The Breakdown on Nano Coatings

Nano Coating, Sealants, Wax

The perfect shine is the Holy Grail of the automotive appearance industry. For over a century, professionals have sought a magical solution ― a bullish, long-lasting shine product that is quick and easy to apply and will repel dirt, environmental contaminants, and rain so the vehicle has the best protection on the market. Some even looked for a product that would uphold a new car shine without waxing, which builds up on your paint and makes it cloudy, or buffing, which, over time, threatens the clear coat. So how far have we come in the world of “coatings”?

What are Nano Coatings?

Essentially, nano technology in the detailing industry utilizes a 9th century Mesopotamian trick. A trick in which pottery-makers created a metallic nano glaze made from copper, silver salts, and oxides that created a glittering effect on pottery that up through the Renaissance, made it distinctive for its ancient, shimmering luster. The term “coating” is nothing more than a new term to identify these incredibly durable polymers. Because that’s all these nano coatings are, polymers.

A study shows that in 1995, “surface engineering”, the study of the surface of hard matter, was a $17 billion market in the UK with 50% of that, dedicated to coatings that protect automotive surfaces against wear and corrosion.

Known as “Surface Science”, products now allow the transfer of particles from one surface to the other so that the nano coating becomes inseparable from the car’s paint surface. Automotive coating manufacturers claim their formulas “bond” chemically and physically to the paint surface, however, their bond loosens over time! On the other hand, some of these nano coatings claim they never loosen their bond to the paint meaning that they need to be buffed off which involves taking off part of your clear coat with it.

But is the difference between “coatings” and poly sealants really in the technology?

What’s on the Market Now?

Some of these nano coatings on the market right now refer to themselves as glass, or ceramic coatings, perpetuating the idea that these coatings are more durable than a traditional polymer.

First, let’s look at these names from the most literal stand point. If we we’re to actually be coating the exterior of our cars with glass or ceramic, what would be the result through the basic functions of the body of the car? The body of the car flexes as it drives, as the heat and cold play their part on the chemistry of the metal (hot metal can bend more while cold metal is more stiff). If our cars were coated with glass and ceramics, two very rigid materials that lack the ability to be flexible, it wouldn’t take long for the coating to crack and break.

Second, it’s clearly just a metaphor to explain how durable of a protection you’re getting. There’s no denying, a durable and long lasting product is great! Just forewarning you though, many of these products are not a one stop shop! These 7 year warranty coatings are only valid if you can verify you’ve reapplied the product every year or two and washed the car once a month.

One of the big reasons these products work so effectively is the amount of prep required to apply the coating. After washing, claying, and buffing the car, you’re often required to wipe down the entire surface with some alcohol based cleaner. This intensive prep period is highly effective in removing all contaminants and oils from the surface to allow the coating to bond to the paint as best as it can.

What are the Benefits of one of these Coatings?

Many of these coatings require an authorized detailer to apply them for you. That means that they have experience in prepping the paint for application. This is a huge bonus for car lovers. Your paint may never look that good again because of how much work goes into preparing the car for one of these coatings.

Their durability, whether you adhere to their fine print guidelines or not, is impressive. They last a long time and protect your paint from naturally acidic contaminants, UV damage, and may even add a little cushion room in terms of light scratches.

These benefits are not much different than other poly sealants that have been on the market. They protect against the same things, however, their longevity may be slightly less considering they don’t require as much preparation for application.

What are Some Downsides?

When considering one of these coatings, the pros and cons for a consumer may be different than those of a specialized detailer.

Before you can even apply the coating, the surface has to be 100% free of surface blemishes, which applies to even brand new vehicles. A multi-stage paint correction involves washing the car, claying, buffing, and keeping it pristine while applying the coating. That last step is particularly difficult for anyone who isn’t working in a clean indoor facility.

Nearly all of these coatings use extremely harsh chemicals that when you open the bottle, smell like a nice sampling of jet fuel. After speaking with many detailers who specialize in applying many of these coatings, they mention how they need to take frequent breaks to refrain from going light-headed. These harsh chemicals contain high levels of VOC’s.

Furthermore, when you have a coating that is unlikely to lose it’s bond with the paint, when a paint correction is needed (and believe me, it will be), you lose the coating and all the money that went into it as well.

And lastly, they’re quite expensive. You’re talking about a potential four figure number to get a detailer to do all this work for you.

