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 will greatly improve your automotive experience and life by; preserving and boosting it’s looks, protecting it from the elements like fading, makes it easier to clean and maintain and may assist with preventing / managing swirls.

It’s important to me that all of my services meets my clients needs and expectations. This is why I mention early on what it does and does not so that you know what you getting and avoid regret.

While a coating cannot miraculously create a force field around your paint. It’s main purpose and role on new or old cars in protection of your paint is most often not explained clearly. By having a coating on your car, you are adding a sacrificial layer that can be replaced when worn. If you did not have this, you would end up having to continuously polish to maintain its looks and thereby cutting / reducing and thinning your already thin paint. New cars are coming out with paint as thin as a strand of hair! Whether you have a new or old car, the reality is you can only polish your car a few times, maybe as much as 3 times in its lifespan before having to eventually respray your car. If you consider the cost of a ceramic coating compared to having to respray, in terms of cost, value of your car / losing originality, time and inconvenience it would cause, its a no brainer! Coat everything!

What it cannot do:

  1. Stop stone chips…
    • Entry level coatings can goes up to 2 microns thick at most with a cost of under R5000. High end coatings can reach 10 microns with a cost from R7500 up to R25000. Paint Protection Film (PPF) is 165 microns with a staggering cost of R2000 to R4000 depending on quality of material and labour
      • A human hair by comparison is 80 microns
      • Swirls i paint is typically 2 microns in depth with deeper becoming classified as marring or deep scratches
    • Consider wrapping your entire car or just prone areas like bumper etc with PPF (it a clear vinyl)
    • PPF is MANY times more expensive than a coating but provides higher durability.
  2. Prevent deep scratches like from vandalism or scraping a gate etc
    • PPF…
  3. Never need to wash your vehicle again … ( or without shampoo etc)
    • A ceramic coating bonds to your paint becoming your functional top surface. Regular washing will flush fallout, oil deposits and grime that can over whelm a coating and stop it repelling water and dirt.
    • The use of a shampoo is two break down grime that holds dirt to a surface and lubricate the contact between your wash media (i.e. mitt) / dirt / surface to avoid grinding into the paint.
    • Boosting with a top coat will also increase its longevity and performance.
  4. Repair (already) damaged paint like:
    1. Scratches or swirls. Coatings cannot fill or remove these. Thats what Polishing does.
    2. Peeling paint. (In this case your clear coat is beyond repair. it needs to be resprayed!)
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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?

Auto Detailing is a personalized service and this includes Ceramic Coating.

The cost of a ceramic coating job is determined by #1Preparation, which is thorough washing, paint decontamination and polishing or no polishing, #2Your choice of Ceramic coating, which is either according to your budget, functional performance or even just the best!

I therefore need to inspect your car, do a test polish on your car to show you options so you can decide what level of prep / polishing you are satisfied with to be able to precisely quote. Once you know how much preparation is required and the cost thereof, you would be able to calculate your budget on the ceramic coating that bests suits you.

If an inspection is not immediately possible, I can advise an estimate, via call, chat or email, so you can have an idea of budget.

We can schedule a 10-15 minute call, I don’t mind to call you, and discuss options interactively.

If you book without a pre inspection, then on the day of your booking, you need to allow time 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. This ensures satisfaction.

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


How to book for a ceramic coating

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
    • If not able to, schedule a call with me, I can call you, to discuss your needs and provide options and estimates
  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

Preparation Costs

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

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. If claying is required polishing must be done. If the car body is pristine, then chemical decontamination would be the minimum requirement for ceramic coating.

After paint has been decontaminated , then polishing, if and only whats needed, ( We always follow a least aggressive approach to minimize thinning of your paint unnecessary!), would be done. 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, how thick you paint is i.e. how much paint we have left to polish on! Or what you want it to look like i.e. your expectation. For this purpose we don’t offer and all inclusive package. We invite you to arrange a free inspection where we can assess your vehicle visually and test polish to see what works for you and your car. In this regard we would be able to give you a personalized and precise price.

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.

NOTE: Coatings can be applied over surfaces that is imperfect 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.

Preparation Options:

No polishing. This is if you do not require polishing. It is the multiple washes and chemical decontamination thats necessary to apply a coating. From R750 to R1500 dependent only on vehicle size.

Paint Enhancement. This is Light polishing. It’s Equal to a 2nd stage done stand alone. Perfect if your car “doesn’t need” allot of polishing, a boost in shine and gloss or when your car needs a clay (so we need to followup with a polish to ensure any possible marring from the clay process is removed). From R1500 to R3000 dependent only on vehicle size.

