters who face increasing pollution in an urban environment.
Mineral deposits and smoke stains are two of the most common blemishes on car exteriors, and a ceramic coating prevents them both.
Prevent Corrosion by Stopping Oxidation in its Tracks
According to a report by CNBC, the average car on an American road is 12.1 years old, making paint oxidation the leading cause of repainting requests. Paint oxidation occurs when you leave your vehicle in the sun for too long and oxygen molecules seep into loose paint, binding with sodium, water, and metal. Oxidation will cause your vehicle paint job to fade and make even a brand-new car look ancient after only a few years.
When oxidized metal molecules stack atop each other on frame components, body panels, and exposed areas, they will produce an orange dust-like substance that we generally know as rust. Rust can render your car unusable if you don’t take care of it right away. A ceramic coating is one of the most cost-efficient ways of avoiding the oxidation that leads to rust and corrosion.
Make Car Maintenance Easier with a Ceramic Coating
Car enthusiasts love it when their classic Mustang or Ferrari still looks brand-new after 50,000 miles. Some exotic car lovers want to preserve the vision of the designers and will protect the factory-fresh look of their cars for as long as possible. Paint gives your vehicle a hydrophobic coating, but a ceramic layer will take it ten steps further.
When you get a ceramic coating from GlasWerks DMV, moisture-based grime, dirt, and stains will only bead on the surface of your vehicle, and you can wash them out with a garden hose. Most cosmetic hazards you’ll encounter are water-based, such as bug splatters, tree sap stains, and bird droppings. With a ceramic coating, you can remove them all without so much as a sponge or a squeegee touching your car exterior.
Why Get a Ceramic Coating?
Stave Off Repainting for a Long Time
On the surface, getting a ceramic coating might seem unnecessary as paint already provides your car with a hydrophobic coat that can wick away dirt and grime. However, repainting a car can cost up to $4500, while a ceramic coating will only cost you $600 to $2000 on average. The advantages of a ceramic coating are far-reaching, and they can benefit not only you but the future owners of your car as well.
Higher Resale Value
Recent data from Kelley Blue Book reveals that the two factors that can improve or damage your car’s resale value are its exterior and interior condition and mileage. You may have little control over how often you use your vehicle and how far you drive it, but you can control how people see it. A car with impeccable exteriors can fetch up to 20% more money on the resale market.
Most used car sales occur on the internet, with online car dealers making a $36.2 billion profit in 2021. Even if your vehicle’s interiors are in excellent shape, people can zoom in and notice chips, dents, and discoloration. A ceramic coating will drive more buyers to look at your listing and help sell your car quicker.
Ceramic Coats Last Longer than Traditional Carnauba Wax
Wax has been the most dominant form of vehicle exterior protection for decades, and ceramic coatings represent an evolution. Carnauba wax is merely water-repellent, which is very different from waterproof. A ceramic coating is 100% waterproof and hydrophobic, so it won’t fade away even after ten visits to the car wash.
Carnauba wax has an average lifespan of four weeks, while a ceramic coating can last five years. However, different brands deliver varying warranties and promises, so talk to one of our representatives and we’ll help you achieve your car preservation goals.
Finding the Right Installer
Before becoming professional detailers, our GlasWerks DMV team members were like you—car enthusiasts looking to put their hard-earned dollars in good hands. You can find the right ceramic coating installer by:
- Asking your family and friends for referrals
- Looking up Facebook and Yelp reviews
- Taking quotations from multiple businesses
- Inquiring about warranty periods
At GlasWerks DMV, we are a veteran-owned-and-operated business with hundreds of stellar reviews on independent websites and online car forums. We would love to add you to our growing list of satisfied customers.
Call our ceramic coating experts at GlasWerks DMV today by dialing 571-370-8500, and we’ll give you a free quote.
You can visit our headquarters in person at 21620 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 190, Sterling, VA 20166. We can also pick up your car in an enclosed trailer and return it to you from our Sterling headquarters with a brand-new ceramic coating.