The variety of car care options at your disposal, which range from expensive DIY all-in-one miraculous coatings to professional quality interior and exterior supplies, can be downright confusing. Fortunately, there are certain businesses, like Ceramic Pro, that provide a variety of tailored formulations that can provide lifetime protection at far lower costs than you might expect.
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1 – Ceramic Pro Formulas Are Customized for Specific Materials
Contrary to what you might see in a YouTube.com video, or read on a third-party “independent” blog, there is no such thing as an effective all-in-one surface protection solution. Some less than ethical online businesses are starting to pop up, advertising that their spray on coating provides the “ultimate layer of protection on all vehicle surfaces.”
The problem is that scientifically – that’s just not possible. You see, different substrates or vehicle surfaces are designed with specific materials. Let’s take a cars interior for example. You can visit your local Lexus dealership and choose the same year, make, and model of vehicle with multiple trim levels. With each elevation in trim comes different interior materials such as cloth, leatherette, and genuine leather.
Each of these surfaces or substrates has a unique formulation. The surface protectant designed for these materials must be just as customized. For example, Ceramic Pro offers multiple formulations for interior protection. The leather coating is engineered to bond on top of this material, while the cloth or carpet coating bonds specifically to these substances.
The same thing applies to exterior products – but the margin or bonding to the surface is not as crucial as interior coatings. A ceramic coating like Ceramic Pro 9H works by filling microscopic imperfections that are found in all porous materials.
Whether it’s glass, clear coat of paint, plastic trim, headlight covers, chrome, or polished aluminum, every solid part on your vehicle has tiny peaks and valleys on the microscopic level. The ceramic coating uses nanotechnology to fill those imperfections, then leave a flat yet exceptionally durable and strong layer of protection.
The best ceramic coatings like Ceramic Pro 9H are customized for specific materials that are more/less porous than others. For example, glass is more porous than clear coating on paint. As such, to bond correction, the percentage of carrier solvents, SiO2 and TiO2 must be different for optimal protection.
This is the biggest difference between a professional-grade coating and DIY products. The DIY path might be able to “work” on multiple surfaces, but the quality or longevity of those products are less than desirable.
2 – Ceramic Pro Produces a Superior Barrier of Protection
Since each formula is specifically engineered for unique substrates, the professionally-applied Ceramic Pro coatings produce a superior barrier of protection. On the outside of your ride, a Ceramic Pro protected vehicle will cure to a 9H hardness on each material covered. What does that mean?
9H is a rating on the pencil scale of hardness. It’s traditionally used to measure the hardness or the amount of ‘graphite’ that the pencil will apply to paper. However, it also is the scale in which ceramic coatings or liquid nano coatings will harden once it’s cured.
The scale goes from 0 to 9H – which essentially means that a substance is as hard as quartz or crystal. Therefore, you often hear the term quartz or glass coating associated with a ceramic nano coating.
Anyways – when the coating cures to this hardens, if forms a permanent layer of protection that produces a barrier against:
- Water damage: While it’s a life giver – it’s also a shine killer. When your paint, plastic trim pieces, chrome, and other materials on your ride is exposed to water, traditional waxes or other less-durable products will slowly derogate to the point they start to dull the finish. Ceramic Pro 9H offers up to a lifetime of protection, blocking water from penetrating to the bare surface area – keeping the shine enhanced forever.
- Marring resistance: Marring or light scratching is common on unprotected vehicle surfaces. By having a professional auto salon apply Ceramic Pro 9H, the factory finish will stay as fresh and protected as the day it rolled off the showroom floor.
- No Corrosion or Oxidation: Rust is created through a process called corrosion. It starts when water, salt, or even oxygen is introduced to raw iron. When your car is scratched, or the clear coat begins to fade, it’s more likely that the base surface will begin to rust. A Ceramic Pro 9H coating holds up against exposure to these items, protecting the base materials on your car from developing rust.
- UV Protection: Another leading cause of paint damage – specially of the clear coat, is constant bombardment of UV radiation produced by the sun. A 9H coating blocks these harmful UV rays from penetrating any items protected. Therefore, it’s important to apply Ceramic Pro 9H on your plastics, chrome, or other plated materials, along with your headlights, brake light covers, and other materials.
3 – Ceramic Pro Provides Enhancement – Not Gloss
A common misunderstanding of how ceramic coatings work is that they produce gloss and shine. That’s not entirely accurate. When the coating cures, it essentially acts as a magnifying glass. As such, it amplifies the surface underneath the coating.
This means, if your vehicle has surface scratches, or what we call spider-webbing, the coating will highlight those – not cover them up. This is a major reason why we always have our auto salons recommend and complete paint correction – or polishing / buffing out surface damage before applying the coating to your ride.
On a matte finish, a ceramic coating will enhance the depth of that ‘flat’ appearance – not make it appear ‘glossy or shiny’. Based on the level or amount of coatings applied (we offer our customers packages based on longevity desired) – this enhancement or depth of the surface protected will become semi-permanent or for your vehicle’s lifespan.