Paint Renovation is our Single Step Polishing i.e. Correction = Primarily swirl and scratch removal. Different intensity is required depending on the depth of scratches, hard/softness of paint and how thick the paint is. From R2000 to a maximum R6000 depending on vehicle size, condition and client expectation.

Perfect Finish is our 2 Stage Polishing. This is where we do 2 stages of polishing namely; The 1st stage of polishing to remove scratches or swirls, followed by a 2nd stage of polishing for refinement. a second stage of polishing is for creating high gloss, wetness and deepness / reflectivity. It may be needed to refine difficult paints that tend to haze or micro swirl. From R3000 to R8500 depending on vehicle size, condition and client expectation.

Note: 3 stage polishing is where 3 different fixed grades of polishing is done.This is typically old style polishing and technology which could thin your paint unnecessarily. The latest polishing technology reduces the necessary steps of polishing to 1 or 2 steps / stages depending on condition of the paint and what the clients aims are.

Ceramic Coating Application Pricing Example’s

Example 1: If you required no polishing basic prep would be required (R750) and if you chose our Autoglym 1 year coating (R1000), then it would be R1750 for a small to standard sedan sized car.

Example 2: If you required standard polishing as prep to correct your paint condition, (R2000) and you chose our Gtechniq EXO4 coating (a 2 year coating which is R2500) then it would be R4500 for a small to standard sedan sized car.

Example 3: If your car needed a fair amount of polishing because it had deeper scratches / swirls OR you wanted the highest gloss finish (i.e. Multi stage polishing) then the approximate cost of polishing / prep would be R3500. If you chose Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light with EXOv4, which is R6500, the total would be R10000


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 Car Care is accredited professional installers for GTECHNIQ, FEYNLAB, AUTOGLYM and HIKARI. For certain 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 indicates two points to 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 and in that regard the 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.
  • These 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. Autoglym UHD Ceramic Coating

  • Autoglym’s UHD – (Ultra High Definition) Ceramic Coating is the most durable of all of Autoglym’s paint protection previously offered.
  • It’s highly innovative in the world of ceramic coatings as it can be topped with UHD Wax to easily boost protection and finish periodically throughout the year for the highest gloss and finish.
  • This means you get the beauty of a Wax with the durability of a coating!
    • A wax produces a warmer, deeper, glowing effect to paint colour.
    • Waxes has a “jetting effect” which makes paint look wetlike.
    • Coatings are superior in durability than a Wax.
  • NOTE: We stock the UHD series shampoo and Wax as well as the Polar Series for self care / maintenance.
  • Rated at 1 Year longevity
Pricing
  • From R1000 for single coat
  • From R1500 for double coat
    • NB: A thicker layer of coating makes it more durable and also aids longevity
  • UHD Wax can be done a week after UHD Ceramic Coating has been applied to give it time to cure.

2. SONAX Nano Paint Protect

  • This coating is rated at 1 Year longevity but we have experienced our clients achieving 2 years with proper care and maintenance!
  • Highly durable in terms of it’s chemical bond onto paint.
  • Originally engineered for the Asian market where the humidity and pollution is high.
  • Limited stock.
Pricing
  • From R1500 for single coat
  • From R2000 for double coat
    • NB: A thicker layer of coating makes it more durable and also aids longevity

3. GTECHNIQ EXOv4

EXOv4 is a ground-breaking, hybrid coating that has a chemically bonding inorganic base layer (it can bond to any type of gel coat, vinyl and all kinds of paint – eg clear coat, acrylic, nitro-cellulose, two-pack, solid paint, metallic paint, pearlescent, urethane, polyurethane, matte etc.) with an organic top layer that provides incredible water and dirt repellency plus surface slickness and incredible gloss.

It can be applied as a stand alone coating or it can be used as a top coat. 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.

  • 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
  • 7H on the pencil hardness scale
Pricing
  • from R2500 for a single coat
  • from R3500 for a double coat

4. GTECHNIQ C1 Crystal Lacquer

  • GTECHNIQ C1 is the original high performance coating offering 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 like usual ceramic coatings.
  • This makes C1 suitable for all types of paint, original, resprayed, classic lacquers, single stage etc even matte.
  • It is 9H on the pencil hardness scale
  • 12 hour curing time
Pricing
  • from R3500 stand alone with a top layer of C2v3 (a ceramic sealant)
  • from R5000 with a top layer of EXOv4
    • Adds exceptional levels of gloss, added reflectivity and unbeatable water-beading
    • We need to allow 4 hours of curing before applying

