5 year Ceramic Coating

Is there such a thing as a 5 year ceramic coating? Let's find out!


We can eliminate all ceramic spray coatings because they simply do not last long enough for them to compete in this category.


Ceramic Spray coatings, even though they do have some SiO2 in them, they are more like fancy car sealants. The amount of solids in them is very low compared to regular ceramic coatings.


 
Contents:
  1. How long does a ceramic coating last?

  2. How do you guarantee that a coating will last for a specific number of years?

  3. Can a ceramic coating last 5 years?

  4. Will a ceramic coating last 5 years?

 

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How long does a ceramic coating last?


Well, most true ceramic coatings last anywhere between two and five years.


That is quite the range. But, that number is not a coincidence. There is more than one reason why that range is that wide. How long does a ceramic coating last not only depends on the quality of the ceramic coating but also depends on the owner and how the owner of a ceramic-coated vehicle maintains that coating.


Learn how to maintain ceramic coating on your car so it lasts for as long as possible.



Let's check out how long some of the ceramic coatings on the market last:

life time of ceramic coatings

Notice that we didn't include some of the more popular ceramic coating brands, such as Feynlab or Undrdog. The reason is that they do not disclose how long their product will last, except by stating that "it will last for years". And in our opinion, that is smart.


This way they are covered both from a legal standpoint, and they aren't deceiving their customers. It is true though, that the coating will last for years if it is a true ceramic coating anyway.


 

Some of these coatings have a great reputation behind their name and most of us in the detailing industry would agree that CQuartz 3.0 will last 5 years easily - provided that proper maintenance has been applied. Or, for instance, that Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light will easily last 5 years, provided that EXO 4 was used as a top coat after initial application. Drexler also states that the coating will last 3 years, but can last 5 if two coats have been applied.


We personally used some of these coatings ourselves and can say with confidence that a coating like Weiruixin 10H is neither 10H nor that it stays on a car for 2 years. Perhaps under more ideal conditions, but on a daily driver? No chance!


On the other hand, we have two coatings on the top claiming that they can last 7 years. Adams even goes a step further and claims that it can go up to 9 years! Those numbers are just crazy. Sometimes a car doesn't even last 9 years.


We made a review on Adam's Advanced graphene coating, and it is a juicy one. We were certainly surprised by the way it performed. You can read the full review here.


Just because a ceramic coating has 'graphene' in its name, doesn't make it superior. You can read more about graphene coatings here. A graphene coating is not bad, don't get us wrong. There are some amazing ones out there. It is after all a ceramic coating at its core.


But just being graphene infused won't give the coating an extra 2-4 years.



How do you guarantee that a coating will last for a specific number of years?


That one is easy - you can't! It is very hard to test whether a ceramic coating will last for as long as it claims to last. Not many people have that much time on their hands to apply a ceramic coating on a car and then wait for 5, 6, or 7 years to see if the coating is still there.


And then there is the issue of whether you would still be relevant or will be eaten up by bigger detailing companies or some conglomerate.


Not only that - you still have to account for the biggest problems that might affect the longevity of the coating such as:

  • the condition of the car

  • was the surface of the car prepped properly?

  • the quality of the ceramic coating

  • do you live in a part of the world with extreme temperatures, both hot and freezing?

  • is the car a daily driver or a show car?

  • did you install the ceramic coating properly?

  • how do you maintain the ceramic coating?

  • are you using a pH-neutral car shampoo?

  • are you performing a touchless wash?

  • are you cleaning your microfiber towels properly?


This list goes on and on and on. And we probably even missed a few key issues that someone might have. You cannot simply test out a ceramic coating and then say it will last for 7 years without giving it some context.


We can always do some predictions based on the hardness level of the coating the coating's thickness once cured and its resistance to the elements and strong chemicals. This information helps us see if a coating will last for as long as the manufacturer claims it will last.


But beyond that, in the end, it is mostly up to the owner of the vehicle to determine how long a ceramic coating will last.


So, to wrap this one up:

Can a ceramic coating last 5 years?


Yes, it can.

Will a ceramic coating last 5 years?


For some, a ceramic coating will last a year, for others, it can last a lifetime.







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