8 Ceramic Coating Disadvantages You Need To Know

Ceramic coating the hood of a black car

Ceramic coating is a type of protective coating applied to the exterior of vehicles to provide a layer of protection against UV rays, dirt, and other contaminants. While it has many advantages, it also has a few disadvantages. They’re nothing catastrophic, though, especially for the best ceramic coats on the market.

Ceramic Coating Application Is Expensive

One of the most commonly pointed out disadvantages of ceramic coating is its cost. A professional ceramic coating service is significantly more expensive than traditional waxing and polishing. The high price of ceramic coating is due to the prepping process and the pro-grade product used.

However, if you go the DIY route, you’d find that it costs way less. Of course, you’d have to do the manual part and ensure the coat is applied correctly.

Ceramic Coating Requires a Thorough Paint Prep

Before applying a ceramic coating, the car’s paintwork must be thoroughly cleaned and prepared. This ensures that the coating adheres properly to the vehicle’s surface. The preparation process can be time-consuming and may require specialized cleaning products.

Ceramic Coating Is Hard to Apply without Experience

Applying ceramic coating isn’t really difficult—you pour the stuff on an applicator, rub it on a section of the car and wipe it off—at least, that’s how most products work. However, the prepping process is a bit complex. It involves paint corrections and other stuff that require a bit more grit.

But it’s not just the prepping process. There’s a certain level of confidence that comes from doing tasks, and you won’t have that if this is your first trial. Our advice is not to rush the process and take it slowly.

Ceramic Coating Can Be Difficult To Remove

Removing ceramic coating is difficult. You can’t simply wash it off. You need to do some sanding to remove the coat and get to the underlying paint. On the plus side, you don’t need to remove the existing coat to apply a new one—unless it’s really messed up. You can renew it with a simple spray-on coat.

Some Ceramic Coatings Aren’t Available to Everyone

While several mainstream manufacturers offer ceramic coatings that are readily available for purchase by pretty much anyone, some products are reserved for professional detailers. However, this isn’t much of a problem since there are already so many high-grade products on the market.

Ceramic Coating May Leave Water Spots

Water spots can be a problem with ceramic coating. If water is allowed to sit on the car’s surface for an extended period, it can dry up and leave behind unsightly water spots. While ceramic coating provides protection against water, it is not completely water-resistant.

Ceramic Coating Manufacturers Promote Misleading Claims

Some ceramic coating manufacturers may make claims that are not entirely accurate. For example, some may use words like “scratch-proof,” which is untrue. While ceramic coatings can help prevent light scratches and swirl marks from washing, they’ll do nothing against any proper assault.

Ceramic Coatings Require a Lot of Maintenance To Last Longer

While ceramic coatings are known for their durability, they require much maintenance to last longer. You must wash your car regularly to keep it clean and free from contaminants that can damage the coating. You must also avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can scratch the coating. Moreover, you may need to reapply a top-up coating every few years to rejuvenate your existing coat.

Is It Really That Bad?

Ceramic coatings have gained popularity in recent years due to their ability to protect your vehicle’s paint from light scratches, UV rays, and other environmental factors. However, they also come with their disadvantages. However, you can rest assured that the pros far outweigh the cons. See our guide on how to apply a ceramic coating if you’re considering the DIY route.

Haroun Adamu
Haroun Adamu is the founder of TorqueDial. He followed the automobile industry for several years before covering it officially for HotCars and Vehicle History. This experience would spark a chain of reactions, eventually leading him to create this site. However, the final push to launch TorqueDial was his first car purchase, and he’s not looked back since.

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