How do you wash a ceramic coated car?

I have ceramic coating on the outside of my car to protect the paint. I want to start washing it at home, but I’m not sure where to begin. How do you wash a ceramic coated car?

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Answer provided by
Payton Ternus
Answered on Apr 15, 2022
Just like car insurance, your car washing method and materials should be customized to your car.
Since your car has a ceramic coating, you have two at-home methods to choose from when you wash your car: the two-bucket method and the pressure washer method. Here’s how:
Two-bucket method:
  • Pre-rinse your car with pressure washer or hose
  • Wash the car using a wash mitt, a bucket for soap, and a bucket for water
  • Rinse the car the same way as you pre-rinsed
  • Dry the car with compressed air, a leaf blower, or a microfiber towel
  • Use a ceramic coating maintenance spray
Pressure washer method:
  • Pre-rinse the car
  • Pour snow foam shampoo and water (as instructed by shampoo instructions) into the foam cannon
  • Attach the foam cannon to your pressure washer and spray shampoo on your car
  • Rinse the foam from the car after letting it sit for around 5 minutes
  • Dry the car with compressed air, a leaf blower, or a microfiber towel
  • Use a ceramic coating maintenance spray
Remember—park out of the sun before you begin washing your car to avoid water spots or streaks!
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