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Ceramic Coatings for Cars: Everything You Need to Know

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Ceramic coatings are a popular way to protect cars from the elements and keep them looking shiny and new. They provide a high level of protection against the elements and help maintain your car’s exterior finish with less effort.

But what exactly are ceramic coatings, and are they worth the investment? We’ll dive into everything you need to know.

What is a Ceramic Coating?

Ceramic coatings are a liquid polymer that is applied to exterior or interior surfaces of a car. They are composed mostly of silicon dioxide (silica, Si02), which is sourced from natural materials such as quartz. Carrier solvents are mixed to allow the application of this super hard substance across almost any surface without marring it.

Once these solvents evaporate, the silicon dioxide will begin to harden into a glass-like shell, creating an infinitely harder, more hydrophobic surface. Unlike waxes and traditional sealants, ceramic coatings will form a covalent bond with the surface it’s applied on to ensure it will last years, not months.

It creates a barrier that is much harder than paint alone, and along with it comes many benefits.

Advantages of Ceramic Coatings

  1. Offers an extra layer of protection from UV rays, harmful chemicals, and surface contaminants
  2. Makes cleaning your car easier and eliminates the need to wax or seal
  3. Makes your paint job more durable and lengthens the lifespan of your car’s finish
  4. Lasts for a minimum of two years
  5. Cost-effective compared to traditional waxing
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Ceramic Coatings Myths

While there are many benefits to having a ceramic coating on your car, there are some widely-believed myths that lead to people having unrealistic expectations. Let’s dive into what’s fact or fiction when it comes to ceramic coatings.

Myth: Your Car Will Be Scratch-Proof and Chip Free

The Truth: Ceramic coatings are great for providing low-maintenance cleaning and protection from UV rays, chemicals, and other contaminants. However, they are not designed to withstand major scratches and chips.

If you’re considering a ceramic coating for your car, it’s important to know that it doesn’t mean your car will be 100% safe from scratching or chipping. While a ceramic coating can make your car more resistant to scratches and chips, it’s not a guarantee that your car will be scratch-free. If you’re looking for something that does provide protection from scratches and chips, paint protection film is your best bet.

Even with a ceramic coating, there are a few things you can do to help protect your car from scratches and chips. Try to avoid parking in areas where there is potential for debris to fall on your car, such as under trees or near construction sites. You should also keep an eye out for any cracks or chips in your vehicle’s paint, as these can eventually lead to more serious damage.

Myth: Ceramic Coatings Eliminate the Need to Clean Your Car

The Truth: The truth: When people say that ceramic coatings are “self cleaning” they don’t literally mean that it will clean itself. Ceramic coatings create a hard outer layer that’s exceptionally smooth and makes removing dirt and grime much easier than wax (or nothing).To maintain the ceramic coating you should wash your car every two weeks.

Myth: Ceramic Coatings Provide Complete Protection from Swirl Marks and Water Spots

The Truth: You can still get swirl marks and water spots if you aren’t washing your car properly.

While a ceramic coating is more resistant to swirl marks and water spots, you still have to be careful when washing your car, even if it has a ceramic coating. If you’re not careful, and give your car an improper wash, you can end up with swirl marks and other surface defects. The good news is, we can polish these issues out of a ceramic coating should they arise.

An improper wash includes the materials used and the way you decide to wash your car. Harsh chemicals or abrasive materials can damage the coating. A proper wash includes using a PH-neutral soap via a foam cannon and the two bucket method. A clean, gentle wash mitt is key to a defect free wash, alternating mitts as needed. When drying, forced air is the best way to simultaneously remove standing water and minimize unnecessary touching. If this isn’t possible, a soft microfiber drying towel is an excellent alternative.

Remember, a ceramic coating is not a chance to neglect taking care of your car’s paint job. You still have to take care of the coat in order for it to last a long time and perform as it should.

Myth: You Can DIY a Ceramic Coating

The Truth: It’s very easy to mess up a DIY ceramic coating installation, and high-quality ceramic coating products are only sold to professionals. In addition to the coating itself, proper prep work is paramount to correctly bonding a ceramic coating to your car’s surfaces. If done incorrectly the coating will fail prematurely or you will lock in unsightly surface defects.

Some people believe that you can apply a ceramic coating on your own. While consumer grade products have improved by leaps and bounds, pro-grade coatings with stronger protection, like CeramicPro, Feynlab, SPS and 22PLE, are only sold to accredited detailers, not to the average person.

In addition to not having access to a professional protective coating, it’s a tricky process to do on your own that can cause permanent damage to your vehicle. It’s best to leave it to the professionals who are certified coating installers. If your ceramic coating is applied incorrectly, your only option for removal may be wet sanding, which can also damage your car’s paint if done incorrectly.

