How Water Beads Can Make Your Ceramic Coating Scratch

When a hydrophobic ceramic coating can’t shed the beads of water it forms, all sorts of damage can arise. Beads can dry into water spots that stain or etch. Acid rain beads can etch and contaminate your coating. Static water beads can even make your ceramic coating scratch! Or get scratched, to be more specific.

Here’s the logic: When you’ve got beads just lying around on your finish, you’re going to have to drag more and more microfiber towels across the surface just to get it dry. And any kind of abrasion, even that from soft microfiber towels, is going to wear down your coating overtime, even causing a scratch if your towel picks up the right particle of dirt. Ergo, more beads=more scratches. Not convinced? Let’s break it down further.

More Beads, More Drying

Common knowledge holds that water beading makes drying easier. If water’s not attracted to the surface it’s on, it’ll come off all the more easily, right? Well, not always. If beads were rolling off with ease (like they would with Dr. Beasley’s Nano-Resin Pro) then yes, drying would be easier. But all too often ceramic coatings bead water, then just let those beads sit. Just think about it: a hood full of tight little water beads is going to take a lot more drying action to remove water than a hood where most of the beads have rolled off. And all that drying action is a major risk factor for scratching.

More Drying, More Scratching

So how do we get from drying to scratching? Easy. While using microfiber towels is the one of the best ways to minimize minor scratches, it can’t prevent them outright. On a long enough timeline, at some point you’re going to pick up some foreign object, be it dirt or a rock, and drag it across your paint. That being the case, you really want to do the least amount of towel dragging possible. If your coating isn’t shedding the water beads it’s forming, then you’re going to end up dragging a whole lot more towels across the finish. And every time towel meets finish, you’re potentially digging a micro-scratch right in there.

But aren’t ceramic coatings supposed to be scratch resistant? Yes, that’s true—to an extent. After all, keep in mind that scratch resistant doesn’t mean scratch proof. With enough towel abrasion, you’re going to get a wash mark or two, no matter what. And while it’s great that the underlying paint wasn’t scratched, you’ll still need to buff off and remove the coating to get those unsightly scratches out of the picture. That’s not just a hassle; it’s also expensive.

But if you’ve got a ceramic coating like Nano-Resin Pro, beads will come off easily so you won’t have to dry as much. Less drying, less scratching, meaning you can keep your coating for longer. Even better, when scratches do occur, they’ll self-heal thanks to Nano-Resin Pro’s elastomeric nanostructure. It’s as close to scratch-proof as you can get!

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