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Caring for Ceramic Coated Watercraft

Updated: Jan 10

While ceramic coatings are the best choice to protecting your vessel, it is just as important to set a regiment for the ceramic coat. Solar UV damage, salt, and dock contaminants create a harsh environment that will break down the coating overtime. Generally ceramic coatings last for 18-24 months. Our SystemX MAX dual coating is rated to last 3-5 years with proper care. Below is a guide to maintain vessels protection and luster.

Regular Rinsing

Frequency: Weekly

Rinsing is the easiest and most important preventative measure you can take to remove contaminants from your vessel before they have a chance to degrade the coating.

Benefits include:

UV Protection: Ceramic coatings offer some degree of UV protection, shielding the boat's paint or gel coat from the harmful effects of prolonged sun exposure. Rinsing helps remove dirt and pollutants that can trap UV rays and accelerate fading or oxidation.

Chemical Resistance: The ceramic layer provides resistance to chemicals and harsh environmental factors. Rinsing helps to wash away chemicals such as salt, which can corrode metal parts and deteriorate the ceramic layer over time.

Easy Cleaning: Rinsing the boat regularly makes future cleaning and maintenance more manageable. It prevents the buildup of stubborn stains, grime, and contaminants, which would otherwise require more aggressive cleaning methods that could damage the ceramic coating.

Preventing Hard Water Spots: Water spots are often caused by mineral deposits left behind when water evaporates. Regular rinsing prevents these spots from forming and etching into the ceramic layer, making it easier to maintain the boat's appearance.

Filtered water is recommended to avoid water spots from contaminants in the water supply. Be sure to rinse every week to reap these benefits.

Scheduled Washing

Frequency: bi-weekly to monthly

With its self cleaning properties you will not have to put much effort into washing your craft.

The soap you use is important. Choose simple boat wash soap that does not contain any harsh cleaners and avoid all waxes. Many boat soaps are "Wash and Wax" soaps, look out for and avoid these. Waxes stick to the ceramic coating and will trap contaminants. This will degrade the ceramic coat faster, dull the appearance, and create spots especially on metal surfaces.

DO NOT use hard brushes. There is no need to use hard brushes when your watercraft has been ceramic coated. Hard brushes with aggressive techniques will wear the ceramic layer and will reduce its hydrophobic properties and potentially create grooves that trap contaminants. Mistakes made with hard brushes can also damage delicate areas of the vessel. Use soft brushes and microfiber hand mitts.

Rinse. Rinsing will wash off all the loose contaminants picked up by the soap. Always rinse after a job well done and dry off with a microfiber towel.

We offer recurring maintenance services to maintain the appearance of your vessel. We have the material, tools, and techniques. Our services are designed to consistently uphold the pristine appearance of your vessel. Request a quote today.

Silica Spray and Ceramic Spray Coating

Frequency: monthly and seasonally

Silica Spray Monthly

When the coat looses some of its hydrophobic qualities we step in and revitalize with silica spray. The SiO2 containing spray does not take long to apply. Its similar to a spray wax.

Ceramic Spray Coating Seasonally

Similar to Silica spray with a bit more kick. Ceramic Spray Coating recharges the ceramic to extend its protection. This is the best way to ensure the ceramic stays intact longer.

Another step in the cleaning and maintenance services we offer.

With this regiment you can keep your ceramic coat looking great for its lifetime and avoid costly premature reapplications.

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