Ceramic Coatings

Photo of all the Ceramic Coatings we apply
I’ve been applying Ceramic Coatings since its availability in SA from 2008

What is a Ceramic Coating?

A Ceramic coating is a thin “glass like” layer applied over paint. It improves your automotive experience and life by; preserving and boosting it’s looks, protecting it from the elements, makes it easier to clean and maintain and may assist with preventing / managing swirls.

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Coatings can be made from different materials giving them varying performance characteristics like water / dirt repellency, hardness and flexibility. So ceramic coatings are defenitely not the same!

A Ceramic coating is considered to be a sacrificial layer, in that it becomes the functional top layer of your paint system and takes on damage instead of the paint directly. For example if it has to become swirled from bad washing, it ideally should only be in the coating layer and then only the coating needs to be removed and minimal actual paint (by polishing) and reapplied. If you didn’t have a coating, your paint would have taken it on directly and it would need to be polished directly and consequently thinned out.

Same goes for contamination, paint splatter etc

You need to keep in mind the performance of a coating will be determined by how it was applied, the choice of coating chemistry you chose i.e. how water / dirt . oil repellant as well as how hard and flexible the coating is. All coatings are not the same!

No coating can protect your paint from stone chips or impact caused scratches as all coatings are too thin. Paint Protection Film is superior but a much more expensive option.

Ceramic coatings offers the following features:

  • Increase gloss
  • pH Resistance
    • coatings has a great high and low pH resistance so it cannot be washed off!
    • Bird poo, insects / bugs can etch your paint, coatings can help prevent that
  • UV Resistance – preserves colour intensity and prevents paint failure
  • Temperature Resistance
  • Easier Cleaning
  • Easier Maintenance
  • Scratch resistance in terms of swirls and marring typically caused by contact
  • Stain Resistance – if dirt doesn’t sit, it prevents stains and paint failure
  • Enhanced reflectivity and leaves a high gloss finish
  • Anti Graffiti
  • Corrosion Resistance – salt water

Video explaining Ceramic Coatings


How much is a Ceramic Coating?

The cost of a ceramic coating job is determined by the Preparation required and your choice of Ceramic coating, either according to your budget, functional performance or even just the best!

You can read more about the The Ceramic Coating Application Process in our FAQ section at the end.

My ceramic coating booking process is:

  1. Arrange and inspection of your car and determine the level of preparation & detail it needs by test polishing.
    • This enables you to see for yourself what to expect and budget for
  2. We discuss your expectations and needs in terms of functional performance of a coating
  3. We then discuss your total budget and advise the best coating that fits into that.
  4. You let me know a date to book for
  5. We confirm a booking on a deposit

If you are not able to come in for an inspection I can give you estimates / options based on your inputs, so that you may budget.

We can schedule a 10-15 minute call and discuss options interactively.

If you book this way, then on the day of your booking, you need to allow for an inspection so that I can test polish an area and show you what the level of preparation / polishing you booked for will look like. This will give you the opportunity to confirm if that meets your expectation and if necessary change up.


Preparation Costs

The most important thing in preparation is Paint Decontamination. Decontamination is the removal of anything stuck on the surface of your paint by doing a clay treatment if necessary as well as chemical removers and degreasers.

After that, polishing, if needed, would be done and this is determined by the condition of your car, i.e. how much and deep scratches and swirls are, how hard or soft your paint or what you want it to look like. We always follow a least aggressive approach to minimize thinning of your paint unnecessary!

Coatings can be applied over surfaces that hasn’t been polished but it may amplify the look of scratches and swirls that may be on the paint. Polishing should not be done after a coating has been applied as most coatings would be removed or severely reduced by it.

Polishing isn’t all about taking out scratches (which is generally a heavy / coarse type of polish and pad combination). A fine polish, without reducing paint, can create gloss and smooth out the surface making it stronger and improves the performance of a coating especially in water and dirt repellency.

I advise clients to book a free inspection where I can do a polishing test spot and show you how your car will look and what to expect! This way we costing and expectation can be precise.

