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Ceramic Coating Prices: How Much Does A Ceramic Coating Cost?

If you’re interested in protecting your vehicle’s paint, and maintaining it’s new look, you’ve probably heard about ceramic coatings. However, most people don’t know that there are many types of ceramic coatings that provide different levels of protection so, the cost can vary depending on several factors. This article will provide you with a breakdown of the main considerations when searching for a ceramic coating, so you can make an informed decision about what’s best for your car and your budget.

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So, How Much Does a Ceramic Coating Cost?

The cost of a ceramic coating can vary greatly, ranging from $300 to over $2500, depending on several factors such as the size of the vehicle, the type of coating used , the warranty period and what level of paint correction is included in the service. A high-quality, professional application at a reputable shop will generally fall within this price range.

Many of the factors that go into the pricing of your car’s ceramic coating are under your control. This means you can tailor the package to meet your specific needs and preferences rather than having to settle for a pre-determined package chosen by someone else. To give you an idea of what to expect, we’ll be using the pricing for ceramic coating in Columbia, SC at Vivid Finish And Films  as examples in this article. Keep in mind that prices may vary slightly depending on your location, but you should be wary of any service provider offering significantly lower prices. High-quality ceramic coating materials don’t come cheap, and applying them requires a skilled technician. Do your research and don’t fall for cheap options that may not deliver the desired results.

What Kind of Car Do You Drive?

The cost of a ceramic coating for your car will greatly depend on the type of vehicle you own. The process of applying a ceramic coating is very time-consuming and labor-intensive so, the larger the vehicle, the more surface area there is to cover, resulting in a higher cost. For example, a compact car like a Mini Cooper will have a lower cost for a ceramic coating compared to a full-size SUV.

When calculating a ceramic coating estimate, we categorize vehicles based on their size, with three categories:

  • small 
  • medium
  • large

The Small category includes compact vehicles, such as coupes or small sedans, fit into the small category.

Medium-sized vehicles encompass a range of types, including sedans of a standard size, larger coupes such as the Dodge Charger, and select compact pickup trucks like the Ford Ranger or Toyota Tacoma.

Large vehicles are full-size trucks, SUVs, minivans, and other similar vehicles.

The rates for these three categories may experience some variation, but they serve as a solid foundation for determining the cost of each ceramic coating we provide.

What Type Of Ceramic Protection Do You Want?

Ceramic Coatings provide differing levels of protection.

For the sake of making things easy to understand, I’ll classify the types of coatings with two categories:

  • Slickness
  • Hardness

 

Some coatings are made mostly for slickness, to help wipe away dirt, mud, bird droppings and tree sap. These coatings tend to have a lower life span than than harder coatings.

Other top performing coatings will typically have a hardness rating above 9h. These types of coatings provide the highest level of scratch resistance and help to minimize swirls in your cars paint that can come from washing and drying. They also offer a similar slickness or hydrophobic effect that lower grade coatings offer.

Since ceramic coatings are in essence a thin glass-like shell, I’ll use glass as an example of the hardness that different coatings offer.

A slickness type of ceramic coating will often have a hardness rating 25% to 35% the hardness of glass.

A top performing ceramic coating will usually have a hardness rating that reaches 70% or 80% the hardness of glass. 

Make no mistake – glass can be scratched, so it only makes sense that even a super hard ceramic coating can also be scratched. Proper care is required for all types of coatings.

How Long Do You Want Your Ceramic Coating to Last?

Once the size of your vehicle has been determined, next we need to know the level of protection you’re looking for and how long you intend to kep your car. At Vivid Finish And Films, we provide Ceramic Pro Coatings with varying warranty terms, as well as two different levels of abrasion resistance, allowing you to choose the option that best suits your needs.

Ceramic Pro Sport has a lifespan of approximately 12 months. It does an amazing job of protecting your car from UV fading, bird droppings, and tree sap. It also makes your car super easy to maintain and keep clean, but it offers very little resistance to abrasion.

Ceramic Pro Bronze lasts a Solid 2-Years. Ceramic Pro Bronze performs nearly identically to Ceramic Pro Sport but lasts twice as long.

Ceramic Pro ION has a 7-Year Warranty. The ION line of coatings is our hardest, most protective coating, offering the best resistance to abrasion available in a ceramic coating. ION also protects from UV fading, oxidation, bird droppings, bug splatter, tree sap and much more. ION is super hydrophobic, making your vehicle easy to maintain.

Ceramic Pro Ultimate ION has a Lifetime Warranty. It performs exactly as ION 7-year coating, but Ultimate ION gets an additional layer, so it’s thicker, and the added thickness translates into a lifetime warranty.

All of these coatings will provide your paint with a similar level of shine and smoothness, but they differ in terms of their durability and scratch resistance. The primary differences between them is thickness, hardness, and how long they are warranted to protect your paint.

The ceramic coatings used for various car surfaces have distinct differences from those used on vehicle paint, with unique purposes. Wheel ceramic coatings, for instance, are engineered to withstand high temperatures and facilitate easy removal of brake dust, while windshield coatings are designed to enhance visibility during rainy conditions. Each coating serves a specific purpose.

