What to avoid after ceramic coating

Just pampered your vehicle and wondering what to avoid after ceramic coating? Firstly, you’ve made a wise choice, ceramic coating is definitely worth it! This liquid sealant shields your paint, repels water, and boosts gloss, keeping your car looking showroom-fresh for longer. But remember, even the best protection needs proper care. To ensure maximum durability and avoid costly mistakes, here’s what to absolutely avoid after getting your car ceramic coated.

First 1-2 Weeks: Curing is King

Think of this initial period as your coating’s “curing honeymoon.” Treat it gently to allow it to bond properly and reach its full potential. Here are the biggest no-nos:

  • Washing your car: Even if dust settles, resist the urge! Water disrupts the curing process.
  • Rain or water exposure: Park indoors or find shelter if rain threatens. Whilst this is easily done during times of drought it may not be as easy during periods of rain so don’t stress over it too much, just do your best.
  • Harsh chemicals and detergents: Dish soap, household cleaners, and degreasers are enemies in disguise so be careful which bottle you use. Stick to pH-neutral car wash soaps specifically designed for ceramic coatings.
  • Abrasive cleaners and tools: Sponges, brushes, and harsh chemicals can scratch your pristine coating. Use a soft Microfiber Towel and gentle products.
  • Parking under trees: Bird droppings and sap can etch and damage the coating. Find alternative parking spots.
  • Extreme heat or direct sunlight: Keep your car cool and shaded, especially during the initial curing phase.

Beyond the Curing Window: Maintaining the Magic

Now that your ceramic coating is cured, enjoy its benefits! But remember, proper care is still key. Here’s how to keep your car looking its best and ensure your ceramic coating lasts a long time:


  • Embrace the two-bucket method: One bucket for soapy water, another for clean rinses to avoid spreading contamination.
  • Opt for pH-neutral car wash soap designed for ceramic coatings.
  • Microfiber towels are your best friend for drying, as they’re soft and scratch-free.
  • Avoid washing in direct sunlight to minimise water spots.


  • Use ceramic-coating-safe products for detailing and claying. Claying should be done only with caution and proper technique.
  • Polishing is generally not necessary, as your coating already provides excellent gloss and protection. When done incorrectly the abrasion from polishing can mark your paintwork.

Other tips

  • Promptly remove contaminants like bird droppings, bug splatter, and sap to prevent etching.
  • Park away from trees and areas with heavy dust/fallout to minimize wheel grime and keep your entire car gleaming.
  • Even during droughts, regular washes with the right products are crucial to maintain beading and prevent dirt buildup.

Remember: Consistency is key! Regular washing and proper care will keep your ceramic coating looking amazing and feeling like glass for years to come.


  • Different types of ceramic coatings: Research the pros and cons of each type to understand yours better and tailor your care routine accordingly.
  • Professional vs. DIY application: Weigh the risks and benefits of each option to decide what’s best for your car and skill level. The team at EverClear are only a phone call away and can provide you with the best ceramic coatings currently available on the market.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Address common concerns about ceramic coatings, such as durability, maintenance frequency, and specific product recommendations.

By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure your ceramic coating investment pays off, keeping your car protected and looking like a head-turner for years to come. Happy driving!