Ceramic vs Graphene – Which is Better?
There are a lot of different coatings and sealants out there and ceramic coatings have been on the top for quite some time for not only the protection but also the improved shine it provides but what if we could tell you that graphene is the better option is almost every way? Ceramic is still amazing but graphene is the new player and has shown very quickly that it’s the MVP.
Graphene is a form of graphite which is essentially just carbon. Graphene is so advanced that it’s started to be tested and used on spaceships for its level of heat resistance and durability. Being only an atom thick, it is tested as being 200x stronger than steel and that is in-part because of it’s honeycomb molecular structure which allows more flexibility of the material and increased strength. Just to clarify, A ceramic coating and graphene coating both contain many of the same chemicals, substances and properties but a graphene coating is an improved upon ceramic coating with the presence of graphene.
What are the core benefits and disadvantages of a graphene coating as compared to a ceramic coating? Graphene coatings have a higher contact angle allowing for better hydrophobic effects like water beading and water sheeting. Graphene coatings also have higher heat resistance as compared to a normal ceramic coating which is why space programs are starting to test and use it on their spaceships and satellites. Aside from just higher heat resistance a graphene coating also has anti-static properties which helps repel dust from sticking to the surface in which graphene is applied to.
Graphene coatings are generally a thinner liquid than your normal ceramic coating which allows for an easier application process and because graphene and it’s structure is flexible unlike a traditional ceramic coating which crystalizes once it cures, a graphene coating has more surfaces it can be applied to, namely the interior of your vehicle.
The one single downside to graphene coatings is that because they are better in just about every other way…. they do cost just a little bit more than a normal ceramic coating does. But honestly it’s worth it. Just for a quick refresher we’ll go over the pro’s and con’s individually. Graphene:
-Is thinner and because it’s thinner it’s easier to apply than normal ceramic.
-Has higher heat resistance and UV resistance which helps against fading and water spotting.
-Has better hydrophobic effects which helps with washing and water spots.
-Is much more durable and longer lasting that traditional ceramic.
-Because of it’s flexibility, Has more application uses, mainly on the interior of your vehicle.
The couple of cons are that it’s not as available in the current market because it’s such a new thing in the detailing world and that it costs a little bit more than a normal ceramic coating. Which honestly neither of these are major issues. There are some good graphene coatings out there and price wise there isn’t too much of an increase, especially considering the overall coating is so much better.
So, what is your choice? Both types of coatings have the same application process. Are you comfortable with ceramic coating or do you want to try something new and see what all the hype around graphene is?
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