Is Ceramic Coating Worth It? The Unbiased Truth And 8 Myths: (2022)

Is ceramic coating worth it? It’s certainly popular these days. There are a lot of misconceptions out there though. In today’s post, I’m going to share an unbiased look at the reality of ceramic coating and help you decide whether it’s for you or not. Let’s cut through the marketing hype and take a look at the truth.

In many cases, ceramic coating your paint is absolutely worth the price. It provides great protection against contaminants and minor scratches, all while making the vehicle much easier to clean up. Coatings aren’t for every car or owner though. It really comes down to how you use and care for it.

Some coating manufacturers and installers like to make bold claims about what these products are capable of. They want you to believe that they’re a perfect solution to protect your car’s paint. This is one case where the marketing doesn’t necessarily line up with reality. There are lots of myths being spread by people who don’t understand how coatings work or how they need to be maintained.

In order to make an educated decision on whether or not to coat your vehicle, you need to balance the views from the people that sell and install them with unbiased, real world experience. That’s what I’m hoping to help you with.

Should you ceramic coat your vehicle?

Ceramic coating is not a one size fits all solution to protect your paint. For some vehicles, it’s life changing. After a few washes, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. For others, you might feel let down, thinking it was going to make a bigger difference.So which vehicles will benefit from a ceramic coating and which ones won’t?

The vehicle that should be ceramic coated:

  • Has paint that’s kept in near-perfect condition
  • Driven regularly in all conditions but isn’t neglected
  • Washed often, with proper wash techniques and products
  • Can benefit from the ability to wash quickly and easily

The vehicle that would be better off with a sealant:

  • A daily driver that gets abused
  • Gets very dirty, and isn’t washed right away
  • Likely to be scratched or dented
  • Owned by someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money

The vehicle that only needs wax:

  • A show car that requires very little protection
  • Appearance is more important than longevity
  • May have been previously sealed and just needs a slight boost

The benefits of ceramic coating

Everyone loves to talk about the upsides of ceramic coating. It’s all over the internet. I’m just going to speak about these briefly because a quick search will reveal tons of positive information that’s already out there.

Keep in mind that most of the people sharing ceramic coating info are trying to earn money from your decision. Are they going to give you the complete story? Maybe…

Ceramic coatings offer better protection than waxes or sealants, hands down. They also last much longer – usually multiple years. Many professional grade coatings even offer warranties. They repel dirt and water like nothing else, which makes them easier to clean. Their slickness and deflection helps to prevent swirl marks and marring from washing.

My own personal vehicles – why I coated some of them but not all:

I’ve applied ceramic coatings to two of my three vehicles. My Harley Davidson and my Toyota 4runner are both wearing Gtechniq ceramic coatings. My third vehicle, a Toyota MR2, will never be ceramic coated. Why is that?

After speaking with a company rep I chose to stick with my tried and true paint sealant. A bit about the car: it still has most of the soft, original single stage paint, it’s been buffed so many times that the paint is very thin, it’s garage-kept, and it’s really only driven in nice weather.

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So why didn’t I coat it? It was a combination of reasons.

1. The company told me that although the coating will work on single stage paint, it will be difficult to wipe off the excess product.

2. That combined with the soft and thin paint meant that it was highly possible I would add new scratches when trying to wipe off the excess coating. Should something go wrong, the only way to properly remove the coating is to compound it off. This car doesn’t have enough paint left on it for me to compound again so a mishap would result in a complete paint job. No bueno.

3. I had nothing to gain. The coating makes it easier to clean, but the car doesn’t get dirty. The coating protects against UV rays, chemicals, and bird droppings. The car is rarely exposed to those.

The coating lasts longer than a sealant or wax, but this car is garage kept. Sealants and waxes can last 3 or 4 times longer on a vehicle like this in my experience. The coating protects against swirl marks and wash marring, but again, it just wasn’t worth taking the risk.

I didn’t like the way the odds were stacked up. Sure, ceramic coatings have many benefits. The MR2 wouldn’t have been able to take advantage of them though. Plus, if something went wrong with the coating, I’d have to repaint the entire car. The choice was pretty simple at that point.

Make sure to read this post about choosing the right ceramic coating if you’re thinking of having one applied to your car.

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What about the 4runner and Harley?

My 4runner is my daily driver. It has over 200,000 kms on it and sits outside for 365 days a year. I drive it in the worst winter conditions. I take it off roading in the mud. And despite all of that, I like to keep it looking its best.

