Ceramic Coating

Ceramic Coating

The Best Ceramic Car Coating Service in Honolulu, Hawaii!

Ceramic car coating is the newest paint protection solution in Honolulu & Hawaii to help you keep your vehicle cleaner, shinier and looking brand new for years to come without the need of time-consuming tasks such as waxing or polishing. Looking for even tougher protection? Check out our Paint Protection Films solutions.

What exactly is a ceramic car coating?

Imagine taking a layer of glass and applying it over your entire vehicle’s surface?  That is what ceramic car coatings are.  Taking glass in a liquid form and applying it over all the vehicle surfaces to create a super hard, super hydrophobic protective layer that takes all the abuse rather than your paint.

No matter what they’re called, most ceramic coatings such as Gtechniq, Ceramic Pro, IGL, GlossIt, OptiCoat and CQuartz contain silica dioxide, which is more commonly known as silica, and if you don’t know anything about silica, we have a little secret for you…it’s also found in Quartz, which has a Mohs scale of hardness rating of about 7 out of 10. Now that’s hard! Compare that to your typical clear coats on automotive paints which are rated around 3-4.

It’s the incredible hardness that enables coatings to resist swirl-marks and scratches that would otherwise ruin your finish. 

Every coating manufacturer including Ceramic Pro, Gtechniq, Cquartz and Opti-Coat have their own proprietary mix but essentially they mix liquid ceramic with silicon dioxide and sometimes even titanium dioxide to create a clear flexible barrier between the environment and your car’s paint.

Ceramic coatings then bond chemically to your clear-coat via a covalent bond which ends up being the strongest type of bond in nature which allows coating to last for many years. Waxes on the other hand, don’t bond to your paint, they just sit on top of it which requires car owners to constantly reapply wax to keep their paint protected.

What benefits do ceramic car coatings provide to car owners?

Coatings keep your paint cleaner, longer and make washing your paint easier.

Because of their hydrophobic and self-cleaning properties, coatings makes harder for dirt, dust and other contaminants to stick to your paint. As a result, your paint stays cleaner in between washes, meaning you will need to wash your vehicle less frequently.

This will also make washing your vehicle much easier as the anti-stick surface will do most of the work.

A barrier against staining and chemical etching.

Acid rain, bird drops and chemical fallouts have a corrosive effect on your paint and can easily leave stains. Coatings with their incredible hardness and chemical resistance provide superior protection against staining and etching over traditional wax and sealants.

Even with a coating, it is still important to remove bird drops and other corrosive contaminants as soon as possible. But your coating will allow you drastically more time to remove contaminants before they start staining your clear-coat.

UV and oxidation protection.

Over time, UV rays cause clear-coat oxidation and discoloration. This cause your paint to “fade” over the years. Coatings provide total protection against UV rays, meaning your paint will not fade once installed. This is a great benefit for Honolulu and Hawaii’s car owners.

Durability measured in years not months.

As mentioned above, ceramic car coating uses a covalent bond to stick to your paint, this bond is extremely durable and hard to seperate. Depending on the coating you choose to opt for, they will last in general for 2 to 10 years.

On the other hand, waxes last anywhere from 2 to 4 months and polymer paint sealant can last from 6 to 9 months.

Ridiculous gloss and shine.

Once cured, coatings create a flat and hyper-reflective surface. This causes light bounce of your paint to create a permanent wet look that will make head turns. And that gloss doesn’t fade, after each wash you will have the impression that your paint was freshly waxed!

Helps reduce swirl-marks and light-scratches.

There’s a myth that ceramic car coating protect against scratches, this is false, if you put a key against a coating, it will leave a mark. However, because of the improved hardness of a coating over clear-coat, it will help minimize some of the lighter scratches such as swirl-marks.

Why Choose Big Kid’s Candy Shop to install your ceramic coating in Honolulu, HI?

With the proliferation of ceramic car coatings near you, it can be challenging for you to choose which company for the installation process. At Big Kid’s Candy Shop we are proud to have been trained and certified to install the 3 best ceramic coatings for cars: Ceramic Pro, Gtechniq & Gloss-It.

Those 3 certifications ensure that we have been properly trained in the procedures to apply in order to successfully install a coating and guarantee its full potential.