Are There Swirl Marks in Your Paint?

The final aspect that influences the cost of your ceramic coating is paint correction. Paint correction will remove imperfections from you paint, like scratches, swirls, stains and water spots. There are different levels of paint correction, each level takes your closer to a flawless finish. Older cars, or cars with water spots often require two to three stages of paint correction. 
Our pricing includes a single stage of paint correction, which focuses on removing minor imperfections, boosting the gloss, and ensuring a smooth surface for the coating to bond seamlessly.

If your vehicle’s paint job has obvious swirls and imperfections that sunlight accentuates, a paint correction can significantly enhance its appearance. If you’re particular about the appearance of your car, it may be worth considering additional paint correction. Keep in mind that paint correction should be done BEFORE ceramic coating your vehicle.

The cost of paint correction services also depend healivy on the size of the vehicle, as well as the amount scratches or other blemishes. We always conduct a thorough inspection of your vehicle before providing a final estimate. If your vehicle’s paintwork appears flawless, with no visible swirl marks or defects, then it’s likely that additional paint correction isn’t necessary before applying a ceramic coating. However, it’s worth noting that a little extra TLC in the form of paint correction can really make your car stand out and look even better.

Ceramic Coating Comparison Chart

The following prices serve as a general guide for the cost of preparing your vehicle and applying a ceramic coating to your vehicle’s paint. These estimates include a single step of paint correction (excluding the Sport package), which is ideal for vehicles that are less than six months old. Our prices cover the full exterior of your vehicle, including the paint, plastic, glass, and wheel faces.

Ceramic Coating Prices For Compact Cars

The Prices Listed Are Typical For Most Standard Compact Cars In “Like New” Condition.

Ceramic Pro Sport

12 Month Warranty
$ 299 Starting At
  • Full Exterior Wash
  • Paint Decontamination Wash
  • Clay Bar Treatment
  • Paint Correction
  • Ceramic Pro Sport Applied To Exterior Paint
  • Ceramic Pro Sport Applied To Exterior Plastic
  • Ceramic Pro Sport Applied To Exterior Glass
  • Ceramic Pro Sport Applied To Wheel Faces
  • Interior Vacuum

Ceramic Pro Bronze

2-YearWarranty
$ 750 Starting At
  • Full Exterior Wash
  • Paint Decontamination Wash
  • Clay Bar Treatment
  • Paint Correction (up to 4 hours)
  • Ceramic Pro Top Coat Applied To Exterior Paint
  • Ceramic Pro Top Coat Applied To Exterior Plastic
  • Ceramic Pro Glass Applied To Exterior Glass
  • Ceramic Pro Wheel & Caliper Applied To Wheel Faces
  • Interior Vacuum

Ceramic Pro ION

7-Year Warranty
$ 1190 Starting At
  • Full Exterior Wash
  • Paint Decontamination Wash
  • Clay Bar Treatment
  • Paint Correction (up to 4 hours)
  • 1 Layer Ceramic Pro ION Base Coat Applied To Exterior Paint, and Plastic
  • 1 Layer Ceramic Pro ION Top Coat Applied To All Exterior Paint, and Plastic
  • Ceramic Pro Glass Applied To Exterior Glass
  • Ceramic Pro Wheel & Caliper Applied To Wheel Faces
  • Interior Vacuum
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Ultimate ION

Lifetime Warranty
$ 1690 Starting At
  • Full Exterior Wash
  • Paint Decontamination Wash
  • Clay Bar Treatment
  • Paint Correction (up to 4 hours)
  • 2-Layers Ceramic Pro ION Base Coat Applied To All Exterior Paint and Plastic
  • 1 layer Ceramic Pro ION Top Coat Applied To All Exterior Paint and Plastic
  • Ceramic Pro Glass Applied To Exterior Glass
  • Ceramic Pro Wheel & Caliper Applied To Wheel Faces
  • Interior Vacuum
Thickest Coating

Ceramic Coating Prices Standard Size Cars

The Prices Listed Are Typical For Most Standard Size Cars “Like New” Condition.

Ceramic Pro Sport

12 Month Warranty
$ 390 Starting At
  • Full Exterior Wash
  • Paint Decontamination Wash
  • Clay Bar Treatment
  • Paint Correction
  • Ceramic Pro Sport Applied To Exterior Paint
  • Ceramic Pro Sport Applied To Exterior Plastic
  • Ceramic Pro Sport Applied To Exterior Glass
  • Ceramic Pro Sport Applied To Wheel Faces
  • Interior Vacuum

Ceramic Pro Bronze

2-YearWarranty
$ 950 Starting At
  • Full Exterior Wash
  • Paint Decontamination Wash
  • Clay Bar Treatment
  • Paint Correction (up to 5 hours)
  • Ceramic Pro Top Coat Applied To Exterior Paint
  • Ceramic Pro Top Coat Applied To Exterior Plastic
  • Ceramic Pro Top Coat Applied To Exterior Glass
  • Ceramic Pro Top Coat Applied To Wheel Faces
  • Interior Vacuum