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I chose to ceramic coat this vehicle because I wanted the best protection possible. It will go for weeks at a time without being washed, all the while sitting in the hot summer sun. Knowing that I neglect it from time to time, I wanted to make sure that it was protected. So was the ceramic coating the best option? Yes and no.

The industry led me to believe that having the best available protection meant that it could handle the most abuse and negligence. That’s not the case. This is one of the ceramic coating myths that I’ll share down below.

I will say that I’m happy overall with the coating on the 4runner. Once I learned what kind of care it requires, I’ve found the protection it offers is worth the price. Keep in mind that I apply coatings myself, so I only had to pay for the product. Had I paid over $1,000 in labor to have this done, perhaps I’d feel differently in terms of value.

Read more to learn why ceramic coatings are so expensive.

As for the Harley, the decision was pretty easy. The only painted surfaces on it are the gas tank and fenders. I was able to use the leftover product from the 4runner to do the bike at no cost.

Harley Davidson’s Vivid Black paint is notorious for being soft and easy to scratch. I figured the ceramic coating would help this, and it did! It didn’t completely solve the problem though, leading me to Ceramic Coating Myth Number 1:

Ceramic Coating Myths:

1. Your vehicle will be scratch proof.

Some companies will even go as far as showing their coating being keyed or scratched with a lighter. The truth is, ceramic coatings are scratch resistant, NOT scratch proof. There’s a big difference. A fancy water resistant watch will work fine if you accidentally leave it on in the shower. Point a pressure washer at it for hours however, and you’re likely to run into some problems.

The same logic applies to your ceramic coating. If you follow proper safe washing procedures, you’ll see a huge decline in swirl marks and wash marring. If you wash your car with steel wool though, it’s not going to save you.

When the crazy guy you cut off on the highway keys your car in the parking lot, you’ll be heading to the body shop no matter what. You’ll also be paying to replace your coating as well.

Still curious? Click here to learn more about why ceramic coatings won’t save your car from scratches.

2. Coatings provide more gloss than sealants and waxes.

If you park a ceramic coated vehicle next to an uncoated vehicle, it’s possible that it will appear to have more shine and gloss. Is the gloss coming from the coating itself? The manufacturers would love for you to believe that it is. That’s probably not the case though.

You see, one very important requirement for applying a coating is to make sure the paint is perfectly polished and defect-free. Any scratches, contaminants, haze or swirl marks will be locked under the coating if they’re not removed first. Those defects will affect the way the light bounces off your paint, making it look less glossy.

Polishing your paint first isn’t a requirement for waxes and sealants. If you do choose to polish it before sealing it, your paint will look as good or better than a ceramic coated car. The coating isn’t providing much gloss – it’s the prep work done underneath that matters.

Don’t believe me? The photos of my MR2 in this post speak for themselves. You’ll be surprised to know that it’s wearing paint sealant from an 8 year old bottle! (Water beading is great as well and actually comes very close to my coated vehicles.)

3. Ceramic coatings are meant for people who don’t take care of their cars.

The truth is the exact opposite. Despite their high levels of protection, the reality is that ceramic coatings just don’t like getting overly dirty. In my experience, leaving dirt and grime on a coating for a long period of time makes it harder to clean. The contaminants will stick to it and your PH-neutral soap will have a hard time getting them off.

In the case of my 4runner, it seems to need at least 2 washes for the water beading properties to come back after I’ve left it dirty for too long. The best way to care for your coating is to wash it carefully, and often. Stay on top of maintenance. The benefits of a coating are much more apparent when it’s kept clean.

4. Your vehicle will be protected from stone chips.

Ceramic coatings are not thick or flexible enough to absorb the impact of a rock hitting your paint at highway speed. The only way to protect your paint from stone chips is with a high quality paint protection film. These films tend to be much more expensive than ceramic coatings.

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5. You can skip straight to applying a coating if your vehicle is brand new.

You’d think this one would be true, but it’s not. Unfortunately, most new vehicles will be delivered to their owners with defects in the paint. Sanding marks and holograms from improper buffing are the most common.

Sometimes repairs are needed due to issues with the painting process or damage done to the vehicle after it leaves the factory. Car companies don’t spend the time or money to repair them properly, so these “fixes” will show up under certain lighting conditions.

If your car sat on the dealer’s lot for some time, it’s also very possible that it’s been washed incorrectly. That means it’ll already be covered with swirl marks. Unfortunately, this applies to every car company, from Hyundai to Ferrari. Your paint will need to be properly inspected and corrected before it’s ready for a coating, regardless of whether it’s new or not.

