If you’re looking to protect your boat’s paint and enhance the aesthetics, ceramic coating can be a great investment. It functions as a protective layer that shields the paint and underlying material against uncontrollable and harsh outdoor elements.
The real question is, how long does a ceramic coating last on a boat or other marine vehicle? This can depend on a few factors that you will want to know about ahead of having a ceramic coating applied.
How to Choose the Best Ceramic Coating for Your Yacht/Boat?
A professionally applied ceramic coating can typically last 1-2 years when paired with the proper maintenance. At Bob Moses Ceramic Coating, we use the Sensha Crystal Glow 8-year coating, which should protect your boat’s paint for years, and we can offer a limited-service contract to cover these coatings.
The environmental conditions that your boat is exposed to will play a large role in how long the coating lasts before reapplication is necessary. If the pH of the water that your boat is in is exceedingly acidic, as is the case in most lakes throughout Arizona, then this can corrode the ceramic coating faster than in other waters. Similarly, contaminants in the water such as oil or gasoline, and dirt or sediment dragging across the hull, can result in the coating wearing down faster.
The most important step that you will need to take in order to extend the length of time that your ceramic coating lasts will be the regular maintenance that you are likely already engaging in. The boat will need to be removed from the water when not in use, and given a full wash to remove the lake water and other contaminants that can cling to the hull. When stored at home or in a drydock, it should be covered in order to prevent prolonged sun exposure. Without this proper maintenance, a ceramic coating could begin breaking down within months after application.
Is Ceramic Coating Good for Boats?
While ceramic coating can keep your boat cleaner, it’s important to understand what it won’t protect against. The ceramic coating will create a barrier against water, scum, and chemicals that would otherwise damage your paint. However, if you don’t properly wash your boat each time that you remove it from the water, the effectiveness of this coating will be drastically reduced.
Finally, ceramic coating isn’t going to be an alternative to anti-fouling paint. While the coating does increase the surface tension of your gel coat, it won’t be the only form of protection that you’ll want on your boat.
How to Get the Longest Lasting Ceramic Coating?
Caring for your boat by doing basic maintenance will aid in your boat continuing to look great in and out of the water. You don’t want to have to deal with repainting your boat (or addressing corrosion) if you do things correctly.
Boat & Jet Ski Ceramic Coating Service
At Bob Moses Ceramic Coating, we have a process to ensure that the coating is applied carefully. Then, before we send you on your way, we provide you with tips on how to keep the boat coating lasting a long time. When you’re ready to learn more about the benefits of ceramic coating and how long it can last on your boat, contact us for details.