Ceramic Coating

Everything you need to know about Ceramic Coatings, including “what is a ceramic coating”, other frequently asked questions about Ceramic Coatings and the key Ceramic Coating products we offer at Offset Detailing in Essex.

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What is Ceramic Coating?

A ceramic coating (which it is commonly referred to) is a liquid chemical which bonds to your vehicle’s paintwork forming a strong, durable protective layer which is stronger than traditional waxes and sealants. A ceramic coating application as part of a paint correction detail or new car protection detail will repel water, dirt, road salt and be resistant to harsh detergents and chemicals. Industrial fallout such as factory and exhaust fumes also have a negative effect on your vehicles appearance which a ceramic coating will protect against. Ceramic coatings can also be labelled as hydrocarbon, glass, quartz, hyperquartz depending on the ingredients used to create the coating itself. The ‘ceramic coating’ is the most common term.

Kamikaze collection

Only a handful of us in the UK and worldwide are personally trained by CEO Kai Morita who flew over from Japan to teach us in the art of applying these extremely high-end coatings. Kamikaze Collection offer a variety of different coatings which can be layered on top of one another for an extreme candy gloss finish and excellent durability.

MIYABI

Miyabi Coat

Contains smaller molecules than the average glass coat sealant, making it is less prone to water spotting. The high silica dioxide content provides durable protection and an amazingly clear, brilliant shine to any colour paintwork. Miyabi can be layered for high gloss levels and durability.

  • VOC-free
  • Non-solvent based
  • 96% Sio2
  • Durability: 18-24 months
  • Water contact angle: 95 degrees
  • pH tolerance: 2-11
  • Thickness layer: 1-2 microns
  • Hardness: 8-9H (pencil scale)

ISM 2.0 Flexible Hydrocarbon Coating

Kamikaze Collection ISM Coat 2.0 blends optically clear hydrocarbons with ceramic components to provide a clear, candy-gloss shine to automotive paintwork. Unlike many ceramic coatings, ISM is free from solvents and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Miyabi Coat can be used as a base layer for ISM 2.0 for increased gloss levels and durability.

  • VOC-free
  • Non-solvent based
  • Non-flammable
  • Durability: 24-36 months
  • Water contact angle: 105 degrees
  • pH tolerance: 2-11
  • Thickness layer: 2 microns
  • Hardness: 3-4H (pencil scale)
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ZIPANG – THE GOLDEN PINNACLE OF NANO COATS.

Translated from Japanese, the word ‘zipang’ means golden and the choice of name refers to Marco Polo’s original description of Japan as ‘The Land of Gold’. Vehicles coated with Zipang Coat will enjoy a gold-class level of gloss surpassed only by Kamikaze Collection’s flagship product, ENREI Coat.

Zipang Coat has evolved from the technology employed by ISM PRO & 2.0. Like ISM PRO/2.0, Zipang Coat combines high quality, ingredients with Kamikaze Collection’s ultralow molecular weight hydrocarbons to produce a coating with extreme water repelling properties. However, extensive research and development has enriched these ingredients to increase their performance and enhance their reflective potential. Furthermore, Zipang Coat has a self-levelling function activated by heat that helps keep paintwork swirl-free for longer.

1) Zipang can be multi layered like below

2) Miyabi Base Coat – Zipang Top Layer

3) Zipang Base layer – Miyabi Coat middle layer – Zipang Top Layer

  • Highly hydrophobic – dirt, oils & grime are repelled 
  • Self-healing properties help keep paintwork ‘as new’ for longer 
  • Sunshine or warm water will activate self-levelling (semi self-healing) 
  • Produces an optically clear, candy-gloss shine 
  • Durability of 2-3 years 
  • Can be used on both painted surfaces and plastic trim 
    • Designed, developed, and intended for professional use only. 

Kamikaze Collection ENREI COAT

This is the latest innovative coating from Kamikaze Collection and is only available to Kamikaze Collection certified detailers like Offset Detailing Essex. ENREI is a unique formula consisting of two layers which when combined form the ultimate in protection of your vehicle’s paintwork. 

The initial layer acts as a primer, penetrating the microscopic pores in the paint’s lacquer to form a secure bond whilst presenting an increased surface area for the topcoat to bond toThe second layer provides an extremely tough, resistant hydrophobic barrier that repels dirt, salt, water and oils. The unique formulation prevents the issues many ceramic sealants experience with water spotting. ENREI is resistant to extremes of pH, making it the ideal solution tthe unique conditions presented by winter and summer driving. As an added bonus ENREI enhances the finish of the paintwork considerably, leaving an outstanding wet look shine. 

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Titan Coatings UK

Offset Car Detailing Essex are also accredited for the use of Titan Coatings. Titan Coatings UK is a partnership of formulation chemists who design and develop small scale boutique coatings in York. Our lab is based in an undisclosed location where we develop military grade epoxy. 

