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Old 06-11-2021, 09:27 AM
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I am new to this forum and just purchased a 2017 Robalo. I am hiring someone to detail it and apply a protective coating. I don't know much about ceramic or graphene in a marine environment and need to decide what would be best for a marine environment. Ceramic vs Graphene vs Glidecoat...which is best for saltwater in Florida? And why? How long do they last? Thanks in advance for any response.
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Graphene is a marketing ploy. Yes, it is the strongest substance on earth, and is only one molecule in thickness. The issue is how to have that one molecule thick material sit on top of the ceramic, that it is infused with. Without getting too technical I would suggest you watch this video starting at minute 22. It does a great job of explaining the issues and why graphene coatings are simply not at a point where you will see a performance difference

Regarding ceramic coatings most are, silicon dioxide (silica, Si02). In Glidecoat's case they use a Silsesquioxane Blend chemical formula [RSiO3/2]n.

As a company, Glidecoat does a lot of testing with Q-Labs at their facility in Homestead, FL. Here, they do both UV and salt spray testing. What Glidecoat found was that most Si02 products when exposed to the Marine environment failed in 6-12 months. That in part drove them to a using a Silsesquioxane Blend, as it provided the longevity and protection that boat owners were looking for. The other big thing that came into play, was an auto ceramic versus a product specifically designed for gelcoat. Clearly there is a big difference in substrates between a clear coated painted aluminum and gelcoat. Gelcoat is much more porous and requires a much higher percentage of ceramic than a vehicle.

Overall I think if you do your research you will find Glidecoat is your best option.

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