Best Ceramic Coatings to use in 2022
Though it started out as a way to protect cars from sun damage, scratches, dirt, and more, ceramic coating has become very prominent in the boating world as well. A good ceramic coat can provide the ultimate protection to a boat, shielding it from scratches, fish blood, dirt, and many other things that come with dropping into the water. If you’re not sure where to start, you’re in the right place!
What are Ceramic Coatings?
Ceramic coatings are one of the best forms of protection for any boat. They can come as sprays, droppers, or even gels, and can be applied to the surface of the boat, protecting its paint and finishing from bird droppings, dirt, salt, and sun damage. Ceramic coats often last for a year or more, meaning fewer detailing jobs, tiresome cleaning, and re-polishing will be needed.
Why Should You Ceramic Coat Your Boat?
If you truly love your boat, put a ceramic coat on it. It’s no question that boats go through some serious conditions: acid rain, saltwater, hours in direct sunlight, animals, and debris, but with a ceramic coat, your boat will be protected from all of that.
Choosing the Right Ceramic Coating
There are a lot of ceramic coatings on the market right now, so it’s tough to decide which is best. We’ve tested many of these products, and the three that always impress our detailers the most are Liquid Thor, Repel Pro, and Liquid Kraken. We’ll break down some of the best features of each below.
The Liquid Thor ceramic coating is one of the easiest ceramic coats to apply. It has a great work time and won’t dry out, allowing you all the time in the world to get it applied perfectly. During the application process, tons of nanoparticles and UV inhibitors will transfer to the surface of your boat, locking onto the gel coat, marine paint, glass, or other surface to offer protection against even the harshest of elements.
Best used in areas where the finest boat surface protection is required, Repel Pro offers true 9H hardness, which will come in handy if your boat is put to the test. A guarantee is offered when using Repel Pro with marine paint, but even gel coats will enjoy 2-3x more durability than other polymer-based sealants. For even better results, consider pairing this coating with Starke Replenish Silica Spray.
With roughly 12-24 months in between coats, we love the Liquid Kraken ceramic coating because it lasts. Additionally, it has a high concentration of graphene oxide which creates an impressive layer of protection that is one atom thick. With Liquid Kraken on board, you’ll notice a reduction in water spots by about 50%, and if that doesn’t make it all worth it, then nothing will.
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late
Every time your boat leaves storage, it’s at risk for damage. Falling leaves, dirt on the boat trailer, rough waters, and of course, the sun, can all wreak havoc on how your boat looks, feels, and operates. With the right ceramic coating, you can protect your boat from the elements, making it last longer and function optimally. Don’t wait until something goes wrong to put a ceramic coating on it – prevention is best!