A Practical Perspective on Coatings
What are ceramic coatings? Are ceramic coatings worth it? Why does it come in such tiny bottles? With videos going viral over social media of mud instantly sheeting off the hoods of cars, these are questions we hear everyday.
We’d like to dedicate this post to clearing up some of the misunderstandings about ceramic coatings, as well as diving a little into the history and technology behind these coatings. Hopefully the information in this post will help you decide whether or not ceramic coatings are right for you.
The fact is, our car’s exterior is constantly under attack from things like mud, salt, gravel, dust, acid rain, ultraviolet radiation, water spots, swirl marks, brake dust… the list goes on. Hand washing and waxing just can’t keep up.
We all want our cars to look as amazing as they did the day we drove them off the dealer’s lot. However, despite constant washing and waxing, tiny scratches, swirl marks, chips, and stains start to become noticeable and the paint begins to dull and fade from sun exposure.
The fact is, our car’s exterior is constantly under attack from things like mud, salt, gravel, dust, acid rain, ultraviolet radiation, water spots, swirl marks, brake dust… the list goes on. Hand washing and waxing just can’t keep up with the environmental factors that break down your car’s paint, not to mention small daily scratches from kids, shopping carts, bikes, and careless parking lot neighbours.
This is where professional quality ceramic coatings come into the picture.
Ceramic coatings were originally designed for the aeronautics, space, and oil and gas industries. Due to its success in industry, the technology quickly expanded into the automotive industry.
What is Automotive Ceramic Coating?
A ceramic coating (also called a “nano-ceramic coating” or “nano coating’) is best understood as a second layer of skin, or an incredibly thin sheet of armour that protects your car’s clearcoat.
Ceramic coatings are made from tiny particles that form an imperceptibly thin layer. Due to the small size of these particles, any surface they are applied to becomes hydrophobic (water repellent) as well as seriously resistant to UV radiation, scratches, chemical damage, extreme temperatures, and even graffiti.
To get an idea of how thin the layer is, consider that a 30ml bottle of the stuff is all that’s needed to coat an ENTIRE vehicle. The coating forms a semi-permanent bond with the vehicle’s surface, meaning that it will not wash away from cleaning or rain. Typically, the coatings last for years. Due to the way ceramic coatings repel dirt and water, they make your car incredibly easy to clean and you won’t get water spots. The hardness of the layer also prevents swirl marks and micro scratches.
We only use the highest quality products. With Feynlab Nano Ceramic Coatings, you get to customize your ideal mix of protection, durability, hydrophobicity, gloss, and self healing capabilities.
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