The majority of car owners have problems keeping up with maintaining the paint of their car. The historical, intuitive solution has been simply applying store-bought wax from day one of purchase. It is necessary to be constantly refreshing the wax coatings, however, once you apply it because of the exposure it endures in the everyday elements.
As time progresses, however, finishing and refinishing technology has been too. Car paint is now a bit different. A 'sacrificial' clear topcoat is now given, in replacement of the historical routine of piling layers of color pigment in order to produce that deep shine. Wax, however, has not really changed and is still used often.
In recent times, a newer solution to the classic wax has been coming to light. Many distinct brands sell it, but it is referred to ceramic coating. Ceramic coating has been around since the early 90's, however, it was generally used to improve engine performance, and not like how it is being used today; in pain protection.
The reasons that ceramic coating helped improve engine efficiency are the same reasons that it helps with maintaining a car's paint. The ceramic coating is bonded to the car's paint on a microscopic level, protecting it from the negative effects of the environment. For car paint, this exposure includes constant pelting of dust at high speeds, exposer to rain, smog, and even bird droppings.
The surface of your car must be cleared of any contaminants before the application of ceramic wax. This includes old wax or claying. This may require you to apply other products that help clean the surface. After that, you must apply the ceramic wax with a microfiber applicator.
Compared to traditional, over-the-counter paste or wax, ceramic wax must be applied sparingly, in surfaces measuring 60cm x 60cm with 10 or less drops, or as stated on instructions. Using more than required is damaging, and will not reap any benefit, it is also suggested that it be applied indoors.
The coat that is produced by applying the ceramic wax properly is miniscule in thickness, however, every possible measure should be taken to ensure that the best possible look is achieved. After application, finish up by wiping off the excess ceramic wax with a microfiber cloth, leaving the surface undisturbed for about a day. After that, the surface of your car will be hydrophobic; water repelling, making it easier to maintain. With most brands of ceramic wax, the finishing has a rating of 9H on the pencil hardness scale.
There are brands of ceramic wax meant for amateurs, and others are made for trained professionals in terms of the application process. The brands who provide for the relatively unexperienced have a cheaper price tag. The professional brands have a more expensive price tag; however, they are applied by professionals by the outlet of your choice. This opens you up for opportunity for a warranty as long as you keep to the maintenance procedures correctly. This includes washing your car surface of any sort of deterrent (tree sap is a heavy culprit), every once in a while.
In both cases, however, even if your car has not gone under ceramic wax treatment, you should still need to dust, wash, remove droppings, and overall maintain the outside of your car. The difference with ceramic wax, though, is that it will be significantly less work to do so.