Is a Ceramic Coating for Your Car Worth It?

If easier cleaning and the long-term preservation of your paint job matters to you, the benefits of a ceramic coating outweigh the cost. It offers greater scratch-resistance, a durable layer of protection from UV rays and chemicals, repels dirt and water, and gives your car a high gloss finish that makes it look new with minimal effort!

If you are looking for an easy way to protect your car’s paint and make it look great, then a ceramic coating is worth the investment.

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STEK DYNOFLEX Windshield Protection Film

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Introducing STEK’s Exceptionally Superior Windshield Protection Film

When you’re on the road, the area on your car most prone to damage is the all-important windshield. All it takes is one small rock flying into it for you to face sky-high repair costs, especially if you have ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems). Windshields equipped with ADAS require extra attention during replacement or repair; the recalibration alone can run your costs into the thousands, as well as put your car out of commission for a long time. Above time and money, which are two solid reason to invest in good windshield protection, the highest priority is safety. The windshield acts as a pillar of support during your drive, and becomes a key safety component when accidents occur.

No question about it—considering safety, maintenance costs, and saved time, it is vital to strengthen and protect your windshield, which is constantly exposed to the elements. In order to achieve optimal windshield protection, STEK offers an exceptionally superior film called DYNOflex. The film guards your windshield against scratches, chips, cracks, and even stains so that your vision remains unobstructed. This is all due to the TPU layers, which are extremely elastic and thus are able to absorb and immediately re-distribute any impacts to the windshield.

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Stek windshield protection films protects car windshields from cracks, chips, punctures, stains and other damages

If you get DYNOflex, you will no longer need to worry about replacing the glass, period. Allowing you to avoid the costly ADAS recalibration or other possible repairs. Furthermore, after a professional shrinkage-free installation process (amazing for curved surfaces), DYNOflex will also be protecting you from 99% of skin-damaging UV rays, whilst simultaneously providing outstanding light transmission for a crystal-clear view. Another great feature is the hydrophobic nature of DYNOflex. It prevents issues such as water spots or contamination and ensures that your windshield is always protected from the elements, wherever you are. A final feature that is important to note, are the self-recovery qualities of DYNOflex, which allow for a hands-free solution to scratches. This is the key to your windshield being perpetually safeguarded.

Salt Damage to Cars: What You Need to Know

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In the northeastern United States, winter turns the terrain into a white wonderland. However, cold conditions that bring ice and snow are not so magical when you drive in them. Drivers in our part of the country are thankful for road salt and salt brine, a mixture of salt and water that will keep the ice and snow from sticking to road surfaces, but it isn’t without consequences. The downside is that it leads to salt damage to cars.

Here’s how to find salt damage on your car and prevent it in the future as you take to the roads during the coldest months of the year.

What Does Road Salt Do?

Road salt is a form of sodium chloride and a rather corrosive compound. Salt brine is a solution of salt and water with a freezing point below water. As such, salt brine can decrease the adhesion of ice to roads. 

During the winter, snowplow workers use road salts and salt brine to melt the ice and snow and keep the ice from adhering to highways and streets. Since salt lowers the freezing point of water, it ensures ice can melt even below 32 °F. A major reason that cities use these products is due to affordability. It’s also a straightforward way to keep the roads safe for driving.

Road salts get used when winter conditions become more severe, such as snowstorms, or when the temperatures drop steeply and ice starts to form on the ground. In Pennsylvania, snowplow workers used an average of 12.6 million gallons of salt brine last winter and 801,453 tons of road salt during the previous five winters. 

Statewide, more than 2,000 plow trucks and 452 rental trucks remove the snow and ice from the roads. The state government used an average of $271 million over the last five winters to remove snow and ice. 

While rock salt is inexpensive to de-ice the roads and make travel safer, it also leads to damage. Road salts can damage infrastructures like bridges, freshwater areas, and roadways. Road salts can also harm the bare metal of cars. It may remove the car’s paint and expose the vehicle’s undercarriage to the elements, leading to rust, damage, and other cosmetic damage.

How Does Road Salt Damage a Car?

Road salts cause chemical reactions when they interact with your car. These chemical reactions corrode the paint and exterior of your vehicle. Since salt is a corrosive substance, it speeds up rust formation on metals. That’s why salt can make your car’s surfaces rusty. 

Road salt damage is not just about looks, either. Your car’s brake lines and fuel lines are most at risk of rust and corrosion when exposed to salt brine and salts. Since these parts are located underneath the vehicle, they’re the closest to the roads and the salts on the ground and have the greatest likelihood of salt damage. Long-term exposure of your vehicle’s undercarriage to ice and salt may impact the safety of your car.

