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What Is a Ceramic Coating?

A Ceramic Coating is a technology predominantly in the automotive industry. It is a silica-based liquid polymer that is applied by hand to the exterior of a vehicle and cures to form a protective layer that, when properly maintained, can be effective for several years. Due to this chemical bonding to the surface and the addition of a new clear solid layer, the car’s factory paint remains untouched.

Where did ceramic technology in automotive applications originate?

Ceramic Coating technology was first used about 12 years ago in Asia and particularly in 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, promoting water shedding from the surface, not allowing droplets to sit as easily.

What is a Nano Ceramic Coating ?

Nano, in the context of ceramic coatings, denotes chemistry that is happening on an atomic scale. The unique positioning of molecules provides a very low energy state that is highly stable.

What is ‘Hardness’ and how are the JADE 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.


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