6. Ceramic coatings will last for years because they have warranties.

It’s hard to say for sure how long any coating will last. Certain variables will affect this such as the way the vehicle is washed and the climate it lives in. Many businesses will offer warranties on their coatings to give you peace of mind, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll last as long as they say they will.

They usually have requirements to keep the warranty valid. You need to have proof that you washed the vehicle correctly and as often as they recommend. Sometimes they’ll even make you reapply the coating over time to qualify for the warranty.

They have these loopholes to protect themselves if the coating fails prematurely. Much like any other warranty, they’re not expecting everyone to follow the rules perfectly and that’s an easy way out.

It’s best to think of your coating as a sacrificial barrier of protection. It may last many years, or it may have to sacrifice itself early to protect your paint. It doesn’t buy you a guaranteed amount of time and there is no such thing as a “lifetime coating”. Don’t fall for that.

Read more to find out how long your ceramic coating will last.

7. Anyone can apply a ceramic coating themselves.

The coatings that offer the most protection for the longest amount of time are for professionals only. The reason for this is that the coating is so strong that in the event something goes wrong it can only be removed by wet sanding. The companies don’t want the liability of you messing up your paint, so they only offer these to their accredited detailing businesses.

There’s usually a process required to become an accredited detailer. It involves proving to the company that they are experienced and know what they’re doing. Finding one of these detailers will give you peace of mind knowing that they have the right skills for the job.

Most ceramic coating companies have a milder “prosumer” version of their flagship coating that they offer to DIY detailers. It might seem like anyone can apply these themselves without problems, but that’s not always the greatest idea.

The application can still be tricky, and you need to have a very clean environment with correct lighting to do a proper job. In my opinion, unless you have plenty of experience with paint correction, these coatings are also best left to the professionals to apply.

These don’t need to be wet sanded to be removed, but if you have any leftover high spots it will certainly require compounding and polishing to fix. It’s not always as easy as the guys in the videos make it look.

Click here to learn why some DIY ceramic coatings are bad and how to spot them.

8. Ceramic coated vehicles can be washed with water only.

Perhaps if your car is just slightly dusty, you might be able to get away with rinsing it off and blow drying it. If you’re going to touch your paint though, water is never enough lubrication on its own.

Any company that claims you can use only water and a towel to wash your vehicle should be avoided. That will surely cause scratches. You need to use a soap that’s recommended for ceramic coatings. That brings me to the next point I’d like to discuss:

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Washing your car with PH Neutral Soap

Most coating companies recommend that you only use PH neutral soaps to wash your coated vehicle. There’s nothing wrong with that in itself. These soaps are the safest to use because they’re so mild. We originally started using them because they won’t strip the wax or sealant from our paint.

The problem arises when you’re dealing with a very dirty vehicle. If your soap isn’t strong enough to strip a wax or sealant, that means it’s also not strong enough to remove road grime, oils, and even bug splatter. So if you choose to stick with these mild soaps, you need to wash your vehicle often to keep it from getting to the point of being “dirty”.

The other option is to use stronger chemicals and cleaners but then you could be risking the longevity of your coating. You see, the base coating is more than strong enough to withstand this treatment, but most coatings are done in 2 separate layers.

The base coating is tough and needs to be sanded or compounded to be removed. But the top coating that adds the extra gloss and hydrophobic properties (the fancy water beading) is much easier to remove.

How easy it comes off will vary depending on the brand of coating and the age of it. Yours might hold up to the use of stronger chemicals. But with the cost of ceramic coating, do you really want to take the chance to find out?

I learned this the hard way with my 4runner. I used a diluted all purpose cleaner to help break down excessive dirt and after a few washes, it stripped the coating’s top layer.

Not sure what cleaner to use? I share 4 easy to find coating friendly soaps here:

Ceramic coating is a money-maker

I believe businesses should always be profitable. There’s nothing wrong with making money. The name of the game for a business is to sell as much of your product to as many people as possible. I don’t think what the coating companies are doing here is wrong. But I do think you need to understand what’s going on as a potential customer.

A quick look at your coating company’s product line will usually reveal more than just coatings. They’ll have a bunch of other products that are designed to work with your coating. The use of fancy branding and clever names makes them look like a desirable “matching set.”

What’s the deal?

