Make your second hand car beautiful for a long time by ceramic coating!

Does ceramic coating need for a second hand car?

Recently, many people are recommended to apply ceramic coating by a dealer when they buy a second hand car.
Unfortunately, many second hand cars lose have the damaged or lost their luster car bodies.
However, you want to drive your precious car for a long time even though second hand, don’t you?

“Is ceramic coating only for a brand new car?”
“Is it effective on a second hand car, too?”
“What kind of coatings does it match?”

Some of you might think like above.
In conclusion, ceramic coating is compatible with a second hand car!

However, there are many kinds of car coatings, and some of them don’t have a strong effect.
Also even you apply ceramic coating, the effect will get weaker and weaker if you neglect daily car care.
In this article, we would like to introduce about types of coatings for a second hand car, how to apply, how to maintain and so on.

What kinds of coating products are there?

“I will apply ceramic coating!”, but there are so many products in shops and I which products should I use…”

At once you decided to apply ceramic coating, you tend to have a problem like above.
Moreover, we think that there are many people don’t understand about kinds of coatings well.
Now, we would like to explain about features of 3 main categories.

Features of wax

This is most popular in the market.
Even ceramic coating and polymer coating are getting more popular than before, car wax has some strong followings.
In this section, we would like to mention about soil car wax only.
Also the components are some types such as petroleum, vegetable and animal.
If you want to feel the certain results, carnauba wax is recommended. We would like to mention about the reason later.

The way of application is close to shoe polishing,

1. Applying the car wax with a sponge or cloth
2. Wait a moment and wipe the car body until it gets shiny.

We think that the step no.2 is so hard…
Anyway, what is the best points of car wax such as hard work?

The answer is “gloss”.

The more you polish the car body with car wax, the more it gets shiny, especially a dark color car.
Then carnauba wax is superior in making glossy. It is super glossy.
However, it is not so durably, so you should apply again when the car wax started to fade.

Features of glass-like coating

Frankly, this category is so vague. Sometimes it is categorized as wax.
Almost all glass coatings which are selling in stores or dealers are this “glass-like”coating.
Polymer coating is categorized this type.
It is between wax and glass coating and the chemical coating which contains fiberglass.

Durability and application are not so bad.
It looks glossy (but it is less than car wax) and beautiful and smooth to touch.

It doesn’t have extreme good and bad points.

However, the surface layer becomes worth not as glass coating, so you should apply it again when you feel that it is not glossy.

Features of glass coating

Of course, Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating is categorized this type.
Forming the 100% glass layer after hardening.
The hardening has been started at once the solution in the air, so basically it is in a light-resistant container(such as a glass bottle), it is one of the biggest points which you find genuine-glass coating or not.

It is getting popular, but we fell that there are only a few product of “real glass coating” in the market.

First of all, durability is awesome.

The gloss could be removed a little due to dirt or scratches, but the glass layer doesn’t removed for a short time such as a half year.
(Basically, Pika Pika Rain coating products are 3 years durability.)
It can reduce damages to the car body directly for a long time.
Moreover, there are many people who like the glass coating deep gloss.

When we think about the difficult points, application is more difficult than above 2 types.

It harden naturally, so if you forget to wipe the solution, you can remove it only by polishing. Also it doesn’t allow get wet before hardening, so you should need knowledge and advance preparations such as checking the weather forecast.

However, at once you applied it, you don’t need to special car care.
It is different which you chose.

From the next section, we would like to explain about good points of these coatings for a second hand car!

Ceramic Coating is good for a second hand car!

When you buy a second hand car, you care about looking used.
Even though it is in good condition, the gloss and is less good than a brand new car.

You might understand that coating is essential for a second hand car above.

Then, especially glass coating is highly recommended!

From now, we would like to talk more detail.

1. Get the gloss like a brand new car”

This is the most obvious point.

Ceramic coating produces a gorgeous gloss and makes the car body color deeper.
Therefore, the faded car body can be beautiful like a brand new car!

Also if there are scratches on the car body, they becomes noticeable as they are covered with the glass layer.
(Please make sure that it doesn’t meant scratches are removed. Polishing with a compound is needed if you want to remove them completely.)

2. Protect the car paint surface from scratches

When you buy a car, you always want to keep it beautifully, don’t you?

Ceramic coating protects your precious car from scratches.

The more you dive a car, the more scratches get on the car body naturally.
If you want to remove them, you should polish with a compound, but it is time-consuming.
Also scratches causes the car body looks faded.

