Ceramic Coating Overview
At Adam’s Polishes, we always strive to offer innovative technology and provide the best products to clean and protect your vehicles. Ceramic coatings are a relatively new technology in the detailing industry within the last few years, and we are proud to say that we are ready to offer this new method of protection to all our valued customers.
Q: What is a Ceramic Coating?
A: If you ask, “What makes a ceramic coating different than a wax?”, a ceramic coating contains SiO2 silica protection that puts a measurable layer of very durable protection over the clear coat or single stage paint on your vehicle with Adam’s Paint Coating and any exterior textured plastic and rubber trim with Adam’s Trim Coating. Ceramic coatings bond to a surface at the nanomolecular level and are hydrophobic by nature, not only beading water, but literally pushing water off the surface of the vehicle, which allows for easier cleaning at every wash. They typically cannot be removed by normal wash processes, and they provide excellent UV protection to the exterior surfaces of your vehicle. We have been testing, tweaking, and re-testing our ceramic coatings for well over a year now to provide systems that are relatively forgiving for a person new to this type of product, to a breeze for those already familiar with applying a coating. Ceramic coatings do require a very specific application process that must be followed to achieve the best results without any issues; they are more involved than applying a wax, letting it haze, and then buffing it off, like most customers are familiar with.
Q: How is this product used?
A: Like all ceramic coatings, preparation and application technique are very important. Read and follow the printed instructions, and watch the product video, prior to applying this product for the first time. Since this coating begins to cure when exposed to air, the initial application needs to be correct.
Q: Why is the cure time so long?
A: The time that it takes for our coatings to cure depends on ambient conditions (temperature, humidity, air flow, etc.). The recommended time frame of 24-48 hours covers most typical application conditions. However, certainly use common sense (do not apply outside during winter temps). Also, be aware that simply wiping away the coating residue with a microfiber towel or that plastic trim feels dry to the touch does not mean it is cured. The coated surface needs 24-48 hours to fully cure before getting damp/wet or getting exposed to residue from additional products.
Q: What is a hardness rating in terms of Adam’s ceramic coating products?
Adam’s Polishes ceramic coating products each have a different hardness rating on the Pencil Hardness Test. Each coating was designed for its specific application to work best on that specific surface or environment, while factoring in ease of application and removal, as well as longevity. The Pencil Hardness Test determines resistance to scratches on a coated surface by using pencils and other materials of specific hardness ratings. The higher the rating, the more durable the coating is, but it is also more difficult to remove in the future.
Q: Why is this product so expensive?
A: Ceramic coatings are expensive, and our bottles are 50ml, which will provide enough product for one or two normal size sedans or trim on multiple vehicles, provided the coating is stored and maintained properly. Always replace the cap immediately after dispensing the product onto the applicator each time, and store the product in a cool, dark place.
Adam’s Polishes offers three ceramic coatings, summarized below:
Adam’s Paint Coating
Adam’s New Ceramic Paint Coating will make your paint have an incredible shine, while protecting it with a very durable barrier that is stronger than a product like our Americana Wax or Paint Sealant – further reducing the chances of accidentally creating scratches or swirl marks when washing and drying a vehicle. It provides long-lasting protection of more than 2 years, yet it can still be removed with a machine polisher if paint correction is necessary.
Adam's Wheel Coating
Adam's New Ceramic Wheel Coating will give your wheels an unbelievable shine, protect them from heat and elements, and make them extremely hydrophobic stronger than any sealant, or wax barrier. It will also further reduce the chances of accidentally inducing scratches with various wheel tools and accesories when throughly cleaning your wheels! It povides a long-lasting protection of more than 4 years, yet it can still be removed with a machine polisher if paint or finish correction is necessary.
Adam’s Trim Coating
Adam's Trim Coating is a durable ceramic barrier that darkens and keeps trim looking new for a minimum of one year. Use it on plastic side mirrors, wiper cowls, bumper inserts, and even rubber trim around windows, leaving a nice satin, semi-gloss appearance. Once cured, the coating provides excellent hydrophobic properties that bead and repel water.