Car Coating: 98.5 Purity Achieved. Wow!

100_4455-copy-1“Into the Weeds’ is an English expression meaning…have a real close and detailed look at something.  One goes into the weeds when you want to find out the details.  Let’s go into the weeds and learn about SG 98.5…the name of the world’s best car coating chemical made by Sierra Glow, our 6th generation car coating.
First, let’s understand the chemical composition of glass coating, Si02. Almost all car coating, ceramic coating, glass coating, quartz coating, whatever you call it IS the chemical formula, Si02.  For those familiar with some chemistry, Si stands for silica and it is surrounded with two molecules of Oxygen. Silica is the main ingredient of glass, so Si02 is geneally known as liquid glass. Our latest achievement is unsurpassed at 98.5% purity.  Sierra Glow not just beats the competitors, we annihilate.
Such purity levels are unheard of in the car coating market, and this achievement makes our car coating dry in minutes once applied.  That is why at Sierra Glow we don’t need infra red, thermal,  UV lights or 4 hours to achieve  drying and hardening.  Those who have less purity will have a longer drying time, lights, heat, fans to assist.
Quick hsio2ardness is important, as there is less danger of contaminants mixing and landing on the car coating and embedding in the car coat. Also, because drying is so fast (within minutes) using SG 98.5, our turn around time is faster. Because of the high purity percentage, hardness is superior. Finally, our purity level results in MORE Si02 being applied.
Deeper into the weeds …what is the other 1.5%?  Flourine is a gas that helps with water beading and hydrophobia and comes from flourite.  Flourite is 24th most common element and was discovered in 1529 and flourine amounts to a $15 billion is sales a year. It is not unusual and you will find it in your toothpaste and thousands of other products.
The third ingredient is a small, small, tiny, tiny drop of emulsion. This emulsion prevents our Si02 from becoming too sticky or tacky.  This emulsion is our manufacturing trade secret, but it is critical to achieving the 98.5% silica component of our car coating. If you smell our coating chemicals there is no solvent or petrochemical smell.  With most other car coating chemicals, because they fail to achieve the purity levels, they need a lot of petrochemical based solvents to keep it in a liquid state and to give body, weight, substance to the chemicals being applied. And obviously if they have a heavy petrochemical solvent smell, the formula cannot be very pure.
Our car coating, SG5, is simply superior.  In a recent test of 10 large international car coating chemicals, we were shocked at the heavy presence of petrochemical solvents.   Ready for the shock….almost all of the car coating tested contained only less than 10% Si02.  Got that…only 10%.  What you are putting on your car is 90% petrochemical solvents and other chemicals and only a small amount is actual  Si02, car coating.
mono-narigudo-nasalis-larvatusCustomers and car coating dealers should pay attention to one factor…the smell. I call it the smell test:  if you smell petrochemical solvent chemical in your car coating, in the
bottle or in  the air…your cascenttest_670r coating lacks purity and, therefore Si02. We notice that many car coating companies use not only heating lights but also large ventilation fans to clear the air of the petrochemical vapours.  Come to Sierra Glow, no heating lights, no ventilation fans, coating is dry in 10 minutes!  These are all evidence of our purity Si02 levels.
One final fact about our SG 98.5.  Many of our competitors will use 20 – 30 cc of their car coating chemicals.  But because the Si02 content is so low, only 1 to 3 grams of Si02 is applied to the surface of the typcial car. Because of our 98.5%, 8  – 10 grams of Si02 will be applied.  This results in better shine, better hydrophobia and much more protection of your clear coat. Because there is more Si02, it lasts longer.
I apologize for  going “into the weeds” but so many of our customers want to know what makes our car coating  superior…now you know.

Car Coating: Not “if” but “when”??