However, you don’t have to worry about it anymore!

If you apply ceramic coating, the car body was covered the glass layer.
Therefore, the car body won’t get scratches directly.

Moreover, Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating has 3 years durability, so you don’t’ have to need reapply it for a while.

3. Save the time for daily car care

Of course, ceramic coating makes daily car care easy.

The car body which is applied ceramic coating respells water much than unapplied glass coating. Therefore, wiping after car wash gets much easier and you can save the time!

From above reasons, ceramic coating is highly recommended for a second hand car.
You can find the difference of water repellency and gloss more clearly, so you might get a greater sense of achievement.

We think that ceramic coating matches these days such as people drive their cars for a long time.

Before applying ceramic coating

Does preparation need for a second hand car?

For a brand new car, you don’t have to preparation unless there are scratches or dirt.

However, how about a second hand car?

There is possibility that it has scratches or water spots or an old car wax which the previous car owner applied.
If you don’t remove them, they could be covered by ceramic coating, but they could cause the durability.
Please check the car body condition when you bought it and do the appropriate preparation.

Main type of preparation

■Oil Remover

This solution removes extra oily substances adhered the car body.
Pika Pika Rain Oil Remover contains alcohol which is good for Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating.
For a second hand car, applying oil remover is highly recommended.

■Water spots remover

This solution removes water spots.
For water spots in a small area, applying it is easy.
However, if water spots spread widely, polishing with compound is better.
Please make note that water spots are covered into the glass layer if you forget to remove them.

■Compound

This solution polishes and removes scratches or water spots such as a cleanser.
Normally, polishing with a rough grain first, and then polishing with a fine one.
For a small area, polishing with a sponge or a microfiber cloth are fine, but for a wide area, polishing with a machine is better.

■Iron fillings remover or clay

Sometimes car gets iron filling on the car body. You can check them to stroke the car body with a clear film. If you feel touch something rough, there are possibility to iron fillings adhered.
Then you can remove them with iron fillings solution or clay.

Regarding an iron fillings solution, please follow the instruction. Regarding a clay, please use fold into with water as much as you can. If you use a clay with iron fillings, it causes scratches.

How to apply ceramic coating

You finished preparation, so next is applying ceramic coating.
We would like to explain about car wash, drying and applying in detail!

First, car washing is the basic before application

“What? Am I not able to start applying ceramic coating even preparation finished?

Some of you might think above.
However, car wash is essential before ceramic coating application…

Please start ceramic coating application with the clean car body to avoid the dirt will be covered with the glass layer!

STEP no.1: Wash off the dust or sand

STEP no.2: Make bubbles with a car shampoo

You can use other shampoos if it is neutral, but if you want to save the time and effort, please try Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo which can prevents unnecessary bubbling!

STEP no.3: Soak a microfiber cloth and wash the car

Please wash the car with a microfiber cloth gently not to harm it.

STEP no.4: Rinse with water

◎Tips

・Let’s wash by hand!

We recommend hand-washing as not only washing small parts, but also you can check your car condition.
Then if there is a problem, you can find and deal with it quickly.

Please avoid using a car wash machine which has a brush or mop as it damages the car body due to stones.
Even if you feel some troubles to wash yourself, please use a high-pressure car wash machine.

・Do not forget wiping the water!

After you wash off the car shampoo, if you leave the water for a long time, it might be come water spots. (Please make sure that the water dries more quickly in a hot weather!)

Therefore, please do not forget to wipe the water with a dry microfiber cloth definitely!

For some areas where difficult to wipe such as gaps, please try to open and close doors or tur the engine on. Then some water comes out and you can wipe it, too.

・Get the ceramic coating effect more by Pika Pika Rain Oil Remover!

This step is not essential, but if you remove extra oily substances after car wash, Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating can fit to the car body securely. We recommend it!

Ceramic Coating application

Thank you for waiting!
From now, we would like to explain about applying ceramic coating!

STEP no.1: Apply the solution with a sponge

You can apply well when you spread the solution to the same direction.

Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating spreads very well, so the amount of putting on the sponge is just a several drops (for the first time, 5 or 6 drops).

Please add a few more drops when the sponge starts to make squeaking noises.

◎Tips

・Apply the solution thinly and evenly!

This is the one of the most important tips in Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating application.

We understand you tend to put the solution on a sponge too much.

However, it causes the foggy finishing, so please be careful not to use it too much.

・Apply the solution to the every small areas!

