In the automotive industry, Ceramic coating has become extremely popular among car enthusiasts. However, the general public has no clear understanding regarding to what it is. This post is intended to be informative regarding how the clear coat works.
NOTE* These products are meant to be use after the vehicles had completed the paint correction process. It is highly recommended that a detailing professional work on or supervise the whole process.
What are Coating? And Why is it better than Waxing.
Think of it as another layer of clear coat, which will protect your car from the harmful environment. These products now allow the transfer of particles from one surface to the other so that the nano coating becomes inseparable from the car’s paint surface. Automotive coating manufacturers claim their formulas “bond” chemically and physically to the paint surface, however, their bond loosens over time.
Over the recent years, Coating technology had improved tremendously.In the near future, we might be able to save water by not washing cars. Please click for more information on the coating technology.
What are its benefits?
Many of these coatings require an authorized detailer to apply them for you. That means that they have experience in prepping the paint for application. This is a huge bonus for car lovers. The paint may never look that good again because of how much work goes into preparing the car (paint correction) for one of these coatings.
The coating durability, whether you adhere to their guidelines or not, is impressive. They last a long time and protect your paint from naturally acidic contaminants, UV damage, and may even add a little cushion room in terms of light scratches.Other than that, Coating is not much different from the poly sealants.
What are the downsides to consider?
Before you can even apply the coating, the surface has to be 100% free of surface blemishes, which applies to even brand new vehicles. A multi-stage paint correction involves washing the car, claying, buffing, and keeping it pristine while applying the coating. That last step is particularly difficult for anyone who isn’t working in a clean indoor facility.
Moreover, when you have a coating that is unlikely to lose it’s bond with the paint, when a paint correction is needed (and believe me, it will be), you lose the coating and all the money that went into it as well.
Different Types of Coating
Currently, there are three type of car coating products. Polymer coating, Fluorine coating and Glass coating. Among them, glass coating is the new kid in a block in the US market but already very popular in Europa and Japan.This is because of the technology that it uses. Liquid glass and other compounds enables this product to give your car a liquid glass effect which will protect it against weather, natural situations like bird droppings, scratches, dust, spills and all those things that just no ordinary wax can fix. Most of all, it can last from 6 months to a few years.
What are the steps?
Paint coatings need to be applied to surfaces that are free of above and below surface contaminants. Like a car wax or paint sealant, if the surface isn’t properly prepped, the paint coating won’t properly adhere, yielding less-than-desirable results. With a little bit of knowledge from the previous blog posts and the right products, prepping your vehicle’s paint for a coating is easier than you think.
First and foremost, you’ll need to remove above surface contaminants. Above surface contaminants can consist of rail dust, bugs, industrial fallout, airborne pollution, and paint overspray. You have a couple options to remove above-surface contaminants. (see previous blog post for the steps).
Next step is polishing The polishing step is just as critical as the claying step. Polishing your paint with an abrasive polish or compound removes swirls, scratches, water spots, and below surface contaminants, creating a perfectly smooth, high-gloss finish. Using an abrasive polish, like Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover, if your goal is to create a flawless finish.
Applying the Coating. Once you’ve clayed and polished the vehicle, it’s time to apply the paint coating. Paint coatings are available in syringes, small glass bottles, conventional cylindrical bottles with sprayers and traditional bottles with flip caps. Apply the coating gently on the paint using a microfiber pads; repeat the steps if necessary.
Note: Once a paint coating has been applied, the vehicle should be kept in a cool, dry environment for at least a couple hours. You want to avoid moisture, rain and humidity. It’s best to keep the vehicle parked in a garage or, if it’s not too humid outside, let it sit in the sun. The sun will accelerate the curing time.
Here’s a video of a step by step guide of coating application
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