What are the Alternatives?

Personally, I like to stick to the 6-12 month coating regimens. Whether once or twice a year, I reapply my durable coating along with a complete in and out detail of my car. If it’s spring or summer, I’ll reapply a wax on top of my coating every other car wash (every month or two).

Then when it’s needed, I’ll do a paintwork correction. I prefer once every two years for a light colored car and maybe once a year for a dark or black car.

A light buff and shine is going to be needed regardless if you have a nano coating or not so going with a less aggressive and less expensive paint protection system is preferred.

Rather than a $400 coating system that then needs to be done by a professional, I’ll spend $50-$100 on a coating that’ll give me impressive protection as well.

The other alternative would be to get a clear bra on your car. Clear bras will protect your paint from chips and scratches that even those other coating can’t protect against. And as long as you’re applying a durable poly sealant to the clear bra, you’ll protect the clear bra (and paint) from fading or other damages from UV rays.


So feel free to make your decision and let us know what you think in the comments below!


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  • Bob Stern

    I would like to start the discussion with my own scenario. I currently have a 2013 BMW with a dark blue finish. Previously, I had a 2003 Silver BMW that I successfully maintained and competed in many concurs. Lots of 1st place trophies. This current car shows every single scratch, the clear coat is so….soft. It is impossible to keep it looking as proper as I would like. I have already cleaned it and within one hour of sitting on a parking lot, found a new scratch in the clear coat. I am opting to go with a nano-coating (Ceramic Pro). I realize it will cost around $2000 for the surface preparation and top coating. My hope is that it will keep me from deciding to go very much deeper in debt and buying a silver color 2015 BMW. Any comments?

    • Bob,

      Thanks for sharing. The issue with modern cars is the softer and many times thinner clear coat. These issues are what’s driving the industry into these types of coatings.

      As always, the best way to prevent new imperfections in the paint is follow best practices with everyday maintenance and car wash techniques. A vast majority of scratches can be traced back to car washes.

      When deciding to invest in going with a coating like Ceramic Pro, be sure to shop well for the right installer. A good installer will ensure the hardness rating for the coating to protect from these types of scratches as well as maintain you as a customer if/when an issue reveals itself again.

      It is important to know that these coatings are not impenetrable. However, depending on the type of coating they can either take the brunt of impact by only scratching the coating or some even absorb the scratch and heal over itself to maintain a level surface.

      I hope this was helpful.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!


      • Searay45db


        I read this all with great interest. I would like to add with my expierence.

        First, I am surprised about the BMW clear coats. Mercedes started moving to water based clear coats back in 2003, and am really supposed BMW had not followed. Water based is considerably harder, in fact we just had the hardwood floors in our house re-done. Money used waterbased polymer, they told it is was significantly harder than oil base.

        I have been doing ceramic for about eight months now. Too many cars and boats. The reason I got into it was when I purchased a black E-class. This car was a 2013. Dealer was trying to sell ,e ceramic, finally I agreed to a trial. I would personally detail one side of the hood, they would ceramic the other. Wasn’t even close. Ceramic was amazing. The eye does not lie.

        I tracked down who they used. They use a private label from the UK called AutoSmart. Now, the UK has been doing ceramic for a while and it should be noted that what they use is better than what we get. California keeps us from getting the good stuff because of VOC’s.

        I have also used Gteqniue C1, second skin, and black sapphire. Each one is different. I still really like the autos,art the best. They reccomend u really in two years, u don’t have to strip down. Just like painting , prep is 99%. I use a flex orbiter, so it’s not a big deal at all.

        I won’t go back to wax and polymers. You can wax over them if you feel better. I don’t. This is just my opinion.

  • Bob Stern

    Will, I’ve been both trained as a concurs judge and won classes. The BMW 2011-2013 clear coat is considered by the Ceramic Pro installer to be the softest coat with only Tesla being softer. I asked a BMW North America rep about it, and, naturally, he gave me a weak answer. Were this car not dark, I would not be so wound up, but the simplest wind causes fine scratches to immediately show up. Around me (Baltimore) the only Ceramic Pro installer is either in Virginia or New Jersey. I’m very impressed with the Virginia team and they have the car now. I’ll update you all when I return from vacation and get the car back the end of February. He’s quoting lifetime repairs as necessary and a hardness rating of 9. He has not tried it yet, but they say that a heat gun can heal severe scratches that do not wipe off. If this works, all my “Griot’s” stuff goes to my grandson!

