Everyone adores that pristine showroom finish, right? However, have you ever wished to retain that glossy finish for a long period of time? Well, we would be surprised if it was a no!
While regular car washes and car cleaning certainly enhance their elegance and shine, grime and swirls readily attack cars and dim their luster. Over the years, wear and tear become evident on your vehicle despite having a solid car maintenance schedule.
If you are enthusiastic about preserving your car then your solution might just lie at the nearest CarzSpa detailing studio. While there are many techniques to protect your rides, like car wax, paint sealants, and protection films, what you might be looking for is nano-ceramic coatings.
How effective are these coatings? Are they truly the best option for optimum protection? Let’s find out!
What is Nano Ceramic Coating?
Ceramic coating is a revolutionary invention based on nanotechnology. Their nano-size allows them to penetrate the clear coat of the paint and bond with the surface making it a semi-permanent coating.
A nano-ceramic coating is formulated with Silicon Dioxide (SiO2) as the raw material; yes, the same raw material used in quartz, glass, and ceramics! So, if we had to put it in simple terms, a nano-ceramic coating is like a layer of liquid glass over your car’s surface that crystallizes to form an additional, robust layer of protection over the existing paint of your car.
But, take note! Just like any other product, all coatings are not created equal. Depending on the grade and volume of SiO2 that’s used to formulate the coating, its properties will also vary. Coatings that contain a higher percentage of high-grade SiO2 will offer a better protection and a glossier finish to your cars!
You can find the CrystalShield ceramic coatings at your nearest CarzSpa detailing studio, which is amongst India’s best ceramic coatings, as it contains more than 80% of high-grade SiO2. Once your car gets a nano-ceramic coating, you can revel in the sleek, glossy, showroom finish of your car for years to come!
Advantages of Ceramic Coating
Ceramic coating is the most talked about product in the detailing world. An entire population of car enthusiasts swear by it. Let’s understand why!
Hydrophobicity aka Ease of Cleaning
This goes without saying that car cleaning becomes a matter of a few minutes, thanks to a ceramic coating. Not only does cleaning become easier since the body repels water that falls on it, but your car also does not get as dirty in the first place. Compared to options like car wax, a nano-ceramic coating is infinitely better in this aspect.
With air pollution on the rise like never before, the presence of acidic components in the air can reduce the sheen of your glossy car and gradually damage it. A coat of nano ceramic polymer can relieve you of this worry.
Perhaps the primary reason behind your hunt for a paint shield is that you want to keep that new car-sheen alive. Or maybe you want to erase the effects of time and elements from the surface of your car. Whatever your need might be, a nano-ceramic coating can make your car radiate that luster for a very long time!
What does a Ceramic Coating not do?
Yes, ceramic coating your car adds value to it and makes maintenance so much easier. It is undeniable that the car’s exterior is preserved in its minted condition. Yet, there are few things that a ceramic coating does not promise.
Firstly, a ceramic coating is not going to eradicate scratching and chipping of the surface completely. Even though smaller scratches are resisted, the ability of a ceramic coating to prevent damage to cars is grossly exaggerated.
Whether your car’s surface is coated or not, it will be prone to watermarks when it’s washed with hard water. While a nano-ceramic coating doesn’t offer protection against water spots, the latest innovation in ceramic coatings does a fantastic job at water spot resistance. More on that later!
Finally, now that you have applied nano-ceramic coating on the car, it does not mean that you never have to wash it again. Wash your vehicle regularly with a recommended car shampoo to maintain the look of the car. The ceramic coating will only make your task of cleaning easier but not eliminate the need for it.
How Much Does a Nano-Ceramic Coating Cost?
At your nearest CarzSpa detailing shop, you can get your car a nano ceramic coating at the best rates. Depending on your budget, and your car’s model, you can pick from different packages offered here, each one having its own perks and suitable for most types of cars.
Ceramic coatings with a higher grade will cost more because they last longer. The cost of nano-ceramic coatings ranges from Rs 15,000 to Rs 45,000, depending on the percentage and grade of SiO2 that you have chosen. Another factor that affects the price is the size of your vehicle.
What is a Graphene Ceramic Coating?
The latest addition to paint protection technology is a Graphene Ceramic Coating. Graphene is a Nobel prize winning wonder material that takes automotive paint protection to a whole new level.
When Graphene is added to ceramic coatings, it imparts some amazing physical properties. Graphene’s honeycomb structure, and chemical properties, give the coating a high water contact angle, meaning that water on any surface that’s coated with this material will slide down more smoothly. Thus, addition of graphene enhances the hydrophobic property of traditional ceramic coatings.
Apart from this amazing feature, the wonder material also has other benefits, including enhanced durability, dry dirt repellence, and of course, a velvety sleek shine! In fact, the depth and luster added by CrystalShield G10 Graphene Ceramic Coating is almost surreal.
What Does 9H/10H Hardness Mean And Its Significance In Ceramic Durability
The terms 9H and 10H are seen floating around in any discussion regarding ceramic coatings. Simply put, it is a measure of testing the hardness of a coating once it settles on the surface to which it is applied.
It is a simple test where pencils of various strengths, like the 6H, 7H, 9H, etc., are used to scratch the hardened ceramic coating to demonstrate its durability. A 9H ceramic coating or even a 10H one is as good as it is going to get.
The higher strengths obviously will be on the higher end of expenses. However, bear in mind that any detailing store that offers a 12H or 15H coating is a ruse. The reason is quite simple! There just aren’t any pencils of these grades to test the hardness of the coating. So, the next time you come across fake promises, make sure to avoid those!
Protecting Other Surfaces Of The Car
Now that the metal body parts of your vehicle are secure, you might want to protect the remaining parts as well. The good news is that there are coatings that have been specially designed to protect the other parts of your car, including chrome wheels, glasses, leather, and even plastic trims.
The CrystalShield C6 Nano Glass Coating is a water-repellent coating that protects your car’s windshield and window glass. It is highly recommended for the monsoons! The water slides off automatically without requiring the use of wipers, therefore giving you perfect visibility.
The highly durable Mag 4 coating protects the alloy wheels with its outstanding contaminant and stain-resistant properties.
For the leather portion of your interiors, nanocoatings such as CrystalShield GLC Genuine Leather Coating are recommended to protect them against UV damage, discoloration, and stains. GLC makes the surface water repellant and easy to clean.
Ceramic Coating Maintenance
Getting a ceramic coat on the vehicle does not mean your responsibility is done. Ceramic coating maintenance is essential for your car in the long run. But the good thing is that maintaining a ceramic coated vehicle is not rocket science, but rather straight forward.
First things first, never, never ever take your car to an automatic car wash. One visit and the coating will be full of swirls and scratches.
We recommend you to stick to the manual bucket wash method. Although you can use any car shampoo to regularly wash your vehicle, you can also consider using CrystalShield Ceramic Shampoo for a weekly or bi-weekly wash. Special ceramic shampoo will renew the hydrophobic property of the car and add another layer of protection + shine to the car.
And lastly, you clean media. Your microfibers, buckets, wash mitts, etc. must be free of dirt and debris. Remember, the dirt is these things are the ones which cause the circular swirls on your car and makes it lost its sheen.
Using good quality shampoos, special ceramic shampoos, and clean media is all it takes to maintain the showroom like shine for years.