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Frequently Asked Questions

ceramic coating faq's

Q: Are there really any lifetime ceramic coatings?

A: Yes, Shade9 we offer lifetime ceramic coatings that provide long-lasting protection for your vehicle's paint and include a nationwide warranty.

Q: Why do I need paint correction on a new car?

A: We agree you shouldn’t need a paint correction on a new vehicle, however most vehicles do. Paint correction is necessary for a new car because it removes imperfections such as swirl marks, scratches, and other blemishes. These flaws are often caused during transport or when the vehicle is washed at the dealer.

Q: Why do I have to get my ceramic coating inspected every year?

A: Regular inspections help maintain the integrity and effectiveness of your ceramic coating. It allows us to identify any potential issues early on and take necessary measures to ensure the coating's performance. We suggest adding our maintenance wash at the time of this service to get your vehicle rejuvenated and have the coating acting as it should. 

Q: What does a ceramic coating cost?

A: The cost of a ceramic coating can vary depending on factors such as the size of the vehicle, the condition of the paint, and the specific package you choose. Contact Shade9 for a personalized quote tailored to your needs, but in general our coatings range from $399 - $2499.

Q: Will a ceramic coating prevent a rock chip?

A: While a ceramic coating provides an additional layer of protection, it cannot guarantee complete prevention of rock chips. For rock chip protection we recommend our paint protection film services.

Q: Will a ceramic coating prevent scratches?

A: A ceramic coating offers increased resistance against light scratches and swirl marks compared to unprotected paint. Ceramic coatings such as our Silver and Gold Ceramic Pro Packages increase the hardness of your vehicles paint from 3H to 9H. However, it is not scratch-proof and may still be susceptible to deeper scratches from sharp objects or improper care.

Q: What is the best ceramic coating?

Shade9 offers high-quality Ceramic Pro ceramic coatings tailored to meet your specific needs. We firmly believe our Ceramic Pro Silver Package is the best option and value for most of our customers! 

Q: How long does a ceramic coating last?

A: The durability of a ceramic coating depends on various factors, including the specific product used, maintenance practices, and environmental conditions. All of our Ceramic Pro Coatings include a nationwide warranty!

Q: What are the benefits of a ceramic coating?

A: A ceramic coating provides several benefits, including enhanced gloss and shine, protection against UV damage and oxidation, resistance to chemicals and contaminants, ease of maintenance, and long-lasting paint protection.

Q: Can I apply a ceramic coating myself?

A: While there are DIY ceramic coating products available, professional application is highly recommended to ensure proper surface preparation, even coating application, and optimal performance.

Q: Is professional installation necessary for a ceramic coating?

A: Professional installation is recommended for a ceramic coating to ensure thorough paint correction (if needed), proper surface preparation, and accurate application of the coating, resulting in the best possible outcome. Here at Shade9 we are Certified Ceramic Pro Installers, and have undergone extensive training in these products.

Q: Can a ceramic coating protect against UV damage and fading?

A: Yes, a ceramic coating offers excellent UV protection, helping to prevent UV damage and fading of your vehicle's paint over time.

Q: How do I maintain a car with a ceramic coating?

A: Regular maintenance involves washing the vehicle using gentle techniques and pH-neutral soap.

Q: Can a ceramic coating be applied on any paint color?

A: Yes, a ceramic coating can be applied to any paint color, including solid colors, metallic finishes, and pearl finishes. It provides protection and enhancement to the paint regardless of the color.

Q: Can a ceramic coating be removed if needed?

A: Yes, a ceramic coating can be removed if needed. However, the removal process typically requires professional assistance as it involves using specific products and techniques to ensure the paint is not damaged.

Q: Do you charge extra because I have a Tesla?

A: At Shade9, we do not charge extra for Tesla’s. Our pricing is generally based on factors such as the size of the vehicle and complexity.

window tint faq's

Q: What are the different types of window tint?