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Before a coating can applied the surface must be prepared. Because every vehicle is different in condition as well as your expectation, priority and budget, preparation will be a different cost for each car and hence why I it would be difficult to offer a package.

Preparation is critical to ensuring that the ceramic coating is able to bond directly to your paint and perform as expected.

Multiple washing, Clay treatment, iron & tar removers as well as a degreaser is the minimum treatment before you can do a ceramic coating. A level of Polishing may be needed to ensure your surface is worthy to be coated. You can coat over scratches and swirls, but you will get shiny and protected scratches and swirls. Ceramic coatings cannot fill / repair bad paint!

In addition to the ceramic coating product, other products is needed. You need brand new microfibre cloths and applicators for each and every application. Some coatings have more solid content of ceramic, resin etc in them and then requires more microfibre cloths than others. Quality microfibre clothes is expensive! If you use cheap ones they scratch and swirl your paint! They also cannot be reused again as ceramic coatings will be in the cloth and harden it.

A product called a Panel Wipe is also needed to ensure the paint is free from any contamination. Key to the success of an application is a ceramic coatings bond to paint. Detailer’s that may skimp on this or be uneducated by using for example IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol), which has been a staple for years, has been debunked as an appropriate paint cleaner. Using a weak or inappropriate panel wipe will make your ceramic coating application either meaningless or lessen the coatings longevity and durability. I use GTECHNIQ Panel Wipe or at minimum a paint manufacturers panel wipe to ensure we have a successful ceramic coating application every time. I’ve had zero issues or comebacks since I’ve been applying coatings! (Since 2009!)

Paint Decontamination With Polishing / Buffing

The following is based on my Level 2 & 3 Paint Correction packages

It includes several rounds of detailed washing, chemical and clay based decontamination and the polishing that is specified.

Polishing does not need to be aggressive. We in fact always try to use the least aggressive method. A mild polish can be used to remove fine swirls or even just to amp up gloss. It would also smooth out paint and improve water and dirt repellancy.

Level 2 – Single Step Polishing
  • Depending on the paint condition we would test the most optimal polish and pad combination.
    • If your paint doesn’t require heavy polishing we would use a high gloss polish.
    • If we need to remove scratches and swirls, a single step of polishing can remove 80%-90%+ dependent on paint condition.
  • Pricing
    • 2.1 from R2000 – Single step polish with single buffer
    • 2.2 from R3000 – Single step polish with different buffer and pad sizes for a better finish and more polishing detail.
Level 3Multi-step polishing
  • In multi step polishing dedicated polish & pad combinations is used for thorough correction with respect to the paint thickness followed by a fine polish intended to increase gloss.
  • Dual Action buffers in different sizes is used for the best finish as well as polishing detail.
  • Pricing from R4000
Paint Decontamination Without Polishing

If your vehicle or you dont want polishing a vehicle can still be coated but the surface needs to be completely bare and smooth. In this case a thorough chemical only decontamination process and priced from R750 depending on your paint condition and vehicle size.

If you paint is not smooth, it needs a clay to remove the contaminants and then a polish to ensure any marks made from the clay rubbing on the paint is removed.


Ceramic Coatings

Quality Ceramic coatings aren’t cheap and they are not all the same thing. They differ chemically!

You get what you pay for in terms of quality, longevity, durability and therefore performance. Always choose the best you can afford!

Protouch is accredited professional installers for GTECHNIQ, FEYNLAB, AUTOGLYM and HIKARI. For certain of their products we offer warrantees!

I offer a wide variety of Ceramic Coatings purposely arranged in increments, so that I can give you the best protection for any expectation, functional need/performance required and budget!

An important factor in judging a coating, is longevity. It however indicates two points that must be considered:

  1. Longevity, in the normal sense of how long it will last.
  2. It indicates how tough the bond between the coating and paint is. (a durability factor)

If you need advice don’t hesitate to contact me and I can explain and take you through the options.


