Mr.Outback

Silicon Carbide .vs. Graphene

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There's been incredible buzz regarding Graphene lately with claims that coatings of it are "1 atom thick" offering fantastic protection.

That seems far less than what's offered by Silicon Carbide coatings such as Opti-Coat Pro+.

Aren't "Graphene" products really another kind of resin compound but in their case containing suspended Graphene?

And what might happen should Graphene be combined with Silicon Carbide?  Would the resulting coating be blackish due to the graphene coloration?  Would suspended Graphene actually improve Silicon Carbide properties?

 

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Just another variation of a coating that is infused with graphene oxide.  Too early to tell if there is any benefit as these coatings are in their infancy.  

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The only other SIC coating I've heard of comes from CarPro (Cquartz SIC) which seems to be consumer grade and apparently has a 7 day cure time before washing.  Have not seen it compared to Opti-Coat nor other products other than Cquartz 3.0, an SIO2 coating.  No mention of warranty on their site.

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Another detailer is offering his own "metal oxide" (a type of  tin) coating.  No info as to what the base resin is.  I could see the metal might add some internal "sparkle" to the resin, but tin has a tendency to oxidize very easily.

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Out of curiosity,  do SIC coatings reflect heat?  I've noticed my Pro+ Outback's Autumn Green color stays surprisingly cool in the sunlight.

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