PRICE: £139.35 www.autofinesse.co.uk Caramics Complete Protection Kit
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…