PLEASE NOTE:
  • All prices below is quoted for small cars to standard sized sedans e.g. Corolla. Larger vehicles quoted on request.
  • Ceramic coating prices does not include preparation.
    • I don’t offer packages with preparation / polishing because every car’s paint is in a different condition and every client has different expectations and needs.
  • Other coating products can be arranged example, CARPRO, IGL, Hikari, Feynlab, Meguiars, Turtlewax and others

1. SONAX Nano Paint Protect

  • 1 Year longevity
  • Originally engineered for the Asian market where the humidity and pollution is high.
Pricing
  • From R1000 for single coat
  • From R1500 for double coat
    • a thicker coating makes it more durable and aids longevity

2. FEYNLAB Ceramic Lite

  • 1 Year+ longevity
  • Feynlab’s Ceramic Lite is an evolution on their original ceramic coating formula.
  • It’s slick, durable, hydrophobic and will provide a high level of gloss.
Pricing
  • from R2000 for a single coat
  • from R3000 for a double coat
    • a thicker coating makes it more durable and aids longevity
  • Ceramic Lite can be applied on top of Ceramic V2 or Ultra to increase thickness, gloss and improve water repellancy.

3. GTECHNIQ EXOv4

  • EXO is a ground-breaking, hard, organic coating that bonds chemically with the surface of the car.
    • Provides extreme hydrophobic / water repellency function – water slides off treated surfaces
    • Forms a hard film that makes water spots easier to remove
    • Resistant to highly alkaline or acidic wash solutions
    • Aids in the prevention of micro-marring and swirls
    • Repels dirt, oils, & fallout
    • Enhanced durability – lasts for up to 2 years
    • Can be used as a stand-alone coating or as a top coat
    • 7H on the pencil hardness scale

EXOv4 is the most slick and water repellent coating. If you want the performance of EXO and better hardness, I offer combinations of EXO on top of C1, CSL or CSU. This also increases these coating’s thickness for better paint protection and increases their gloss.

Price from R2500

4. GTECHNIQ C1 Crystal Lacquer

  • Up to 5 Year longevity
  • C1 is a quartz based coating which differs to normal ceramic coatings by bonding directly to paint without the need for resins.
  • This makes C1 suitable for:
    • all types of paint, original, resprayed, classic lacquers, single stage etc even matte.
    • The original high performance coating
    • 9H on the pencil hardness scale
Pricing
  1. from R3500 stand alone
  2. from R5000 with a top layer of EXOv4
    • Adds exceptional levels of gloss, added reflectivity and unbeatable water-beading

5. FEYNLAB CERAMIC ULTRA

  • 5 year longevity
  • CERAMIC ULTRA is FEYNLAB®’s most durable non-healing ceramic coating. It builds on the successful and robust formula of CERAMIC v2 by further enhancing the solids (nano particles and proprietary resin) to make it a 5 year coating
  • It combines a lattice structure of silica, silicon-nitride and silicon-carbide to provide a flexible and durable coating with good swirl type scratch resistance and gloss.
Pricing
  1. from R4000 stand alone
  2. from R6000 with a top coat / layer of Feynlab Ceramic Lite

6. GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Light (CSL)

  • 5 Year Longevity
  • CSL 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.
    • Unlike mainstream wax and organic polymer coatings, Crystal Serum Light can resist much higher and lower temperatures – as low as -40°, to as high as +250°.
    • CSL features 80% of the performance of Crystal Serum Ultra (CSU)
Pricing
  1. From R5000 stand alone
  2. From R6500 with EXOv4 as a top coat
    • Adds exceptional levels of gloss, added reflectivity and unbeatable water-beading
    • Adding the top coat allows CSL to be offered with a 5 Year Warranty

7. GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Ultra (CSU)

  • 9 Year Warranty whether stand alone or with a top coat.
  • Hardest coating on the market – 10H on the pencil scale
    • The extremely hard wearing 10h top layer and softer 7h flexible base layer offer improved swirl resistance over regular 9h paint protection coatings.
    • The hardness of these helps to prevent premature paintwork dulling from micro scratches caused by frequent, vigorous car washing to remove stubborn surface contaminants.
    • CSU forms a thicker protective barrier than standard nano-coats but also offers amazing levels of gloss and chemical resistance, forming the strongest barrier against bird droppings, salt, oil, water and dirt.
  • CSU can be applied as a stand-alone paint protection coating, or for the best hydrophobic performance, it can be over coated with EXOv4, which forms Crystal Serum Black.
    • This will alsi increase the coating film thickness.
Pricing
  1. From R7500 stand alone
  2. From R9500 topped with EXOv4
    • Adds exceptional levels of gloss, added reflectivity and unbeatable water-beading

8. Feynlab Self Heal Coatings

  • 5 year warranty
  • Unlike anything else, these coatings can self heal from minor scratches like swirls or marring.
  • Deep impact scratches like vandalism or driving against a gate may be minimized but would’ve have penetrated through the coating’s film.
Pricing
  • From R12000 for Heal Lite
    • 60% of the self heal capability of Plus
  • From R25000 for Heal Plus

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Ceramic Coating Application Process

You need to:

  1. Thoroughly wash
    • Ensure complete cleanliness from all surfaces and any grooves, seams, joints, hinges, rubbers, mouldings, badges, grills etc
  2. Decontaminate
    1. Clay
    2. Liquid Clay or Iron remover
    3. Degrease
    4. Tar & Adhesive remover
  3. Wash
    • Yes again! You need to remove the lifted contaminants from decontamination.
  4. Polish
    • Remove any scratches and swirls as is safe to do as the a ceramic coating seals the paint surface.
    • Any polishing after ceramic has been applied will remove entirely or reduce it
    • If you dont polish and coat over it, any scratches, swirls etc may be magnified
  5. Preferably wash again to remove polish residues.
    • This is my preference. Polishing generates dust that gets everywhere
    • I like to soak the vehicle with a mix of shampoo and APC to remove all traces of polish.
  6. Panel wipe
    • This is technically all thats needed to remove polish oils etc and prepare for coating
  7. Coat
  8. Allow to cure
    1. Do not get wet for the first two days
      • If you need to use your car immediately after a coating application
        • watch the weather so it doesnt rain immediately after
        • The best is to Infrared Cure whether its raining or not as it would yield a better finish.
    2. Do not wash for the first 7 days
      • If your car gets dusty leave it.
    3. In general avoid contact i.e. touching the car unless:
      1. you are washing and drying it
      2. you are using a Quick Detailer and microfibre to dust / wipe off / clean a spot / detail

How long does it take?

The time it takes is dependant on how much preparation needed, detail ordered and the ceramic coating chosen.

In general:

  1. Level 2 correction i.e. single step of polishing with a single coat of an entry level ceramic coating would be 1 day. Doing a level 3 correction will make this 2 days.
  2. Level 2 or 3 correction with a single coat of a professional ceramic coatings would be 2 days
  3. Level 2 or 3 Correction with a high end, e.g. Gtechniq Crystal Serum Ultra or Feynlab Self Heal would be 2 to 3 days.

How Scratch Resistant Is A Ceramic Coating?

The types of scratches that coatings can protect your paint from is typically swirls and to a degree marring.

Swirls and marring is shallow scratches that a coating can either prevent, i.e. repel depending on its hardness / flexibility or contained within its film thickness. It is typically caused by contact with the paint surface, allowing dirt to build up on a car and then washing, improper washing like not rinsing properly, washing technique and drying your paint wrongly.

Swirls makes your car look dull, and if allowed to be inflicted directly on paint, would require polishing to remove. Each time you polish, you are microscopically cutting your paint in order to remove swirls and scratches. Repeated polishing therefore thins your paint which will eventually require a respray. This is unnecessary if you take protect and care for your paint properly.

