One Layer is Enough for us

So many car coating companies tout the “multi-layer” strategy to effective car coating.  On the surface, this sounds like a good idea.  But, a deeper look into the multi-layer concept a host of problems stare back at you.  So many questions come to mind:

  1.  Why are so many layers required?  (Some have more than 7)
  2. Why so many hardness layers available?  Why not put on the best and forget the other hardness?
  3. Why charge so much for each layer?  To put on another layer is easy and shouldn’t be hundreds of ringgit or dollars?  Hardly any labor or materials required.

We have a pretty good idea why so many car coating companies offer and recommend multi-layers.  First, they can charge the unsuspecting customer more by offering extra layers.  And since they don’t have concentrated SiO2 (Silica), their coatings are weak and need extra layers to achieve a good result.  Sierra Glow spends extra money and time to offer our customers SiO2 that is almost 100% pure (98.5%).  While the heating technique to achieve this is expensive and time consuming, we can achieve the best shine and protection with our coating because of this one fact.

Take a look…

McLaren Gets Flamed

Some times we have really fantastic cars coming into for Sierra Glow.  Take a look at this baby…Wow!   But the amazing thing is that we were able to get this hot car to really shine…a true mirror finish, “better than show room.”  Just think about it, Sierra Glow can make your car paint shine in a way that is better than when you bought it.  And, now the paint is protected from all the crazy elements like bird poo, water marks, tree sap…and the car shine better than a brand new wax …every time you simple wash it.  Truly amazing.  Take a look.

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.

Swirls: Extremely Dangerous

 

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Swirls are death to your car paint.  They compromise your paint are are extremely insidious.  Just like torturers know, a thousand cuts will lead to a very painful death…swirls are sharp, light cuts into the car’s clear coat.  Over time more accumulate and they become deeper.   Eventually they reach past the clear coat and into the soft car paint.  This is when total compromise is reached and your car paint will start to bleed.

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Most of the possible defects that can become serious start small.  Once a small defect start, the blemish becomes deeper and wider from contaminants and the elements.  Water goes into the grove and stays…but the water has pollutants and chemicals that continue to do damage.  Again, small cuts can hurt.

So, in the image on your left each mark whether from paint scratch or a stain is a blemish that will become worse unless corrected.

What causes swirls?  (1) The most common cause is a dirty cloth and you wipe your car with it.  Yep!  Pretty basic.  Take your car to a car wash in Malaysia and watch the boys wash it.  Do they use two buckets…one with clean, non soapy water to clean the cloth?  Do they even rinse their cloth as they attack your car.  So, a little piece, a fleck, of grit or dirt is picked up in the cloth (your car is dirty, grimey right?) and then this grit is held by the cloth and the washer continues to swirl and wash the suds into the paint.  He will leave swirls in this process.

Personally I gave up washing my car in any car wash establishment years ago.  All I ever got was a clean car with many complimentary swirls.  So, no such wash places for my car. But, if you have to use these places, expect swirls.  Although you can mitigate them…when you leave your car, speak politely to the manager.  Explain to him that you really hate swirls, and you would be very unhappy to return and see new swirls on your car.  This can help and it certainly won’t hurt.  And, when you return to pick up your shiny car…check.

  1. Another swirl creating event is “polishing.”  When buffers are used by inexperienced polishers, problem mount.  For example, if the polisher is not an orbital polisher, and operated at high speeds you car will have two effects: swirls and aurora.  If the compounds used are harsh, you will have both of these effects as well.  That is why we use 6 different polishing compounds at Sierra Glow.  Harsh compounds or gritty compounds are cheap compounds and should not EVER be used.  However, we see them everywhere at car polishing/waxing shops.  They create swirls.

What is an Aurora?  You might remember this word from your earth science classes.  Take a look.

On a car, we can have this same effect when a buffer is in inexperienced hands.  We call it aurora or hologram.  Take a look.

What a mess.  When the sun shines on this car, you don’t have a shine, you have a mess. And worse, in the process of creating the holograms, the idiot is creating swirls as well. At Sierra Glow we face taking care of the aurora cars far too often.  The owners are angry, and have no clue how this mess was created.  When we inform them that these holograms came from the polishing/waxing job, they are amazed.  And, getting rid of them is not the most difficult tasks for us, but we need to re do the buff in the proper way…gear action, orbital polishers with a non – abrasive compound will clear them up.

Holograms, aurora and swirls are not what you want on your clear coat.  They can be prevented if you have your car washed carefully and with clean cloths.  You can prevent swirls if you don’t wax/polish.  The best solution to all of this is a good car coat, as this protects your clear coat AND your car shines with just a simple wash (with clean microfibre).

The point here is to really remember that swirls are dangerous as they are the slow, but steady nicks in your clear coat that opens the path to danger, extreme danger.

 

Waxing/Polishing: Change

more-to-learnIf you are 60, Remember when you started using a washing machine and dryer?  Change.

If you are 50, Remember when you changed to an automatic instead of clutch and gears?  Change.

If you are 40, Remember when you embraced GPS and stopped buy maps?  Change

If you are 30, Remember when you stopped writing cheques and started internet banki6a1504f9747ea9aa6a62d268b06c8a7ang?  Change

Many people have made these changes, and more and more continue the trend toward change everyday.  Heck, I am asking Google  for help 20 times a day.  Change. But, how many of you are still waxing your car?  Yeah, you!  Stuck in the 20th century and still waxing/polishing your car to get the shine.  Still using maps, too?  Still writing cheques?  I bet you are.

If you are still waxing/polishing to make your car shine, you are living in your daddy’s generation, you haven’t changed.  This is understandable as car coating seems so mysterious and strange.  Is it really better? some people still ask.  The short and clear answer to whether car coating is better is a resounding YES!

Is car coating 20140113-155419a perfect solution to protecting your paint and shine?  No is the honest answer.  Many coating companies will make wild claims that it will protect against scratches,
watermarks, swirls and bird poo.  The truth is that car coating can help, but it will not protect a vandal with a key who wants to scratch your car from one end to the other.  It simply won’t…even if it is 9H!
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So, some ask, why should I spend money on car coating if it won’t protect against the key (or watermark, birdpoo, or bumper)?  The answer is that car coating gives a good protection to the delicate and important clear coat.  This means that if you have a light scratch from washing (a swirl), most likely your clear coat will be protected AND the swirls can be buffed out.  No harm.

If you have a watermark or a bird poo mark, most likely tdownload-30here will be no damage or minimal damage to the clear coat…so the problem can be taken care of quickly and easily. Yes, no damage.

The water marks on the right are quite serious, but if the car has Sierra Glow car coating, the damage stays on top and the underneath clear coat can be restored.

The problem with wax or having a polish, the damage from watermarks has an easy path to wreck the clear coat.  The wax holds the water, and the acid or minerals in the water have no real barrier to protect the clear coat.  If this car has wax on top, the clear coat is finished, damaged and nothing really can be done to restore the shine except to paint again.  Painting is really the last resort as the resale value of your car take a big hit.

So, please consider moving into the 21st century, open yourself to change, and embrace the new technology.  Say goodbye to the horse and buggy days, and accept the change.  Wax and polishing have other issues than being a lousy protector of your clear coat, but this is the main reason to shun the old ways.  Embrace the new…go Sierra Glow car coating.