GTECHNIQ Premium Ceramic Paint Protection Detail Services

Below are our main GTECHNIQ Paint Protection Packages we offer at our detailing studio in Knutsford, Cheshire. Our new dust-free studio is equipped with professional lighting systems, fully temperature controlled and humidity controlled along with AC for the hot summer months, we know what products work best in which humidities and temperatures to ensure the best possible finish and product performance.

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.

All prices quoted below are retail and should be used as a guide only. Multi-car discounts are available depending upon value. We can provide insurance work estimates on request. We are fully insured and we have experience of performing work for insurance companies including Allianz, AXA and Zurich.

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GTECHNIQ Premium Detailing Packages at Cheshire Car Care
GTECHNIQ Accredited Detailers

Engine Bay Steam Clean Detail

Steam cleansing using eco-friendly & surface friendly chemicals and techniques all areas of the engine block and bay. Where necessary and required, removing parts to access areas behind and beneath. Optional cost extras include repainting/powder-coating of corroded metal parts and replacement/refitting of corroded hoses.

All areas are dressed or coated using GTECHNIQ high performance products to ensure as long lasting appearance and protection as possible.

From £95.00 +VAT
A booking deposit applies to this service.

Enquire today!
Call: 07920024240

Car Spa Treatments

A maintenance multi-stage detail wash service perfect for Synthetic, Carnauba or Ceramic Coating systems. This treatment involves snow-foam processes and our usual attention to detail but cuts out any remedial or restoration processes of the exterior of the vehicle. Where required we will remove the alloy wheels and deep clean the wheel dishes, brake calipers and arch linings. Detail cleaning of the grills, door and boot shuts completes the treatment. 

A full detail cleanse of the interior and or engine bay is available as an added extra. £POA. We will use a specific ceramic-friendly wash solution ie GTECHNIQ G-Wash.

From £75.00 +VAT
Time Required: Upto 2.5 hours
A booking deposit applies to this service.

Enquire today!
Call: 07920024240

GTECHNIQ EXO (EXOv4) Paint Protection Detail

The perfect entry level protection detail, providing upto 24 months of protection.

The perfect paint protection treatment for those demanding greater long term protection than offered by a wax or synthetic nano sealants. A single layer of EXOv4 will last upto 18 months.

This treatment focuses solely on the exterior paintwork, alloy wheels and exterior glass.

All paintwork is thoroughly cleansed using our 15 stage process, meticulously decontaminated and clay-barred (if necessary) removing all bonded contaminants. The paintwork is then carefully treated with an inspection spray to reveal any marks and defects before meticulously machine polishing using DA or Rotary polishers (or in some instances both) tackling all types of marring, wash swirls and light/medium/deep lacquer scratches, enhancing the paintwork to its optimum brilliance.

The paintwork is then re-inspected and undergoes a wipe-down treatment before a protective coat of GTECHNIQ EXOv4 is applied methodically to each panel. Our process involves UV Curing all individual panels to 50ºC.

Headlamps, windows & windscreens, plastic trims incl. piano-black gloss trims and alloy wheel faces are also coated with various GTECHNIQ Ceramic Serums. Our process involves UV Curing individual panels.

Days required: 1.5-2

Small vehicle (Audi A1-A3)  £495.00 +VAT
Medium vehicle (Audi A4-A5)  £545.00 +VAT
Large vehicle (Audi A6-A8)  £595.00 +VAT
X-large vehicle (Audi Q7)  £645.00 +VAT
NB: ALL Prices above are FROM and include a single stage ‘Enhancement’ polish only.
A 2,3 or 4 stage machine polish process incurs extra costs. £POA
A booking deposit applies to this service.

Enquire today!
Call: 07920024240

GTECHNIQ EXO (EXOv4) Exterior / Interior Protection Detail

The perfect holistic entry level protection detail, providing upto 24 months of protection.

The perfect treatment for those demanding greater long term protection than offered by a wax or synthetic nano sealants. A single layer of EXOv4 will last upto 18 Months.

This treatment focuses on all aspects of the vehicle including exterior paintwork, alloy wheels, glass, leather, fabric, plastics and alcantara.

