A Complete Guide To Our Industry-Leading 9H Ceramic Coating
Aspect Detailing have always provided the best professional service available at a competitive price whilst never compromising standards. We offer all owners of Vehicles, Boats and Yachts in the Commercial and Domestic sectors with an extensive menu of specialist valeting services. Over the past 15 years we have tried and tested many products and now firmly believe we are the best in the business.
There is something refreshingly different about Aspect Detailing’s purified and detergent-free pure water technology. It is environmentally friendly; no chemical residues are left behind – creating an anti-static finish which repels dirt from your bodywork and leaves a beautiful, streak-free result that lasts. Because dirt particles have nothing to cling on to, your bodywork and glass stays cleaner for longer. The purified water is pumped through the jet wash system – meaning brushes and sponges are not necessary!
Some of our partnerships and sponsorships have included:
SOL Supercars (SupercarsofLondon Youtube)
The Supercar Scene
Pirata Della Strada
The Gentlmans jolly
Team JH Racing
Arrows A21 F1 Car
Mitchell and King
Winning Car Formulas
Guy Salmon Land Rover Portsmouth
Portsmouth Porsche Centre
How we PROPERLY Prepare your vehicle ready for a Ceramic Coating Protection
The last few years have seen a lot of advancements made in surface care technology. Almost every car care manufacturer has introduced or will be introducing a permanent or semi-permanent paint coating. We have developed our very own formula which achieves an extremely durable protection.
Ceramic Coatings provide far greater protection than a conventional Car Wax or Paint Sealant. Some of the Advantages of Ceramic Coating Technologies:
Ceramic Coating forms a much stronger, harder bond that can withstand the elements to a much greater degree than most Car Wax’s and Sealants. Ceramic Coatings are resistant to alkaline cleaners, road salt, degreasers and other harsh chemicals that can find their way onto your vehicle’s delicate finish.
Ceramic Coatings offer a significant advantage over other conventional protectors in that they keep your paint noticeably cleaner in between regular washes. Ceramic Coatings create a greater amount of surface tension and produce what is known as a sheeting effect. Sheeting water off the surface reduces the chance of water spots from occurring.
Most Ceramic Coatings are formulated using some type of resin, nano-glass or quartz technology. Ceramic Coating is comprised of nano-glass ceramic particles and state-of-the-art cross-linking polymers. As soon as these nano-glass ceramic particles make contact with your paint, they begin to fill in light swirls, pits, and pores to make the surface perfectly smooth, preventing dirt, water, oil and anything else from adhering.
Paint coatings need to be applied to surfaces that are free of above and below surface contaminants. Like a car wax or paint sealant, if the surface isn’t properly prepped, the paint coating won’t properly adhere, yielding less-than-desirable results. We are very Experienced and Trained.
We will need to remove above surface contaminants. Above surface contaminants can consist of rail dust, bugs, industrial fallout, airborne pollution, and paint overspray. We have a couple options to remove above-surface contaminants.
Firstly, a Snowfoam application sits on the car for a few minutes and lifts all grit and grime.
The next step is a detailing clay bar. A Clay Bar is an engineered resin compound used to remove contaminants from the surface of your car’s paint, glass, fiberglass and metal. Detailing clay can be natural or synthetic, though most manufacturers utilize synthetic clays. Detailing clay contains an abrasive that removes contaminants as the bar is rubbed across the surface. The clay itself is tacky so the contaminants stick to the bar instead of being grinded into the finish, potentially inducing scratches or marring.
A clay bar glides along the surface of your paint and grabs anything that protrudes from the surface. The particle sticks to the clay and is therefore removed from your vehicle. The surface being clayed should always be wet with clay lubricant to prevent loose debris from scratching the paint work!
The polishing step is just as critical as the claying step. Polishing your paint with an abrasive polish or compound removes swirls, scratches, water spots, and below surface contaminants, creating a perfectly smooth, high-gloss finish. Using an abrasive compound like M105 and then M205 Polish, is only necessary if our goal is to create a flawless finish. Which it is!
If we do use an abrasive polish or compound, we are sure to chemically strip the paint. Polishes and compounds contain oils and fillers that will prevent a coating from properly bonding to the surface. This is why it is so important to chemically strip the surface before applying the paint coating.
You can avoid using chemical paint strippers if the last polish you use is Detailer’s Coating Prep Polish. This unique polish is wax, oil, and silicone free. It doesn’t leave anything on the surface that will prevent a coating from properly bonding. It can be applied by hand or machine. It’s also a great option for vehicle’s that don’t have any swirls or scratches to begin with. Detailer’s Coating Prep Polish is non-abrasive.
Applying a Paint Coating
Once we’ve clayed, polished the vehicle, and IPA it, it’s time to apply the paint coating. Our Ceramic Coating has an extremely high-gloss shine. We take a unique approach with our Ceramic and it will begin to harden as soon as it is exposed to oxygen. Once a paint coating has been applied, the vehicle should be kept in a cool, dry environment for at least a couple hours. We want to avoid moisture, rain and humidity. It’s best to keep the vehicle parked in a garage or, if it’s not too humid outside, let it sit in the sun. The sun will accelerate the curing time. Paint coatings need to be properly maintained, just like a car wax or paint sealant using PH neutral soaps.
Protecting your paint has been very undervalued by car owners, predominantly as a consequence of unscrupulous dealers offering over-priced and poorly applied polymer sealants. Whether your car is brand new or has just been detailed, it really is a worthwhile option to protect your investment and keep your car looking like new. Dealers are now starting to use high quality products and drafting in professional detailers to offer genuine value and protection.
Paint protection options can be broadly divided into 3 categories: wax, polymer sealant and ceramic shield. They all have their relative strengths and weaknesses, shown briefly in the table below. Needless to say, the GT3 and McLaren pictured received the very best in protection offered by an Aspect Detailing Ceramic Coating.
Had the GT3 or McLaren been detailed just three years ago, it would now be receiving a polymer coating. Polymer-based products have been around for over twenty years and only recently have they changed significantly thanks to more brands competing for top honours. Generally speaking, these offer better, longer lasting protection than organic waxes, but cannot give the deep lustre characteristic of a quality wax. They contain UV filters which dramatically reduce oxidation, more commonly known as paint fade, which often leads to red cars turning pink.
While polymer coatings do offer varying degrees of chemical protection against the likes of bird lime, their primary weakness is their vulnerability to caustic chemicals used in some automatic and roadside hand car washes. Thus, one could spend hours protecting a car, only for an absent-minded owner to whizz it through their local hand-wash a couple weeks later and have the protection removed by over-concentrated traffic film remover (TFR).
Ceramic protection is a relatively new genre of products that use silica dioxide to provide a thin, extremely hard, and chemical resistant layer. These not only offer superior chemical resistance to polymer alternatives, but also protect against swirl marks courtesy of their extreme hardness. Often referred to as ‘glass-coat’ thanks both to its silica content and its glass-like gloss, ceramic products almost always need professional application. The key to applying it successfully is in the preparation, ensuring the paint is as close to perfect as possible. Equally important is the environment in which it is used – our Ceramic Coating is not reliant on specific temperatures, humidity, and long curing times to ensure a perfect finish. Polymer and ceramic sealants can be topped with wax to add both gloss and visual depth to bodywork.
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