Ceramic coating film thickness range anywhere from 0.5 microns to a maximum of 10 microns. Film thickness is only half the story. It’s a combination of coating thickness, hardness and flexibility as well as the hardness of the surface its being coated with, which combine and determine a coatings scratch resistance ability. After that, its how your vehicle is cared for and stored.

If this is then considered, coatings will not protect your car from stone chips, door dings, paint chipping from deep, sharp impact or any other deep type of damage, its too thin!

If that is what you need protection from, then Paint Protection Film ( PPF), which is thicker, 150microns plus or Spray on film at 300 microns, would be the better but also most expensive solution!

Paint Defects and thickness

If you look at this image of Paint Defects & Examples of Coating Thickness, you will be able to compare the depth that different paint damage has on paint.

  • A human hair on average is 70 microns in diameter. Thick hair is about 90 microns
  • A sticky Post It note is around 108 microns – which is the best visual approximation of your total paint thickness.
    • Your entire paint system can be from 100 odd microns to 180 from the factory.
    • Your Clear coat, which is the top most layer of paint, can be from 40 to 100 microns or generally 50% of the total film build.
  • A human fingernail on average is from 400 microns thick
    • Rule of thumb for gauging scratch depth: If you can feel it with your fingernail its too deep!
Illustration by Todd Helme

If you do get swirls on a coated car, depending on the coating you have chosen, it should mostly if not only be in the coating and not the paint, which is what it was intended for, to protect you paint!

It can sometimes be repaired with a special polish or top coated and in severe cases simply removed and redone.

The maintenance of coatings is simple. Regular and careful washing and periodically a spray application of a ceramic sealant will maintain the longevity and durability of your coating.

How hard is a ceramic coating? What is 9H, 10H? Am I being fooled? – find out for yourself.

Following this is a link to an excellent article from Feynlab regarding hardness of coatings

https://www.feynlab.com/how-hard-is-a-ceramic-coating-what-is-9h-10h-am-i-being-fooled-find-out-for-yourself/

What Is A Ceramic Coating” – IN DEPTH

FYI: Modern paint is more like plastic! Which makes coatings technically stronger than paint.

A ceramic coating is a thin “glass like” layer applied over paint to preserve its looks, protect it from the elements and make it easier to clean and maintain.

They are all nowadays referred to as ceramic coatings but the chemistries of the coatings is different. They can also be called nano coatings due to their particle size which is measured on the nano scale in microns.

Ceramic coatings are not all the same. They differ in chemical formula which gives each coating their different performance characteristics. The main chemistries available today is Silica derivatives with the most popular being Silicon Dioxide or SIO2, Silicon, Carbon or Silicon Carbide / SiC as well as Silicon Nitride, Silane, Siloxane, Fluoro, Titanium Dioxide (TIO2) and a few other polymer resins. Graphene is also an up and coming up coating ingredient.

Variably, a coating formula will contain the solid particles of coating, resins and solvents. Some formulas are solvent free and others does require resins to bond with. Generally these are harder to apply but more solid particles lays down on the paint making them harder.

Visually coatings is a clear and thick liquid “similar to super glue”. When it hardens, it forms a thin hard shell over your paint. Paint isn’t a smooth flat surface, It has “hills and valleys”. A coating chemically adheres to these hills and valleys. They cannot fill scratches or swirls, a polish is needeed to remove that before coating.

While this hard shell layer is intact, your coating is “permanent” as nothing can gain access and attack the adhesion bond below. It can be worn down by abrasion like harsh washing, rubbing over time, polishing or claying etc. It can be chipped by stones, deeply scratched or even experience micro cracking if your cars paint is expanding and contracting faster than the Ceramic coating is able to flex. Once damage like this occurs, the adhesive bond is exposed to chemicals, environmental effects like acid rain, hard water, bird poo or bugs.

Maintaining your coating with a quality ceramic sealant, like GTECHNIQ C2V3, Feynlab Ceramic Sealant, CARPRO Reload and others, will help maintain your coating by filling in the pores / cracks / fissures preventing the bond from being further broken down and replenishing water repellency etc.

