Ceramic Coatings is the superior paint protection technology compared to Waxes and Sealants due to it’s longevity, durability and lower maintenance effort.
Ceramic Coating Features:
- pH Resistance – coatings has a great high and low pH resistance so it cannot be simply washed off!
- UV Resistance – preserves colour intensity and prevents paint failure
- Easy Cleaning – Makes your car easier to clean
- Stain Resistance – if dirt doesnt 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 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 makes your car look dull, and if allowed to be inflicted directly on paint, would require polishing every time it happens and then thinning your paint unnecessarily each time its done.
Coatings will not protect your car from stone chips, door dings, paint chipping from deep, sharp impact or any other deep type of damage. If that is what you need, Paint Protection Film ( PPF) which is thicker, 150microns plus or Spray on film, 300 microns, would be the best solution!
If you look at the image of Paint Defects & Examples of Coating Thickness, you will be able to compare the depth that different paint damage has on paint.
Swirls and marring is shallow scratches that a coating can either prevent, i.e. repel 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.
A combination of thickness, hardness and flexibility of a coating as well as the hardness of the surface its being coated with, will contribute to the coatings scratch resistance ability. After that, its how your vehicle is cared for and stored.
If you do get swirls on a coated car it would be in the coating and not the paint, which is what it was intended for, to protect you paint!
In this regard either the coating could be repaired or redone.
Paint Defects & Examples Of Coating Thickness
- A human hair on average is 75 microns in diameter and a human fingernail on average is from 400 microns thick
- Clear coat, the top most layer of paint, can be from 40 to 100 microns.
- Rule of thumb for gauging scratch depth: If you can feel it with your fingernail its too deep!
How much is a Ceramic Coating?
The price of a Ceramic Coating application is: the cost of Preparation and your choice of Ceramic Coating
We need to discover what your vehicle needs in Preparation to bring it to the standard before a coating can be applied and then its your choice or a budget your may have that will determine the cost of Ceramic Coating your vehicle.
Every car needs some level of prep, “brand new” or otherwise.
It is my experience that even “brand new” off the truck vehicles delivered from the factory has swirls and sadly scratches. Remember they get handled all along the supply chain and then by dealer detailers that are hired for production not quality!
It could be just Washing and Paint Decontamination, or some Polishing and detail, every vehicle and client is different. Which is why I dont have and all inclusive price.
Preparation or “Prep” is the work necessary to bring the car to an appropriate standard before I can apply a coating.
All my services is tailored. I recommend arranging an inspection of your vehicle where I can assess it and polish out a test area so you can see for yourself what looks good to your eye.
IF your car does not require extensive decontamination ( like claying ) and polishing – a “minimum preparation” of between R500 – R1000 would be applicable which would be a wash and whatever level of chemical decontamination i.e. iron, oil / grease, bugs etc would be required to ensure thorough bonding.
If your vehicle needs polishing, I would quote you from one of my Paint Correction packages which is from R1500 up to R7500 depending on what you see your car needs (i.e. detail) when we do an inspection or simply, what you want to budget for and we work within that.
#2 – Choice of Ceramic Coating
Once the cost of Preparation is determined by inspection or your budget specification a Ceramic Coating can be chosen.
I offer a very wide variety of coatings in order to cater for either budget, ease of cleaning, high gloss, protecting the richness of the paints colour and of course scratch ( or more specifically swirl and marring) resistance amongst other features.
I can also coat glass, leather, fabric, plastics etc
When reading through the various options I have, lookout for the FOR title after each brand heading, It’s my comment of that particular brand of coatings
Feel free to contact me with any queries via call, email or whatsapp
NANO PAINT PROTECT
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 repellancy) 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 dont 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.
Durability: 1 year+
- Single coat R1000 excluding preperation
- Double coat R1500 excluding preparation
- Redo after 1 year 20% discount
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!
Our most affordable ceramic coating. Perfect for daily drivers and budgets.
