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Ceramic Coating For Vintage Vehicles

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If you're the proud owner of a vintage car, protecting and preserving the original paint job can keep your car looking like the day it rolled off the lot. However, if done incorrectly, ceramic coating can create eyesores and highlight dings, dents, and blemishes.

Here's a quick guide on how to properly add a ceramic coat to your vintage vehicle: 

Mint Preparation

Most of the work required to achieve optimal ceramic coating is in the preparation stage. If you want to make your vintage car look mint, pay close attention during this stage.

  • Prepping: before applying the ceramic coating, it's important to make sure the surface of your car's paint is clean and free of any contaminants. To start, wash your vintage car thoroughly. Next, use a clay bar to remove any embedded dirt or debris from the paint. Do not wax your vintage car and if you have waxed it before, make sure that all wax is removed.
  • Sand and Repair: if your car's paint is in poor condition, you may need to sand it down before applying the ceramic coating. Use medium-grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough spots or imperfections in the paint. You will also want to attend to any dings, scratches, and/or other minor imperfections as the ceramic coat will extenuate these problems when applied.

Coating, Curing, and Maintaining

Applying ceramic coating to a vintage car requires a little patience, as it is applied in layers. Each layer will need to dry in an area free of dust and other debris.

  • Base Coat: once the paint is clean and smooth, apply a base coat to help the ceramic coating adhere to the surface. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the best results.
  • Ceramic Coats: follow the manufacturer's instructions to apply the ceramic coating to your car. This typically involves using a sprayer or sponge to apply the coating in thin, even layers.
  • Curing: after applying the ceramic coating, it's important to allow it to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions. This typically involves waiting a certain amount of time before exposing the coated surface to water or driving the car.
  • Maintaining: once the ceramic coating is applied and cured, it's important to take care of it to ensure it lasts as long as possible. Wash your car regularly and use a pH-neutral car wash soap to avoid damaging the coating. Also, avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive sponges. You might also wax the surface every few months to help protect it from the elements.

Learn more about ceramic coatings.