What is a Ceramic Coating?

There has been a lot of discussion about ceramic coatings, ceramic sealants, and other variations of the term “ceramics”. We created this page to shed light on these products, our product and most importantly, how our product is different.

What is a Ceramic Coating?

To put it simply, a ceramic coating (also known as nano-coatings, quartz-coatings, or silica-coatings) acts as a thin protective layer that sits on top of your vehicle’s clear coat. The main component is SiO2 or silicon dioxide. The thickness varies from 1 micron to 2 microns per applied layer. How thick is a micron? To provide some perspective, 1 mil is 38 microns. For example, the thickness of clear coat on your vehicle is typically 1.5 to 2 mils or 57 to 76 microns. A grocery store shopping bag is generally 2 to 3 mils or 76 to 114 microns. Why does this matter? It shows that ceramic coatings are UNBELIEVABLY THIN!

A clear coat is what gives your vehicle that deep shine and depth. Even today’s advanced paints and clear coats have a problem: the surface is full of tiny pores allowing contaminants to degrade your car’s exterior over time when exposed to the elements. Some examples of contaminants are dirt, road salt, tree sap, bug guts, brake dust, etc. Thus, your vehicle loses its shine and begins to rust, leaving you with constantly re-buying inferior products without the quality that you deserve.
 
Ceramic coatings, a new solution to protecting your car’s exterior clear coat, work by isolating the elements through the creation of a protective and sacrificial shield. These coatings typically will last one year without reapplication or too much maintenance.

While other options, like traditional waxes and ceramic sealants, claim to have similar results, you need to re-apply these every few weeks due to their quick break down. So, let’s discuss the benefits of ceramic sealants.

An Alternative: Ceramic Sealants

A ceramic sealant is a great alternative to a ceramic coating. A ceramic sealant contains the same silicon dioxide (SiO2) as a ceramic coating. However, it is in a much easier to apply spray-on formula. In addition, ceramic sealants contain a smaller amount of SiO2, so they are forgiving during the application: if you “mess up”, you can strip the coat much easier. 

The downside to a ceramic sealant is they don’t last as long as a ceramic coating. However, the durability still beats a normal paint sealant. Let’s see how ceramic coatings work before we discuss our product and its differences between these ceramic coatings and ceramic sealants.

How Does a Ceramic Coating Work?

Ceramic coatings are one of the most innovative forms of protection. That’s because the backbone of the chemistry is silicon dioxide (SiO2), which is a hard, glass-like polymer. After applied, it will “cure” to create a glass-like layer over your surface. This layer protects the clear coat from contaminants and scratches.
 
The thickness of the coating gives you a beautiful, deep gloss. The hardness gives you the long-lasting protection. Unlike waxes and ceramic sealants, ceramic coatings resist detergents and chemicals.

Benefits of a Ceramic Coating:

  • Up to years of protection
  • Deep glossy shine
  • Repels contaminants
  • Makes car easier to wash
  • Hydrophobic
  • More scratch resistant


What Are the Downsides?

The downsides of a ceramic coating are they are expensive and require a careful application. You can apply one carefully on your own, however, if you make a mistake during the application, it is more difficult to correct than a simple sealant; and hiring a professional to install your ceramic coating may cost thousands of dollars.

MetalJacket – what’s so different?

Finally, let’s discuss how our MetalJacket provides a foolproof and quality product for you. Our chemistry is based on something even more innovative than silicon dioxide: silane chemistry. Silanes have similar properties to SiO2 but on a nano scale. Meaning, our product molecularly (chemically) bonds to the surface on an atomic basis. Why is that so important? First, our clear product is not at risk to peel, delaminate, or discolor (turn yellow) like so many others.

Secondly, our formulation is chemically resistant to most everyday products thus, the risk of being chemically removed is non-existent.

Lastly, the most dramatic and important aspect for the applicator (and the owner) is that one coat of our product will provide 10 microns of protection! There is no applying, wiping off, or buffing off excess. Although preferred, we don’t need a perfect surface to apply to either – which saves time and effort for you. One simple wipe and you will walk away with 10 microns of protection on your vehicle instead of merely 1 or 2 microns!

We are excited about the changes occurring in the market place for surface protectants and we believe that our cutting edge, European technology will rival and outperform any ceramic coating in the market place today. If you have any questions or would like to get in contact with us, please reach out at info@s-g-marine.com

For further reference, see these articles:

Eric Williams at Avalon King: The Truth About Ceramic Coating
Exclusive Detail: The Truth about Ceramic Coatings for Cars
Mike Halpern at Vehicle Buff: What Is a Ceramic Coating & Why Do I Need One?