    • Bob,

      I look forward to keeping in touch with you as you continue on this road. It’s great to have long term data on these coatings as it only increases our knowledge of them.

      I hope the best for you and your car.


  • Ivan

    What comes first? The nano coating or the clear bra?

    • Ivan,

      You’ll want to have a clean surface to apply the clear bra. Then use the nano coating over the clear bra and the rest of the car’s painted surface.


  • LakersTank

    How long the car coating normally last? If I don’t wash the car for a month, will it still look shining?

    • High quality professionally applied Nano-Coatings can last multiple years. They tend to only last that long if you continue to wash them regularly and reapply a top coat of protection regularly (approximately 6-12 months). If you don’t wash your car for a month, it’ll probably be dirty. But wash your car and it’ll still be extremely glossy.


  • Paul

    what are some good nano ceramic products on the market currently???

    • Nano-Resin is one we created by taking all the feedback from all the other coatings that have come and gone throughout the past couple years. Like the others, it requires a fair amount of prep work, but the application is much more pleasant than most others so it won’t mar the paint in the process.


  • Chris Powell Heliin

    Here is my question. This technology is relatively new with some companies failing at delivering a product that has not been defective. Paint is like a living organism meaning it needs to be able to breathe. Placing a “ceramic coating” that hardens and bonds to the paint with obviously hinder that. Do we know what will happen in time to the paint underneath over the long term?

    • BKirk

      Paint needing to “breathe” is a little misleading. “breathing” is out-gassing, a requirement only for brand new paint. Even new cars do not require this as the paint has long since cured after being sprayed on. For body repairs, however, this is a concern and is often why the bodyshop will say not to apply anything to the paint for some time after you get your car back.

      • TheBigGuy

        Right. When I had some custom work done, I was told not to apply wax the first 30 days.

  • ThatOneDude

    Hi. Someone on Audizine posted a “Your Detailing Presciption” kit from Dr Beasley’s and used it on their new S3 including nano resin. Results look spectacular. Mirror like gloss

    Where can I purchase a kit like this that includes everything I would need for prepwork and everything I would need to apply the nano resin? I have a 2014 Audi S4 so paint is still very new but it still will probably need some amount of prep work before applying nano resin.

    Thanks very much

    • Hi,
      Thanks so much for reaching out. You can purchase nano resin here:
      And you can purchase the necessary applicator here:
      If you happen to take any before & after photos with Nano Resin, feel free to share them with us via email at

      • ThatOneDude

        Excellent. Thanks very much. So it looks like that kit was just 2 nano resins and 2 applicator pads.

        I don’t mean to ask a question about your competitors on this forum and please feel free to remove it if you deem necessary, but I’m looking at 3 options… Ceramic Pro 9H, 3M Pro series clear bra, and Dr Beasley’s Nano Resin. As a car owner who just wants to protect the paint with the best option, is the DIY price point the best thing your product has going for it over the 2 other more expensive options I reference?

        Again.. thanks!

        • Hello again,

          Just to clarify, our Nano Resin doesn’t come in a kit because all you need is the product and the applicator. What you saw on the forum was a customer who purchased two bottles and two applicators. The links we shared with you yesterday will get you right to the product pages for Nano Resin and the applicator.

          The best possible protection option for your vehicle is a clear bra. It will protect against scratches and rock chips etc. However, it won’t give you shine and you need an installer to do it. The 9H also requires an installer.

          Our Nano Resin is not only used by DIY car enthusiasts but also by professional detailers and installers. So, our Nano Resin has the DIY price point with comparable results to installer-only products. It gives incredible shine as you know, and you need not wear a mask during application because it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals. It’s also really easy to apply and lasts up to 3 years.

          Hopefully this helps and let us know if you need anything else! Thanks for connecting with us.

          • ThatOneDude

            Thanks very much for the informative reply. I will get your Premium Body Wash and make sure it’s nice and clean, wait til it’s bone dry, and then apply at least 2 coats of your Nano Resin. Do you think I can do the wash, wait for it to fully dry, apply one coat of resin, wait for it to cure, and apply another coat and wait again for it to cure…. all in 1 day?

          • Now that’s a good plan! We’d recommend drying the car with clean towels after washing it instead of air drying, just to expedite the drying process and to ensure every part of the car is dry. After the car is clean and dry, you’ll need to do an IPA wipe and then you can apply the Nano Resin.

