2021 Dodge RAM 1500 Polishing and Ceramic Coating

2021 Dodge RAM 1500 Polishing and Ceramic Coating process in Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights

Our Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights client brought his 2021 Dodge RAM 1500 in for paint correction and ceramic coating. Even though his vehicle was meticulously maintained, it never hurts to enhance the gloss of the vehicle just a bit with our paint correction before applying ceramic coating. Of course, paint correction is NOT required prior to ceramic coating your vehicle, but many clients opt for this route.

When a car goes through the automatic car wash, the swirls, which seem superficial, are in fact deep. However, the owner only hand washes his vehicle with this 2021 Dodge RAM 1500 paint correction and ceramic coating project. No matter what, it’s often going to get minor swirl marks in the paint over time just from day-to-day washing, and that’s what our goal was here to remove. If you liked this 2021 Dodge RAM paint correction and ceramic coating project, you’ll like our other, similar projects. Subscribe to our channel to see more of our work, as well tips and tricks on how to avoid the typical swirls (as much as possible).

2021 Dodge RAM 1500 Polishing and Ceramic Coating service with us in Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights!

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Apart from this, you can continue to read more about our ceramic coating and clear bra, and paint correction options below. Unlike many shops, we will ensure our Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights area clients do not exceed their budget or desired longevity. As you can see in our Google reviews, we always have our clients’ best interests in mind! Both ceramic coating and clear bra are great options to protect your vehicle from road grime, and debris.

Matthew laying clear bra/paint protection film on a blue Mazda CX5 hood


Typically, we would use Autobahn, STEK clear bra, Llumar, or Legend PPF gloss or matte paint protection film. Next, This clear bra article covers the major differences between clear bra/paint protection film/PPF companies, if any. Moreover, there are minimal differences between major film manufacturers like Autobahn, Xpel, SunTek, Eastman, Llumar, 3M, STEK clear bra, Flexishield, Global, Legend, and more. Importantly, the key takeaway is that the primary differences are in the properties of the adhesive, which installers have to deal with, but generally don’t affect anything the client sees.

Is Autobahn clear bra/paint protection film/PPF the same as Xpel film?

Of course, our clients at HHCC frequently ask about Xpel clear bra/paint protection film. Naturally, our clients want to know if Autobahn, Legend PPF, STEK, Llumar, Kavaca, and other brands compares to Xpel at all. Did you know, a lot of people use Xpel to mean clear bra, because Xpel is one of the most popular brands? Besides the information above about clear bra/PPF, we also discuss Xpel and if it’s the same as PPF/clear bra in this article.

Lastly, you can read more about clear bra/paint protection film by clicking the button above.

Matthew applying SB3 Coatings industrial ceramic coating to an Autofiber Saver Applicator pad prior to installing on a Polaris RZR Turbo R Ultimate


– One year ceramic/protective

– Three year ceramic/protective coating

– Five year ceramic/protective coating



– System X Max is a ten-year ceramic coating, and the longest-lasting ceramic coating we offer. Clearly, we have many options that will fit anyone’s budget or desired longevity in the Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights area.

Undoubtedly, ceramic coatings will last as long as we care for them. Of course, you can more about ceramic coating by clicking the button above. 

2021 Dodge RAM 1500 Polishing and Ceramic Coating process - Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights

Polishing your 2021 Dodge Ram 1500 offers several benefits that contribute to maintaining its appearance and protecting its paint finish. Here’s why you might consider polishing your truck:

  1. Restores and Enhances Gloss: Over time, environmental factors like UV rays, pollutants, and contaminants can dull the paint’s gloss. Polishing removes these surface imperfections, revealing a vibrant and glossy finish that gives your Ram a like-new appearance.

  2. Removes Swirl Marks and Light Scratches: Everyday wear and washing can create swirl marks and fine scratches on the paint. Polishing helps minimize the appearance of these imperfections, resulting in a smoother and more uniform surface.

  3. Prepares for Protective Coatings: If you’re planning to apply protective coatings such as wax, sealants, or ceramic coatings, polishing is a crucial first step. A polished surface allows these coatings to adhere better, maximizing their effectiveness in safeguarding the paint from future damage.

