Why Gtechniq Crystal Serum?
Crystal Serum is the market-leading composite ceramic coating – the best paint protection available.
Because of the strong chemical bond the coating forms with a car’s paintwork, Crystal Serum can only be applied by a trained detailing professional in the Gtechniq accredited detailer network.
Should Crystal Serum be applied incorrectly a car will need flat sanding to remove the coating.
What does it do?
Crystal Serum is an unbeaten paint protection product. It provides ceramic protection with previously unachievable levels of gloss, durability, scratch and chemical resistance.
The composite structure offers ultimate safeguard, plus the same slick finish and candy-like gloss as the very best carnauba waxes.
With a 9h top and softer 7h base layer (based on the pencil hardness test), Serum offers improved swirl resistance over regular 9h coatings. It forms a thick combined film which greatly reduces surface hazing and improves gloss.
When your car is cleaned, even the harshest wash chemicals will not dull your gloss, as Crystal Serum is resistant to chemicals from pH2 to pH13. And on top of that, contaminants like bird droppings are easy to remove and will not harm a car’s clear coat.
As well as chemicals, it is unaffected by extreme heat changes, even from -40 to +250 degrees Celsius and offers exceptional UV protection which prevents premature dulling.
For the definitive hydrophobic finish it can be over coated with Gtechniq EXO – this is known as a CS Black treatment.
is a multi-layerable, clear, extremely hard, liquid nano-ceramic coating.
When cured, this technology will transform itself on the surface to a permanent, ridged, flexible glass shield.
Its transparent 3D matrix structure protects the surface from minor scratches, graffiti, dirt, aging, premature oxidation. It offers excellent thermal (2500 F), UV, oxidation, corrosion and chemical resistance. A surface that has been sealed with Ceramic Pro 9H stays clean for a longer period of time due to its smoothness and hydrophobic qualities.
Ceramic Pro is permanent coating and can only be removed if maintained correctly using machine polish hence we often sell it with a life time warranty. The unique formulation of Ceramic pro has enabled it to be multi-layered which means the thickness of the coating can be increased with additional layers allowing a thicker/harder film that will increase protection.
Ceramic Pro product range includes both water based and solvent based products with a 30% – 70% Silica (SIO2) content. The products have gone a number of standardized ASTM and ISO tests backing up the claims mentioned above.
Ceramic Pro was originally designed for the oil industry and space industry but expanded quickly into other industries such as automotive marine and aviation.
The tests have been conducted by SGS. SGS is the world’s largest and leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company trusted by millions.
Gloss Level – High- (depends on substrate)
Viscosity #2 Zahn Cup- 12～14 seconds
5% Salt Spray (ASTM B117)- 350 hrs
Pencil Hardness (JIS 5400)- Above 9H
Adhesion Cross-Cut Tape (ASTM D3359)- 5b (no coating loss)
Mandrel Bend (ASTM D522)- 0 mm coating loss at 180° rotation
Impact (ASTM D2794)- 80/80 inch-lbs
The coating can be applied in temperatures as low as -20 Fahrenheit. Once cured, the coating provides protection from extreme temperatures ranging from -50 to 2,200 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Oxidation & Corrosion Resistant
Ceramic Pro protects paint and metal from coming into contact with water and oxygen preventing oxidation and corrosion. The ASTM B117 Salt Spray Corrosion Test provides a controlled corrosive environment which has been utilized to produce relative corrosion resistance information for specimens of metals and coated metals exposed in a given test chamber. The chemical tests conducted by SGS and internally are: 5% salt spray for 350 hours with results of no visible damage, as well as 5% salt spray for 5000 hours with no visible damage (internal test).
The coating has 100% resistance against damaging contaminants and harsh chemicals. Once cured, the only way to remove the coating is through heavy abrasion. The chemicals tested and conducted by SGS include: JIS K5400 Alkali, Acids and Salt. This test method identifies how well the coating resists sodium carbonate, sulfuric acid and sodium chloride despite heavy exposure. Result: 5% Na2CO3 for 24 hours: No visible damage, 5% H2SO4 for 24 hours: No visible damage, and 5% NaCL for 96 hours: No visible damage.
Ceramic Pro has proven to be a perfect coating for surfaces that are exposed to expansion and deformation. The test conducted by the SGS is the Mandrel Bend Test (ASTM D522 test). This test is useful in evaluating the flexibility of coatings on substrates. Result: 0 mm of coating loss at 180° rotation.
In the coating industry a products hardness or ability to resist scratches is determined by the pencil test. In the Pencil test conducted by SGS (JIS K5400) a coated panel is placed on a firm horizontal surface. The pencil is held firmly against the film at a 45° angle (pointed away from the operator) and pushed away from the operator in a 0.256-inch strokes. On a scale ranging from 6B (softest) to 9H (hardest), Strong has been tested and classified above 9H. impact In the Impact resistance testing conducted by SGS (ASTM D2794 test) coatings attached to substrates are subjected to damaging impacts during the manufacture of articles and their use in service. This test method for impact resistance is useful in predicting the performance of organic coatings and their ability to resist cracking caused by impacts. Result: 80/80 inch pounds.
The test conducted by SGS is the ASTM D3359 Adhesion test. This test covers procedures for assessing the adhesion of coating films to metallic substrates by applying and removing pressure-sensitive tape over cuts made in the film. Result: 5B (No coating loss when using strongest tape).
The UV protection keeps paint, rubber and plastic from aging. The tests conducted by SGS; ASTM G154-06 and ASTM D2244 determine color changes on surfaces exposed to UV rays. Result: No color change
A cured layer of Strong weighs between 0.2 to 1 gram/square foot depending on porousness of the surface.
A surface level of hydrophobia is dependent on the water contact angle of the surface. The higher angle the less dirt or liquid will attach to the surface. Strong 2.0 has a contact angle of at least 110 degrees.
The coatings ability to conduct electricity in room temperature is extremely low. With higher temperatures the conductivity increases.
Gloss or Color Changes
The coating does not always increase gloss. It preserves the shine of a surface at the time of treatment. Color and shine depend on the surface being treated.
Ceramic Pro is a non-toxic product and the tests that have been conducted by SGS are: ASTM F963-08 (4,3,5) Heavy Metal Lead, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, Selenium. Result: Not detected in all tested substances.
ECHA REACH test Ceramic Pro has been tested against 144 substances of very high concern (SVHC) screening. SVHC candidate list based on the publication by European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on June 2013. Result: Not detected in all tested substances.
VOC Ceramic Pro Strong is VOC compliant at 5.2 g/liter.