            2 coats shouldn’t take more than an afternoon, so you can definitely get it all done in a day. The flash time is 30 minutes, the cure time is about an hour and then the bonding time is 48 hours so don’t get it wet in those 48 hours. Don’t wash it for at least a week after application.

            Let us know if you need anything else and feel free to e-mail us any before & after photos you might take (! Thanks a ton for reaching out.

          • ThatOneDude

            Hi again. I’m just about to place a sizeable order on Dr Beasley’, but before I do, just wanted to ask a question. I have the smoothing and glaze polish in my cart, and plan on doing a smoothing polish, then glaze polish, then doing an IPA wipedown, then the nano resin. Is this the correct order? Or is glaze polish even necessary? Just wondering if the pre nano IPA wipedown is going to remove the polish effects, rendering the polishing work pointless. Thanks and sorry about the newbie questions. I just want to make sure I prep the paint surface perfectly!

  • Ben Leone

    W. O. M. Waste of money!!! This is a ploy to dump you upside down until your hard earned cash falls into their coffers. Dont get sucked in. “Paintxpert” Shine Sine 1969!

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  • benzw205


    Thank you for your post.

    Nano coating, ceramic coating, glass coating, do you mean that they all are similar ?

    So why such a price difference ?

    Thank you again for your help.

    • Hi there,
      Nano coating is the umbrella term for paint protection coatings. Under that umbrella, there are different categories like acrylic coatings, ceramic coatings, and silicate or glass coatings.

      All of these coatings achieve the same goal, to protect paint, but they use different materials and processes to achieve the goal of paint protection.

      The variance in price amongst coatings can be accredited to the coatings having different ingredients, different application methods, different durabilities, different distribution and a number of other factors. Whether a coating claims to be acrylic, ceramic, or glass does not necessarily indicate how expensive or inexpensive it will be.

      Hopefully that helps. If you need anything else, reach out here or via email to Thanks so much!

  • hi, great awesome article .just the thing I was searching for the last 2-3 hours on the net.
    2 questions though :

    1 : what is ‘sealant’ vs coating (e.g 9H coating) ??


    Then when it’s needed, I’ll do a paintwork correction. I prefer once
    every two years for a light colored car and maybe once a year for a dark
    or black car.

    what includes paintwork correction .. the process , the chemicals , tools etc used ?

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  • Ben Leone

    I have used the Detailers Pro “paint coating”. A real nice product. Doesn’t have crazy smell of jet fuel. It actually does resist the dirt as it claims. Pay attention to the directions. “Correction” must be done first as always. “Paint correction” Since 1969!

  • Ben Leone

    I have been using coatings for over four years. So far, all five of my cars, which are impeccably kept are mirrors. No cracking, peeling, ect. But lets not jinx it either. That is why I like the Detailers Pro. Easy and unobtrusive, if that applies. I have 3 black cars. It looks like you can dive into them. I wouldn’t have it any other way. 90 percent of the cars I polish are black.

    • O Jay

      Hi Ben I bought a luxury car 10 years ago , it was 3 years old then, didn’t know it had a coating until I had a professional wash job. It was incredible, my car was glowing, no fading of paint at all, people asked what type of wax job, I went shopping and went to parking lot and almost didn’t know my own car. I asked the dealer what it was he said car care. What does that mean? Could it be one of these coatings? If so, I’d like it applied professionally can you offer any information? Thanks.

      • Ben Leone

        Hi Jay-i would be happy to discuss paint coatings with you! Give a call! Thanks, Ben

  • Ben Leone

    If you have “paint correction” questions, Search: “Auto Polishing” e-mail me. We have been doing this over 4 decades! Lots of GREAT info here also! These guys really rock!

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  • Toby T

    Listen, folks. I just came across Dr. Beasley’s (Jim Lafeber) article. Wow! Where did this guy do his research? Mostly made up his own conclusions, and passed it off as study and research. Most of everything in his statements is incorrect.

    I’ve been in the auto industry for almost 30 years. And, I’ve worked closely with some of the manufacturers of Nano tech chemicals. No Nano chemical requires reapplication. Nor, is it required to have a specialized detail person to apply, prepare the surface any special way on new cars, etc.

    Bozos like Jim have way too much time on there hands. Go to work, Jim! Get a real job, and find out the real facts before misdirecting consumers.

