Liquid glass or ceramic, what is the difference?

Among car enthusiasts, the choice of means to protect the painting, the question that often arises: what to choose, "liquid glass" or "ceramic"? The same products with different names? There are articles explaining the composition of "liquid crystal" and describing it as a long used in construction, but with a much lower cost. If you really. Let's understand what is the "liquid crystal" to protect the paint of your vehicle and how is it different from the ceramic protection coating.

We can only say that "liquid crystal", used in construction, has nothing to do with the car protection coating. Has the formula Na2O(SiO2)n or K2O(SiO2)n. And is also known as the silicate glue. In addition to the presence of silicon dioxide, this composition has nothing to do with a protection of the composition of the painting. In the automotive industry layer of SiO2, the particles have a smaller size and shape, as well as there are additional components affecting the formation of the film, increases the UV protection and other properties required for a protective coating.

What is the "liquid crystal" for vehicles?

Liquid crystal

To understand what is "liquid glass" for vehicles, in the first place, consider what type of protection coatings coatings. They can be divided into waxes, sealants and permanent coatings. Ceramic coating belongs to the third group of protective compounds. That is to say, it applies once and remains unchanged in the long term. "Ceramics" penetrates into all the cracks and uneven paint coating and firmly fixed. This coating is an additional layer that resembles varnish, however, have other properties.

It is also necessary to clarify that the concept of "liquid crystal" became a household word and a protection part may be called "liquid glass", although on the packaging there is no name. In English, "liquid crystal" and "liquid crystal", and the packaging, it is often possible to read the "glass coat", which can be translated as "glass layer". In this case, the word "coating" identifies this part the types of permanent coatings.

Therefore, it is important to understand what type of damage coverage, regardless of its name. Different brands of this product may have a different composition. Thus, for example, "liquid crystal" (which in this case is translated exactly) of the American brand has in its composition SiO2, known as a component of glass and ceramics. This Polish is sold in the American market for over 25 years. This "liquid crystal" is positioning itself as a protector of the wax and it can be washed, unlike the ceramic, which is permanent and indelible coating.

This type polishes "liquid crystal" can be attributed to synthetic sealants. Its composition is a polydimethylsiloxane (silicone). This is the same component that contains the material of the protection for tires and other auto-makeup. The silicone is used as a component for forming the film. The protective layer is obtained enough proof, gives UV protection and Shine, but it is in the painting of the surface and not penetrate into it (such as pottery).

What is the SiO2 (silicon dioxide)?

SiO2 is the most commonly found in nature as sand or quartz. The sand is still one of the main ingredients of which glass is made. Ordinary glass contains 70-74% SiO2. More than 90% of the sand consumed each year is used in the glass industry.

Hydrophobic coatings can be formed from different components and not only of SiO2. Coatings protective on the basis of SiO2 are common, as are the most cost-effective, cost-effective and easy to apply.

Products from different manufacturers might contain different percentages of silica. Good product contains more than 50% of SiO2, but not each manufacturer specifies this value.

What is the difference between "liquid glass" "ceramics"?

As described above, a "liquid glass" nano-ceramic coating can be completely different products. The first refers to the protection of the coating or coatings have a constant communication with the LWA.

If we consider similar products with different names, that belong to the same group of the permanent protective coatings, the differences can be used in the structure of the particles of SiO2, their number and the presence or absence of the binder polymer and various other additives.

Thus, "glass coating" (cat. Glass layer) and the "ceramic coating" (cat. Ceramic coat) can have the same composition, but different structure of SiO2. The ceramic is an orderly structure of the molecules and the glass chaotic. The glass is known as a material is amorphous not having a crystal structure (as in liquids). You can convert the glass in ceramics for heating. This will distribute the atomic structure of random in an ordered, more stable. In the name of any of the layers mentioned the word quartz (Quarz). It has a crystalline structure. This is a more expensive option glass coatings (Quarz glass layer). This structure provides exceptional strength and resistance to chemical attack and increased resistance.


Therefore, coatings based on ceramic, or "quartz" are more resistant than the coating with silicon dioxide (SiO2) that have no orderly crystal structure.

Another criterion of the effectiveness of the protective coatings is the presence or absence of the binder polymer in the composition.

Protection coating, having in its composition a polymer that is a binder for the solid particles, are less resistant than the coating without him. This composition is traditional, but has drawbacks. This polymer is progressively destroyed chemically active substances and physical factors. The polymer is the weak link. A good ceramic coating has a polymer and better protects from chemicals, as they have to break up the solid components (SiO2, SiC or TiO2), and not the polymer.

In conclusion, we can summarize that the important type of protection product and its composition. When it comes to "ceramics", which means is a long-term coating to have a constant communication with the LWA. Good "ceramics" with the right application and future maintenance can last from 2 years or more. "Liquid crystal", as mentioned above, can be protective Polish, which does not have a permanent connection with the lcp and will have a duration of 6 months to a year, depending on the amount of cleaning and it will be worse to protect from minor scratches. Again, a "liquid glass" as a common noun phrase can also denote a permanent coating. In this case, you need to specify the composition of the product and its properties.