Ceramic Coating in Vancouver

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What is System X Diamond Nano-coating?

Ceramic Coating is a permanent, hard, transparent nano-ceramic coating that bonds to your vehicle’s factory finishes – adding a layer of long-lasting protection that will keep it looking newer for longer. It also dramatically reduces the appearance of existing scratches, swirl marks and acid etching from environmental chemicals. An Diamond X application results in an ultra-glossy, low maintenance finish that extends the life of factory paint and finishes.


System X Diamond is much harder than factory clear coats (rated 9H – the hardest available) and protects against common wear and environmental damage that would otherwise cause the deterioration of factory paint layers. Ceramic coating is 100 times thicker than typical wax coatings and much longer lasting. Waxes and paint sealants offer only months of protection and break down over time, requiring frequent re-application. System X Diamond last from 8 years to lifetime and unlike waxes, won’t wash off or wear away. If you want premium finish protection and a flawless high gloss finish that turns heads, then this is the solution for you.
Tesla with applied ceramic coating

Benefits of System X Ceramic Coating

  • Extremely hard, mirror-like finish that car wax cannot provide.
  • Resistance to scratches, swirl marks, chemical and environmental marring or fading.
  • Highly hydrophobic (water repellent) for a dramatic reduction in water staining.
  • Reduction in ongoing vehicle finish maintenance.
  • Extends the life of your factory paint finish and other finishes.
  • Long lasting, no follow-up coats or waxing required.
  • Up to lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.

Ceramic Coating Maintenance

After an System X treatment, your vehicle finishes will require occasional minimal maintenance to keep them looking great. Your car will be easier to wash and clean and follow-up maintenance coatings are not required. Regularly washing your car and doing annual decontamination will help you maintain the gorgeous, pristine finish and keep the warranty on your coating valid.

System X Pricing

System X Crystal System X Pro System X Diamond
Opti-Coat Vancouver and Richmond
System X Crystal System X Pro System X Diamond
Opti-Coat Vancouver and Richmond
System X Crystal System X Pro System X Diamond
Opti-Coat Vancouver and Richmond
 About the ceramic coating product
About the ceramic coating

3 years warranty

One-step ceramic coating that is harder than a factory finish. Protects against bird messes, acid etching. Resists common wear paint damage from cleaning and the environment. Glossy finish.

6 years warranty

Permanently bonds to and hardens factory clear coat. Better chemical resistance, scratch & mar resistance and a slick, gloss finish. 9H hardness. Also protects metal and plastic.

Lifetime warranty

Adds best resistance to water spotting, scratching, acid etching, fading. Superior, mirror-like, finish.

Warranty3 years6 yearsLifetime
 Metal and plastic coating
Metal and plastic coating$299 extra
 Glass coating (2 years)
Glass coating (2 years)$299 extra$299 extra$299 extra
 Rims + Callipers coating
Rims + Callipers coating

Rims detailing and coating packageIncludes: rim removal, deep cleaning and ceramic pro application.

$399 extra$399 extra$399 extra
 Tire coating (6 months)
Tire coating (6 months)$99 extra$99 extra$99 extra
 Chemical decontamination
Chemical decontamination

Chemical decontaminationClay towel chemical decontamination.

 Fine polishing (adds gloss)
Fine polishing (adds gloss)Additional chargeUp to $400
 Cut polishing (removes swirl marks)
Cut polishing (removes swirl marks)Additional chargeAdditional charge
 Full paint correction (removes scratches)
Full paint correction (removes scratches)Additional chargeAdditional chargeAdditional charge
 Approximate application time
Approximate application time1 day1-2 days2-3 days

* The official warranty information supersedes the "Durability" estimates in our pricing table . View the official System X warranty for detailed information.

** Vehicles must be clean prior to service. Car wash is an additional $50.
*** Prices listed are rough estimates. Please book a free assessment for an accurate estimate.

Ceramic Coating Process

Chemical decontamination

Step 1

Chemical Decontamination

Gleamworks uses clay towel to dissolve and remove ferrous oxides, tar and wax from your vehicle's painted surfaces and wheels. Residual spots are cleaned with professional cleaning solution. A final, wash is completed with technologically superior wash system that leaves no soapy residue and is better for the environment because there is no waste water to discard. The result: a pristine, gloss finish.

Gleamworks prepare car for ceramic coating

Step 2

1-2 Cuts of Compounding

Compounding is the process of using a cutting compound/paste to remove fine scratches in micro-thin layers of paint or clear coat. Compounding “cuts” out surfaces scratches, extensive hazing, and swirl marks. Each cut removes from 5 to 10 microns of clear coat. At least 2 microns of clear coat is left intact to protect against harmful chemicals and UV rays.