All paintwork is thoroughly cleansed using our 15 stage process, meticulously decontaminated and clay-barred (if necessary) removing all bonded contaminants. The paintwork is then carefully treated with an inspection spray to reveal any marks and defects before meticulously machine polishing using DA or Rotary polishers (or in some instances both) tackling all types of marring, wash swirls and light/medium/deep lacquer scratches, enhancing the paintwork to its optimum brilliance.

The paintwork is finally re-inspected and undergoes a wipe-down treatment before a protective coat of GTECHNIQ EXOv4 is applied methodically by hand to each panel. Our process involves UV Curing all individual panels to 50ºC.

Headlamps, windows & windscreens, alloy wheel faces, plastic trims incl. piano-black gloss trims, and exhaust tips are also coated with various GTECHNIQ Ceramic Serums. Our process involves UV Curing all individual exterior panels.

The cabin surfaces are thoroughly vacuumed or steam cleansed dependant upon condition. Individual surface materials including leather & alcantara are then protected using various GTECHNIQ coatings.

Days required: 2-4

Small vehicle (Audi A1-A3)  £575.00 +VAT
Medium vehicle (Audi A4-A5)  £625.00 +VAT
Large vehicle (Audi A6-A8)  £645.00 +VAT
X-large vehicle (Audi Q7)   £675.00 +VAT
NB: ALL Prices above are FROM and include a single stage ‘Enhancement’ polish only.
A 2,3 or 4 stage machine polish process incurs extra costs. £POA
A booking deposit applies to this service.

Enquire today!
Call: 07920024240

GTECHNIQ C1 Crystal Lacquer (GTECHNIQ Platinum) Ceramic Paint Protection Detail

The perfect Mid-level Ceramic Paint Protection Detail, providing upto 5 Years of protection. This service comes with a GTECHNIQ Authorised Detailer Guarantee.

The perfect paint protection treatment for those demanding greater long term protection than offered by a wax, synthetic nano sealants and silane based coatings. A single layer of C1 Crystal Lacquer will last upto 5 years.

This treatment focuses solely on the exterior paintwork, alloy wheels, exterior glass and plastic trims.

All paintwork is thoroughly cleansed using our 15 stage process, meticulously decontaminated and clay-barred removing all bonded contaminants. The paintwork is then carefully treated with an inspection spray to reveal any marks and defects before meticulously machine polishing using DA or Rotary polishers (or in some instances both) tackling all types of marring, wash swirls and light/medium/deep lacquer scratches, enhancing the paintwork to its optimum brilliance.

The paintwork is then re-inspected and undergoes a wipe-down treatment before a protective coat of GTECHNIQ C1 is applied methodically to each panel. Our process involves UV Curing all individual panels to 50ºC.

Headlamps, windows & windscreens, plastic trims incl. piano-black gloss trims and alloy wheel faces are also coated with various GTECHNIQ Ceramic Serums. Our process involves UV Curing individual panels.

THIS COATING SYSTEM COMES WITH A 5 YEAR GUARANTEE

Days required: 1.5-3

Small vehicle (Audi A1-A3)   £575.00 +VAT
Medium vehicle (Audi A4-A5-Q3) 
 £625.00 +VAT
Large vehicle (Audi A6-A8-Q5) 
 £645.00 +VAT
X-large vehicle (Audi Q7-Q8)
 £675.00 +VAT
NB: ALL Prices above are FROM and include a single stage ‘Enhancement’ polish only.
A 2,3 or 4 stage machine polish process incurs extra costs. 
A booking deposit applies to this service.

Enquire today!
Call: 07920024240

GTECHNIQ C1 Crystal Lacquer (GTECHNIQ Platinum) Ceramic Paint Protection Detail

The perfect holistic Mid-level Ceramic protection detail, providing upto 5 Years of protection. This service comes with a GTECHNIQ Authorised Detailer Guarantee.

The perfect paint protection treatment for those demanding greater long term protection than offered by a wax, synthetic nano sealants and silane based coatings. A single layer of C1 Crystal Lacquer will last upto 5 years.

