Car windows and windshields are often overlooked when vehicle owners look for the right protective elements. They spend a lot of their time and money ensuring that their paint is smooth, the tires are clean, the interiors look and smell fresh, but don’t pay much attention to the windshield
Nowadays, however, there are plenty of resources that will help car owners take better care of their vehicle’s glass. Putting ceramic coating on glass is a growing trend that is necessary to protect your car and make it look sleek and shiny. But can you put a ceramic coating on a windshield yourself? What type of windshield coating should you use? Let’s talk about the advantages of placing ceramic coats and some tips on how you can get it done seamlessly.
Benefits of Using Ceramic Coating on Windshield
Most do-it-yourself ceramic car coating products today have short lifespans and typically up to 6 month. Take note that ceramic coatings are not the same as professional-grade nanocoatings, which is designed to stand the test of time in different weather conditions. Professional ceramic car coating providers generally have specialized materials to make car coatings last for many years. If you are hesitant about applying ceramic coating to your car’s glass, these benefits below you should convince you of its merits.
Better visibility even in inclement weather
Ceramic coating has hydrophobic properties, which means water won’t stick and block your view. When it starts to drizzle, and you eventually get caught in the rain, expect the droplets to slide off your windshield in a split-second, so you can see what’s going on in the front. The ceramic coating ensures that your visibility remains stellar in poor weather conditions, be it a rainstorm, fog, or cloudy atmosphere, thereby help you to drive more safely and prevent road accidents.
Ceramic glass coating is not just water repellant; it also does not accumulate any elements that make it look hazy or cloudy. When correctly applied, you won’t see any residue at all after placing ceramic coating. In addition, it is UV resistant and anti-glare.
Fewer to zero scratches
Ceramic coating for windshields and windows is made of special and extra-durable material that stays scratch-resistant when installed properly. Even if your car gets exposed to small debris and sand on the road, having the coating on reduces the risk of damaging your glass.
“Deciding to install a ceramic coating on my car’s windshield was one of the best decisions I ever made. It not only noticeably improved the aesthetics of my car, but it also made driving in inclement weather much easier and safer. The hydrophobic properties of the coating make it so that any rain or snow will slide off almost immediately, providing me with a clear view of the road. It also adds an extra layer of protection to my windshield, making it much less likely to get scratched or damaged by small debris or sand while driving on the highway. ”
– Kristian Crowe, Founder of Above It All Roofing
Easy to clean and maintain
The coating on your car’s glass makes it simple and easy to clean. Contaminants are typically challenging to get off, like bird droppings, tree sap, bug splatters, and dirt. The ceramic coating on the glass makes it effortless for you to wipe them off. This is especially helpful if you do a lot of road travelling or if you run a transport business to ensure that your drivers (and the investment that they are transporting) remain safe on the road.
Steps to Apply Ceramic Coating on Windshield
Applying ceramic coating on your windshield is pretty straightforward, though it’s recommended that you have a professional installer do it to make sure everything is in order. But if you’re planning to go the DIY route, here are the steps you should take to install a ceramic coat yourself.
Ensure that your glass is clean.
Your glass should be clean, debris-free, and dry for the coating to adhere correctly and stick for a long time. Pay attention to the rubber seals and edges as some debris or moisture might have hidden in them. Also, inspect its condition. Does it currently has small cracks? Most of cars would need 1 stage paint correction as part of preparation. If there any scratches than 2, stage paint correction might be needed. Just be extra careful when you polish glass as it’s easy to leave fine scratches on it.
Apply the coating.
Once the prep work is completed, the next step is the actual application process. First things first, be sure that you are not under direct sunlight, which can warp the coating’s quality and also compromise your glass’s surface. Apply the ceramic coating on the glass as instructed, and do it section by section, in a straight line either from top to bottom or from left to right.
Once applied, the next step is to wait for the ceramic coating to cure. It typically takes less than 5 minutes for the initial curing process to be completed. When that’s done, buff the residuals from the surface using a clean, dry microfiber towel. This step is crucial because any residue or product that’s left your glass will eventually leave unsightly streaks and marks.
It’s recommended that you use an inspection light to verify that every surface and corner has been properly cured and all debris has been removed. At this point, it’s okay to leave your vehicle under the sun for the ceramic glass coating to cure. Ensure that your glass isn’t exposed to water or moisture for at least 48 hours.
You probably won’t get it done perfectly on the first try, and that’s perfectly fine. Just repeat the steps above until you’re done with all of the glass on your car.
Is Putting Ceramic Coatings on Glass Worth It?
Yes, it is! Applying ceramic glass coating on windshields and windows is a simple yet long-lasting solution to keeping your car looking sleek and fresh. If applied the right way, a ceramic glass coating can last as long as five years.
I recently had a ceramic coating applied to my windshield and windows and I’m really happy with the result. After applying the coating, the glass looks like new and it’s been much easier to keep it clean. The best part is that I don’t need to worry about constantly reapplying wax or cleaning products!
Vlad, Founder of Mars Moco
If you’re curious about how ceramic glass coating works and need help applying it to your vehicle, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Gleamworks Detailing. Our knowledgeable, skilled, and friendly staff are more than happy to assist. Contact us today.