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 (a 3 year rated coating) 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
  • from R4000 stand alone
  • 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
  • From R5000 with a top coat of C2V3 (a ceramic sealant)
  • 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 ultimate in water and dirt repellency performance, it can be over coated with EXOv4, which forms Crystal Serum Black Edition.
    • This will also increase the coating film thickness.
Pricing
  • From R7500 for CSU with a top coat of C2v3
  • From R9500 for CSU with a top coat of EXOv4
    • Adds exceptional levels of gloss, added reflectivity and unbeatable water-beading
    • This combo is known as the Black Edition.
  • NB: 1 to 2 days application time

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
    • NB: 1 to 2 days application time
  • From R25000 for Heal Plus
    • NB: 3 Days+ application time

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Ceramic Coating Application Process

The following needs to be done before applying a ceramic coating to ensure the coating can bond with bare paint an to ensure it’s success, performance and longevity is achieved.

  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 we must wash again! Any lifted contaminants from decontamination needs to be flushed away from the surface.
    • The next step is polishing, if this is not done, polishing may grind it back in.
  4. Polishing
    • Assess by test polishing the best polishing combination of polish, pad, buffer machine and technique that would efficiently and least aggressively correct the paint from scratches, swirls and other paint surface defects.
    • This needs to be done before a ceramic coating seals the paint surface.
    • Any polishing after a ceramic coating has been applied will remove it entirely or reduce it substantially.
    • If you don’t polish and coat over it, any scratches, swirls etc that may be there can be magnified
    • Polishing not only gives you better looking paint, but it smoothens out your paint making the coating bond better and boosts water and dirt repellency.
  5. Preferably wash again to remove polish residues.
    • This is my preference as polishing generates dust that gets everywhere
    • I like to soak the vehicle with a mix of shampoo and All Purpose Cleaner to remove all traces of polish.
  6. Detail
    • We include standard detail such as polishing exhaust, wheels etc.
    • Time is allocated to each. If the condition of these points requires more time, we would advise you how much time extra would be needed and what to expect. There is of course a limit to what can be done for example if you wheels is badly damaged from brake dust etc
    • At inspection or book in, we would’ve identified anything requiring attention outside of standard or that required more time and we would’ve quoted you before commencing.
  7. Interior
    • As standard we include a vacuum and wipe down for the interior.
    • We allocate 15 minutes on a standard sized vehicle. This includes specifically:
      • Blow out, brush up and vacuum
      • Wipe dash and console
      • Spray in air freshener
    • If you interior needs more attention, e.g. shampoo, steam cleaning, leather treatments, detailed cleaning etc we can quote you accordingly.
  8. Area preparation
    • It’s important that the area we apply a ceramic coating has no dust or dirt that can either damage your paint while we applying or even become bonded to your paint with the coating.
    • Generally sweeping and mopping is sufficient and closing off the area from wind, draught etc
  9. Panel wipe
    • This is critical step. It’s needed to remove polish oils etc and prepare for coating to ensure the ceramic coating applies to bare paint.
  10. Apply Ceramic Coating
    • A single coating layer can take over and hour for paint only on a small to standard sized car.
    • If we are doing multiple layers, time is needed between each coat. This can be 1 hour or more.

Please read more about Ceramic Coating Curing in the FAQ

How long does it take to apply a ceramic coating?

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

If you require no polishing then a day for most coatings except Gtechniq Crystal Serum Ultra or Self Heal.

If polishing, it will depend on what nees to be done. If its standard polishing for a small to standard sedan sized car for most coatings then 1 day is possible. Otherwise 2 days.

For large vehicles 2 days.

How long does it take to cure a ceramic coating ?

Your vehicle can be collected and driven a few hours after coating. However certain rules need to be followed to ensure the coating sets perfectly.

#1 Do not get wet for 24 hours

When booking, I look at the weather prediction to see if its appropriate to do your car. This is of course best effort as weather can change. Its best then to collect your car when its not raining.

#2 Do not wash for 7 days

If it gets dirty just LEAVE It!

I dont recommend applying a coating very soon before you take a long trip or you know you are going to drive over a dusty road.

If you get bird poo etc on it, please contact me immediately and either I can advise you on what to do or you can bring it in.

#3 Do not touch your paint

It’s contact or touching a car that causes scratches and swirls.The only time you should be making contact with a car is when washing and drying or when using a quick detailer. There is of course proper technique to adhere to.

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!


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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.

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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

READ MORE ABOUT FEYNLAB

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


READ MORE ABOUT CARPRO

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

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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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