How to care for your ceramic coating

How long until my car can get wet?

Whenever we release a vehicle it is fully cured and baked. This means the coating is safe to go outside. We do recommend you wait at least 5 days until exposing the finish to ANY soaps. Water from rain is okay, but no rinsing, washing, or waterless washing. We only recommend removing bugs or bird bombs within this time period.

How long until I can wash after ceramic coating my car?

It is best to wait at least 5 days after pickup before washing your vehicle or exposing it to any soaps. If bugs or bird bombs hit your vehicle, we recommend removing them immediately with a gentle mix of waterless wash (CarPro Echo works great). Always use high grade (minimum of 70/30 blend) microfiber towels and discard after using to remove bugs or bird bombs. Both bird bombs and bugs can etch and cause damage if left on the surface even if only for a few hours.

What is the proper way to wash my ceramic coating?

Follow the two bucket wash method using CarPro Reset as your wash soap. Always rinse thoroughly before washing and after washing. It is required that you always dry the vehicle fully after rinsing. You cannot rinse and leave the vehicle to dry on its own. This will cause irreversible damage from spotting. If you want to clean your vehicle, always commit to a complete two bucket wash and drying. Our personal preference is drying using a cordless leaf blower which will knock off 90% of the water from the surface. Other soaps may contain silicones and waxes that can clog the finish of your vehicle. If we do not have availability for washes and you prefer to wash yourself, visit the CarPro forums at to watch how to videos and further support.

Can I wax my car after a ceramic coating or paint protection film install?

We recommend against using any waxes, sealants, or glazes after your installation. The only sealant that can be used on your coated vehicle is either CarPro Echo2, Reload or Elixir. Any other topper may void your warranty and congest/clog your finish. No polish, abrasives, or glazes can be used without risking damage and voiding your warranty. By using these three safe products, we can ensure that your coating or clear bra will last for years to come without issue.

Will a ceramic coating help resist bird bombs and acid rain water etching?

Yes, a ceramic coating will do a good job resisting both water marks and bird droppings. We do highly recommend avoiding sprinkler systems as they contain a high mineral content that will congest and leave marks that may be quite difficult to remove from every surface of your vehicle, coated or not. Bird droppings can etch and eat through clear coat within minutes, so we do recommend using a quick detailer to remove any droppings as soon as possible. Bug splatter is also extremely harmful to your finish and we recommend removing them whenever possible.

Water repellency has faded over time, is something wrong?

Over time, contaminants can build up and affect the coating. The good news is that a good wash with CarPro Reset on a regular basis will help avoid this issue. Also using Iron-X on a regular basis (monthly or bimonthly) can help avoid this issue. Topping your finish with CarPro Reload or Elixir will help revitalize and return the upper hydrophobic layer to its former glory.

Can I use a pressure washer to clean my car?

While a pressure washer is a good option, we recommend proceeding with extreme caution. A pressure washer can inject water into your paint protection film and begin to cause lifting, injected water bubbles and premature failure. Damage caused by a pressure washer is not covered in your warranty. Using caution, a lower pressure washer (1800psi and lower), and using a wide fan tip will help reduce the likelihood of these issues.

Can I, or should I use a car cover?

We recommend against ever using a car cover in most cases. Car covers generally cause damage to corners of the paint and will act as sand paper if the cover and the car isn’t totally clean and dust free. Car covers can and will cause swirling and marring to your finish that is not covered by warranty.

What products do you recommend I use?

• CAR WASH SOAP – CarPro Reset
• SEALANT/TOPPER – CarPro Reload or Elixir
• WHEEL CLEANER – Tuga Devil
• TIRE DRESSING – Meguiar’s Hyper Dressing
• IRON REMOVER – CarPro Iron-X
• MICROFIBER TOWELS – Anything made by Microfiber Madness