It is only a matter of “when” you will have your car coated.  Why? The evidence is in, wax is lousy and does more damage than provides protection.  Wrapping your car is an option, but expensive and the vinyl can fade and scratch easily.  The best solution, agreed to by almost all car detailers, car enthusiasts and car professionals….is car coating.  Car coating is relatively inexpensive and can really protect your paint…for years!vintage-cars

 

Don’t buy a car and then wait for 60 years before you apply car coating.  Buy a car and bring it in immediately.  The soon the better.

 

 

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Wait, and this could be the result.  It is best not to wait.  Showing you love your car starts with applying car coating.  Once the paint goes, an old wreck is not far behind.

 

Let’s review.  Car Coating means that you don’t have to wax or polish your car.  Wax and polishing cut into your paint’s delicate clear coat, and over time, you will have damage to your clear coat.  Take a look at older Malaysian cars…you will see swirls, dull finishes and the worse, oxidize paint.  This is the results of those choosing the wax option.  Good for awhile, but the shine goes and the damage is left behind.  Don’t wax.

Car coating is a better strategy.  Now a thin layer of protection is added on top of the clear coat and car paint.  This protects the delicate clear coat and therefore the paint.  Fading from strong UV rays isn’t now a problem.  Since you are protecting the clear coat, you now don’t need to polish and wax…you don’t damage the clear coat with polishing and waxing your car every few months.  In fact, now you save money as you only need to wash.  That’s right, no waxing.  Keep your money in you pocket or purse.

So, the question isn’t if should car coat, but when to do it?  The answer to this question is relatively simple.  Do it as soon as possible.  Every day that your car paint is “exposed” to the elements is another day of damage.  Every time to polish and wax your car, a little damage is done.  Waiting a year after buying your car to do your car coating is a year of damage to your paint.  Obviously, don’t wait.

Many car coating companies claim to restore your car to “show room” condition.  At Sierra Glow, we simply aren’t impressed with “show room” condition.  We can do better than that.  When we see a new car straight from the showroom, we see a lot of imperfections and issues.  Swirls and fine micro scratches are abundant…as the car has been hurriedly washed and buffed with an inferior buffer…leaving “show room” condition with problems. At Sierra Glow, we want to always achieve “better than show room” condition.

Better than show room is one reason (and there are many more) you should select us.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sun Wreaks Havoc on Car Paint (and more)

shadesMalaysia is hot, so are most places in the summer.  What happens to your car and your car paint in this heat?  Many think you can fry an egg on your car on a hot day.  You can try, but who would want to fry an egg on a car. But, this doesn’t mean it isn’t hot.   Leaving a dog or a child in a lock car can just destroy your life (jail time anyone?)  Ever sit down on leather seats wearing shorts or a thin dress after leaving the car out in the sun for an hour or two…ouch!)

Overall, the sun can cause problems to your car paint, your tires and to the inside (don’t eggleave pets and children in a locked car in the sun.) That doesn’t mean it isn’t hot.  Look at the damages, concerns and worries caused to your car left in the sun:

  • Burns can occur when your skin touches any metal, leather, or plastic items inside or outside the vehicle
  • Your vehicle battery will begin to degrade, leading to months if not years less of battery life
  • Your vehicle’s tires will get Sun damaged, leading to a shorter life of the tires
  • The inside of the vehicle will not be safe to sit in until it is cooled down by outside air or air conditioning, which will slow you down
  • Anything inside the car that is electronic could be ruined or completely lose all battery charging
  • Anything in the car food or drink will melt or be heated up to hot
  • Any plastic water bottles in the vehicle will be heated up to release dangerous chemicals in the plastic into your water

The temperature of your car can reach 65 degrees celsius.  That is hot, and the damage to you paint, your tires, plastic, leather and rubber is what we call a “slow burn.”  Little by little, your car suffers.  Do you see it?  No, you won’t see it right away.

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Primer is a paint product that allows finishing paint to adhere much better than if it were used alone.  For this purpose, primer is designed to adhere to surfaces and to form a binding layer that is better prepared to receive the paint. Because primers do not need to be engineered to have durable, finished surfaces, they can instead be engineered to have improved filling and binding properties with the material underneath.

