The liquid glass or ceramics, what is the difference?

Among car enthusiasts, the choice of means for protecting the paint, the question often arises: what to choose, "liquid glass" or "ceramic"? The same products with just different names? There are products exposed to the composition of the "liquid glass" and describes it as a long used in construction, but with a much lower price. Or so it is in fact. Let us understand, what is "liquid glass" for protecting the paint of your car and how it differs from the ceramic protective coating.

I can only say that the "liquid glass", used in construction, and has nothing to do with motor-protective coating. This is the formula Na2O(SiO2)n or K2O(SiO2)n. And is also known as silicate glue. In addition to the presence of silicon dioxide, this composition has nothing to do with a protective composition of the paint. In the automotive coating SiO2 particles have a smaller size and shape, as are additional components affecting the formation of the film, which increases the protection from UV rays, and other properties required for a protective coating.

What is "liquid glass for the vehicle?

Liquid glass

To understand what is "liquid glass for vehicles, first consider what types of protective coatings coatings are. They can be divided into waxes, sealants and permanent coatings. Ceramic coating belongs to the third group of protective compounds. This means that it applies once and remains unchanged for the long term. "Ceramics" penetrates into all the cracks and uneven paint coating and firmly attached. This coating is an additional layer, which is similar to a nails, but they have other properties.

It is also necessary to clarify that the concept of "liquid glass" became a household word, and the protective part can be called "liquid glass", although on the packaging there is no such name. In English, "liquid glass" is "liquid glass and the packaging is often possible to read the "glass coat" which can be translated as "glass coating". In this case, the word "coating", which considers that this part, that is a type of permanent coatings.

Therefore, it is important to understand what kind of injury coverage, regardless of its name. Different brands of this product may have a different composition. So, for example, the "liquid glass" (which in this case is translated exactly) the American brand has in its composition SiO2, known as an integral part of the glass, and ceramics. This Polish is sold on the American market for more than 25 years. This "liquid glass," is positioned as a protective wax and can be washed off, unlike ceramics, which is a permanent a permanent coating.

Such polishes "liquid glass" can be attributed to synthetic sealants. Their composition is a polydimethylsiloxane (silicone). This is the same component that contains protective equipment for tyre and other auto-cosmetics. Silicone is used as a component in the form of a film. The protective layer is obtained enough proof, gives UV protection and Shine, but the colors on the surface and not penetrate into it (such as ceramics).

What is SiO2 (silicon dioxide)?

SiO2 is the most commonly in nature as sand or quartz. Sand is still one of the main ingredients of which glass is made. Ordinary glass contains 70-74% SiO2. More than 90% of the sand consumed each year is used in industry of glass.

Hydrophobic coatings can be composed from different components, and not only SiO2. Protective coatings based on SiO2, are the same, as are the most cost-effective and cost-effective and easy to use.

Products from different manufacturers may contain different percentage of silica. Good product, contains more than 50% of the SiO2, but not every manufacturer provides this value.

What is the difference between the "liquid glass" from the "ceramics"?

As described above, the "liquid glass" nano-ceramic coating can be completely different products. The first relates to the protective coating or coatings, which have a constant communication with the LWA.

If we take into account similar products with different names, belonging to the same group of permanent protective coatings, the differences can be used in the structure of the SiO2 particles, their number and the presence or absence of a polymer binder and various other additives.

So, the "glass coating" (ang. Glass coat) and the "ceramic coating" (ang. Ceramic coat), you can have the same composition, but different structures of SiO2. Ceramics is the ordered structure of the molecules and the glass chaotic. Glass, which is known as the amorphous material, which is not in the crystal structure (as in liquids). You can turn the glass in ceramics for heating. This will distribute the atomic structure of random in an ordered, more stable. In the name of some of the coatings mentioned the word, quartz (Quarz). This is the crystalline structure. This is a more expensive option glass covers (Quarz glass coat). This construction provides exceptional strength and resistance to chemical attack and increased resistance.


Therefore, coatings based on ceramic, or "quartz" are more resistant than the coating with silicon dioxide (SiO2), that have no orderly crystal structure.

Another measure of the effectiveness of protective coatings is the presence or absence of the binder polymer in the composition.

Protective coating, having in its composition a polymer, which is a binder for the solid particles, which are less resistant than the coating without him. This composition is traditional, but it has weaknesses. This polymer was gradually destroyed chemically active substances and physical factors. The polymer is the weak link. A good ceramic coating is a polymer and better protects against chemicals, such as at the break of solid components (SiO2, SiC or TiO2), and not the polymer.

At the end we can sum up, that is important, the type of protective product and its composition. When it comes to "ceramics", which meant that the long-term, designed to have a constant communication with the LWA. Good "ceramics" with the right application and future maintenance can last from 2 years or more. "Liquid glass", as mentioned above, may be a protective Polish that does not have a permanent connection with the LCP and will last from 6 months to a year, depending on the amount of cleaning and it will be worse for protection from minor scratches. Again, the "liquid glass" as a common noun phrase can also indicates a permanent coating. In this case, you need to specify the composition of the product and its properties.