Why have a professional install your ceramic coating?

In today’s era of YouTube University, why CAN’T you install ceramic coating yourself and do paint correction / enhancement yourself? You CAN. Of course you can! You can get even some professional-grade materials from Amazon. We bought our Flex cordless polishers from Amazon, we get our Autofiber applicator pads and towels from Amazon, etc.

There are coatings on Amazon designed for do-it-yourselfers, relatively inexpensive, that get good reviews and work fairly well. 

So why not just do it myself?

  1. The difference between DIY ceramic coating and professional coating is typically the longevity and durability. This comes at a cost of ease-of-installation, however. Ceramic coatings “flash” – this is the time we typically wipe off the excess. You might see ceramic coating rainbow or similar if you are reading about it. With a professional ceramic coating, the coating may flash quicker, or in some cases, may not be obvious that it is ready to be wiped (no rainbow). Since coatings are semi-permanent (they chemically bond to your car’s paint), this can be an issue. At this point, you would need a polisher and/or paint correction / paint enhancement to remove what we call “high spots” (spots that were excess material not wiped off in time). This doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but it can be if you don’t have the right equipment to fix it. On top of that, humidity and temperature play a large part. We have a climate-controlled shop which increases the amount of time we have to work with a ceramic coating before it flashes, which leads to less rushing and less mistakes. This goes for clear bra installations as well, but we don’t know anyone doing their own installations on those. 

 

  1. Equipment, experience, and preparedness. A ceramic coating from Amazon is not that expensive. However, you start adding up the cost of quality applicators, machine polishers if there are mistakes, or if you want to polish / conduct paint enhancement, before coating, quality surface solvent prep solutions prior to applying the coating, clay bar and clay bar lubrication solutions, good leveling towels, painters tape to tape off areas you don’t want to hit with the polisher – the list goes on and on. A professional has all of these things and uses them regularly. When doing it yourself, though, it adds up costs for things that you don’t use often as a non-professional. So you’re spending a lot of money on various things that you might use annually or less.

 

  1. Time. Time is money, and time is valuable. We all work so much these days, we sit in traffic going to and from work if you aren’t telecommuting from home in Killeen or surrounding areas, etc. Why not drop it off to us and pick it up complete?

 

  1. Warranty. We will be your point of contact for any issues you might have with your ceramic coating (or clear bra). So if you ever have an issue, you just contact us – rather than trying to fix yourself and spend more money.

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