A: The different types of window tint include dyed film, metallic film, carbon film, and ceramic film, and ceramic IR film. Each type has unique properties and characteristics.

Q: What are the best types of window tint?

A: The best type of window tint depends on your specific needs and preferences. Ceramic films is often considered one of the best options due to its excellent heat rejection, UV protection, and clarity. Our Ceramic IRX film is specifically designed to target and combat infrared heat (hence the name IR).

Q: What is wrong with dyed window tint film?

A: Dyed window tint film is generally less expensive but offers lower heat rejection compared to other types of tint. All of our films here at Shade9 include a manufacture backed Lifetime Warranty, however some dyed films have been know to fade, discolor, and bubble over time.

Q: How does window tinting benefit my vehicle?

A: Window tinting provides various benefits, including UV protection for your skin and interior, heat reduction, glare reduction, enhanced privacy, and added safety by preventing shattering of glass in case of an accident.

Q: What are the legal restrictions for window tinting?

A: Legal restrictions for window tinting vary by state and local laws. They typically include limits on visible light transmission (VLT) and specific regulations for tinted windows on different vehicle types. It's important to check your local laws and regulations regarding window tinting.

Q: Can window tint be applied to all types of windows?

A: Window tint can be applied to most types of windows, including automotive windows, residential windows, and commercial windows. 

Q: Does window tint protect against UV rays and heat?

A: Yes, window tint offers UV protection by blocking a significant portion of harmful UV rays. Additionally, certain types of window tint, such as ceramic film, provide excellent heat rejection properties, helping to keep the interior of your vehicle cooler.

Q: What are the maintenance requirements for window tint?

A: To maintain window tint, avoid using abrasive cleaners or materials that can scratch the film. Clean the windows with a mild, non-ammonia-based cleaner and a soft cloth. It is also recommended to avoid rolling down the windows for a few days after installation to allow the tint to fully cure.

Q: Can window tint be removed without damaging the glass?

A: Yes, window tint can be removed without damaging the glass. Professional tint removal techniques involve using heat and adhesive solutions to safely peel off the tint without leaving residue or causing damage.

Q: Are there different shades or darkness levels for window tint?

A: Yes, window tint is available in different darkness levels or shades. These levels are measured by VLT.

Q: Are there different shades or darkness levels for window tint?

A: Yes, window tint is available in various shades or darkness levels. The darkness is typically measured as a percentage of visible light transmission (VLT), indicating how much light is allowed to pass through the tint. Common shades include 5%, 20%, 35%, and 50%, among others.

Q: What is wrong with metallic window tint film?

A: Metallic window tint film can interfere with electronic signals, such as GPS, cell phone reception, and radio frequencies. This interference can lead to reduced signal strength and reception issues.

Q: What are good, safe brands of window tint?

A: There are several reputable and reliable brands of window tint available in the market. Some popular options include 3M, LLumar, SunTek, XPEL, and Solar Gard. It's advisable to consult with a professional installer who can recommend the best brand based on your specific requirements.

Q: What are West Virginia’s tint laws?

A: West Virginia's tint laws regulate the permissible darkness levels or VLT for different windows of a vehicle. It is important to check the specific regulations in West Virginia to ensure compliance with the law.

Q: What is VLT?

A: VLT stands for Visible Light Transmission and refers to the percentage of visible light that can pass through the window tint. For example, a window with 20% VLT means that it allows 20% of visible light to pass through while blocking 80%.

Q: I'm confused by TSER, VTL, IR, and all these terms. What do they mean?

A: TSER stands for Total Solar Energy Rejection, which represents the percentage of total solar energy (including UV and infrared radiation) that the window tint can block. VLT, as mentioned earlier, refers to the Visible Light Transmission percentage. IR stands for Infrared Radiation, which is a type of heat energy that window tint can block. These terms are used to describe the performance characteristics of window tint in terms of heat rejection, UV protection, and light transmission.

Q: What is Paint Protection Film (PPF)?