The fact is, ceramic coatings do require special care. These companies would love for you to throw away your current detailing products and purchase all of theirs. Again, I don’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong with that. If you like their products, buy as much as you want. Keep this in mind though:

The clear coat on your paint is there to protect it. That’s its job. Now we add a ceramic coating on top to protect the clear coat. Next, you need to protect your long term ceramic coating with a shorter term “topcoat”. This topcoat needs to be protected with the use of a coating specific detail spray.

In order to protect all of this protection, it’s recommended that you use the company’s special coating specific soap. Now you’re at a point where you’re concerned about protecting the protection of your protection. See how quickly this can get out of hand?

It’s important for you to know that the initial purchase of your coating might not be your only expense. If you don’t follow the recommended maintenance, there’s no guarantee how long your coating will last or how well it will perform. It costs money to look after your coating properly. And the coating companies are making millions from it.

How do paint sealants compare to ceramic coatings?

Now that we know what it takes to care for a ceramic coating, let’s talk about how waxes and paint sealants compare. There’s something to be said about the simplicity of a wax or sealant.

First, the cost of having them applied is at least 10 times less than a ceramic coating. Is the protection you get from a coating 10 times better than a sealant? That’s a tough call. The beauty of a paint sealant is that it offers some protection while being easy to remove, and cheap to replace. For example:

You notice a few light scratches on your driver’s door. A mobile detailer can come and buff these out, then re-seal the area in a matter of minutes. He can even do it outside in your driveway. Good luck doing that with a ceramic coated vehicle.

First, the coating needs to be removed from the whole panel, then the damage can be fixed, then it needs to be re-coated. You cannot spot treat scratches on a coated vehicle.

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Has your vehicle been neglected to the point where it’s covered with traffic film and dirt? No problem. Hit it with a strong car soap (stripping the sealant) and re-seal it. You avoid potentially spending hundreds of dollars on coating specific care products.

For these reasons alone, I believe paint sealants will never die. They offer decent (although shorter lasting) protection and are much easier and cheaper to both apply and maintain.

What about wax? Is it dead?

Absolutely not. I don’t think there’s any product out there that offers more clarity and shine than a high quality carnuba wax. Waxes are still incredibly popular with show car owners and car collectors.

All they care about is the appearance of their paint. Their cars don’t need a ton of protection because they’re so well cared for and rarely see anything but sunny weather. Some of them don’t even go outside. These cars have nothing to gain from a ceramic coating.

Paint sealants tend to give your paint more of a synthetic look (as do some ceramic coatings). It’s kind of hard to explain if you haven’t seen it for yourself. It isn’t dull or hazy, just a bit “muted”. This is easily remedied by adding a thin layer of wax on top.

While this technique is now considered old school, it’s still very effective. The wax will boost the longevity of the sealant, and when applied to properly polished paint, it looks fantastic. Waxing your car is also therapeutic for many people.

So the comparison between the wax/sealant combo and ceramic coatings is quite simple. Let’s assume in both cases that the vehicle has had a proper paint correction before either option is applied.

It comes down to this: Paint sealants are cheaper, offer less protection and are easier apply. Ceramic coatings offer much better protection, but are expensive and require more care.

That’s the reality of ceramic coatings, folks. I don’t want you to think I’m completely against them because I’m not. Keep in mind that 2 of my 3 vehicles are coated. It’s a great option if you can afford it and care for it properly!

But the truth is, no product on the market will put a bulletproof force field of protection around your car. The best way to protect your vehicle is to take proper care of it. There’s no magic product that will allow you to avoid this. I hope you’ve found this post helpful in making your decision.

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FAQs

Is there a downside to ceramic coating? ›

Disadvantages of ceramic coating include the potential for scratches and water spots, high costs, and the need for professional installation. Several layers of liquid polymer and other strong materials create a powerful coat, but nothing can protect a car against everything.

What can go wrong with ceramic coating? ›

Can You Mess Up Ceramic Coating Applications? Yes, it is possible to mess up a DIY ceramic coating application. Improper application may cause high spots, streaks, cloudy reflections or hazing. These mistakes won't permanently damage your vehicle's paint and can be undone.

Does ceramic coating protect against rock chips? ›

Despite the wild claims of some manufacturers and installers, a Ceramic Coating does not eliminate the risk of rock chips, scratches, swirl marks, and water spots. However, Ceramic Coatings do have their strength, particularly in terms of the hydrophobic surface they create.

Is ceramic coating a gimmick? ›

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Is ceramic coating really worth it? ›

The short answer is yes. As we have seen in this article, ceramic coating has great benefits that will add value to your car in the long run. It will make your job of cleaning and maintaining it less tedious. So that you spend more time driving and enjoying your car than thinking about ways to keep it protected.

