Updated: Sep 9
Just bought your new car and need a high quality ceramic coating to protect your car?
Well, you have to read this before you book your next appointment!
Having been in the business for almost 10 years, we have received all sorts of questions with regards to ceramic coatings and their differences with glass coating and waxes. In this guide, shed some light about ceramic coatings and hopefully, debunk some myths that you might have heard along the way.
Ceramic coating and what does it do for your car?
I’m sure you have seen videos all over social media where water and mud are thrown over a car’s bonnet. The liquid concoction immediately beads off the surface and you probably found it extremely therapeutic. In some other videos, you find clips where the detailer is seen scratching the car’s surface with a sharp object.
Well... Could this all be true?
Ceramic Coatings acts like a second layer of skin or a sacrificial layer of protection over your car’s clear coat. The main active ingredient found in ceramic coatings is commonly known as Silica Dioxide (SiO2). After application, this viscous liquid crystallises and forms a hardened shell over the clear coat layer of your car’s paint. The coating bonds on a molecular level with the clear coat, filling up small microscopic holes in the paint. This increases water contact angle with the coating surface, thereby creating the beading effect, or better known as the hydrophobic effect. Due to the active ingredients in silica dioxide based coating (Ceramic/Glass coating), the resulting layer is UV and chemical resistant. What this means is that those unsightly bird droppings, that are usually acidic, are less likely to etch onto the surface, making it easier to clean off when you spot it.
Can you stack coatings? Will the coating crack when applied too thick?
Based on our experience, we recommend applying ceramic coatings one coat at a time, allowing each layer to fully cure before you stack the next one. However, stacking too many layers in quick succession can lead to cracking and bubbling problems over time. A high-quality ceramic coating can usually achieve a thickness of up to 8 - 10 microns, this level of thickness will be more than sufficient to protect your car's paintwork for years to come. As the saying goes, less is more.
If you are thinking about paying for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or even 10 layers of coating, think again. Do you need that many layers if 1 layer is good enough to do the same job?
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Eliminates scratches, swirl marks, and/or stone chips
The scratch-resistance nature of a ceramic coating is constantly exaggerated in many ways.
Your ceramic coating will deflect some minor scratches that occur in the lifetime of your car’s ownership, however, it is not possible to completely resist the damage from a rock chip or scratch from a key or even a plastic box. Improper car washing techniques will continue to cause swirl marks on your car’s surface. A ceramic coating does not substitute products that can prevent serious scratches or stone chips.