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Opting for Cheap Ceramic Coatings? Beware of Drawbacks

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

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Cheaper ceramic coatings often use lower-quality materials and may lack the advanced formulations and technology found in higher-end coatings. As a result, they may not provide the same level of protection and durability.

DURABILITY Of Cheap Ceramic Coatings.

Lower-cost ceramic coatings may have a shorter lifespan, meaning they will need to be reapplied more frequently. This can end up costing you more in the long run, as you'll need to invest time and money in reapplications. Also we have noticed that even coatings that claim 8 or 9 year durability failing or needing to be “topped off” often to keep their warranties. Why is this?


Cheaper coatings may not offer the same level of performance when it comes to water beading, UV protection, and resistance to environmental contaminants. They may also be less effective at repelling dirt and grime, leading to a less pristine appearance over time.


The application of ceramic coatings requires skill and precision. Cheaper coatings may not adhere properly or provide consistent results, which can lead to uneven or unsatisfactory finishes. In some cases, poor application can even damage your vehicle's paint or other surfaces. A lot of companies are using 1 bottle of coating to apply to multiple cars at a time, leaving them to be exposed to air, lowering their effectiveness when they apply it to the next vehicle, or they aren’t applying the same amount of product to that vehicle because they’re trying to get the most out of bottle to pad their profits.


Most coatings have warranties. But when looking at the fine print they often come with requirements the customer must fulfill to keep their warranty. Most of the time by paying the dealer to reapply a topcoat every year to maintain their hydrophobics. It is a great idea to have your installer maintain your coated vehicle but if a coating is needing to be reapplied often, what good is a warranty? Oftentimes the warranties read something like “Will keep the vehicle looking better than had the vehicle not been coated”.. Seriously, we've read that on a bigger manufacturer's “guarantee”. We believe in coatings that work, with a single layer, that actually hold up for years, not in purchasing just a warranty.


Poorly formulated or incorrectly applied cheap ceramic coatings can damage your vehicle's paint or other surfaces, requiring costly repairs or even a complete redo of the coating process.


Cheaper options we have seen for coatings have led to poor customer support. Especially if the cheaper option is doing it yourself. Modesta coatings not only offer local support but the brand stands behind their product and takes helping you care for your vehicle to another level.


Some lower-quality ceramic coatings may contain harmful chemicals or solvents that can be detrimental to the environment or pose health risks during application. Premium coatings are often formulated with a focus on eco-friendliness and safety.


Cheaper ceramic coatings may not provide the same level of gloss, depth, and clarity as higher-quality coatings. If aesthetics are important to you, it's worth investing in a premium product.


Cheaper ceramic coatings may not have undergone the same rigorous research, testing, and development as premium options. As a result, their long-term performance and ability to withstand various environmental conditions may be questionable. Most companies rely on outsourcing their product development and don’t actually even test the products themselves.

One HUGE difference between Modesta and most other companies is their commitment to testing and creating and bottling EVERYTHING in house.

When considering a ceramic coating, it's crucial to do your research, read reviews, and, if possible, consult with professionals or experts in the field. Investing in a reputable and higher-quality ceramic coating, even if it comes at a higher initial cost, can provide better protection and results, as well as peace of mind regarding the care of your vehicle or other coated surfaces.

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