GTECHNIQ Premium Ceramic Paint Protection Detail Services

Below are our main GTECHNIQ Paint Protection Packages we offer at our detailing studio in Knutsford, Cheshire.

UPDATE! We are now the GTECHNIQ Accredited Detailers for the Cheshire area and all coatings (where applicable) carry either a 5 Year or 9 Year guarantee.

TEATMENTS & COATINGS

We have a treatment to cater for all types of requirement and budgets. From New Car Protection details to Paint Protection Details and all the way down to the machine sanding Refinish Detail – of which only a small handful of UK detailing companies provide.

All treatments include a complementary single layer of GTECHNIQ EXOv4 superhydrophobic coating. Upgrading the final coating(s) to C1 Crystal Lacquer, Crystal Serum Light and Crystal Serum Ultra brings noticeable performance improvements in terms of Gloss, durability lifespan – 5 or 9 year, chemical resistance i.e bird-droppings, coating hardness i.e marring resilience and finally hydrophobic performance – the ability to stay cleaner for longer. Upgrade prices are below the treatments.

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GTECHNIQ Premium Detailing Packages at Cheshire Car Care
GTECHNIQ Accredited Detailers

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GTECHNIQ NEW Car Protection Detail

The CCC New Car Protection Detail is ideal for Brand-New cars straight from the Dealership or cars that have been very recently detailed or recently restored/repainted to a very high standard where the paintwork is in excellent condition with zero visible marks ie swirls/holograms or wash marring.

Looking at buying a new car? Why not protect your investment with a professionally applied premium ceramic coating. Dealerships will often offer you “Lifetime” protection packages. These packages sometimes offer a “detailer style” prep on your new car plus a top coat of either wax or a synthetic coating. We are not accusing all dealers of being the same but often their prep work and coatings are not correctly performed/applied thus resulting in a short coating life span, or in some cases they are not applied at all. At CCC we have been correcting paintwork and applying ceramic coatings for Dealerships and private customers alike since 2009. We are able to provide the appropriate pre-prep stages and ceramic coatings which are for professional use only. Professionally applied for maximum durability.

Coating and protecting your vehicle from day one makes your life easier. Your paint stays glossy for longer and most importantly it is easier to clean. Protect your car using authorised detailer products including Gtechniq’s Crystal Serum Ultra – the market leading ceramic coating.

Have a look below to see whats included with this treatment.

  • Initial pressure wash rinse
  • wheels deep cleaned front and back
  • GTECHNIQ W4 Ph Neutral snow-foam applied
  • Vehicle pressure rinsed off
  • Vehicle Ph Neutral shampooed GTECHNIQ GWASH and carefully washed with WM7 Mitt
  • Exhaust tips and door shuts cleansed
  • Vehicle dried with forced-air dryer and warm air
  • Exterior glass cleansed
  • Tyres + wheel arches dressed GTECHNIQ T1/T2
  • Paintwork Decontamination – bodywork clay with gentle clay mitt
  • Paintwork Decontamination – tar deposits treated with GTECHNIQ W7 and removed
  • Paintwork Decontamination – Iron fallout deposits treated with GTECHNIQ W6 and removed
  • Paintwork Decontamination – Bug splats treated with GTECHNIQ W8 and removed
  • Pre wax cleaner applied by hand OR cleansed with GTECHNIQ Panel wipe
  • Paint Coating – vehicle waxed or ceramic coated with a single layer of GTECHNIQ EXOv4 18 Month Durability.
    To UPGRADE CERAMIC COATING see Coating Upgrade Pricing at bottom of page
  • All plastics treated GTECHNIQ C4 and protected to avoid uv degradation
  • GTECHNIQ Printed After-Care Wash Guide
  • GTECHNIQ Engine Bay Detail + Protect FROM £75.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Leather Detail + Protect FROM £55.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Wheel face-only Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Wheel off Detail + Protect FROM £165.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Brake Caliper Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT [Only available with Wheel off detail]
  • GTECHNIQ Suspension and arch lining Detail + Protect £95.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Windscreen and glass Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Convertible hood Detail + Protect £125.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Interior carpet Protect FROM £55.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Interior steam + wet vax deep clean FROM £145.00 Inc VAT
  • Alloy Wheel Powdercoat / Diamond cut Refurb FROM £110 Inc VAT

EXTERIOR ONLY From £445.00 Incl VAT
EXTERIOR + INTERIOR From £495.00 Incl. VAT
Vehicle required for Upto 8 Hrs
NB: We will price match any Dealership retailing GTECHNIQ Platinum Paint Protection

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GTECHNIQ STAGE 1
Protection Detail

The CCC Stage 1 Paint Protection Detail is ideal for new cars within 12 months old or cars that have been very recently detailed or recently restored/repainted to a very high standard. The paintwork may have some very slight marring/holograms but no visible swirl marks or scratches.

With a Stage 1 Protection detail we will carefully machine polish the paintwork to enhance the gloss of the paintwork and provide a thoroughly clean, smooth paint surface for which the ceramic coating layer(s) to adhere too.

Have a look below to see whats included with this treatment.

  • Initial pressure wash rinse
  • wheels deep cleaned front and back
  • GTECHNIQ W4 Ph Neutral snow-foam applied
  • Vehicle pressure rinsed off
  • Vehicle Ph Neutral shampooed GTECHNIQ GWASH and carefully washed with WM7 Mitt
  • Exhaust tips and door shuts cleansed
  • Vehicle dried with forced-air dryer and warm air
  • Exterior glass cleansed
  • Tyres + wheel arches dressed GTECHNIQ T1/T2
  • Paintwork Decontamination – bodywork clay with gentle clay mitt
  • Paintwork Decontamination – tar deposits treated with GTECHNIQ W7 and removed
  • Paintwork Decontamination – Iron fallout deposits treated with GTECHNIQ W6 and removed
  • Paintwork Decontamination – Bug splats treated with GTECHNIQ W8 and removed
  • Machine Polishing – Paintwork machine polished with gloss enhancing fine-grade premium polish
  • Paintwork inspected with GTECHNIQ PW Panel Wipe
  • QC Process
  • Paint Coating – ceramic coated with a single layer of GTECHNIQ EXOv4 18 Month Durability.
    To UPGRADE CERAMIC COATING see Coating Upgrade Pricing at bottom of page
  • All plastics treated GTECHNIQ C4 and protected to avoid uv degradation
  • GTECHNIQ Printed After-Care Wash Guide
  • GTECHNIQ Engine Bay Detail + Protect FROM £75.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Leather Detail + Protect FROM £55.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Wheel face-only Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Wheel off Detail + Protect FROM £165.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Brake Caliper Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT [Only available with Wheel off detail]
  • GTECHNIQ Suspension and arch lining Detail + Protect £95.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Windscreen and glass Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Convertible hood Detail + Protect £125.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Interior carpet Protect FROM £55.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Interior steam + wet vax deep clean FROM £145.00 Inc VAT
  • Alloy Wheel Powdercoat / Diamond cut Refurb FROM £110 Inc VAT

EXTERIOR ONLY From £545.00 Incl VAT
EXTERIOR + INTERIOR From £595.00 Incl. VAT
Vehicle required for Upto 12 Hrs
GTECHNIQ Basic After-Care Kits £39.95 Inc VAT
GTECHNIQ Essential After-Care Kits £75.00 Inc VAT

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GTECHNIQ STAGE 2 Enhancement Detail

The CCC Stage 2 Paint Enhancement Detail is ideal for cars where the paintwork may have some very slight marring, very light swirls and very light superficial scratches.

With a stage 2 enhancement detail we will inspect the paintwork with multiple depth gauges before carefully dual stage machine polishing the paintwork to remove light defects and enhance the gloss of the paintwork to provide a thoroughly clean and smooth paint surface for which the ceramic coating layer(s) to.

Have a look below to see whats included with this treatment.

  • Initial pressure wash rinse
  • wheels deep cleaned front and back
  • GTECHNIQ W4 Ph Neutral snow-foam applied
  • Vehicle pressure rinsed off
  • Vehicle Ph Neutral shampooed GTECHNIQ GWASH and carefully washed with WM7 Mitt
  • Exhaust tips and door shuts cleansed
  • Vehicle dried with forced-air dryer and warm air
  • Exterior glass cleansed GTECHNIQ G6 Perfect Glass
  • Tyres + wheel arches dressed GTECHNIQ T1/T2
  • Bodywork clay with gentle/medium grade clay bar
  • Tar deposits treated with GTECHNIQ W7 and removed
  • Iron fallout deposits treated with GTECHNIQ W6 and removed
  • Bug splats treated with GTECHNIQ W8 and removed
  • 2 STAGES – Paintwork machine polished with medium grade and gloss enhance fine-grade premium polishes
  • Paintwork inspected with GTECHNIQ PW Panel Wipe
  • QC Process
  • Paint Coating – ceramic coated with a single layer of GTECHNIQ EXOv4 18 Month Durability.
    To UPGRADE CERAMIC COATING see Coating Upgrade Pricing at bottom of page
  • All plastics treated GTECHNIQ C4 and protected to avoid uv degradation
  • GTECHNIQ Printed After-Care Wash Guide
  • GTECHNIQ Engine Bay Detail + Protect FROM £75.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Leather Detail + Protect FROM £55.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Wheel face-only Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Wheel off Detail + Protect FROM £165.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Brake Caliper Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT [Only available with Wheel off detail]
  • GTECHNIQ Suspension and arch lining Detail + Protect £95.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Windscreen and glass Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Convertible hood Detail + Protect £125.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Interior carpet Protect FROM £55.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Interior steam + wet vax deep clean FROM £145.00 Inc VAT
  • Alloy Wheel Powdercoat / Diamond cut Refurb FROM £110 Inc VAT

