What are Ceramic, Nano Coatings and Waxes

In search of the shine…

For the longest time the automotive aftermarket enthusiast has sought to get that perfect shine on their paintwork and for the most part automotive pain waxes have been the go to product. BUT advances in technology has brought about new product offerings that have revolutionised the professional deatailing industry and amature enthusiasts alike. In this blog article we’ll break down the differences between Wax and Ceramic/Nano coatings.

Wax, Ceramic and Nano – differences?

Waxes have been around for a long time and is what most people know of and turn to, to ad a protective layer to their paintwork.

But what are waxes? Well its Wax really or more precisely put “Wax refers to a hard hydrocarbon at room temperature”… but they do come from raw materials sources such as carnauba which is made from the wax on the leaves of the carnauba plant found in Brazil. Or you can have waxes from beeswax and synthetic waxes but perhaps we’ll create a different blog article on that later and go into more detail.

Ceramic and Nano coatings are one and the same just referred to by manufacturers differently. It is, just like waxes are, the last part of paintwork protection on your vehicle. Ceramic/Nano coatings are liquids which, when applied to the vehicles paintwork, fuse with the surface material to form a glossy long-lasting and invisible barrier that repels water, contaminants and sometimes UV rays too. They are typically of a 9H hardness on the mohs scale of mineral hardness. Ordinary glass is 5H and diamond is 10H. So this stuff is highly scratch resistant. All this means is your vehicle will stay cleaner and maintain its shine for longer between washes and will also benefit from a level of protection from fine scratches and swirl marks.


Advantages of nano ceramic coatings are many and they include being hydrophobic. This means it repels liquid because the nanoparticles in the coating fill in any minute scratches or holes in the finish of the paintwork thereby creating a very smooth finish. The ultra smoothness is what prevents the water droplets from “sticking” to the vehicle creating the hydrophobic effect.

The hydrophobicity also prevents much of the dirt and debris from sticking to the paintwork thereby keeping your vehicle cleaner for longer. Road contaminants such as tar, paint, metal particles are also prevented from sticking to the vehicles paintwork clearcoat which is yet another advantage.

As we’ve mentioned before, due to its hardness it’ll protect your vehicles paintwork from minor scratches and swirl marks that come with washing your vehicle.

These advantages really mean that your vehicle will get back it’s beautiful showroom floor shine and remain that way for longer.


When it comes to maintaining your vehicles paintwork, there is less to maintain. Washing your car is easier and quicker because the dirt simply doesn’t stick as it used to before the coating.

Unlike waxes, which do need to be reapplied regularly, nano ceramic coatings last up to one year depending on type of wear and tear your vehicle will go through. That means applying these coatings will actually also save you time and money in the long run.

To sum it up..

Ceramic coatings have been around for a while now and with the DIY application kits and ease of use these coatings have gained considerable ground on the traditional paint protection and for good reason.

Just to note that how you apply it to your vehicle is just as important so make sure you follow the manufacturers recommendations closely and ensure you prepare your vehicle well before you start applying the ceramic coating.

I hope you enjoyed this article and check back regularly for more of the same and some product spotlight in the coming weeks.

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