SDOC was founded in Orange County in 2007. When choosing a detailer, cost can be an important factor but just as important is the amount of experience and skill the detailer possesses. Nowadays, everyone is talking about ceramic clear coats and it seems like every detailer out there has jumped on the ceramic bandwagon. Well, long before most of these companies even existed, SDOC was here helping to drive that bandwagon into the OC. Simply put, we have been doing this since the early days of ceramic coats and have thousands of hours of experience building our expertise to a fine art. When you are looking for a detailer to paint correct and install a ceramic coat on your vehicle, you want one that has the skills and knowledge to do it properly. While other detailers try to offer as many different services as possible, here at SDOC we do one thing and one thing only, paint correction and ceramic clear coats.
What is Paint Correction and Why do You Need it?
Before a ceramic clear coat can be applied to your vehicle, it will need to be paint corrected. New vehicles have clear coats that are not polished down well enough for a ceramic coat to properly bond with them and over time all cars will start to get swirls and scratches in their paint. Swirls are easily recognized as circular patterns in the finish and are most easily seen when the vehicle is in direct sunlight. These swirls are actually millions of tiny scratches in the clear coat typically caused by improper washing and dirt sitting on the paint. While they may seem tiny and only be an eye-sore, the reality is, these swirls will get deeper over time and build upon each other. Left uncorrected, they will eventually start to cause the clear coat to breakdown and fail. When that happens, your finish, which is a water based paint, will start to oxidize and fade quickly leading to thousands of dollars in lost value and an equal amount in repair coat. So what do you do to stop this from happening to your vehicle?
Paint correction involves using a range of powered machines, often known as dual action random orbital polishers (DA Polishers) and rotary buffers in combination with professional level cutting polishes and compounds to safely remove the scratches and swirls from your vehicle’s finish. This process usually takes several hours to complete and when finished, your vehicle will have a factory like appearance with a gloss and shine that goes beyond what it looked like even new. Once the paint correction is done and the vehicle is swirl free, it is time to think about how to stop the swirls and scratches from coming back. That’s where ceramic clear coats come in!
So What is a Ceramic Clear Coat?
Ceramic clear coats are poly-synthetic nano polymer coats that are highly resistant to scratches and the elements. They are hard wearing, permanent coats that bond with your factory clear coat and will last for several years before needing to be reapplied. They will not wash off and the only way to remove a ceramic coat is through heavy compound polishing. In other words, once on they are there to stay! Ceramic Clear Coats are designed to be hydrophobic as well. This means when the coat encounters water, it quickly pushes the water off the vehicle so you don’t get water spots or rain/sprinkler damage.
Why is a Ceramic Clear Coat Necessary?
When you want to preserve the factory perfect look of your vehicle, avoid scratches and swirls and damage from sprinklers/rain, you need a ceramic coat. Through the years car care companies have sought ways to create new products that will last longer and provide more protection to to the finish. Until more recently, most consumers were left with waxes and sealants as their best options. While these products provided good elemental protection they fell far short of providing scratch protection and only lasted a few weeks at a time meaning that you would need to put in a lot of effort or hire a detailer often to keep your finish protected.
Then about 15 years ago a new product was launched on the market, the ceramic clear coat arrived and suddenly consumers had a new option that not only provided elemental protection but also excelled at scratch resistance and water protection. Just as importantly, these clear coats will often last upwards of five years when cared for properly. When you want the maximum level of protection, the best shine possible and the longest lasting product you can get, there simply is nothing better than a ceramic clear coat. From the earliest days when even very few other professionals knew what a ceramic coat was, SDOC was perfecting the art of applying them to vehicles.
But Aren’t Ceramic Clear Coats Expensive?
As ceramic coats have become more popular people have noticed that they often seem expensive. The truth is, ceramic coats will save you money throughout the life of owning the vehicle for a few important reasons. Once applied, you will no longer need to hire a professional detailer that often charges upwards of 150.00 to 200.00 to detail the outside of the vehicle (to do it right). To maintain the maximum value of a vehicle and keep it looking factory new, it should be professionally detailed twice a year. The average owner keeps their new car for about 5 years. That means without a ceramic coat you could be spending upwards of 1,500 just to maintain your finish. Also factor in the occasional major scratch that would have been stopped by a ceramic coat and that cost can go much higher. More importantly, the ceramic coat will INCREASE the resale value of your vehicle by keeping it looking factory new. A quick check of KBB’s site will reveal that the difference in listing price between a “good” and “Excellent” condition vehicle can be thousands of dollars and much of the “excellent” rating is based on the visual appearance of the vehicle.
So, How much Is it?
At SDOC we work with the highest rated ceramic products while working to maintain reasonable prices. We will not just push you in the direction of our most expensive ceramic coats. Instead we work with you to determine what the best ceramic coat is for your vehicle’s needs. Our pricing is based on a few factors, the type of vehicle, its size and how many hours of paint correction will be needed to complete the task and the type of ceramic coat used. Most vehicles will be between 450.00 and 600.00 for this service. To get an accurate price please call us.
What does the Service Consist of?
Sunset Correction with Ceramic Clear Coat
- This is our signature service and what put us on the map!
- We start this detail by giving the vehicle a complete wash using Optimum rinse-less wash, which allows us to clean more thoroughly and safely than water and soap alone, and allows our detailers to inspect the paint much more closely for any scratches and defects.
- We then use Nano-Skin to remove as much ground in surface contaminants as possible.
- After which an iron/fallout remover is used to rid the surface of these pollutants.
- This is when the magic starts! We Paint Correct the vehicle using a rotary buffers/DA Polishers that are safe and effective for removing swirls and scratches from the paint. We start off by determining which polishing compound is appropriate for the vehicle and which correction pads to use. Once these have been determined, we get to work removing the swirls scratches and years of wear and tear on the vehicle and start to return it to its showroom condition.
- After the major swirls and damage are removed, we use a lighter cutting pad and polish to remove the finer swirls and scratches and bring out the paints true shine.
- The third polishing step comes next and will ensure that any light swirls/scratches are fully removed, and the paint is as brilliant as possible.
- Once the vehicle is as free of scratches and swirls as possible, we apply the the ceramic coat in two stages to ensure maximum protection and coverage.