Preparation before ceramic coating in the proper way.
Does preparation need for ceramic coating?
What is the purpose for preparation before ceramic coating?
Ceramic coating can cover the car body with a glass layer.
Therefore scratches, dirt or water spots are covered with the ceramic coating if you apply it without preparation.
That’s why preparation is essential before ceramic coating to avoid the above situation.
Moreover, preparation can fit the new ceramic coating to the car securely and perform its best possible quality.
Only preparation can make the results of ceramic coating much better, so you should better to do it carefully as much as you can.
“That car is more beautiful than mine even though the same color…”
When you think like this, the car owner should do preparation carefully
Then, let’s learn about kinds of dirt and tools before you try preparation.
Dirt which can be removed by preparation
You might understand the importance of preparation before ceramic coating.
Next, we would like to introduce about dirt which you should remove.
Frankly, do you know there are some kinds of dirt?
There are roughly divide into 2 types of them.
The solution can be different for them, so checking type of dirt is very important!
1. Inorganic dirt
This is the dirt which is a chemical compound such as water spots.
Many people might be suffered from this mainly.
These dirt can be removed the special solution.
We have Pika Pika Rain Water Spots Remover.
However, unfortunately if you leave it, you cannot remove even though using the special solution.
In this case, please polish with a compound.
Please make sure that the ceramic coating will be removed together if you polish the dirt.
1. Organic dirt
Usually, it is oily dirt which can be removed by car shampoo or oil remover.
However, if the oily dirt combine with water spots are difficult to remove.
(For example, it is a black stream stain which comes from the mirror.)
You should polish them if it cannot be removed by car wash or oil remover.
Moreover, there are specific dirt which depends on the area or season.
Dirt peculiar to the winter
In the area where has a lot of snow, there is possibility that dirt or dust are into snow and they adhere to the car body. Then it causes water spots if you leave them.
Also dust tend to be in the dry air even the area doesn’t have snow.
It adheres while driving and finally it comes water spots by morning or night dew.
Dirt peculiar to the spring
There are a lot of pollen and yellow sand in the spring.
Yellow sand has the hard and fine grain like a mud, so they adhere to the car body and there is possibility to damage the car body if you try to remove it strongly.
Pollen might damage the car paint surface by “Pectin”.
Dirt nearby the sea
You should be careful about the salt damage.
As you know the sea compose salt. Then it is flown by the wind and damages the car body. Metallic parts are weak by the salt, so there is possibility to make rust.
We introduced just a few examples, but there are many other types.
It depends on the area where you live, the season, the situation when you use your car or the circumstances. Therefore, you should better to know the type of the dirt first.
Tools for preparation
What agents do you need for preparation?
It depends on the purpose, but we think that the following example is basic.
・Compound (for polishing)
・Water Spots Remover
Now, we would like to introduce them.
1. Car Shampoo
This is the most important for not only preparation but also daily car wash.
There are many types of car shampoo on the store, so you need to choose the appropriate one for its uses.
For example, car shampoo for a light color car, for a dark color car, contains car wax, contains coating…
However, for preparation, please choose the normal one which doesn’t have polishing materials.
Also there are acidity, alkalinity and neutrality.
・Acidic car shampoo
It can use for removing water spots, but there is possibility to melt iron or stainless steels. Therefore, it is hardly used for daily car wash.
・Alkaline car shampoo
It is effective to use for removing bug shells or bird droppings.
However, it damages to the car body by the remained car shampoo, so you have to rinse it well.
・Neutral car shampoo
Almost all car shampoo is this type and the best for preparation.
It is less powerful to clean than alkalinity one, but you can use it for many types of materials.
Also Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo is neutrality which can prevents unnecessary bubbling, so it is good for not only preparation but also daily car wash!
◎Is the neutral detergent able to use for car wash?
There is no problem, but please rinse well as it isn’t made for a car.
2. Oil remover
It makes the ceramic coating fit to the car body securely.
A spray type is common which is very easy to use.
3. Compound (for polishing)
It can be used for removing scratches or the old coating.
Also it can make the gloss of the car paint surface refresh (please ask some professionals if you need).
4. Water spots remover
If you leave the water after raining or car wash, it becomes like a stain which cannot be removed easily.
It can be used for dealing with it. It is very powerful to remove them, but you should use it carefully as strong solution.
Tools for preparation
Next, we would like to introduce tools for preparation.
1. Microfiber cloth
It is essential for washing, wiping and applying the ceramic coating.
You should better to have them as much as you can is better for each purpose.
If you use just one piece of microfiber cloth for all purpose, there is possibility to fail.
Please use different colors if you don’t have confidence.
Also please prepare more than you expected.
(Don’t worry, leftovers can be used in many ways!)
Fine type is recommended.
It is less damages to the car body than washing with a sponge, so we recommend to use a microfiber cloth for daily car wash, too.
We’ve recommended a microfiber cloth above… but you should prepare 1 or 2 pieces sponges for washing and polishing just in case.
Please do not use the same sponge for washing and polishing.
Moreover, please buy the sponge for polishing on stores if you can.