Will polishing remove ceramic coating? ›

Since the ceramic coating is a physical layer, polishing is the only surefire way to remove it 100% and expose the clear coat underneath. In fact, many of the high-grade professional ceramic coatings claim the only way to remove them is through machine polishing.

What should you not do after ceramic coating? ›

First and foremost, one of the most important things you need to know about ceramic protection is that it's not recommended to wash your car for up to 7 days after applying the coating. This allows the coating to fully cure on your vehicle's surface.

Can you wax over ceramic coating? ›

The easy answer is yes, you can. You could lay the ceramic-based protectant down first, let it cure and then apply a wax.

Which car coating is best? ›

Teflon or Ceramic, both offer decent paint protection for your car. But this is where Ceramic trumps Teflon by offering more value-for-money and long-lasting permanent protection. If the price is not a worry, Ceramic coating is the way to go for the best results.

What is the best protective coating for cars? ›

So what's the ultimate paint protection for your car? We recommend using ceramic coating due to its longevity. Waxes and sealants need constant application and aren't usually applied often enough to offer constant protection. Ceramic coating lasts a long time and offers the best protection.

Does Salt ruin ceramic coating? ›

First off: Salts Gone WILL NOT damage, strip or degrade wax or ceramic coatings. The why: Generally products used for cleaning will have a high ph (alkaline) or a low ph (acid).

Does ceramic coating scratch easily? ›

Scratch-Resistant: Ceramic coating is scratch-resistant, but not scratch proof. The higher quality of a ceramic coating you use, the more resistance your car's finish will have to scratches, while small scratches can even be buffed out entirely.

Which is better ceramic coating or PPF? ›

Ceramic Coatings and Paint Protection Films are certainly a dynamic duo when combined – hydrophobicity, impact resistance, UV protection, and an enhanced look. So if you are looking for the absolute best in class protection, we recommend getting a Ceramic Coating done over a PPF. Yes, it will be more expensive.

What is the average cost to ceramic coat a car? ›

Depending on the size and condition of your vehicle, the quality of ceramic coating you get, and assuming that you go to a well reputable detailer, get ready to spend anywhere from $1500 to $5750. The average well-used car will cost around $2,000 while a brand new car would cost around $1500.

How long do ceramic coatings last? ›

For the most part, ceramic coatings last between two and five years. In some cases, they can last up to a decade, but this is pretty rare. However, there are many factors that affect their lifespan and might force you to replace yours sooner than you'd expect.

Are ceramic coatings better than wax? ›

Ceramic protectants are better than wax at resisting heat, UV rays, bird droppings, environmental pollution & road grime. On the other hand, wax is safer (even when not applied properly) both to you and to your car's paint job, while also being less harmful to the environment.

How long does it take to ceramic coat a new car? ›

When all is said and done, you can expect your car to spend a total of three to five days in the shop when you bring it in for a ceramic coating.

Why does ceramic coating cost so much? ›

Ceramic coating is expensive for a few reasons. The product itself costs much more than a bottle of wax. It's more time consuming to apply and requires more expertise to do it right. It also performs better and lasts longer than other protection so naturally, it commands a higher price.

Is ceramic coating worth it on a new car? ›

The answer to this question is yes. Having your car coated immediately after purchase is beneficial as you'll require less paint correction or prep work, which can save you time and money.

Does vinegar remove ceramic coating? ›

If you do not have a dedicated detailing water spot removal product, then use distilled white vinegar. The vinegar's acidity breaks down and loosens light to medium concentrations of common minerals for removal.

Does clay bar remove ceramic coating? ›

The Quick Answer. You shouldn't use a clay bar, mitt, or cloth on a ceramic coated car because it will break down the coating, or cause swirl marks. You can use an iron fallout and tar remover instead to safely remove contamination without using clay.

Can you hand polish a ceramic coated car? ›

While you should never use a car polish after applying a ceramic coating, you should always use one before. This is because polishing your clear coat is a restorative process that removes scratches, swirls, oxidation and damage from everyday wear and tear.

Will a car wash ruin ceramic coating? ›

Ceramic coating is durable and can withstand an automatic car wash, but you'll need to avoid ones that use abrasive brushes and harsh chemicals. Both of these things can damage both the ceramic coating and your car's paint. Your best option is to go to touchless car washes to avoid rough brushing.

How often should you wash a ceramic coated car? ›

A ceramic coating is a proven paint protection solution. However, it shouldn't be assumed that you don't need wash it frequently. Every two weeks is recommended.