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TITAN HYPERQUARTZ COATING 

TITAN is our revolutionary hybrid coating containing unmatched levels of pure ingredients sourced from across the globe. Titan contains our High Performance HyperQuartz Carbon technology which creates a flexible yet hard protective layer on the applied surface creating hypergloss with incredible depth and enhanced clarity. 

TITAN was engineered for paint protection, it increases surface hardness, presents you with reoccurring Hypergloss and keeps water spots at bay rather than simply being built for hydrophobicity and beading. 

It was also engineered to perform like an Elastomer on a micro-scale with a superior flexibility to hardness ratioTITAN has a self-levelling function activated by heat that helps keep paintwork free from swirls. It is free from solvents and VOC’s making it an eco-friendly coating as well as being safe to use. 

    • Single layer application
    • VOC-Free 
    • Zero Resins 
    • Zero endocrine altering chemicals 
    • Zero hazardous chemicals 
    • Enhanced Chemical resistance 
    • Non-Solvent based 
    • Self-levelling properties can be activated with heat 
    • Durability: Up to 60 months (50K Miles) with a single application* 
    • Thickness layer: 1-2 microns 
    • Water contact angle: 115 degrees 
    • PH tolerance: 1-13 
    • Hardness: 8H-10H Dependent on Substrate 
    • Initial curing/stacking time: 2 Hours 
    • Stack-able up to 5 layers 
    • Stacking provides enhanced self-levelling properties compared to a single layer 
    • IR Curable 

Zeus

Zeus is our Trophy coating containing our sophisticated Carbon-Glasscoat HyperQuartz Carbon technology and is one of the most advanced coatings on the market combining both organic and inorganic chemistry with the addition of one variant of Nanorods which form part of our commercially conserved formula. 

We have focused our attention on creating coatings that are flexible which ensures the protective coating can still perform under the stress of heat expansion, abrasion and extreme weathering. 

Zeus can be applied on top of TITAN for extra durability, reflections and the ability to self-level. 

Contrary to the belief that only harder coatings are best suited for automotive paint our lab tests have shown that harder coatings are more likely to suffer from physical damage. Our Zeus coating still performs like an elastomer which provides flexibility and hardness which allows it to provide enhanced protection, hydrophobicity and the ability to self-level. Zeus was lab tested using a Mitsubishi 10H pencil with zero marks visible, we believe the impact was absorbed. 

Zeus creates an aesthetically pleasing candy like gloss with incredible depth and enhanced clarity as a standalone coating or on top of TITAN. ZEUS was engineered for paint protection, it increases surface hardness, presents you with reoccurring Hypergloss and keeps water spots at bay rather than simply being built for hydrophobicity and beading. 

      • Single Layer
      • Application 
      • Zeus can self-level 
      • Zeus can be applied on top of TITAN for enhanced durability, reflections and self-levelling properties 
      • VOC-Free 
      • Zero Resin 
      • Zero endocrine altering chemicals 
      • Zero hazardous chemicals 
      • Highly hydrophobic 
      • Non-solvent based 
      • Durability: Up to 96 Months* dependent on care. 
      • Water contact angle: 120 degrees 
      • PH tolerance: 1-13 
      • Thickness layer: 1.8-2.2 microns 
      • Hardness: 8H-10H Dependent on Substrate 
      • Stack-able up to a maximum of 2 layers 
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Ultra

Ultra is our highly concentrated water-based hybrid top coat, it was engineered to help prevent water spotting and prolong the life of our coatings but is suitable for all types of ceramic coatings. As an eco-friendly product it is safe to the environment and highly economical- only 1 spray is required per 40cm2! This is an ideal maintenance product. 

Ultra is a highly advanced top coating which can be used on all types of paint systems, wraps, ppf, glasswheels and plastic trim. It is safe to use, user friendly, provides users with #Hypergloss and is weather ready immediately after installation. A sacrificial layer with elastic and flexible properties is created which ensures the surface becomes self-cleaning and most importantly protects the ceramic coating from degradation. It was formulated to perform in all types of climates and weather systems. Ultra adds hyper slickness, hyper glossiness and provides extra water beading admired by most. ULTRA can be used as a standalone coating to add self-cleaning abilities to any surface. 

      • Water Based
      • Non-Solvent based 
      • VOC-Free 
      • Zero Resins 
      • Zero endocrine altering chemicals 
      • Zero hazardous chemicals 
      • Non smearing 
      • Does NOT contain PTFE, Wax, Fillers or Resins 
      • Water contact angle: 125 degrees- Previous contact angle- 120 degrees 
      • Durability: Up to 9 months 
      • pH tolerance: 2-11 
      • Cures instantly and is immediately weather resistant 
      • ULTRA is suitable for all types of paint systems including gloss/matte ppf (gloss/matte), wraps, plastics, carbon fibre, wheels, front/rear lights and glass. 

