Graphene Coatings – What you need to know

A Buff and Beyond detailer applying graphene coating paint protection
What is Graphene and how can it Protect my Car? 
 
Good question. Let’s find out.

WHAT IS GRAPHENE?

THE SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION

Graphene is graphite that has been broken down to a single layer, one atom thick, making it almost 2 dimensional. It is a carbon-based nanoparticle; a substance that is made and used at a very small scale, arranged in a honeycomb structure.

So simply put, graphene is what makes up graphite.

But it is when you start to learn about the benefits and properties of Graphene where things get really interesting. Let’s take a look.
Molecular Structure of Graphene
Molecular Honeycomb Structure of Graphene

WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT IT?

THE MIRACLE MATERIAL
 
This extremely thin substance has been described as the ‘miracle material’ as it is the thinnest, lightest and yet the strongest material known to man. 
 

It is more than 100 times stronger than the strongest steel. Graphene is also the best thermal and electricity conductor ever to be discovered. 

It doesn’t stop there, however… 

Graphene is also incredibly flexible; being able to stretch beyond 25% of its actual size. It is both heat and chemical resistant and water tight making it a revolutionary material.

 

So, now that we know what Graphene is and its amazing properties, let’s learn how it can benefit and protect your car.

Benefits and properties of graphene coatings
“Harder than diamond yet more elastic than rubber; tougher than steel yet lighter than aluminium”

HOW CAN GRAPHENE PROTECT YOUR CAR?

UNMATCHED PAINT PROTECTION
Because of it’s many incredible properties, it makes the paint protection more durable. 
 
How?
 

Graphene can withstand and also reduce extreme heat. This 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. It’s honeycomb structure prevents water from sticking to the surface and, instead, helps water run off easily.

Graphene Coated car
Porsche with Graphene Paint Protection Coating

As graphene has the best known electrical and thermal conductivity, it proves to be ‘anti-static’. What does this mean for your car? 

Anti-static properties will help to combat or repel micro-particles such as dust, preventing build up that we all hate.
 
How about it’s diamond-like strength?

Despite being stretched to just a one-atom thick state, graphene does not tear due to its outstanding tensile strength. This diamond-like strength enhances the strength of other materials, for instance, graphene has a high abrasion resistance that will protect the paint work from fine marks, swirls and scratches. Its strength also makes it a barrier; since no chemical or material can penetrate its structure.

As a coating, it is very good for slowing down and getting rid of corrosion on metal surfaces. As water molecules cannot penetrate into this coating, it provides the perfect anti-corrosion protection that we want for our vehicles.

To top it off, graphene enhances the beauty of our cars by leaving it with a glossy, wet finish that will last years.
 

A Buff & Beyond are Accredited Applicators and installers of SPS Graphene Paint Protection Coatings. Call today for more information on how we can protect your vehicle. 

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