Windshield Coatings: Do You Need Your Windows Coated?
Updated: Sep 21
In the world of auto detailing, the attention is often focused on protecting the appearance of the vehicle and preserving the showroom shine. Ceramic coatings boast hydrophobic and protective qualities to protect your vehicle's paint, but did you know ceramic coatings can and should be applied to your windows.
When applied correctly, ceramic coated windows help to repel water and prevent stains on your glass surface for improved visibility. Clean windows and an unobstructed view are essential in safe driving.
Keeping the windows clear and staying warm is especially important in winter driving. The unpredictable weather we face during the winter can compromise driving conditions.
Protect yourself and your loved ones this winter by investing in a ceramic coating glass treatment.
What is a Ceramic Coating?
If you're new to auto detailing, you may be wondering what exactly a ceramic coating is.
Ceramic coatings are a liquid polymer protective coating that uses nanotechnology to bind to the surface of your vehicle acting as a barrier from the elements. They protect your vehicle from minor abrasions, UV damage, water spots, and chemical stains.
Not only do ceramic coatings possess protective qualities, they also make cleaning your vehicle a breeze. The hydrophobic coating allows water beading to roll off the car with ease, leaving behind a shiny surface free of stains.
Gone are the days of scrubbing at that pesky water stain with a microfibre towel.
They are a low-maintenance way to protect your vehicle and investment.
The Benefits of a WINDOW Coating
The hydrophobic nanostructure of a ceramic coating provides a smooth surface that is difficult for water, dirt, and other pollutants to stick to.
This means that the unpredictable snow and rain sleet will have a harder time sticking to windows, improving your visibility.
Not only does a ceramic coating help your windshield stay clean longer, but it also makes it easier to clean. Ceramic coatings prevent contaminants such as bug splatter, tree sap, and bird droppings from caking to the windshield.
They also help to extend the life of your windshield wipers. Ceramic coated windows are more water repellent than their non coated counterparts, the hydrophobicity reduces the need to use your wipers.
One of the biggest benefits of ceramic coated windows is enhanced clarity while driving. Coated windows repel water from condensation and rain. High-quality ceramic coatings applied by professionals, leave behind no residue fog or film.
As ceramic coatings are UV resistant, they also help to reduce the glare. This anti-glare function also comes in handy when driving in the dark, shielding your eyes from the light glare.
When the coating is cured properly, it forms a durable protective shell. The ceramic coating provides scratch-resistance from minor abrasions caused by sand, salt, and small rocks.
Types of Window Coatings
Wax is the most common type of coating that is applied to windows but does not provide any of the benefits that ceramic coatings do. Wax is not hydrophobic, nor does it help increase visibility and clarity.
Temporary hydrophobic coatings are another popular method of windshield protection amongst car owners. Although they do the job, they require a lot of maintenance. Temporary coatings wear down after each use and need to be reapplied weekly.
Temporary coatings sit on top of the windshield, whereas ceramic coatings bond to the windshield. Industrial grade ceramic coatings require less maintenance and have a longer lifespan. They are harder and offer protection against UV rays and minor scratches.
Pro or at Home?
Like with all ceramic coatings, there are many options available on the market. Everything from DIY kits, to luxury professional coatings.
Ceramic coatings, in theory, may seem easy to apply, but they take years of training and experience to perfect. A poorly applied coating is a costly mistake to correct.
The first step is to start with a clean surface, the glass must be thoroughly inspected, cleaned, and prepped. A skilled ceramic coating technician will be able to coat your vehicle thoroughly and evenly. Untrained individuals will have a hard time getting the coating even and may end up missing spots, resulting in a patchy coating.
High-quality window coatings are long-lasting and backed by warranty. Poor quality coatings will not last and may leave lasting damage on your windows, or leave a residue obstructing your visibility.
Not all ceramic coatings are window safe, so be sure to check with a professional first.
Vancouver’s Ceramic coating specialists: We’re Here to Help!
Is it time to request a quote or book a ceramic coating for your beloved vehicle? Leave it to the pros.
When you book with Wetwerks Auto Spa, you can rest assured knowing that your car is in the best hands. We love cars, as much as you do. Our certified techs are professionally trained and we only use the highest quality products, including System X Ceramic Coating and XPEL Paint Protection Film.
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