What is ceramic coating?

The easiest way to understand Ceramtek is to think of it as a second layer of skin and is completely transparent. Ceramic Coating is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand to the exterior of a boat.  The coating chemically bonds with the boat’s gelcoat creating a layer of protection.  It can be applied in multiple layers allowing a thicker/harder layer of protection.

Once applied to a surface, the need for waxes and other products becomes unnecessary. Ceramic coating is clear and non-yellowing.  When cured, it transforms into a rigid, super slick glass shield.  Ceramtek forms a permanent bond with the surface and will not wash off or break down and can only be removed by abrasion.

Ceramtek reduces the surface tension of the gelcoat preventing algae from planting roots into the boat’s very porous finish making growth very easy to remove. After application, the surface becomes very hydrophobic which allows you to simply hose off the boat while rinsing away the salt, dirt or fish blood from the surface.

Basically, the biggest difference between waxes and Ceramtek is the amount of protection that our product provides over the other.  Waxes might look great for a few weeks (or possibly months) but because gelcoat is very porous waxed boats require constant maintenance to achieve the desired results.  To make matters worse, if the wax is improperly applied it can contribute to scratching and swirling by using poor technique, dirty or damaged equipment.

Although waxes cost much less than ceramic coatings-you get what you pay for!   If you’ve ever waxed a boat before, you’re well aware of the time and energy that’s involved and constant upkeep required.

Given Mother Nature’s harsh conditions, such as acid rain, UV damage, salt water, bird or insect droppings just to name a few…. keeping your boat looking it’s best is an uphill battle.  The marine environment is unforgiving but whatever Mother Nature can hurl at your boat’s finish will be deflected by ceramic coating not wax.

Benefits of ceramic coating include but are limited to:

Ceramtek coating will make the surface so repellent to the harsh elements that the cleaning process will no longer be a problem.

If a boat is often exposed to the sun, it’s gelcoat will begin to oxidize.  A layer of ceramic coating protects from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thereby reducing the amount of oxidation.

Ceramtek utilizes a revolutionary blend of UV inhibiting minerals to protect your boat from the harsh sun.  Our product is a liquid nano polymer that has the ability to reflect UV rays unlike wax which still allows UV ray to penetrate and damage the gelcoat.

Have you ever noticed how tired you are after a day out on the water?  Just think how your boat is constantly battling the reflection of UV rays from the water, day in and day out.

Ceramtek’s super slick, protective layer allows bird droppings, fish blood, oil, etc. to be easily washed off your boat’s surface.

Spider droppings are more easily cleaned up if they’re fresh but if left awhile they will harden into a crust that is almost impossible to remove. Even after cleaning, spider droppings can leave stains that could ruin your boat’s finish and upholstery.

Another notorious dockside nuisance is the seagull.  Though not as revolting as spiders, birds are even worse shipmates.  The mess they leave on your boat can have you scrubbing for hours. This is because seagulls perch where they can find food which means limitless droppings and fish guts deposited on your boat’s deck and canvas.  If that wasn’t bad enough, seagulls can also carry harmful bacteria which could potentially transmit to the guests on your vessel.

One of the most significant features of CeramTek is that it is hydrophobic which is a fancy way of saying it repels water.  When a boat has a hydrophobic ceramic coating water will bead on the surface and slide off more easily.  With ceramic coating, cleanup can be as simple as spraying down the boat with a hose.  The coating allows salt water, bird/insect droppings and other environmental contaminants to more easily slide off the protected surface.

In short, a ceramic coating adds additional protection to your boat’s exterior and helps keep it looking its very best with minimal maintenance.

What does this mean for you?  Essentially it means more time enjoying the water and less time cleaning your boat.

What is a 9H ceramic coating?  9H stands for a hardness scale of 9 on the ‘pencil’ hardness scale.  The pencil hardness scale is incredibly important in the woodworking and detailing industries as it creates a scale of hardness for comparison purposes. Hence the name of ‘9H’ for 9 hardness.

The most unique function of ceramic coating is the ability to reduce drag when applied to the hull bottom and prop.  Proven in the manufacturer industry, this coating reduces surface tensions creating higher speeds at cruising RPM’s.

The term ‘mirror finish’ definitely applies in this case regarding a boat that has been ceramic coated.  It’s not too far-fetched to make the statement that you could read a newspaper in its reflection, if applied properly.  (if you could read backwards, that is.)

Your boat will stand out from all others. You will be the talk of the marina; anywhere you cruise and most likely will have other boaters asking you about it.

Your boat will be glossier and more beautiful than the day you bought it! The results are truly amazing!

Protecting your props is challenging.  So many variables cause headaches for boat owners as they are constantly looking for the right solution.

We are continually striving for the optimal solution for boat owners. Our anti-fouling ceramic coating can be applied to your prop blades to protect them from marine growth.