If you apply the solution to the wide area at once, it dries before wiping and causes the foggy finishing. Therefore, please wipe apply it to every small areas such as half of the hood or a door.

STEP no.2: Wipe and spread the solution with a microfiber cloth

When you apply the solution, please wipe and spread the solution with a microfiber cloth immediately. You should be careful as this step is different from car wax.

Also you should better to wipe it softly.

Please move to the next area and continue applying the whole car using step no.1 & 2.

STEP no.3: Final check

Finally, please check whether you did not apply or wipe from different angles.
If there is no problem, application is finished!
Please do not allow to get wet the car body after 12 hours application.

How to make the ceramic coating last longer?”

Do you think that you don’t have to do anything after application?

The answer is NO.

Regular car care is necessary to make the glass coating effect last longer!

POIN no.1: Regular car wash is the most important

First of all, an important thing is car wash.
However, you don’t have to wash with a car shampoo every time, just splashing the water is OK.
There are many types of dirt which adhered to the car body such as dust, bugs or bird droppings. These might damage to the glass layer before you knew it, so you should better to remove them as soon as possible.

Of course, the dirt is noticeable, washing with a car shampoo is effective.
Stubborn oily substances cane be removed by Pika Pika Rain Oil Remover beautifully.
If you use a car wash machine, it tends to use little water and removes dirt with brushes by force. Then it causes scratches, so please wash by hand gently after ceramic coating application.
If you cannot avoid use it, washing your car with a plenty of water in advance is recommended.

By the way, following are the appropriate car wash frequency.

■In case of outdoor parking

For a dark color car … about once a week
For a light color car… about twice a month

■In case of indoor parking

For a dark color car … about twice a month
For a light color car… about once a month

POIN no.2: Get the effect of the ceramic coating more by Nano Pika Pika Rain

As we said the point no.1, washing with the water can keep your car beautiful, but some of you might think that “I want to make my car more beautiful”.

For you, we would like to recommend applying Nano Pika Pika Rain additionally.

Originally, Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating is developed to protect the clear layer of the car paint surface.

Nano Pika Pika Rain can make another protection layer for the glass layer, and it can make the glass layer last longer.
Moreover, if you apply Nano Pika Pika Rain every car wash, light water spots can be removed by washing.
This protection layer will come off within 1 – 2 moths (it depends on the circumstance), so you should better to apply it again for the next car wash.

There are many other after car care products, but they are made for using the same company’s coatings together, so we recommend to prepare the same brand products.

In case of Pika Pika Rain series…

・Pika Pika Rain GRAND and Nano Pika Pika Rain Type-K

・Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM and Nano Pika Pika Rain Type-K

・Ultra Pika Pika Rain and Nano Pika Pika Rain Type-H

Above are the best combinations.

Finally

How was it?

Pila Pika Rain Ceramic Coating matches a second hand car very much!
Ceramic coating can protect the car body from scratches or dirt and get glossy.
It is very nice for you who want to dive your precious car for a long time.

Please apply ceramic coating when you buy a second hand car!

Must-see how to deal with failures according to case!

When you think that you failed in application…

Regard as steps of Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating application are…

applying the solution with a sponge,

and

wiping it with a microfiber cloth.

This simplicity is one of our attractiveness.
However, sometimes you might failed in application.
Also there could be various reasons such as mistakes yourself or unavoidable events.

In this article, we would like to introduce how to deal with them by each cases!

Case no.1 : Applied to the glass or rubber parts!

In the first place, why Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating cannot be applied to thems?
Some of you might think that it seems OK as it can be applied to plastic.

We understand your question!
Now, we would like to explain about the reasons.

Regard as glass parts

Frankly, the main reason is not effective.

Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating changes to 100% glass after hardening.
Therefore, it means applying glass (coating) to glass (parts)…
Of course, it could protect the glass parts and repel the water, but you could not be impressed by the results as the car body.

Moreover, glass is clear and it is the difficult part to find foggy results.
Sometimes our customers want to apply it to the glass roof,
but we always answer that it’s OK, but please apply carefully more than the car body.
(Recovery when you failed is much more difficult than car body, too!)

Regard as rubber parts

First, the solution will be absorbed too much.
Also please make sure that there is a possibility to change the color.
Some carbon, metal and chromyl parts as well.
Frankly, it is a very rare case, but Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating is made for the clear layer,
so please test to unnoticeable parts first definitely when you wonder whether I can apply or not.

Rubber is a shrinking part, so there is a possibility to become worse as stop its shrinking by ceramic coating.

