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Ceramic Coating Questions & Answers

Where did ceramic technology in automotive applications originate?


Ceramic Coating technology was first used around 12 years ago in Asia and in particularly China as the method to prevent acid rain from contaminating the urethane paint surface, whereby acid rain would sit on the surface, dry and etch into the paint film causing permanent damage. Once ceramic coatings are applied the surface becomes extremely hydrophobic which promotes water shedding from the surface this creates that beading effect we in the detailing world know and love.



What does "nano" mean in the context of ceramic coatings?


Nano, in the context of ceramic coatings, denotes chemistry that is happening on an atomic scale. The neat ordering of molecules provides a very low energy state that is highly stable. Similar to the videos structure in this example. There are many benefits to using a ceramic coating. One benefit is that they can increase the lifespan of a material by protecting it from damage. Ceramic coatings can also make materials easier to clean and maintain. In addition, our professionally formulated ceramic coatings can improve the appearance of a material by giving it a glossy finish.



What is ‘Hardness’ and how are the Ceramic Coatings measured for their relative hardness?


Hardness is measured according to ASTM D3363 Film Hardness by Pencil. A 9H graphite pencil is applied with a specific weight or pressure at a 45 degree angle relative to the coating and moved 2’’ in distance, repeated in triplicate, starting with the hardest pencil (9H). If the coating is damaged or deformed then the next lower hardness pencil is measured until the film or coating shows no change.


What makes these coatings considered to be ‘ceramic’ and not ‘glass’ coatings?


Glass is considered an amorphous solid and does not have a long-range ordering or arranging of its molecules. While ceramic is a highly ordered, crystalline structure at a very low energy state – which makes it very durable and stable causing it to also be highly resistant to chemical reaction. A ceramic coating is a brilliant solution to add protection to your glass though.

Ceramic coatings help provide a protective shield on top of the glass surface, which not only keeps the area cleaner, with reduced glare and improved water sheeting but also improves UV protection.


Can heat or frost harm the Ceramic Coating protection after it has had an opportunity to cure?



No, the coating is very stable and highly resistant to temperature fluctuations. In fact, heat in excess of 100-300°C will drive the coating to further crosslink and cure further. While, low temperatures, even in excess of -40°C, will never cause the ceramic coating to crack, peel or delaminate from the surface.


Are your Ceramic Coatings approved by anyone?


Yes, Our Line of Ceramics are approved by Boeing Aerospace to their rigorous quality testing and endorsed to their D-6 17487T standard.



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