Every now and again the car care rulebook is torn up and rewritten by innovative new technologies that come along and redefine what we can expect from car care and detailing products. Currently, we are in the midst of such a period of change, this time brought about by the application of nanotechnology to surface coating science. At the most basic level, nanotechnology can be defined as the engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale. In relation to car care, nanotechnology can be used to make advanced protective coatings that do not just adhere to vehicle surfaces, but rather become part of the surfaces themselves. As a result, surface properties of interest and importance (such as etching resistance, scratch resistance, hydrophobicity, etc) can be altered on a semi-permanent basis; we are now moving into an era when car care coatings will truly last years rather than months.
Aquartz Paint & Glass Protection is one such revolutionary new nanotechnology coating that simultaneously protects and enhances the appearance of exterior automotive surfaces on a semi-permanent basis. It combines silica and titanium to form a relatively thick (0.5 micron per layer), super hard (9 on the Mohs Scale) fully transparent hybrid quartz coating that chemically bonds to treated surfaces at the molecular level. As a result, minor sub-surface imperfections are filled and smoothed, producing a highly reflective, super hydrophilic (contact angle < 20°) surface with self cleaning properties (the near total lack of water beading results in more dirt and hard water deposits being sheeted away rather than deposited in situ). This effect greatly reduces the need for regular maintenance, and makes washing easier and less time consuming when required.
However, the benefits imparted by Aquartz Paint & Glass Protection do not end with an easy to care for mirror-like finish. More importantly, the invisible hybrid quartz coating provides class leading protection against the strong organic acids found in bird droppings and bug remains, the corrosive effects of road salt and the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun for between six to twelve months at a time, even on daily drivers (the coating is extremely resistant to strong detergents and pressure washing equipment, and once fully cured can only really be removed by aggressive machine polishing). Furthermore, it also increases the hardness of treated surfaces by up to 50%, effectively adding an anti-scratch effect to finishes that offers far greater resistance to surface marring caused by washing and the effects of every day wear and tear.
Fortunately for us, Aquartz have not just focused on paint and glass protection, and the rest of their new products for 2010 are equally amazing in terms of both the results they offer and the scientific principles that underpin them. For example, Aquartz Clean Air is a revolutionary new air purification nano-coating that destroys airborne organic pollutants as they land on treated surfaces; it uses titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a photocatalyst to degrade and transform potentially harmful organic compounds into harmless gasses (e.g. CO2) and water vapour (H20). In addition to this, Aquartz are also offering an awesome acid neutralised salt-based fallout remover (Aquartz Iron Cut) and a fantastic spray sealant designed for use on wet or dry surfaces (Aquartz Reload). Hold on to your seats everyone; the application of nanotechnology is set to make the future of car care very interesting indeed.