An Extra article: regard as a sticker and a decal

We also ask our customers to avoid applying Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating to a sticker or a decal.
Because the solution is “liquid” before it harden.
That is to say these get weaker to stick as they absorbed the liquid.

Therefore, if you want to use a sticker or decal,
please apply Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating and protect the paint surface first, and then enjoy your decoration!

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However, failures are part of DIY coating.
We would like to explain how to deal with below.
Please make note that some cases are difficult to deal with, so you should better to use a masking tape before application if you want!

For glass parts

・Please wipe the solution with a microfiber cloth if just after the solution adhered.
・After full hardening and if you can find foggy results obviously, you should polish with a compound for windows.
※Windows are very easy to get damages. Please use only for glass compound definitely.

For rubber parts

・Please wipe the solution with a microfiber cloth immediately if just after the solution adhered.
・When the solution has already get stained, it’s difficult to recover.

***

We have already mentioned in the article of rubber parts application,
please test to unnoticeable areas firs when you apply Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating to a car which in a bad condition or full painted.

Of course, almost all you can apply it without failures,
but Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating follows the foundation, so it can last longer if the foundation is as much as good condition.

Case no.2 : Began raining suddenly!

Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating doesn’t allow to get after 12 hours application.
If you are parking your car outside, please pay attention to “rain”.
Especially, you should be carefully more.

What will happen if the car caught in the rain?

If you leave the rain on the Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating which is before full-hardening, it causes foggy results and dirt.
Otherwise, the coating will be removed by raining.

How to deal with

【Before Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating hardening】

When it rains during application, please move your car to the other place where has a roof.
After that please wipe the water with a microfiber cloth.

If you are not able to do it, please stop applying immediately.
Then wipe the water on the car body with a microfiber cloth softly.

Using a cover is also fine.
Please use it after you wipe the water as much as you can.
Also please be careful not to rub against the car body and take it off as soon as possible. There is possibility to make hardening time longer as it doesn’t allow air to pass through well.

【During Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating hardening】

Hardening will be finished in its own way after a few hours application even before 12 hours.
In this condition, hardly ceramic coating will not be removed even it rains.

However, the time of hardening depends on the circumstances or weather, so please wipe the water drops with a microfiber cloth after raining.

If it becomes white or foggy, the glass layer forms onto the car body, so you don’t have to be worried about it.

【After Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating hardening】

After 12 hours application, it’s OK even the car body gets wet.
Please deal with as below if you find dirt or foggy due to rain.

・Before hardening
Wipe the solution with a microfiber cloth.

・During hardening
Polish with a compound and remove the glass layer.
After washing partially, reapply the area with the left solution.

Case no.3 : The coating became foggy!

Sometimes we had inquires “There are foggy areas when I checked the car body after application!”

You might apply ceramic coating to make your car beautifully, but at once the coating gets foggy, it looks bad.
Moreover, it could not perform its water repellency and gloss completely.

Then, we would like to explain about the reason to prevent this problem

Why does the ceramic coating get foggy?

1. Wiping the solution are not enough.

You should better to apply in to against this problem.
If you apply after sunset or in a dark place such as a garage, you tend to overlook even you cannot apply completely.

2. Drying the solution

In summer, the solution dries so quickly.
Then you could not spread the solution well and it causes foggy results.

3. Preparation is not enough

If you apply ceramic coating to a dirty car, the thickness of glass layer changes sporadically and the areas tend to be foggy.
At once the dirt is covered with the glass layer, you just have to remove it by polishing.
Therefore, let’s do preparation carefully.

4. Getting wet within 12 hours application

If the ceramic coating gets wet during this period, it hardens unstably.
Please check the weather forecast and set the schedule well.

How to deal with

Next, we would like to explain how to deal with foggy results.

・Before hardening
This case is that you noticed soon after you applied the solution.
You can spread the solution and easily in this case.
It is the easiest to deal with in this step, so please check by many angles during application.

・During hardening
In this case, the solution doesn’t harden completely,
so please apply the additional solution to the area and wipe it.
It’s OK if all foggy areas disappear when you check.

In case of after 12 hours application, polish them and apply the foggy area again.
If you reapply without polishing, the foggy area will be covered the new glass layer.

Case no.4 : Others

When you applied the solution too much thinly

“I might use the solution too much…”
“Somewhere I didn’t apply…”

If you worried like above, we would like to recommend the second application!