3. Microfiber chamois
It is not essential, but it can wipe the wide area at once.
Preparation needs car wash many times, but if you have it, you can save the time!
Of course, Pika Pika Rain has the original chamois.
It can be used when it is dry and wet!
4. Polishing machine
We put a pad (there are some types such as a wool, sponge) and polish the car body with compound. It can polish wider area quickly than by a sponge or a microfiber cloth.
However, frankly, choosing a polishing machine is the most difficult.
It is very powerful to polish, therefore some people tend to damage the car paint surface due to polishing the same part too much.
If the advertisement says “for beginners” or “wireless” are not so powerful and time consuming for polishing, but it means that there is too much polishing.
Therefore, these types could be good for you who think “I need to avoid a huge mistake even it’s time consuming.”
Please ask professionals to remove stubborn watersports or scratches even you have already tried.
A bucket, a garbage bag, an extension cord, and masking tape are not essential, but very useful.
About a bucket, from our experiences, you should better to prepare around 2 buckets.
About a garbage bag, putting the microfiber cloth which was used for applying the ceramic coating is recommended. Then it is easy to find which one is clean.
About an extension cord are used for polishing just in case.
When if you cannot chose, let’s ask the shop staff’s recommendation!
What is “compound”?
We would like to explain about compound (for polishing).
It is used for;
・removing water spots which cannot be removed car wash
・removing the old coating
Polishing is one of the most important steps before applying ceramic coating.
Also we recommend to polish before Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating application
in the following situations;
・There are some scratches, water spots or dirt
・There is the old wax or coating
Basically, brand new cars don’t need polishing, but sometimes the dealer applied wax or coating, so please check them.
Tools for polishing
◆Polishing compound solution
“I don’t know which products I should choose…”
We have inquiries from our customers like above.
Compound has many types (for example, fine, ultra-fine and so on).
The difference is the size of grain.
If the size is bigger, the grain is rougher and more powerful to polish.
However, the rough compound might damage to the car paint surface,
so you should better to use the fine one if you’re a beginner.
Pika Pika Rain Liquid Compound has 2 types.
Fine for removing scratches or old coating, and ultra-fine for making mirror finishing.
Only using a sponge is enough when you’re thinking about polishing the small area.
The work is hard if you polish the wide area.
Then a polishing machine is highly recommended.
There are broadly classified as “single-action type” and “double-action type”.
Please remember that the single-action is powerful, and the double-action type is useful at this time.
It is a pad which is put on the polishing machine.
How to do preparation
1. Car Wash
First of all, wash your car with a car shampoo.
Wash the car thoroughly to remove any dust, dirt, grime, or other substances by hand.
Every parts which you tend to forget washing as well.
After washing, please rinse well with a plenty of water not to remain the car shampoo.
If you leave the water for a long time after car wash, it causes water spots.
Therefore, drying completely is highly recommended.
2. Water spot remover
If there are some stubborn water spots, please apply water spots remover.
However, if you’re going to polish whole the car body with a compound to , you can ship this step (as water spots will be removed while polishing).
Some Water spots remover contains polishing compound.
It is powerful to remove, but there is possibility to damage the car body.
On the other hand, the normal one is not less stronger but, it just melts water spots by the chemical agent and you don’t have to be worried about scratches.
We would like to recommend to without polishing compound type.
If you don’t remove them even though use this, polishing with buffing is recommended.
3. Iron fillings remover
If there are iron fillings on the car body, you should better to apply this.
There are 2 types as below;
About the liquid type, please do not leave it for a long time.
About the clay type, please wash your car with a plenty of water.
Moreover, please do not use different sides every avoid scratches.
Using a sponge
Wash the car thoroughly to remove any dust, dirt, grime, or other substances.
Then dry the car completely.
Put a small amount of the compound on a sponge.
Scrub the area that needs attention.
After polishing, rinse well and wipe off with a clean microfiber cloth.
Using a polishing machine
Wash the car thoroughly to remove any dust, dirt, grime, or other substances.
Then dry the car completely.
Put a small amount of compound on a buffing pad.
Move the polisher horizontally and buff the area that needs attention.
After polishing, rinse well and wipe off with a clean microfiber cloth.
Please do not polish too much whichever you use.
5. Oil Remover
It can remove oily substances.
If there is oil on the car body, the ceramic coating will not fit securely and effect on the durability.
Even though for brand new car, if you have already driven, you should better to wash and remove the oil.
There are many products, but let’s choose the appropriate for the ceramic coating you have.
(Our Oil Remover is the best for Pika Pika Rain Ceramic Coating.)
How about this article?
You might understand how preparation is important to keep your precious car beautifully.
We understand that to prepare many tools and the work is hard, but preparation is essential to treat my car is !
Moreover, frankly, a car should be sold with high price if you apply ceramic coating with preparation…
If you’re thinking about ceramic coating application, please do preparation before it and then let’s keep your precious car beautifully for a long time!
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
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.
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
・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.
・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.
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,
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!
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.
Wipe the solution with a microfiber cloth.
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.
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.
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.
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
– 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.
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.