Glass Coating: What Is It?
October 15, 2015
Glass coating has been around for some time but as of late, both auto detailers and car enthusiasts have shown renewed interest in this product. It goes by several names such as liquid glass, nano-glass, ceramic glass, and quartz coating.
Essentially there are two types of glass coating, 1) quartz silane and 2) silica. The former is more expensive because the manufacturing process is harder, but provides a very durable and extra shiny coating. The latter is less durable, therefore, less expensive than quartz silane coating. When it comes into contact with paint, it will form a hard, durable and semi-permanent shield over the clear coat. Many of these products, such as the Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Surface Coating, are made to be applied on a variety of surfaces such as paint, glass and wheels. Detailer’s Pro Glass Coating is especially made for glass, while Aladdin’s Double Shield is to be used on the paint.
How to apply glass coating?
The application of glass coating starts with the meticulous preparation of a vehicle’s surface. You have to ensure that it is free of contaminants, swirls and scratches. Otherwise, these impurities will get caught beneath the glass coating, affecting its ability to adhere properly, causing an unsightly appearance and premature deterioration.
Here’s how to do it:
- Prepare the surface by washing it with car wash soap. Dry it well and use a clay bar to capture even the most microscopic of contaminants. For a surefire way to clean your vehicle’s exterior, try steam cleaning.
- Once the surface is smooth and contaminant-free, use an abrasive polishing compound to get rid of paint swirls, scratches and other imperfections.
- The next step is applying the glass coating. This product comes in glass bottles, sprayers, syringes, etc. depending on the brand. There are also glass coating kits complete with microfiber towels and applicators. Make sure to work in small areas because the product hardens as soon as it comes into contact with air.
- Spray the glass coating to a small area and use an applicator to work it evenly into the surface.
- Use a microfiber towel to buff the surface.
- Leave the car in a shade where humidity or contaminants cannot get to it. Let the glass coating cure for at least 24 hours before taking your car outside.
A professional service will charge you upward of $400 for this procedure. If you are unsure about your detailing skills or are looking for best results, it’s best to get it done by professionals. They will also provide you a warranty for the glass coating.
How does glass coating protect the paint?
- Resist scratches.
- Prevent oxidation.
- Provide a high gloss, mirror-like shine to the paint.
- Protect the paint from all types of contaminants including dirt, dust, sand, acid rain, road salt, bird droppings, etc.
- Shield the paint from harmful UV.
- Bead water and provide a sheeting effect.
- Repel dirt, making car cleaning easier.
- Help you do away with waxes and sealants – you can completely eliminate waxing the paint once you apply glass coating. Some products, however, recommend the application of a wax or a sealant on top of this layer for extra shine.
- Provide a durable coating for a minimum of one year and maximum of 2 years.
Is applying glass coating worth it?
Applying glass coating is definitely worth your time, effort and money. For a minimum of a year you can enjoy a car with an exterior that is completely protected from external forces. While waxes and sealants tend to wear off in about 2-4 months, for an extra cost you can get far superior paint protection. Therefore, DetailXPerts recommends this procedure to all car owners.
Continue to read our blogs to learn more about different car exterior protectants and important car care tips.
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