Your paint should be in as good a condition as you can get it before applying a coating. If needed decontaminate & clay your paint (see PAINT MAINTENANCE ). Even if your paint is in great shape you should use a panel wipe product to ensure there are no oils, wax residue etc. on your paint. This will ensure that your coating properly binds to the surface.
2+ year durability ceramic coatings are designed for enthusiasts.These coatings have the same appearance and hydrophobic properties as professionally installed coatings but last 2-3 years as opposed to the usually 5+ years lifespan of professional grade products.
Similar to conventional detail sprays, ceramic detailers are designed as a maintenance product to quickly remove dust, fingerprints etc. The difference is that they contain Si02 particles that provide a very high gloss finish. These detailers can be used on both coated and uncoated vehicles.
Applying a maintenance product every 6 months to your coating will extend the life from 2 to 3 years. In addition to acting as a sacrificial layer on top of your coating maintenance sprays also refresh your coating, restoring any lost slickness. These sprays can also be used as a stand-alone product with a life span of approximately 6 months.
Applied very similar to a spray on wax, ceramic sprays are easy to apply & have a durability of 6 months to 1 year. Many of these type products can also be applied on a wet vehicle as well but most manufacturers recommend applying an initial base coat onto dry paint first.
These products are used after your car wash. After thorough rinsing of the vehicle the product is misted over the surface, then the car is re-rinsed and dried. Durability is approx. 3 months when used as a stand alone product.. These products are also often used to maintain the gloss on previously coated vehicles.
Although conventional car wash soaps can be used on coated cars, ceramic soaps are specially formulated for ceramic coated vehicles. These soaps contain the same Si02 particles as your coating which enhances the gloss every time you wash. Ceramic wash soaps can also be used on non-coated cars if you want a really high gloss finish to your car wash.
Ceramic trim coatings protect your exterior trim from harmful UV rays that cause fading. Many also restore the colour. Ceramic based products have a much longer durability than standard trim or tire dressings.
Although not required, ceramic polishes can be a benefit if you are polishing your vehicle prior to coating. Ceramic polishes contain Si02 particles that lay a base & preps the paint for coating. They should only be used as final polishing stage and if the car is badly scratched a conventional paint correction is still required.