Boyd Coddington Tru-Coat Ceramic Paint Coating
Simply The Best Ceramic Paint Coating You Will Ever Use.
The purpose of Boyd Coddington Tru-Coat Ceramic Paint Coating is to impart a hard, hydrophobic, UV-resistant, chemically resistant, glossy coating that permanently adheres to the base surfaces of your automobile –wheels and chrome, paint, glass, trim. We tend to position Boyd’s Tru-Coat as an all-in-one, cost-effective Swiss-army knife means of applying all of these physical characteristics in one package in an easy to use bottle.
Boyd’s ceramic paint coating is a proprietary formulation imparts a very large film thickness with above average hydrophobics due to the nature of our proprietary chemistry. All of these ceramics are based on silica technology to create a cross-linked framework. When evaluating performance, the hydrophobics are key because they’re the primary indicator that the coating is working effectively; it’s also the key to making the surface as maintenance free as possible. When individuals evaluate a coating one of the first demonstrations they will do, that gets that ‘WOW!’ factor, is hydrophobics.
When you use your product it feels thick and you can tell you are applying a substantial coating to the surface. You can layer Boyd Coddington Ceramic Paint Coating waiting one-hour in-between coats, but it’s not necessary.
Hydrophobicity & Contact Angle
The best way to demonstrate hydrophobicity to someone is to show water beading/running off the surface; though both of those occur different ways but due to the same concept. Contact angle is the key to explaining this. When a surface is high tension, you can imagine things on the surface pulling the molecules apart from one another when the molecules would rather stay clumped in a group making a perfect sphere – water exhibits Van der Waals interactions between the hydrogen and oxygen atoms based on electronegativity and charge (water is polar, it has a charge). As the water droplet is pulled apart it flattens on the surface – so if you have something that advertises that it’s “wetting” or a “wetter” or “increases surface tension” it means it allows something to freely “wet-out” across the surface and spread. This is good for things like dressings and soaps because it covers a lot of surface area with minimal physical effort of spreading it out – fills in cracks, crevices, hard to reach spots.
However, in the case of ceramic paint coating, they offer an entire surface modification that instead of the water droplet coming in contact with the top coat (or even a modified top coat) it instead comes in contact with only the film coating and never sees the top coat anymore. The film coating is engineered in a way to offer a variety of physical characteristics at once. Silica (quartz, SiO2, crystalline silica, silicon dioxide, etc.) is naturally un-reactive with water – think silicone grease getting dropped into water; it’s immiscible, they don’t mix. When you build the surface with silica, you are imparting a surface that now all the water sees is silica framework when it hits the surface.
The silica in the ceramic paint coating makes the surface LOW tension, meaning there’s nothing to pull the water droplet flat onto the surface, so it balls up into a theoretically perfect sphere (if the surface was theoretically perfectly hydrophobic – this is impossible as of yet). The way to quantify this is to measure contact angle – that’s the angle (Greek letter theta) that comes from the inside the droplet of water’s wall and the surface or substrate. You’ll see products advertise a contact angle >90 degrees. Meaning the contact angle, theta, is obtuse or wide. You can physically see this if you look at a drop of water at eye level and see how spherical it beaded. If the beads are tall and very round then you have greater than 90-degree contact angle. This then also causes the water to run off the surface because there is no surface tension, meaning if you tilt the surface there’s nothing to stop the water from happily rolling off the surface. All of this applies to oils in the exact same way – except it’s called oleophobicity when something hates oils.
–philic means likes, -phobic means fears.
Ceramic Paint Coating creates high gloss because, as you’re probably completely aware, the surface is nearly perfectly uniform. There are no dips, hills, bumps, or imperfections in the surface. This is because in chemistry “like-likes-like.” This means similar chemistries have an affinity for one another and will happily react and react completely and efficiently. If you imagine this silica framework curing, like you’d see a snowflake, it’s curing in a perfect geometric pattern creating a nearly perfect surface. This causes light to hit it and refract around throughout the crystals and come out at the exact same angle no matter where it hits. This makes the surface look clear, pristine, and highly reflective because no light gets scattered or lost amongst the crystals – what goes in comes out and there’s no loss.
Hardness. Boyd’s Tru-Coat Ceramic Paint Coating Has A Certified Hardness Of 9H
Same with the concept of gloss, this silica framework is building in a perfect pattern with a high affinity for itself. Since it loves being bonded with itself, it also HATES being broken apart from itself and will require a significant amount of energy to do so – this is where the hardness comes in. Additionally, film thickness matters a lot here as well; more and more molecular layers of this Si-O-Si-O framework all being cross-linked together means a tougher wall to bust through.
Benefits Of Ceramic Paint Coating
Obviously, the benefits to all this type of stuff are vast. If the framework is happy bonding to itself and nothing else and provides a clear, high gloss, hydrophobic surface then what you end up getting is a surface that is inert to the environment – in almost all forms of the word. Dirt, dust, grime won’t adhere (bond) to the surface since nothing on the surface is reactive and so the first instance of water or surfactant (soap) takes it with it off the surface. The surface is glossy and smooth because its uniform and perfect on a molecular level so light is perfectly bent and not scattered. The sun can’t damage the coating because free radicals from the sun can’t bust apart the bonding in the coating because it has an affinity for itself overreacting with the electrons from the sun.