Ethos Ceramic Coating is a semi-permanent protective coating for your car's paint, plastic, trim, and glass surfaces. It is designed to provide long-lasting protection against the elements while enhancing the shine and color of your vehicle. In this article, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of installing Ethos Ceramic Coating on your car.
Ceramic Coating Preparation
Before applying Ethos Ceramic Coating, it's crucial to prepare your car's surface properly. Here's how:
- Clean the surface: Use a high-quality car wash soap and water to remove any dirt, dust, and grime from the surface. Rinse thoroughly and let it dry completely.
- Clay bar the surface: Use a clay bar to remove any embedded contaminants such as tree sap, tar, or overspray.
- Polish or compound the surface: Use a polish or compound to remove any paint defects such as scratches, swirl marks, or oxidation.
- Deep clean the surface: Use Ethos Detox to deep clean the surface and remove any polish oils or residues that could inhibit the bonding process.
- Remove residual water: Ensure that there is no residual water hiding underneath panel gaps, headlights, or taillights, which could affect the coating's curing process.
- Temperature and humidity can play a big factor in “flash” time (Time between application and when the coating is ready to be wiped off. In higher temperatures flash time will be expedited so first, test using a small section to determine workability before moving onto the rest of the vehicle.
- EZPZ can be applied to any painted, plastic or glass surface (including windshield) and on top of any Ceramic or Graphene based coating.
- When applying as a top coating, wait approx. 1 hour between applications.
How To Apply Ceramic Coating
- Make sure the surface has been completely cleaned and decontaminated with Ethos Detox. The cleaner the surface, the better the bond!
- Shake bottle well.
- Apply a few drops of EZPZ onto your applicator until evenly covered.
- Starting with horizontal / top surfaces first, applying in straight lines slightly overlapping from one line to the next. Work in small areas approximately 3'x3' or the size of a door or half a hood at a time. Temperature and humidity will determine coverage areas allowable between application and removal.
- Applicators should glide smoothly on the surface while laying down an even layer of coating. If the applicator starts to drag or the application becomes inconsistent, apply additional drops to the applicator.
- Immediately after application, you will notice a “Rainbow Effect” (More prevalent on dark colors) while the applied coating bonds to the surface. Allow the coating to set for roughly 5 min after application or until the "Rainbowing" begins to fade. (Do Note: Temperature and humidity will expedite the flash time. Test a small area first before continuing onto the rest of the vehicle)
- Using premium microfiber towels (Preferably our Coating Removal Towels), thoroughly wipe down the section to remove the Ceramic Coating residue. Your first wipe should remove about 80% of the residue, and your second wipe should easily remove the remainder. Use small, circular motions and little to no pressure during removal. The coating should still feel wet and slick during wipe-off and not hard or tacky. If the coating is tacky or rough during wipe-off, you waited too long before leveling.
- IMPORTANT: Be sure to check adjacent panels to make sure you haven't "pushed" excess coating to other areas. (We recommend using a flashlight or smartphone light for inspection to make sure every bit of residue is gone. If you fail to remove all of the residue during the flash time, it will become a dark spot once it cures and can require polishing or compounding to remove) So be thorough and continue to check your work before moving on to the next step.
- Repeat these steps as you move along the rest of your vehicle. Coating the paint, plastics, trim, and glass surfaces in the same manner.
- If you desire to layer the coating for additional performance wait approximately 1 hour between applications.
- Let the coating fully dry/cure for 24 hours before allowing it to get wet. The longer it stays dry the better, as it continues to cure (you CAN drive the car during this time).
- Wash and maintain the coating as outlined in our maintenance protocols. ethoscarcare.com/coating-maintenance
Ceramic Coating Maintenance