CERAMIC COATING
GTECHNIQ

WHAT IS A CERAMIC COATING?

A ceramic coating, also known as a nano-coating or ceramic automotive sealant, is a highly durable and protective layer applied to the surface of various materials, such as automotive paint, glass, metal or plastic. The purpose of a ceramic coating is to protect the surface from damage, contaminants, oxidation and other forms of wear, while also providing an enhanced visual appearance and shine. Here are some key features and benefits of ceramic coatings:

  1. Sustainability: Ceramic coatings are extremely durable and can last a long time, often for years, without the need for regular reapplication.

  2. Protection against scratches and swirls: They provide a high degree of protection against scratches, swirls and surface damage that can be caused by dirt, stones, bird droppings and so on.

  3. Weatherproofing: Ceramic coatings are resistant to the damaging effects of UV radiation, acid rain, bird droppings, and other weather conditions.

  4. Hydrophobic properties: They create a water-repellent layer on the surface, allowing water droplets to roll off easily. This helps prevent water stains and makes washing the vehicle easier.

  5. Chemical resistance: They are resistant to chemicals such as acids and solvents, protecting the surface from stains and damage.

  6. Improved gloss: Ceramic coatings give the surface a deeper, richer shine and a mirror-like finish.

  7. Easier to clean: Thanks to their hydrophobic properties, dirt and grime are less likely to adhere to the surface, resulting in less frequent and easier cleaning.

SHOULD MY CAR BE POLISHED FIRST?

Yes, it is always necessary to polish your car before applying a ceramic coating. Polishing is an essential step in the preparation process to ensure that the coating performs optimally. Here are the main reasons why polishing is indispensable:

  1. Ensures a flawless base: Polishing removes all surface imperfections such as scratches, swirls and oxidation. This ensures a smooth and clean base, which is crucial for ceramic coating adhesion.

  2. Improves shine: By polishing your car, you restore the original shine of the paintwork. A ceramic coating seals this shine, keeping your car looking new and shiny for longer.

  3. Extends the life of the coating: A smooth and well-prepared surface allows the ceramic coating to adhere more efficiently and evenly. This contributes to a longer life of the coating and provides your car with more durable protection.

  4. Prevents trapping defects: Without prior polishing, you run the risk of permanently sealing existing paint defects under the coating. This can be difficult, if not impossible, to correct later without damaging the coating.

Regardless of the current condition of your car, polishing ensures that the ceramic coating performs at its best. It not only offers aesthetic improvement through a glossy finish but also ensures that the protective properties of the coating are as effective as possible.

WHAT DOES CERAMIC COATING COST?

At Wrap&Go, we pride ourselves on our expertise in applying Gtechniq ceramic coatings. These high-quality coatings are designed to meet a wide range of our customers' needs, and we offer them with the promise of excellent quality and value. Here is an overview of our available ceramic coating packages, including starting prices:

Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light Ceramic Coating

  • From €699

    This entry-level package offers robust protection against UV rays, chemicals and light scratches. It includes a 1-step polishing treatment, perfect for vehicles that need a subtle refresh.

Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light with EXO V5 Hydrophobic Layer Ceramic Coating

  • From €999

    This package combines the solid protection of Crystal Serum Light with the impressive water-repellent benefits of EXO V5, including a 1-step polishing treatment for a glossy finish.

Gtechniq Crystal Serum Ultra Ceramic Coating

  • From €1399

    Our premium package is for those who want unparalleled protection for their car, withstanding even the most extreme environmental conditions. A one-step polishing treatment is included.

Gtechniq Crystal Serum Ultra with EXO V5 Hydrophobic Layer Ceramic Coating

  • From €1699

    For the ultimate in luxury and protection, this package offers the top performance of Crystal Serum Ultra combined with the EXO V5 for superior water repellency. Also included is a 1-step polishing treatment, which ensures a flawless look.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CERAMIC COATING AND GLASS COATING?

Understanding the difference between glass coatings and ceramic coatings can be confusing, especially since the terms are often used interchangeably in the world of car detailing. Nevertheless, there are significant differences between the two options. Here is an explanation of the main differences:

Composition:

  • Ceramic Coatings: These coatings lean on the power of ceramic nanotechnology and include ingredients such as silica (SiO2). They may also contain other chemical elements that increase durability and protection levels, often resulting in a thicker consistency.
  • Glass coatings: Glass coatings are primarily based on silica and create a glass-like protective layer on the surface of the car. These coatings usually have a liquid consistency.