The step is just applying after full-hardening same as the first time.
(※Keeping the bottle in a cool and dark place such as a refrigerator is highly recommended.)
(※At once you open the bottle, the solution has started hardening. Please check whether the solution becomes white or crystals and use it on your own responsibility.)

Preparation is important for ceramic coating

For a brand new car, you don’t have to need preparation especially – car wash and removing oil are enough.
However, if your car is dirty or has already applied other coating, you need preparation.

If scratches or water spots are serious

Please polish with a compound to remove them.
If the area is small, using Water Spots Remover is available.
Using a polisher is highly recommended for polishing the wide area.

If your car has already applied other car wax or coating

If the car wax or coating are not strong which can be remover by daily car wash,
you should apply Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating after the old glass layer removed completely.

If you apply Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating onto another car wax or coating, there is possibility to become non-durable, so we would like to use Oil Remover just in case.

If the car wax or coating are strong which cannot be removed by daily car wash, please removed it with a compound.

Finally

How was it?

If you have already failed in application, we’re happy to try like above, but you want to prevent against them previously, don’t you?

Finally, we would like to explain about the tips.

Check the weather forecast and set the application day

We understand that we’ve already mentioned it many times, but Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating doesn’t allow to get after 12 hours application.
Therefore, please choose the sunny days for application and the next day.
To postpone the application is one of good ways such as a rainy season.

Apply the solution thinly and evenly!

“Is the solution enough for a whole car such a small bottle?”

We usually get inquiries from customers above.
However, you don’t have to be worried about it.
Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating spreads very well, so many amount doesn’t.

We understand you tend to use the solution too much, but it is completely different.
Please make sure that applying and wiping thinly!
Also we have a movie how to apply, it could be better you watch it and check the steps of application in advance.

“My problem doesn’t come under above cases!”
“I don’ find solutions even I study much!”

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us with an email!

Does the body color make a difference in the effect of ceramic coating?

Is there any colors compatible with ceramic coating?

Many people might be particular not only the shape and performance but also color when you buy a car.

Standard color, such as black, white or silver?
Vivid and eye-catching metallic red or blue?
Unique solid or two-tone color?

Some people might chose the practical color not to get dirt or scratches noticeable, on the other hand, other people might chose the favorite color which will make they cheerful when they will drive…
We understand that the color is one of the enjoyments when you choose your car.
Therefore many people want to apply their precious cars after they got it.

In our case, we have inquiries from customers who are thinking about application like below.

“Does Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating match with a black car?”
“Does it any worth for applying to a white car?”
“What is your recommend for my solid-color car?”

The most popular color for ceramic coating application is dork colors such as black.
Because these colors are easy to find the ceramic coating performance.
Ceramic coating makes the car body deeper, more glossy and beautiful.

Then, does not match ceramic coating with light color cars?
The answer is NO.

In this article, we would like to introduce good points of ceramic coating for each colors car.

Advantages for applying ceramic coating to dark color cars

You might understand that dark colors are popular for ceramic coating application.
However, frankly, there are some problems.

・Scratches and dirt are remarkable
・Need diligent daily car care more than others

A dark color car is easy to find the gloss, but, also it is easy to find scratches and dirt.

When you use a car wash machine, your car will get fine scratches by brushes.
Then these looks white due to reflection, so we tend to think there are more scratches than an actual.

Therefore, we would like to recommend washing by hand.

If you drive your car every day, getting your car dirty is unavoidable.
Scratches by stepping stones and water spots by rain as well.
Water spots are white, so these are so remarkable on the dark color body.

Moreover, it depends on areas, in the season of yellow sand and pollen, your car gets whitish within a half day…
It is difficult to deal with them, so if you want to keep your car beautiful, you have to wash your car frequency.

You might notice when you read from here,
it is so difficult to keep a dark color car beautifully!

Of course, regular car wash is essential to keep your car beautiful.
Especially, a dark color car is easier to get dirty than others due to above reasons.

Then, we would like to recommend applying ceramic coating to reduce damages!

From now, we would like to introduce about advantages for ceramic coating application!

Reduce water spots

If you apply ceramic coating, the glass layer repels water, so there are less water on the car body than a non-applied car.
Mud in rainy days as well.

Protect the car body from pollen and yellow sand

Pollen and yellow sand affect to the car body badly if you leave them for a long time.
If you apply ceramic coating, it can reduce the damages.

Save the time for car wash

You want to save the time for car wash even if only a little, don’t you?
Ceramic coating reduce dirt, so your daily car wash get much easier!
Also wiping gets easy due to the nice water repellency.

