How to Protect and Maintain Ceramic Coated Surfaces

blog post about how to properly take care of your ceramic coated car

You've put a lot of hard work into making your ceramic-coated surfaces look great, but if you don't maintain them, that beauty will become a thing of the past. When a car is waxed, it is protected against UV rays. Eventually, though, that beautiful shine starts to fade away because there was no effort to maintain it. It's the same with ceramic-coated surfaces like cars and other vehicles. To keep its original look, you must maintain it over time by choosing the right sealer or protector coating after an acid wash.

A ceramic coating can make any surface look brilliant with its sleek and shiny finish. This type of coating serves as a protective shield that makes the surface stronger, but despite its strength, worn-out ceramic coatings can turn dull and contaminated over time. Thankfully, you can always restore its shine and luster with the proper cleaning techniques.


Ceramic-coated surfaces need to be washed regularly using mild soap and warm water. If you have a ceramic coated grill, you should clean it at least once a month with a metal brush and water. If you see any buildup on your ceramic-coated surface, use an abrasive pad or metal brush to scrub any stains or residue. If you're trying to remove stubborn stains, use vinegar or lemon juice to use an acidic cleaner. Don't use anything abrasive, like steel wool or regular soap, because it will scratch the coating.

Use only approved soaps on your ceramic-coated surface

Ceramic-coated surfaces are easy to clean and maintain. Ceramic coated surfaces comprise a special ceramic compound and a clear coat topcoat. The topcoat is formulated to protect the surface from scratches, stains, water damage, and even oxidation. This is why ceramic-coated surfaces can be cleaned with just soap and water.

Ceramic-coated surfaces are very durable. However, they do require some special care to look great for years to come. Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining your ceramic coated surface:

Use only approved soaps on your ceramic-coated surface. Soaps that contain phosphates or detergents will strip away the protective coating on your flooring and cause it to be dull over time. Only use soap that does not contain these ingredients!

Do not use bleach-based cleaners on ceramic-coated surfaces! Bleach can cause permanent discoloration of your flooring if it comes into contact with it long enough or if the concentration is high enough!

Do not use oil-based cleaners on ceramic-coated surfaces! Oil-based cleaners will leave a greasy film that attracts dust, dirt, and other particles, which can scratch off the topcoat over time, causing permanent damage to your surface! 

It’s important to make sure that when getting your car ceramic coated, it’s being done by a reliable service. If you’re located in Southeastern Wisconsin, Detail Doctors has been the #1 trusted company for ceramic coatings for over 30 years. 

Do not use high-pressure washers on your ceramic coated surface

The key to maintaining your vehicle's ceramic-coated surface is to keep it clean. Use a soft cloth and mild soap to wash your vehicle weekly, followed by a rinse with fresh water. Do not use high-pressure washers on your ceramic-coated surface. High-pressure water can damage the protective coating, causing it to flake off. Instead, use a low-pressure wash with warm water and a mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly after washing.

If a scratch occurs, use a polishing compound to remove the scratch

Ceramic coatings are extremely durable, but they can still be scratched. The coating is applied to the surface of the glass with a process similar to that used for automotive paint. If you see a scratch in your ceramic coated windows, it's usually possible to fix it yourself.

If a scratch occurs, use a polishing compound to remove the scratch. You can find compounds designed specifically for eliminating scratches from ceramic-coated surfaces at most auto parts stores. Simply apply the compound with a clean cloth and rub it into the scratch until it disappears.

Do not "wax" or seal your ceramic-coated surface after it has been treated

Do not "wax" or seal your ceramic-coated surface after being treated. Waxes and sealants will remove your ceramic coating and can cause damage to the paint underneath. If you want to wax or seal your vehicle, we recommend waiting at least three months after treatment before doing so.

Avoiding clay bars and other abrasive cleaning tools near the coated surface

Many detailers use clay bars as part of their detailing process because they help remove contaminants from the surface of the vehicle's paint. However, before contacting the manufacturer, clay bars should never be used near coated surfaces to ensure they won't damage the coating itself. If you're unsure about using a clay bar near your coated vehicle's finish, contact the manufacturer for advice before using one on your vehicle.

When working with a ceramic-coated vehicle, use soft microfiber towels instead of terry cloth or other abrasive cloths. Use an all-purpose cleaner that's safe for acrylic paint finishes (like Wolfgang Paintwork Polish), not a chemical-based cleaner on bare metal or glass surfaces.

Rinse off any bird droppings

Ceramic-coated surfaces are extremely durable, but they can be damaged by bird droppings, tree sap, and other substances. Bird poop is a nuisance, not only because it's unsightly but also because it can be toxic to plants and animals. It's important to protect your ceramic-coated surfaces from bird droppings. The best way to clean these surfaces is to use warm water and mild soap. Once you've removed the droppings, use a mild detergent and warm water to clean the area thoroughly. Rinse off any bird droppings that may have landed on the surface with a soft-bristled brush or cloth. 

You can also use a glass cleaner on ceramic-coated surfaces. Make sure you read the label on the cleaner before using it; some cleaners contain ammonia and will damage your ceramic coating. If you have any doubts about whether or not a cleaner will harm your surface, test it in an inconspicuous area first.

Stay away from detailing clay

Most people don't realize that detailing clay can damage ceramic coatings. The reason lies in the clay's ability to remove contaminants without causing any damage to paint. However, ceramic coating is designed to protect against scratches and scuffs and therefore resists being removed by a simple clay bar. Using a clay bar on a ceramic-coated surface can irritate the coating, leaving tiny scratches that will be visible over time.

In conclusion, Ceramic Coated Surfaces are beautiful, but maintenance is quite significant. The selection of the surface may be the only difficult decision you have to make during the entire renovation process. However, it's something that you'll need to consider before settling on a surface. Ceramic protective coatings are a great way to protect your vehicle, but they do have specific requirements for maintenance. If you're looking to sell your vehicle, this could limit some people's interest in your vehicle. If you plan on keeping it, please stick with the guidelines outlined in this article to ensure that your coating stays in good condition for years to come.

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  • Jim Patterson

    Says clay bar should not be used on ceramic coated cars.does this apply to ceramic wax.

  • Daniel Evans

    Gotta disagree with clay bar. I have one car with ceramic and one with graphene and once a year I IronX and clay with a fine clay. Of course minimal iron contamination is on the surface but it gets the badges and other nooks and corners but you would be surprised at how much decontamination comes off with clay. Of course you have to keep the surface wet and use a real light touch so you don’t mar the surface but after you’re done the paint really pops.

  • Eli Richardson

    It’s helpful to know that we’d avoid high-pressure washers if our car has ceramic coating. I bought a car a few months ago, and I’m interested in coating its surface to make it look shinier, so I’ll look for a professional auto body shop next week. Thank you for helping me know how to keep a coated surface clean and in good shape.

  • Kass P

    I always thought detailing clay was a good idea! Guess not!

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