Ceramic Coating for Cars UK

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Protect your car paint with ceramic coating for cars

Trying to keep a car looking shop-new can be expensive, and end up feeling like hard work. All that washing, waxing, and love feels futile when a bird finds its target ten minutes after you are done. And it isn’t just the birds; UV radiation, chips, stains, dirt, swirl marks, all of these mean that the glossy newness of your coat starts to fade and wear. Which is where ceramic coating comes in. Ceramic coating for cars uses nanotechnology to provide a layer of protection over your vehicle’s paint work. The coating forms bonds with the substrate at the nanomolecular level, and will not wash away or break down like a wax. This protection keeps your car cleaner and shinier for longer.

In this article we will describe the benefits of a ceramic or glass coating for cars, how they are applied, and where you can find products and applicators in the UK.


What makes a ceramic coating

Glass coating, ceramic coating, liquid glass, nano ceramic coating, ceramic glass, car paint protection coating, is there a difference between all these products? Well, no, not really. All these terms are used to describe a nano coating based on silica/silicon dioxide (a key ingredient in glass). These nano coatings are hydrophobic, hard, heat and weather resistant, and this is what makes them so perfect for your vehicle. A ceramic coating makes your car paint more resilient, and easier to clean. This is because they:

Ceramic coating for cars gives the surfacer a glossy shine

Ceramic coating for cars keeps the surface cleaner and makes it easier to wash

  • Are hydrophobic – They repel water, so water will bead on the surface and slide off. It is also more difficult for mud and grime to adhere to the surface, making washing easier and less frequent.
  • Provide UV protection – When your vehicle is exposed to the sun, the paint will begin to oxidise and fade. A ceramic coating provides a barrier which protects from this effect.
  • Protect from chemical stains – Acidic fluids and salt will stain and etch a paint job (including bird droppings and dead bugs), but with a ceramic coating the hydrophobic property will prevent these destructive elements from affecting the paint.
  • Enhance gloss – A ceramic coating coats your car in a slick, self-cleaning surface which makes your car glossy and shiny, like it just came out of the shop.

How ceramic coating compares to other car paint protection coatings

Ceramic and glass coatings are a relatively new solution for protecting car paint; despite the two terms, their compositions are very similar: both are car paint protection coatings. They are slowly replacing the more traditional waxing and hard waxing, which is no wonder. In the table below you can see how ceramic coating for cars compares to waxing and hard waxing in price and durability.

Car paint protection coatingDurabilityPrice from
Waxing4-6 months£40.00
Hard waxingup to a year£110.00
Ceramic coatingfrom 1 to 5 years depending on the product£300.00

The prices are merely indications and include application costs. Note that glass and ceramic coating for car cost range is wider than the one of more traditional paint protection methods.

The ceramic or glass coating process

Applying a ceramic coating is an intensive operation and, like other automotive coating optionsrequire an experienced and qualified professional to apply them. The process is delicate and hiring an authorised detailer will, for most people, mean a better and more effective coating application. There are, however, ceramic coating kits available which can be applied at home, if you wish to do so.


Note that when applied at home, a flawless result cannot be guaranteed; ceramic coating requires an absolutely contaminant free environment which can rarely be achieved in a private garage. 


Like any coating application, the condition of the substrate is a key component. Before applying the coating, your car must be as clean and bare as possible; the coating will be easier to apply and work better the cleaner the car surface is to begin with. Though each individual product may have slightly different application requirements (and you should always follow the specific instructions), the basic procedure is as follows:

  1. After washing and buffing the car, wipe it down again with a low percentage (15%) IPA solution and a microfibre cloth, to make sure there is as little contaminants and oils as possible left on the car surface.
  2. Take the applicator pad/cloth and apply the coating in an X pattern across it. Only a very little of the coating will be needed.
  3. Using a circular or back and forth motion, wipe the coating onto a panel, applying to one panel at a time.
  4. After 5 minutes, check the application for irregularities or high points. If they are present, gently wipe over the surface with a microfibre cloth to smooth out the surface.
  5. Allow to cure. This step is especially important as this is when the nano coating forms crosslinks and becomes the protective coating you need.

Here below you can find products that are suitable for at home applications assuming the near professional environment can be created.

Ceramic coating productQuantityPrice (RRP)
AllNano CarCare Ceramic Coat250mL (covers 5-10 vehicles)£150
Gtechniq C1 Crystal Lacquer30mL (covers one vehicle)£45
Carpro Cquartz Ceramic Paint Protection30mL (covers one vehicle)£50-55
Hendlex Nano Ceramic Shield 9H40mL (covers one vehicle)£110

Remember that, no matter the hype, no coating is permanent unless well maintained. A ceramic or glass coating for cars will degrade if not looked after, and will need reapplication every year to five years depending on the coating.


Ceramic coating for cars UK – Professional applicators in the UK

If you take your vehicle into a shop for a professionally-applied ceramic coating, it will of course be more expensive than if you had applied it at home. You are paying for the work hours, but also the security of a trained and experienced professional. A coating would be an investment for the serious car lover. Where waxing is a quarterly expense, ceramic coating is a one-off. A professional ceramic detail can cost anywhere from £300 up to £1600 depending on the number of coats and surface treatment required. There are trained professional applicators across the UK.

ApplicatorAddressCeramic coating for cars
KC Detailing & Ceramic Pro CheshireGoddard Rd, Runcorn WA7 1QFCeramicPro
Max Protect LtdUnit 5, Kings Park Ind Est, Kings Langley, WD4 8STUNC VI
Aspect ValetingLocations: Manchester, Swindon, Portsmouth, London, Birmingham, Essex, Windsor, Southampton9H ceramic coating

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