The Pros and Cons of Glass Coating
November 2, 2015
Glass coating is one of the latest sensations in the car wash industry. In fact, it is one of the hottest topics discussed in top car wash forums like autogeekonline and talkcarwash.com. As an auto enthusiast yourself, your curiosity is naturally piqued about this auto detailing supply. Some claim it to be the best product when it comes to enhancing a vehicle’s appearance while others say it is just a clever marketing ploy.
In one of our most recent posts, we have introduced what it is and enumerated a few of its advantages. This time, we’d like to take a closer look at it to help you decide whether it’s a product worth investing on or not.
Glass Coating: Pros and Cons
Before we plunge deeper into the advantages and disadvantages of this product, understand that glass coating is not really made of glass, as some manufacturers would lead you to believe. Yes, it contains silica, which is also used for making glass, but that’s where their similarities end. Glass is made of the following materials: silica, sodium, calcium, magnesium, alumina and potassium. Glass coating, on the other hand, is made up of silicon, silica, fluorine and titanium. Technically, glass coating is just another type of car paint protection film. And like any other material, it has its own set of pros and cons.
Glass Coating Pros:
Some consumers and auto professionals consider it excellent due to the following reasons:
Although no specific time frame has been allotted for glass coating, users and manufacturers claim that it can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending upon natural and man-made conditions. This, they say, reduces, if not entirely eliminates car waxing.
It forms a shield-like protection over any surface it is applied to. Thus, surfaces allegedly become resistant to sand, debris and stone chips. It also prevents the formation of hard water spots and stains from bird droppings, tree sap, etc.
Users profess that this product has enhanced the appearance of their vehicles. The superb shine that glass coating provides, they say, has given their rides a new life.
There is a claim that the right type of glass coating can deflect the harmful rays by up to 85%, thus increasing your protection against fatal diseases like skin cancer.
Glass Coating Cons:
It is not cheap. Prepare to pay more than $1,000 for a small car and up to $2,000 for a MPV.
Difficulty of Application
Its application requires the necessary tools and the hands of an expert. Otherwise, it might lead to an uneven application since this material hardens quickly. The process also needs to be done in a dust-free area to eliminate the chances of contamination from dust and debris. These contaminants, when not removed, may create minute bumps that can damage both the coating and the car paint.
These products, according to drbeasley.com, “use extremely harsh chemicals that when you open the bottle, smell like a nice sampling of jet fuel. After speaking with many detailers who specialize in applying many of these coatings, they mention how they need to take frequent breaks to refrain from going light-headed”.
These are just some of the pros and cons of this type of coating. You can use this list as a guide if and when you decide to use this material for your beloved possession.
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