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CAR DETAILING BELFAST - Ceramic Coating Costs?

Updated: Mar 30

The most commonly asked question I receive about ceramic nano coatings is: how much do they cost?

Well! In this post I will address this question in the clearest an most transparent way possible.

With a little research you will find ceramic coatings being advertised from £60/70 right up to over £1000. So why is this?

The cheaper ceramic coatings being advertised are not true ceramic coatings as the name would have you believe, they are in fact ceramic spray sealants which will provide 3 to 6 months protection. These spray on products are a fraction of the price of a true ceramic coating, so there is less cost is involved for the valet business.

For example typical bottle of ceramic spray sealant is £15/30 and will treat anywhere from 10/15 cars. True ceramic coatings cost £65/100 per 50ml and will treat one car.

A good way to tell if your will be treated with a ceramic sealant is, if you are being offered your car back within a few hours or the same day. As a true ceramic coating will need 8 to 12 hours curing time indoors.

There are many other factors that go into ceramic coating pricing, including, but not limited to:

Size of the vehicle

A Ford Ka will be much less time consuming than a BMW 5 Series, this will factor into the final price greatly.

Condition of the vehicle

Will an excessive amount of pre cleaning and preparation be needed? A daily driven car with 60,000 miles will likely need much more work to prepare for the coating than a garage kept sports car with 2,000 miles on it. This is one of the biggest factors in how long your coating prep and application will take, and your detailer should inspect the vehicle thorough to tell you how much work will needed to bring the vehicle to an excellent condition before applying the coating.

Colour of the vehicle

Darker coloured vehicle are significantly harder and more time consuming to work on. While the cost of your coating may not be less with a light coloured car, it may be more due to a dark coloured car.

Type and brand of coating to be applied

A consumer grade coating will vary greatly compared to a professional grade coating. Have your detailer discuss the different options(if any) of the brand or brands of coatings the apply. It is not uncommon for detailers to sell several different brands and makes of coatings so that they can provide the best possible option to their clients.

Experience of the detailer applying it

This is very important. A detailer that has applied hundreds of coatings to hundreds of different makes, models, and ages of vehicle will likely charge more for his or her services. This is because of the years of experience that he or she brings to the service to provide you with an excellent prep and application of the coating purchased.

Level of paint correction needed before the coating is applied

If you are purchasing a ceramic coating from a true professional detailer, this will likely be the single largest factor in the final price of your coating package. A single stage of paint correction can easily take 5-8 hours, a two stage paint correction can easily take 12-16 hours, and a multi stage paint correction can take 20+ hours. Your detailer should discuss you in depth the expectations from the paint correction work that he or she is going to do to the vehicle prior to the coating application. If desired, even ask for a test spot so that you can see the expected result before scheduling your appointment.

This is why it is so important to ask your detailer to give you a detailed cost, and ask what is included before you making a coating purchase. While you may be getting a "good price", you may not be getting a professional grade coating, a professionally applied consumer grade coating, paint correction services, or other services that you may assume are included in the price.

Do research, educate yourself, and ask questions. It will be well worth it in the long run!

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