At Williams we always want the best for our customers and cars. We have been using ceramic coatings for many years (even if we don't shout about it) and want to explain in detail what this is and how it will benifit your sports car.
If you are looking for an incredibly long-lasting way to protect your
car’s exterior from the elements, then you’ve probably heard of the term
“ceramic coating” before. This is a clear coating formulated for use on the paint,
glass and alloys, to provide years of protection. Here is everything you
need to know about ceramic coatings and why they are so beneficial.
Ceramic coatings contain silicon dioxide, typically derived from
quartz crystals in a liquid format. When applied to a car’s exterior,
the coating forms a clear layer of protection which is very hydrophobic,
slick, and durable. The overall aim is to keep the car looking cleaner
and newer for longer. It also makes the car much easier to clean in the future.
Ceramic coatings appeal to sports car owners who want their vehicle to look great and stay cleaner for longer. Many new car owners opt for ceramic coatings because they provide a high-level of protection and outstanding durability to help keep the car looking newer for longer, but that doesn’t mean that older vehicles won’t benefit. Ceramic coating an older car is a wise choice because it helps to avoid the vehicle from showing its age by keeping the exterior well-protected.
There are numerous features of ceramic coatings which make them a stand-out exterior protection option including:
Ceramic coatings typically last for several years, and the most premium grades can even last up to 5 years. They last far longer than more traditional forms of paint protection. Typically natural waxes last only a few months, and sealants last around 6-12 months on average. This is one of the reasons why choosing a ceramic coating is becoming such a popular option, because it gives car owners peace of mind that their vehicle is protected, even if they don’t get chance to re-wax it every few months.
The level of protection that a ceramic coating gives to the vehicle’s exterior is also outstanding. All cars are subject to abuse by the elements, even if you dont use yours to often.
Ceramic coatings are able to protect the exterior from:
Exposure to UV rays will cause the paintwork to become dull over time. The structure of the paintwork on modern cars means that a clear layer of paint, known as the “clear coat”, sits on top of the base layer, which provides the car’s colour. The aim of the clear coat is to shield the base coat so the colour stays looking vibrant.
However, the clear coat will eventually wear away over time, leaving the base coat exposed to UV rays which cause it to fade quickly. Ceramic coatings shield the clear coat to prevent it from degrading and consequently, help to keep the colour looking fresh.
Water spots are also particularly damaging to the paintwork. Whilst they may seem harmless, the chalky residue left behind from the water when it evaporates can be corrosive to the paintwork. This residue is essentially, all the impurities that were being held in the water. If left to sit on the paintwork, it can cause “etching”, which means a small groove will form where the clear coat has eroded. Ceramic coatings prevent this from happening by providing a resistant layer of protection to maintain the integrity of the clear coat.
Have you ever felt your car’s paintwork when it was clean, and noticed that it still feels rough? This is because there are embedded “contaminants” in the paint. These include water spots, tar, iron fallout (from brake disks, industry and railways) and tree sap. These contaminants cannot be removed by routine washing once they become embedded in the clear coat. Not only do they cause it to feel rough, but they also contribute to an overall dull appearance. One of the protective roles of a ceramic coating, is to prevent this contamination building up.
Contaminants find it a lot harder to stick to ceramic coatings, so can be more easily washed away. And even if they do manage to attach to the coating, they will not penetrate through to the paintwork, keeping it protected.
Another massive benefit of applying a ceramic coating to your car, is that is provides a super hydrophobic layer of protection. This is really useful for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, it helps to keep the car looking cleaner. When you drive in the rain, dirty water from the road will spray up onto the lower panels of the car. If it is allowed to dry, then it will leave a layer of dirt and grime on the paintwork. Ceramic coatings allow the water to “sheet” off the surface, leaving it dry. Hence, the dirt and grime are unable to cling to the paint.
This ability of the coating to sheet water off the surface, instead of letting it sit on the panel, also prevents water spots and stains. On an uncoated car, the water will stick to the paintwork and evaporate, leaving water spots behind. On a ceramic coating, this water beads up and rolls off the paintwork, particularly if you drive the car after it has rained. This helps to remove the surface water and keep the finish water spot-free.
Everyone wants a shinier looking car, so it’s good news to know that ceramic coatings are prized for leaving a high-gloss finish to the paintwork. This is due to both the coating’s properties, and the preparation that goes into applying them properly, which really enhances the finish.
Since ceramic coatings form a tough layer of protection on the surface, it is probably not a massive surprise that this offers some level of scratch-resistance. It will not protect the car from deeper scratches; however, it does provide some protection from minor clear coat scratches, which are commonly inflicted during the wash process. A build-up of these clear coat scratches causes the paintwork to look dull over-time.
It’s important to note though, that ceramic coatings will not make the paintwork scratch-proof by any means, but it is reassuring to know that they offer a step-up in terms of protection when compared to waxes.
If you are interested in having your sports car professionly ceramic coated then please feel free to contact Williams and we can discuss options. Each car is different depending on age and paint type but once complete to will be a huge benefit to you and your car.