Is ceramic coating better than wax and polish?

John Paul, AAA Northeast's Car Doctor, answers a question from a reader considering using ceramic coating on his 2006 Mazda Miata.

The 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
The 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata. –Mazda

Q. I have a 2006 Mazda Miata in truly mint condition. Is ceramic coating really better — and worth the additional cost — versus professional detailing, waxing, and polish?

A. I will admit I was skeptical about ceramic coating, but after seeing the end result, I’m impressed. The key issue to a good result with ceramic coatings is the preparation of the paint surface. The biggest problem with ceramic coating is that any imperfections will be sealed into the paint.

John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years of experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. Email your car question to