Pyramid Car Care

A multi-purpose Ceramic Coating which harnesses nano-technology for the ultimate surface protection.

Premium Ceramic Coating is a semi-permanent coating that protects and enhances your vehicles paintwork, bringing colours back to life with a high gloss finish.

It’s almost-instant drying time, allows drivers to get back on the road within an hour of application. Unlike many leading ceramic coatings which take between 12 and 24 hours to dry, this super-fast drying time also enables Detailers to complete Ceramic Coating applications faster, creating more time and freedom.

Easy to apply, Premium Ceramic Coating boasts 2 years protection, 9h hardness, a high gloss finish and instant drying.

Suitable for Paint, Metal, Plastic, Wheels and Exhaust.

  • 2 years protection
  • 9h hardness
  • Outstanding scratch resistance
  • 20-30 minute drying time
  • High gloss finish
  • Excellent UV and chemical resistance
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FAQs

Ceramic coatings can be applied to any age of vehicle and a variety of surfaces. Be it a brand new car that you have just taken delivery of, a classic or exotic vehicle that is only used for special occasions to daily driven vehicles that do many miles throughout the year in all sorts of weather conditions. 

The ceramic coating protects and preserves the paintwork and makes cleaning the surface easier to clean as less dirt and road grime bonds to a protected surface. Also, the thickness of a coating is an important one. Although a coating is not bullet proof the thickness layer when the coating initially bonds to the surface is important as this means any minor scratches and marks from poor washing technique and minor marks are inflicted to the coating itself and not the clearcoat of your vehicles paint. You can also layer certain coatings to enhance the gloss and thickness creating a more durable protective layer. Coatings are completely transparent and can drastically enhance the appearance of your vehicle when combined with a paint enhancement or paint correction package. Maintaining a ceramic coating is required but is an easy task with the right cleaning methods. 

Offset Car Detailing Essex can guide you in the right direction for aftercare and also offer maintenance details if you do not wish to wash the vehicle yourself. This is a popular choice among our customers. Some of the more high-end coatings Offset Detailing use include a semi self-healing function. When exposed to heat minor abrasions can heal and the surface back to a new condition. When the vehicle is washed you will continually have a ‘just detailed’ appearance for a longer period than a traditional wax or sealant. 

Many brands offer anything from 1 to 10 years durability. 10 years just simply isn’t right in real world tests. Also how often is the vehicle used? Weekends and good weather or daily driven all year round through all sorts of weather conditions? How long a ceramic coating lasts is down to correct application techniques, the amount of stress the coating is under and the aftercare of the coating. 

With a decent ceramic coating and proper application of the product itself you can expect a good few years with the right brand. Anything over 5 years is proven in an accelerated laboratory test but not in the real world, so be aware of anyone claiming bold time frames. 

Ceramic coatings aren’t just reserved for gloss paints. With the popularity of matte paints such as BMW frozen colours, Mercedes AMG Magno colours and also matte car wraps you can have the same level of protection for a matte finish as well as a gloss one, plus retaining the pure matte effect with no greasy finishes. 

Kamikaze Zipang is an extremely good coating for matte finishes. Titan Coatings are also very recommended. 

Every surface area of your vehicle can be coated and protected. 

  • Exterior glass can have a coating applied to make driving in poor weather conditions easier.

Rain and dirt will repel from the surface minimising the use of wiper blades and increase visibility. This is included in all detailing packages. 

  • Exterior trim, carbon fibre & plastics – these are coated the same way as your paintwork to enhance the natural finish of the surface and protect against the elements.
  • WHEEL & CALIPER PROTECTION PACKAGE

Wheels become extremely dirty very easily. With a dedicated wheel and caliper coating less brake dust and road grime bonds to the surfaces of your wheels and calipers making future cleaning an easier task. Wheels are removed for this process and coated inside and out. 

  • INTERIOR FABRIC & LEATHER PROTECTION

Interior fabrics and leather can also be protected keeping their natural finish. This helps against dye transfer from clothing, dirt effecting the surfaces and resistant against water and from food and drink spillages. 

There are many coatings out there on the market. Some are better than others. Having used pretty much all of the different brandsOffset Car Detailing Essex are proud to be accredited with Kamikaze Collection Coatings from Japan and Titan Coatings UK, both very high-end coatings. 

NOTE: All coatings should ideally have a paint enhancement or paint correction detail carried out prior to any coating application. Any swirl marks, scratches or paint defects will still be seen underneath a ceramic coating application. You can still have a coating applied however bear this in mind when booking your detailing package.