This treatment focuses on all aspects of the vehicle including exterior paintwork, alloy wheels, glass, leather, fabric, plastics and alcantara.

This treatment focuses on all aspects of the vehicle including exterior paintwork, alloy wheels, glass, leather, fabric, plastics and alcantara.

All paintwork is thoroughly cleansed using our 15 stage process, meticulously decontaminated and clay-barred removing all bonded contaminants. The paintwork is then carefully treated with an inspection spray to reveal any marks and defects before meticulously machine polishing using DA or Rotary polishers (or in some instances both) tackling all types of marring, wash swirls and light/medium/deep lacquer scratches, enhancing the paintwork to its optimum brilliance.

The paintwork is finally re-inspected and undergoes a wipe-down treatment before a protective coat of GTECHNIQ EXOv4 is applied methodically by hand to each panel. Our process involves UV Curing all individual panels to 50ºC.

Headlamps, windows & windscreens, alloy wheel faces, plastic trims incl. piano-black gloss trims, and exhaust tips are also coated with various GTECHNIQ Ceramic Serums. Our process involves UV Curing all individual exterior panels.

The cabin surfaces are thoroughly vacuumed or steam cleansed (at extra costs) dependant upon condition. Individual surface materials including dash plastics, leather & alcantara are then protected using various GTECHNIQ coatings.

THIS COATING SYSTEM COMES WITH A 5 YEAR GUARANTEE

ADD A GTECHNIQ MAINTENANCE KIT FOR £39.98 Inc. VAT

Days required: 2-4

Small vehicle (Audi A1-A3)   £675.00 +VAT
Medium vehicle (Audi A4-A5)   £725.00 +VAT
Large vehicle (Audi A6-A8)   £745.00 +VAT
X-large vehicle (Audi Q7)   £775.00 +VAT
NB: ALL Prices above are FROM and include a single stage ‘Enhancement’ polish only.
A 2,3 or 4 stage machine polish process incurs extra costs. 
A booking deposit applies to this service.

Enquire today!
Call: 07920024240

GTECHNIQ CSL Black (Crystal Serum Light + EXOv4) Ceramic Protection Detail

The perfect 3-layer Premium-level Ceramic Paint Protection Detail providing upto 5+ Years of protection. This service comes with a GTECHNIQ Authorised Detailer Guarantee.

This treatment focuses solely on the exterior paintwork, alloy wheels and exterior glass.

All paintwork and exterior surfaces are thoroughly cleansed using our 15 stage process, meticulously decontaminated and clay-barred removing all bonded contaminants. The paintwork is then carefully treated with an inspection spray to reveal any marks and defects before meticulously machine polishing using DA or Rotary polishers (or in some instances both) tackling all types of marring, wash swirls and light/medium/deep lacquer scratches, enhancing the paintwork to its optimum brilliance.

The paintwork is finally re-inspected and undergoes a wipe-down treatment before a protective coat of GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Light + 2 coats of EXOv4 is applied expertly and methodically by hand to each panel this optimises the hydrophobic performance of the coating beneath. Our process involves UV Curing all individual panels to 50ºC.

Headlamps, windows & windscreens, exterior plastic trims incl. piano-black gloss trims and alloy wheel faces are also coated with various GTECHNIQ Ceramic Serums. Our process involves UV Curing individual panels upto 50ºC.

We will always require a viewing of the vehicle to estimate the processes required to achieve our signature finish.

THIS COATING SYSTEM COMES WITH A 5 YEAR GUARANTEE

Days required: 3-5

Small vehicle (Audi A1-A3)   £735.00 +VAT
Medium vehicle (Audi A4-A5)   £785.00 +VAT
Large vehicle (Audi A6-A8)   £835.00 +VAT
X-large vehicle (Audi Q7)   £920.00 +VAT
NB: ALL Prices above are FROM and include a single stage ‘Enhancement’ polish only.
A 2,3 or 4 stage machine polish process incurs extra costs. 

A booking deposit applies to this service.

Enquire today!
Call: 07920024240

GTECHNIQ CSL Black (Crystal Serum Light + EXOv4) Ceramic Protection Detail

The perfect 3-layer Premium-level holistic Ceramic Paint Protection Detail providing upto 5+ Years of protection. This service comes with a GTECHNIQ Authorised Detailer Guarantee.