    • Hi Toby,

      Jim here! Thanks so much for reaching out to us. It’s always a pleasure to get the perspective of a fellow experienced detailer. We’d love to know more about your professional experience; do you own a detailing shop?

      We’ve done extensive testing of our own Nano Resin as well as testing to compare our coating with our competitors’. You’re certainly correct that some nano coatings do not require professional installation. Our Nano Resin is easy to apply at home, which gives car enthusiasts a chance to coat their car without paying for installation. There are some other coatings that according to brand guidelines, do require professional installation. A few examples include C-Quartz Finest, Modesta, and Opti-Coat. Nano coatings do need reapplication, especially on cars that are driven daily. General driving can cause abrasion on the coating, and even just a regular car wash is a sometimes abrasive process. Reapplying the nano coating ensures that there’s little to no chance for the paint underneath to become damaged.

      You mentioned that prepping paint prior to the application of a nano coating is not necessary. I’m going to have to disagree with you there. We (and many other professional detailers and product manufacturers) always recommend prepping paint before applying a coating. This prep includes claying and polishing so as to remove any contaminants that may be on the surface. If the paint is not prepped, those contaminants will become near impossible to remove if a coating is applied on top of them. Even new cars should have the paint prepped before a coating is used because as we detailers know, dealerships often send a car off the lot with a swirl marks and contaminants in the paint.

      I’m really glad you mentioned these points, as I’m sure our other readers have had similar concerns. Please don’t hesitate to reach out again if you have more questions or comments. We’re always happy to help!


      • Dirk

        Hi Jim, Claying and polishing, What polish can be used prior to putting on the Nano coating? Also, will claying take off the clear coating?

        • Hi Dirk,
          Claying will not remove the clear coat on your paint. It will catch contaminants that are present on your surface but that may not be visible or apparent. A great way to see if you’ve successfully clayed your paint is to take a grocery store plastic bag and and put it over your hand. Run the bag across the area you clayed and if it feels at all bumpy on your hand, you definitely need to clay more. The plastic bag helps you feel little bumps that you wouldn’t feel with your bare hand.
          It’s important to always clay before you polish. To prep for Nano Resin application, the polish required really depends on the condition of your car’s paint. If you have swirl marks and some light scratching, you can use Heritage Series Fine Polish ( If you’ve got some deeper scratches, Heritage Series Medium Polish ( followed by Fine should do the trick.
          Hopefully that helps. If you need anything else, don’t hesitate to reach out via email at
          Thanks so much!

        • premier remap

          Use panel wipe after you have the surface perfect then apply the coating , claying won’t remove the clear

      • Jay Groendyke

        Hi Jim I just applied your Nano coating on two black cars and it turned out excellent to say the least. i washed the cars followed by a clay barring of the cars. Next I compound the cars to remove any surface defeats then the50%ISP treatment and then the final step of added the Nano Coating.It is the best product I have used in 30 years.One friend said it looked lie a sheet of glass was on the surface. Both cars are perfect. thanks JimJ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,z<<<<<<<<<<<

        • Hi Jay,
          Thanks so much for sharing your experience with Nano Resin. I’m so glad to hear you were happy with the results. If you have any questions or comments, or if you’d like to share any photos with us, feel free to email the team at
          We really appreciate your enthusiasm! Thanks again.

    • premier remap

      They say it’s just for pros to keep the price high , saying that the home user will prob miss bits

    • Barry

      Toby, people reading these comments can form their own opinion without you acting like a know it all jerk. It just proves you are the one who needs to be informed. Bozo? That’s what you sound like now. Take your flaming posts to a redneck forum, not a car care forum.

  • Ben Leone

    Indeed a valid point, that is why I have never embarked on heavy sealers. I know someone who just paid 1400.00 bucks to coat her BMW….Black. Where can I find these customers???? I have used Detailers pro paint coating. It is very light in nature. But there is NO substitute for being able to remove all the marring and seal with what works for you. Many old timers will never trade the deep rich look of a good old fashioned carnuba wax. This hides to imperfections so they increase their chances at the local car show. Be well!

