Notices
Appearance Talk about your interior and exterior mods here.
Sponsored by CARiD
Click Here

Ceramic Coating newbie

Old 07-02-2018, 06:24 PM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: West Australia
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Ceramic Coating newbie

Hi,

I am considering coating my car, the problem is, I have almost no knowledge on it, I just know that it protects the surface on which it is applied from stains, dirt and micro-marrings.
I don’t really know what characteristics I should look for when I make my choice:
Almost all companies promise a better look, more shine, … But then it gets more complicated: some advertise the hydrophobicity (if someone could explain this to me that would be great ahahah). Some others, heat or UV resistance etc…
So my question is, what should be the characteristics I should look for in a ceramic coating?
Brianoconnor is offline  
Old 07-04-2018, 06:19 PM
  #2  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Sidney
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Hi!
So ceramic coatings were designed for several things:
  • They protect your car from micro scratches (or micro marrings), the indicator you're looking for here is the hardness, they often use the pencil hardness scale. Do you remember what was written on the pens you used at school? B1, HB, etc... it uses the same ranking, 10H being the hardest. if you want more info here is my source. It know that some companies advertise the thickness too but TBH I don't think it plays a great role. They are not a well know company but I like their educational stuff ahah
  • The second characteristic provided by coatings is the hydrophobicity (and oleophobicity), it case you don't know these words they mean water and oil repellent. This has several advantages: first it prevents dirty from sticking to your paint. To put it simply: the coating creates a surface on which water cannot stay, and water is the a good medium, which means it carries dirt quite easily, hence the water will trap the dirt and just fall off the car. Some coating companies even recommend not washing coated cars with anything but water. It will also make it (almost) impossible for a graffiti to stay on your car. The indicator you're looking for is the contact angle (given in degrees), consider anything above 110-120 degrees hydrophobic enough to be good.
  • Finally most coatings are also UV resistant, which means they'll prevent your paint for fading.
  • Some companies also advertise heat resistance with temperature going up to 2200 F, but quite frankly unless you plan on driving in a volcano, such a high heat resistance is not necessary.
These would be the main characteristic I can think about right now, It is up to you to determine which ones are the most important for you.
HammondT is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Jkyra
Appearance
2
06-07-2018 06:15 PM
fleroy
Appearance
1
05-26-2018 07:53 PM
Old Hemi
New Member Area
3
07-07-2006 10:04 AM
NZ440R/T
New Member Area
35
04-18-2006 07:50 PM
TeeWJay426
New Member Area
6
02-01-2006 12:37 PM


Quick Reply: Ceramic Coating newbie


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: