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Ceramics. You may have seen the term tossed around here and there by car care brands and detailing experts. But we’re not talking about the ceramics you make in pottery class; these ceramics play a much different role.
What are ceramics, and how are they beneficial for your car? Read on to discover the answers to these questions and more.
A ceramic coating is a combination of silicone dioxide and other polymers that form a tough, durable shell to protect your vehicle's paintwork from the outside world. Think of it as extremely thin, lightweight armor for your car. While ceramics may not exactly make your vehicle bulletproof, they do prevent light to moderate scratches, swirls and oxidation in the clear coat.
It even makes the surface of your car hydrophobic. This means that, instead of allowing rainwater to sit for hours on the hood of your car, a ceramic coating repels water and promotes water beading action, causing excess water to roll right off the sides of your car to prevent streaks and water stains.
In much the same way as car wax, a ceramic coating acts as a sacrificial barrier for your paintwork. The differences are that ceramic coatings are much stronger and more durable than natural wax. Most ceramic coatings last for at least six months with regular touch ups and maintenance, while carnauba wax needs to be reapplied every 2-3 months. And, ceramic coatings prevent a lot more scratches and swirls while offering additional protections, such as UV and chemical resistance.
Ceramic coatings have been around for more than 20 years, offering a powerful—and some would even argue superior—alternative to car wax. The problem with most traditional ceramic coatings is they require professional application, making their amazing benefits rather costly to enjoy.
Luckily, we found a solution to this problem, right here at the Turtle Wax R&D Labs.
Along with being durable and hydrophobic, we discovered that silicon dioxide also makes an excellent performance enhancer. This means that ceramics not only add their own, unique benefits to a product, but they also maximize the benefits of other active ingredients. And what better combination than the strength of silicone dioxide and the incredible shine of our traditional carnauba wax?
We wasted no time working to develop the perfect formulation of ceramic wax. The result was a new type of ceramic coating, one that anyone can apply to get the same protective strength of a professional coating while enjoying a cloud-reflecting shine so crisp and transparent, it makes their car look fresh off the showroom floor.
This formula became the base of our Hybrid Solutions collection, a whole new line of products that offers professional-grade protection and shine to make it easy for anyone to achieve the ultimate finish, right in their driveway. Our Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Spray Coating packs a powerful punch, giving you up to a whole year’s worth of protection along with a beautiful, eye-popping shine at the pull of a trigger, and it only takes 5-10 minutes to apply!
Hybrid Solutions Polish & Wax erases light scratches and imperfections from your finish, then wipes away effortlessly with a microfiber cloth, leaving behind a fresh coating of ceramic wax for a smooth, flawless finish that lasts and lasts.
And, Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Wet Wax goes on right after the final rinse of your weekend car wash to dry your car and add a fresh layer of ceramic protection all in one, easy step. Just buff Ceramic Wet Wax in with a fresh, microfiber towel and watch the surface of your car shine and sparkle like new.
If you thought ceramic coatings were already impressive, the future of ceramics is even brighter. Let's just say when combined with the strongest substance known to man, ceramic wax blows itself out of the water.
We’re talking about graphene, of course, a compound with strength that surpasses even diamonds! When combined with ceramics and carnauba wax, genuine graphene offers unparalleled scratch resistance, heat resistance and durability, bonding directly to the clear coat to keep that incredible, showroom look frozen in time for up to one year with proper touch ups and maintenance.
If you thought it was too good to be true, think again! These products are already available as brand-new additions to our Hybrid Solutions collection. Check out our Hybrid Solutions PRO Flex Wax and Hybrid Solutions PRO to the Max Wax to try out the newest innovation in car care for yourself and keep your car shining like new all year round!
So, are ceramic coatings beneficial? You bet they are. And, when combined with wax and other powerful ingredients, they deliver some of the best protection and shine around for your car!
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