EXTERIOR ONLY From £645.00 Incl VAT
EXTERIOR + INTERIOR From £695.00 Incl. VAT
Vehicle required for Upto 20 Hrs
GTECHNIQ Basic After-Care Kits £39.95 Inc VAT
GTECHNIQ Essential After-Care Kits £75.00 Inc VAT

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GTECHNIQ STAGE 3 Correction Detail

The CCC Stage 3 Paint Correction Detail is ideal for cars where the paintwork has marring, medium depth swirls and medium depth scratches. This Treatment is intended to remove upto 80% of paintwork defects.

With a stage 3 correction detail we will inspect the paintwork with multiple depth gauges before carefully 3 – stage machine polishing to remove defects and enhance the gloss of the paintwork to provide a thoroughly clean and smooth paint surface for which the ceramic coating layer(s) to.

Have a look below to see whats included with this treatment.

  • Initial pressure wash rinse
  • wheels deep cleaned front and back
  • GTECHNIQ W4 Ph Neutral snow-foam applied
  • Vehicle pressure rinsed off
  • Vehicle Ph Neutral shampooed GTECHNIQ GWASH and carefully washed with WM7 Mitt
  • Exhaust tips and door shuts cleansed
  • Vehicle dried with forced-air dryer and warm air
  • Exterior glass cleansed GTECHNIQ G6 Perfect Glass
  • Tyres + wheel arches dressed GTECHNIQ T1/T2
  • Bodywork clay with gentle/medium/heavy grade clay bar
  • Tar deposits treated with GTECHNIQ W7 and removed
  • Iron fallout deposits treated with GTECHNIQ W6 and removed
  • Bug splats treated with GTECHNIQ W8 and removed
  • 3 STAGES – Paintwork machine coarse-grade compounded, polished with medium grade and gloss enhance with fine-grade premium polishes
  • Paintwork inspection spray cleansed with GTECHNIQ PW Panel Wipe to remove polish residues to ensure optimum coating(s) bond
  • Surface QC inspection
  • Paint Coating – ceramic coated with a single layer of GTECHNIQ EXOv4 18 Month Durability.
    To UPGRADE CERAMIC COATING see Coating Upgrade Pricing at bottom of page
  • All plastics treated GTECHNIQ C4 and protected to avoid uv degradation
  • GTECHNIQ Printed After-Care Wash Guide
  • GTECHNIQ Engine Bay Detail + Protect FROM £75.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Leather Detail + Protect FROM £55.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Wheel face-only Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Wheel off Detail + Protect FROM £165.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Brake Caliper Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT [Only available with Wheel off detail]
  • GTECHNIQ Suspension and arch lining Detail + Protect £95.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Windscreen and glass Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Convertible hood Detail + Protect £125.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Interior carpet Protect FROM £55.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Interior steam + wet vax deep clean FROM £145.00 Inc VAT
  • Alloy Wheel Powdercoat / Diamond cut Refurb FROM £110 Inc VAT

EXTERIOR ONLY From £795.00 Incl VAT
EXTERIOR + INTERIOR From £845.00 Incl. VAT
Vehicle required for Upto 35 Hrs
GTECHNIQ Basic After-Care Kits £39.95 Inc VAT
GTECHNIQ Essential After-Care Kits £75.00 Inc VAT

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GTECHNIQ STAGE 4 Paint Correction Detail

The CCC Stage 4 Paint Correction Detail is ideal for cars where the paintwork has marring, medium-deep depth swirls, medium-deep depth scratches and or surface light acid etching/oxidisation. This Treatment is intended to remove upto 85% of existing paintwork defects.

