Car owners, your daily routine may be damaging your car’s paintwork without you even realising it.
Everyday happenings like accidentally spilled petrol, finger prints, and annoying bird droppings can leave ugly, long-lasting stains and scratches on the surface of your car. Even worse, it might cause corrosion.
Aside from being proactive about cleaning away spills and splatters promptly, there’s also a preventive method that can protect your auto paint against scratches in the first place.
What’s a paint coating?
A paint coating (or car coating) is essentially a second layer of paint for your car. It’s typically provided by a car detailer or automotive paint business rather than a car wash and is applied as a kind of secondary coat on top of the existing paint.
Coatings are also made out of manmade materials, but they do not look like, or apply like, car waxes or paint sealants. Instead, they are often times of a much thinner viscosity (like, water).
While a conventional car wax wears off after a couple months, a paint coating forms a much stronger and harder bond.
According to this automotive site, the longevity for a coat lasts from 12-24 months while a normal wax lasts from 1-4 months. They also have higher durability.
A good thing to note: New vehicles prior to being picked up by its a new owner, would have been left sitting under the sun and rain for weeks or months. Only a simple polish and wax is quickly done, and after a few months, the surface defects previously concealed by the layer of wax would resurface.
The downside to coating? They’re pretty costly, a coating session can easily run up to RM3,000.
But there are a few reasons for that.
The application requires the necessary tools and hours of manpower. Otherwise, it might lead to an uneven application since this material hardens quickly.
A high-quality coating while expensive at the onset, will prove its value in the following years of your car ownership from its everyday performance and longevity (particularly when compared to wax, sealants, or ordinary coatings)
Also, traditional polish and wax routine leads to accumulative costs and will thin the paint over time, leading to oxidation and a dull appearance.
There are currently different types of car coatings in the market, with glass and ceramic being the popular ones.
What’s glass coating?
Going by several names such as liquid glass, nano-glass, and quartz coating, there are two different types of glass coats – quartz silane and silica.
Quartz silica is more expensive because of its manufacturing process, but it offers a more durable, shinier coat. Silica, which is cheaper, is less durable.
Glass coating is not really made of glass. Yes, it contains silica, which is also used for making glass, but that’s where their similarities end
Like glass coating, ceramic coating provides a strong, protective surface to the car’s body that can block all manner of foreign matter and prevent them from causing damage to the vehicle.
What’s the difference between the two?
According to this car-detailer, the difference lies in the process of putting on the coat. A ceramic coating process requires heating, while glass coating bonds to the car’s paint immediately upon application.
The heating actually expedites the curing process. but for the most part, it’s only necessary for countries with cold climate. In places like sunny Malaysia however, over 90% of the curing happens within the first 24 hours, while the coating continues to fully harden and cure over the following week. This is why you’ll hear your detailer advising you to keep the car dry as much as possible and avoid washing it with any kind of detergent for the first 7 days after you drive it home.
So, should you coat your car?
If you want a long-lasting investment for your car, this is something to consider. Paint coatings resist dirt and dust better than traditional protection, so your vehicle will stay cleaner for longer periods of time. Your paint will be extremely easy to wash because dirt wipes away easily – no scrubbing is required if you properly maintain your vehicle.
Paint coatings are also typically harder than your vehicle’s clear coat. This added hardness helps to protect your paint against UV damage, hard water spots, bird bombs, and other typical risks associated with daily driving. Coatings tend to be much more chemical resistant than traditional forms of protection and will stand up to environmental hazards much better in the long run.
Lastly, the amazing gloss and shine. Your vehicle will look fantastic, be easier to maintain, and be very well protected.
If you’re considering a spanking new coat for your new (or old) ride, check out some of the local car-detailing companies like Regal Valet.
Regal Valet was established in 2010, the centre is famous for its expertise in paintwork recovery, paint protection, and premium maintenance care for both the exterior and interior of your vehicle.
Aside from paint protection, the centre also provides upholstery coating – that helps prevent staining from food, soil, and other contaminants during daily usage, helping to maintain a clean environment and extending the life of the brand new inner cabin.
They are also the Exclusive Distributor and Certified Detailer for GYEON Quartz which produces some of the most advanced ceramic quartz coatings available today. Give them a call at 1700-81-7569 for more info.
This story was written by John Lim and originally appeared on SAYS.