Whether it’s having the boatyard detail their sailboat before a day trip in the bay to a multi-million-dollar luxury yacht that is repainted every five years, boating and marine enthusiasts take a lot of pride in the condition of their vessels. But contrary to popular belief, installing ceramic coatings for boats, Jet Skis, and other ocean and lake vessels offers owners much more than protection against algae, UV damage, and natural animal debris.
A professionally prepped and installed nano ceramic coatings, such as Ceramic Pro Bravo and our marine coatings line, offer the marine community a slew of benefits. They cure harder, provide superior protection against oxidation and contaminants, and simply last longer than a traditional polymer sealant.
Simply put – a marine ceramic coating is just better than any other protection solution for saltwater or freshwater vessels. They can be applied to every portion of the boat’s surface, and with paint correction or buffing – can amplify the gloss, depth, and shine of your boat’s natural color.
In the information below, we’ll explore the top three reasons investing in a professional ceramic coating installation for any new boat or older marine vessel is an intelligent way to protect your investment.
Benefit #1 – Protection from Exposure to UV Rays
There are two ways to store your boat when it’s not in use; at a slip or on the trailer. In either case, most of the ship is exposed to harmful UV A and B rays. There are two types of radiation produced by the sun:
UV – Ultra-Violet Radiation is responsible for causing physical damage to a surface. UV rays can cause clear coats on the painted surface, gel coat, fiberglass, and textiles to oxidize, crack, and lose their depth and shine.
IR – Infrared Radiation is produced by the sun – and is responsible for creating heat.
Of the two – UV is the most harmful to your skin and all materials on your boat, jet ski, or another aquatic vessel. A nanoceramic coating like Ceramic Pro Bravo is explicitly formulated for the harder surfaces such as gel coat and marine-specific. Other natural toxins like acid rain – which is produced by blending smog and rain – are blocked via the performance of nano coatings.
As it’s applied, nano-particles seep into the microscopic imperfections found in all porous surfaces. Within seconds, the coating initially flashes or cures – providing a covalent bond and fuses to the surface. This creates a rigid surface that blocks 99.9 percent of UV rays from impacting your boat’s materials.
Benefit #2 – Improves Clean-Up and Maintenance
There are a lot of ceramic coatings on the market. Some advertise themselves as an all-in-one solution – that can be installed on different materials. Most of those solutions won’t hold up due to one logical fact – each material is unique. For example, a ceramic coating for gel coat and clear coated paint needs to be extremely thick – as the product contains more carrier solvents to help the coating bond to those hard surfaces.
On the flip side, a coating for textiles such as seats, nonslip, glass, and other substrates needs to be formulated for softer materials to properly bond. A ceramic boat coating makes it simple to remove bird droppings, fish waste, and other debris created through the marine environment. They can be installed on a boat’s gelcoat, seats, stainless steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, even plastics.
Nevertheless, when your entire marine vessel is protected with a professional-grade ceramic coating – it becomes highly hydrophobic. This means that water, dirt, barnacles, algae, and animal waste is less likely to stick or bond to the surface. In most cases, high-pressure hoses with simple water will remove these toxins.
There are specially formulated maintenance soaps made for coated boats, trucks, RVs, and jet skis, such as Americana Global Ceramic Aftercare Soap, that are eco-friendly. This helps to clean and protect your boat and dilutes quickly in water.
With amazing self-cleaning properties, a boat with a protective coating and maintenance infused with silicon dioxide will keep the paintwork in tip-top condition. It’s the best product to use in the marine industry.
Benefit #3 – Less Drag Equals Better Performance and Efficiency
We spoke about hydrophobic properties above – being a significant reason why it’s easier to clean your sailboat, yacht, jet ski, or fishing boat. However, when installed on the hull, it can also make it easier for your ship to slip through the water. This is possible due to the reduced drag that is produced.
Ceramic Pro Bravo cures exceptionally hard – but also extremely flat. Scientifically speaking, a flat surface produces less rolling resistance. This permits anything touching the coated surface to glide over. In water, this makes it easier for watercraft to navigate waters – even in choppy conditions. The result is improved speed and fewer resources – either natural via wind or fuel – to power your vessel.
It’s truly an investment when you buy a boat, jet ski, or other watercraft. Taking the proactive approach of protecting that vessel with Ceramic Pro Bravo and other substrate-specific nanoceramic coatings makes sense. It allows your marine equipment to hold up against elements more extended, makes it easier to clean and maintain, and can save you a lot of money on fuel and other expenses.
If you are looking for the best ceramic coating for boats – installed by professionals, click the link below to request a free estimate and find a Ceramic Pro expert near you.