  4. Enhances Resale Value: Regular polishing and maintenance help preserve your Ram’s paint condition. A well-maintained exterior can significantly impact your truck’s resale value, making it more attractive to potential buyers.

  5. Environmental Protection: Polishing removes contaminants and pollutants that may have adhered to the paint. By eliminating these substances, you help protect the paint from chemical reactions that can lead to paint deterioration.

  6. Uniform Appearance: Polishing levels the paint surface, creating a consistent texture and appearance across the entire truck. This smoothness not only looks appealing but also makes cleaning and maintenance easier.

  7. Professional Detailing: If you’re passionate about maintaining your Ram’s appearance, professional detailing with polishing can take your truck’s finish to the next level. Detailing experts have the knowledge and tools to achieve exceptional results.

  8. Personal Satisfaction: Many vehicle owners take pride in their trucks’ appearance and enjoy the satisfaction of seeing their vehicle look its best. Polishing can be a rewarding process that helps you connect with and care for your Dodge Ram.

Remember that proper polishing techniques, tools, and products are essential to avoid damaging the paint. If you’re not experienced in auto detailing, consider seeking the assistance of a professional detailing service to ensure the best results and to protect your Ram’s finish.


Aftercare products and instructions for your 2021 Dodge RAM 1500 Polishing and Ceramic Coating

Car care products we love:

1. Drying towel(s): Autofiber Dreadnought 20”x30” x1:  https://amzn.to/3Cd5Y9w

2. Smaller drying towel (can also be used on glass) x2 (one for paint, one for wheels): Autofiber Dreadnought Jr. 16”x16” – https://amzn.to/3iazPbX

3. Wash mitt: Autofiber Zero Cuff Wash Mitt x2 (one in black for wheels, one other color for paint): https://amzn.to/3WYu3Jw

4. Auto detailing towels, general purpose (wiping off bird poop, quick wipe up, interior, etc): Autofiber Elite detailing towel: https://amzn.to/3IeLiSo

5. Wheel drying/detailing microfiber towels, black: Autofiber Zero Edge: https://amzn.to/3Z0GJBe

6. Quick detailer/glass cleaner/waterless wash/rinseless wash concentrate: American Detailer Garage Wipeout (can be diluted and lasts a very long time): https://www.autofiber.com/products/wipeout-hybrid-waterless-wash-concentrate-quart

7. Spray bottles for ADG Wipeout and other products: https://amzn.to/3Q3kxT5

8. Buckets with grit guards x2 (one for wheels, one for paint): https://amzn.to/3jxjnmq

9. Pre-treatment and wheel cleaner, American Detailer Garage F-Bomb diluted 10:1 (can be used 20:1 for interior): https://www.autofiber.com/products/f-bomb-multi-purpose-cleaner-gallon

10. The best wheel cleaning tool we have ever used, the Autofiber Barrel blade (reaches the barrel, between the brake caliper, and narrow spokes): https://amzn.to/3Z0wnkK

11. Foam cannon wash tools for auto detailing, the MTM Hydro PF22.2 has a wide base to prevent tipping: https://amzn.to/3WE591K

12. American Detailer Garage Fuzion foaming hybrid wash (for use in foam cannon, use 2+ ounces per fill): https://www.autofiber.com/products/fuzion-hybrid-foaming-wash-concentrate-gallon

13. Microfiber detergent to extend the life of your Autofiber microfiber and other towels: https://amzn.to/3jBxp6B

14. Optional but useful for trucks and SUVs: Autofiber Mitt on a Stick Pro. https://www.autofiber.com/products/mitt-on-a-stick-pro-adjustable-wash-tool-with-360-locking-head-long-pole-35-to-83?variant=40748237816001

15. Our most favorite detailing tool we have is our Adam’s Spot-Free Water system. Pro: https://amzn.to/3VKkU6k Standard: https://amzn.to/3WXbOnK

16. Our favorite pressure washer we have used is the Grandfalls from Giraffe Tools. https://amzn.to/3WE3gCq

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