    • premier remap

      If you want the best ceramic coating (my opinion ) contact me

  • Brian Mandu

    I recently had my car coated with Ceramic Pro 9H. Here’s my question, I know after the coating process is done it is recommended that you let it cure for 72 hours which means the coating should not be expose to dirt or water. However I live in a city where rain happens most frequently and I daily drive my car. Only After 24 hours of the Ceramic coating, my coating was already faced with rain. Would this be an issue since it could not cure for the full 72 hours? Did I just waste my time money and effort? Would I have to reapply?

    • premier remap

      No you will be fine

    • Brian,
      You’ll be okay. If you got a car wash immediately after the coating was applied, you would need to worry but a little rain should be fine. Let us know if you need anything else, thanks so much!
      -Dr. Beasley’s Team

  • Al Wright

    I`ve been thinking of putting this on my 2017 Audi A4 I lease will this void my warranty?And does the paint peal off the car.

    • Hi Al,
      Thanks for reaching out to us.
      We’ve never had any customers report to us that Nano Resin voided their warranty, but the best way to be 100% positive is to revisit it and make sure. We’ve heard of warranties being voided when people try to do their own engine repairs on a newer vehicle, but not from a coating being applied.
      Nano Resin will not cause any paint to peel off your car. It will protect the paint from staining, etching, and fading for 3 years and it will produce a really amazing gloss. It’ll be easier to clean and maintain and water will move right off of your paint.
      Please let us know if you have any other questions. You can reach us via email at
      -Dr. Beasley’s Team

  • Frank

    I hear the resin can be applied to the black plastic /rubber parts of the car to stay permanently shiny. Does the Plasma coat have the same effect?

    • Hi Frank,
      You can use PlasmaCoat on plastic and rubber and it won’t hurt anything, but we would recommend PlasmaCoat be used on clean paint for optimum protection and gloss.
      -Dr. Beasley’s Team

  • Manny Pula

    Great point of view

  • Jay Krafty

    Hi Dr B

    Once prepping and claying/polishing the car. Can the nano be applied straight over the waxed finish,

    Cheers Jay

    • Константин Петросян

      Any NaNo totally afraid of any Wax or Silicons

  • jane

    I m so confused. I ve got a brand new navy blue car. I live in a very hot and sandy country. I don’t want to loose the very nice effect of the original metallic colour as well as I look to avoid scratches. The dealer had informed me about 5 applications in addition of maintenance every six months. How aggressive are these coating products? Is the protecting film efficient? Should I go for it. Thank you for your answer.

    • Hi Jane,
      The best way to protect your paint from scratches and UV damage is to have paint protection film installed on the car and then a coating applied on top of that. The PPF will prevent scratches from the sand and the coating will prevent fading from the sun. It will be an expensive venture, but definitely worth it to preserve the look and health of your paint. If you have any other questions, feel free to email us at
      -Dr. Beasley’s Team

      • Константин Петросян

        Yeea ! And You will have a Yellow PPFilm on Your car after 4-6 month.

    • diver dave

      hand wash your car with Murphys Oil Soap and it will look and shine like new …
      I’ve used it for 40 years on loads of cars

      • rose

        Interesting. I’ve always used murphy’s oil soap on floors. I’ll try it on one of my cars too.

  • Marie

    Hi! I have had a Ceramic Pro 9H (costly) done, but find that you will still require much maintenance. The gloss & shine is affected by rain water marks & bird droppings (when not dried off or removed timely). Appreciate your advice on switching back to normal polishing & waxing. Thanks!

    • Hi Marie,
      We’d recommend adding PlasmaCoat ( as a topper on your 9H coating. It is an instant bonding protectant that goes on like a wax. PlasmaCoat increases hydrophobic properties to keep water moving off your vehicle and it also enhances gloss. This product protects paint for a year but can be reapplied as often as every 6 months. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Thanks!

    • TheBigGuy

      Well, yeah lol

    • Rahul Pancham

      How much the application costs yoI??

  • Jesse Voit

    Quick question. I clay my car every two/three weeks and wax it right after religiously since the day I bought it brand new. I only do toucheless washes and haven’t been able to locate any scratches or swirls. I have had a detailer shop look at it as well and they haven’t seen any paint correction needed. If I apply the coating and then notice a small clear coat scratch, is there anything I can do after the fact? Follow up question. When the coating wears off, will I have access to any paint correction that was previously missed?

    • TheBigGuy

      Most coatings come off when you compound. Just remove the scratch, polish, prep, apply.

