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Why Your Car Needs Paint Protection
Every car owner knows the feeling of seeing their brand-new car for the first time – the shiny, glossy exterior, the new car smell, and the excitement it brings. However, maintaining that new car feel can be challenging. Fortunately, with advancements in paint protection technology, it is now possible to preserve the gloss and shine long after the car leaves the showroom. Keeping your car in good shape is not only aesthetically pleasing but also a smart investment. The condition of a car’s paint is one of the key factors that determine its value over its lifespan.
Types of Car Paint Protection Products
When it comes to protecting your car’s paint, there are various options available in the market. The challenge lies in choosing the right one. Should you opt for a classic ceramic coating or try the revolutionary graphene ceramic coating? Is there something better than Paint Protection Film (PPF), and how long do these options last? In this article, we will answer all these questions and more, with insights from the detailing experts at CarzSpa Detailing Studios.
Why Your Car Needs Paint Protection
Every time you take your car on the road, it becomes exposed to natural elements such as UV rays, rain, bird droppings, as well as pollutants like smoke, dirt, and tar. These elements can cause physical and chemical damage to your car’s surface, leading to oxidation, dents, abrasions, and scratches that can diminish its natural shine. The car’s paint alone is not sufficient to combat these aggressors effectively. This is where paint protection products like ceramic coating and PPF come into play. These products create a protective layer, acting as a second skin, to shield your car’s paint from the natural and industrial threats it encounters. Each of these options offers unique scientific techniques for safeguarding the paint.
Types of Paint Protection Products
1. Ceramic CoatingCeramic coating for cars is a liquid polymer that, when applied to your car’s exterior, bonds with the factory paint, forming a semi-permanent layer of protection. Ceramic coatings are formulated using Silicon Dioxide (SiO2), the same raw material found in glass and ceramics.
2. Graphene CoatingGraphene coating for cars takes traditional ceramic coatings to the next level by incorporating graphene, a lightweight and robust material. This combination results in a coating that repels dust and water, making it a breakthrough in vehicle coating technology.
3. Paint Protection FilmsPaint protection film, also known as PPF, is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) film that acts as a shield for your car’s paint, defending it against environmental debris, scratches, rock chips, and other abrasives. Transparent, flexible, and self-healing, PPF is an advanced choice for protecting your car’s paint while preserving its showroom shine.
Ceramic coatings exhibit hydrophobic properties, making them resistant to water and preventing dirt and dust from adhering to the surface. Their ability to repel dirt makes cleaning easier. Moreover, ceramic coatings provide protection against UV-ray-induced oxidation, acting as a sunscreen for your car.
Graphene ceramic coatings, thanks to the anti-static properties of graphene, repel dust and liquid contaminants effectively. They prevent dust and flyaway particles from settling on the car’s surface, and water beads easily slide off due to graphene’s low heat retention property. The honeycomb molecular structure of graphene creates a high contact angle with water, reducing the chances of water spots forming on the paint.
PPF offers excellent impact resistance and scratch protection from small rocks, twigs, bug splatters, and other debris. Its thicker and resilient composition, made with Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), ensures durability and self-healing properties. Scratches and abrasions caused by keyrings, door handles, or other manual activities can be fixed using warm water or hot air.
Ceramic coatings typically last between 2 to 5 years, depending on the hardness of the coating. A 10H (pencil hardness) coating can provide protection for up to 5 years.
Graphene coatings, with their thin and lightweight nature, offer exceptional strength due to the unique two-dimensional structure of graphene. Described as harder than diamond yet more elastic than rubber, tougher than steel yet lighter than aluminum, graphene coatings provide 10H hardness and can last up to 7 years.
PPF sheets, composed of TPU, have impressive elongation and tensile strength properties, making them capable of protecting your car’s exterior and paint for up to 10 years. Some PPF can self-heal with the application of heat, returning to their original form after encountering scratches or abrasions.
Ceramic coatings are renowned for their ability to add a velvety gloss and shine to a car’s paint. They prevent oxidation, ensuring the paint retains its freshness for an extended period, especially in a country like India with challenging climatic conditions.
Graphene coatings, in addition to the benefits of ceramic coatings, repel dust and liquid contaminants, resulting in a sleek glossy appearance. They also eliminate water spots caused by water drying on the surface.
While PPF can provide a smooth and glossy finish to the car, particularly with products like Aegis SPX that include an extra gloss enhancing top coat, ceramic coatings still offer the most superior gloss. PPF is primarily designed for scratch and debris protection, and it may not be as effective against UV rays.
Ceramic coatings range in cost from Rs 15,000 to Rs 45,000, depending on the grade and durability of the chosen coating.
Graphene coatings, as an enhanced version of ceramic coatings, are priced higher, ranging from Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000.
Paint protection films in India vary in cost, starting from Rs. 45,000 and going up to Rs. 2,30,000 or more, depending on the type and size of the car.
The application process for ceramic coatings involves cleaning, buffing, polishing, and the actual coating application. This process typically takes a day when performed by a professional detailing expert at a fully-equipped studio like CarzSpa’s Detailing Studios, available in over 80 locations across the country.
New-age ceramic coatings, including graphene ceramic coatings, require approximately half a day for application, with the remaining time dedicated to curing.
PPF installation takes a bit longer. It can be done for a small car in 2 days, while larger vehicles may require more time. It is highly recommended to have these paint protection products applied by experienced car detailing professionals to ensure the proper protection of your car’s paint.
CarzSpa CrystalShield Ceramic Coatings
CarzSpa offers its exclusive range of ceramic coatings called CrystalShield. These coatings contain 80% high-grade SiO2 content, which hardens upon contact with air, creating a smooth and protective layer on the paint surface. CrystalShield coatings contain nano-ceramic particles that penetrate the car’s clear coat pores. When exposed to air, these particles crystallize, forming a protective second skin on the car’s paint.
G10 Graphene Ceramic Coatings
CarzSpa introduced Graphene coating in India with their exclusive product, CrystalShield G10. Graphene’s chemical properties and honeycomb structure make the coating highly hydrophobic, dust-repellent, and provide a long-lasting glossy finish compared to other ceramic coatings.
CarzSpa Aegis PPFs
CarzSpa Aegis Paint Protection Films are made from high-quality TPU sheets, offering superior performance and durability. These films utilize the latest covalent bond nanotechnology to protect your car from scratches, abrasions, dirt, rocks, and tar.
So, Which Paint Protection Product is Better?
When considering the benefits offered, PPF stands out as the top choice for long-lasting protection against scratches. However, if you prioritize gloss and shine, ceramic coatings, particularly graphene ceramic coatings, are preferable.
Ultimately, your choice will depend on various factors. If you aim for a high shine, protection against UV rays, and minor scratches, ceramic coatings are a suitable option.
If you live in a dry and dusty environment, seek longer-lasting premium shine, and are willing to invest extra for these benefits, then Graphene Ceramic Coating is the right choice for you.
On the other hand, if you frequently drive on highways and want to safeguard your car from high-impact rock chips, tar, and dirt, while ensuring complete protection for your car’s body paint, PPF can be the saving grace.
If you’re still uncertain about which paint protection product to choose, we recommend visiting your nearest CarzSpa Detailing Studio with your car. Our expert staff will provide guidance based on your vehicle’s specific needs and usage.
At CarzSpa Detailing Studios, we understand the importance of maintaining your car’s appearance and protecting its value. With our range of high-quality ceramic coatings, graphene coatings, and PPFs, we offer comprehensive solutions to keep your car looking its best for years to come. Invest in the right paint protection product and enjoy a glossy, protected, and head-turning ride.