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Review: Mothers CMX Ceramic Spray Coating

Mothers! We remember the day we were introduced to this company by a friend. They came to us and asked us why we weren't using Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish. We weren't sure what to think of it back then, but we went ahead and bought the product, we tried it, and it blew our minds. It was the best cutting compound we have tried up to that point, and we are still using it today - headlights, car paint, you name it! It does the job, and it does it brilliantly.

If you want to learn how to restore headlights and protect them, check the link.

Now you might be asking yourself - why this introduction? What does all that have to do with Ceramic Coating?

Well, the reason we told you this story is that, for starters, it is true. And secondly, this shows that the product we're reviewing today - Mothers CMX Ceramic Spray Coating - has the potential to show great promise, but...

Most Auto Detailing Companies out there come out with an amazing product that serves a specific purpose. They build up their company size and their reputation through that amazing product, and then, naturally - they start pushing out all kinds of automotive products. And that is how you get some very, very bad products out there.


If you're a potato farmer. You've been farming potatoes for 20 years. You know EVERYTHING there is about potatoes. Great! Now you have decided to expand, and you think to yourself: "Hmmm... I've been growing potatoes all this time. I could grow corn. How hard could that be? It's all farming, after all!"


And you're probably thinking: "Mark, why the heck are you rambling about potatoes?!"

Well... that's the whole issue here. Just because you are an expert in one part of a field doesn't mean you're also an expert in the whole field. And if you suddenly decide to expand your prowess to the whole field - you're doomed to perform poorly.

It might seem like a natural thing to do - to expand your business into the whole industry. But we probably will not have enough knowledge to produce the same quality in all those other products with drastically varied purposes.

We think you might be guessing where we are going with this - we love Mothers for the reason we have stated above, but will we love them for their CMX Ceramic Spray Coating?

Only testing and time will tell!

Just to clarify - we are not sponsored by MOTHERS or any other manufacturer of Paint Protection products, and we will test and review the product as it is in real-world conditions. We will follow the manufacturer's instructions during the application process and we will prepare the surface to ensure the best finish and best adhesion possible. We are leaving an affiliate link to all our review products but in case the product turns out to be of low quality or not as all as advertised, we leave a warning to all our readers, and the quality of the product will always be reflected in the grade we assign to it at the end of every review. So if you do not want to sit through all of this text, you can scroll down to the Average Grade and read our Final Thoughts to get a general idea of what the product is all about.

Ok, guys, let's jump into it and take a look at what we are reviewing today.

- Should you choose to go for it after reading the review -

Get your Mothers CMX Ceramic Spray Coating on Amazon here:

What does this product promise:

  • SiO2 + TiO2 nano-quartz technology

  • deep glass-like finish

  • ultra-durable

  • super hydrophobic

  • easy application

Let us go through all of them and see what all of this actually means.

SiO2 ( Silicon Dioxide ) is basically silica, the main component in glass, what it is made of, and the primary thing Ceramic Coatings are based upon. So we are off to a good start. TiO2 ( Titanium Dioxide ) - what is this doing in a Paint Protection product? Well, if you want our opinion, we just think it is a nice marketing tool to sell more products when in reality, it is just Ceramic Coating based on SiO2, as all of them are. We have worked with a number of Ceramic Coatings and Polymer Sealants that claim to have TiO2 in them and that this gives them an edge in one way or another, but when we tested said products, we couldn't see those claims come to fruition.

In our opinion, TiO2 is or was, the same thing as Graphene Coating is right now. They are all just Ceramic Coatings with fancy or cool names to sell more easily. Our claim is if you take a Graphene Ceramic Coating and remove all the Graphene from it, you would still have a product that performs just the same when used as a Paint Protection agent.

If you want to learn more about Graphene Coatings, and a full in-depth review on that subject, you can click above. The same story applies, in our opinion, to TiO2 Coatings.

Deep Glass-like finishes - we can test that easily. Ultra-durable, we can easily test that one as well. Super Hydrophobic - same story. And finally, they claim that it is very easy to apply. Our experience with Spray-on Ceramic Coatings usually confirms that last claim, so we would be surprised to see anything different here.

Let us see how Mothers CMX Ceramic Spray Coating performed!

What we first did, was wash the car and prepare the surface of the car for paint protection. There is no need to go to such lengths, but we want to make it as fair as possible and see how this product performs when applied under perfect conditions.

If you want to learn how you can prepare the surface of your car for paint protection, you can click here.

After we had prepared the car for Mothers CMX Ceramic Coating Spray, it was time to torture test it and see the results.

How will we test the product?

In short - for the next two weeks, we will leave the coated car outside for the elements to do their job. We will drive the car every day for the next 14 days hard, on dirt roads as well, to simulate months or years of regular driving. At the end of each day, we will wash the car using cheap car shampoo. Cheap car shampoos are usually not pH friendly, and the alkaline or acidic base it uses damages paint protection. We will also use stronger chemicals when washing and we will pick a spot of the care that will be scrubbed with an abrasive sponge to simulate scratching and test the toughness of the Ceramic Coating.

If you would like to learn the full testing and reviewing process we go through with each and every product, you can check the link.

Test results?

The application was very simple. The bottle was shaken well before use. We sprayed the product on a designated working region ( 2 - 3 sprays are all you need for a reasonably sized area ). The solution was worked into the surface with a microfiber applicator using a crosshatch pattern to ensure full coverage. And since no curing or flashing time is needed, we have buffed the excess coating to a glossy finish. We found that this coating needs to be buffed very well because we had a bit of a hard time-fighting streakiness.

After the first wash using regular car shampoo, the product showed good hydrophobicity. It was definitely beading much more than it was sheeting. That is certainly good, but you need to ensure to remove all those tiny droplets via drying or touchless methods such as using an air compressor, leafblower, or simply driving the car.

On the second day, we also used an iron remover chemical and after we had rinsed the cleaning product off, Mothers CMX Ceramic Spray Coating lost almost all of its hydrophobic properties. After the third day and third wash using regular car shampoo and a degreaser, it was gone entirely.

For further testing, we reapplied Mothers Ceramic Spray to the hood of the car so we have a certain indicator for how it will perform in other categories and went through with the rest of the two-week period, but this time using only regular car shampoo.

How did we grade this product:

  • product life time when applied: D

  • resistance to elements: D

  • resistance to damage: E

  • resistance to chemicals: E

  • application difficulty: A

  • hydrophobic properties: C

  • gloss / shine: D

Average grade: D

Cost: 0.58$ / 1 fl oz

0.02$ / 1 ml

Our final thoughts on Mothers CMX Ceramic Spray Coating

There is a reason we wrote our experience with Mothers at the start of this post and our view of how most companies in the Automotive Detailing Industry work when it comes to introducing new products. We already had this product tested, obviously, at the time this post was being written, but we also had a hunch before we started the test.

Unfortunately, this one turned out to be true. Is this a Ceramic Coating Spray? It could be! We aren't scientists or chemists, so we cannot test it. But in our opinion it performed more like a Car Wax or Paint Sealant would when introduced to these chemicals. If you were to use a pH-neutral car shampoo and avoid using those automatic car washing stations, then it would be a solid paint protection agent. It might even outperform a Polymer Sealant in other rated categories.

Is it really cheap compared to how much quantity you get? Yes, of course. Would we recommend it? Well, no. We simply couldn't say 'yes, it is an amazing product' and stand behind those words with our reputation at stake.

- Should you choose to go for it after reading the review -

Get your Mothers CMX Ceramic Spray Coating on Amazon here:



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