Ceramic coating technology has evolved, becoming vital across industries for its diverse applications. Numerous types, each with unique properties and applications, are now available.
Selecting the right one requires understanding these differences.
In this blog post, we aim to simplify this process by providing an in-depth exploration of the various types of ceramic coatings currently available on the market.
Through this understanding, the optimal benefits of ceramic coating technology can be fully realized and utilized.
Exploring the Various Types of Ceramic Coatings for Vehicles
1. Nexgen Ceramic Coatings
Nexgen ceramic coatings are widely recognized as one of the most advanced solutions available for protecting the paintwork of a vehicle.
Manufactured using some of the most resilient materials available for car coatings, Nexgen products have gained a significant amount of popularity in today's automotive market.
Essentially, Nexgen ceramic coatings function as a thin, glass-like layer of clear coat that is meticulously applied to the exterior surfaces of your vehicle.
This layer manifests as a durable and long-lasting paint, chiefly applied to the exterior metal components of your vehicle, and comes in a liquid form for easier application.
The primary ingredient of this ceramic coat is a silica or quartz-silane-based compound, which once applied, forms a rock-hard protective layer.
This layer is specifically designed to protect the surface parts of your car from potential damage caused by bird droppings, rock chips, and hard snow.
2. Carpro CQuartz
Carpro CQuartz is a ceramic coating solution that offers long-lasting car maintenance, typically lasting between 2–5 years with regular use.
Unlike other ceramic coatings, Carpro CQuartz has a thick, super-glue-like consistency and often requires multiple steps during its application process to ensure it cures into a hard, resilient layer.
This particular ceramic coating is renowned for providing top-tier durability and aesthetic appeal, making it a popular choice for car enthusiasts seeking both protection and enhanced visual appeal for their vehicles.
3. CMX Ceramic Spray Coating
Unlike traditional ceramic coatings that require manual application, CMX Ceramic Spray Coating is a convenient, spray-applied type of ceramic coating.
CMX Ceramic Spray Coating utilizes a two-part system that primarily comprises a ceramic resin and a curing agent.
The ceramic resin is specifically formulated with a high concentration of ceramic particles, which significantly contribute to the overall durability and effectiveness of the coating, ensuring your vehicle is adequately protected while maintaining its aesthetic appeal.
Ty's Quick Tip: You can find this product at your local auto stores, making it convenient for at-home use.
4. Nasiol Ceramic Coating
Nasiol ceramic coatings are a novel, innovative type of ceramic coating that offers unparalleled clarity and a stunning, mirror-like shine that enhances the aesthetic appeal of your vehicle.
These coatings are uniquely composed of a silica or quartz-silane-based compound.
This formulation creates a rock-hard protective layer that shields the surface of your car from a variety of environmental hazards. These include damage from bird droppings, rock chips, and hard snow.
The protective layer formed by the Nasiol ceramic coating is not only durable but also maintains the original look and feel of your car's paintwork.
5. Meguiar's Ceramic Liquid
Meguiar's Ceramic Liquid is a consumer-grade ceramic coating that caters to the needs of everyday vehicle owners. This product is conveniently available for purchase online and typically requires a single level application.
Its application process is much more forgiving, making it an ideal choice for those new to ceramic coatings.
However, it should be noted that while it provides adequate protection, it doesn't offer the same level of durability as professional-grade ceramic coatings.
Nevertheless, Meguiar's Ceramic Liquid is a cost-effective solution that still delivers good results for car owners.
Other Types of Ceramic Coatings
Also referred to as Teflon-based sprays, PTFE-based sprays are a particular type of ceramic coatings which, though they are the least strong when compared to other ceramic coatings, still have their own unique benefits.
PTFE-Based Sprays have the capacity to create superhydrophobic surfaces that offer a degree of protection, albeit limited.
PTFE-Based Sprays stand out for their exceptional ability to provide protection against high temperatures, making them ideal for applications that involve exposure to heat.
In addition, they are known for their ability to produce a non-stick surface which can be instrumental in various applications.
SiO Boost Sprays
A different type of ceramic coating is represented by SiO boost sprays.
What sets SiO Boost Sprays apart from their counterparts is their superior shine and ability to block UV rays.
When compared to other ceramic coatings, SiO boost sprays offer a noticeably enhanced shine, adding an aesthetic quality to their practical functions.
Furthermore, they have an impressive ability to block UV rays, providing added protection that isn't always present with other types of ceramic coatings.
Nano coatings, a type of ceramic coating, leverage the power of nanotechnology to form a thin yet durable protective layer on a vehicle's surface.
We're proud to be installers of Ceramic Pro, one of the pioneers in the field of industrial ceramic coating technology, and in particular, their 9H coating.
Ceramic Pro 9H establishes a permanent bond with the surface, which doesn't wash off or degrade over time.
The only way to remove this ceramic coating is through abrasion. This robust protective coating shields your vehicle's paintwork from harmful contaminants.
It's possible to apply 9H in multiple layers, enhancing the coating's thickness with each additional layer, which leads to a thicker, harder coating offering improved resistance to scratches.
Only qualified installers are approved to apply a coating of this tier.
The application process for this coating requires meticulous attention to detail, and the exterior must be restored to a like-new condition before applying the coating.
We offer various packages for our Ceramic Coatings. You can find more info on our Ceramic Coating page.
Graphene-Based Ceramic Coatings
The latest advancement in ceramic coating technology is the introduction of graphene-based ceramic coatings.
The central component of these coatings, graphene, is often hailed as the strongest material in the world. This characteristic is leveraged in these coatings by mixing graphene with the ceramic coating. This fusion results in a coating that offers unsurpassed water protection, significantly reducing the risk of rust.
Furthermore, this combination also enhances the coating’s ability to resist abrasion, thereby extending its lifespan and maintaining its effectiveness.
In summary, the current market offers a diverse range of ceramic coatings, each with its unique blend of properties and potential applications.
Understanding the differences between various coatings can help in choosing the right ceramic coating that matches the needs of its use.
Whether you need a professional-grade ceramic coating for tough conditions, or a consumer-grade one for everyday use, rest assured, there's a ceramic coating just right for you.
This serves as a reminder to exercise due diligence with ceramic coating providers. Many companies may assert they're applying high-grade coating technology, when in fact, they're using consumer-grade coating technology on your vehicles.