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Better Car Care with Glass Coating

Coat and protect your car’s body paint with glass coating, an inorganic material composed of silica-based or quartz-silane-based compounds. You will not experience any staining with these substances. They are much better than wax, because they can preserve the shine and surface of your car much longer.

Their composition is not easily subjected to oxidation which make them an effective car coating. The reason why many substances deteriorate is because of the adverse effect of oxidation on their chemical properties. Your car will be left susceptible to rust and damage if your car wax gets oxidized and deteriorates.

Glass coating – or simply ‘coating’ – provides longer lasting protection and shine for your car surface.
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The active ingredient of most car wax is carnauba wax oil. It comes from palm tree extracts. It has good water-repellent properties, and has the ability to hide minute scratches.

But it can easily attract dirt because it is viscous. It also tends to soften and melt under high temperatures caused by exposure to the sun or through engine heat. Water in the form of rain or a power washer can also break it down.

Coating, however, is made up of better substances like silicon, silica, fluorine, and titanium. Their ability to mesh with the paint molecules beneath the car’s surface enables them to create a very durable layer of protection. This forms a highly resistant coat against dirt, heat, cold, and rain protecting your car for longer periods. Applying car coating can be simple or complex depending on the requirements of the glass coat product you are using.

Remove all dirt and grime from your car and wipe its surface smooth, making sure your car’s surface is clean before applying coating. Do not skip this step of cleaning your car’s surface if you want excellent results in car coating.

The Two Main Glass Coats: Silica-based and Quartz-Silane-based

There are two kinds of glass coating: silica-based and quartz-silane-based. A very high-gloss coating that is both strong and durable can be produced by a quartz-silane-based glass coating. However, it is more expensive and takes longer (about three weeks) to cure on your car’s surface.

If you are on a tight budget, then use the silica-based coat because it is cheaper compared to the quartz-silane-based, and will still give you a good luster and protection for a long time. However, compared to the quartz-silane-based coat, it is less durable and has a lower water-repellency.

The silica-based and quartz-silane-based glass coats are the two leading car coatings in the industry today because of the cutting-edge technology behind their manufacture.