Ceramic Pro ION

7-Year Warranty
$ 1390 Starting At
  • Full Exterior Wash
  • Paint Decontamination Wash
  • Clay Bar Treatment
  • Paint Correction (up to 5 hours)
  • 1-Layer Ceramic Pro ION Base Coat Applied To Exterior Paint, and Plastic
  • 1-Layer Ceramic Pro ION Top Coat Applied To Exterior Paint, and Plastic
  • Ceramic Pro Glass Applied To Exterior Glass
  • Ceramic Pro Wheel & Caliper Applied To Wheel Faces
  • Interior Vacuum
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Ultimate ION

Lifetime Warranty
$ 1990 Starting At
  • Full Exterior Wash
  • Paint Decontamination Wash
  • Clay Bar Treatment
  • Paint Correction (up to 5 hours)
  • 2-Layers Ceramic Pro ION Base Coat Applied To Exterior Paint, and Plastic
  • 1-Layer Ceramic Pro ION Top Coat Applied To Exterior Paint, and Plastic
  • Ceramic Pro Glass Applied To Exterior Glass
  • Ceramic Pro Wheel & Claiper Applied To Wheel Faces
  • Interior Vacuum
Thickest Coating

Ceramic Coating Prices For Full Size Trucks and SUV's

The Prices Listed Are Typical For Most Full Size Trucks and SUV’s in “Like New” Condition.

Ceramic Pro Sport

12 Month Warranty
$ 549 Starting At
  • Full Exterior Wash
  • Paint Decontamination Wash
  • Clay Bar Treatment
  • Paint Correction
  • Ceramic Pro Sport Applied To Exterior Paint
  • Ceramic Pro Sport Applied To Exterior Plastic
  • Ceramic Pro Sport Applied To Exterior Glass
  • Ceramic Pro Sport Applied To Wheel Faces
  • Interior Vacuum

Ceramic Pro Bronze

2-YearWarranty
$ 1350 Starting At
  • Full Exterior Wash
  • Paint Decontamination Wash
  • Clay Bar Treatment
  • Paint Correction (up to 6 hours)
  • Ceramic Pro Top Coat Applied To Exterior Paint
  • Ceramic Pro Top Coat Applied To Exterior Plastic
  • Ceramic Pro Top Coat Applied To Exterior Glass
  • Ceramic Pro Top Coat Applied To Wheel Faces
  • Interior Vacuum

Ceramic Pro ION

7-Year Warranty
$ 1790 Starting At
  • Full Exterior Wash
  • Paint Decontamination Wash
  • Clay Bar Treatment
  • Paint Correction (up to 6 hours)
  • 1-Layer Ceramic Pro ION Base Coat Applied To Exterior Paint, and Plastic
  • 1- Layer Ceramic Pro ION Top Coat Applied To Exterior Plastic, and Plastic
  • Ceramic Pro Glass Applied To Exterior Glass
  • Ceramic Pro Wheel & Caliper Applied To Wheel Faces
  • Interior Vacuum
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Ultimate ION

Lifetime Warranty
$ 2490 Starting At
  • Full Exterior Wash
  • Paint Decontamination Wash
  • Clay Bar Treatment
  • Paint Correction (up to 6 hours)
  • 2-Layers Ceramic Pro ION Base Coat Applied To Exterior Paint, and Plastic
  • 1-Layer Ceramic Pro ION Top Coat Applied To Exterior Paint, andPlastic
  • Ceramic Pro Glass Applied To Exterior Glass
  • Ceramic Pro Wheel & Caliper Applied To Wheel Faces
  • Interior Vacuum
Thickest Coating

In Conclusion...

The cost of ceramic coating your car can fluctuate significantly, with professional applications ranging from approximately $300 to over $2500. Adding paint correction services can further increase the price. A ceramic coating offers excellent protection and preservation for your vehicle, but it’s essential to do your research and ensure your installer provides thorough explanations and options to suit your needs.

If you live near Columbia, SC and are interested in having your vehicle ceramic coated, feel free to reach out to us through email at vividfinishandfilms@gmail.com or give us a call at (803) 590-8686. For more information on scheduling and package details, be sure to check out our Ceramic Coating and Paint Correction Service pages.

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What Is Paint Protection Film (PPF) or Clear Bra?

Kavaca paint protection film is thermoplastic urethane  ( TPU) self-healing film applied to painted surfaces of a new or used car in order to protect the paint from stone chips, bug splatters, and minor abrasions. This film can be used on airplanes, RVs, cell phones, electronics, screens, motorcycles, nearly any smooth, no-porous surface that you want to protect from nicks, scratches and chips.

Kavaca PPF (Kavaca means Armor) is specifically designed to protect painted surfaces from abrasion, corrosion, chemicals, stone chips, and other types of physical damage.

Within the Kavaca line, we offer two customizable types of paint protection film:

  1. Ceramic Coated/Self Healing PPF

  2. Matte Finish PPF