CAN YOU MAKE MY CAR 100% SCRATCH-FREE?
The short answer – highly unlikely, but please read on for an explanation to understand how Louisville paint correction works and why we cannot likely get it 100% scratch-free. Every time you polish (for light paint correction work) or compound (for heavier work), you are removing microns off of the clear coat. Eventually, over the life of a vehicle, the clear coat can fail (you’ve probably have noticed cars like this where their hood is completely devoid of any clear coat – note, not the same as it being oxidized). Our goal is to make the car as flawless to the naked eye as possible, while still leaving your clear coat for future work and UV protection.
This is true even on new vehicles, but older vehicles also need extra special attention in this regard, as their clear coat has already degraded slightly from exposure to the elements, washing, previous paint corrections, and more. Most likely we will be able to get the paint to look flawless to the naked eye. However, if you took an LED headlamp or the lights we use to it, you will likely see some imperfections, much like a jeweler would see flaws in a diamond using a jeweler’s loupe. Additionally, the general rule of thumb is, if you can catch the scratch with your fingernail, it likely will not come out. Of course, we will always attempt to make the best of your car, taking into consideration the paint condition, age of the vehicle, and any areas you point out during a walk-around inspection prior to us starting work.
For added protection for your car, ask us about our Louisville Ceramic Coating. A ceramic coating will help prevent future micro-scratches and extend the longevity of your paint and clear coat.
CAN YOU REPAIR DINGS, DENTS, OR PAINT CHIPS?
Sorry, we do not provide that type of work, however, we do have some recommendations for minor paint chips, dents, etc, and people that can do the work.
DO YOU OFFER MOBILE DETAILING IN LOUISVILLE, KY?
At this time, we do not offer mobile services.
ARE YOU A LEGITIMATE COMPANY?
Yes, we are registered in the State of Kentucky, we have an Employer Identification Number (similar to a Social Security Number but for businesses), we have business liability insurance that not only covers you while your vehicle is in our hands but also covers your vehicle should we have to drive it.
WHAT KIND OF PAYMENTS DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept Cash and payments through Square, a secured credit and debit processing company.
WHAT IS AN IRON REMOVER?
An iron or fallout remover will ensure that there are no hidden contaminants that could be stuck on your vehicle. Because of the nanoceramic and hydrophobic properties of a Ceramic Pro coating, the surface of your vehicle needs to be as smooth as possible. By using tools of the trade, such as clay bar and iron removal, we can assure that your vehicle is in optimum condition to receive the ceramic coating.
WHAT IS A CERAMIC COATING?
Ceramic coatings are extremely durable vehicle protection systems. Depending on the coating used they are suitable for use on paintwork, wheels, glass, and plastic trim. They are designed to protect your factory clear coat.
WHY CERAMIC COATING?
Louisville Ceramic Coating is a good investment to permanently protect the exterior of your vehicle from deteriorating prematurely and to help maintain a higher resale value. There tends to be less maintenance required because of the slickness of the coating. The hydrophobic properties of a Ceramic Pro Coating will protect your vehicle and will not allow dirt, brake dust, and road tar to stick to your paint, wheels, or glass nearly as much. This will make cleaning your vehicle a much more enjoyable and effortless process. Not to mention you will see the ultimate gloss and color depth not comparable to anything else. Properly maintained vehicles will shine like new for many years to come.
WHAT ARE MY AFTER-CARE INSTRUCTIONS?
Because of the different types of coatings that we offer to best suit your needs, your installation technician will go over all of the specific instructions that apply to you after your coating.
Curing time is 2-3 weeks depending on environmental
conditions such as humidity and
Avoid Sprinklers. The coating will NOT protect your
clear coat from water spots. The coating is
less likely to etch than your factory clear but
it can get spots during the curing process
and can be costly to remove.
Do not park under a shedding tree
Allowing bird droppings, sap, pollen to sit on
the car and bake in the sun
Washing or abrading the paint
If you notice that your car gets water spots,
bird droppings, tree sap, etc. during these
two weeks immediately remove it following
our care instructions. Keep in mind the coating
is softer so work on the paint very gently
We advise that every 12 months the vehicle is thoroughly decontaminated by the removal of any road tar, iron, tree sap, and industrial fallout deposits that may have accumulated. Following that, we will apply a SIO2 sealant to rejuvenate the ceramic coating and enhance its hydrophobic properties.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CERAMIC COATINGS?
There are many products available on the market. The principal differences are the amount of SiO2) content in the product. Some have levels as low as 5% as typically found in maintenance sprays. Others have as much as 70%. As a general rule the higher the level of SiO2 the more durable the product will be.
Because of its hydrophobic properties, we only use Ceramic Pro coatings. The warranties and the quality of the product are of a higher standard than some of its competitors.
HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
Each Ceramic Pro product comes with a warranty. The specific length of the warranty will depend on the type of coating and the environment in which the car is driven and stored. There will also be a dependency on how well the coating is maintained. Ceramic Pro forms a highly durable bond with the paintwork which can last a number of years on a well-maintained car.
Ceramic Pro is resistant to chemicals so it will not be washed away by strong car wash shampoos and cleaning chemicals. However aggressive car washing with brushes or automatic car washes will reduce the lifespan of the product. We recommend only washing your car with microfiber cloths.
As with any paintwork treatment good, regular maintenance is required for the best results and longevity of the product.
Ceramic Coatings can be removed by abrasion such as machine polishing, cutting compounds, or cut and polish. Neglect such as failure to wash the vehicle regularly (weekly or fortnightly) can also reduce the performance and durability of the product.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
These very resilient coatings will give superior protection against light surface scratching caused by poor washing. Harmful UV rays, graffiti, dirt build-up. premature aging and oxidation, weathering, bird droppings, brake dust, and even help prevent acid rain stain. Your treated car will not only be easier to clean but will also stay clean longer due to its superhydrophobic properties. Ceramic coatings are second to none when it comes to giving your paint that deep rich reflective gloss and shine.
HOW DO I KEEP THE CAR CLEAN IN THE MEANTIME?
A careful and regular washing regime using a PH-neutral shampoo and/or hydrophobic spray will keep your car looking pristine. We can supply these products directly or point you in the direction of online retailers. The cost to you is the same either way. Also, avoid letting your vehicle air dry always use quality microfiber to dry.
HOW DO CERAMIC COATINGS COMPARE AGAINST DEALERSHIP-APPLIED SEALANTS?
They are much more durable in almost every aspect of protection and visually appear to have a much higher gloss characteristic.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
Waxes and many paint sealants sit on the applied surface. Ceramic coatings work by bonding a thin layer of product directly to your car’s paintwork creating a new substrate. Once bonded the product is much harder to remove than traditional products and is, therefore, more durable.
I’VE HAD MY CAR TREATED, WHAT SHOULD I AVOID?
Avoid roller brush car washes and wiping off your car clean when it’s dry. Always have a lubricant and clean microfiber or wash mitt.