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What is ceramic coating


Crystal Serum Light is the prosumer version of the world famous GTECHNIQ Accredited Detailer Crystal Serum Ultra. It offers 80% of professional Serum Ultra’s performance, but if applied incorrectly can be machine polished from your vehicle's paintwork.

When it comes to adding gloss, resisting swirls, contaminant and dirt repellency, GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Ultra and Serum Light are the pinnacle in paint protection.

Serum Light forms an ultra-durable, high-gloss, slick to the touch, chemically bonding inorganic layer of 9h optically clear ceramic. Once applied, gloss levels will remain in the upper 90th percentile for significantly longer when compared to traditional paint protection products, and cleaning your car will be a breeze.

The high density ceramic layer is resistant to chemicals ranging from pH2 - pH12. This characteristic also makes bonded contaminants such as tree sap, tar, and hard water spots, easy to remove.

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What Are the Different Types of Ceramic Coating?

There was a day when the ceramic coating world was simple. It was a professional-grade, high-quality silicon dioxide or SiO2 based formula, only available through authorized installers. The formulation was scientifically engineered to use nano-technology which would penetrate microscopic imperfections found in any solid surface that was porous in nature.

Today’s ceramic coating segment is a saturated one – with a blend of professional-grade options like Ceramic Pro to Teflon-based spray ceramic coatings on a car that replicate many attributes of real coatings but are sparse on protective qualities and longevity. There are even ceramic-infused car wax products that bond to the car’s paint and replicates some of the qualities.

Products like wax made from carnauba serve as a sacrificial layer on top of the painted surface. Paint sealants also help to protect a paint job. However, if you’re looking for the best liquid solution to protect the car’s surface, the ceramic coating reigns supreme.

The ceramic-based paint coating world breaks down into two segments:

Spray Coatings

This is the entry point in the ceramic coating for cars world. It’s basically a diluted solution that is easy to spray on a painted surface, wipe off, let cure, and see visible results. In this category, there are different grades and individual formulations including:

Teflon-Based Sprays – This is the quickest growing of the spray-coating products. It’s made from Teflon and Silicones that are “ceramic in nature” – but not the same ingredients you’ll find in Ceramic Pro for example. They are made to replicate attributes – like hydrophobic properties, a slippery look, and enhanced gloss. However, they are prone to swirl marks due to the soft ceramic materials in these products.

SiO2 Boost Sprays – These are closer to professional-grade coatings, but still quite diluted. They are comprised of about 15 to 20 percent of SiO2 and TiO2 or Titanium Dioxide. You’ll spray on the vehicle’s surface, buff off, and let it cure for about 24 to 48 hours. They provide similar features to the Teflon-based sprays, but with better UV protection qualities. While it’s better than carnauba wax, its not to be confused as a long-term solution.

Nano Ceramic Coatings

Nano-coatings are highly-concentrated formulas that used to provide superior protection on paint, glass, chrome, carbon fiber, and even vinyl or paint protection film.

It utilizes nano-technology to fill minor cracks or imperfections on a porous (filled with microscopic holes) and solid materials. When the coating fills those imperfections, it then provides an exceptionally flat and hard layer of protection.

This is where the term 9H ceramic coating comes into play. The 9H is the highest on the pencil scale of hardness. It’s basically as hard as a solid quartz crystal.

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