    • jvett

      get a new life

    • Vitaly Russa

      When the coating wears off you will have to remove by sand paper or buff off old coating and reapply new one. Multiple layers of ceramic is a scam. You can only do 2 coats not 5 like they sell you on.

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  • Ben Leone

    Long term, they wear off…. In between washings. These coatings can be compounded off by an experienced “Auto paint Rejuvenation Expert”. How long do you want the paint to look brand new? Is it say indefinitely, as far as finish life? The answer is a resounding, no. Paint life depends how you treat your car. That said, if it lives in the garage and never comes out, it will outlive you. In my opinion, and I know plenty of people who LOVE these coatings. They can be removed if the application does not go as planned. The coatings I utilize are a bit easier than the ones described. Sort of without the hassle of application. That, and I have been a detailer “Paint rejuvenation expert” going on 45 years. I can correct a “bad application” done by a competitor as easy as giving the estimate. I can turn primer to GLASS with my “Rotary” after 45 years, I’m not bashful! Paint correction is what I do. Hope this helps! All in God! Be well! Paintxpert Since 1969!

    • Amro

      so for better results I should apply more than 2 layer to have a durable results, what’s you recommendations as I heard it could be 5 layers even more?
      what are the superior products in the market as I got only 1 type (ELEMENT 119 System X Pro “told it could last 6 yrs”), another type I could import (CQuartz UK or TiO2 & & what’s your preference between both)?
      Sir, i’m in desperate need for your expert opinion.
      many thanks for your time.

      • Ben Leone

        Nothing lasts six years. Your car must be carefully washed at least twice per month. Should be protected at least every 60 days. Use your favorite products. Try Zaino….. simple to use…..GREAT RESULTS!!! Sealers that are hard to use can be difficult to newbies. Paintxpert Pride Since 1969! Search: “Invisible Garage Protection” Tm. r. Since 1969!

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  • Amro

    we hear different terms from the same producer as pro, crystal & diamond preparation, what’s the more beneficial ? & if I want to apply the product by my self what to do to have the best results

  • M Resler

    Hey! I work for a Ford Dealership where we offer SurfaceCare. (A Ford branded product made by Motorcraft)

    • URSilly

      Nobody trusts car dealerships to honor their warranties, especially these kind of warranties…so no.

    • Big B

      I worked in detail at a Nissan dealer about 5 years ago. We applied Xylon for 700 bucks. We gave a five-year warranty. Aside from all the small print and extra duties to keep the warranty valid, the product only cost about 10 dollar. It is a molecular adhesive chemical. It works pretty good. But the point I’m trying to make is it’s really just an INSURANCE program that they’re selling you NOT A WAX. We often reapplied the chemical to vehicles that had water spots. Water spots was one of the things that was guaranteed not to appear.

  • wolfgangsta

    Oh my god this is such a scam. Clay bar once and keep it waxed. Nothing sticks to a well maintained finish. If your lazy sure pay for this extreme cleaning and application of a second clear coat with rags etc. simple clay bar wax keep it waxed. No need for this coating crap.

    • craigdonahue

      Well said! Turtle wax used to make a liquid bottle of clay bar but it’s discontinued and selling on eBay for triple the price.Also I ordered a clay bar towel that does well and us reusable.Both of these are a lot easier to use than the original clay bar.

    • SmokingCrop

      The Jetseal from Chemical guys easily lasted 9-12 months without any wax at all on my 10 year old car..
      And that’s just a seal.. Maybe try it out before you go bashing on these products.

      • FF222

        Exactly my thoughts. If the guy would’ve ever tried a ceramic coating, he’d know how much better they’re than regular waxes, for a daily-driven or non-enthusiast car. It’s because they need to be applied once, and they do actually preserve their gloss and shine for multiple years. Now, obviously they won’t actually last 5+ years, but even if they last for only a year, you’re still better of with them, than having to apply a regular wax or sealant every week or two weeks at most, to achieve and preserve the same level of appearance. Of course some will say that you only need to wax once a month or even less frequently, but no wax or sealant will preserve the shine and gloss that long. And don’t even get me started about how much easier it is to clean you car if it has a ceramic coating, because less dirt will stick to it, and because you’ll be able to use harsher soaps, without risking stripping your coating with it. So, even though there’s some (over)hype to these products, and they’re obviously neither ceramic, nor do they last for 5+ years (without being reapplied), they’re definitely great products for everyone who cares a lot about the appearance of their cars, and does frequently wash and wax it, because now they won’t have to do the latter, and even the former will be needed less frequently to maintain the same level of appearance.