If the bond between your ceramic coating and paint starts to fail, it washes away, which is something you cant see. I’ve only ever seen coatings come off in sheets on photos.

The performance of the adhesive bond, usually indicated by the coatings longevity in months or years, the hardness, thickness and flexibility of the ceramic coating, the chemical and UV resistance, all contribute to how durable and long your coating will last in the real world terms.

Coating Chemistries, and Differentiating Marketing Terms from Actual Chemistry

Here is a link to a FEYNLAB blog article regarding the different Coating Chemistries, and Differentiating Marketing Terms from Actual Chemistry

Can a ceramic coating be repaired?

If you experienced a fender bender or deep scratch etc then that area will need to be reapplied from scratch.

If the coating doesn’t bead at all or it has been reduced, it may need deep decontamination like in my Maintenance Detail #3.

If it has light swirl, it can be “glazed” with a ceramic repair agent. This may either camouflage it entirely or at least reduce the appearance. Testing is required.

HOT TIP: Avoid making unnecessary contact with paint whether you have a coating on or not. Careful and regular washing, using a quick detailer and a periodic boosting with a ceramic sealant will help you avoid having to repair a coating.

I had an accident with my car and need to replace my coating

It depends on where you had a repair done.

If you had a bonnet, roof or either front or rear bumpers repaired then only that panels may need to be recoated.

If its a door, its best but not necessary, that you redo the complete side to avoid colour issues.

“Does a ceramic coating need maintenance?”

Yes.

A coating becomes the functional top surface of your paint work instead of the clear coat, allbeit sacrificial, i.e. it can be replaced if damaged like with swirls.

So just like if your car had no protection, wax or sealant it needs to be washed regularly and carefully to maintain it.

We sell products for your to DIY and we offer Maintenance Detail services to maintain it for you.

What do I wash a ceramic coated car with?

Avoid car soaps or shampoos with wax.

It’s best you use the same brand of shampoo as your coating or from another known and quality brand of ceramic coating.

A quality shampoo will defenitively change the pH of your water i.e. make it softer as well as give good lubricity and dirt release capability.

I prefer using a dedicated shampoo and snowfoam vs using one for the other’s purpose.

Can you coat over paint that has scratches and swirls?

As long as your paint is chemically clean a coating will bond.

A coating may however amplify defects.

Can a coating fix scratches and swirls?

No it cannot. It is too thin in.

Can a coating fix peeling paint?

No it cannot. The coating will bond to the peeling paint itself and as it loses integrity so to would the coating.

Can a coating fix faded / fading paint?

No it cannot. Polishing is the appropriate method to remove or improve faded paint.

How do you remove a ceramic coating?

It depends on the coating.

Most “pro sumer” coatings can be removed by polishing. High end professional ceramic coatings such as GTECHNIQ’s Crystal Serum Ultra or FEYNLAB’s Self Heal coatings is so tough that they may need wet sanding to be removed!


we Offer the Following Coating Brands:

READ MORE ABOUT GTECHNIQ

FOR: #1. The hardest coatings on the market. #2. International Warranty. #3 BIOCOTE anti microbial technology for interiors

We are accredited GTECHNIQ detailers and offer warrantied ceramic coating applications.

GTECHNIQ C1, C2, Crystal Serum Light & EXO is available to Purchase For DIY

The key feature I sell GTECHNIQ coatings on is, their sheer hardness in comparison to other coatings on the market. When it comes to adding gloss, resisting swirls, contaminant and dirt repellency, GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Ultra (CSU) and Crystal Serum Light (CSL) is at the top.

Another reason why I offer GTECHNIQ is that they are very innovative and offer tech nobody thinks of, such as their BIOCOTE technology which theyve had for maybe a decade or more already! BIOCOTE is an antimicrobial “additive” technology that has been a feature of their interior product range for years! With the Corona Virus COVID-19 it is now an essential advantage if not critical need. I think this is proof that GTECHNIQ is a visionary company.