How do you wash a ceramic coated car? ›

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How long does a ceramic coating last on a car? ›

The Typical Lifespan of Ceramic Car Coating

For the most part, ceramic coatings last between two and five years. In some cases, they can last up to a decade, but this is pretty rare. However, there are many factors that affect their lifespan and might force you to replace yours sooner than you'd expect.

Are ceramic coatings better than wax? ›

Ceramic protectants are better than wax at resisting heat, UV rays, bird droppings, environmental pollution & road grime. On the other hand, wax is safer (even when not applied properly) both to you and to your car's paint job, while also being less harmful to the environment.

Is ceramic coating worth it on a new car? ›

The answer to this question is yes. Having your car coated immediately after purchase is beneficial as you'll require less paint correction or prep work, which can save you time and money.

Can you wax over ceramic coating? ›

The easy answer is yes, you can. You could lay the ceramic-based protectant down first, let it cure and then apply a wax.

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Before you apply ceramic coating, you should correct the car’s paint.. DIY ceramic coating kits have lower concentration ceramic coating sprays that do not offer the same protection as professional ceramic coatings.. Professionals know how to correct the paint without taking out too much of it.. New cars have few paint imperfections but still need paint correction before ceramic coating.. Check the list below to find my favorite paint protection products.

So you've decided to hire a professional detailer. Whether this is your first time hiring a professional detailer or a regular occurrence, there are a few things you'll want to know. The info in this article can help you to separate the good ones from

Whether this is your first time hiring a professional detailer or a regular occurrence, there are a few things you’ll want to know.. Some of them would like you to believe that a detailer is a detailer, but that is 100% untrue.. Many car washes, dealerships, and auto body shops will claim to offer detailing services.. Detailers spend hours going over, you guessed it, the intricate details of your vehicle.. A proper detailer will break your entire vehicle down into hundreds of tiny sections, then work on them one at a time until your car is cleaned, refinished, and protected.. Fancy paint correction jobs might pay thousands of dollars at a time, but there is a huge abundance of this type of regular work available at any time – so stacking many of these other jobs up can often make them more consistant money in the long run.. These high-end detailers typically have a lot of experience and specialize in paint correction, concourse level detailing, and protective products like ceramic coatings and paint protection films.. It’s possible that they’re a DIY detailing enthusiast, but it might also mean that they’ve found a great detailer and have stuck with them.. Asking someone with a great looking car is one of the safest ways to choose a detailer because you’ve already seen the work they’re capable of first hand.. Most professionals have been doing the job long enough to be able to give you a rough estimate of how long it will take to detail your car.. Certain specific things like odor/stain removal or scratch removal are harder to predict but if you’re inquiring about a Bronze level production detail they should be able to give you a good idea.. If a detailer answers with “I don’t normally do paint correction, but I could do yours”, shut it down then and there.. If this is your first time having your car detailed, I have a few tips to help you get the most out of the experience.. If having your car detailed is something you plan on doing regularly, finding a great detailer and building a relationship with them is a great thing.

All you need to know about ceramic coating provides you with some must-know details if you intend to buy a ceramic coating.

In fact, some automotive experts suggest that certain DIY Nano-ceramic coatings are the most economical ways of protecting automotive paint from UV sunlight, acid rain, bird droppings, and more.. Today’s automotive ceramic coating is a specifically engineered solution that uses nanotechnology to infuse on the clear coat of paint and other surfaces, creating an exceptionally strong and microscopic layer of skin to protect.. The most popular type of ceramic coating is the professionally installed version – or a commercial grade coating.. Proper prep work and application permits the ceramic coating to truly protect the clearcoat of the paint, which also produces an elegant and continual shine.. Answer – Depending on the condition of the paint clearcoat, the prep completed, and the application of the product, a high-quality DIY Ceramic Coating like Armor Shield IX can last from 3 to 5 years.

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23 October, 2019 by Sebastian Santabarbara Picking the perfect recreational vehicle isn’t easy, nor is it an exact science. There are so many factors to consider when choosing your new rolling home, and with so many RVs out there to choose from, it’s hard to know which one will be right for y...

