What is Ceramic Coating?

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Corey of CoaterZ, the #1 ceramic coating installer in the U.S. for Feynlab, breaks down what ceramic coating for your car or other vehicle is and what it does in this video.

“Just exactly what is ceramics?” 

It is an excellent question. After all, if you are going to shell out hard-earned dollars for something that can protect your vehicle for up to seven years, you really should know as much as you can about it. 

So let’s take a deep breath and look back at the history of ceramics in particular, and the whole question of paint protection in general.

History

One might think that vehicle paint protection stretches backs to the very early 1900s, around the time of the development of the first automobiles. That might be a logical assumption, but the reality goes back even further, by about 100 years.

Around the year 1700, someone in the little German town of Bischofsheim decided that high-end horse-drawn carriages needed some way to protect their fancy lacquer paint jobs. That person (whose name has been lost to history) experimented with a number of formulas but ended up coming up with a wax-like substance made from animal fats.

The next step forward may have been the development of products based on parrafin or beeswax. There may not have been automobiles in the 1800s, but there was plenty of call for substances to protect or enhance other products – everything from cosmetics to shoes to leather to furniture. When self-propelled vehicles came along, drivers no doubt tried whatever waxy products they had on hand to see what would best protect their paint.

The next great leap forward came in 1890, when a man named Charles Tainter patented a formula for carnuba wax, a product based on Brazilian palm oil. But while Charles had a good idea for a better wax, he wasn’t thinking about automobile finishes. Rather, what he had in mind was a way to protect new-fangled phonograph cylinders. Carnuba wax eventually made the leap into the automotive industry, and carnuba wax is still offered in auto wax products today.

So waxes of one kind or another have protected car and truck finishes for the better part of 100 years, and they remain popular to this day. 

But traditional automotive waxes have always had a couple of drawbacks:

  1. They are very labor-intensive. One can spend the better part of a Saturday afternoon applying the wax, letting it dry, then polishing it off.
  2. Waxes just don’t last that long. In just a few weeks, it’s time to go through the entire process again.

Clearly, there was a need for something better. Fortunately, something better DID come along. The 21st century brought with it nanotechnology in the form of ceramic coatings that actually bond with the molecules of a vehicle’s paint and form a virtually indestructible “suit of armor” that can last seven years or longer. Besides its tough protective qualities, it also provides a shine that can’t be matched.

CoaterZ uses Feynlab ceramic coating products exclusively because we believe they are the best on the market. Here is what Feynlab has to say about their ceramic coatings:

“All FEYNLAB® ceramic nano coatings and other product formulations are our own innovations. They are never reverse-engineered clones or re-branded product offerings with new labels. We love and revel in the science of ceramic nano technology. In fact, you could call it our obsession. This obsession continually pushes us to innovate solutions as automotive paint and surface materials evolve over time.

“Instead of relying on the traditional backbone of Silicon Dioxide (Si02) alone, we embrace a more complex approach combining Si02, Si3N4 (Silicon Nitride), and SiC (Silicon Carbide) to create a product line of coatings to solve all vehicle owner preferences and needs. This philosophy yields exceptionally thick coatings with extreme durability, strong chemical resistance, intense UV and heat protection, a high gloss finish, and an impressive hydrophobic surface, making vehicle maintenance super-fast and simple.”

And there’s one more thing you should now about CoaterZ and the ceramic coatings it applies for customers. Ceramics are not something one should really apply at home. Professional skills are required, and CoaterZ technicians are factory trained. At CoaterZ you get the best products AND the best professional service.

At CoaterZ in Palm Harbor, we install high-quality ceramic coatings all the time – mostly on cars, but also on trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats and personal watercraft. 

The more people understand about the special protective and shine-producing qualities of ceramic coating, the more demand goes up, and the busier we are at CoaterZ. 

That increasing awareness – and the corresponding demand – is what has allowed CoaterZ to grow at an astonishing rate. In less than three years, CoaterZ has become the go-to shop in Tampa Bay. And not just for ceramics – we are the leading shop in the area for not only high-quality ceramics, but for state-of-the-art paint protection film installation and window tinting, as well.