Ceramic Coatings are synthetic chemicals made of a Silica or a Quartz-Silane-based compound. They are considered permanent coatings because they cannot be removed unless you remove them by compounding/polishing or you purposefully neglect them.
True ceramic coatings are long-term exterior automotive paint treatment and protectant that is applied in a liquid form and cures to form a hard glass-like layer on top of the paint.
Nano coatings are sealants with better chemistry thus they form stronger bonds at the molecular level and last longer with a durability > 12 months. Ceramic coatings are the most difficult to apply but will last the longest and are typically harder and more durable than your paint’s clear coat, but they can still be scratched and swirled and if that happens, they must be compounded and polished like a normal clear coat.
What Is Ceramic Coating Made of?
Ceramic coating is typically composed of silicon dioxide (silica, Si02), which is sourced from natural materials such as quartz and sand. Some types and brands also use titanium dioxide (titania, Ti02) as an additional hardening agent. When applied to a car’s paint, the two create a chemical bond with hydrophobic, aka water-repellent, properties.
Ceramic coatings can be layered as well, these layering may help to have even-layer of coating and get more thickness. You can have a maximum of 3-4 layers, layering beyond this may not make much sense and proved as a waste of money and product, now there are new generation coatings available in the market which can achieve better thickness even in single layer. The the actual point here is that how much thickness you get on the paint? More layers may not actually make much sense if it’s not a substantial thickness and it may be a drawback of a coating to add more thickness to the payment rather than any advantage, often the layering is used as a marketing gimmick by many brands.
TYPES OF GLASS COATINGS
Glass-based coatings can be broadly divided into two categories: quartz-silane based coatings and silica-based coatings.
The quartz-silane-based glass coating provides very high gloss and strong durability. It protects the car body by creating a cured coating of silica on the car’s surface. However, it takes about three weeks for the coating to be fully cured, which is a drawback.
The silica-based glass coating is fixed to a silicon polymer molecule. Its durability and water repellency is inferior compared to the quartz-silane-based.
how long does a ceramic coating last?
Ceramic coatings can last from 1-7 years based on the coating, the process of application followed and the maintenance. All these three factors (product, application process and maintenance) are equally important for getting the best durability.
how to remove water spots off ceramic coating?
Never use any aggressive acids to remove water-spots from coated surface. We have Special water-spot removers marked as coating-friendly to use on coated surface.