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How to Apply Nano-Ceramic Coating: A Complete Guide

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How to Apply Nano-Ceramic Coating: A Complete Guide

Many shoppers are wary of buying white cars, knowing that dirt and mud will stand out more against their paintjobs. Moreover, the sun’s UV rays cause the paint to oxidize and make your bright white car appear yellow and chalky.

Luckily, there are ways to preserve your car’s pristine paintjob for years, be it white or another color. One of the most effective solutions is nano-ceramic coating. Ceramic coating protects vehicles from dirt, scratches, chemical contaminants, and UV rays, keeping your car’s body condition flawless for a long time.

Another advantage of nano-ceramic coating is that it’s easy to apply – you can do it at home without professional help!

Follow this step-by-step guide on how to apply ceramic coating below:


First, prepare all the materials you’ll need for the job. You want to keep the paint from splattering onto your clothes, so make sure to wear a long-sleeve shirt and nitrile gloves. You also need a face mask or ventilator to avoid inhaling the coating’s harmful fumes.

Ready the following materials:

  • Paper towels
  • Microfiber towels
  • Buffer
  • Ceramic coating kit*

*Most ceramic coating kits include a spray bottle, application sponges, suede cloths, and gloves.

When applying ceramic coating at home, you’ll need a well-ventilated, enclosed area that protects the vehicle from the elements without trapping the fumes inside.


washing car


Wash your vehicle thoroughly first to remove all the dirt and dust on the body. You have to make sure that the surface of your car is clean before you can proceed with the ceramic coating application. Otherwise, the coating will be applied unevenly and turn out bumpy.

We recommend doing the two-bucket method to avoid scratches and streaks. One bucket is for soapy water, and the other is for clean water for rinsing your sponge.

Clay Bar Treatment

Afterwards, give your car a clay bar treatment. If you haven’t used a clay bar before, it’s a semi-hard bar of industrial-strength clay. Use it with a lubrication fluid like shampoo or car wash soap.

The clay bar breaks up the hard dirt on your car’s surface that regular washing can’t remove. It does this by dissolving embedded dirt, bug residue, tree sap, and other contaminants that fuse with the chrome.

Polishing and Paint Correction

One misconception about automotive ceramic coating is that it “fixes” your car’s paint. The truth is that it only protects the existing surface and makes it extra shiny. When ceramic coating cures, it magnifies any imperfection on the car’s surface. So, you want to polish and correct your paintwork first and remove any swirls and fine scratches before applying the ceramic coating.

IPA Wipe

The last step in the ceramic coating pre-application process is to wipe down the entire vehicle with an isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution. This washes away any residual lubricants, oils, and other particles, giving your car an ultra-smooth and shiny surface.

Applying Ceramic Coating

Wipe On

The first thing you should do is to wrap the suede cloth around the application sponge according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then, shake the ceramic coating bottle well before applying several drops onto the cloth.

We recommend applying the coating on small sections at a time to make sure the coating settles evenly. Wipe a thin layer vertically and then horizontally. Keep spreading the coating in a crisscross pattern until you cover the entire section.

Let the coating dry for a few minutes, depending on your car’s exterior temperature. Check the required wait times for different temperature ranges below:

  • 70 to 80 degrees °F – 1 minute
  • 60 degrees °F – 2 to 3 minutes
  • 50 degrees °F – 4 to 5 minutes

Buff Off

Your car’s surface will have a shimmering, oil-slick effect or “flash” when the coating evaporates. Once you see this flash, lightly buff the coated section using a microfiber towel. This removes the excess coating and prevents it from crystallizing on your car.

Repeat the application process on all sections until you coat the entire vehicle. You can inspect the car from different angles to see if the coating settled evenly. Remember to change the cloth every few sections if the coating crystallizes on them.

After coating and buffing each section, you can repeat the entire process for an additional layer of ceramic coating, although it’s not required.


Allow the coating to cure for several hours, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. Let your car sit indoors for a day or two, far away from water, dew, or high humidity levels. If it’s a sunny day, you can park your vehicle outside as long as it’s not dusty or humid.

You’ll be able to take your glossy, polished car for a spin once the coating has fully cured.


Some ceramic coating brands recommend using aftercare sprays, while others don’t. If you bought a kit that requires an aftercare step, be sure to follow it according to the manufacturer’s instructions to maintain the coating’s gloss and protective properties.

The good news is that nano-ceramic-coated vehicles are easy to maintain, even if you don’t use an aftercare spray. You don’t need to polish, clay, or wax your car again, as long as you follow these maintenance tips:

  • Wash the vehicle at least every two weeks to avoid dust and dirt from building up.
  • Don’t wash your car under direct sunlight to minimize water spotting and streaking.
  • Wash from the top down, leaving the dirtiest sections for last to keep the grime from spreading onto other parts of your vehicle.
  • Follow the two-bucket washing method.
  • Use a separate soap and sponge for the wheels.

DIY ceramic coating application is a simple process; you don’t need to have expert car care or paint correction skills to do it. Following this guide should give you an evenly coated, glossy vehicle with a surface that doesn’t get easily scratched or faded.

Buy only high-quality ceramic coating products from trusted suppliers to ensure their performance and longevity.

Professional-Grade Ceramic Coating for Cars

Ultimate RainCoat is a third-generation hydrophobic nano-ceramic coating developed for the automotive, marine, and aviation industries. Our ceramic coating kit provides a high-gloss appearance that lasts at least 10 years and is scientifically proven to protect against long-term weathering, scratches and surface corrosion, UV damage, and more.

Say goodbye to old-school waxing and switch to high-performing, long-lasting ceramic coating. Learn more about Ultimate RainCoat by visiting our products page. For inquiries, fill out our contact form or call us at 800-781-5748.

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