After receiving a paint correction service and ceramic coating it is important to take a proactive role in maintaining the pristine aesthetic condition of your vehicle. Coated vehicles are much easier to maintain, especially since you will not need to frequently clay, polish, or wax the paint in order to keep it protected from the elements. However, it is important to note that no ceramic coating is bullet proof and the finish will begin to degrade if neglected or improperly cared for. Here are some tips that will help you keep your vehicle looking its best for as long as possible:
Recommended Maintenance Products
Shine Supply Shift Soap
Shine Supply Clutch Silica Spray
Shine Supple Throttle Detail Spray
Klin Duo Wash Mitt
Klin Duo Drying Towel
Klin Buffing Towel
** Recommended maintenance procedure for coated vehicles**
Parking the vehicle in direct sunlight within the first 24 hours will help accelerate cure time and assist in hardening the coating.
Keep the surface dry for 24 hours after installation
If water is allowed on surface between the first 2-24 hours it will not harm the coating durability. However, gently dry off any water before it dries to avoid possible water spots during the hardening process of those first 24 hours.
Avoid washing with soap for the first 5 days.
Never use an automatic car wash. It has been proven that drive through car washes will damage your paint.
DO NOT ALLOW ANY CAR DEALER OR SERVICE CENTER TO WASH YOUR VEHICLE.
**At home procedures**
Pre-Rinse the heavy particulates off the paint before ever touching the surface with your wash media. Some people like to foam the car down and then rinse everything away before starting on the wash. This is fine if you choose to do so. The bottom line is to try to get the most dirt, grime, and grit off the paint BEFORE you touch the surface so as not to induce swirls or scratches while washing.
Wash from the top down, in straight lines (not wax on wax off circles). This will ensure that in the event there is an abrasive particle trapped in your wash media it will only leave a shallow, straight line scratch. Straight scratches are only visible if the light hits it just right. On the other hand circular scratches are visible from almost any angle.
Rinse your wash mitt very frequently and thoroughly. We recommend rinsing the mitt multiple times per panel if the vehicle is heavily soiled. If you wash frequently or if there is only light dust accumulation you can of course rinse you mitt less often. Just keep in mind that the more you rinse out your wash media the less chance you’ll have of rubbing abrasive dirt, sand, or other particles against the paint as you wash. A clean wash mitt mitigates the chance of ruining the paint as you wash each section.
When drying use a very plush microfiber towel (the softer and fluffier the better). Do not wipe the towel across the paint. Instead, pat the vehicle dry. Pat the water droplets off a section, lift the towel, and pat another spot. By not “dry wiping” the surface you will exponentially reduce the chance of scratching or marring your flawless paint and/or coating.
Maintaining your vehicle using safe wash methods, as described above, will help you preserve a flawless finish and extend the useful life of your ceramic coating for years of enjoyment.
WE RECOMMEND LETTING US DO THIS FOR YOU EVERY 10K MILES INSTEAD OF YOU CARRYING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS AND TAKING YOUR TIME TO DO SO, WE OFFER A MAINTENANCE PACKAGE.
Use Drive through touch car washes (brushes or bristles)
Use harmful acids or degreasers
Use rough brushes or mitts(Microfiber or Wool ONLY)
Use spot free chemical washes
*If you do not maintain your coatings at home please come in yearly, or every 10k miles, to keep your coatings performing properly and to keep your Warranty valid.*
*Neglected or abused coatings do not reflect workmanship, product craftsmanship or application center at fault and will be charged for all neglect damage if wished to be repaired.*