What Does a Nano Ceramic Coating Do?

When you stop to think about it, a nano ceramic coating is truly a mind-boggling paint protection solution. This revolutionary liquid SiO2 and Polymer-based solution infuses nanotechnology that fills those microscopic imperfections found on porous surfaces like glass, clear coatings, carbon fiber, and plastic trim.

So, what exactly does a nano ceramic coating do? Well, quite a lot to be honest. This is what we’ll explore in the information below. We’ll explain the science of nanotechnology and how it relates to Ceramic Pro 9H coatings, how it works to protect your car’s paint and other surfaces against UV rays, chemicals, scratching, and damage.

We’ll also dive into some of the common myths about these coatings, so you can make a smart and informed decision to determine if this ceramic paint coating is for you.

What is Nanotechnology?

To quote the legendary Jedi Master Yoda – “size matters not.” This epic quote from The Empire Strikes Back has been used in and out of context to describe a fundamental concept that holds true – just because something is small, doesn’t mean it’s not powerful.

This describes the power of nano technology. It is an engineering science that was introduced as a concept during a conference at Cal Tech in 1959. It became practical in 1981, and today, it’s used in defense aerospace, communications, and of course, the car care industry. Nanotechnology develops solutions for items smaller than 100 nanometers.

So, how big is a nanometer?

A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. That size is hard to comprehend, so here are some visual cues. An inch measures 25,400,000 nanometers. One piece of paper is nearly 100,000 thick. Or how about this one, let’s say that one marble measured (1) nanometer. On that scale, the planet Earth would measure (1) meter.

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What is a Nano Coating?

A nano ceramic coating, a scientifically formulated solution meant to penetrate microscopic imperfections, fill those gaps in the top range of the nanoscale, and provide a layer of protection that’s nearly as strong as solid quartz. 9H ceramic coating work by bonding with the existing surface to form a protective nano-ceramic shield on the surface.

Nano polymers bond with the surface and create an invisible shield with extreme hardness. It’s this hardness and protective coat that permits the car’s exterior to look great with minimal maintenance.

This paint coating allows the sub surface to remain better protected and minimizes preventable damage from staining and damaging protected surfaces.

Nano ceramic coatings are ideal in preventing and minimizing damage including chemical stains, UV damage and oxidation with easier cleaning requirements and an enhanced gloss.

How Does a Nano Ceramic Coating Work?

We’re about get technical – like to the sub-atomic level. Not Ant-Man going into Quantum Realm technical – but close. If you’re a visual learner, watch the video below, hosted by our buddy Adam Cote – as he explains how Ceramic Pro nano ceramic works.

To recap what Adam said, a nano coating works by filling those microscopic imperfections (also called the Anchor Pattern) that exist in porous and solid materials like windshields, paint clearcoat of a painted surface, plastic trim, or aluminum, chrome, and even carbon fiber.

As the coating is applied, it fills those valleys then hardens – forming a thin, transparent layer of quartz or glass. Ceramic Pro 9H is a unique professional-grade nanocoating that maintains flexibility. This is important, as it ensures the coating does not shatter.

It also delivers supreme scratch resistance. The coated surface also provides a protective layer against brake dust, fallout, and UV resistance that is on an entirely new level.

The solid ceramic coating produces a permanent chemical bonding that is also incredibly flat – which produces hydrophobic properties and makes water, dirt, and other light debris slide right off. We’ll dive into the benefits of a nano coating below.

What Are the Benefits of a Nanoceramic Coating?

Applying a coating like Ceramic Pro 9H is a proactive way to protect your vehicle from harmful agents that can damage it, lead to oxidation, corrosion, and eventually the development of rust. Once it’s cured, it provides multiple benefits including the following.

Blocks Chemical Stains

Chemical Stains are both unsightly and quite difficult to remove from a paint’s surface. With the addition of a nano ceramic coating, your car adds defense against most common chemical stains that otherwise stain unprotected surfaces.

In the event a strong chemical meets a protective coated surface, the nano ceramic coating blocks it in its tracks. This resistant technology helps alleviate costly paint correction procedures and enables otherwise harmful chemicals from penetrating into the clear coat and damaging the beautiful paint that lies underneath the protected surface.

Reduces UV Damage & Oxidation

Preventing UV damage and premature oxidation are nano ceramic coatings bread and butter. These coatings are specifically formatted to reflect ultraviolet rays and enable the coats to both look better and stay better protected from the harsh rays of the sun.

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UV damage typically occurs because of lack of maintenance or upkeep especially in coastal areas that have high salinity in the air. The salt, sun and humidity all contribute to harmful damage over time. However, with the addition of nano ceramic coatings, the coat acts as an invisible shield between contaminants penetrating to the clear coat.

After paint correction, the vehicles paintwork is flat, free of debris, and scratches. Essentially, it in tip-top shape and ready for a sealant that cures at 9H hardness. That’s what Ceramic Pro 9H accomplishes. This protective coating comprised of silicon dioxide reflects UV damage and in turn prevents oxidation from occurring in a properly maintained nano ceramic surface. Think of nano ceramic coatings as a layer of sunscreen that resists UV damage on the vehicle.

