Whether they own a classic 32 Ford Coupe or 2020 Tesla Model S, millions of car, truck, and SUV owners are obsessed with finding the best protection solutions that can keep the original finish looking clean, rich, and opulent. And for the past decade, many proactive car owners have opted for ceramic coatings to accomplish this lofty task. On top of this advanced paint protection segment is Ceramic Pro 9H.
A simple Google search will identify a litany of “ceramic coatings” available – ranging from spray-on ‘hybrids’ to professionally applied Ceramic Pro 9H coatings. Each is designed for different users, based on their skill, needs, and level or protection desired.
But what makes a ceramic pro coating good? What are the qualities that the best nano coatings possess? Why does it produce a super hydrophobic effect, and why is paint correction needed before application? And most importantly, is applying a 9H ceramic coat safe for your ride? Ultimately, what is Ceramic Pro 9H and why should you get it?
Let’s answer these questions below. But first, take some time to watch this video by Adam Cote – which explains some of the attributes about Ceramic Pro’s line of coatings that makes them the best and longest-lasting products available.https://www.youtube.com/embed/4_-Ic7N-g5k?feature=oembed
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If you watched the video above, it’s quite possible you already know the answer to this question. However, to put it down on paper, yes – a nano ceramic coating like Ceramic Pro 9H is completely safe for your vehicle. It’s formulated with special carrier solvents and a customized blend of SiO2 and TiO2 to provide a semi-permanent layer of protection – or a quartz coating.
Now, it’s important to explain and clarify that there are several grades or levels of ceramic coatings on the market today. Each of them is uniquely formulated for a specific type of application, general use, or a certain amount of longevity or strength.
The ceramic coating world falls into three main categories:
This is the one you typically see at 3:00am in the morning during an informercial on TV. It’s essentially a supercharged spray-on coating that is mainly comprised of Teflon, or SiO2 less than 20 percent. It’s applied just like a spray-on wax – where you simply spray it on a clean surface, wipe away with a microfiber cloth, and presto – you’ve got a ‘ceramic coating’ that might last a couple of months.
Many of these spray on coatings are higher in TiO2 or titanium dioxide than SiO2 or Silicon Dioxide. The ceramic coating rule of thumb is that when the TiO2 percent is high – the coating is stronger and more durable – thus, the protection level is enhanced. When the SiO2 percentage is higher, the coating is ‘slippery’ – or is hydrophobic. This is what makes water sheet off the surface, like you see in those 3am infomercials.
DIY Nano Ceramic Coatings
The biggest growing segment is the DIY nano ceramic coating. This is closer to the level of protection produced by Ceramic Pro 9H, but not quite the same. Most of these DIY coatings are engineered for easier application by the average car owner. This is accomplished by reducing the amount or strength of carrier solvents which permits a coating to bond to the surface, and layer on top of each coat.
With a DIY coating, you can’t layer each coating – so the maximum protection you’re going to get is a 1 layer coat. In longevity terms, the strongest DIY ceramic coating is only expected to last about 2 to 3 years maximum on the vehicle’s paint.
Another detail about DIY coatings is they are usually ‘all-inclusive’ formulas. So, they can bond to paint clear coating, windows, wheels, plastic trim, and other substrates. The only problem is they are “just OK” and not formulated specifically for these substances.
Professional Ceramic Coatings
The final line of ceramic coatings is those that started the industry – the professional-grade coating like Ceramic Pro Products. This type of paint protection product utilizes ceramic nanoparticles which penetrates microscopic imperfections found in all porous materials.
It’s formulated for specific material types, for individual applications such as marine, industrial, commercial, or direct automotive consumers. It’s not made to fill minor scratches but does deliver a protective coating that provides superior UV resistance.
Ceramic Pro 9H line of coatings is highly diverse. It begins with Ceramic Pro Sport – or what we like to call “The Wax Killer”. It’s a spray on coating that provides a solid base-coating of SiO2 and TiO2 to the coated surface of your car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, or off-road vehicle. It is applied by our team of certified auto salons across North and South America, can be done in (1) day, and offers six months of CarFax verified guarantee and protection. This is also part of our Ceramic Pro Bronze Package.
Ceramic Pro 9H – Providing the Base of Paint Protection
The next level on the Ceramic Pro chain is our flagship coating – Ceramic Pro 9H. This nano coating is formulated with special solvents that allows the coating to be applied up to five layers. Ceramic Pro offers its customers two package options – mainly based on the warranty you’re looking to achieve.
With 2 layers of Ceramic Pro 9H, or a Ceramic Pro Silver Package your vehicle will be protected for up to 5 years from bird droppings, bug splatters, UV protection, chemical exposure, acid rain, and other harmful contaminants. The second option is a 5-layer coating – or Ceramic Pro Gold Package, which offers an exceptional lifetime warranty.
Ceramic Pro Top Coat – Putting the Hydrophobic Properties Into Ceramic Coatings
The Ceramic Pro Top Coat is the cherry on the ceramic coating sundae. It’s infused with high-levels of SiO2, to produce an ultra-slippery finish, which makes water, dust, dirt, pollen, and other light debris nearly impossible to stick. This is the benefit or attribute that most consumers associate with a ceramic coating. It all started with Ceramic Pro 9H and has stimulated a slew of imitators.
Arguably the biggest difference between Ceramic Pro 9H and other coatings on the market is the customizable factor. We simply don’t believe in the one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, its products made like that which typically give the Ceramic Coating industry a bad name.
Ceramic Pro 9H includes more than a dozen individual formulations for specific materials and applications. Some examples of customized formulas of ceramic coatings include:
Ceramic Coating for Wheels
Wheels are very tricky to coat correctly – especially if they’ve been used in the past. In a perfect world, a new set of custom rims would be brought to a Ceramic Pro wheel auto salon, prepped, and applied before mounting tires, balancing them, and slapping on your ride.
The formulation is the highest concentration of coating we offer – more than 70% of solid nanoparticles that provide an ultra-tight bond onto the wheel. This helps to protect it from road grime, brake dust, and other common contaminants. It can also improve scratch resistance with up to 4 layers of protection for superior hardness.
Ceramic Coatings for Car Interiors
We also offer a line of Ceramic Pro 9H coatings for leather and plastic materials inside your daily driver or collectible. As leathers are completely different than hard plastic, the formulations for these two ceramic coats are night and day.
The Ceramic Pro leather coating protects by providing an invisible shield on top of the material, without impacting the comfort and flexibility of the material. Plastic interior coatings like Ceramic Pro 9H’s formula is meant to bond to those harder surfaces – again with a proprietary blend of ingredients made specifically for those substrates.
There are also ceramic pro glass formulas that provide a 9H glass shield over a windshield, sideview mirrors, and rear windows.
Ultimately, the biggest concern of potential Ceramic Pro 9H customers is the cost. Unfortunately, there is no black and white answer to this question – as cost is always subjective to the individual. We tend to look at the value associated with a professional-grade coating.
When you make the investment with Ceramic Pro 9H, you’re not simply getting a strong protectant, but also gaining multiple benefits including reducing orange peel, prevents color fading on PPF or vinyl wraps, extends the lifespan of PPF and vinyl wrap, makes cleaning your ride simple and easier, and produces an exceptional shine, luster, and deep finish you can be proud to showcase daily.
A professional grade ceramic coating is only applied by expert installers, in a controlled environment, with precision and advanced techniques for a smooth and exceptionally flat finish. Each package is backed by a CarFax verified warranty, which increases the resale value of your vehicle and peace of mind.