Car Graphene Coatings in Sydney
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With Graphene Coatings gaining traction, recognition and popularity, there is a lot of misinformation on social media and it is our responsibility as industry professionals to properly educate our clients . Hence, we hope this clears the air in regards to:
What are graphene coatings?
What can graphene coatings do?
What graphene coating don’t?
And are all graphene coatings the same?
We want to provide you with a better understanding of what graphene coatings are, what results you can expect (in the real world) and how it performs. We will also answer commonly asked questions about graphene coatings so that you can make a sound decision on whether a graphene coating is something you should consider for your vehicle.
Of course, in case of any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Graphene coatings are be applied to the topcoat of your vehicle to add a clear protective layer for your vehicles paintwork. It is mainly used to protect the exterior surfaces such as paint, rubber, plastics and glass. Their durability can last up to 9 years and longer (depending on the coating and maintenance of the vehicle).
Graphene coatings are highly flexible and offer maximal resistance against harsh environmental influences or contamination such as acid water, rain, dirt and other fallouts that normally would latch onto your paintwork. Graphene can withstand and also reduce extreme heat. These benefits along with it’s high water contact angle (125°), a measure of ‘wettability’ of a solid, reduces the likelihood of water spots appearing. This is because water-spotting occurs when moisture, like rainwater, rests and is left to dry on the hot surface.
What are Graphene Coatings made of?
To make it clear from the start: Graphene coatings are not a one atom thick layer of graphene, it is reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO) in a polymer coating, which we generally refer to as ceramic or glass coating in this industry.
Simply put, graphene coatings are a liquid polymer sealants with the added ingredient of reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO). It is the addition of rGO that assists with reducing etchings, water spotting, staining and reinforces the polymetric structure or matrixes which results in a stronger and tougher coating. And because the weight of rGO is so light in comparison to volume, the ratio or percentage of rGO content in a coating may seem miniscule when compared using weight but is more than sufficient to perform its’ intended purposes.
What can Graphene Coatings do?
Graphene coatings are specifically known to add deep shine and a durable strong layer of protection to your car’s exterior paintwork designed to resist the harsh Australian sun, harsh chemicals, insane water repellency, environmental fallout and more with the added benefit of making your vehicle easier to clean and maintain.
Let’s break down these Graphene Coating protective properties further:
UV Damage / Oxidization Protection
The sun’s ultraviolet rays have the power to oxidize the paint of your vehicle, which will result in your car looking dull or even faded.
Graphene coatings are designed to protect the paintwork from those damaging influences due to its UV protection properties. Hence, your car’s paintwork is shielded from the Australian sun and stays in great shape!
Chemical Stains and Etching Protection
Your car may be chemically stained from naturally acidic contaminants, such as bird poo, tree sap and other. Graphene Coatings buy you time to remove those contaminants as the coating surface makes it much harder for those contaminants to contaminate or stick to your car’s paintwork.
If these stains or etchings are not removed within a reasonable amount of time, they can also start to etch into your coating. In such a situation, the Graphene Coating acts as a sacrificial layer that can be removed along with the etching and then the coating can be reapplied. This situation is much better than the bird poo or other contaminant etching your cars clear coat directly, which may, unfortunately, require a full respray to repair correctly.
Ease of Cleaning
Due to the graphene coating benefit of being hydrophobic (water-repellent), water will simply bead off the surface and slide off, making it so much easier to wash and dry. Consequently, dirt and grime won’t be able to bond to the car’s paintwork which makes the maintenance of your vehicle less frequent as the car stays cleaner for longer.
Graphene coatings are thought to increase gloss, yet in-fact graphene coatings have a darkening effect which increases the vibrancy of the paintworks appearance.
What Graphene Coatings don't do
Although graphene coatings come with so many benefits, there are still many misconceptions about them. It is important to know that these benefits don’t mean you have a bulletproof shield around your car so that you can abuse it or not maintain it at all, but it means your car is better protected.
Let’s clear up some of those misconceptions:
Its a one-atom thick layer of graphene protecting your vehicle
As mentioned previously, graphene coatings are not a one atom thick layer of graphene, it is reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO) in a polymer coating, which we generally refer to as ceramic or glass coating in this industry that has added benefits when it comes to water-spotting and heat dissipation and vibrancy/darkening of paintwork.