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3 Layers of Paint:

There are typically three layers of paint on a car metal surface.  There is primer layer, their is the colour layer and then there is the important clear coat. Car manufacturers know that the sun mounts huge attacks on their car.  Over years, they have learned that a minimum of three layers is key. Each layer has its unique function.

Primer as a step in the coating process of a car body.

In practice, primer is often used when painting many kinds of materials. Priming is mandatory if the material is not water resistant and will be exposed to the elements.  Primers can also be used for dirty surfaces that, for some reason, cannot be cleaned, or before painting light colors over existing dark colors.

Primers can usually be tinted to a close match with the color of the finishing paint. If the finishing paint is a deep color, tinting the primer can reduce the number of layers of finishing paint that are necessary for good uniformity across the painted surface.

There may be a maximum time frame within which a topcoat should be applied over the primer after the primer dries, in order to achieve maximum performance. Depending on the primer, the next coat of paint should be applied as quickly as 24 hours or you may have as long as 2 weeks. Painting after the suggested timeframe may cause performance issues depending on the specific situation. Supposedly, you want to apply the finish coat of paint before the primer fully cures on a molecular level. Doing this allows maximum adhesion/bonding of the topcoat to the primer.

Who Has the Most Durable Paint

Unfortunately, no one can really say for sure. Most every car manufacturer has had problems with their paint quality and durability at some point in their history. From the early clear coats that would peel, or metallic’s that would burn out, to some of the Chevy, Ford, or Chrysler products that would peel after a few years. All the detailing in the world would not have saved any of these problems; this is a case of poor materials, preparation, base coats, clear coats, etc.

Who Has the Thickest Paint?

Once again, this depends. Most every car comes as a two stage paint, which is what clear coat and base coat is all about. You get a thin layer of the color coat, which is followed by a thin layer of clear coat. So even if you were to measure the thickness with a paint gauge meter, how does one know how thick the actual clear coat is vs. the color, or base/primer coats; you wouldn’t. Those using the paint thickness gauges can’t tell you how thick each layer is, so the information is not so useful. It is a nice gimmick, but tells little unless it is “thin.”

Car detailers  will want to know and quickly evaluate is not how thick your car paint is, but how hard is your paint.  The hardness will determine how the detailer will work on your car.  The polishing compounds and the buffer are selected in large part because of the hardness of the paint.  Another critically important issue is the condition of the paint and what problems that need correcting.

Whenproton-saga12V-1 you see cars that are faded, you are actually looking a sun damage. The most obvious car on Malaysian roads are the now pink Proton Sagas (formerly they were red).  UV light will fade a car faster that you can say “Jack Robinson.”  When the clear coat has been damaged with micro cuts and swirls or with over polishing, the clear coat can’t protect the paint from the dangerous UV light.  Here is your car in 5 years if you wax and polish too often!  Better to protect the clear coat with Sierra Glow car coating.  The best in the Malaysian market is Blue Flame by Sierra Glow.

Can you fry an egg on top of a car?  Watch to find out.

Car Detailing: Damage Control

Sierra Glow is all about making your car beautiful.  That is what we do.  But, we are also into the protection business, that is car paint protection.  Most car paint is protected by a layer of “clear coat.”  Our car coating is a revolutionary way to help protect the all important clear coat. Actually there is a lot of steps involved in making your car paint beautiful, but in the process of making the paint shine, our final step is to protect the clear coat.

Why is protection so important?

Without the clear coat your paint is exposed to the elements of our attacking environment.  Since the clear coat is not very thick or hard, without protection, it is vulnerable to attacks.  What kind of attacks.  Acid rain, bug splatters, bird poo, tree sap and and UV light can all reek havoc on your car’s clear coat.  Once the clear coat layer is breached, then the paint will quickly deteriorate.