Durability: 6 months to 1 year
- Single Coat to paint work from R650
- Single coat to entire vehicle from R1250 and includes:
- Wheel Faces
- Exterior Plastic
- Side and back glass not windscreen
- NOTE: We dont offer a double coat on this coating as you would be best served with CQuartz UK 3.0
CQuartz UK 3.0
Solid and consistent performer that can last you years!
Durability: 2 years+
- Single Coat to paint work from R1800
- Double Coat to paint work from R2800
The following optional product applications advances the strength and longevity of CARPRO’s coatings.
CARPRO Essence is a polish that contains high build resins and its infused with SIO2 ceramic particles.
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.
We can add it as an extra step in any of our Paint Correction packages, which would be from R1200, or as included specific prep package from R1700. (The latter would include wash and clay.)
Gliss is a Top Coat meant to add more water repellancy, hardness and coating thickness to CQuartz UK 3.0 and other coatings.
It can be applied as a stand alone coating!
Durability: 1 year
Price: Single Coat To Paint Work From R1200
NOTE: We dont offer a double coat on any top coat
Autoglym Carbon Shield
FOR: “Value, Gloss and a strong eco system of support products“
We are proud to be able to offer Autoglym’s superb Carbon Shield vehicle protection system.
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 LifeShine/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:
- Carbon Shield achieved a greater depth of colour than compared to competitor products tested by approximately 10.3% in colour difference.
- Carbon Shield also performed better than the competitor products tested in terms of Durability, Colour Enhancement and Ease of Use.
Pricing is dependant on what you want coated i.e. Paint only or everything etc
Please contact us for your needs
What we can coat:
- 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
FOR: “The Highest Gloss and cutting edge self heal technology“
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.
Durability:18 months plus.
Pricing: From R1950
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+
Pricing: From R3850
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: From R12000 to R25000
- A typical self heal coating will contain multiple layers depending on the coating.
- I offer Feynlab Heal Lite and Heal Plus
Feynlab Top Coat is meant to help prevent water spotting, add insane water repellancy, improve hardness and coating thickness to any of the Feynlab coatings.
It can be applied as a stand alone coating!
- Grade: Professional
- Longevity: 1 year
- NOTE: I dont offer a double coat on any top coat
Durability: 1 Year
Price: From R1200
FOR: #1. The hardest coatings on the market. #2. BIOCOTE technology for interiors
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 that previous to COVID no one else bothered with namely their BIOCOTE technology. 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 feature. I think this is proof that GTECHNIQ is a visionary company.
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
Pricing: From R2500 excluding preparation
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: 3 to 5 years
- From R3500 for CSL excluding preperation
- Add EXO as top coat R2000
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 paintworks perfect finish.
Key to CSU’s performance is its two layer or coating system.
A hard 10h top and softer 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.
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: 7 Year
I offer GTECHNIQ Platinum as a complete protection solution for your entire car e.g. paint, glass, interior and wheels.
It is exclusively available for brand new cars. While we are the applicators, it has to be done via the dealership you buying your vehicle from. Where its done, at the dealership or by us doesnt matter. The dealer may also be able to include it in your finance package. If you dont want to go via your dealer then look at the Autoglym Carbon Shield system.
It is an exceptional value ceramic protection system exclusive for new cars to keep them looking newer for longer inside and out.
The ceramic paint coating is High-gloss, UV protection, durability and swirl resistance, with a 5 year guarantee. This formula, called Crystal Coat, is not available seperately. Its positioned between Crystal Serum Ultra and Light.
This includes wheel faces as well as a rain repellant coating for all glass.
Interiors are also completely protected; fabric, leather, carpet and plastics. GTechniq has been an innovator for a long time and it shows with there interior products. BIOCOTE technology, which is anti-microbial, is builtin!
All this comes with a Maintenance Kit that contains everything you need to maintain your car afterwards. Including towels!
Ceramic Coating Maintenance & Repairs
If you already have a ceramic coating on your car and need maintenance and repairs to it contact us to discuss your needs and what solutions we may have for you.
We also stock products that you can use yourself.