Eliminate the Danger of Scratches, Swirl Marks, or Rock Chips
It is true, some scratches can be repelled by a graphene coating, however, it won’t be able to protect your vehicle from the risk of rock chips or other deeper and more aggressive scratches. Also, it would need to be maintained properly as abrasive car washing techniques or automated car wash machines will instil swirl marks on your vehicle’s surface.
Eliminate the Risk of Water Spotting
Water contains dirt and minerals which are left behind when water evaporates on your vehicle’s surface creating those visible water spots. Although water slides off easier with a graphene coating, some beaded water spots will remain on the surface of the vehicle and if not removed within a reasonable amount of time, they will create water spot stains on the paintwork. These though can be removed with specific coating safe products.
Eliminate the Need to Wash
Yes, graphene coatings give your car a showroom finish look. Yes, it stays cleaner for longer. But it still needs to be maintained. Even with a graphene coating, you will still need to wash your car regularly to maintain its look. However, the maintenance will be a much easier and a much quicker process as you no longer need to wax or polish the paintwork. This means less work and better results.
Are all Graphene Coatings the same?
The short answer is No. They are not all the same and differ in quality and its protective properties. In this case, the general rule of “you get what you pay for” can be your guide.
Professional Grade Graphene Coatings
Cost: $900 – $4,000
A professional-grade graphene coating product must be applied by a skilled and certified professional such as the staff at A Buff & Beyond which are accredited and certified installers for Gtechniq, Artdeshine, Titan and Drexler coatings. The application of a coating needs to happen in a controlled environment with the right tools. These coatings are ultra-high-end sealants which are difficult to apply and can cause damage to the car’s paintwork if applied incorrectly. But it’s these professional-grade coatings that are much more durable and exhibit unmatched quality and performance.
A Buff & Beyond only use professional-grade graphene coatings that require accreditation to use. We do not use cheap graphene coatings that only last a few months or a year at best. All our coatings come with manufacturer warranties and have been tested. Manufacturers we use and recommend are the likes of Gtechniq and Artdeshine.
Additionally, it is good to know that the majority of cars need to undergo paint correction before the application of a graphene coating as a major influence in the durability of the coating is based on the preparation of the vehicles paintwork. Graphene coatings lock in the condition of your car’s paintwork and enhance the beauty underneath. Hence, you want to make sure that your paintwork is at its best before applying the coating. Although paint correction is a time consuming, skilful and costly task, it should not be skipped and should only be undertaken by a professional as the risk of damaging the original paintwork is significantly high (and the cost of a respray even higher).
A paint correction involves removing defects in the paint by using different polishing methods. There are many small steps involved in getting the paint in its best shape but its’ worth the effort. Don’t be tempted to leave out this process as you might end up highlighting all the defects in your vehicles paintwork otherwise!
Professional Graphene Coatings used by A Buff & Beyond
- Artdeshine Nano Graphene Coating
- SPS Graphene Coating
Graphene Coating Maintenance
To maintain your coating is not as difficult as you might think. Only some basic ingredients are needed: PH neutral car shampoo which does not contain any waxes or sealants, a mitt and two buckets.
You want to hand wash the vehicle regularly by using the two-bucket technique. You may also want to apply a high-quality graphene boost spray now and then after your wash as it will extend the longevity of that graphene coating and adds additional depth and vibrancy to the vehicles paintwork.
However, if you are pressed on time, then feel free to give us a call and inquire about our maintenance service. At A Buff & Beyond we want your vehicle to stay in its top shape, so we created a service that allows us to come to you to maintain the vehicle so that you don’t have to.
Are Graphene Coatings worth it?
Yes, it definitely is worth it. A Graphene coating will always add value and benefit to your car. Although it is not a miracle worker, it offers great protective properties as well as hydrophobic/water-repellent benefits. This additional glass-like layer adds deep vibrancy and shine while it prevents UV rays, dirt and grime, contaminants, extreme heat, and swirl marks from eating into your car’s paintwork. Additionally, it will be so much easier to clean and maintain your vehicle to its showroom finish. With a coating, your car’s paintwork will be protected for years to come.
