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Just got my car back from tinting and ceramic coating. Having never had ceramic coating on a vehicle before any advice on how to care for it and get the most out of it? Also advice on what's worse for ceramic coating, sun exposure or debris from trees (leafs, twigs, possible tree sap and bird droppings)? I don't have the ability to keep it in a garage or covered parking lot at work.
 

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Good rule of thumb, whatever is bad for your paint is bad for the coating.

Best soaps to clean with are ones that don’t leave a film, like ones that have wax or gloss enhancers. I like Adams Shampoo, it’s what I use on my wife’s Grand Cherokee that has a ceramic coating. It’s a good price and works well. You could also use something cheaper like Turtle Wax Ceramic Wash but I hear it doesn’t suds up as well. If your car isn’t super dirty you can use ONR for a rinseless wash.

Every few months put a topper coat on, (not wax or sealant) either the manufacturer of the ceramic or you can really use anyone else’s boosts made for ceramic. I have Adam’s Boost because it came with the coating but I’m looking at others.

Once a year do a iron remover.

Congrats on the coating!
 

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Even with the coating, remove any bird bombs as soon as you see them. They are very acidic, and can etch. the coating, and through to the clear if left to bake a long time, Obviously don't obsess, if you see them after work, when you get home remove, that is soon enough for no permanent damage, especially with the coating

Be careful as birds eat grit to aid digestion, don't rub them off. Wet towel or paper towel until poop turns soft, remove carefully, wipe clean.

It's all common sense, touching paint the least amount possible. Soft towels, dry with blower, good drying towels by pulling open towel across surface, pat drying, etc. There are even coating friendly sprays that act as a drying aid, and top off the coating at the same time. The coating should allow fresh(ish) bird poop to be removed by just making it wet, especially when the coating is new.

Wait until the 1st time it's rained on and you drive off and all the water just rolls off, and the car looks like it was just washed, it's a trip ;)

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I just had my car ceramic coated last week. I intend to use the single bucket, numerous wash mitt method. The two bucket method seems ridiculous to me. When you rinse the mitt, how long does it take for the dirt to fall to the bottom? It surely is longer than the 15 seconds it takes to wash a panel. This is probably the most polarizing vehicle care opinion out there, what method do you use?
Please note: I live in an apartment so my choices are limited to what I can get away with at most self serve car washes. Luckily I'm close enough to an AF base with a nice 3 bay self service wash where I won't get harassed for hand washing.
 

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If your not ceramic coating then what are you doing? Since I discovered Ceramics I haven't looked back.
Adams' Polishes , Griots Garage , Maguire's and Chemical Guys is the building blocks of my Arsnal
 

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Griots foam and brake buster in seperate IK foamers. 1 bucket with a dirt trap in the bottom. Various mitts, edgeless microfiber towels, and soft detail brushes.
 

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If you are only using 1 bucket, at least get a grit guard. You'd be surprised how much dirt in the bottom even if rinse and foam first

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Shudder...:oops:

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