With a stage 4 correction detail we will inspect the paintwork with multiple depth gauges before carefully 4 – stage machine polishing to remove defects and enhance the gloss of the paintwork to provide a thoroughly clean and smooth paint surface for which the ceramic coating layer(s) to.

Have a look below to see whats included with this treatment.

  • Initial pressure wash rinse
  • wheels deep cleaned front and back
  • GTECHNIQ W4 Ph Neutral snow-foam applied
  • Vehicle pressure rinsed off
  • Vehicle Ph Neutral shampooed GTECHNIQ GWASH and carefully washed with WM7 Mitt
  • Exhaust tips and door shuts cleansed
  • Vehicle dried with forced-air dryer and warm air
  • Exterior glass cleansed GTECHNIQ G6 Perfect Glass
  • Tyres + wheel arches dressed GTECHNIQ T1/T2
  • Bodywork clay with gentle/medium/heavy grade clay bar
  • Tar deposits treated with GTECHNIQ W7 and removed
  • Iron fallout deposits treated with GTECHNIQ W6 and removed
  • Bug splats treated with GTECHNIQ W8 and removed
  • 4 STAGES – Paintwork machine dual coarse-grade compounded, polished with medium grade and gloss enhance with fine-grade premium polishes
  • Paintwork inspection spray cleansed with GTECHNIQ PW Panel Wipe to remove polish residues to ensure optimum coating(s) bond
  • Surface QC inspection
  • Paint Coating – ceramic coated with a single layer of GTECHNIQ EXOv4 18 Month Durability.
    To UPGRADE CERAMIC COATING see Coating Upgrade Pricing at bottom of page
  • All plastics treated GTECHNIQ C4 and protected to avoid uv degradation
  • GTECHNIQ Printed After-Care Wash Guide
  • GTECHNIQ Engine Bay Detail + Protect FROM £75.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Leather Detail + Protect FROM £55.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Wheel face-only Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Wheel off Detail + Protect FROM £165.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Brake Caliper Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT [Only available with Wheel off detail]
  • GTECHNIQ Suspension and arch lining Detail + Protect £95.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Windscreen and glass Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Convertible hood Detail + Protect £125.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Interior carpet Protect FROM £55.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Interior steam + wet vax deep clean FROM £145.00 Inc VAT
  • Alloy Wheel Powdercoat / Diamond cut Refurb FROM £110 Inc VAT

EXTERIOR ONLY From £995.00 Incl VAT
EXTERIOR + INTERIOR From £1065.00 Incl. VAT
Vehicle required for upto 45 Hrs
GTECHNIQ Basic After-Care Kits £39.95 Inc VAT
GTECHNIQ Essential After-Care Kits £75.00 Inc VAT

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GTECHNIQ Paint Refinish Detail

The CCC Paint Refinish Detail is ideal for cars where the paintwork has heavy factory orange peel effect with surface Distortions hindering a mirror-like finish. This is a bells and whistles, ground zero, quest for perfection detail.

This treatment will also tackle any marring, deep swirls, clear coat scratches, light acid etching/oxidisation. This Treatment is intended to remove upto 95% of paintwork flaws/defects.

​With the Refinish detail we will inspect the paintwork with multiple depth gauges before carefully 5 – stage machine dry + wet-flatting, polishing to remove orange-peel defects and enhance the gloss of the paintwork to provide a thoroughly clean and smooth paint surface for which the ceramic coating layer(s) to.

Have a look below to see whats included with this treatment.