EXOv4

EXO delivers a hard film that makes water-spots easy to remove, offers great resistance to all wash chemicals (i.e. pH resistance) and can help withstand micro-marring and swirls. It produces a high-gloss, warm-looking, extreme hydrophobic finish.

It can be applied over CSL and CSU as a top coat

Durability: Up to 2 years

Crystal Serum Light

Crystal Serum Light ( CSL) offers 80% of Crystal Serum Ultra’s performance.

CSL 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.

Unlike mainstream wax and organic polymer coatings, CSU and CSL can resist much higher and lower temperatures.  They resist temperatures as low as -40o to as high as +250°c.

Durability: 5 years Longevity

Crystal Serum Ultra

Crystal Serum Ultra (CSU) is the best paint protection you can get, it keeps your car looking glossy and new, prolonging the life of your paintwork perfect finish.

Key to CSU’s performance is its two layer or coating system.

A hard 10h top and flexible 7h base layer offers improved swirl resistance over regular 9h paint protection coatings. Compared to standard ceramic paint coatings, CSU can withstand even the strongest wash chemicals and bird droppings. 

CSU cannot be easily removed through mechanical means i.e. rubbing from washing or drying or even polishing!

An additional benefit from having a flexible base layer and hard top layer is that CSU is very resistant to extreme heat changes, even from -40 degrees Celsius to +250 degrees Celsius. 

CSU can be applied either as a stand-alone paint protection product, or for the best hydrophobic performance, it can be over coated with GTECHNIQ EXO

Durability: 9 Year Warranty


pic of sonax logo NANO PAINT PROTECT

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FOR: Practical paint protection

SONAX Nano Paint Protect is a Professional grade formula containing a glass-like layer of silicate nanoparticles (SIO2) providing clear coat protection against the harmful effects of the environment, pollution, bird droppings and insects. It also contains fluorocarbon nanoparticles to provide the optimal hydrophobic effect (water repellency) which will help preserve your car for a long time.

Prominently used in Asia, where the environment is hot and humid, as well as the extreme pollution. Applying a long lived coating is of no benefit as it would need to be redone yearly.

While we don’t have extreme conditions such as this. The concept of a year to year coating is a consideration.

If you consider that life happens, accidents, scrapes, deep scratches, door dings etc – why spend thousands upfront where you may have to redo or repair your coating.

Picture of SONAX ceramic coating
SONAX Nano Paint Protect

Durability: From 1 year+

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Autoglym Carbon Shield

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FOR: Value, Gloss and a strong eco system of support products

We are accredited applicators for Autoglym’s Carbon Shield paint protection system and can offer warrantied applications.

Why choose a coating at all?

With the cost of vehicles ever increasing it is important that they are kept in tip top condition to achieve the highest possible resale value and the ongoing showroom finish.

This can only be achieved by protecting your vehicle from outside environmental contaminants that can adhere to the paint work surface making the vehicle look dull and feeling rough to the touch. Equally with interior surfaces, spills and marks on the seats and carpets look unsightly and will degrade the appearance of your vehicle reducing its value.

Using professionally applied coatings such as Autoglym’s Carbon Shield will reduce the maintenance requirements and enhance the look and protection of your pride and joy.

Why choose Autoglym coatings?

The Autoglym brand is tried, tested and used by good automotive professional valeters the world over. Autoglym products are winners of multiple awards in the car care segment for product performance and quality. Autoglym’s products are being used by over 30 car brands worldwide which includes such prestigious brands as Porsche, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Mercedes Benz to name a few.

Only a select number of top quality professional outlets have been chosen to become Autoglym Carbon Shield applicators ensuring that the work is done to the highest standard possible.

Autoglym’s Carbon Shield is a proven technology of the highest standard. In the UK alone Life Shine/Carbon Shield is applied to over 115 thousand vehicles each year. Carbon Shield is also sold in Australia, Belgium, China, Finland, Holland, India, Japan, Norway, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden and, therefore, is suitable for all weather conditions.

