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Ce­ramic coat­ings are big busi­ness nowa­days. In fact, over the past few years they’ve taken the de­tail­ing world by storm. Many pro­fes­sion­als of­fer this pre­mium ser­vice and, if you’re luck­ily enough to be in the mar­ket for a new mo­tor, the dealer will be more than happy to charge you a for­tune to have the paint­work sorted too.

But what’s all the fuss about? The sim­ple an­swer is that ceram­ics of­fer the ul­ti­mate in sur­face pro­tec­tion. Think of them as a su­per-ad­vanced ver­sion of tra­di­tional waxes or sealants, with even more ex­treme dura­bil­ity, en­hanced hy­dropho­bic qual­i­ties and bet­ter UV pro­tec­tion. They’re not just for paint ei­ther, there are spe­cial­ist prod­ucts de­signed for glass, fab­rics, leather and even spe­cific kits for al­loy wheels.

In­vented in Asia around a decade ago, it’s the past cou­ple of years where they have re­ally blown up. Some­times these are re­ferred to as nano-coat­ings or glass-coats, but the ba­sic idea is that they use sil­i­con (or, more ac­cu­rately, SiO2 - sil­i­con diox­ide), to add a microscopic layer of glass to sur­faces. This of­fers plenty of gloss but, much more im­por­tantly, stops dirt and grime stick­ing. Some pro-de­tail­ers go so far as to call these sort of prod­ucts ‘self-clean­ing’, which means that, as you drive, grime will lit­er­ally slide off the sur­face.

The down­side of all this of course, is that the tech­nol­ogy is ex­pen­sive com­pared to tra­di­tional fin­ish­ing prod­ucts and LSPs. They also re­quire plenty of ef­fort and ex­pe­ri­ence to ap­ply prop­erly.

But that’s ex­actly where Auto Fi­nesse say their new ‘Caram­ics’ (can you see what they did there?) range is dif­fer­ent. So, as it’s that time of year where sur­face pro­tec­tion is paramount, let’s have a lit­tle lookie…

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