Edmonton Ceramic Coating
So you've just bought a new-to-you vehicle, or want to keep your beloved classic looking like the day it rolled out of the factory. We get it, it's tough. No matter how many times you wax it, after a few washes it seems to return to the previous cloudy, hazy, or swirled finish. While waxes can be a great tool for the avid do-it-yourselfer, they are an outdated technology that just doesn't last. After a few weeks, or sometimes even a few days, the dirt and road grime clings back onto your vehicle and leaves you at square one again. What if there was a way to get that freshly detailed look, and more... but for years? Ceramic Coating may be what you're looking for!
What is a Ceramic Coating?
Ceramic Coatings, also known as Nano Coatings or Glass Coatings, are a liquid polymer that chemically bonds to the surface it is applied to. The benefits these coatings provide are the result of decades of research, design, and technological advancements. Put simply, there is no wax, sealant, or other last step product available for your vehicle that outweighs the benefits and longevity of a Ceramic Coating.
What prep is necessary to apply a coating?
In order for a coating to be applied, the surface must be as clean and as defect-free as possible. For paint, this means a thorough wash, decontamination, and polishing or paint correction is done. Ceramic Coatings will accentuate and amplify the surface they are applied to, and this clean and prepped surface will ensure the coating bonds properly to give you lasting results. On wheels/rims, brake dust and tar must be completely removed to provide a raw surface. The same is true for glass, leather, fabric, plastics, trim, and every other surface that you wish to apply a Ceramic Coating to!
Ceramic Coatings: The Truth
Before you make the decision to invest in a Ceramic Coating, it is important to learn more about the benefits and misinformation that may be out there. There are advertisements from Ceramic Coating companies that show a vehicle being set on fire, slamming shopping carts into them, scratching them with a key, resisting rock chips, being shot with a pellet gun, wiping off mud with a damp cloth leaving no scratches, and many similar outlandish claims. Unfortunately these are nothing more than to catch your eye and sell you on their product. These companies invest heavily in marketing, and not so much into their product R&D. You are left believing you're getting the "best on the market lifetime warranty" and are sorely disappointed when it does nothing of the sort, and actually have to pay an annual fee for them to re-coat the vehicle! Here at Pinup's Detailing, we do nothing of the sort. While yes, we do ask to see the vehicle annually for an inspection, this is at no cost to you, and is not to re-coat the vehicle whatsoever. This maintenance visit is to assess the performance of the coating, ensure you are happy with it, answer any questions you may have, address any concerns, and you get a free wash out of the deal. We will never advertise our coatings to resist rock chips or damage, nor will we lure you in with misleading claims and deceptive marketing tactics to make a sale. NO CERAMIC COATING will resist rock chips or physical damage, period.
Ceramic Coatings are designed to act as a sacrificial layer between the surface and the elements - essentially an extra clearcoat. Coatings are hydrophobic, meaning they repel/resist liquids and will bead or sheet them off. Cleaning and washing becomes much easier with a Ceramic Coating due to their self-cleaning properties, so any contamination that does stick will be easily removed with a wash! Snow and ice are also less likely to stick, eliminating the need for snow brushes that scratch and damage your paint and glass. Many coatings are also UV-resistant, lessening the effects of the sun's rays which over time can cause surfaces to bleach, lighten, or haze. As a sacrificial layer, coatings absorb the brunt of etching and staining damage. Without a coating, bug guts and even some types of mud/dirt can leave a stain on your clear coat, which sometimes requires sanding or even re-painting to remove! The coating will resist these contaminants and most of the time will wash away. Perhaps the greatest benefit of all is the enhanced gloss and finish - coatings give a candy-like shine to painted surfaces, and leave the color looking gleaming and glassy for years to come!
Pinup's Detailing is a certified installer of several Ceramic Coating lines. We have been installing coatings for several years, and carry all of the detailing products necessary for both DIY coating installations, as well as maintaining a professionally installed coating. We are proud to offer our clients only the highest quality ceramic coatings available on the market - backed by warranties so you are protected. satisfaction is our guarantee - we ensure to properly educate and guide our clients in the best methods to ensure you enjoy your coating for years to come. We are always available to answer questions or address concerns, and even have maintenance plans to keep your vehicle looking great! Pinup's Detailing is a certified installer of IGL Coatings, Gyeon Quartz, and SB3 Coatings. We have several options available for your specific needs and goals for your vehicle. Contact us today for a free assessment and ceramic coating quote!
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