How to Remove the Ceramic Coating? in 3 Easy Ways

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Ceramic coating is the strongest protective layer of a car’s surface. It protects the car’s paintwork from UV radiation, bird dropping, bug splatter, acid rain, dirt, road grime, and other contaminants. But for any reason, while you think about reapplying a ceramic coating layer, then you must remove the ceramic coating from the car’s surface. This article will tell you all about the ceramic coating you must know.

It is a transparent physical layer on the paint with a self-cleaning effect. The primary benefit of ceramic coating is the long-lasting effect of a minimum of 12 months. This semi-permanent layer has been easy to apply compared to the past years. Many car lovers use professional products for DIY at home.

When your car’s ceramic coating gets older with time, it becomes more complex. Although it protects and repels the rain and acidic water, it couldn’t be for a lifetime. It should be removed after its lifespan, and to apply the new layer, you have to remove the old layer of ceramic coating. It is not simple as you think to apply and remove.

You can also do this with the help of professional detailing. Just drive towards an expert detailing shop, but you wouldn’t like to spend hundreds of dollars on it when you can remove the ceramic coating at home.

Why Should You Remove the Ceramic Coating?

Imagine your car having this much protection for a whole year, so why should you remove the ceramic coating? Before going on how to remove it, we should first understand the reasons.

  • Ceramic coating is not for a lifetime. Even if you use high-quality products, they will start losing their smoothness, luster, and other protective qualities after their lifespan. That’s why you need to reapply. But you can’t put it one on another. First, remove the old one.
  • Unfortunately, if your car gets damaged or has serious scratches, you probably need to apply paint and ceramic coating.
  • Don’t try an inexperienced detailing person to apply ceramic coating because if it isn’t applied correctly, it’ll get worst and may damage your car paint. In case of this, you’ll need to remove this and reapply the new layer correctly.
  • The most common reason is the dealership. Whenever you get a new car from a dealer, you wouldn’t know about the previous car care routine or maybe it has a fine ceramic coating or not. That’s why you need general service and a protective layer of ceramic coating according to your wish.

How to Remove the Ceramic Coating?

How To Remove The Ceramic Coating?

Once you have all the necessary information on how to remove the ceramic coating, then you will get the confidence to do it. You can also contact to product’s manufacturer to get advice because they provide the best customer service with the help of experts.

But you must reapply the ceramic coating whenever you fix your car or install new body parts.  Here is 3 tested method by professionals for removing the ceramic coating.

1. Remove Ceramic Coating with Claying

Claying is the easiest way to remove the ceramic coating. It is the process of removing any contaminants that can’t be removable from the wash. It is helpful in decontaminants, especially hard elements, like if you want to remove the ceramic coating. There’s no need to do it thoroughly if you need it in a specific area.

Ceramic coating that contains SiO2 with a percentage of 80 or above is highly graded. Claying is particularly recommended for this high-grade ceramic coating. First, wash your car with automotive detergent. Experts recommend a wax-stripe shampoo for this purpose.

Then, dry your car with a microfiber towel and use the clay bar to remove the ceramic coating. Rinse and dry.

2. Use Chemical Remover

This method is highly suitable if your car’s ceramic coating is very old and worn out. Most of the chemical provides good resistance to the ceramic coating, but alkaline products are too strong for it. Many people use alkaline products for removal. But it is suggested that you must consult with a professional before using it. It can damage your car’s clear coat and paintwork.

Consult an expert and do a patch test before using the “Alkaline Products” to remove the ceramic coating.

3. Remove Ceramic Coating with Polishing

Polishing is the most effective and trusted way to remove the ceramic coating from the car’s surface. Removing and preparing the surface for a new ceramic coating layer is also helpful. It removes minor scratches and imperfections from paint and makes it better as new.

People often use polish to make their car shine. One product with hundreds of benefits. You can use a hard or liquid polish according to your wish, but liquid polish is suggested for this purpose. Take a sponge and a microfiber towel. It is better to use an electric buffer because buffing can make it perfect. Focus on small sections for work like professional. You will get a smooth, shiny surface ready to apply the new ceramic coating.


How to remove ceramic coating streaks?

The ceramic coating streaks occur when you apply it on a dirty car or in direct sunlight. Make the cleaning first surety, and then apply the ceramic coating. To remove the streaks, buff the area with an electric buffer or clean microfiber towel. It will remove the streaks completely.

How to remove the ceramic coating from headlights?

Sometimes we face headlights glaze and ceramic coating. No need to worry because you can remove them using toothpaste or baking soda.
1. Spray some water on the headlights and apply some toothpaste. Rub it softly for 2 minutes and leave it for 3 to 5 minutes. Wash or clean it with a wet wipe, and the ceramic coating will remove.
2. Similarly, take white vinegar and baking soda. Make the fine thick paste and apply it on the headlights for 3 to 4 minutes. Wipe it off, and there’ll be no sign of ceramic coating.

You can also use glass cleaner to clean the headlights, but it wouldn’t be as effective as these remedies.

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Owen Price

I'm Owen Price, the founder and car enthusiast senior editor of CarDetailingDIY. I love helping people and teaching them how to take care of their cars and that they don't end up spending thousands of dollars in detailing something that could have been done by themselves at home easily.

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