Improves Cleaning Ability

If you’ve spent long hours meticulously cleaning your vehicle, raise your hand. The ritual of car care is truly an appreciated task that’s embraced by passionate car enthusiasts everyday across the globe. But there comes a time when this process becomes tedious, daunting, and quite frankly – frustrating.

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With the addition of a nano-ceramic coating to a vehicle, the paint adds the super hydrophobic effect of reduced cleaning times. Thanks to the high gloss hydrophobic finish of the ceramic nanoparticle formulation, dirt and grime easily wipe off a protected surface far easier than a non-protected surface.

What once took scrubbing and harsh chemicals to remove built on dirt, now easily washes off with water from a hose.

Amplifies Paint Shine

If keeping a vehicle in elite condition with a high gloss finish is important to you, then nano ceramic coatings are a great, low maintenance option to keep that glossy coat shining for the long run. All the Ceramic Pro standard sets finish with high gloss shines and this keeps cars looking great for months and years to come.

Ceramic Pro McLaren 720s Action PhotoThe thin layer of transparent glass created by the hardening of Ceramic Pro 9H not only blocks damaging contaminants and amazing scratch resistance, but it also amplifies the luster of what’s underneath. This is a major reason why paint correction, clay bar treatment, and prep work is required prior to application.

Here is a practical example. If you apply a high-quality nano coating on a clear coat that contains scratches, swirl marks, tree sap stains, and other damage, those imperfections will be amplified. However, if you have a professional detailer repair those imperfections first, that nearly perfect paint will appear glossy, deeper, and rich.

How Does a Nano Coating Compare with Car Wax?

Comparing car wax with a nano coating is not apples and oranges; it’s closer to apples to a perfectly cooked Rib Eye from The Golden Steer in Las Vegas. From the hardness of the coat, the curing process and the warranties provided, the comparisons between these two paint protection options are night and day. Let’s explore a few in the info below.

Nano Ceramic Coating Hardness vs. Wax Hardness

One of the biggest differences between wax and ceramic coatings is the level of hardness provided. This means that, relative to ceramic coating, the wax is substantially less rigid and thus less protective. This is because of how the hardness of wax is provided.

Natural carnauba wax is the main ‘ingredient’ that contributes to the hardness that car wax provides. It’s from a palm tree that is native to Brazil, that secretes on the leaves to protect it from that intense tropical sunlight. Once it cures, it provides a hardness that is rated between two and four on the reliable pencil scale (with 1 being soft and 9 being as hard as quartz).

With nano-ceramic coatings provided by Ceramic Pro, we have developed a coating that ranks on the pencil hardness scale as a 9. This incredibly hard ceramic coat thus is incredibly hard to rub off and can only be removed by thorough abrasion.

Compare Ceramic Pro 9H to your run-of-the-mill wax and many waxes wash or wipe off after just a few months. This added harness from nano-ceramic coatings provide long term protection backed by warranties.


Ever seen a wax with a lifetime warranty on the label? The answer – a hard NOPE. Car wax itself can hold up for a few months, however, there are just too many unknown variables that simply eliminate the potential of a warranty. How much wax was applied? Was it removed too soon or maybe the surface was not clean – which leads to poor results? Those are all legitimate questions that prohibit any warranty protection with waxes.

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At Ceramic Pro, all the nano ceramic packages are backed by a warranty of at least six months (for introductory packages) all the way to lifetime warranties for Gold packages. This level of confidence in the product exemplifies the difference in protective capabilities over long periods of time.

Curing Process

Another distinctive factor that separates waxes from ceramic coatings is the curing process. One of the benefits of using a wax is the common individual can apply this wax by hand. This results in lower labor costs but also opens the door for common application mistakes that typically cause more problems down the line.

A high-quality nanocoating like Ceramic Pro 9H are applied by specially trained ceramic coating technicians and cured in a controlled environment. This controlled environment allows a perfect temperature and climate that facilitates the coat to properly bond with the surface.

What’s the Best Nano Ceramic Coating?

Without question, Ceramic Pro 9H stands on top of the nano ceramic coating food chain. It’s a professional-grade ceramic coating that blends proprietary percentages of SiO2 (silicon dioxide), TiO2 (titanium dioxide) and other secrete solvents. It is only applied by certified and highly-trained installation experts and can be layered to provide protection for 10 years or more.

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There are package options to fit any budget, any car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, or off-road vehicle. It can be purchased for marine or industrial applications and is much higher quality than cheaper DIY nano ceramic coatings that simply don’t work as advertised. Ceramic Pro 9H simply doesn’t compare with a car wax or paint sealants. It truly stands on its own level.

If you’re looking to upgrade your paint protection options with a nano ceramic coating, complete some research first. Make sure to pick one that does what it says, works as advertised, and provides the durability and high gloss features you’d expect from a professional-grade solution. If you have any questions about Ceramic Pro 9H nano ceramic coating, click the button below to request a free estimate.

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