WHAT IS A GRAPHENE COATING?
Graphene coatings are the latest technological advancement to hit the automotive detailing world. If you’re on social media regularly, then you’ve seen a sharp increase in ads promoting graphene products. This carbon-based nanomaterial isn’t exactly new, a couple of British professors discovered it way back in 2004 and went on to win the Nobel Prize in 2010 for their research. Fast forward to today, and graphene is growing in popularity in many detailing circles as major Car Care brands have released graphene products that claim up to 10 years of protection.
BENEFITS & STRENGTHS OF GRAPHENE COATING.
There are many benefits of graphene in automotive applications and relative strengths compared to ceramic coatings.
Graphene Coating Benefits:
- High water contact angle (more beading)
- Anti-static (dust Repellent)
- Highly flexible (less susceptible to cracking or chipping)
- Ease of application (so easy)
- Unsurpassed durability (5-10 years!)
The graphene’s slickness factor is extremely high, making it comparable to some of the best coatings and sealants on the market. If you’re a fan of that water beading effect, then you’ll love graphene.
Some of the relative advantages over ceramic coatings are:
- Less prone to water spotting
- Easier application process
- Reduction in heat absorption on treated surfaces
- Longer durability
We consider this pretty affordable for a product that doesn’t require additional training or certifications and can provide multiple years of protection. A professional graphene coating is currently the best protection level and will achieve a 9H grade on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Spray graphene coatings hitting the market won’t grade at a 9H, but they can still be a good choice for DIYers and provide a big upgrade over SiO2 ceramic spray coatings. The new spray graphene coatings are estimated to last over a year. It is comparable to many of the leading ceramic spray coatings despite being a better product for the reasons listed above. As with spray ceramic spray coatings, a single bottle of graphene spray coating can treat multiple vehicles, so you get a lot for your money. For the professional detailers out there, graphene provides a great up-sell opportunity with clients looking for the “latest and greatest” coating, and it won’t take you any extra time to install.