Most of the time we recommend and install SiO2 based coatings from Holy Grail Ceramics. HGC has a higher active ingredient content than the competitors mentioned in the Sio2 category. Through our own testing we have also found that it outperforms, outlasts and requires less maintenance than other ceramic coatings. The reason for this is simple: when the paint coating cures, it is as hard as quartz, which ranks 9H on the mineral hardness scale.
This is where the protection of a ceramic coating product against UV rays, swirl marks and other small imperfections in the car's paintwork comes into play. However, this paint coating does not harden as much as silicon dioxide (SiO) or titanium dioxide (TiO - like Ceramic Pro products. Some of the high-end SiO2 booster sprays use nanotechnology that allows SiO2 and TiO2 to penetrate microscopic imperfections found in the clear coat of paint and other porous surfaces. Organic products, such as sealants, are carbon-based and therefore wear out over time, whereas ceramics are permanent because they are inorganic.
SiC is chemically superior to SiO2 coatings and has a melting point of 2,730 °C (4,950 °F; 3,000 K) and is a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. SiO2 coatings obtain their maximum gloss immediately, and that gloss diminishes over time, Opti-Coat Pro obtains its maximum gloss once the polymerisation process is complete (approximately 7 days). While some people are quite comfortable with DIY tasks in the automotive sector, and there are some DIY nano-coatings that "work", the cons overshadow any potential benefits. Paint coatings are characterised by their silicon (not silicon) content, and two main variations of silicon are used.
That said, choosing a DIY ceramic coating is a risky proposition, and should involve a great deal of careful research and consideration of multiple variables. While having an ultra-slick finish is great - the main reason people invest in ceramic tile is to provide protection against light scratches, UV exposure, road grime, bird droppings, insect splashes, and more. So what are the different types of coatings out there, are they better than traditional wax, what's unique about them and who are they suitable for? That's what we'll explore today. Some of the most popular blends are those infused with Teflon, which is defined as a ceramic substance.
Opti-Coat Pro is the only coating available that harnesses the strength of silicon carbide (sometimes referred to as ceramic, industrial diamond and carborundum).