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APC Auto Spa: Your premier destination for Ceramic Coatings

At APC Auto Spa, our dedication to excellence in vehicle care is evident in our comprehensive approach to ceramic coating, employing the superior technology of Ceramic Pro. Our blog today delves deep into the nuances of ceramic coatings, emphasizing the meticulous preparation work that is a hallmark of our service.


Understanding Ceramic Coatings: A deep dive


A ceramic coating for a vehicle is a liquid polymer that is applied to the exterior surfaces of a car. It's designed to provide a protective layer over the car's paintwork. Here's a breakdown of what a ceramic coating involves and its benefits:


Chemical Composition:


The specific chemical composition of Ceramic Pro coatings is proprietary, meaning the exact formula is not publicly disclosed to protect its intellectual property. However, it's known that Ceramic Pro coatings are based on Silicon Dioxide (SiO2) or silica, which is a key component.


Silicon Dioxide is derived from quartz and sand, and when used in ceramic coatings, it forms a clear, hard layer on the surface of the vehicle. This layer is not only extremely durable but also highly hydrophobic (water-repellent), providing the signature self-cleaning effect that ceramic coatings are known for.


Additionally, Ceramic Pro coatings contain other ingredients like Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) to enhance certain properties like UV resistance. TiO2 is known for its effectiveness in blocking ultraviolet rays, thus providing additional protection to the vehicle’s paint from sun damage.


It's important to note that the performance and longevity of a ceramic coating like Ceramic Pro are significantly influenced by the quality of the raw materials used, the formulation, and the application process. The precise blend and formulation of these coatings are what give Ceramic Pro its unique characteristics and effectiveness in protecting vehicle surfaces. ​


Ceramic coatings fill in the pores of your paint. This makes for a clean, slick surface


Protection:


The primary function of a ceramic coating is to protect the vehicle's paint from various types of damage, such as UV rays, acid rain, bird droppings, tree sap, and other environmental contaminants. It forms a chemically bonded layer with the vehicle’s factory paint, creating a sacrificial layer of protection.


One of the key features of ceramic coatings is their hydrophobic (water-repellent) nature. This means water beads up and rolls off the surface more easily, taking mud, dirt, and grime with it. While ceramic coatings don’t eliminate the need for car washing, they make cleaning easier. Dirt and grime have a harder time bonding with the car’s surface, simplifying maintenance.


A significant advantage of ceramic coatings over traditional wax is their longevity. Once applied, a ceramic coating can last several years, depending on the quality of the product and maintenance.



Ceramic Coatings are hydrophobic, meaning they repel water


The Essential Preparation Process:


At APC Auto Spa, we emphasize the critical role of preparation in the ceramic coating process. Our goal is to transform and protect your vehicle, enhancing its beauty and longevity.


Surface Decontamination: This is akin to deep-cleaning your home before a special event, ensuring every surface is pristine. Using clay and products to remove embedded dirt and debris, we ensure that the vehicle is as clean as it can be before we start.



Showing the layers of your paint and the depths with which damage may occur


Polishing and Paint Correction: We meticulously address imperfections in the paint, similar to a jeweler polishing a gemstone to perfection before setting it in a ring. A single stage polish is included in each package and is all that is necessary on 75% of vehicles. Paint correction will be quoted on site and can get out some of the deeper scratches and imperfections we see in older vehicles, vehicles that park outside, and those that have been going through a tunnel car wash for years.


Adhesion Maximization: Our preparation ensures the coating adheres flawlessly to the vehicle’s surface, much like priming a canvas ensures that paint adheres better and lasts longer. The cleaner the surface, the better the coating will adhere and the longer your protection will last.



Proper preparation is the key to success with ceramic coatings


APC Auto Spa's packages


APC Auto Spa's range of Ceramic Pro packages, combined with our expert preparation and application, ensures a level of service and protection that caters to every vehicle and budget.


  1. Ceramic Pro Sport Package: This is an entry-level package, ideal for those new to ceramic coatings. It provides a taste of the benefits of Ceramic Pro with a hydrophobic and protective layer.

  2. Ceramic Pro Bronze Package: One layer of Ceramic Pro Top Coat offers a stronger and longer lasting protection than the Sport package.

