A nanoceramic coating is a highly efficient layer of ceramic nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are covalently bonded to the clearcoat. This means that it is sharing electrons and becomes part of the substrate. These nanoparticles will provide a tremendous gloss, an easy-to-clean hydrophobic finish, and perform for much longer than a simple wax or paint sealant.  Waxes and paint sealants contain waxes, silicones, or both, and these will attract dust and dirt, unlike ceramic coatings that deter them.

Yes, as an authorized installer of GT Quartz coatings, we report to CarFax. Both Carfax and the MyCarfax reports show the type of ceramic treatment received, the date of installation, and install location. This allows for both buyers and sellers to benefit from the application of GT Quartz ceramic coatings. 

Paint correction is a detailing procedure that removes hazing, minor scratches, marring, swirl marks, and other blemishes on the vehicle’s clear coat. It does this by using specialized machines and polishing compounds to slowly remove microscopic layers of clear coat until the surface is smooth and glossy again.

Once the paint correction is complete, your car will no longer have swirl marks, scratches, or other imperfections that are visible to the naked eye. 

When it comes to paint correction, depending on the severity of scratches on the vehicle, it could take one, two, or three "steps" to get out the majority of the scratches. Using a LED light we will closely examine your car and determine the best suggestion based on the level of correction desired. 

At the source, machine polishing is intended to remove imperfections on the vehicle’s painted surface. It’s a service that is completed typically to prep a vehicle for a protective coating or film. The process is always customized based on the type of paint, surface imperfections, and the customers's desired outcome. The paint correction process will address the following issues:

  • Removing light/medium scratches
  • Remove spider webbing or swirl marks
  • Get rid of stains left by animal waste (bird droppings and bug splatters)
  • Remove calcium deposits (water spots)
  • Damage or high / low spots by poor installation of DIY protective solutions
  • Removing wax, paint sealants, or ceramic coatings from paintwork

You might be surprised to know that you can apply a ceramic coating to nearly every surface on the inside and outside of an automobile. The paint seems the most obvious, but we can also apply a special coating to plastic trim to prevent it from fading and aging prematurely. We offer a high-temperature coating designed specifically for the wheels and brake calipers so they can keep their sheen and gloss and make them much easier to clean. Hydrophobic glass coatings can greatly improve your visibility when driving in the rain. Our leather coating will keep leather cleaner for longer, providing excellent durability, easy-to-clean surfaces, hydrophobic effects, UV resistance, and wear resistance.

Yes, a lot of it! This is actually one of the most critical components to get right. Properly preparing the surface to be as clean and free of contaminants and imperfections as possible will ensure the coatings bond properly. After a light polish or a major paint correction overhaul, it’s vitally important that any oils or contaminants are removed that could deter the bonding process when the ceramic coating is applied. Just like painting a house, prep work is key!

A new ceramic coating application will take about 2-3 weeks to cure to its full strength. During that time, some precautions should be taken. You’ll need to avoid using products that can damage the coating and always stay away from automatic touch-based car washes. Go touchless or choose to wash by hand.

  • Avoid getting the vehicle wet for at least 24 hours.
  • Avoid automated touch-based car washes. Hand washes should use the two-bucket method. The two-bucket method of washing a car is proven to reduce swirl marks and produce the best wash results. Use one bucket for soaking your wash mitt – while the other is used to clean the wash mitt after each section you wash on the car. The ‘rinse’ bucket is filled with clean water, has grit guards, and is used to only rinse the dirt or debris from the wash mitt after each, individual section.
  • Avoid washing your vehicle in direct sunlight - Direct sunlight creates heat, especially on dark vehicles. To ensure you get the best results from your maintenance, make sure you wash the car in a shaded area, outdoors (out of direct sunlight). It’s always best to wash the car when the sun is at its lowest levels, early morning or early evening. This will also help to avoid water spots and streaking.

Ceramic coatings are minimal to maintain. First and foremost, we highly discourage the use of automated car washes, as they are known to scratch the paint.  

We recommend hand washing the vehicle regularly to prevent build-up (every 2-3 weeks.) Make sure you are using the correct products, including non-abrasive sponges and microfiber cloths. We recommend having Portland Auto Shield provide a yearly ceramic coating maintenance that includes an exterior wash, decontamination, gloss renewal, and inspection. As long as you do this, you should find that your ceramic coating looks excellent for the long term.

No, ceramic coatings are like a repellant; they make the finish super easy to clean, are stain-resistant, and ultra-glossy, but they are not a thick enough substrate to provide real-world rock chip protection. We recommend paint protection film (PPF) as a barrier of defense against road debris.

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