Gain the gloss

The main reason why people chose a dark color car looks gorgeous.
Ceramic coating makes your car more gorgeous with like a brand new car.

As we mentioned above, dark color cars are hard to maintain,
but it can perform own beauty and a sense of extravagances.
Let’s apply ceramic coating and keep your precious car more beautiful easily.

Advantages for applying ceramic coating to white and solid color cars

Advantages for applying ceramic coating to white cars

“Keeping a white car beautiful is hard…”

For you, ceramic coating is highly recommended!
Ceramic coating makes car wash much easier as dirt can be removed easily.

Regarding as rain stains, pollen, yellow sand and so on,
Applied ceramic coating car is easier to remove them than unapplied one.

Especially, a bug shell is one of the most serious problems to remove for a white car.
If you leave them for a long time, the car body will damage due to their acid.
Changing the color is remarkable on the white car body, and more than anything else, bug shells are remarkable.
However, if you apply ceramic coating, bug shells which can be removed by washing.

Advantages for applying ceramic coating to solid color cars

A solid car is a single color which isn’t glitter is easier to find ceramic coating foggy results.
However, you don’t have to be worried too much, you can do it well when you apply it carefully.
Actually, there are many our customers apply ceramic coating.

When you apply ceramic coating to a solid color car, applying it when the car is brand new or the paint surface is in a good condition is recommended.
Ceramic coating application to a brand new solid car is effective to prevent scratches.

Of course, a car which has already got damages by can get unnoticeable.
(If the scratches are not so serious.)

Ceramic coating is all-round for any colors of cars

The effectiveness of ceramic coating are;

– Reduce dirt
– Reduce scratches
– Gloss
– Nice water repellency
– Protection for the car body with the glass layer

All of these are effective for every colors.
Therefore, you don’t have to worry no matter what color car you have.
We really recommend to apply ceramic coating to protect your precious car!!

“Regular car washing is essential for any types of cars”
We mentioned about advantages for applying ceramic coating to dark color, light color and solid color cars above.

Ceramic coating can reduce damages and dirt on the paint surface.
However, only ceramic coating is not perfect.

For example, you leave your car for long time after ceramic coating application.
Then dirt (also water spots if you park outside) increase cumulatively on the glass layer.
Naturally, the dirt noticeable and the anti-dirt power gets down.

Then, what should we do?

The answer is regular car washing.
Of course, it is a common thing regardless of the body colors.

“What? If I need to wash my car regularly, ceramic coating is meaningless, isn’t it?”

Some of you might think above.
Regular car wash is essential, but ceramic coating application has the significance definitely!

Ceramic coating can save the time and effort for car wash!

If the dirt is not so serious, it can be removed by only washing with water.
Bird droppings are as well.
It is a very good news for you who used to wash your car with car shampoo well, isn’t it?

Tips for car wash

You might understand the importance of car wash.

Next, we would like to explain about tips for car wash.
It is “wiping”.

Please do it as a finishing.

If you forget wiping after car wash, the water remained on the car body will change to stubborn water spots.
Almost of all water spots cannot be removed by washing, so you need to polish with compound.
(Using a polisher is recommended for the wide area.)
Polishing is a hard work, so you should better to wipe water completely.

Moreover, we recommend to use a microfiber cloth for wiping.
(Please make sure that you cannot reuse the microfiber cloth which you used for ceramic coating application!)

“Wipe the water gently with a microfiber cloth after car wash”
Don’t forget this word!

Let’s keep the gloss and water repellency of ceramic coating for a long time by daily car care!

Cherish your precious car more by ceramic coating

We would like to talk about ceramic coating to ride cherish your precious car.

First is the looking.
We believe that some of you who have applied car ceramic coating agree with this.
The car body between before and after ceramic coating application is totally different.
It has beautiful gloss, so when you compare with unapplied car, you should smile with the difference.

Ceramic coating doesn’t have a glossy like car wax, but the glass layer is clear,
so we can recommend it to you who want to enjoy its original color.
(However, please make sure that it will make a mat color, too.)

For a dark color car or a solid color car which has attractive vivid colors, fading the color is one of the biggest problems.
However, any paint surfaces cannot deal with deterioration.
Especially, a car which are parking outside tends to fade its color rapidly due to the sunlight.

Ceramic coating can make deterioration slowly a little.
Because the main reason is ultra violet, but ceramic coating has a short wavelength, so there is possibility to reflect by the thin layer such a ceramic coating.
Then it leads to car paint protection.