How to Spot Salt Damage to Your Car

Salt damage first appears on the vehicle’s flat body panels like the trunk, roof, or hood of the car. Since the top parts of a vehicle receive the most sunlight and provide an area for salt to accumulate, they’re more likely to see the damage.

Pay attention to the body panels to see if there is fading paint or corrosion. Also, check out the undercarriage, the inside of your trunk, underneath the hood, and the wheel wells. Any bubbles in your paint may also indicate salt damage.

What should you do if you notice salt damage on your car? You’ll need to move quickly to fix the problem. You should make an appointment with AODetail immediately. We can help repair salt damage to your car, as well as help protect it from future damage.

How to Prevent Damage from Road Salt

AODetail can help prevent damage from road salt by applying automotive coating systems such as Ceramic Pro. This coating will prevent salt, water, moisture, and other elements from damaging your vehicle’s exterior. In addition to ceramic coatings, paint protection film will provide an added layer of protection from salt damage on your vehicle. Some other tips for preventing road salt damage include:

    • You should wash your car regularly (including the undercarriage) to remove salts and other substances. After a car wash, apply a layer of wax to protect the car’s surfaces and prevent road salt damage. Have us touchup any chipped paint to avoid rust formation as well. 
    • Put your vehicle in a garage on sunny days after a particularly icy or snowy storm. This will limit the sunlight the car receives and reduce the risks associated with salt kicked up in the air from those driving in the area.

Want to Protect Your Car from Road Salts? Contact Us Today!

AODetail provides paint protection, protective coatings, and paint correction services to keep your vehicle looking as good as you bought it, even in winter. We can help protect your car from road salts as you traverse winter weather. Contact AODetail today to schedule service and keep your vehicle looking fresh throughout the year.

 

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2022 AODetail Black Friday Specials!

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Each of our Black Friday Specials are in limited quantities, reserve now!

Any questions on specific packages or items included, please reach out to us at 856-906-2454 or 856-532-0878

$499 Ceramic Coating Package

 

A lot of customers have been clamoring for an “Entry Level” Ceramic Coating Package that lowered the barrier of entry into this segment. We worked our butts off to come up with a solution at an affordable price. Enter our $499 Coating Deal! What’s included? Full Decontamination as with any of our other Pro-Grade Coating Systems. Once Decon’d we’ll perform a single stage gloss enhancement and apply our Entry Level Coating to all painted surfaces, exterior plastics and wheel faces. Unfortunately this will not become a regular menu item and is Black Friday Only. There are only a limited quantity available also.

To Reserve $499 Ceramic Coating Install, please click the following link to place your deposit at our Square Online Store:

$499 Black Friday Coating

Limited Quantity Offer. $99 Deposit towards $499 Ceramic Coating Package offered at AODetail.

$499 Ceramic Coating Package includes a single stage gloss enhancement. Package does NOT include a Full Paint Correction/Defect Removal. Customer may add Full Paint Correction at time of service for an additional cost. Coating will be applied to Paint, Wheel Faces and Exterior Plastics.

This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. No substitutions or cash value redeemable. $99 Deposit Required to lock in this offer. Coating install must be performed before 5/1/23. $99 deposit will be credited towards any full price installation after 5/1/23.

 

FREE Front Bumper PPF Installation w/ Long Term Coating Install

 
Paint Protection Film is a thick, transparent Urethane that is installed on painted surfaces to prevent most rock chips and scratches. Amazing clarity and thickness, self healing properties and excellent impact protection make this a no-brainer for those looking to prevent scratching, chipping and pitting. Try PPF on the house with this deal!

We’re offering a free Front Bumper PPF install on ALL Long Term Ceramic Coating Installations (5 Year, 7 Year or Lifetime Coating Packages). Average retail value on a Front Bumper install is $750.

To Reserve your FREE Front Bumper PPF install with Long Term Ceramic Coating Install, please click the following link to place your deposit at our Square Online Store:

Free Front Bumper PPF with Long Term Coating

This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. No substitutions or cash value redeemable. $99 Deposit Required to lock in this offer. Coating/PPF install must be performed before 5/1/23. $99 deposit will be credited towards any full price installation after 5/1/23.

15% OFF ANY Ceramic Coating Package

Did you just get a new car and want to keep it looking new for years to come? Have an older car you’d like to restore to better than new condition? It doesn’t matter the age of the vehicle, Ceramic Coatings are a great option for cars of all ages. Ceramic Coatings will be installed over fully corrected surfaces locking in a perfect finish for years, not weeks like traditional waxes. A properly installed Ceramic Coating system will keep you vehicle cleaner for longer, make washes much easier, eliminate the need to wax your vehicle and provide greater protection from the elements, UV fade and greater scratch resistance.

