What Does a 9H Ceramic Coating Not Do?


9H ceramic coatings offer a plethora of benefits, but like many auto detailing products there are certain limitations that should be considered. Ceramic Pro 9H is an industry innovating product that has drastically changed the landscape of ceramic coating applications to vehicles. Since 2010, Ceramic Pro has provided numerous protective benefits to coated surfaces. With protection against oxidation, premature aging, road salt, brake dust, dirt and added hydrophobic properties, ceramic coatings provide a great deal of benefits. However, ceramic coatings are not a panacea for automotive paint protection needs. Below are a few of the limitations that ceramic coatings do not protect against.

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Do Ceramic Coatings Protect Against Rock Chips?

Although ceramic coatings can prevent against minor scratches, it does not provide adequate protection from rock chips. Due to the force, speed and unique dimensions of rock chips and road projectiles, they can damage the ceramic coat and create damage in the protective coat.

If rock chip protection is a large factor in deciding the paint protection needs of your vehicle, we strongly recommend investing in a paint protection film package – also known as clear bra. Paint protection film is at the forefront of rock chip protection and even possesses self-healing properties that repairs itself if the film meets rock chips or small road projectiles.

Do Ceramic Coatings Stop Severe Scratching from Occurring?

 A frequently asked question we receive is “Does Ceramic Pro protect against scratching”? The answer to this question lies somewhere in a gray area. Although ceramic coatings assist in providing defense against minor and small scratches, it does not guarantee or protect against more severe, deeper scratches. For example, if an individual keyed a ceramic coated protected surface, the surface would be negatively impacted and show the impact and exposure of damage. However, compared to a non-ceramic coated vehicle, the coated paint will still be less damaged than it’s non-protected counterpart. Ceramic Pro can protect against minor scratches, but larger and deeper scratches can penetrate the coating. In the event that your vehicle has experienced severe scratching, please contact the auto detailing company that performed the original ceramic coating application.

Do Ceramic Coatings Defend Against Water Spots?

Water spots and the added environmental contaminants that penetrate the rain water are difficult to remove from any surface. The high amount of calcium build up leads to unsightly water spots that unfortunately cannot be prevented with the application of ceramic coatings. Since water spots generally take time to accumulate on a given surface, we have several alternative methods that can assist an owner of a ceramic coated car in mitigating damage from water spots.


  • Wash your vehicle on a regular basis – Regular maintenance helps alleviate environmental contaminants and buildup from etching the coat of a vehicle. By washing a vehicle on a regular schedule, you can help resist damage from water spots.
  • Avoid parking next to sprinklers and running water – Have you ever parked a vehicle outside only to realize that the hard water and calcium from sprinkler heads have caused damage to the surface of a vehicle? Parking next to sprinklers can lead to unsightly and costly water damage. These vehicles that have been exposed to hard water, especially over longer periods of time, tend to end up having paint correction services to remove etching and restore the previous luster.
  • Add paint protection film – Paint protection film is the only form of paint protection that is guaranteed to protect against water spot and etching. This film is more robust than Ceramic Pro 9H and provides a stronger defense against certain environmental contaminants.
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Do Ceramic Coatings Stop Dings & Dents from Forming?

 Ceramic coatings are not a viable option in preventing larger dings or dents. Due to the sheer force of impact, oftentimes dents form even on the strongest level of protection. If a vehicle is ceramic coated and is involved in a fender bender or worse, odds are there will be significant damage done to portions of the vehicle.

However, we have seen ceramic coated vehicles involved in accidents (minor and major) and many of the ceramic coated vehicles have exchanged far less paint compared to their unprotected counterpart. Although the minimal amount of paint swapping is a nice benefit, ceramic coatings do not transform the surface of a vehicle into an indestructible tank.

Do I still have to maintain my vehicle?

 Yes – you absolutely need to maintain a ceramic coated vehicle. The amount of time spent maintaining a ceramic coated, vehicle versus a non-ceramic coated vehicle, requires far less time than the unprotected vehicle. The reduction in elbow grease allows vehicles to look great without long hours attending to the coat. However, it is still highly important to regularly maintain protected surfaces.

Just like any other surface it is critical to perform regular maintenance on a vehicle. If contaminants like tree sap, or bird droppings come into contact with a protected coat, it is important to remove these contaminants in a timely manner. Additionally, if washing the vehicle at a place of residence, we strongly encourage the use of Ceramic Pro CARE with a quality soap in a shaded environment or in a garage. It’s important to never wash the vehicle in the direct sun and never use abrasive or hard towels.

If taking a vehicle to a car wash DO NOT TAKE IT TO AN AUTOMATED WASH OR ANY WASH WITH A WAX. These automated washes often do far more harm than good and create many of the unsightly swirling, marring and scratches that impact countless vehicles. Instead of taking a vehicle to the local $6.99 wash, we recommend taking the vehicle to a hand wash or a touchless wash. These washes are far better for any vehicle, protected or unprotected, and allow for a less impactful wash while still performing a highly impactful clean. By staying on top of regular maintenance and required dealer maintenance packages, a ceramic coat can provide lasting impressions, and more importantly, lasting protection for long periods of time.

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Brett Benito

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