This is a holistic treatment and focuses on all exterior paintwork, alloy wheels, glass and interior leather, plastics and alcantara.

All paintwork and exterior surfaces are thoroughly cleansed using our 15 stage process, meticulously decontaminated and clay-barred removing all bonded contaminants. The paintwork is then carefully treated with an inspection spray to reveal any marks and defects before meticulously machine polishing using DA or Rotary polishers (or in some instances both) tackling all types of marring, wash swirls and light/medium/deep lacquer scratches, enhancing the paintwork to its optimum brilliance.

The paintwork is finally re-inspected and undergoes a wipe-down treatment before a protective coat of GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Light + 2 coats of EXOv4 is applied expertly and methodically by hand to each panel this optimises the hydrophobic performance of the coating beneath. Our process involves UV Curing all individual panels to 50ºC.

Headlamps, windows & windscreens, exterior plastic trims incl. piano-black gloss trims and alloy wheel faces are also coated with various GTECHNIQ Ceramic Serums. Our process involves UV Curing individual panels upto 50ºC.

The cabin surfaces are thoroughly vacuumed or steam cleansed (at extra costs) dependant upon condition. Individual surface materials including dash plastics, leather & alcantara are then protected using various GTECHNIQ coatings.

We will always require a viewing of the vehicle to estimate the process required to achieve our signature finish.

THIS COATING SYSTEM COMES WITH A 5 YEAR GUARANTEE

Days required: 4-6

Small vehicle (Audi A1-A3)   £795.00 +VAT
Medium vehicle (Audi A4-A5) 
 £845.00 +VAT
Large vehicle (Audi A6-A8) 
 £895.00 +VAT
X-large vehicle (Audi Q7) 
 £975.00 +VAT

NB: ALL Prices above are FROM and include a single stage ‘Enhancement’ polish only.
A 2,3 or 4 stage machine polish process incurs extra costs.
A booking deposit applies to this service.

Enquire today!
Call: 07920024240

THE ULTIMATE HYDROPHOBIC PAINT PROTECTION SYSTEM!
GTECHNIQ CSU Black (Crystal Serum ULTRA + EXOv4) Ceramic Protection Detail

The Ultimate Accredited Detailer premium-level Ceramic Paint Protection Detail providing upto 9 Years of protection. This service comes with a GTECHNIQ Authorised Detailer Guarantee.

This treatment focuses solely on the exterior paintwork, alloy wheels and exterior glass.

All paintwork and exterior surfaces are thoroughly cleansed using our 15 stage process, meticulously decontaminated and clay-barred removing all bonded contaminants. The paintwork is then carefully treated with an inspection spray to reveal any marks and defects before meticulously machine polishing using DA or Rotary polishers (or in some instances both) tackling all types of marring, wash swirls and light/medium/deep lacquer scratches, enhancing the paintwork to its optimum brilliance.

The paintwork is finally re-inspected and undergoes a wipe-down treatment before a protective coat of GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Ultra (Upto 40% tougher than CS-Light thanks to its 10H Hardness) + 2 coats of EXOv4 is applied expertly and methodically by hand to each panel this optimises the hydrophobic performance of the coating beneath. Our process involves UV Curing all individual panels to 50ºC.

Headlamps, windows & windscreens, brake callipers, exterior plastic trims incl. piano-black gloss trims and alloy wheels are also coated with various GTECHNIQ Ceramic Serums. Our process involves UV Curing individual panels upto 50ºC.

We will always require a viewing of the vehicle to estimate the process required to achieve our signature finish.

THIS COATING SYSTEM COMES WITH A 9 YEAR GUARANTEE

Days required: 4-5

Small vehicle (Audi A1-A3)   £885.00 +VAT
Medium vehicle (Audi A4-A5)   £910.00 +VAT
Large vehicle (Audi A6-A8)   £1010.00 +VAT
X-large vehicle (Audi Q7)   £1060.00 +VAT
NB: ALL Prices above are FROM and include a single stage ‘Enhancement’ polish only.
A 2,3 or 4 stage machine polish process incurs extra costs. 