In the west we also have the added attack from salted roads.  During winter and snow storms, city use a massive amount of salt on roads to melt snow and keep roads from freezing.  They use salt and this salt will attack the car’s paint if you don’t quickly wash it off your car.

Photos of attacks:

Salted roads

 

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Water marks

Tree Sap

And  finally, let’s look at a video on the huge threat of acid rain.

 

Sierra Glow protects your car’s clear coat, and therefore we protect your investment.  The best news is that your car will shine and look beautiful, year after year after year…and better than that, your car doesn’t need any special treatment, just wash and your car will shine like a new wax.  But, you never have to send your car for a polish and wax again.  Yes, you read that right, no more waxing. Fantastic!!!

Car Detailing: Truth in Advertising

Minimise-the-Amount-of-Text-UsedI understand we are in a competitive environment.  And, in the car coating business, there is a lot of competition.  Almost everyday, we see new companies opening up their shop with big banners, auto mag ads and exhibitions/displays and flyers and even balloons.  It is huge what they are willing to commit.

At Sierra Glow, we don’t advertise in the traditional sense.  No gloss magazine ads for us.  We reject the traditional advertising as we know that the costs of advertising must (by definition) be passed on to the customers.  I think everyone understands this…if you advertise at RM 10,000 a month, then you need to collect RM 10,000 in revenue to pay for it.  Who pays for the advertising?  The customers.ads-overload-featured

Sierra Glow is able to provide the very best in service and quality of product at incredibly low prices and we don’t pass on high advertising costs onto our customers…as we don’t have these advertising costs.

The second issue to understand is that there are tons of “false advertising.”  Car detailing and car coating companies seem to be in a league similar to second hand car dealers.   We all know the reputation of these car dealers.  “This car has never had an accident,” the dealer claims knowing that he just repair the front end.  We all know the stories.

Claiming that car coat can stop bullets is not beyond some of these car coating companies in their effort to get business.  Our message to you, the consumer, is to judge and evaluate the promises and claims.  My mother taught me, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t” holds a lot of water.  Claims of perfection just are too much, as perfection just doesn’t exist.maxresdefault

Advertising can be sexy and spell binding, but we are all consumers and it is a good idea to learn how advertising can distort and bend truth and information to get you to buy.  Watch this video and study the art of false advertising…as it is a fine art..and worth learning the tricks of the trade.

Clear Coating Needs Protection

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You wouldn’t go out in the rain without an umbrella unless you expect some damage and perhaps a cold.  Many Asian ladies won’t even go out in the sun with out an u
mbrella.  We need it for protection.  Your car paint needs protection too!  Car manufacturers protect the delicate, soft paint from damage with a clear coat.

But, what is clear coat?  Clear coat  is paint or resin with no pigments and hence imparts no color to the car. It’s simply a layer of clear resin that is applied over colored resin. Almost 95 percent of all vehicles manufactured today have a clear coat finish. image 4

Pros of Clear Coat Car Paint

Clear car paint not only makes your car look shiny and more glamorous, it makes the car paint look wetter and deeper. However, there are other functional advantages that are of greater importance.

  1. A major advantage is that this coat provides protection from the sun and ultraviolet rays that cause the car paint to fade.images1
  2. Your car paint appears new for a longer period of time.
  3.  Shallow surface defects and spotting caused by acid rain can be buffed out without damaging the paint, if the car is protected with a layer of clear coat.
  4. Most manufacturers now use water base color coats and these require a clear coat for protection. Manufacturers separate the top coat into a color coat and a clear coat and by doing so they reduce the use of solvents that are pollutants by nature.

Clear Coat brings shine, but danger as well!

While it is true that clear coat finishes are harder and more resistant to oxidation. However they are more sensitive to scratches and you should be careful not to use abrasive rubbing or polishing compounds on them.