Be inspired by exciting camper van stories from epic van life travel journeys, pick up vanlife recipes that you can cook on the road, and find out about the best van life essentials that are crucial when living in a van!. If we’re making a list of the best RV brands around, then Hymer deserve the top spot.. The Hymercar range of campervans are built on Mercedes or Fiat chassis’; now you have one of the best RV brands using two of the most reliable base-vehicles for camper conversions on the market today.. Head over to the Knaus website to check out the Boxstar XL in greater detail and to find out more about the different motorhomes in their catalogue.. The Pinnacle Finetza might be a little less well known than the other vehicles in this list, but once you’ve checked out this luxury motorhome, we guarantee that it will go straight to the top of your own best RV brands list.. If you want a luxury RV that is miles above the ordinary, then head over to the Pinnacle Vehicles website!. Whenever we see a list of the best RV brands on the market, we always see the classic Airstream trailer somewhere among the other equally impressive vehicles.. They’re one of the best RV brands for touring coaches, and the insides of their conversions are perfectly suited for long term living in any season.. Head over to the Coach House website for more details about the Platinum RV range. Out of all of the companies on our list of the best RV brands, Benchmark Vehicles may take home the prize for the camper with the best name.. Benchmark Vehicles make a variety of adventure campers for outdoorsy wanderers and thrill-seekers alike, and they come in a variety of styles, sizes, and colours depending on what you’re looking for in your recreational vehicle.. Hobby are somewhat of a household name when it comes to the best RV brands on the market, and while you may be used to the traiditional motorhomes that they produce, you might not be overly familiar with their new range of camping car van conversions.. Clever storage solutions can be seen in pretty much every available surface that isn’t being used, making this the best camper van for family living or long-term trips on this list of the best RV brands.

Peel and stick flooring is one of the most misunderstood flooring options. Self adhesive floor tiles come with a high quality adhesive.

Peel and stick flooring is one of the most misunderstood flooring options on the market.. Self-adhesive floor tiles come with a high-quality adhesive, backing a sturdy carpet tile, vinyl tile, or vinyl plank.. Many peel and stick vinyl tiles, carpet tiles, and vinyl planks have a high-quality adhesive that won’t peel up at the first sign of heavy traffic.. Peel and stick vinyl floor tile also offers commercial-grade options .. Pro Tip: If you want to make sure you find flooring that will last, check out our peel and stick options designed for heavy traffic.

Should you buy copper pots or pans? Here are their advantages and disadvantages, and what to look for when buying them.

To help fill in some of our knowledge gaps, we headed up to East Greenwich, Rhode Island, to visit Jim Hamann at the industrial complex where he runs his two copper cookware companies, East Coast Tinning (dedicated to vintage copper cookware restoration) and Duparquet Copper Cookware (where he makes his own line of copper pots and pans).. You're unlikely to find copper that's much thicker than 3mm, given its value and also density (copper is heavy, so adding more metal than is necessary just makes the pan that much more difficult to use), but you're quite likely to find copper that's less than 2.5mm thick.. Finally, the method used to produce copper cookware—whether it's made from spun copper, stamped copper, or rolled copper—is not determinative of its quality, even if spinning copper, as Jim Hamann does, requires a considerable amount of skill.. If you want some tips on where to find quality copper cookware, look at Hamann's tin- and silver-lined selections at Duparquet; the tin-lined pots and pans from Brooklyn Copper Cookware ; and famous old-school makers like Mauviel and De Buyer , which now focus on stainless steel–lined pans.. We have a detailed guide on how to clean copper cookware , but to summarize, you can clean the inside of your copper pots and pans much the same as any other—with hot, soapy water and a gentle, minimally abrasive scrubber.. We have a detailed guide on how to clean copper cookware , but to summarize, you can clean the inside of your copper pots and pans much the same as any other—with hot, soapy water and a gentle, minimally abrasive scrubber.

When you want to use air tools at home, you need a portable air compressor. But not just at home – there are also very compact units that you can use to keep your car tires inflated. These smaller units are handy to take on your next camping trip. To help make your choice easier, we’ve researched th...