A: Paint Protection Film, commonly known as PPF, is a transparent, self-healing film applied to a vehicle's exterior surfaces to protect the paint from scratches, rock chips, and other minor abrasions.

Q: How does PPF protect my vehicle's paint?

A: PPF provides a durable and sacrificial barrier that absorbs the impact of small debris and prevents it from damaging the paint. It helps to maintain the original condition of the paint and provides an added layer of protection against environmental elements.

Q: What is the installation process for PPF?

A: The installation process for PPF involves thorough surface preparation, precise cutting of the film to fit the vehicle's panels, and skillful application to ensure a seamless appearance. It is typically performed by professional installers using specialized techniques and tools.

Q: Can PPF be applied on all areas of my vehicle?

A: PPF can be applied to various areas of a vehicle, including the front bumper, hood, fenders, mirrors, door edges, and other vulnerable areas prone to scratches and rock chips. It can be customized to suit the specific needs and preferences of the vehicle owner.

Q: How long does PPF last?

A: The lifespan of PPF can vary depending on factors such as the quality of the film, installation quality, and maintenance practices. Generally, high-quality PPF can last for several years, providing long-term protection to the vehicle's paint.

Q: Will PPF affect the appearance of my vehicle?

A: When installed properly, high-quality PPF is virtually invisible and does not significantly alter the appearance

Q: Can PPF be removed without damaging the paint?

A: Yes, PPF can be removed without damaging the paint if it is done properly. Professional installers use techniques and adhesive removers specifically designed for PPF removal to ensure minimal or no damage to the underlying paint.

Q: Does PPF protect against rock chips and scratches?

A: Yes, PPF provides a protective barrier against rock chips, scratches, and other minor abrasions. The self-healing properties of some PPF brands allow the film to recover from light scratches, further protecting the paint.

Q: Is PPF resistant to discoloration and yellowing?

A: High-quality PPF is designed to be resistant to discoloration and yellowing over time. It undergoes extensive testing and is formulated with UV inhibitors to maintain its clarity and appearance.

Q: How do I maintain a vehicle with PPF?

A: To maintain a vehicle with PPF, it is recommended to wash it regularly using a mild soap or specifically formulated PPF cleaner. Avoid abrasive cleaning tools and harsh chemicals that can potentially damage the film. Regular washing and occasional use of a PPF-specific sealant or top coat can help enhance the longevity and performance of the film.

Q: What is the difference between Paint Protection Film, PPF, and Clear Bra?

A: Paint Protection Film (PPF) and Clear Bra are essentially the same thing. "Clear Bra" is a common term used to describe PPF, which is a transparent film applied to protect the vehicle's paint. So, PPF and Clear Bra are interchangeable terms referring to the same product.

Q: Should I get a clear bra from my dealer? They are offering a special price.

A: It ultimately depends on your preferences and research. While some dealerships may offer clear bra installation services, it's important to evaluate the quality of the film and installation they provide. Consider factors such as the reputation of the dealer, the brand and quality of the film, and reviews from previous customers to make an informed decision.

Q: I have or I am getting a ceramic coating, do I still need a clear bra?

A: While a ceramic coating provides protection against chemical etching and UV damage, it does not offer the same level of physical protection against rock chips, scratches, and other physical abrasions as a clear bra (PPF). If you want maximum protection for your vehicle's paint, combining a ceramic coating with a clear bra is a great option.

Q: What are the most important things to consider with PPF?

A: Some important factors to consider with PPF include the quality and durability of the film, the reputation and expertise of the installer, warranty coverage, maintenance requirements, and the specific areas of the vehicle where you want the PPF applied.

Q: What are the best brands of PPF?

A: There are several reputable brands of PPF available, each with its own unique features and benefits. Some of the top brands in the market include 3M, XPEL, SunTek, LLumar, and STEK. It's recommended to consult with a professional installer who can guide you on the best brand based on your specific needs and budget.

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