Have you ever thought about applying a ceramic coating to your boat? Do you think ceramic coating can help preserve your boat’s paint job? 

For yacht owners, buying ceramic coatings for the first time can be tricky considering the variety of brands claiming to be the best. 

Hence, we have taken the liberty to compile a few common questions we get when someone wants to buy ceramic coating for the first time.

What is the ceramic coating?

Ceramic coating for yachts is a solution that makes every boat's exterior coating shine. But more importantly, it acts as a protectant from high-traffic problem areas which are normally caused by salt water deposits. 

When it hardens, it leaves your boat looking glossy and brand new. Yacht ceramic coating adds a protective shield for areas with high-traffic problems and other focal points that are prone to salt water deposits, chemical residue, or paint damage. After application, it leaves a high-gloss shine that not only shimmers while you’re at sea but makes your yacht look brand new.

Can I DIY a ceramic coating application?

It depends. If you have a smaller boat, you may be able to DIY ceramic coating applications using our DIY kit. But if you own a superyacht for a charter company, doing the coating yourself can take a long time. Older yachts may even require more time for prep work. One misstep and you will have to redo the whole work. You either need to work with a team or leave it to the professionals. 

Does a ceramic coat last long?

The length of your yacht’s ceramic coating depends on maintenance and external elements like rough weather patterns and sea salt built-up. 

Generally, ceramic coating can last for about 3-5 years. But if your yacht is often exposed to rough terrains, you may want to consider re-glossing it every one to two years. Fortunately, you can find easy-to-use DIY kits for re-conditioning or re-glossing your yacht from our shop.

How much coating should I apply for the ceramic coating to be effective?

Apply just enough coating that your boat needs. Overdoing it could cause air bubbles and unnecessary lumps on your boat. Also consider factors like the length of your boat, whether or not you charter year-round, and the size of the T-top. 

On average, you can use 6-10ml per foot of your boat with at least two coats for the interior and hull. It is important to carefully assess the size and condition of your boat before deciding what’s best for it.

Will I save money if I apply the coating myself?

Nowadays, there are many ways to save money on applying ceramic coating like buying a DIY kit. A DIY kit is a budget-friendly option you can try when trying to make your boat look brand new even when on a tight budget. 

How long does ceramic coating take to dry up? 

Patience is key when it comes to ceramic coating. For small to medium-sized yachts, it will take around 2-3 hours of preparation and application. Thereafter, you have to wait for 4 to 6 hours for the coat to dry up. 

What happens if it rains after ceramic coating?

The ceramic coating usually adds to the waterproofing capability of your boat. But if it suddenly rains while you’re still doing the coat, the impurities present in the rain can destabilize the coat which can lead to failure. It’s very important that you secure your boat in a safe location when applying the coat. 

Moreover, avoid taking your boat out on the water during the first week after application. 

We have worked closely with our clients in providing the best ceramic coatings and polishes.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

June 13, 2022 — John TenBrink