Nano Coatings: The future of paint protection!
There are three basic levels of protection you can add to your vehicle's factory clear coat, namely wax, a sealant or what's new and being referred to as Nano Coatings.
Wax is old technology. It looks good but lasts days or a few weeks at most.
Sealants are considerably better. They can last upwards of months. Some people don't care for the look a sealant gives the paint, although that is a personal preference.
The problem is both waxes and sealants can be removed by solvents and even strong soaps like dish soap. Something better was needed and now it's here!!
Nano Coatings. This is the newest, cutting edge technology that has been introduced to the paint protection industry. I have tested many different products and versions of these products and I stock and recommend three of them at different price points to fit every budget:
3 Coatings for every budget!
CQuartz Finest. The best coating there is and comes with a 2 year limited warranty! (See below for far more information).
CQuartz Classic A fantastic coating for a very reasonable cost. (More information below).
and also a more affordable choice:
NOW, new for 2014, I've just added a coating from Americana Car Care called Americoat which will be a much more affordable coating with a reasonable 1-1.5 year duration.
I will be offering this coating for $550 for a double coat (like what is done with CQuartz products) which includes the labour for the time to wash, prep and single stage polish and application of a double coat of Americoat, which usually takes in the area of 10 hours for a regular sized car. SUV's, pickup trucks, etc are billed extra depending on their size.
For those looking for a more cost effective way to protect your paint, this is it.
Americoat is an acrylic based resin coating that has been designed and tested to provide all of your hard surface protection needs, while providing amazing gloss and deep luster. The advantages to applying our coating over waxes and sealants, is that Americoat is over 100 times thicker and while most waxes only last 1-2 months and most sealants 3-5 months, Americoat will provide 2 plus years of protection. Americoat has superior hydrophobic properties to give you the "sheeting affect" to help self clean, keeping damaging surface contaminants to a minimum and thus prolonging the life of your paint. This coating will provide protection from UV rays as well as weather and nature related elements. With the self cleaning properties Americoat provides, you will see an amazing reduction in washing time and far less micro marring due to dirt and contaminants not being able to adhere to the applied surface as was common in the past.
AmeriCoat Acrylic Paint Coating utilizes one of the most advanced acrylic resins on today’s market. This coating offers an extremely durable hard acrylic coating which can protect various vehicle finishes for more than 2 years against minor scratches, acid rain, bird droppings, corrosive traffic film, tar, and harmful UV rays. Along with the protection, it also offers a rich and deep gloss to your vehicle's finish. AmeriCoat will make future washings faster, easier and can help prevent light wash marring. Since this coating forms a semi-permanent film, it is recommended, but not required, to remove any paint imperfections before installation.
This coating can be applied to any painted surface, headlights, taillights, windows, plastic trim, as well as aluminum and chrome surfaces by your nearest authorized installer.This product is a Professional Product and can only be installed by an Authorized Americoat Professional Detailer.
The Americoat package contains the following:
1) Vehicle Wash and Decontamination using Soap, Iron X decontamination as well as a clay bar surface decontamination.
2) One step paint polish to enhance the appearance of the paint. (Yes, I can improve on brand new Factory paint!)
3) Paint chemical cleaning in preparation for the Americoat.
4) Application of 2 coats of Americoat which is applied to the paint, glass (excluding windshield), head and tail lights and the wheel faces. Wheel removal and barrel and caliper coating is extra. We can evaluate your wheels and determine whether it would be helpful or not in your case.
The cost for this package is $550 for an average sized vehicle. Any paint correction is just a matter of time and is billed at $30/hr.
A step up in terms of protection and longevity is CQuartz Classic. The chemical makeup is different than Americoat. It is described as:
- Enhanced with Tio2 (Titanium) for increased gloss and reflectivity
- Sio2 (Ceramic) Coating
- Cquartz offers an extremely durable hard glass coat which can help protect against minor scratches, acid rain, bird droppings, corrosive traffic film, tar and harmful UV rays for more than 2 years.
- As well as protecting it also offers a deep, rich gloss with self cleaning properties, making future washing of your vehicle, faster and easier. Cquartz can prevent 50% of light wash marring.
- Ultra hard CQuartz contains ceramic nano particles found within glass, the result is a highly reflective, transparent layer offering incredible durability
- Average thickness of Cquartz layer is between 0.7 µm ~1.5 µm.
- Once applied, Cquartz forms a strong chemical bond, cross linking during the curing process. This offers excellent durability, with a high level of gloss & reflectivity.
- Cquartz active ingredients form a precise and uniformed level layer, giving strong water and oil repellence. Thus preventing stains on the paints surface.
- Resists extremely high temperatures. Feel free to coat engine components, etc that correspond to the materials shown.