Oxidation and scratches

These finishes are also prone to oxidation. Without clear coat, your car would suffer from severe oxidation in a year or two.  This is delayed with the clear coat since  the clear coat has no color, it can’t fade or lose brightness, but depending on the 1-pc-lot-de-vinilo-transparente-Runway-PVC-impermeable-estilo-Womens-Girls-claro-moda-capa-deenvironment to which the car is exposed, the clear coat can become dull. This fading occurs slowly and you might not perceive any change on a day-to-day basis. You can safeguard against this by parking the car in a garage away from the sun’s heat and ultraviolet radiation.

Acid Rain

Surface contaminants such as acid rain, rain dust, airborne pollutants, bird droppings, bug splatter and industrial fallout can cause clear coat finishes to look faded. This is because as these contaminants accumulate on the surface of the car, the reflective quality of the finish gets reduced. Which in turn causes the gloss to diminish and the paint to look dull. images (3)

So, to summarize.  Clear coat is a clear resin that allows the color paint to shine through, to dazzle.  Without it, your car paint would not last long.  Clear coat also protects your car paint from swirls, water marks and acid rain.  But, your clear coat can EASiLY become damaged.  It is soft, so scratches, swirls and water marks and even dullness can result from our environment, cleaning, sun and elements.  Clear coat is not immune from damage, and it can easily become sick.

We need to protect our clear coat.

We could put on some film (big mistake) or use wax (another mistake) to try to protect it.  Or we could use the very best option on the market today, Blue Flame by Sierra Glow. Our coating protects your delicate and important clear coat layer.  You really don’t want to damage the clear coat…and just washing it wrong will easily scratch it.  So, let’s protect it. Sierra Glow protects it…we warranty it.

Check out our results, if you have any doubts about our work and warranty

Malaysia: We got your back

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Malaysia: We got your back

Ok, we get it.  You have a great car.  You have entrusted your great car to Sierra Glow to bring out a razor sharp, mirror finish and a car coating that we warranty for 5 full years.  You could have chosen XX  car coating company. Heck, you could still be waxing/polishing your car.  You could have decided to do nothing except wash it.  You could have chosen a paint sealant company or even Paint Protection Film.  We understand you had options, but you chose Sierra Glow. Thank you for making the best decision.

Maybe you chose us because we were really the first in the market to offer “inorganic” car coating services in Malaysia.  Maybe you liked our story…starting in USJ in 2007 before anyone knew much about car coating and growing to Malaysia’s No. 1 car coating company. Because we are actually the manufacturer of our Japanese products (car coating, Blue Flame and all the great polishing compounds), we offer our products and services at unbelievable prices as we have no franchise fees, dealership incentives, representatives, importers or wholesalers or any other levels to push up our prices.  No one can offer the quality of products and services at our prices, NOBODY!  We are the only Malaysian company with Blue Flame Treatment Program.

As I have written in other posting (read this), our prices are actually less than waxing and polishing your car…and you prevent the oxidation, swirls and scars that are the direct results of polishing and using wax, year after year.

Whatever your reason for choosing Sierra Glow, we want to thank you.  Sierraimages Glow not only recognizes that you have choices, but also we want you to know that we must  make sure that our service is better than all others.

We know that you want your car look great, and even though there can develop issues along the way, just bring it back in.  We love to see our work, and we really love to take car of your car paint issues.  So many people get a little ding and bring their car back to us…surprise when we touch it up without charge.  We don’t really like to let people know that we do this for free because we just love the look on their face.  They are simply not used to this level of service.  But, actually at Sierra Glow, we are famous for it.  Ask around.

We take care of your car as if it is our car.

We want you to enjoy the look and the shine, and we stand by our commitment to protect your car paint from the elements for 5 whole years.  If you are not happy, please bring in your car so we can assess it and help it.  We like to tell people if you are unhappy with us, tell us.  If you are happy with Sierra Glow, tell others.

