What is a coating? Is a coating worth it? Does it hurt my paint? How often do I need to do it?
Coatings are the newest technological advances in car care. We hear many questions like those all day, every day. A true coating isn't something you just spray on and wipe off or go through a car wash and magically puts a bulletproof layer on your paint. A true coating takes many hours of prep work and applying. Since we can sit here and type until our hands fall off about coatings, I'll hit on the major subjects and myths. If you want to see a coating in person, we have a classic 94' Corvette we would love to show you sitting in our shop, stop by any time.
The below is for the introductions to the coatings, for more information, please give us a call. There is much to discuss when talking about coatings!
Coatings are not bulletproof, cars still can scratch, acid rain will still stain, and so on. Coatings are meant to be the sacrificial layer, meaning they take the beating instead of you clear coat. Our coatings will help PREVENT scratches, marring, scrapes, stains from acid rain, etc. You probably have seen a coating somewhere, my guess is on the internet, you know, where the water just runs off the car (yes that actually happens). All coatings will say they last "X" years, but in reality, they only last as long as the owner takes care of it. If you take care of your car, meaning you wash it monthly, don't go off-road, or don't beat it up in the parking lot, it's going to last to what the manufacturer says and in many cases, longer. If you are tough on your vehicle, then it may not last as long. There are many brands and claimed hardnesses of coatings out there, its finding the one that is right for you.
We use Gtechniq Coatings. To us, through many hours, trips, demos, shop time, and even science, Gtechniq is the best coating on the market. They don't claim things that aren't realistic, they are up front, and better yet, their product works. They have a warranty/guarantee with their primary coatings, backing them every step of the way.
Gtechniq has been around since the late 90's. They are huge overseas in Europe and a giant in the US. Gtechniq is a staple in the detailing industry and is a true privilege to be a part of the family. But enough with the BS, lets talk about the coatings we offer!
All of these coatings will protect against UV, swirls, marks, etc. They also make it a world of difference to clean.
Gtechniq Crystal Serum Ultra is a 10H, 9 year guarantee coating. This is Gtechniq's prized coating. It will protect from any chemical ranging from PH2-13 and fight and prevent markings against bird droppings (no one knows what the heck is in it). This coating is also the most slickest, most shineist (if that's a word), and most protective they have. Its a night and day difference. This stuff is so tough, you can't buff it off! We require to have the vehicle a minimum of 3 days.
Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light is a 9H, 5 year guarantee coating. This protects against chemicals ranging from PH2-12. This coating still generates a fantastic shine and depth, more than you'll ever get from a wax or sealant. This adds the classic glass look to just about any vehicle. We would put any coating on the market up to this one. We require to have the vehicle a minimum of 2 days.
Gtechniq EXO coating is an 18-24 month coating. This typically goes on top of the other coatings to create the crazy water shedding that Gtechniq is known for, but it can be used by itself. We can do this coating in a day.
Gtechniq Halo is a film coating, rated at 2 year protection to help protect that expensive wrap you may have on you vehicle. You can apply this on any vinyl wrap, being gloss, matte, clear PPF, etc. Advantages? The coating will bond to the film, protecting aganist UV (everyone's worse nightmare), and light marring.
Gtechniq also has specialized coatings for windows (our favorite), wheels, trim, interior plastics, fabric (yes it works), and leather. Another interesting fact, the interior coatings are not only UV protective and stain resistant, but they are also antibacterial by infusing BioCote into the coating! Ask us about the Total Surface Protection Package!
An example of what the interior coatings accomplish, the red beans are the cooties!
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