  3. Ceramic Pro Silver Package: A more comprehensive package than the Bronze, adding a layer of Ceramic Pro 9H under the layer of Ceramic Pro Top Coat. 9H is the hard layer that acts as your sacrificial clear coat. Perfect for those that park in a garage and hand wash their vehicles.

  4. Ceramic Pro Gold Package: The most extensive package, providing the highest level of protection with four layers of Ceramic Pro 9H, perfect for those seeking the ultimate in vehicle care and aesthetics.

All of these Ceramic Pro Ceramic Coatings packages come with the preparation work we talked about earlier and also one layer of Ceramic Pro Glass on your windshield. The Bronze, Silver, and Gold packages also include one layer of Ceramic Pro Wheel and Caliper on the faces of your wheels.


In addition to these traditional packages, APC Auto Spa also offers advanced ION coating options. The ION technology in these packages uses ION Exchange Technology to create a coating that is more durable and robust than traditional nanoceramic coatings. This technology increases the density of the substance, strengthens the chemical bond, and provides superior abrasive resistance and hydrophobic properties.


  1. Ceramic Pro ION Package: Includes a layer of ION base for strong bonding and a layer of ION top for a high-gloss finish, protecting against scratches, swirls, and UV damage. This package also covers wheel faces and windshields with Ceramic Pro products.

  2. Ceramic Pro Ultimate ION Package: Builds upon the ION package with two layers of ION base and one layer of ION top, offering enhanced protection. It also includes Ceramic Pro Wheel & Caliper and Ceramic Pro Glass on all the glass.



Difference between Ceramic Pro 9H and Ceramic Pro ION Ceramic Coatings


Real-Life Advantages of Ceramic Coatings


Imagine driving through rain and your car remains clean thanks to the self-cleaning effect, or a simple rinse after a dusty road trip leaves your vehicle looking freshly washed. After a Ceramic Pro treatment, minor scratches from everyday use become less of a concern, and your vehicle retains its vibrant color and shine, even under the harsh sun.


  • Easy Maintenance: Post-coating, cleaning your vehicle becomes much easier. The hydrophobic properties mean that dust and dirt are less likely to stick, and water spots are significantly reduced.

  • Enhanced Appearance: Regardless of the package chosen, Ceramic Pro enhances the gloss and depth of your vehicle's paint, making it look consistently new and well-maintained.

  • Long-Term Protection: From the harsh rays of the sun to chemical contaminants, Ceramic Pro shields your vehicle, preserving its appearance and value over time.

  • Customized Solutions: With a variety of packages, we can tailor our services to your specific needs, whether you're looking for basic protection or the most comprehensive coverage.


Why Choose APC Auto Spa for Ceramic Coating


  • Expertise and Precision: Our technicians are not only skilled in applying Ceramic Pro but are also experts in the essential preparation work, guaranteeing a finish that's both protective and visually stunning.

  • Long-Term Benefits: Proper preparation and application mean the coating will protect your vehicle for years, akin to a well-built house standing strong through time.

  • Personalized Service: We understand that each vehicle and owner has unique needs. Our service is tailored to meet these requirements, ensuring satisfaction at every level.

  • Quality Assurance: Using only the best products and techniques, your vehicle is assured of receiving top-tier care.

  • Aftercare Support: We guide you on maintaining the coating, ensuring its longevity and effectiveness. We have the products we use everyday available for sale in our shop.

  • Comprehensive Preparation in All Packages: Our detailed preparation process is included in all packages, ensuring consistent quality across all services.

  • Transparent Pricing: All of our prices are clearly listed on our website. We treat each customer and vehicle equally and enjoy working on all makes and models.



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At APC Auto Spa, we offer more than just a service; we provide a comprehensive care and protection regimen for your vehicle. Our expertise in applying Ceramic Pro, combined with our meticulous preparation process, guarantees superior protection and enhancement for your vehicle.


Experience the APC Auto Spa difference, where precision, quality, and customer satisfaction are at the heart of everything we do.


Whether you're a mom ensuring a safe and pristine ride for your family, a car enthusiast prepping for the next big show, or someone who simply loves their vehicle, we're here to elevate your automotive experience in the Seattle and Snohomish regions of Washington State.


With locations in Monroe and Tukwila we are conveniently located in both the North and South for all your auto detailing, ceramic coating, window tint, and paint protection film needs.

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