Updated: Dec 19, 2020
What is a Ceramic Coating?
The good news is no furry creatures had to be sacrificed for this tidbit of information... Ceramic coatings is a layer of protection applied to your vehicle containing enough Si02 to be measured on the 9H Hardness Scale. Si02, also known as Silica is what is commonly used to manufacture glass. It is important to note that not all ceramic coatings are created equally. There are many imitators on the market, a true ceramic coating can measured on the 9H hardness scale & will have a minimum durability of 3yrs.
What do Ceramic Coatings do?
They provide an unparraled level of protection from the elements as well as hydrophobic properties & can last from 3yrs all the way up to 10 yrs. They also provide a glass like slickness & deep level of gloss unlike any other product in the detailing world. Ultimately what puts them lightyears ahead of the rest is the durability that the Si02 element adds. Sure you could wax or apply a synthetic sealant every few months, but the problem with that is how vulnerable those two are to the UV Rays & chemical etching.... On a long hot summer day your wax or sealant that was advertised to last 3mos-1yr could literally melt away leaving your vehicle exposed to UV rays, water spotting, chemical stains & bug etching. Worst part is your would never really know it...
What is Hydrophobia?
One of the most significant features of a Ceramic Coating is that it is hydrophobic, which is a fancy way of saying it repels water. When a vehicle has a hydrophobic Ceramic Coating, water will bead on the surface and slide off more easily. This means that mud and grime will have a more difficult time bonding to your vehicle’s paint, and when you wash your car, contaminants can be removed with much less effort. Less effort='s a lesser chance of adding unwanted swirling & scratching.
Protection from UV Damage / Oxidization
Houston is notorious for its loonnngggg hot summers & that is when paint is most vulnerable. A layer of Ceramic Coating protects a vehicle’s paint from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thereby reducing the amount of oxidization & in some cases if cared for properly eliminating them all together.
Protection from Chemical Stains and Etching
Another danger for your car is chemical staining from naturally acidic contaminants. By creating a chemically resistant surface, a Ceramic Coating can keep some contaminants from bonding to your vehicle’s paint such as harmful iron deposits from brake dust or railroad crossings. The result is that your vehicle will be more resistant to staining and etching, provided the contaminant is removed in a timely manner.
If you want your paint to pop with gloss, you will want to add a Ceramic Coating. A good Ceramic Coating enhances the reflective properties of your car’s paint and clear coat, adding to the depth and clarity of your paint. You will also enjoy a longer lasting enhanced gloss after maintenance washes due to the amazing hydrophobia we talked about earlier.
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