The ceramic shield is unique in that it has a very low sliding angle where water falls from any surface that is not perfectly flat. The car stays clean longer and easily removes dirt. It also makes it easier to clean the vehicle and makes it safer.
Dirt sticks more difficult and due to the hardness of the coating it reduces fine scratches and swirls caused by washing. Here are the options for the best diy ceramic coatings also.
The paint protection film
The protective film, or PPF film and covering, of paint offers the highest level of protection. Many people confuse this protection with ceramic. These are of course two very different things.
You can protect a car with both the installation of a transparent protective film + the installation of a ceramic treatment.
In short, a ceramic treatment will protect your car just like a wax or a sealant, but the ceramic protection is:
- Much thicker
- More sustainable
- More scratch resistant
- More resistant to chemicals
- Very hydrophobic
All of this will keep your car cleaner for longer and last for years instead of weeks. This is a treatment intended to protect the paintwork of the vehicle and keep its appearance for a long time.
How do they work?
Unlike a wax or sealer that is applied to paint, a nano coating chemically bonds to the surface to provide semi-permanent protection, ranging from 24 to 48 months. The result of this reaction is an extremely tough glass layer that will protect the car from micro scratches, UV rays, fading and loss of gloss. In addition, their highly hydrophobic properties repel water and dirt, which greatly facilitates the maintenance of the paint.
The conditions of application
It is best to work in a closed garage. If this is not the case, care should be taken to ensure that the paint is not exposed to direct sunlight and that the conditions are not too windy as this could have an effect on the drying time. It is important to work in an area with excellent lighting otherwise it will be impossible to ensure that the wiping has been done correctly and evenly. On the temperature side, the application must be made in an environment where the mercury exceeds the 10 ° C mark.
Unlike Dual Polymer Sealer, the application of a nano ceramic coating will not correct angel hair and swirl marks, so care should be taken to remove these imperfections before move on to the application of the nano coating. The preparation of the surface is therefore just as important as the application itself. First of all, you must clean the paint thoroughly and make sure to remove all traces of insects, tar, tree sap or other contaminants that may have settled on the surface.
Subsequently, it is essential to carry out a complete decontamination of the vehicle using a clay bar and a cleaner for rust particles. Even if the vehicle is new,it is better not to skip this step since the paint could have been contaminated during the transport of the vehicle or while it was in the dealer’s yard. In the case of an older vehicle, it is strongly recommended to carry out a complete polishing of the paint following the decontamination. Once these steps are completed, it’s time to move on to the app.