Protect your car for winter with Ceramic Coating! Nothing is more frustrating for car owners than their paint, windows, wheels, and plastic being stained or even permanently ruined by the rigors of a Colorado winter. In particular the most evil culprit is Magnesium Chloride AKA Mag Chloride. This is a liquid that is put onto Colorado roads to make the melting point of ice and snow lower to help make roads safer. The upside to this is that there is no salt to rust out your vehicle frame. The downside is that Mag Chloride is nasty stuff particularly on plastic and chrome trim and wheels.

Look at these pictures of what Mag Chloride did to these chrome letters:

As much as we all love driving a new, bright and shiny vehicle, right off the showroom floor, seeing it get destroyed before our eyes is too painful to bear. Unfortunately, Mag Chloride, UV rays, snow, rain, and chemical damage erode a car’s paint with time. Over the years, people have relied on a nice coat of wax as their go-to technique for paint protection, but usually that’s not enough. What if I told you there’s a better solution? Ceramic coating is becoming popular day by day because it addresses the shortcomings of conventional wax and sealants. Let’s delve into how ceramic coating works and how it can be beneficial for your car.

Ceramic Coating on Car

How Does Ceramic Coating Work?

Ceramic coating is a liquid made of silica that dries to produce a hard, protective covering once applied to your car’s exterior. Ceramic coatings are among the most effective forms of car protection available. It produces a strong glass barrier that protects your vehicle from the elements and makes maintenance much easier. The smooth coating it creates helps prevent light refraction, therefore protecting your car’s paint and increasing its shine and color richness.

How Can Ceramic Coating Protect Your Car for Colorado Winters?

Having a ceramic coating on your automobile during the harsh Colorado winters has several advantages, including those listed below:

1. Ice Doesn’t Attach to the Surface

When snow or rain accumulates on an exposed surface, water molecules can settle inside the craters. Ice crystals grow on the surface and work their way deeper into the flaws when the temperature drops below freezing. A good ceramic coating provides a thin yet lasting layer of exceptionally smooth and flat protection. It means that although ice may form on the coating’s surface, it won’t adhere as easily.

2. Maintains a Cleaner Car Throughout Winter

There’s a common misconception that because you have a ceramic coating on your car, you no longer have to clean it regularly. However, regular washing is still necessary for the optimum finish and keeping your coating in good condition, especially during the winter. Plus, the major difference is that it’s a simple cleaning process due to the hydrophobic properties of the ceramic coating. You won’t have to use any “elbow grease” to make your vehicle sparkling clean because water, snow, and other contaminants won’t stick to the surface.

3. Ceramic Coatings are Chemically Resistant

The paint on your car is protected from impurities by a ceramic coating sprayed directly onto it. This coating is hydrophobic, meaning water beads up and rolls off rather than resting on the paint. This prevents the Mag Chloride from affecting your vehicle’s paint and trim. It also is helpful in preventing corrosion and rust, should you be visiting states outside of Colorado (e.g. Kansas) that use salt on their roads to reduce ice accumulation.

– Removes Excessive Road Salt and Chemicals

Although road salts and Mag Chloride serve a significant part in maintaining driveable roadway conditions during the winter, it is very hard on vehicles. If your car has been contaminated by road salt, washing it before the salt has melted off could scratch the paint. So, the ceramic coating is long-lasting enough to protect against the damage caused by road salt.

– Easier to Perform Maintenance Washes

Professional ceramic coatings make car cleaning easier because they repel substances. During the colder months, you should wash your car frequently to prevent the buildup of dirt and salt.

4. Keeps Out Moisture, Dirt, and Mud

Ceramic coating is ideal in its ability to keep out moisture, dirt, and mud. It also provides water resistance because it creates a smooth, hard surface that water cannot penetrate. Your vehicle will be as waterproof as a fresh new raincoat.

– No Need for Waxing Anymore!

A ceramic coating will protect your automobile from the elements and endure for years, and you don’t have to go through the wax-on, wax-off routine every few weeks, saving you time, effort and money while providing you with peace of mind.

– Extra Cleaning Properties

With the added layer of ceramic coating, your car will keep its pristine appearance for much longer. You will still have to wash your automobile often, again especially during the winter, but you’ll spend less time and energy doing so.

– Protects Against Smudges and Scratches

Automobiles with ceramic coatings are protected from the usual paint flaws like scratches and swirl marks. It means your car’s finish will stay shiny for longer.

– Enhances Appearance

Adding a ceramic coating to your car makes the paint more durable and glossy, plus it makes the color pop. Moreover, the coating will also make your vehicle shine brightly.

Ceramic Coating on Truck

Factors Affecting Ceramic Coating

Let’s look at the top factors which affect ceramic coating:

– Humidity and Direct Sunlight

When applying the ceramic coating, limiting exposure to moisture and sunlight is incredibly important.

– Temperature

Temperature plays a crucial role in applying ceramic coating. The optimal temperature for ceramic coating is between 50 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. In this way, the application will run much more smoothly and last longer. That’s why, here at Springs Detailing, we use heated spaces/garages to apply ceramic coating to your vehicle.

– Preparation

It is essential to prepare the surface before applying the ceramic coating to your car, truck or SUV. Otherwise, the coating won’t stick well if the surface isn’t properly prepared.

Applications of Ceramic Coating

Paint: The most common application of ceramic coating is the exterior paint. People usually have ceramic coating applied to their vehicle paint to protect it from the elements and improve its exterior aesthetics.

Glass: Windshields and other glass surfaces can be protected from chips and scratches with ceramic coating. They also improve the glass’s durability, making it less likely to break.

Wheels: Ceramic coating is placed on a vehicle’s wheels to guard against brake dust and other impurities.

Trim: It also prevents the inside trim of a vehicle from becoming faded or discolored over time.

Ceramic Coating on Porsche

Ceramic Coating Maintenance Tips for Winter

Despite the higher cost compared to standard paint protection, the extended durability of ceramic coating justifies the investment, and it’s notably easier to maintain during Colorado winters.

  1. If you live in an area with a lot of rain or snow, it is extremely important to wash your car frequently.
  2. If you want to further safeguard your car’s ceramic finish, waxing is another option. This helps shield the underlying paint from everyday wear and tear.
  3. After washing, use a soft microfiber towel to pat dry your car. This will reduce friction, which can cause scratches on the ceramic coating.
  4. Lastly, schedule a periodic professional ceramic coating inspection so that issues can be identified beforehand and maintenance can be improved.

In Conclusion…

As this article demonstrates, there are numerous advantages to investing in a professional ceramic coating for your automobile. It will help you clean your car faster after a winter storm and prevent rust by greatly decreasing oxidation and corrosion. Ceramic coatings are wonderful, but they are only as good as the professionals that apply them.

To get the best results from your ceramic coating, remember to schedule an appointment with Springs Detailing by calling (719) 761-5865. We have seasoned ceramic coating experts on standby.