  • Initial pressure wash rinse
  • wheels deep cleaned front and back
  • GTECHNIQ W4 Ph Neutral snow-foam applied
  • Vehicle pressure rinsed off
  • Vehicle Ph Neutral shampooed GTECHNIQ GWASH and carefully washed with WM7 Mitt
  • Exhaust tips and door shuts cleansed
  • Vehicle dried with forced-air dryer and warm air
  • Exterior glass cleansed GTECHNIQ G6 Perfect Glass
  • Tyres + wheel arches dressed GTECHNIQ T1/T2
  • Bodywork clay with gentle/medium/heavy grade clay bar
  • Tar deposits treated with GTECHNIQ W7 and removed
  • Iron fallout deposits treated with GTECHNIQ W6 and removed
  • Bug splats treated with GTECHNIQ W8 and removed
  • 4 STAGES – Paintwork machine dual coarse-grade compounded, polished with medium grade and gloss enhance with fine-grade premium polishes
  • Paintwork inspection spray cleansed with GTECHNIQ PW Panel Wipe to remove polish residues to ensure optimum coating(s) bond
  • Surface QC inspection
  • Paintwork measured with digital paint depth gauges
  • Masking – panel edges and swages carefully masked out
  • Machine flatting – 3 Stages – 1500 grit, 2000 grit, 3000 grit 3M Trizact wet refinish to ensure orange peel removal
  • Machine Polishing – 4 STAGES – Paintwork machine dual coarse-grade compounded, polished with medium grade polish and gloss enhance with fine-grade premium polish
  • All plastics treated GTECHNIQ C4 and protected to avoid uv degradation
  • GTECHNIQ Printed After-Care Wash Guide
  • GTECHNIQ Engine Bay Detail + Protect FROM £75.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Leather Detail + Protect FROM £55.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Wheel face-only Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Wheel off Detail + Protect FROM £165.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Brake Caliper Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT [Only available with Wheel off detail]
  • GTECHNIQ Suspension and arch lining Detail + Protect £95.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Windscreen and glass Detail + Protect FROM £65.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Convertible hood Detail + Protect £125.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Interior carpet Protect FROM £55.00 Inc VAT
  • GTECHNIQ Interior steam + wet vax deep clean FROM £145.00 Inc VAT
  • Alloy Wheel Powdercoat / Diamond cut Refurb FROM £110 Inc VAT

EXTERIOR ONLY From £1995.00 Incl VAT
EXTERIOR + INTERIOR From £2065.00 Incl. VAT
Vehicle required for upto 70 Hrs
GTECHNIQ Basic After-Care Kits £39.95 Inc VAT
GTECHNIQ Essential After-Care Kits £75.00 Inc VAT

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GTECHNIQ Coating Upgrade Menu

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Add a second coat of super-hydrophobic GTECHNIQ EXOv4 for 24 Months Durability From £45.00 Inc VAT

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**FOR PPF ONLY** Add a layer of hydrophobic GTECHNIQ Halo paint protection film coating From £POA

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Upgrade to GTECHNIQ C1 Crystal Lacquer for upto 5 Years Durability From £95.00 Inc VAT

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Upgrade to C1 EXO – GTECHNIQ C1 Crystal Lacquer with the added benefit of a layer of superhydrophobic EXOv4 for upto 5 Years Durability From £145.00 Inc VAT

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Upgrade to GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Light for 5 Years+ Durability. 7h Hardness Premium Quality Ceramic Coating From £185.00 Inc VAT

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Upgrade to CSL Black – GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Light with 2 Layers of EXOv4 super-hydrophobic coating for 5 Years+ Durability. 7h Hardness, Premium Quality 3 Layer Ceramic Coating System From £245.00 Inc VAT

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Upgrade to the ULTIMATE. GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Ultra for 9 Years+ Durability. 10h Hardness High-Solids Ceramic Coating From £345.00 Inc VAT

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Upgrade to the ULTIMATE. GTECHNIQ CSU Black – Crystal Serum Ultra with 2 Layers of EXOv4 super-hydrophobic coating for 9 Years+ Durability. 10h Hardness High-Solids 3 Layer Ceramic Coating System From £445.00 Inc VAT

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Ceramic Coatings FAQ

Frequently asked questions about ceramic coatings

What is a Ceramic Coating?

A ceramic coating is essentially either liquid silica (glass) or quartz nano-particles blended with various active binders and carrier solvents/flash agents to form a nano-composite solution. When applied it will create a very thin layer of ceramic nano-rods (crystals) which look almost like fingers standing vertically on the paint or surface. This creates pockets of air which actively lift dirt, water, liquids up off the protected surface resulting in what we term a “hydrophobic coating”. Depending on the quality of the ceramic serum will mean it has less or more physical ceramic / SiO2 content within it. The higher the content the better the coating should perform and last.

A ceramic coating is what we term an in-organic coating meaning that there are no organic ingredients/compounds/cross-linkers used in the make-up & cross linking (binding) of the solution and it is because of this that a ceramic coating such as GTECHNIQ C1, Crystal Serum Light and Crystal Serum Ultra is so highly resistant to high/low temperatures, abrasion and also acids.

What does a Ceramic coating do?