This coating will last 2 years (or longer) and will make washing your vehicle easier, add chemical resistance to the paint and leave the surface harder than the factory clear. With the 2 coats of CQuartz Classic that I apply, you are left with a coating thickness of approx 3 microns. What does that mean to you? I describe it as a "sacrificial barrier". Any scratches or swirls or other damage that is inflicted after the coating is applied, must be deep enough to go through the sacrificial barrier first, and then into the paint. Therefore your paint, even if it does get damaged down the road, will not be damaged as much as it would have without the protection of the coating.
Just like with my Americoat and Finest package, the vehicle is washed and decontaminated, and then given a one step polish (Yes, I can improve factory paint!) and then I coat the paint, head lights, tail lights, wheel faces and all the glass except for the windshield. Removing the wheels and coating the inside barrels of the wheels and the calipers is an extra $60 in product + labour time.
This package is priced at $700 for an average sized car. SUV's and pickup trucks will be charged extra according to size. Additional paint correction is billed @ $30/hr.
CQuartz is very versatile. I have even used it on a mahogany wooden speedboat that had been varnished.
Here is a link to that speedboat job:
This is how CQuartz beads and sheets water on a varnished and coated surface. It's every bit as good, if not better, on paint!
CQUARTZ FINEST: Why is this coating the best?
CQUARTZ FINEST (by CarPro) is an evolution in nanotech ceramic paint coatings. In the development of Finest, stronger, further condensed nano particles with better cross linking abilities were designed utilizing a new proprietary nano material to create an extremely tough 3D structure providing a durable, super high gloss coating which protects paint and other automotive surfaces from UV, dirt, brake dust, iron contaminants, bugs, bird droppings, tar, and all sorts of environmental contaminants for two years.
CQuartz Finest offers dirt and water shedding abilities beyond that of any other product available. We don’t make this claim based on only our testing but also on testing reported back to us time and again from professional detailers who have done side-by-side testing with the assumed competition. Time and again in side-by-side testing they find Finest releases water, dust, and dirt faster and more thoroughly than the competition. In other words the side coated with Finest still looks clean and glossy long after other coatings begin to show the dirt and dust.
CQuartz Finest offers more depth and gloss than that of our competitors. Again I don't make this claim lightly but only after the additional feedback from our installers and their clients.
CQuartz Finest is the most exclusive coating available. Unlike other competing nanotech glass coatings, Finest cannot be purchased on the open market and is installed by only CarPro Authorized Finest Installers who have honed their skills so they may polish your paint to the highest level before protecting it with Finest.
- Water contact angle: 115°
- Sliding angle: 15~25°
- Thickness per layer: 1~2 µm
- Heat resistance: 1000° F
- Increased hardness: 2H MOHS beyond the hardness of existing surface
- Recommended working temperatures: 60F to 100F
- Average thickness 3 µm.
- Stays Clean and glossy much longer even compared to other coatings
- Harder, thicker, and glossier than anything else on the market
- Scratch resistance on paint surface
- Resistance to break dust and iron contaminants from reaching your paints surface
- Resistance to Tar, dust, dirt, and other environmental contaminants
- Slick to the touch feel
- Self cleaning properties
- 2 Year Limited Warranty
What does the warranty cover?
No cracking, bubbling, or peeling of the coating. No turning yellow or acid marks and no more than 20% loss of gloss during the two year period.
CQuartz Finest Pricing:
A new vehicle CQuartz Finest Application package comprises the following steps:
Vehicle Wash and Decontamination using Soap, Iron X decontamination as well as a clay bar surface decontamination.
One step paint polish to enhance the appearance of the paint. (Yes, I can improve on brand new Factory paint!)
Paint cleansing preparation for CQF.
Application of CQuartz Finest to wheels and paint.
Two Year Limited Warranty card.
This package costs $950 for most small and medium sized vehicles. (Large vehicles may be subject to a surcharge). I also include the trim coating DLux on any exterior trim for my Finest customers at no additional charge.
Any additional polishing steps required to remove scratches, paint swirls or holograms are billed at $30/hr.
Exterior glass areas can be treated with Fly-by-30 for an additional $30. Removing the wheels and coating the insides (barrels) as well as the calipers is an extra $100 in material + labour time.
Some additional Finest information:
These coatings will seal in the paint exactly as it is, so it's paramount to get the paint in as good a condition as possible. Think of it this way: You have a flat piece of glass you're putting over a table. You will see through the glass any marks that are on the table, so the condition of that table needs to be pristine in order for it to look its best. The combination of professional paint polishing and world class paint protection will provide your paint with the best looking, longest lasting protection possible!
Here is a 2002 Chrysler Concorde that was done in the spring of 2011 with Opti Coat:
Here is a 2002 Chrysler Concorde that was done in the spring of 2011 with Opti Coat:
And this is what the car looked like when it arrived:
One last thing about the coatings: they can be applied to paint, glass and plastic and are fantastic on wheels. They really help make your wheels easier to clean and maintain. Brake dust is more easily removed with the coating than without and every coating package I offer includes the wheel faces.