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How does ceramic coating work? – FAQ

How does ceramic coating work?

Your paint is made out of peaks and valleys. It doesn’t look like it, of course, to the naked eye, but it isn’t a perfectly smooth piece of material. You can see it over here at Detailing Wiki, which has a picture of polished and unpolished paint surfaces as views from under a microscope.

Unpolished PaintUneven microscopic surface

Polished PaintPolished surface

Image credit: AvalonKing,


As you can see in the above picture, or our embedded YouTube video, the way a ceramic coating works, is it attempts to fill many of the peaks and valleys of the paint. When the paint is smoother, it is less likely to trap these contaminants (or pollutants). 

 This means that the paint is less likely to hold dirt, making it easier, and safer, to clean. If you recall from our other question/video, the more you have to work to clean paint, the more likely you are to scratch it. This is how ceramic coating protects against scratches. It’s not nearly the same level of protection as a clear bra, but it does add a slight layer. 

More importantly, though, you’re not scrubbing the paint and less likely to damage it, with a ceramic coating. 



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