Our conclusion: Applying ceramic coating is not meaningless for every cars!

How was it?
Even same term of ceramic coating, advantages depend on body colors.

To reduce scratches for a dark color car.
To save the time for car wash and reduce fading the color for a bright color car.

We believe that you understand applying ceramic coating is not for every cars.

Some of you cannot try an expensive coating such as dealers or detailers, DIY coating can save the money.

Moreover, Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Car Coating can be applied to any types of cars such as light, dark or solid colors!
(Please make note that only for the car which has a clear coat.)

We’re happy that you confirm this article when you’re thinking about ceramic coating application.

How long does the car glass coating take for hardening?

Car glass coting needs time for hardening.

One of the features of car glass coating (which means the solution changes to glass) is long durability, not like car wax or simplified coating.
It cannot be removed by raining or daily car wash, so it can protect your precious car for a long time.

However, on the other hand, it takes longer time for hardening than other coating.
Then, why does it need a time for hardening?

This time, we would like to explain about the reason, hardening time, and cautions while hardening!

The reason why car ceramic coating needs time for hardening?

・Comparison of glass coating and other coating or wax

Let’s compare 100% real glass coating and others in hardening.

【Wax & polymer】

They cover the car body after drying.
Almost all of them dry within from 30 minutes to 1 hours completely.
However, it doesn’t adhere to the car paint surface, just put on the car body, so it is not durable.
It can be removed by car washing and raining.

【Glass coating】

At one the solution expose to the air, hardening is starting gradually.
Regard as the components, please see the below.

It takes 12 hours to the surface harden.

After it harden fully, it adheres to the car paint surface, so we cannot make a revision.
Therefore, we need to use a polisher if we want to remove the glass layer.
The strong glass layer perform the long durability.

How does the glass coating produced?

One of the biggest Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating’s selling points are hardening, but many people might not know how the solution in the bottle produce to the glass.

Then, in this section, we would like to explain the theory with an example of Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating.

The main components after applying are glass and alcohol.
At this time, it isn’t 100% glass, because there are alcohol and other things as impurities.
However, when the solution expose to the air, the hydrolytic happens.
We’re afraid to say that details are company secret, but after hydrolytic, alcohol + α volatilized and the remained com are “100% glass layer”.
Long hardening time is related to this theory.

Moreover, after that, the car paint surface and glass layer will adhere gradually for 2 weeks.
At once they adhere, it won’t be removed by washing and deterioration.
It can protect the car body with the durable glass layer.

“Why don’t you apply 100% glass solution? Why do you take a difficult containing?”
Some people might think like above, but 100% glass is very same glass like a windshield.

Please imagine… it is impossible to apply the glass, isn’t it?
That’s why application with the solution which has high glass leve; is difficult.

The difference between surface hardening and full hardening

We’ve already explained above, the glass coating needs a long time to cure fully.

For example, in case of Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating,
After 12 hours application for their surface hardening and 2 weeks for full hardening.

Please see these difference below.

About surface hardening

It means that the glass coating solution which applied to the car body is on the way of hardening the glass coating solution.
Also it is very sensitive in this period.

In case of Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating, first the glass coating solution reacts chemically with the water in the air, and it harden gradually.

It doesn’t harden from the inside of the solution, harden from the surface which exposed to the air slowly.

About full hardening

It means that the glass coating is finished as the solution harder fully and adhere to the paint surface.
From application to finished hardening takes for about 2 weeks.
After full hardening, you can do washing and caring as usual.

Nano Pika Pika Rain application and the second layer application are available after full hardening.

We heard that some detailers keep customers’ car for a few weeks and wait for full hardening.

If you don’t want to keep your car anymore after you got it, please take this opportunity to try DIY glass coating application!
Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating doesn’t have to keep your car to detailers as you can drive after surface hardening (after 12hours application).

Cautions while under hardening

Next, we would like to introduce cautions after you applied the glass coating.

Cautions for surface hardening
The glass coating stars surface hardening after 2 hours application, and it will finish within 12 hours.
In this period, please make sure
“not to get wet”, “not to drive” and “not to use a cover”.

Do not allow your car get wet for 12 hours after application!

It also include rain, night and morning dew.
Also please do not wash your car in this period.

However, we understand that all people don’t keep their car in a garage, and it rains suddenly while application.
Then, what should we do in these cases?

If your car gets wet, please move your car to other place which has a roof.
After that please wipe the water with a microfiber cloth gently.