    • Riccardo Cavallini

      You do not know what you are talking about, I am not going to educate you here about this technology …………….these products absolutely work on my car on by boat and many other substrates, these coatings are the future of auto/marine surfaces.

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  • Jas

    So is Gtechniq C1 and Exo a “ceramic” nano type coating. Is it similar to the the Mr Fix 9H, which IS marketed as a ceramic coating?? Or are they different technologies? I’d defo do it myself though after using a clay bar and dual action polisher!

    • Hi Jas!

      Thanks for reaching out! We are not experts on these products, but it seems that they are using similar technologies.

      • Jas

        Ok. That’s what I thought. Thanks guys!

  • JR

    Which of the products were mentioned above that must be applied every 6 to 12 months but it’s safer?
    Thank you.

  • Nikolaos Raptis

    Hello Jim !
    I have a question about the Cquartz UK !
    I have prepare my car , start from wash and dry completely !
    Then clay bar , buff and polish with Mother’s professional series and DA polisher !
    Then wipe off the surface with citrus and CarPro eraser !
    After that i have apply the Cquartz UK , 3 layers !
    In about 2 hours add the Carpro Reload !
    Now after 3 days the car in the garage i realise that with every soft touch with my fingers the car get very easy scratched !
    They are very thin scratches but they are there and i can see them !
    Before i apply the ceramic coat the paint wasn’t that much sensitive !

    Do you have any idea about that ?

    Thank you very much !

    • FF222

      Your fingertips definitely can’t scratch your paint. What can scratch – or more mar – the paint is the dirt you might pushing around with and under your fingers on the car’s surface. That’s why shouldn’t touch your car’s paint with bare finger, but only with microfiber towels, that are at least misted or moist. That said in most cases those “scratches” and “mars” that you’re causing with your fingers can be removed by a simple microfiber wipe with a detailer spray, because in reality they’re not actual defects in the paint, just fat from your fingers coupled with some light dust, ordered in straight lines (in the direction of the finger wipe). They change the way light gets reflected the very same way scratches do, but since they’re not actual “valleys” in the paint, but just more “hills” of these fat-dust deposits over the paint, they can be removed by a solvent.

  • Battlebroker

    Trust the car dealerships . They know what they earning sorry I mean doing

  • spambox

    Just plastidip the whole car and carry a pre-dip picture around with you to show everyone how flawless it is under the coating. Then just peel it off when ready to sell. NOCD to worry about.

  • jim

    Get your arm workout and clay bar and wax and polish just like the old days. These high priced Ceramic potions are just another way to scam the public. I can’t wait a few years as this product has ben sitting on a car/truck and starts to breakdown. What will be see? How long was their testing time and what conditions? Remember the Like Nu wax used in the demo yard? Looks great but what can it stand. Spend your big bucks and waste it. I prefer to do it the way detailers do.

  • Stock Lerner

    A very informative article. Thank you Jim for sharing this with us. I would just like to add that on a similar fashion, there is also a pretty competitive product in the market known as Ceramic Pro. Now, Ceramic Pro come in different product packaging.

    Some of the popular products are Ceramic Pro 9H, Ceramic Pro Light, Ceramic Pro Sport, and Ceramic Pro Strong.

    These various products offer various services:

    The Ceramic Pro 9H comes in with a high glossy finish and is oxidation and corrosion resistant. 9H also claims to be a UV, weather, and scratch resistant coat that has a life span of 30 years.

    Ceramic Pro Light is an alternative version which when applied to the surface of the car, will roll up all the beads of the water and take away the dirt and grime with it. It has anti grafitti property meaning that no one can write on your car thus avoiding any scratches that are made with it. This coat comes with oxidation and corrosion resistance

    Ceramic Pro Sport main specialty is avoiding water spotting on the surface of the car and has a lifespan of 12 months after application.

    Ceramic Pro Strong as the name suggests is the strongest among the lot as it has advanced chemical resistance which avoids corrosion and oxidation. It is also highly scratch resistant and comes with a shelf life of 30 years. It also has a high thermal resistance in case of a outbreak of fire.

    That being said these coats are not cheap. They come in at a premium cost. Which is why it is more popular among the luxury cars as they are high investments and need the best protection possible from any damage.