Ceramic Paint Coating

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*2021 Update*

In January 2021, IGL coatings released an updated version of their Flagship coating: Kenzo 2.0.

In the UK, this coating was launched at our detailing studio, using two rather special cars owned by one of my customers, becoming the first in the UK to be detailed and coated with this world leading coating.

The Koenigsegg Agera N and McLaren Senna are two absolutely stunning hypercars, which once coated with Kenzo 2.0 had a gloss and clarity which really is second to none. This latest version of Kenzo, now infused with Graphene has higher resistance to water spots and increased water contact angle and its durability is now 5 years (60K miles).

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Why I use IGL coatings...

 

Over the years I have been in business, I have used ceramic coatings from many manufacturers. I found that many make big claims of how great their coatings are, but in the real world these coatings didn't always live up to the hype.

Then in 2018 I found IGL coatings.

What sets them apart is that not only do they manufacture their own ceramic coatings, but they are the only ceramic coating manufacturer to have their products ISO 9001 certified. This means their products have been independently tested and proved to work properly and to the highest standards.

So you won't find claims of 8+ years or lifetime durability with these coatings, but you will find coatings that deliver exceptional results and that last for years with just one application.

 

I am one of only a limited number of detailers nationally who can offer IGL's full range of professional grade ceramic coatings: Kenzo, Eclipse, Quartz and Quartz plus.

These coatings give your cars paint deep gloss,  extreme hydrophobic properties and make washing and maintaining your car so much easier. They can also increase resistance to :

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Acid
Rain
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Bird
Droppings
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Brake
Dust
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Chemicals
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Industrial 
Fallout
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Insect 
Acid
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Micro
Marring
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Mineral
Deposits
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Road salt
Traffic Film
Tar
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Rust
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Sunshine
and UV
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Temperature Cycles
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IGL QUARTZ+

KEY FEATURES:

  • Premium high solids silica coating

  • 9H hardness with improved chemical resistance

  • Ultimate gloss & shine

  • Repels water, oil & dirt

  • Eco-friendly, low VOC & REACH compliant

  • Extremely durable lasting up to 3 years

  • 3 year warranty (terms & conditions apply)

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IGL QUARTZ

KEY FEATURES:

  • Premium high solids silica coating

  • 9H hardness

  • Ultimate gloss & shine

  • Repels water, oil & dirt

  • Extremely durable lasting up to 2 years

  • 2 year warranty (terms & conditions apply)

IGL POLY

KEY FEATURES:

  • Premium high solids silica coating

  • 8H hardness

  • Ultimate gloss & shine

  • Repels water, oil & dirt

  • Extremely durable lasting up to 1 year

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What is a ceramic coating?

You may have heard about car ceramic paint coatings or been offered one or something similar when buying a new car. A ceramic coating is a highly effective layer of protection which when correctly applied by a professional detailer to your cars paint, can last for years. These coatings are very different to those offered by main dealers. They are highly hydrophobic, so they repel water and dirt. They are resistant to UV rays, strong chemicals and can even help to reduce the risk of etching from bird muck and the fine scratches known as swirls.

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Is a ceramic coating suitable for my car?

Absolutely, whether its brand new, or a classic car, any vehicle can have a ceramic coating applied to its paint. These coatings are clear and aside from adding gloss and long lasting protection to your car, they do not affect the colour or look of your car.

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How does a ceramic coating work?

A ceramic coating forms an extremely strong bond to your cars paint, which last years rather than months as a normal wax or sealant would. They can only be removed by abrasion, such as sanding or machine polishing. The coating becomes the new outside layer of your paint, meaning the glossy paint underneath is sealed in, while the coating protects your car from the elements. This means that once applied your cars paint looks just as beautiful and glossy after each wash for years to come. It's worth bearing in mind that any defects in the paint such as fine scratches (swirls) will be sealed in after the coating has been applied, so before application, all the vehicles I work on are given at least a single stage machine polish prior to a ceramic coating. This ensures the paint has been leveled and the majority of swirls and light scratches have been removed. Click here for more information on machine polishing.

Which parts of a car can be ceramic coated?

Its not just the paint which can be protected with a ceramic coating - almost every surface can also be coated: the wheels, windows, plastic trims, engine components, suspension, underbody exhaust system and leather.