15% OFF Any of our Ceramic Coating Packages. Discount will apply to our 2-Year, 3-Year, 5-Year, 7-Year or Lifetime Warrantied Coating Systems. In addition, this discount will be applied to all necessary prep/paint correction needed. Black Friday is the only time of the year we discount our Ceramic Coating Packages, don’t miss out!

To Reserve your 15% OFF Ceramic Coating Package, please click the following link to place your deposit at our Square Online Store:

15% OFF Any Ceramic Coating Package

This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. No substitutions or cash value redeemable. $99 Deposit Required to lock in this offer. Coating install must be performed before 5/1/23. $99 deposit will be credited towards any full price installation after 5/1/23.

15% OFF ANY Full Detail Package

 

Enjoy 15% OFF our popular Full Detail Packages. Treat your car to a complete overhaul inside and out! Offering three distinct packages tailored to meet each and every vehicle’s needs.

Our 2-Step Detail is great for well maintained vehicles or those looking for a more interior focused package. Exterior surfaces will still be decontaminated and protected.

Our 3-Step Detail is an excellent mid-range package for the exterior of most vehicles while still performing a complete interior. Minor defect removal and machine polishing will make the outside of any vehicle shine!

Our 4-Step Detail is an excellent choice for those looking to maximize defect removal or gloss/depth of exterior surfaces. Through a two stage machining process, amazing results can be achieved outside while completing a full interior cleaning.

To Reserve your 15% OFF Full Detail Package, please click the following link to place your deposit at our Square Online Store:

15% OFF Any Full Detail Package

Take advantage of this limited time, limited stock offer. Not to be combined with any other offers. Promotional value is good for one (1) year from date of purchase. Retail value does not expire and can be applied to any other AODetail service.

 

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What is Car Detailing?

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Professional car detailing is a service that keeps the look and feel of your vehicle like-new. During a car detail, you can expect to have your interior and exterior cleaned by hand rather than passing through an automated system. This process is thorough and gets into every nook and cranny that would be overlooked if done at a typical car wash. 

Car Detailing Keeps Your Ride Fresh

Anyone can wash the inside and outside of your car, but you are guaranteed a better experience if a professional detailer takes care of it for you. Professional detailers provide top-notch treatment and only use high-quality equipment and products when taking care of your ride. Keeping up with routine car detail maintenance will not only keep your paint fresh, but will also retain your car’s resale value. 

Types of Detailing Services 

Interior car detailing services typically consist of:

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  • Vacuuming: Seats, carpets, floor mats, and the trunk area are vacuumed to remove dirt and debris.
  • Compressed Air Cleaning: Using regulated compressed air, small cracks and crevices are able to be clean that otherwise wouldn’t be reachable by hand.
  • Scrubbing & Brushing: Removes stains from floor carpets and mats.
  • Steaming: If it’s a tough stain, steaming is the more effective way to remove the stain.
  • Glass Cleaning: Cleaning of the windows and windshield.
  • Leather Treatment: For vehicles with leather interior, a leather cleaner and conditioner are applied. 
  • Perfuming: Detailers will spray a scent to leave your car smelling fresh and new. 

Exterior services include:

  • Wash & Dry: This process is all done by hand. The detailer will foam and hand wash the exterior of your vehicle and dry with compressed air to minimize marring. This includes cleaning of the rims, door jambs, and glass.
  • Clay Bar Application: Used to remove bonded surface contaminants, think of clay bar treatments as an exfoliation process for your paint. Claying allows for a cleaner, smoother surface and helps increase the effectiveness of polish and wax. 
  • Waxing/Sealing: This adds a protective layer to your car’s paint and gives it a glossy finish. 
  • Polishing: If you have any swirls or scratches, polishing helps remove a small layer from the car’s clear coat. This process will remove those imperfections.

Pro Tip: Remove Your Items 

It is necessary to remove all items from your vehicle for it to be serviced. Some detailers will remove your items since it will get in the way of production. Clear your front and back seats, consoles, glove boxes and trunk of items and store them in your home for a more thorough experience.

Why Your Car Needs Detailing

Although a car wash might get the surface-level dirt off your car, they will miss tougher bonded dirt and grime. Not only are automated car washes not as thorough as detailing, but they can/will also induce scratching and swirling into your car’s clear coat. Car detailing will leave your car looking fresh as well as protect its paint and interior. 

Not only does car detailing maintain the visual appeal of your car, it also helps with your well being. That’s right! A clean car means less dust, germs and hazardous chemicals being inhaled as well as having sharp visibility from your windows and windshield being cleaned effectively. 

We’ll Get Your Car Squeaky Clean

You can have your car detailed by our team of professional detailers at AODetail. We’ll leave your ride looking smooth and shiny! 

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