How to Wash and Maintain a Ceramic Coated Car

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It’s a clear Sunday morning, and you glance over at your newly ceramic coated car. The gleam and shine might have you believing it’s invincible, but the reality is, it needs proper care to maintain that sparkle. That’s why understanding the value of ceramic coating is so important.

What is Ceramic Coating?

Ceramic coating is like the superhero cape for your car. It’s a liquid polymer that’s applied by hand to the exterior of a vehicle. It chemically bonds with the car’s paint, creating a layer of protection. Now, what are the benefits of ceramic coating?

Unlike waxing, ceramic coating doesn’t wash away or require regular applications. It lasts for years and offers protection from the elements, scratches, dirt, and grime. It also gives your car that highly-desirable glossy finish.

How to Properly Wash a Ceramic Coated Car

Tools Needed

Before we dive in, let’s gather the right tools. You’ll need a microfibre wash mitt, two buckets, car shampoo, and microfibre towels for drying.

Pre-Wash Phase

Start by hosing down the car to remove loose dirt and grime. Be thorough – this step is all about preventing unnecessary scratching later.

Washing Phase

Now, let’s get sudsy. Fill one bucket with a mix of water and car shampoo, and the other with clean water. Dip the wash mitt into the soapy water, wash a section of the car, then rinse the mitt in the clean water. Repeat until the car is fully washed.

Drying Phase

Dry the car using the microfibre towels. Remember, rubbing can cause swirl marks, so drape dry instead. Better yet, invest in a blower dryer to chase water off the surface of the vehicle for a truly touchless drying experience.

Post-Wash Care for Ceramic Coated Cars

How to Add Shine

Use a ceramic booster spray to add extra shine. Just spray on and wipe off with a clean microfibre cloth.

Avoiding Scratches and Swirl Marks

Keep your car covered when not in use and avoid automatic car washes. They can be harsh on the coating and cause scratches.

Importance of Regular Maintenance

To protect your investment and extend the ceramic coating’s life, regular maintenance is essential. It’s not just about keeping your car looking good – it’s also about preserving its value.

How to Maintain a Ceramic Coated Car

Regular Checks

Perform regular checks on the coating. Look for signs of wear or damage like loss of shine or water not beading on the surface.

Proper Cleaning Products

Always use products designed for ceramic coatings. Standard car cleaning products might be too harsh and degrade the coating.

Minor Repairs

Minor scratches or marks can be repaired with a coating infused compound. Simply apply and buff off.

Common Mistakes in Ceramic Coated Car Care

Using the wrong products or incorrect washing techniques can harm your coating and dull the shine. It’s essential to overcome these common mistakes for the longevity of your ceramic coating.

Overcoming Common Mistakes

Use appropriate products and follow correct washing techniques. Rinse thoroughly, wash with a gentle soap, and always dry your car to avoid water spots.

Tips for Long-Lasting Ceramic Coating

A well-maintained ceramic coating can last for years. Regular cleaning, protection against elements, parking in the shade, and gentle cleaning are keys to a long-lasting coating.


Proper ceramic coated car care is invaluable. With regular maintenance and the right techniques, you can keep your car looking fresh off the showroom floor for years to come. So, are you ready to treat your car like the gem it is?


  1. How often should I wash my ceramic coated car?
    Ideally, you should wash your car every two weeks. However, this might vary based on your environment and car usage.
  2. What car wash soap do I use on a ceramic coated car?
    Whilst ceramic coated vehicles afford more resistance from a larger range of chemicals, it is recommended to always use a pH neutral shampoo when washing your ceramic coated vehicle. The range of Exterior Wash Shampoos we carry are suited for this.
  3. How long does ceramic coating last?
    With proper care, a ceramic coating can last anywhere from two to five years.
  4. Can I fix scratches on my ceramic coated car myself?
    Minor scratches can often be fixed with a coating infused compound such as Angelwax Enigma AIO. For larger scratches or areas where the coating has worn away, professional help is recommended.
  5. Can I use an automatic car wash for my ceramic coated car?
    While it’s possible, it’s not recommended. Automatic car washes can be too harsh and cause scratches or swirl marks on the ceramic coating.

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