Ceramic coatings are designed to provide a semi-permanent bond to a surface, protecting it from exposure to UV rays, chemicals, bird droppings and other contaminants that damage automotive parts. Ceramic coatings also protect against the damaging effects of the sun's UV rays that would otherwise cause the paint to crack. Ceramic coatings that are available for do-it-yourselfers are not made for casual application; any ceramic coating must be carefully applied to a near perfect paint surface for maximum effect. If you have access to a blower system, a non-contact dryer, or even compressed air to aid drying, would be another option to avoid scratching your expensive tile.
And no matter how durable the ceramic is, the way a vehicle dries after a wash can cause abrasive damage to a ceramic coating. The most effective ceramic coating, applied by a professional, comes at a significant cost - from several hundred to over a thousand dollars. Ceramic tile causes an intense water drip and helps dirt and other contaminants to be easily dislodged from the surface. And poor installation technique can lead to disaster: because of its chemical bond, tile is extremely difficult to remove.
If you're picky about your car's paintwork, or if you're simply interested in keeping it cleaner for longer, you may have considered ceramic tile. Professional quality ceramic coatings penetrate deep into the pores of your car's clear coat and physically adhere to the paintwork. When a ceramic-coated car is rinsed with clean water, water accumulates significantly, everywhere. Of course, ceramic coatings make the paint look good when applied correctly, enhancing the gloss to show an extremely shiny surface.
There are two other techniques that professional detailers employ to avoid scratching a tile. If you are not already familiar with this technology, ceramic coating is a liquid polymer coating that chemically bonds to your car's paint to form a hydrophobic barrier. More than a wax or a sealant, ceramic coating provides long-lasting protection for your vehicle, provided you take proper care of it. Now, it's not likely to do this, but on a smaller scale, although extremely durable, ceramic coatings can scratch.