Autoglym’s Carbon Shield has been independently tested. In 2018, we received the results of independent tests undertaken by the Paint Research Association (PRA) in the UK, which have shown that the Carbon Shield paintwork coating retained the highest level of durability in weather testing.

In tests it took over 500 washes with a regular car shampoo before the product was unable to clear water from the panel bettering our nearest competitor by over 70 washes.

We undertook depth of colour tests using an X-Rite Spectrophotometer with Carbon Shield and compared it to competitor products. The results of the colour testing showed that:

  1. Carbon Shield achieved a greater depth of colour than compared to competitor products tested by approximately 10.3% in colour difference.
  2. Carbon Shield also performed better than the competitor products tested in terms of Durability, Colour Enhancement and Ease of Use.

What we can coat:

  • Paint
  • Glass
  • Fabric
  • Leather

Note:

  • For Wheels we can coat with Autoglym’s Wheel Protector
  • We can supply a complete maintenance kit with everything for your take care of your own car with at R1600

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FOR: “The Highest Gloss and cutting edge self heal technology

We are accredited FEYNLAB Detailers and can offer warrantied applications.

Ceramic Lite

Perfect for the occasional drive vehicles or if you simply want the highest gloss.

Ceramic Lite offers slightly better gloss and slickness than Ceramic V2 (making it arguably one of the glossiest coatings on the market), but at the cost of durability!

With its fantastic gloss levels, it is perfect for the weekend or show car, while its slickness makes cleaning and maintenance a breeze.

It can be layered on top of Ceramic V2

Durability: 12 Months Plus.

Ceramic V2

Ceramic V2 is ideal for the client that has a daily driven vehicle and wants high gloss.

It offers great protection against the elements, provide fantastic levels of gloss, and with its easy cleaning properties, it makes washing effortless.

  • All painted surfaces coated with Feynlab Ceramic V2
  • Requires a day to complete excluding correction

Durability: 3 years+

ceramic Ultra

FEYNLAB® CERAMIC ULTRA is their most durable non-healing ceramic coating.

It’ builds on the highly successful and robust DNA of CERAMIC v2 by further enhancing the solids (nano particles and proprietary resin).

CERAMIC ULTRA forms a lattice structure of silica, silicon-nitride and silicon-carbide. The flexible, but durable coating, exhibits great scratch resistance, gloss, and magnificent hydrophobicity.

CERAMIC ULTRA also provides UV protection and chemical resistance (acid rain), protecting the paint from fading.

Durability: 5 years

Self Heal

Feynlab’s Self Heal technology is what attracted me to their brand.

It has the ability to heal swirl marks and light scratches by simply leaving it in the sun to reflow and heal itself!

It also offers superb levels of gloss and protection and will look its best all the time effortlessly!

For those that want the best!.

  • All clear coat painted surfaces receive Feynlab Heal Lite
  • Requires 3 to 4 days to complete excluding correction

Durability: 5 years

Pricing:

  • Heal Lite from R11000
  • Heal Plus from R21000


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FOR: “Great blend of protection & gloss at a budget”

I’ve been applying CARPRO since 2012 and the range has always performed beyond expectation!

If the “ethos” of a great ceramic coating or indeed company is that its delivery is understated then CQUARTZ UK is the king. CQUK is rated for 2 years on the bottle and my customers constantly achieve 4 years and plus off their initial application!

CQuartz Lite

picture of CARPRO CQuartz Loite

Our most affordable ceramic coating. Perfect for daily drivers and budgets.

Durability: 6 Months To 1 Year

CQuartz SiC – NEW!

CQuartz UK 3.0

CARPRO CQUK 3.0

Solid and consistent performer that can last you years!

Durability: 2 Years+

Essence

CARPRO Essence is a fine polish that contains high build resins and its infused with Ceramic (Silicon Dioxide i.e. SIO2).

It is buffed onto your paintwork either after correction or without, before a coating is applied. It will create more gloss, refine your paintwork, build more coating thickness and promotes adhesion of the ceramic coating layer.

CARPRO Essence High Gloss Polish & Ceramic Coating Primer

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