When you want to use air tools at home, you need a portable air compressor.. But not just at home – there are also very compact units that you can use to keep your car tires inflated.. PORTER-CABLE C2002 Air Compressor DeWALT DXCM301 30 Gal Air Compressor EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor Pump Senco PC1010 1-Horsepower Peak Compressor Makita MAC100Q Quiet Series Compressor Audew Portable Air Compressor CALIFORNIA AIR TOOLS 4620AC Compressor FORTEM Portable Air Compressor for Car Ryobi P739 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless Portable Air Compressor Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor DEWALT D55146 Air Compressor Makita MAC5200 Big Bore 3.0 HP Air Compressor. The unit features 10-inch wheels for easy portability.. Check Price on Amazon ➞TRACTOR SUPPLY CO ➞ Best Air Compressor For Camping This portable air compressor is primarily designed to inflate your tires.. Check Price on Amazon ➞ Best Twin Tank Portable Air Compressor This portable compressor from California Air Tools has a powerful 2HP engine with an oil-free pump.. It's also a handy air compressor portable enough to keep in the car and use as a tire inflator.. Check Price on Amazon ➞VIEW ON HOME DEPOT ➞ Best Easy To Use Tire Inflation Air Compressor This is a lightweight portable tire inflator and air compressor.. Why We Liked It: This is a handy air compressor portable enough to keep in the car.. You’ll find that the best portable air compressors either run on electricity or your car’s battery to inflate your tires – there are also battery-powered air compressors available now.. These air compressors will run your air tools, but they can also inflate the tires on your vehicles.

Vinyl plank flooring is a good alternative to natural hardwood—less expensive and easier to install. Learn the pros and cons of this modern flooring.

Sheet vinyl and vinyl tile have long been favorite flooring materials for kitchens and bathrooms, but it has always been viewed as slightly cheap when compared to other flooring materials.. But that is no longer the case with vinyl plank flooring, also known as luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) or luxury vinyl plank flooring (LVP).. Rather than a thin layer of very flexible vinyl, vinyl plank flooring is a much thicker flooring material that is fabricated in long planks with a modified tongue-and-groove connection system that snaps together, usually called click-lock.. Vinyl plank flooring originally became popular because it mimicked wood plank flooring very convincingly—more so than even plastic laminate flooring.. At its heart, plank vinyl floor, also called luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or luxury vinyl floor (LVF), is simply vinyl flooring that comes in long, narrow strips rather than the traditional square tile shapes.. Sheet vinyl is generally flexible vinyl with a printed top layer covered by a clear wear layer, while vinyl plank flooring is a multi-ply product that features four layers:. Plank vinyl floor also tends to have deeper embossing and better graphics, rendering it a closer simulation of wood and stone than previous iterations of sheet vinyl flooring or plastic laminate flooring.. Rarely will a vinyl plank floor cost as much as genuine wood flooring, which is usually five to 10 times more expensive than vinyl planks.. Overall, the cost of vinyl planks is about the same as for laminate planks, though vinyl planks are arguably a superior flooring material.. Replacing entire planks usually involves disassembling the floor from one wall up the damaged plank, installing a replacement plank, then reassembling the floor back to the wall.. Vinyl plank flooring is offered in hundreds of colors and patterns from the major flooring manufacturers.. Vinyl plank flooring uses a click-lock system in which the edges and ends of the planks snap together.. Early forms of vinyl plank flooring were perfectly smooth, without the texturizing found in many laminate flooring products.. Since vinyl plank flooring, or LVP, is waterproof, it is a good choice for bathroom flooring.

In Western countries, you would rarely find a kitchen without a microwave oven. The trend is gradually catching up in India as well with the modern day woman preferring to invest in a top microwave oven. However, we wish to clear one misconception right at the beginning of the article itself. Many people have the […]

Your Samsung 28L convection microwave oven does this for you.. Besides frying your chips without using oil, this oven can bake, grill, reheat, defrost, and cook your food better than conventional cooking methods.A large family has more requirements.. While the glass turntable allows you to cook your food uniformly, disabling the feature enables you to use every inch of interior space to prepare food in large quantities and satisfy your family’s requirements.. Generally, microwave ovens like the Samsung 28L model feature ceramic interiors.. This IFB convection model is different from the LG or the Samsung 28L convection microwave because it works on a unique Combi-technology featuring grill, convection, and microwave .. Compared to stainless-steel interiors found in models like LG 28L MC2846SL or the IFB 30L 30BRC2, this Samsung oven features ceramic interiors .. Solo microwave ovens are different from convection microwave cooking appliances because they cannot bake or grill.. Operating this Bajaj solo microwave oven is easy because it comes with simple dial options .. Besides cooking your food efficiently, this Bajaj 1701 MT can reheat and defrost.. Compared to convection microwave ovens like the Samsung and LG models, these solo microwaves consume less power .. The Panasonic solo microwave oven features easy-to-use jog dial controls that allow you to choose the suitable options and set the timers accordingly.. The interiors feature a glass turntable that rotates slowly to ensure uniform cooking from all sides.. Hence, it is not possible for microwave ovens to cook food all the way through.. It is better to reheat such food in the microwave rather than cooking them here.

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