Cost can be a big issue for budget-conscious consumers who want the best bang for their buck. If money is no object, then you’re probably springing for the ceramic coating applied by an expert detailer.
Cost depends largely on whether you have someone do the work for you or if you’re willing to learn what you can on your own. Factor in the amount of prep work including paint repairs needed to get your car ready for a ceramic coat.
When we talk about cost, we factor in the time and labor involved. How long is it going to take you to learn the ropes and buff out your sealant? Is it worth your time? Could you save more time and money in the long run by having it professionally completed?
Let’s start by breaking down the cost of the products needed for your ceramic coating and car waxes.
Expect to pay about $20-$40 for a 16oz bottle of wax. Ceramic products tend to be a bit more expensive.
How liberally you apply the product to get the result you desire will determine what your yearly DIY detailing costs will be. I know people who are able to bang out 20 cars with a 16oz bottle. I also know people who can only do 4 with the same amount. You can expect to purchase anywhere from 1-3 bottles per year.
Grab yourself a pack of microfiber towels for about $10 or a high-speed polisher for about $100. Up to you!
After that, you’ll want some car shampoo, a clay bar, and a clean wash bucket if you don’t already have one. Optionally, purchase some clay bar lube as well. If you don’t want this extra purchase, simply mix up a fresh bucket of car shampoo with water and that will get the job done for you.
Now, what about getting your car professionally detailed with ceramic coating? A professional detail can take up to five days including prep and curing time. Cost depends on where you get your work done and which detailing package you choose.
A basic package can run you between $600 and $900 and includes a wash, removal of previous wax, and a polish.
A mid-grade package can cost between $900 and $1,400 and typically includes multiple layers of protection.
The highest package can end up costing between $1,500 and $2,500 for a high-grade coating and an ironclad warranty.
These prices don’t even take into consideration the upkeep required after a professional detailing service which can include the price of wax and professional car washing services.