How To Make An Old Car Look Like New Using Ceramic Coating


As a car owner, you want your car to maintain its new look all through. Maybe you try to maintain it by washing it regularly and applying a fresh coat of wax every few months. However, that may not be enough. You may be wondering that despite your efforts, dirt marks, water spots, and grime still cling to your car’s exterior even after a thorough wash.

Thankfully, ceramic coating can change all that. It enhances your car’s sheen making it look new. DIY ceramic coatings such as NexGen ceramic spray will not be difficult at all to be applied if you follow this guide:

Prep your car

The first step to using ceramic coating on your car is to prepare it thoroughly. Whether you are coating your car with wax, or a ceramic coating formula like the one from  Torque Detail, or even a paint protection film, you have to prep it like you mean it. Hand wash it thoroughly with a foamy car washing shampoo using a nice car wash mitt or sponge. 

Removing any surface dirt is the first step to creating a smooth surface for ceramic coating application. Use the two bucket technique: one bucket with a mixture of water and soap for washing and the other with pure water for rinsing. Then dry it with a microfiber towel.

Clay bar detailing

After removing all the dirt from the car’s surface, it is time to remove embedded debris and invisible dirt from its surface through the clay bar detailing method. Clay bar detailing removes all the dirt that regular washing could not eliminate. This method relies on a clay bar and a lubrication liquid that you apply on the car’s surface for easy claying. Ensure you work on one surface at a time while using a fresh clay bar every time to achieve good results.

Since there are other car detailing methods other than clay bar detailing, it is vital to research more. But ensure you compare car detailing products before purchasing to make sure that you are choosing right.

IPA spray

Before you get to the actual ceramic coating application, here is one last step. Blend some isopropyl alcohol and water in a spray bottle, then use a microfiber cloth to wipe the whole car’s surface with the solution. That removes any stubborn automotive chemicals, waxes, lubricants, polishes, and microfiber particles that may be stuck on the surface.

Apply the ceramic coating

After prepping your car, now it’s time to apply the nano-ceramic coating. Still wondering whether ceramic coating is worth it? You have to follow the proper process of applying the coating to make it worth your time, effort, and money. Use a suede applicator and work in steady side-to-side movements and up and down motion. Focus on one part at a time until you coat the entire car’s surface.


When you finish coating, let it sit for like five minutes. Once it’s dry, you can begin the buffing process. A plush microfiber buffing cloth comes in handy to buff away any residue sitting on the surface without causing any scratches. Allow 1-2hours for the car to dry, then repeat the ceramic coating process to apply another layer if you feel it is necessary.

Curing process

After applying the ceramic coating, let the car sit in a moisture-free shelter for at least 48hours, and it will be as good as new.