Ceramic Coatings Overview
How Ceramic Coating Nanotechnology works.
The easiest way is to understand Ceramic Coatings is to think of them as a second layer of skin, or a sacrificial layer of protection over your car’s clearcoat. They utilize nanotechnology, which are essentially tiny particles that form a very fine, thin layer completely invisible to the eye. Because these particles are so small, when applied to a surface, they seal all the pores making the surface hydrophobic (water-repellent), but also resistant to UV, scratches, chemicals, extreme heat and even anti-graffiti.
What are the benefits of a Ceramic Coating?
The nano ceramic coating forms a semi-permanent bond with a vehicle’s surface, resulting in a ‘sacrificial’ layer that will not wash away under cleaning or rain, or break down over a short period of time (compared to waxes which break down within a matter of weeks). They repel dirt and water like nothing else, which makes them easier to clean. Their hardness helps to prevent swirl marks and marring from washing. They form a barrier on top of the clear coat and protect from acidic bird droppings and bug splatter which are extremely dangerous to your clear coat. The coating takes the full force of damage from these substances and therefore the clear coat is left untouched.
Will my paint surface appear different?
Nano ceramic coatings will dramatically enhance the look of your paint. Reflections will look clearer due to the pore filling properties of the coating, making surfaces slick and smooth. Dark colours appear darker with more depth and clarity. Metallic paint types flicker and shimmer in the sun like never before. Lighter colours are given another dimension as well, adding a depth that can be appreciated in even low light conditions. Ceramic coatings are completely transparent, so will not change the primary colour of your vehicle. It'll only enhance it.
Is a Ceramic Coating a "get and forget" product?
Absolutely not, despite being very durable they still need maintaining. Beware of the hype that comes with many car treatment systems that promise ‘no polishing’ and ‘lifetime protection' with no maintenance as part of the deal.
We have worked on countless vehicles with various coating systems applied and have yet to find any that meet the often extravagant claims made by the industry. It is simply not possible to coat a car, then treat it to the occasional wash, and for it to remain glossy and contaminant free several years down the road. That's where we come in. We'll provide you will all the necessary information to care for your coating, so you can get the most out of your investment. We also offer heavily discounted maintenance details, where we will undertake the necessary processes to maintain your coating.
Surface preparation is KEY to the longevity and performance of your coating.
Before we can even apply the nano coating, the surface has to be free of surface blemishes and contaminants, which applies to even brand new vehicles. Do not get talked into cheap paint protection systems where the applicator only washes, dries then applies the coating. It simply won't last. This is why we place an extreme importance in the preparation of the paint before the ceramic coating is applied. This includes in depth chemical/physical paint decontamination, machine polishing and paint cleansing. A new vehicle will still have a considerable amount of contamination, and most likely, dealership induced imperfections. If a coating is applied on top of these, it will most likely fail prematurely and not produce the gloss characteristics guaranteed by the brand.