What is a Ceramic Coating?
- January 14, 2020
- Paint Protection
- Posted by Superior Shine
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Protecting your car with a ceramic coating seems to be all the craze lately, these coatings have actually been on the market for over a decade however have only become more popular as older technology such as synthetic sealants and waxes become obselete and car dealerships start to move with the times and offer ceramic coatings on new cars.
What is a Ceramic Coating?
Simply put, a ceramic coating contains SiO2 (Silicon Dioxide) or SIC (Silicon Carbide) as the active ingredient, also known as nano-ceramic, this technology protects your paint and is far superior than older technology such as synthetic sealants or waxes.
What does a Ceramic Coating Protect against?
In short, a ceramic coating adds protect to your paint whilst minimising maintenance to keep it looking new, here are some of the main benefits:
Long Term Protection
They form a permanent adhesion to your paint work due to the matrix structure that makes the coating cross link with the factory paint work.
Protection from damaging fall out such as bird droppings, tar, tree sap, bug splatter and other contaminants that would otherwise affect the finish on your car.
Ease of Cleaning
Ceramic coatings are also hydrophobic, which means they have a high water contact angle so any liquid that comes in contact with the surface will form a bead, and roll off – to help keep your car cleaner for longer and easier to clean.
However they are not used just to protect your paint, many coating companies such as Ceramic Pro have a range of coatings to suit most surfaces on your car, such as Glass, Leather and Fabric. Protecting these surfaces is just as important to reduce maintenance and keep them looking as new!
What does a Ceramic Coating not protect against?
Often the protection properties of a ceramic coating are exaggerated. No paint protection product on the market will protect against swirl marks, scratches or stone chips, furthermore improper car washing techniques or automated car washes will still create swirl marks on your vehicle’s surface.
Which Ceramic Coating is best?
Whilst there are many great brands on the market, one of the largest and most world renowned ceramic coating companies on the market is Ceramic Pro, who have been researching and developing coating technology for over a decade. Their products are distributed throughout 70 countries and are used by many car detailers around the world. However, they do not only manufacture coatings for automotive use, their product line covers the Marine, Aviation, Commercial and Industrial industries. Ceramic Pro are trusted to protect some of the most iconic monuments around the world. Locally here in Australia it is also used to protect the NSW Polair Helicopters!
Looking for Ceramic Paint Protection in Sydney?
At Superior Shine, we have tested many car paint protection products on the market, for almost a decade we have continued to use Ceramic Pro on thousands of new and used cars, simply because it works and we have seen how it performs long term. We are not in the business to “upsell” you protection like a car dealership at an exorbitant price. Instead, we’re here to help you make the right decision for you and your car long term.
Having used ceramic coatings in Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong and Canberra for over a decade and many car paint protection products we are familiar with the different brands in the market, whilst there are a lot of great products those sold at car dealerships usually fall short, the coatings are relabelled and marketed to be sold within dealerships only, the active ingredient that makes a ceramic coating that we talked about earlier (SiO2 and SIC) have a very low content in these products – which can be found in their datasheet (less than 10%), most aftermarket ceramic coatings that are known world wide such as Ceramic Pro have 60%+ active ingredients.
What does this mean? Well a ceramic coating that has only 10% active ingredients has 90% evaporative carrier solvents, as it suggest these evaporate as the coating cures meaning you are left with a very low percentage of coating on the surface. The best advise we can give you is to research the product you are looking at, and the company your are looking at using to have the product applied.
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