The ceramic coating protects the car's paintwork from stains and damage and keeps it cleaner for longer. After application, it also makes it easier to follow up car washes and protects the car from harmful UV rays. The ceramic coating creates an intense water drip and dirt run-off and gives the car an extremely high gloss. The hydrophobic layer created by the ceramic coating helps to sweep away any foreign particles that may be harmful.
PDMS is commonly used in the formulation of ceramic coatings as it is generally non-toxic, inert, non-flammable, optically clear and has excellent thermal and UV stability. Due to the hydrophobic properties of the ceramic tile surface, most contaminants, including dirt, insect stains and bird droplets, cannot penetrate the ceramic tile surface, which facilitates cleaning and surface maintenance. A ceramic coating functions as a protective layer for your car's paintwork, similar to car wax or sealant, but designed to last longer. The hydrophobicity of the PDMS-based ceramic coating is formed during the curing process when the -Si-O-Si- bond is formed.
IGL Coatings has worked hard to improve hazardous formulations by creating environmentally friendly, sustainable and low VOC coatings. The silane functional group (-Si-O-R) reacts with the surface to form a strong covalent bond, which helps to improve the overall adhesion of the coating and helps to improve the durability of the ceramic coating, especially when subjected to mechanical abrasion such as washing and rubbing. Although the hydrophobic property of the tile slides away water-based contaminants, the natural minerals and other particles present in these contaminants remain on the surface. The chemicals in the tile form a layer on top of the initial coating and protect it from scratch marks, swirls, etc.
In addition, ceramic coatings help to prevent colour fading caused by UV rays, which degrade the pigment of painted surfaces such as cars and buildings. The ceramic coating also ensures that the original coating is safe from dirt, debris or accidental scratches, etc. Faded paint, haze or swirl marks will still be present if they have not been removed prior to ceramic application, but will still shine through. The hardness of the PDMS-based ceramic coating depends on the crosslinking agents in the formulation.
According to Value Market Research, the latest technological trends and analysis of global market opportunities in the paints and coatings market industry are growing at a high CAGR in the coming year. Without the addition of crosslinking agent in the ceramic coating system, the PDMS monomer will tend to react along the main chain, forming a longer chain with minimal crosslinking. Ceramic coatings are used in various industries, such as automotive, marine and architectural, mainly for their easy-to-clean properties and weathering protection.