A booking deposit applies to this service.

Enquire today!
Call: 07920024240

THE ULTIMATE HYDROPHOBIC PAINT PROTECTION SYSTEM!
GTECHNIQ CSU Black (Crystal Serum ULTRA + EXOv4) Ceramic Protection Detail

The Ultimate Accredited Detailer premium-level Ceramic Paint Protection Detail providing upto 9 Years of protection. This service comes with a GTECHNIQ Authorised Detailer Guarantee.

This is a holistic treatment and focuses on all exterior paintwork, alloy wheels, glass and interior leather, plastics and alcantara.

All paintwork and exterior surfaces are thoroughly cleansed using our 15 stage process, meticulously decontaminated and clay-barred removing all bonded contaminants. The paintwork is then carefully treated with an inspection spray to reveal any marks and defects before meticulously machine polishing using DA or Rotary polishers (or in some instances both) tackling all types of marring, wash swirls and light/medium/deep lacquer scratches, enhancing the paintwork to its optimum brilliance.

The paintwork is finally re-inspected and undergoes a wipe-down treatment before a protective coat of GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Ultra (Upto 40% tougher than CS-Light thanks to its 10H Hardness) + 2 coats of EXOv4 is applied expertly and methodically by hand to each panel this optimises the hydrophobic performance of the coating beneath. Our process involves UV Curing all individual panels to 50ºC.

Headlamps, windows & windscreens, exterior plastic trims incl. piano-black gloss trims and alloy wheel faces are also coated with various GTECHNIQ Ceramic Serums. Our process involves UV Curing individual panels upto 50ºC.

The cabin surfaces are thoroughly vacuumed or steam cleansed (at extra costs) dependant upon condition. Individual surface materials including dash plastics, leather & alcantara are then protected using various GTECHNIQ coatings.

We will always require a viewing of the vehicle to estimate the process required to achieve our signature finish.

THIS COATING SYSTEM COMES WITH A 9 YEAR GUARANTEE

Days required: 4-6

Small vehicle (Audi A1-A3)   £940.00 +VAT
Medium vehicle (Audi A4-A5) 
 £965.00 +VAT
Large vehicle (Audi A6-A8) 
 £1065.00 +VAT
X-large vehicle (Audi Q7) 
 £1115.00 +VAT
NB: ALL Prices above are FROM and include a single stage ‘Enhancement’ polish only.
A 2,3 or 4 stage machine polish process incurs extra costs.
A booking deposit applies to this service.

Enquire today!
Call: 07920024240

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PAINT CORRECTION TREATMENTS

Machine Polishing Treatments

The perfect services for rejuvenating paintwork in good/average/poor condition. These treatments tackle light-medium depth wash swirls, marks, and light small length scratches on your new, modern, classic modern or classic vehicle.

This treatment will remove upto 95% of existing paintwork defects from paintwork in average-poor condition, however deeper swirls and marks/scratches/scuffs may still remain on some panels. The first steps are always to examine, decontaminate and exfoliate the paint. We then re-examine each panel and measure the paint depths. We can perform the measurement on all types of substrate including plastics, kevlar and carbon. Most detailers will only be able to measure aluminium and steel and as usual, we go those various steps further to achieve our signature finish. A detailed paint report is available on request. We then carefully refinish the paintwork using varying stages of machine polishing with a final glaze stage to finish the paintwork to its ultimate depth of shine and lustre.

We will always require a viewing of the vehicle to estimate the process required to achieve our signature finish.

Days required: Usually 1 day per stage.

2 STAGE ENHANCEMENT DETAIL
Small vehicle (Audi A1-A3)
 £595.00 +VAT
Medium vehicle (Audi A4-A5-Q3)
 £645.00 +VAT
Large vehicle (Audi A6-A8-Q5)
 £695.00 +VAT
X-Large vehicle (Audi Q7-Q8)
 £745.00 +VAT

 

3 STAGE CORRECTION DETAIL
Small vehicle (Audi A1-A3)
 £895.00 +VAT
Medium vehicle (Audi A4-A5-Q3)
 £945.00 +VAT
Large vehicle (Audi A6-A8-Q5)
 £995.00 +VAT
X-Large vehicle (Audi Q7-Q8)
 £1045.00 +VAT

Machine Wet-Sanding Treatments

Ideal for new and old cars alike with severe paint defects and or orange-peeled surfaces which show little to no reflection (paint distortion). Our top level Pro-service, Cheshire Car Care is proud to be the only detailing company north of central London that offer this level of service and one of only two Detailing companies in the entire UK that are proficient enough to perform by machine.

