How Does Ceramic Coating Work

By • March 26, 2021
Updated April 7, 2021
Do you think about getting your car ceramic coated? After all those articles and videos, if you are still confused and asking yourself "What is ceramic coating? How does it work?", you are in the right place. We have the answers. Let's get started!

What is Ceramic Coating?

First, I will answer this without being too much technical. A professional-grade ceramic coating is a "pre-ceramic polymeric coating" that is used to enhance the properties of automotive surfaces, such as abrasion, weathering and chemical resistance, hydrophobicity, and ease of cleaning. Compared to a traditional automotive finish, ceramic coatings are very dense coatings, cannot be air-sprayed, and do not self-level – which explains why (some) automotive manufacturers do not use it the way we use it.Soon after the application, the ceramic-coated surface needs to be buffed with a microfiber towel and the residual material needs to be collected, so as to give the finish its ultimate gloss. Because of the lack of self-leveling ability, the thickness of a ceramic coating is more or less in the 1-micron range, which is almost 40 times thinner than a factory clear coat.

What is Really Ceramic Coating?

Ceramic coatings are pre-ceramic polymers. What do I mean by that? We all know that ceramics are inorganic, and on the contrary, polymers are organic, so what is really a ceramic coating? Is it organic or inorganic? The answer is both. Ceramic coatings that we use in automotive surfaces are organic-inorganic hybrids. They cure at ambient temperatures and are not baked like a ceramic brake disc, porcelain, or enamel coating. If you bake a ceramic coating – in other words, pyrolyze it – one of the things you get silicon carbide, the second hardest material on earth after diamond. This is why we call ceramic coatings pre-ceramic polymers.