Keep Your Windshield Frost-Free
Ceramic coatings are possibly the biggest thing to happen to automotive detailing in recent decades. The way they make water and grime seemingly fall off of coated surfaces is the stuff of legend (and Youtube videos). As seen in those Youtube videos, the hydrophobic qualities of ceramic coatings are probably their most touted feature.
We are all starting to get our heads around how ceramic coatings protect our vehicle’s paint from contaminants and minor damage, but it’s time to talk about the benefits of glass coatings.
What Are Glass Coatings?
Glass coatings aren’t much different than ceramic coatings for paint. At CJ’s, we keep it simple by offering two options: A-Glaze Crystal Vision and Feynlab Ceramic Lite Glass Coating. Similar to how ceramic coatings interact with clear coats, these products form a nano-scale molecular bond with your car’s glass creating an ultra-smooth, ultra-slick surface.
What Do They Do?
Despite how smooth it feels when you run your hand over a clean window, glass is actually a porous surface. The porosity of glass is what lets droplets of water form on your windows. Have you noticed how strongly water clings to the surface of a dirty window? That is because the dirt particles are providing something for the water to grab onto.
Using glass coatings eliminates the ability of water and ice to adhere to the surface of a windshield because there aren’t any pores or dirt particles to grab onto. If a window has no texture, water just falls off. The end results are windows and windshields that water just falls off of, improving visibility and ease-of-maintenance.
Using glass coatings eliminates the ability of water and ice to adhere to the surface of a windshield because there aren’t any pores or dirt particles to grab onto.
What About Winter?
One of the worst parts of winter driving is scraping off frost and ice build-up from our windshields every single morning. This chore is tedious, chilly, and time-consuming. Glass coatings don’t completely prevent ice and frost build-up from happening to your windows, but you will be amazed by how readily the ice falls off.
With untreated windows, the ice actually bonds with the textured surface of the glass – this is why we have to go through so much effort scraping it off. Ice build-up on untreated glass is like that residue left behind after you remove a sticker.
On the other hand, think of ice build-up on the treated glass like the shell on a perfectly hard-boiled egg: as soon as you start removing it, the ice will just come right off. In fact, a single swipe of windshield wipers is often enough to remove a night’s worth of ice build-up. If you’re ready to see clearly this winter and speed up your morning routine, just give us a shout – we’re always happy to chat about how we can improve your automotive experience.