It is strongly recommended to get the coating applied by an authorized installer who will be able to ensure that your vehicle has been coated correctly and your car has the protection it deserves.
Looking for an accredited Graphene Coating installer in Sydney?
A Buff & Beyond specialise in car paint correction and ceramic coatings for all types of vehicles. We are a locally owned small business in Mortlake, Sydney. Obsessed with using the latest innovative methods and technologies in the auto detailing industry we are constantly striving for the deepest practical and scientific understanding of products, tools and processes involved in getting the best results for our clients.
All our coatings are professional-grade and of high-quality that we tested and believe in so that we can ensure you that your car will receive the ultimate in paint protection at A Buff and Beyond.
Unsure if this service is for you? No problem at all – we are to help. Feel free to give us a call, drop us a message or visit. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have or arrange a quick general inspection at our Mortlake, Sydney detailing studio for free.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The purest form of Graphene is indeed expensive, especially when making into a one atom thick layer structure. However, we utilise reduced Graphene Oxide, which is much more economical to be functionalised and complement our coatings.
No. Contrary to popular assumptions, our product is dominantly a silicone polymer coating whereby reduced Graphene Oxide is suspended in the polymer matrix when cured.However, professional-grade coatings are designed to last and protect your vehicles paintwork for 2-9 years and longer if maintained correctly.
However, if your vehicle is polished after the coating has been applied, this process may remove the coating entirely.
While pure Graphene, in a one-atom thick layer is a very powerful material, this is still not feasible to be made for surface protection. With rGO in a polymeric matrix, the anti-corrosion properties is very effective to fight off etching, water-spots and stains. The use of rGO with a polymer also creates a composite material that is tougher and stronger, this translates into durability. A suitable metaphor would be how steel is made, less than 1% of carbon alloyed into iron.
Both the terms “Ceramic Coating” and “Graphene Coating” are only names for identification and simple recognition. In fact, most of the coating products in the market are made from silicone polymers. Ceramic Coatings are named because of the addition of Silicone Dioxide (SiO2, the major composition of sand, glass, quartz) in a silicone polymer coating while Graphene Coatings are named due to the use of reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO). In the case of Artdeshine Nano Graphene Coating, both SiO2 and rGO are used.
The term “Ceramic Coating” have become synonymous with a very hard and tough coating due to the fact that most manufacturers prefer to cure them into a glass-like material that is hard, transparent and reflective. However many do not know that these “Ceramic Coating” can also be cured into softer more flexible materials. For ease of identification’s sake, many prefer to associate hard and tough coatings as “Ceramic Coating”. Artdeshine Nano Graphene Coating cures into a softer and more flexible material due to the type of silicone polymers and curing agents used.
To simply put it, soft or hard, brittle or flexible, thin or thick, a coating’s ability to resist abrasion and scratches is not dependent on the hardness, toughness or thickness. Any product applied by hand to a surface is too thin to exhibit any real scratch resistance (9H rated coatings or otherwise). The real reason why a treated surface is able to reduce chances of scratching is due to the lack of friction, or sleekness.
9H is the grade of pencil tip used to scratch a surface to measure abrasion resistance while hardness is measured using the MOHS Scale. Some brands or manufacturers use the words “9H Hardness” that carries no meaning.
While many coatings are made with materials that resist a 9H abrasion test or are made to be
hard like glass/quartz rated 5-7 on the MOH Scale, Artdeshine Nano Graphene Coating as a
cured material is only able to resist up to 7H scratch test.
No. rGO used in our products is not functionalised to exhibit that property.
No. The hardness comes from the silicone polymer material while abrasion resistance comes
from the lack of friction due to the sleekness our products exhibits.
No. Sleekness is made possible from using a variant of Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a type
of silicone polymer.
No. These properties are entirely dependent on the polymers used. In “Ceramic Coatings”
that are cured to be hard and transparent, these usually look like optically transparent glass,
which gives reflectivity (shine) and gloss.
Coatings (Artdeshine Nano Graphene Coating) that are cured to be softer are usually slightly
cloudy though when applied onto a surface is still optically clear, these will darken and
saturate (vibrant) colours.
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