You see, because coating bond chemically to the paint, it is paramount that the clear-coat be fully decontaminated to ensure nothing can interfere with the bonding process.

To do so, our trained technician uses an alkaline wash to strip your paint of any oil or old wax that could have a detrimental impact on the coating installation. We then use a clay bra to remove physically embedded contaminants such as brake dust and tar.

We then usually follow with a paint correction which consists of mechanically polishing the paint to remove any imperfection such as swirls and scratches. This step ensures that the ceramic coating is install on a flawless paint since we wouldn’t want to have scratches and swirls noticeable under the coating.

Contact us today to get a free custom quote. Or call us with any question!

 

Why choose ceramic coating for your car? 

Here are some Q&A to help you make the best decision possible:

Q&A

Q: Does my car need paint correction before my ceramic coating?

A: Most cars we see need at least a minor one step paint correction, mostly when they are darker color finishes or not polished or detailed in the last 1 to 2 years. We recommend you visit the detail studio for a Free paint evaluation to determine the best plan of action for your vehicle.

Q: How do I know which ceramic coating to apply?

A: We recommend you choose a coating based on how long you plan on keeping the vehicle. Also do you store the car outside or inside. Depending on where you live, how much driving annually and or if your track / race the car. Please our shop and talk with one of our trained specialists to help assess your car’s needs for the right ceramic coating for you.

Q: How Do I maintain my ceramic coating after application?

A: Ceramic coated vehicles are much easier to maintain than traditionally waxes or sealed vehicles.  We recommend using a mild car shampoo with high lubricity to regularly wash your vehicle.  Because of the performance properties of ceramic coatings, you can even use a detail spray or waterless car wash to clean mild dirt, dust, and grime from the vehicle’s surface safely and easily. 

Q: Will my ceramic coating prevent all types of scratches and swirl-mark damage to my paint finish?

A: No coatings are completely scratchproof or protect 100% from all damages despite the claims many companies make. However, they are better at protecting the surface than a stand-alone clear coat, wax, or sealant.   Ceramic Coatings become a glass-like shell on top of the factory clear coat / single stage paint to help strengthen the paint surface, making the paint much more resistant to damage. The level of protection and scratch resistance depends on the type of coating, hence the numerical rating of the coatings. Additionally, since the coating is providing a super strong layer on top of the vehicle’s factory paint, it will be much easier to correct any damage that may occur to the coating than if it were just the clear coat or single stage paint by itself.

Q: Will ceramic coating stop rock chip damage
A: Not 100%, but will help reduce common road rash. Again, coatings are not a miracle in a bottle but they do provide additional resistance to damage.

Q: Will Ceramic Coating work on PPF ( Paint Protection Film )
A:  Yes, and we highly recommend our customers look at investing in a ceramic coating over their PPF or vinyl wraps. The coatings will help protect the film just like the paint surface, preserving the look and performance of the film for longer periods of time and preventing degradation from UV, heat, and other environmental elements.    

GTechniq:

Why GTechniq Crystal Serum Ultra?

Crystal Serum Ultra is the best paint protection you can get, it keeps your car looking glossy and new, prolonging the life of your paint’s perfect finish. Key to Crystal Serum Ultra’s performance gain is the introduction of a revolutionary new 7nm nanoparticle alongside an existing 20nm nanoparticle, and increasing the ratio of crosslinkers which reinforce and thicken the top layer of the coating. The hard 10h top and softer 7h base layer offer improved swirl resistance over regular 9h paint protection coatings. Compared to standard ceramic paint coatings, Crystal Serum Ultra can withstand even the strongest wash chemicals and bird droppings. The molecular structure of the hard top layer is exceptionally chemical resistant. Crystal Serum Ultra can withstand even the strongest wash chemicals and bird droppings.  Crystal Serum Ultra can be applied either as a stand-alone paint protection product, or for the best hydrophobic performance, it can be over coated with GTechniq EXO or C2. GTechniq Crystal Serum Ultra comes with a 9 year guarantee.

Why GTechniq Crystal Serum Light?
 
