Ceramic Coatings are synthetic chemical based product 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 protectant that is applied in liquid form and cures to form a hard glass-like layer on top of the paint. They create a solid transparent, slick and highly self-cleaning protective layer once cured.
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 car 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. Ceramic coatings are extremely chemical resistant and has excellent UV resistance, which prevents the paint from oxidation.
They are also known as quartz coating or nano coating or glass coating. They may have different formulations or features, but basically they all create an SiO2 (silicone dioxide) coating on the surface when cured .
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 which is hard and resistant to normal real-life scratches.
Most of the 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 and more layering beyond this may not make much sense and proved as a waste of product and hence your money, now there are new generation coatings available in the market like GreenZ Infinity Coatings 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.
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.
Ceramic coatings endures the look of your car by giving a glossy look and enhance the intensity of the paint work. These protective coatings are extremely chemical & scratch resistant which help to prevent swirls and scratches. These glass coatings have excellent UV resistance, which stops the car paint from oxidation and hence the fading. A quartz coating can seal your car from external abuse and prevent any contaminants from bonding into the paint surface. These nano coatings can repels water and all water-based dirt and grime will bead on the surface and gets slide off hence your car gets dirty much slower and reduce frequency of the usual maintenance wash. Ceramic coating also adds more gloss and enhance the intensity of the paint.
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.
May not be a disadvantage, probably some myths or over-hypes around ceramic coatings exist in the market. Many claims that once ceramic coated, your car never need any maintenance! It’s absolutely wrong and your car might need less frequent washes and it will be more easy to clean than before, but it still needs maintenance and a good maintenance with a. SiO2 based sealant or shampoo, the life of the coating will improve and you get the best ROI on your spend. Another claim is that your car will become scratch-proof, which is also not true. Though glass coatings can prevent or reduce the impact of scratches, it cannot completely makes your car scratch proof.
Ceramic coating may to be able to protect your car paint from stone chips and you might need to use a PPF (Paint Protection Film) for that. And Ceramic protection is also prone to water-spotting, so proper drying is required to avoid water spots.
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.
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