You know we really don’t advertise our products and services.  You won’t hear our name on the radio or read it in glossy magazine advertisements.  We don’t want to pass that costs on to you.  What we do want to pass on to you is great products and services that you can trust.  Bring your car in to our JB, Penang or USB branch…and let us do our work.  We take great pride in making your car shine….and shine….and shine.

Car Coating: How we became “the best”

Many car coating companies just can’t understand why Sierra Glow is so damn popular.  Maybe they fail to understand the customer and their “baby.” While they tout their coating hardness, market their 15 layers or bang on their finish with lighters and keys while using chemical/science words like nano, titanium, diamond, granite, ceramic and MOHS hardness scale, Sierra Glow never oversells or over promise, we just deliver.

We will not tell you that our coating will stop a speeding bullet or stand up to a juvenile with a key.  We don’t tell you this because it simply isn’t true.  We don’t tell you that the coating will protect even against the dreaded watermark, because again, it will not.  No coating on the planet will.  Whether it is a key or a stone flying off the back of a lorry, you car coat from xxxx company (fill in the blank) WILL NOT escape damage.  It is simple physics, a stone traveling at x speed hits a car travel in the opposite direction at 100 kph will not be a tap but a knock out. At Sierra Glow, no false promises, no bombastic and unimaginable craziness. Only the facts and the truth.

So, how do we continue to be number 1 car coating company in Malaysia?  The answer to our success is of course a superior product, but our superior car coating has to be matched with fantastic and intensive labour in PREPARING your car for the coating.  This is where you need professionals who not only know what they are doing, but also the company must have the right values.  The right values include taking the time to really prepare the car to receive the car coating.  If you shortchange this, the 10 critical steps to prepare your car, the car coat just can’t really do the job it was designed to do.  Makes sense.

This video explains our 10 steps to a mirror sharp finish.

Car Coating: Your Diamond in the Rough

Many car owners downloaddon’t seem to understand car coating and protecting your car paint.  They often look at their new car and think, “wow, looks great.”  But really your new car is a “diamond in the rough.”  The potential has to be unleashed.

Lurking around the corner and unknown (and unseen) to most new car owners is the fact is that your car does shine, but it isn’t a “sharp, mirror finish.”  At Sierra Glow we take your new or old car and unleash the potential.  Every car has the potential “to be all it can be.”  But, the potential is best released with Sierra Glow.

IMG_8558We could cover our car in mirrors to achieve the “sharp, mirror finish.”  But, like Mercedes picture here, a little expensive.

Actually there are vast differences in car paint.  Some car manufacturers use a softer paint while other use harder paint.  Some use more, thicker or better quality clear coat than others. Even though there are big differences from the car manufacturers, only the hand made cars would you find the car paint actually “DETAILED.”  Car detailing, buffing and polishing the new paint just doesn’t happen in the cars the normal person buys.  Yeah, if you got a million US dollars, you can buy a car with the “sharp, mirror finish.”

Want a million US dollar finish?  Call Sierra Glow.  This is what we do, unleashing the shine potential.  Take a look and this baby…

Car makers don’t have the time, money or inclination to sell cars with a “sharp, mirror finish.”  Car sellers can put a layer of wax and cover up some imperfections AND make the car have a reasonable shine.  But, they will not create a “sharp, mirror finish.”  So, the car you buy will have imperfections, some paint waves, a lot of porous holes, clear coat blemishes, uneven paint
thickness, rough edges and more.  These are serious blemishes and imperfections that need to be taken care of.

Blemishes lead to more serious problems down the road.  Take watermarks.  Watermarks are serious and  appear frequently.   Watermarks are more serious and more frequent if you have uneven paint or not smooth paint.  All new cars have uneven paint and not smooth paint.  Just take your fingers and rub them down your car.  A Sierra Glow buffed car will feel smooth and silky, while new cars actually feel rough.

The whole point is that to bring out the shine, the sharp mirror finish, you need to have your car paint DETAILED.  And, the best at this is Sierra Glow.  Bring out the potential of your car..Look.