Nanotechnology car care products…

August 6th, 2010

Introducing Aquartz Car Care & Detailing Products...

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.

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6 Responses to “Nanotechnology car care products…”

  1. Rolex Watches says:

    These products sound superb! I’m going to have to get my hands on some for my car. Thanks!

  2. Matt says:

    We will not use any nano particle technology products as there are serious health affects from exposure to these products according to the CEO of a company that manufactures a virtually scratch proof protective paint coating and also the insurance industry in Australia. I recently enquired about business insurance to many companies in Australia and the answer I got was – we will not cover anyone who uses nanotechnology products in their shops due to the health risks that have come up recently.

  3. Interesting viewpoint Matt. I can appreciate the potential health risks associated with some of the raw ingredients, but once processed into retail products I was under the understanding that such risks are negligible. Also, given the broad range of materials and methods that can be employed to make nanotechnology coatings, it is reasonable to assume that any risks will vary considerably from product to product and from sector to sector. In the European marketplace, I am not aware of any official movements to curb the distribution of nanotechnology products on the grounds of risk to human health, and manufacturers do have to comply with certain legislative criteria in the form of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), etc. I will raise this question with some of our suppliers, and report back if any useful information is forthcoming. Best regards, Rich.

  4. I was about to say that these products are cool and it would be nice to be able to try them. But I am also concerned about what Matt said. I really try to avoid products with health risks attached to their name. Whether the argument has not been scientifically proven to be right or wrong, I believe that once there are news or talks of possible health risks, the correct thing to do is simply not to take chances. Any updates on this issue, by the way?

  5. Hi Parker, yes, I do have some useful feedback. All of the products mentioned in the above article have MSDS available online, which can be checked here – Aquartz MSDS. These safety sheets confirm that all of the products in the range are non-hazardous under standard assessment terms, although it is fair to point out that the sheets do highlight the fact that exposure standards have yet to be properly established in some instances. We will be monitoring developments in the future, but will continue to use and sell these products in the meantime as they are in many ways safer than some of the other products we use and sell (which are classified as hazardous). I think the key message we would issue is that all car care and detailing products should only be used as intended and in accordance with the manufacturers instructions and material safety data. If this advice is followed, health risks should be minimal. Happy detailing! Best regards, Rich.

  6. I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, for this page with its useful information. Such information provides support and encouragement to people like us. There are always two sides to information on sites and blogs, and it’s best to get both sides before you make any decision!

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