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May 2020 Marque2Pro Valeting & Detailing......

Water Phobia - Ceramic Coatings

Hydrophobic: tending to repel or fail to mix with water.

Your car is likely the second highest outlay alongside your house purchase so it make sense to us at Marque2Pro Valeting and Detailing that you take pride in it and have concerns about it’s protection from common environmental contaminants including insects, acids, road salt, bird droppings, oxidation, swirling, minor scratches, dirt and UV degradation etc.

There are many instances where nature has developed the solution (Lily pads for example have a hydrophobic action where the water just falls away), now we at Marque2Valeting and Detailing (an accredited ceramic detailer) have the Coating Farm ceramic coatings, providing the hydrophobic protective coating you need for your car or bike.

Principle components of a ceramic coating are silica and titanium dioxide combining to form a covalent bond that is hydrophobic in nature and forms a nano-ceramic shield above the vehicle’s clear coat that separates ceramic coatings from waxes and sealants.

Applied by hand the liquid polymer to the exterior of a vehicle chemically bonds with the vehicle’s factory paint, creating a layer of protection that is far superior and more durable than common waxes and polishes.

If at any time you have subjected your car to an automatic cars wash or “road side” cleaners then your paintwork will be marred with swirls and scratches that will mar its factory finish that will not be eradicated by the application of a wax. It may add a good level of shine and gloss with only a small degree of protection however will only last a few months at best – Enter the ceramic coating (Aqua Coat Pro - CF Coatings), providing a permanent or semi-permanent bond with your vehicle’s paint, meaning that it does not wash away or break down, not require repeated application every few months.

Not only will your vehicles bodywork benefit from a ceramic application so will the interior. Ceramic Coatings are useful across a myriad of different surfaces from leathers (Leather Guard – CF Coatings), textiles (Febrico – CF Coatings), steel, wood, paint, marine surfaces, airplanes, helicopters, to the interiors and exterior surfaces of cars. Essentially any non-biological surface you can imagine can be coated with ceramic coatings. Ceramic coatings help protect both valuable and important surfaces from premature damage and aging. If protecting a surface from water damage, swirling, oxidation or premature aging is important to you then ceramic coating can help extend the lives of your important assets while making any future cleaning a simple process. When a vehicle is exposed to the sun, its paint will begin to oxidize, resulting in dulled and faded paint. A layer of Ceramic Coating protects a vehicle’s paint from naturally acidic contaminants and the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thereby reducing the amount of damage and oxidization.

Preparation, Application and After Care

Phase #1 Pre Wash: Ceramic coatings work at the Nano-molecular level, bonding with the substrate therefore the surface needs to be free from contaminants etc., so give the vehicle a thorough rinse with a pressure washer 1000 – 1200 psi so you do not run the risk of damaging the paintwork.

Phase #2 Snow Foam: lifts dirt and floats it away without rubbing it into the finish encapsulating road grime, dirt, dust, and pollen, lifting it away from the surface of your vehicle. As snow foam suspends dirt from your car and runs off, hydrophobic polymers ensure a streak-free cleanse. Using the two bucket system and micro fibre mitts wash the car down, rinsing the mitt inn the clean water regularly. Finally rinse the car again with the pressure washer preventing the foam from settling.

Phase #3 Clay Bar: There is no point applying a ceramic coating if there are surface contaminants such as bird residue stains and tar marks so a clay bar treatment will remove residual contaminants. Excess paint, some scratches to the paintwork prior to a machine polish.

Phase #4 Machine Polish: At Marque2Valeting and Detailing we will determining the nature and construct of the paintwork on your vehicle as this is important in determining the level polishing that is undertaken. Machine polishing will remove most water marks, Holograms, etching, light fine scratches (RDS Random Deep Scratches –are typically inflicted by grit and dirt being dragged along the paint. The severity of these scratches varies greatly, some may polish out easily however in the most extreme cases, some RDS will have gone through the clear coat down to the primer or even to bare metal), stone chips and oxidation.

Phase #5 Ceramic application: Prior to applying the ceramic coating we will clean down with Isopropyl Alcohol removing any residual polish from the machine polish, wiping clean with a microfiber cloth.

The ceramic coating (Aqua Coat Pro – Accredited Detailer only) is applied with a few drops on a suede applicator in linear strokes ensuring that all areas are coated. Constant visual inspections will help produce an even coating. Aquacoat Pro, a Professional 9H Ceramic Coating with patented “Air Dry” technology, gives 3 years protection and dries in just 2 hours (subject to environmental conditions) is designed for vehicles in regular use and is highly resistant to chemicals allowing regular washing.

Marque2Pro Valeting and Detailing

Mob: 07444 404907

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