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


Porsche 912 Paint Correction and Opti-Coat


Specialists are far and few.  This particular client contacted me through a referral and was very interested in protecting his new toy.  In terms of durability, ease of maintenance, and reliability, his best choice was Opti-Coat Pro.  During the winter time, Long Island gets covered in road salt which can severely damage this classic roadster.  We wanted to protect the new finish and prevent any further damage as this Porsche was recently repainted.  Luckily it only required some mild paint correction and detailing prior to opticoat application. We chose to schedule a Stage Three detail with Opti-Coat Pro application.


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It is always good practice to take paint thickness readings across all panels before correction.  Paint correction and buffing removes paint. We want to be safe and make sure we are not removing too much paint and jeopardizing the integrity of the paint.  In this case, we have tons of paint to work with as this was recently resprayed generously.
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Preparation is key with Opti-Coat Pro applications.  After the paint correction process the car is carefully hand washed and dried to remove any polishing dust and residue. To remove any oils left behind, by my hands or the polishes, I then prep the entire vehicle with a strong alcohol solution. After carefully inspecting the paint for any other imperfections or blemishes, we are ready for the application process.

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Interested in getting the same luxurious detail and protection as this client had? Learn more about our Stage Three Detail and Opti-Coat here.

I hope you enjoyed reading this detailing write up as much as I enjoyed actually detailing!  After a long days work I managed to restore the luster on this 1967 Porsche 912 and protect it from further damage using Opti-Coat Pro. Any questions or concerns about the Long Island Detailer, Xclusive Autoworks, call any time at (516) 965-7289!


Tesla Model S Opti-Coat Detail


Client was interested in starting off his new car ownership on the right foot.  He wanted the best paint protection with the easiest maintenance.  Providing a 5 year warranty, an Opti-Coat Pro detail was the best choice for him.  Tesla’s are notorious for having extremely thin paint which can lead to premature failure especially with Long Island’s damaging winters.  Opti-Coat Pro is the only paint coating that can provide the protection to ensure his paint will not fail and protect his investment.

The detail began with a mild paint correction requiring only a few hours of intensive polishing to remove any defects from the surface. As Opti-Coat is permanent, we need to make sure the surface is as flawless as possible. We will not be able to go back and remove any scratches after the application. While detailing I use a combination of high power LED lights and strong halogen lights to expose all swirls and defects in the paint.
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Time was limited for me and I was pressed to finish the detail within in a full day so I only took a few pictures after the Opti-Coat Pro application.  The below vehicle was coated from head to toe. The facings of the wheels, all paint, and all of the trim was protected. The glass we will be detailed and coated at a later point. With a windshield coating, my client will have no issues navigating the Long Island expressway during a severe thunderstorm. The water simply beeds up and slides off.
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Paint is my speciality

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Thank you for looking and hope you enjoyed reading about my details as much as I enjoy performing them!  If you are interested in getting an Opti-Coat Pro detail you can feel free to call anytime at (516) 965-7289. I proudly serve all of Long Island, New York!


New Audi S5 Gets Opti-Coat on Long Island


Opti-Coat, Best Way To Protect Your New Car

And this owner knows all about the benefits of Opti-Coat Pro.  After buying his new Audi S5, the owner wanted a perfectly clean and easy car to take care of.  Opti-Coat was the clear choice for this owner.  We immediately booked an appointment to prevent any further damage prior to application.

While prepping the Audi for Opti-Coat, I always start with the deironizing and degreasing the wheels.  The red spots you see below are areas reacting with heavy iron particles embedded in the wheel.  This particular process is the best method of cleaning wheels on high performance cars such as this Audi S5.  High performance break pads contain a large amount of iron which causes very dirty wheels, very quickly.  And we wanted the wheels to be flawless prior to Opti-Coating them.  Oh and yes, you can Opti-Coat wheels.
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After prepping the wheels I moved onto the paintwork. The entire car received a 2 bucket method wash, deironized with Iron-X, then gently clayed to remove all embedded contaminants. On Long Island, contaminants are common and come in all forms. Such as heavy rail dust for those living near the Long Island Rail Road and strong sap for those living near or under trees.  After completing these processes, the car is completely bare and ready to be lightly polished and prepped for Opti-Coat.
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After prepping the entire exterior, I went on to polish all of the paintwork to remove any defects and scratches. In this case the process was quick and simple. After prepping, the entire car got one more hand wash then wiped down with an alcohol solution to remove any oils left behind. Now we are ready to apply the permanent coating.
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All painted surfaces are coating and permanently protected. In this particular detail we coated all exterior paintwork, the wheels, and even the door jambs.  This will make washing and maintenance unbelievably easy.  The wheels will stay clean through the harsh Long Island winters and the door jambs won’t build up excessive amounts of grime and dirt.Audi S5 After Paint Correction Audi S5 After Paint Correction Audi S5 Opti-Coat Gloss Audi S5 Opti-Coat Wheels Audi S5 Opti-Coat Gloss Audi S5 Opti-Coat Gloss


Tesla Model S Opti-Coat Pro Detail


For these two Tesla Model S’, Opti-Coat Pro was the only choice.  Tesla’s are notorious for having extremely thin clear coats which, over time, wear down.  For a car that many buyers plan on keeping for years to come, that is a major problem.  Opti-Coat Pro provides a protective layer 2 microns thick. That’s about 100x thicker than any wax or sealant on the market.  With Long Island’s harsh winters ahead, the owner wanted to protect his investments.  Both cars, white and silver, got the same treatment.  A full service detail, paint correction, and Opti-Coat Pro application.

I started with the Silver Model S. First I pre-rinsed and decontaminated with Iron-X to remove all embedded particles.  Then I washed with the 2 bucket method and then finally began the claying process.  These precautions were taken to make sure nothing was left in the paint before beginning correction.

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The red substance you see is the Iron-X dissolving iron particles embedded in the wheels.

Tesla Sonax Wheel

I was pressed for some on both cars so I took very little before photos. The first photo is an after shot of the black trim surrounding the panoramic roof.
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After I made sure that every single panel was flawless. I can finally begin the coating process. Opti-Coat Pro is permanent and very durable. Preparation steps are very important. We do not want to permanently seal in scratches, scuffs, or swirls.

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After Opti-Coat Pro had been applied and cured, I went around the vehicle and dressed all trim and rubber surfaces. The dressing used for this application was waterproof and will provide a nice sheen on all plastic and rubber surfaces for weeks to come.
Tesla Opti-Coat Pro After Tesla Opti-Coat Pro After Tesla Opti-Coat Pro AfterAfter completing the Silver Tesla Model S, I went home and got prepared to tackle the white one.  Processes were pretty much the same across both vehicles. Rinse, decontaminate with Iron-X, hand wash, clay bar, then paint correction.

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On both Tesla’s, I applied Opti-Coat Pro to the wheels. This really helps with the maintenance. Brake dust comes off much more easily and it can save a lot of time from scrubbing and rubbing against the wheels surface.Opti-Coat Tesla Wheels After Opti-Coat White Tesla After Opti-Coat White Tesla After detailing white tesla


Without a doubt, Opti-Coat Pro is the best coating available for Tesla’s. It will provide a full protective layer sealing in the already thin clear coat.  These two vehicles are prepared to take on the weather of Long Island.  To schedule your Opti-Coat Pro appointment or simply to ask questions about the coating, feel free to call Xclusive Autoworks at (516) 965-7289