IS CERAMIC COATING GOOD FOR MY YACHT ?
This is the question I often get from yacht owners and crew.
The answer is, it depends on your expectations. If you want your paint perfect, as glossy as possible and protected once it is - then my answer is yes.
However, to some, perfection is not expected and just a clean yacht is enough. I would say, worry less about the paint correction but seriously consider a ceramic coating.
The term 'Ceramic Coating' is familiar to most yacht owners and crew. Ceramic coating is a clear liquid coat that, that sometimes, yacht owners and crew get applied before the delivery of their yacht.
Sio Protect manufactures two ceramic treatments for paint and gelcoat : the first one is a pure ceramic named “S77”, which lasts up to 3 years and the second is a SiO2 hybrid named “PREMIUM” which lasts up to one year.
When « S77 » is applied on a yacht paint or gelcoat, the pure ceramic forms a chemical bonding with the factory paint. Once coated, « S77 » can only be removed by abrasion and not by any chemicals.
The SiO2 hybrid « PREMIUM » which lasts up to one year, could easily be applied and re-applied without sanding, preserving the thickness of the paint layer and its guarantees. A light non abrasive polishing preparation will require before re-application of « PREMIUM » to give back to the highest level of gloss to the paint or gelcoat.
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of ceramic coating that you should know about !
Ceramic coating advantages :
Ceramic coating offers good protection to painted surface. The nano-coating can protect the yacht paint or gelcoat from most scratches, exhaust smokes, water spots, dirt and chemical contaminants. Ceramic coating also doesn't have any side-effects to the original paint. Ceramic coating also lasts longer than regular paint. Since the coating is infused with the stock paint due to strong chemical bonding, the protection stays put even under heavy shocks and vibrations.
A yacht with ceramic coating is also easier to clean. The surfaces of a ceramic coated will be smooth and free of abrasions. Such a surface offers no place for dirt to stick onto. Even if it does, a simple swipe with a clean cloth brings the yacht paint or gelcoat back to its radiant finish.
Earlier, yachts were given that extra shine by waxing. However, waxing is temporary and will eventually wear off. Both waxing and ceramic coating takes a considerable amount of time to be applied. But in the long run, ceramic coating is better than waxing due to its long life and better finish.
The long life of ceramic coating indirectly makes it highly cost-effective. In addition to all the above advantages, ceramic coating makes your yacht look so much better.
Ceramic Coating Disadvantages :
All the above-mentioned advantages of ceramic coating come at a high price. Ceramic coating application takes time.
Also, if not done correctly or professionally, ceramic coating might look worse than the original paint finish of your car. Everybody wants to keep their yacht in their best shine all its life. Since ceramic coating offers protection for all the lifetime of the yacht paint, people still chose to have it applied, regardless of its higher cost.
Sio Protect offers good quality ceramic coating, good maintenance management and cost efficient.
At Sio Protect, we have tested, developed and optimized our coatings to perform best in the marine environment, ensuring our customers will get a coating that lasts.
This is a key factor when trying to choose the best ceramic coating for your boat.
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