This treatment will remove upto 100% of existing paintwork defects leaving the paintwork with a glass-like piano finish.  Machine wet-sanding is a complete rejuvenation and re-levelling of the paintworks clear-coat. Wet-sanding will transform poorly executed resprays and factory orange-peel caused by the fast-bake processes used in the main on the production line that will cause the top coat of lacquer to harden-off so fast that it can not level out properly causing peaks and troughs.

Wet-sanding will also rejuvenate old paintwork suffering from many years of incorrect washing, light/medium swirls, oxidation and most medium/deep scratches. On some manufacturer models where the paintwork is hand/machine flatted from factory, defects from those processes can exist before the car has even turned a wheel. This process will remove those unsightly factory defects.

Before any work is carried out we assess all the panels whether it be steel, aluminium, plastic, carbon or kevlar analysing the depth data to green-light whether the process can be successfully executed. In almost all cases it can. The paintwork and any open-duct areas are then fully masked using highest quality vinyl tapes to conceal panel edges and swage-lines but also preventing ingress of dust particulates from the engine etc and protecting the paint wherever the clear or colour base-coat runs naturally thin. The panels are then carefully sanded down, reducing and eradicating the high and low points of the clear-coat surface, tackling any paint runs (where physically possible), dirt & dust contamination, dry-oxidised paint, and accident damage panel blend lines using various grades of specialist machine paint sanding discs before very carefully and methodically machine polishing the panels, finessing the paint finish to a glass-smooth, wet-looking finish. After each stage of polishing we bathe the panel thoroughly in an inspection spray to reveal any dull areas caused by sanding marks.

The results are always truly incredible, looking like a brand-new coat of paint (better than!) and transforming a cars appearance in both gloss depth and image reflection with almost zero paint distortion but also, usually, value. The refinished paintwork is always easier to keep clean thanks to a technically smoother paint surface area. Please note: A full car of average size will take at least 60 hours to process but can take upto 100 hours to fully re-process the paint. If a ceramic sealant is to be applied we will always leave a crucial cool-off period of 24hrs between processing the paint and applying the ceramic coating to allow the paint to settle.

Wet-sanding in the main removes only small fractional percentages of lacquer – in some instances it will hardly appear on our precise measuring equipment! We always recommend protecting the newly refinished paintwork with a tough premium Ceramic Serum system such as GTECHNIQ CSL Black – Crystal Serum Light + EXOv4.

The alloy wheels are removed, cleansed and coated with GTECHNIQ C5 and the engine bay will be thoroughly cleaned also to remove any dust created by the re-processing of the paintwork. All glass work is polished and sealed with GTECHNIQ G5 and G1.

Convertible hood, interior leather, interior fabric & Engine bay detail services are available as a cost option bolt-on to this service.

Days required: 5+

Full Vehicles From £2150.00 +VAT  w/Swissvax SHIELD Coating
Full Vehicles 
From £2450.00 +VAT w/ GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Light + EXOv4Coating
A booking deposit applies to this service.

Enquire today!
Call: 07920024240

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?

Coating hardness are measured upon a solidified amount of coating graded on the graphite pencil scale. Most DIY / Prosumer coatings are around 5-7H hardness, however, as GTECHNIQ accredited detailers we have access to the Professional-only Crystal Serum Ultra coating. Quite possibly the best Ceramic coating on the market today, it has a 10H hardness and carries 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 and 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, however after a thorough wash the coating will still be beneath that dirt layer. Regular washing (every week to 2 week intervals) will keep your coatings peak physical performance.

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 never see’s dirt and rain and travels only a few hundred miles a year but in the main technology has moved on significantly.