Durability and Longevity:

  • Ceramic Coatings: Are known for their exceptional durability. Depending on the quality and method of application, they can last for several years without the need for reapplication.
  • Glass coatings: These coatings provide protection ranging from several months to several years, influenced by the quality of the coating and the maintenance regime.

Protection:

  • Ceramic Coatings: Offer comprehensive protection against environmental influences such as UV radiation, acid rain, bird droppings, and tar. They possess self-healing properties and higher scratch resistance than glass coatings.
  • Glass coatings: These coatings provide powerful protection against water stains, dirt, UV rays and light scratches. They impart impressive gloss and water repellency to the vehicle's surface.

Application:

  • Ceramic Coatings: Its application requires thorough preparation of the vehicle, including deep cleaning and polishing, before the coating is applied.
  • Glass coatings: Are generally easier to apply than ceramic coatings and require less preparation time.

Costs:

  • Ceramic Coatings: Typically more expensive due to advanced technology and longer life.
  • Glass coatings: Are generally more economical in both purchase and application.

When choosing between a glass or ceramic coating, it is important to consider your priorities and expectations. Both options vary in performance and cost, depending on the specific brand and product, as well as the professionalism of the application.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?

Applying a ceramic coating to your car is a process that requires time and attention to ensure that the end result is optimal. The exact time needed to apply a ceramic coating depends on several factors, including the number of polishing steps beforehand and whether additional treatments, such as scratch removal, are needed. Here is a general guideline for what to expect:

  • 1-Step Polishing and Coating: For a standard treatment, which involves a light polishing followed by the application of the ceramic coating, you can expect to pay around 2 days. This ensures enough time for both surface preparation and careful application and curing of the coating.

  • 2-Step Polishing and Coating: If your car requires deeper preparation, requiring two polishing steps to optimise the paint for coating, then you should assume 3 to 4 days. This extra time is needed to ensure that all imperfections are thoroughly addressed before the coating is applied.

  • Scratch Removal and Other Extras: For vehicles that require more intensive care, such as the removal of deep scratches or other specialised treatments, the process may take even longer. In these cases, it is important to understand that the extra time is essential to ensure the highest possible quality of finish.

It is important to be patient during this process. A ceramic coating provides long-term protection and shine for your car, making it well worth the investment in time. Careful preparation and application are crucial for getting the best results and maximising the life of the coating.

STONE CHIP PROTECTION (PPF) AND COATING, THE PERFECT COMBINATION

Stone chip protection film (PPF) and ceramic coating together form the ultimate combination for preserving your car's paintwork. This layered approach offers unmatched protection against virtually all external threats, from the smallest scratches to the most stubborn dirt.

Stone chip protection (PPF)

PPF is a clear, self-repairing film that is applied directly to your car's paintwork. It serves as a physical barrier that protects your paintwork from stone chips, scratches, bird droppings, tree resin, and other forms of everyday wear and tear. One of the most remarkable properties of PPF is its ability to 'cure' small scratches and swirls in the sun, keeping your car looking like new all the time.

Ceramic Coating

Whereas PPF provides physical protection, ceramic coating adds a chemical layer of protection. These liquid polymers form a rock-hard layer over your paint (and your PPF) that repels water and repels dirt and grit. The result? A glossy finish that is easier to keep clean and resistant to chemical contamination, UV rays, and extreme weather conditions.

The Perfect Combination

By combining PPF and ceramic coating, your car enjoys the most complete protection:

  • Double Barrier: PPF protects against physical damage, while the ceramic coating provides an additional layer against chemical damage and contamination.
  • Longer Clean: The hydrophobic properties of the ceramic coating make your car easier to wash and keep it clean for longer.
  • Enhanced Gloss: The combination of PPF and ceramic coating creates a deep, rich shine that takes your vehicle's aesthetics to the next level.
  • Long-term Protection: Both products have a long lifespan, reducing the need for maintenance and keeping your paint like new for longer.
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