What is a Ceramic Coating?
What is a 9H ceramic coating?
The easiest way is to understand Ceramics Coatings are 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. This 9H ceramic layer is completely transparent. 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. In fact, usually, it lasts years. 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.
UV Protection; Longevity; Better Scratch Resistance; Water Behaviour; Less Effort once applied.
What Does a Nano Ceramic Coating Do?
, Otherwise known as being very water repellent. An important feature of a nano Ceramic Coating is that it is hydrophobic. This basically means that water will be repelled instantaneously. When your car is ceramic coated, the incredible hydrophobic effect of the coating will cause water to bead up and roll of the surface along with most dirt, grime, or mud (as it has all been unable to bond to your vehicle’s paint). Mud & Dirt Repellent
Ceramic paint coating works much harder at protecting the surface of your vehicle than an ordinary paint job. Rain and water bead as opposed to accumulating on the surface.
Protection from UV Damage / Oxidization / Rust
Vehicles often exposed to the sun will start seeing the paint fade and look dull. This is caused by the sun’s ultraviolet sunrays, which causes oxidation to the car’s paint. By adding a layer of Ceramic Coating to your paint, you can dramatically reduce the oxidation.. Improved Durability
Ceramic coatings works much harder at protecting the surface of your vehicle than an ordinary paint job. The new coating bonds with the molecular structure of your car’s paint and can’t be dislodged by vibrations or external force, meaning it lasts years not months.
How long will it last?
Lots of factors will affect its life expectancy but most manufacturers and detailers offer varying levels of guarantee from 6 months to 5 years plus. Ceramics are not apply and forget, like everything, they need to be maintained and checked regularly to ensure that they have no damage, normally inflicted by poor wash technique! The most important thing in ceramics is application, having the most expensive coating available, but poorly applied is as bad as nothing at all. So some of the costs will apply to the machine polishing and what you want your finished paintwork to look like, as always, preparation is the key!!!
What will it cost?
Ceramic coating and its preparation are very time consuming, the paint must be in the best possible condition and completely contaminant free to get the benefits. This means there can be many hours in machine polishing before any coating can be applied so each vehicle will be priced on an “as seen” basis, but prices for even a basic level of paint enhancement will start around £150 + £150 for basic coating, depending on condition.