How Much Is a Ceramic Coating? What Goes Into a Ceramic Coating Service?

Updated: Jan 10

This is by far the most popular question we get asked at The Detail Doc so we wanted to make an article as well as a video helping explain this question.

There are a few things to consider when pricing a ceramic coating service. At The Detail Doc we factor in many things with our ceramic coatings. These factors include:

  1. The year, make, model, and color of the vehicle. A brand new Mustang vs. a five year old Escalade are very very different. The mustang is going to cost less because it will take much less time to detail because of its size and require less product to cover its surfaces. This bring us to our next point, the condition of the vehicle.

  2. The condition of the vehicle. At The Detail Doc we do a minimum of one stage of machine polishing to remove the majority of the defects in the vehicle's paint before installing a ceramic coating. A brand new mustang and a five year old escalade are going to require vastly different amounts of work in polishing the paintwork.

  3. How long the vehicle is being kept. We offer entry level ceramic coatings last 1 or 2 years as well as much longer term ceramic coatings. As you can imagine, our four year Kenzo coating is going to cost us much more just to buy the product but it also requires more time for us to apply the coating properly.

  4. Most importantly your expectations for a ceramic coating. Your wants and needs are also very important. If you want the best ceramic coating for every surface, the best guarantees, the best gloss and protection, then it's going to come with the best price as well.

At The Detail Doc we take our ceramic coatings seriously and want to bring you the best products and service. These are the factors that go into pricing a ceramic coating. There is no industry standard for what a ceramic coating costs and pricing can vary greatly from detailer to detailer. The best way to get pricing for a ceramic coating is to contact a detailer that you trust, has a good reputation, and is trained/experienced/certified.

At the time of the posting averages for a one step correction and an entry level 2-year ceramic coating starts around $600-$700 for a small vehicle. Numerous stages of paint correction will make this price increase. Averages for longer term coatings such as 4,5 and lifetime coatings you should be expecting to pay well into the $1000-$1500 make for small vehicles. It all depends on the factors listed above.

The best piece of advice that we can give is to do your research on your detailer, make sure you know what is going to the service, what coating they are using, and most importantly that your trust them. This is not an inexpensive service so make sure you trust who is going to be working on your vehicle.

If you would like a quote for The Detail Doc's ceramic coating services please feel free to contact us and we would be more than happy to give you some pricing options! If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact us as well.

Thanks for reading,

Seth Vue

The Detail Doc, Ceramic Coating and Paint Correction Specialist for Bay City, Saginaw, and Midland, MI.


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