I had a Dr. Beasley's Ceramic Coating installed, can I maintain it myself?
Updated: Jun 7, 2022
In a word, a resounding yes! Besides the regular benefits of a ceramic coating like UV, acid rain, bird dropping, salt and traffic film resistance, ceramic coatings also add to ease of maintenance. So let's explore how to maintain your new Dr. Beasley's coating.
First and foremost is your wash schedule. Try to get on a routine of washing your vehicle every other week. Make the time to get the most out of your investment. With the following wash routine every other week you will get the best performance:
- Fill a foam gun or foam cannon with 1 oz of Dr. Beasley's Ceramic Body Wash (For Matte Coatings use Matte Body Wash). A foam cannon attaches to a pressure washer and a foam gun attaches to a regular garden hose. Both can now be found very inexpensively at big box stores or on online retailers like Amazon. If you don't have a pressure washer I personally suggest starting with a foam gun as this will allow you to start maintaining your vehicle at a very low cost.
- Fill two buckets with water. You may use a 3 or 5 gallon bucket. These are also very easy to find. I also suggest buying two grit guards as these will keep any dirt particulates in the bottom of the bucket and not in your wash mitt or pad. Dr. Beasley's sells great kits all set up here: https://www.drbeasleys.com/coating-maintenance-wash-kit.html
- In one bucket add 1 oz of Ceramic Body Wash and agitate to activate the foam. The other bucket will remain fresh water to rinse off your wash mitt or pad as it becomes dirty.
- Coat vehicle with layer of foam and let dwell. This is the perfect time to clean your wheels and tires as the foam breaks down dirt and contaminants on the surface of your vehicle.
- Rinse off vehicle and wheels and then re-foam body of vehicle
- Working from the top of the vehicle down, gently agitate the surface with your wash mitt or pad flipping it over as it becomes soiled.
- Once both sides of wash mitt or pad have become soiled, dunk and rinse out mitt in your fresh water bucket then get more soapy solution from your soap bucket.
- Repeat process over entire vehicle
- After all panels have been washed, rinse the vehicle one final time.
- Take your waffle weave drying towel (included in the maintenance kit) and starting from the top down gently blotting away remaining water. In the alternative, if you have an electric leaf blower or compressed air you may use this to blow dry your vehicle.
- Optional step: If you are doing your quarterly maintenance, simply mist one spray per panel of Dr. Beasley's AdvanceCoat Gloss (AdvanceCoat Matte for matte finishes) on the wet panels and dry. Take a microfiber towel and buff off any remaining residue. This maintenance can also be done by us at 345 Detailing under our Quarterly Maintenance Package.
That's it! Congratulations! You've just completed your maintenance wash. It is a very easy process and can be relaxing and fun. This will ensure your car is looking it's best for years or even decades to come! Should you have any questions or would like a one on one tutorial on how to maintain your coated vehicle, we are glad to take that time and show you.