Avoid driving

If you drive your car after application, the glass layer will be removed by stepping stones,
or there is possibility to gets dirty due to dust.

Therefore, please avoid driving if it’s essential such as suddenly raining or keeping the car in the different place.

Avoid using a cover

If you use a cover before the glass coating harden completely, there is possibility to remove the glass coating when you take on and take of the cover.

However, sometimes we have inquiries from our customers,
“I want to use a cover because I don’t deal with raining immediately!”

As we have already mentioned, we don’t recommend to use a cover.
Because, if you leave your car after raining for a long time, the glass layer become foggy and you need to polish with a compound if it it’s serious.
Please decide yourself in view of above risks.

How deal with foggy areas while surface hardening?

First, please wipe the area with a microfiber cloth.
Even though it cannot be removed, please apply left glass coating solution to the foggy area with a sponge and spread it with another microfiber cloth.

Cautions while full hardening

When the surface hardening finished (12 hours), after 2 weeks is a period of full hardening.
Regard as cautions in this period,
“do not leave the water for a long time”.

Do not leave the water for a long time

It is not so strict such as the surface hardening, but, the water which you left for a long time causes water spots.
Therefore, if it starts to rain, please wipe the water on the car body with a microfiber cloth softly.

You can car wash your car in this period.
However, please make note that washing with hand, not using a car wash machine.

How deal with foggy areas while full hardening?

Hardening has already started, so you should polish with a compound if you remove foggy areas. Then you wash your car the area and apply again with a left solution.

If you’re planning reapplication, you should better wait until the area harden fully and reapply whole a car.

After full hardening

Now, we would like to explain about glass coating results on the car body in detail.

Point 1. Gloss

First of all, you can find beautiful gloss particular to glass coating!

Your precious car gets amazing gloss like a brand new car!
Of course, a brand new car get deeper and more beautiful.

You become attached to your precious car more if it is glossy, and daily driving could be more fun.
We often heard from our customers who tend to indulge in a sense of their superiorities when your car is shiner than other cars in a car park.

Point 2. Water repellency

Before application, usually the water remains on the car body and it causes water spots, and it also wiping is time-consuming.

However, you don’t have same trouble at once your car body was applied by Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating!
Its water repellency is outstanding!
The water is sliding, so wiping get easier that before application!

Point 3. Anti-dirt power

Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating has nice anti-dirt power, too!
As we said above, the water sliding, so there are less risks for water spots.

Also the car body gets dirty by mud in rainy days.
However, you don’t worried about it anymore!
Dirt can be removed easily due to the glass coating.
Only washing with the water is fine for light dirt! It decrease effort for wiping.

It can be measures for pollen or yellow sand, too!

Do you know that they are harmful to your precious car?
It’s very hard to remove them at once they adhere to the car body.
They affect the car paint surface badly.

However, Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating can protect from they, so you don’t have to be worried about the damage to the car paint surface.

We also mentioned about pollen and yellow sand detail below;
【https://pikarain.asia/blog/blog/this-is-the-thorough-countermeasures-three-ways-to-protect-your-car-from-pollen-and-yellow-sand/】

Do you understand the good points of glass coating?
It needs 2 weeks until the glass layer harden fully, but durability is 3 years!

Finally

After all, car glass coating take a long time for hardening!
However, the durable is much better than other car wax or coating.
(We don’t know any other more durable coating…)

“I worried about raining while hardening…”
“I don’t want to take a time for application!”

If you think like above, we would like to recommend simplified coating or car wax, but if you don’t want applying again and again, or want to keep your precious car in beautiful condition, we would like real glass coating.

Please follow right application ways and have a nice car life!

Regard as a microfiber cloth

You might know that how to apply Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating as below;

1. Car washing
2. Wiping and drying completely
3. Applying Pika Pika Rain to every small parts & wipe it quickly
4. Go to the next areas

Then, please make note that there are 2 times for wiping the car body in above steps.

Is there anyone who has already used a microfiber cloth which is in the Pika Pika Rain Coating box for car washing before you read the instruction on the box?

“Am I able to use the wet microfiber for application again?”
Also is there anyone who you think like this when you start to applying.

Please be careful.
You should better to use different microfiber cloth for car washing and applying.

Therefore, you should better to prepare another microfiber cloth for drying or buying same Pika Pika Rain Microfiber Cloth.

We’re very happy that if you try to apply after careful preparation and make whole your car beautifully.