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How To Choose A Ceramic Coating : Professional vs. DIY

Updated: Mar 3, 2022

How To Choose A Ceramic Coating : Professional vs. DIY

So you have decided that the added benefits from ceramic coatings such as UV ray protection, color fade prevention, and protection from acid rain are of interest to you. You’re also interested in providing a true “showroom” shine to your vehicle, and making your vehicle shinier than the day you drove it off the lot.

With the increase in demand and popularity for ceramic coatings, there are many new options available on the market. From professional-grade ceramic coatings to at home entry level DIY kits. So what is the difference between these products and pricing?

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Three Things to Consider for Automotive Ceramic Coatings

Here are three crucial things to consider when choosing a ceramic coating for your vehicle:

  1. Cost Efficiency

  2. Ease of Installation

  3. Product Quality

Cost Efficiency:

Ceramic coatings are an investment, but using a low quality coating or using it improperly can end up costing you more in the future. If applied improperly, the car's coating will need to be stripped, this means your vehicle now requires a multi-stage polish--this is both timely and costly. Then the vehicle will need to be recoated all of which can lead to a hefty invoice.

On the other hand, a ceramic coating that is applied correctly with the right tools and products can last a lifetime for long lasting protection! You’ll need to hire a professional auto detailing shop that can ensure the standard of ceramic coating and will help save you money in the future.

Ease of Installation:

The installation of ceramic coatings is a long process, most of the work is done in the preparation phase.

The car must first be cleansed deeply, including a hand wash, decontamination clay bar, followed by paint correction, and a final polish before the coating process can begin. This takes roughly 10 hours for an average sedan.

During the cleaning process, chemicals used have to be chosen cautiously to avoid using a solvent that would react with the ceramic coating. The surface must be clean and contaminant free before the coating is applied--if not the coating could be applied locking in the debris.

Often forgotten about is your vehicle's windows, wheels, and interior as these surfaces can all be coated as well with proper products. At Shade9, we use Ceramic Pro Ceramic Coatings that are adored by auto enthusiasts worldwide.


When choosing a ceramic coating, arguably one of the most important factors to consider is the quality of the product. Although there are many options available online, not all are authentic. Here at Shade9, we offer professional level coatings which all offer a product warranty. DIY kits offer no warranty, and have little to know after sales customer service. If damage occurs during the application process, you’ll have to contact a professional detail shop to help with removal and reapplication.

Professional coatings are only sold by accredited and licensed installation centers that are highly trained in the preparation and installation of ceramic coatings. This results in a coating that is harder and longer lasting. Shade9 is a licensed installation center for Ceramic Pro products.

At Shade9, we use top notch, Ceramic Pro Ceramic Coatings with 9H nanotechnology, and all of our coatings are registered with your CarFaxs ensuring a transferable warranty.

To request a quote on your next ceramic coating installation, please call (304)-710-0380 or email us at

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