So what is a graphene coating? Graphene is a processed version of graphite and graphite is essentially just a form of carbon. Graphene coatings are something that made their way into the automotive industry a few years ago as the “next best thing” and reasonably so. As graphene h
What are the differences between graphene and ceramic? Really they both have very similar properties. Both are protect your paint and other surfaces from acidic substances, both protect against UV rays, both have hydrophobic properties and both are heat resistant. So why is graphene suddenly the next new thing?
-Graphene is actually 200x stronger and more rigid than steel all while only being only a one single atom thick, and being exceptionally lightweight. This can be credited towards it’s honeycomb molecular pattern. While being not only so much stronger than ceramic, graphene is also more flexible allowing it to be easier applied and applied to more surfaces. You can also contribute this to it having a honeycomb molecular pattern. Graphene coatings have much better longevity than ceramic coatings as well.
-Because graphene has a higher heat resistance than ceramic and don’t retain heat as much as ceramic coating to this means the surface of whatever the graphene is applied to will be much cooler, meaning water won’t dry and in return won’t create water spots
-Graphene coatings are much easier to apply than ceramic coatings. Ceramic once it’s been applied and cured it turns into a crystalline structure and if you’re not careful can create high and low spots on the surface of what you’re applying to which believe it or not can create many problems. Besides being able to possibly even see the low and high spots, this can effect the shine and gloss of your vehicle paint and even the hydrophobic properties of your ceramic coating.
Graphene coatings for cars have better hydrophobic properties than ceramic coatings do. Why is this? Graphene has a higher contact angle than ceramic so water slides off with ease meaning less. As well as being more hydrophobic, graphene is “anti-static” meaning dust won’t stick to and settle onto whatever is coated with graphene. Making it much easier to clean and wipe off.
So what about cons? The only real con to graphene is at this point in time it’s more expensive than ceramic. Besides that it’s better in every way. Stronger, lighter, more flexible, easier to apply, more hydrophobic and heat resistant.
So how do you apply graphene? It’s basically the same process as ceramic. Wash and decontaminate your vehicle’s paint and surfaces, polish and buff out any scratches, swirls, etc in your vehicle’s paint, completely dry your vehicle and now you’re onto application! There are multiple forms of graphene products. Pure graphene sprays, graphene waxes, graphene & ceramic hybrid products. So we recommend you follow the directions of whatever graphene products you get however they all do require a “flashing” or curing phase where the product needs to sit to molecularly bond to your vehicle’s paint, trim and windows or windshield.
If you’re interested in trying out the next best thing in nanotechnology for protecting your vehicle you can visit our shop Detail Medic where we have a number of graphene products to choose from! Thank you for reading and please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about car detailing. Use Detail Medic and get the job done right the first time!