The most commonly asked question that I recieve about ceramic nano coatings is: how much do they cost? In this post I will address this question in the clearest, most transparent way at possible.
At Visual Pro Detailing, I try and be as up front and simple in my explanation of pricing as possible. That being said, please know that there will be variance in pricing based on your geographical location. My video explanation does NOT address every possible pricing situation and outcome.
There are many different factors that go into ceramic coating pricing, including, but not limited to:
Size of the vehicle
A Mazda Miata will be much less time consuming than a Cadillac Escalade, this will factor into the final price greatly.
Condition of the vehicle
Will an excessive amount of pre cleaning and preperation be needed? A daily driven SUV with 60,000 miles will likely need much more work to prepare for the coating than a garage kept sports car with 2,000 miles on it. This is one of the biggest factors in how long your coating prep and application will take, and your detailer should inspect the vehicle thorough to tell you how much work will needed to bring the vehicle to an excellent condition before applying the coating.
Color of the vehicle
Darker colored vehicle are significantly harder and more time consuming to work on. While the cost of your coating may not be less with a light colored car, it may be more due to a dark colored car.
Type and brand of coating to be applied
A consumer grade coating will vary greatly compared to a professional grade coating. Have your detailer discuss the different options(if any) of the brand or brands of coatings the apply. It is not uncommon for detailers to sell several different brands and makes of coatings so that they can provide the best possible option to their clients.
Experience of the detailer applying it
This is very important. A detailer that has applied hundreds of coatings to hundreds of different makes, models, and ages of vehicle will likely charge more for his or her services. This is because of the years of experience that he or she brings to the service to provide you with an excellent prep and application of the coating purchased.
Level of paint correction needed before the coating is applied
If you are purchasing a ceramic coating from a true professional detailer, this will likely be the single largest factor in the final price of your coating package. A single stage of paint correction can easily take 5-8 hours, a two stage paint correction can easily take 12-16 hours, and a multi stage paint correction can take 20+ hours. Your detailer should discuss you in depth the expectations from the paint correction work that he or she is going to do to the vehicle prior to the coating application. If desired, even ask for a test spot so that you can see the expected result before scheduling your appointment.
Please watch the video, but the basic variance in pricing is:
Consumer grade coating with a single stage of paint correction - $450+
Professional grade coating with single stage of paint correction - $900+
While these numbers may be vague, please be aware there could be a plus or minus $1,000 variance easily from the different variables I listed above.
This is why it is so important to ask your detailer to give you a detailed cost, and ask what is included before you making a coating purchase. While you may be getting a "good price", you may not be getting a professional grade coating, a professionally applied consumer grade coating, paint correction services, or other services that you may assume are included in the price.
Educate yourself, ask questions, do your research. It will be well worth it in the long run!
-Mark Barger, Owner Visual Pro Detailing