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New to Detailing Product Guide – Ceramic Coating Edition


So you’ve mastered the Standard Detail services; wash, clay, protection, etc. You are proficient in paint correction and want to start performing ceramic coating. But where do you start? There is a lot of confusion in the industry so use this handy guide to help you choose the best products and tools to get you on the right track. Please note, the coating choices are my personal preference, there are a ton of others out there but these are my favorite retail options available at this time.


Inspection Spray

CarPro Eraser Intensive Oil and Polish Cleaner

This is used right before applying the coating to remove any excess polishing oils so you will get a good bond to the paint.

CarPro Eraser Intensive Oil and Polish Cleaner

Paint Coating

Gtechniq CSL Black: Gtechniq CSL and Gtechniq EXO

This is a two part coating that last up to 5 years. Super easy to use, easy to remove, insane gloss and slickness.

Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light and EXO

Wheel Coating

CarPro Hydr02, Gtechniq C5

Hydr02 is by far the easiest and works really well, but only lasts a few months. C5 is a great wheel coating and lasts much longer. If you are doing a full car in CSL Black you can also just use that on the wheels as well.

Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour

Trim Coating

Gtechniq C4

Easy to use, easy to remove from paint/windows if necessary and provides a really deep rich black color.

Gtechniq C4 Permanent Trim Restorer



Gtechniq AP1

I like the form factor of this better than the suede applicators, easy to hold in my opinion.

Gtechniq AP1 Lint Free Applicator Pad

Coating Removal Microfiber

The Rag Company Edgeless Pearl Coating Towel

Low nap, low cost, just enough bite to remove without smearing all over the place. Color code options available.

The Rag Company Edgeless Pearl Coating Towel Ice Grey

Inspection Light

Scangrip Sunmatch 3

The handheld form factor is perfect for looking at all the panels in multiple angles to ensure no high spots. Also has multiple color temperate mode to work best for any color paint.

Scangrip Sunmatch 3


DI Nitrile Gloves

Always need gloves, keeps your hands clean and keeps the finish from getting fingerprints or any oil from you hands.

DI Accessories Nitrile Gloves Powder Free Black

Ceramic coatings may seem daunting but if you follow procedure and use the proper tools it’s actually pretty easy. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer procedure because if you do it wrong you may have to polish the coating off, and that’s no fun.

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Ian Martinez
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Irvine, CA
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1 comment on New to Detailing Product Guide – Ceramic Coating Edition

  1. Taylor Brabant says:

    As someone who just started installing ceramic coatings this is a nice and simplified post for beginners.

    Thanks DI for continuing to provide info and great customer service for detailers of all skill levels.

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