7 Big Problems That You Can Have With A Ceramic Coating

Ceramic coatings are effective and great when installed correctly.

If done properly, there’s a lesser chance of anything going wrong with a ceramic coating.

However, DIY lovers and people trying to save money would rather do it themselves, but you should know what could go wrong.

Quick Answer

As a whole, what mostly goes wrong with a ceramic coating has more to do with mistakes before, during, and after the application, which may include not prepping correctly, uneven application, or not letting it cure properly. 

If there are issues with ceramic coating, the result will be unpleasant.

The worst part of it is that it can be hard to remove.

You may have to polish the car to remove the coating or take it to a professional for help.

But what could go wrong with a ceramic coating? 

Read on to find out. 

What Can Go Wrong With A Ceramic Coating?

A few things can go wrong with a ceramic coating, and you’re better off with such mistakes, or you may be unhappy with the results.

If you’re installing the ceramic coating yourself, you must be extra careful.

Quick Answer

As a whole, mistakes during, before, and after the application can make a ceramic coating go wrong, and here are some of them:

  • Skipping the preparation process
  • Excess or uneven application
  • Driving the car too soon
  • Applying coating on a hot vehicle
  • Ignoring environmental conditions
  • Ignoring the law of stacking
  • Using subpar product

If you want to prevent results like streaks, high spots, and low spots from your car after a ceramic coating, you’d better steer clear of mistakes that can make things go wrong.

The following can make a ceramic coating go wrong:

Skipping The Preparation Process

Not prepping your car is the first thing that can go wrong with a ceramic coating.

You must ensure your car is in the right condition to receive a ceramic coating. 

This includes washing the car, removing dirt and debris, and fixing paint issues.

If you fail to do so, the ceramic coating will cover them, and they will become permanent. 

Excess Or Uneven Application

Another thing that can go wrong with a ceramic coating is excess or uneven application.

When the coating is in excess, your car may look greasy instead of shiny, which isn’t the result you want.

The other problem is applying too little or not balancing it up.

These will lead to high and low spots, and some parts will be more vulnerable than others.

Since you’re applying the coating by hand, you need to be gentle and pay attention to the littlest details.

Then, read the instructions on the coating kit. 

Driving The Car Too Soon

A ceramic coating can become ineffective if you drive the car too soon without giving it enough time to cure.

While you may feel enthusiastic about taking your new car out for a drive, it may be a mistake. 

If the coating isn’t properly cured, you can get contaminants, dirt, and debris on the car, and they will become permanent on the car and ruin its perfect look.

Applying Coating On A Hot Vehicle

Another way to ruin a ceramic coating is to apply it on a hot vehicle.

While you may be in a rush to start the application as soon as you drive back, you should wait for the car to cool down.

A ceramic coating on a hot vehicle can prevent the coating from settling on the car.

In addition, it will prevent the ceramic coating from curing properly and leave a distorted and unattractive finish.

Therefore, give your car time to cool down in the garage before you get to work. 

Ignoring Environmental Conditions 

Environmental conditions can make a ceramic coating go wrong.

First, you shouldn’t apply a ceramic coating in direct sunlight, or the coat won’t adhere to the surface properly, and the sun will make it evaporate quickly. 

Furthermore, if the humidity level is too condensed, it will slow down the curing process and make the outcome look oily and weird.

In a nutshell, the temperature shouldn’t be too hot or cold either.

Ignoring The Law Of Stacking

You can’t apply a ceramic coating on just anything.

While you can wax over a ceramic coating, you shouldn’t reverse the stacking process.

If you apply a ceramic coating on wax, the coat won’t settle on the car properly.

Using Subpar Product

A ceramic coating can go wrong if you use a subpar product.

You shouldn’t compromise quality because of price.

Whether applying the ceramic coating yourself or at the detailer’s shop, ensure you choose quality.


Many things can go wrong with a ceramic coating, but the end goal is that you will get an imperfect result.

The coat may have some high and low spots, look greasy instead of shiny, and not cure properly.

To prevent all of these, ensure you follow the right procedures regarding ceramic coating a car.

Key Takeaways:

  • Prep your car correctly to prevent the coating from going wrong,
  • Coat your car under the right environmental conditions,
  • Use quality if you want the coating to turn out great.













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