In a nut shell, a ceramic coating is applied to a surface whether it be glass, paint or plastic to create an invisible barrier layer between the substrate surface and the atmosphere. Its sole purpose is to create a uniform permanent surface layer that will provide a long-term easy-clean surface that will keep your car looking newer for longer. A ceramic coating such as Crystal Serum Light and Serum Ultra are highly heat resistant meaning the coating layer will be stable between -40ºC and +250ºC. It will resist most chemical substances and help defend against bird-drop, bug acid and also tree sap. A ceramic coating such as GTECHNIQ Crystal serum light and Crystal Serum Ultra creates an extremely slick surface so when washed by hand the wash mitt will glide over the surface thus greatly reducing the chances of wash marring and swirling, an uncoated surface would grip and suck the mitt onto the surface increasing the risk of swirling and scratches.

What do the ‘H’ hardness levels mean? and why does it matter?

Coating hardness are measured upon a solidified amount of coating graded on the Mohs graphite pencil scale. On average the lacquer coat on cars is around 3-4H Hardness. Most DIY / Prosumer coatings are around 3-5-7H hardness meaning that some coatings at the lower end of the H-scale will not provide much if any marring/swirl resilience to an existing OEM clear-coat. However, as GTECHNIQ accredited detailers we have access to the Professional-only Crystal Serum Ultra 10H coating. Quite possibly the best Ceramic coating on the market today, Ultra is a high-solid ceramic and has a 10H hardness carrying a 9 year guarantee.

Essentially the harder the coating the tougher it is. It will endure far more wash cycles than a lesser H-scale coating meaning far less wash marring and swirling. It will stand up to acid/alkaline solutions better, including bird drop and tree sap.

Can a ceramic coating layer be measured by paint depth gauges?

No, despite the fact we have seen from our own eyes other detailers/detailing companies professing that they have measured/recorded a difference between a surface uncoated and coated. Ceramic solutions/serums are all manufactured using Nano-technology, the resultant layer is a billionth of a micron thickness hence why it cannot be physically measured. A standard carnauba wax coat is not a nano layer, it is much thicker than a ceramic coating but that can also not be measured as it is still far too thin for a paint gauge.

Will a coating defend against scratches or even stone chips?

No, unfortunately the coating is far too thin and inflexible to defend against any levels of scratches/scuffs and stone chips. It will however reduce wash marring and swirls.

The only protection against scratches and stone chips is in the form of PPF – Paint Protection Film, which we can also provide.

Will I have to wash my car if its ceramic coated?

Yes, absolutely. Regular safe-washing will maintain the coating and its ability to repel dirt and grime. If left dirt and debris will build up on the surface and hinder the coatings performance. Regular washing (every week to 2 week intervals) will keep your coatings peak physical performance. A regular wash process should include: 1) Pressure wash to remove any debris from the car body. 2) Snow Foam the vehicle – to loosen any stubborn debris from the paintwork. 3) Pressure wash to rinse off the snow foam and loosened dirt 4) Hand wash with a decent wash mitt i.e. GTECHNIQ WM7 5) Pressure wash to rinse off the wash soap 6) Dry with a forced-air blower, a microfibre cloth or microfibre drying towel.

Why choose a ceramic coat over a normal carnauba/synthetic wax/hybrid-wax coat?

When we started out in 2008/2009 as Swissvax Approved Detailers, it was regarded almost world-wide as the highest accolade a professional detailer could achieve and we are still proud of our roots. In those days very little was known about detailing as it was a storm focussed mainly in the United States. It was only just creeping into the UK and then later into Europe.

Back then every customer wanted a premium carnauba wax coating and would have it re-applied usually every 5-6 months, but as long as every 8-9 months if coated with Crystal Rock – then the highest carnauba content wax on the market.

GTECHNIQ came about in around 2008/09 with C1 Crystal Lacquer and very little was known then about ceramic nanotech coatings and they were very mysterious and weird science. We experimented with it and were immediately impressed with its hydrophobic qualities and its longevity. It took some years however for news to reach the consumer market and initial uptake was slow. However in recent years Ceramic is requested by 99.9% of our customers as people have become educated and are aware of all the benefits the technology has over waxes.

Unfortunately a wax is not very long-lasting (upto 6 months if used every day in UK conditions). It also has a low melting point so in direct spring/summer/autumn sun on a hot day the coating will diminish due to heat and UV degradation. Due to its organic structure it is also not very chemical resistant so a quick trip to a hand car wash can remove entirely the coating layer and in the same stroke it is not resilient to abrasion so marring and swirling will occur quicker than on a ceramic coated car.

Wax is fine for say a pampered classic car that is housed in a garage and is used infrequently,  but in the main, coating technology has moved on significantly in the past 5-10 years.

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