Crystal Serum Light offers 80% of Crystal Serum Ultra’s performance, but if applied incorrectly can be machine polished from your vehicle’s paintwork. When it comes to adding gloss, resisting swirls, contaminant and dirt repellency, GTechniq Crystal Serum and Serum Light are the pinnacle in paint protection. Serum Light forms an ultra- durable, high-gloss, slick to the touch, chemically bonding inorganic layer of 9h optically clear ceramic.  Once applied, gloss levels will remain in the upper 90th percentile for significantly longer when compared to traditional paint protection products, and cleaning your car will be a breeze. Crystal Serum Light comes with a 3 to 5 year guarantee depending on whether the coating is layered with GTechniq EXO.

Premium Package – 9 Year Warranty ($2000 for small vehicles, $2500 for Trucks and SUVs, estimated time between 16 and 24 hours of time on vehicle)

The Premium Package consists of two layers of GTechniq ceramic coatings applied to the vehicle’s exterior surfaces, providing permanent protection with a 9 year warranty.

Includes

  • Wash vehicle with automotive shampoo and microfiber mitt
  • Clean and wash wheels and tires with gentle wheel cleaner
  • Single stage paint decontamination to remove all embedded particles from paint surface
  • All black trim taped off to prevent polish contamination
  • Single stage paint correction
  • Unique surface solvent wipe designed to remove all polish residues to allow coatings to form the maximum volume of bonds with your vehicle’s paintwork or rims
  • Apply one layer of Crystal Serum Ultra to all exterior surfaces including paint, trim, headlights, taillights, wheel faces, mirrors, and windshield
  • Apply one layer of EXO top coat to promote ultimate hydrophobic and extreme gloss properties

Signature Package – 5 Year Warranty ($1500 for small vehicles, $1800 for Trucks and SUVs, estimated time between 10 and 24 hours of time on vehicle)

The Signature Package consists of two layers of GTechniq ceramic coatings applied to the vehicle’s exterior surfaces, providing permanent protection with a 5 year warranty.

Includes

  • Wash vehicle with automotive shampoo and microfiber mitt
  • Clean and wash wheels and tires with gentle wheel cleaner
  • Single stage paint decontamination to remove all embedded particles from paint surface
  • All black trim taped off to prevent polish contamination
  • Single stage paint correction
  • Unique surface solvent wipe designed to remove all polish residues to allow coatings to form the maximum volume of bonds with your vehicle’s paintwork or rims
  • Apply one layer of Crystal Serum Light to all exterior surfaces including paint, trim, headlights, taillights, wheel faces, mirrors, and windshield
  • Apply one layer of EXO top coat to promote ultimate hydrophobic and extreme gloss properties

Basic Package – 3 Year Warranty ($1000 for small vehicles, $1250 for Trucks and SUVs, estimated time between 8 and 10 hours of time on vehicle)

The Basic Package consists of one layer of GTechniq ceramic coatings applied to the vehicle’s exterior surfaces, providing permanent protection with a 3 year warranty.

Includes

  • Wash vehicle with automotive shampoo and microfiber mitt
  • Clean and wash wheels and tires with gentle wheel cleaner
  • Single stage paint decontamination to remove all embedded particles from paint surface
  • All black trim taped off to prevent polish contamination
  • Single stage paint correction
  • Unique surface solvent wipe designed to remove all polish residues to allow coatings to form the maximum volume of bonds with your vehicle’s paintwork or rims
  • Apply one layer of Crystal Serum Ultra to all exterior surfaces including paint, trim, headlights, taillights, wheel faces, mirrors, and windshield

Sport Package – 2 Year Warranty ($600 for small vehicles, $800 for Trucks and SUVs, estimated time between 6and 8 hours of time on vehicle)

The Sport Package consists of one layer of GTechniq ceramic coatings applied to the vehicle’s exterior surfaces, providing permanent protection with a 2 year warranty.

Includes

  • Wash vehicle with automotive shampoo and microfiber mitt
  • Clean and wash wheels and tires with gentle wheel cleaner
  • Single stage paint decontamination to remove all embedded particles from paint surface
  • All black trim taped off to prevent polish contamination
  • Single stage paint correction
  • Unique surface solvent wipe designed to remove all polish residues to allow coatings to form the maximum volume of bonds with your vehicle’s paintwork or rims
  • Apply one layer of GTechniq EXO to all exterior surfaces including paint, trim, headlights, taillights, and mirrors

Big Kid’s” Candy Shop

96-1185 Waihona St D4, Pearl City, HI 96782, USA

808-321-0697