Black car with applied compound

Step 3


Polishing is the final stage of paint restoration. Polishing removes small surface imperfections and results in a highly reflective, glossy surface. Once polishing is complete, the surface is hand cleaned again with soft cloths and alcohol to remove microscopic particles and dust. The vehicle is now ready for the final step: ceramic coating installation.

Step 4

Ceramic Coating Installation

System X Diamond is a durable, ceramic clear coat that provides superior scratch resistance and protects your vehicle against chemical etching and other environmental deterioration. System X Nano-coating is a cross-linked pre-polymer, that results in a hard, shell-like, transparent finish. System X Diamond has been shown to provide superior resistance to chemicals, scratches and surface marring when compared to any other automotive coating on the market. Your vehicle gets long-lasting factory paint protection that extends paint life and looks great! Diamond X ceramic coating also used to protect metal and hard plastics.


How much does car coating cost?

See our pricing table above. The cost of an application is determined by the size of your vehicle, whether additional preparation, decontamination or cut-polishing is required, and which ceramic coating product is being applied. Because the condition of every vehicle is different, you must book an inspection appointment before we can make a recommendation and provide a firm estimate. The price tables above serve as a close approximation of costs.

What does the System X warranty cover?

Element 119 warrants that with the proper application of System X™ Paint Protection by an Element 119 approved installer; your vehicle’s paint finish will remain protected against:

Loss of gloss
UV Damage
Bug impacts
Color fading
Acid rain
Paint chalking

If any treated paint is shown to be adversely affected from exposure to these conditions or through normal use, as evidenced by a visible loss of paint gloss or intractable stain, and providing that all of the terms of this warranty have been met, then such conditions will be remedied free of charge by Element 119, regional distributor and / or its authorized installers, who reserve the right to attempt repairs through professional surface reconditioning / polishing before repainting the damaged area.


Coverage terms up to Lifetime, eligibility varies by Model Year when annual service requirements are met. (See: Annual Inspection). Failure to undertake an annual service will irreversibly terminate the warranty. Read More on official web.

What does the hardness rating 9H mean?

“9H” hardness is the highest hardness rating in what is known as the “Pencil Hardness Test” (also known as the “Wolff-Wilborn test”). Clear coat and paint manufacturers test a coating’s scratch resistance by attempting to scratch the coating using increasing degrees of graphite pencil hardness. There are 20 degrees of graphite hardness starting at 9B (the softest), with HB in the middle of the hardness scale, and 9H (the hardest) at the end of the scale.

How many layers of ceramic coating are applied?

2-7 layers of System X ceramic coating can be applied, but typically, 2 coats is enough to provide optimal results. Once an optimal result is achieved, additional layers provide no further benefit. Adding many layers of coating is often used as a marketing gimmick, because some consumers assume that more of a good thing must be better. The vehicle owner doesn’t realize they are paying for coating layers that they don’t really need.

How long does ceramic coating take to apply?

Optimum Paint Guard takes 1 day to complete. System X Pro and System X Diamond take 2-3 days to complete.

What kind of applicators do use?

Gleamworks applies System X with Optimum Polymer Technologies Blue Foam Applicators – a foam pad specifically designed for the application of System X products. Foam applicators are safe for your vehicle’s surfaces.

How do I maintain the ceramic coating? Will I need to wax my vehicle?

You will not need to wax your car after an application. All that is required is car washing (hand washing is recommended) and a recommended once-yearly decontamination for the Pro and Pro+ versions of the coating. Follow the System X maintenance program to ensure your warranty remains valid.

Is ceramic coating appropriate for any make and model of vehicle?

Ceramic coating is appropriate for any vehicle regardless of the make or model. Although we provide ceramic coating services for a broad range of vehicle types, such as compacts, mid-size family cars, vans and SUVs, we specialize in providing premier coating services to owners of luxury and exotic vehicles, such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Lexus, Porsche, Tesla, Jaguar, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren, Rolls Royce, Bentley and more.

If you already have ceramic coating, consider our comprehensive interior and exterior detailing services to help maintain your vehicle’s appearance.

Where is your ceramic coating shop? What cities do you serve?

Gleamworks is located in Vancouver, BC, but many of our customers travel from all over the Lower Mainland to receive our ceramic coating services. Most of our customers come from Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby and Surrey, but some travel from far-away for our signature coating and detailing services.

Gleamworks Detailing & Ceramic Coating
By appointment only.
5-8855 Laurel Street,
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6P 3V9.
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