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Modesta Products have been developed by leading Japanese scientist and are only available to professional detailing specialist through its worldwide distributor network

Modesta liquid glass coating (Silicon dioxide SiO2) also known as silica, is a chemical compound that is an oxide of silicon. Silica is mostly found in nature as quartz. Silicon dioxide is very hard, It has a very high melting point, is insoluble in water.

When a coating is applied to a properly prepared, clean surface, that surface takes on properties that are virtually identical to hardened glass, they also exhibit a measurable film thickness. These coatings can also be used on both paint and wheel surfaces making them much easier to keep clean as well as providing protection. Glass coating is different from wax or paint sealants which are resin based. Resin is organic material, so it deteriorates with external factors which are ultraviolet rays, acid rain and so on. Silica is chemically inert and will not react with the base material. In other words, dirt will not bond to the treated surface, thereby reducing soiling and organic staining. Acid rain and other chemical compounds easily wash off, significantly reducing the hydroscopic nature of surfaces exposed to industrial or environmental pollution.

We are properly educating our customers, so they understand a coatings possibility and its limitations, while glass coatings offer better protection than waxes or sealants, as well as greater durability they still need to be taken care of properly. Using the proper washing techniques can keep their paint surface swirl free indefinitely. Teaching our clients how to wash correctly will go a long way in avoiding paint surface damage like scratches, marring, swirls, etc. It may show some damage from road grit hits but these are within the coating, so the paint underneath is fine. This is also true if the vehicle has been subjected to a damaging wash, the swirls and marring are mostly in the coating itself so the damage comes out more quickly.

There are a lot of competitive coating on the market today and many of them can all be traced back to one or two suppliers. Modesta manufacture all products in house and do not make products for any other brand. In the growing industry of vehicle protection, Modesta stands apart from the rest in a large way. Modesta technology is the one of the most sophisticated coatings on the market, for professional use only.

These coatings are layer-able to produce a thicker topcoat if used correctly. Offering effective durability to extreme temperatures, ultraviolet (UV) radiation protection and an insane gloss, similar to candy-coat paint. Modesta coatings help to protect the paint from all kinds of damage including, wash-induced damages (scratches) oxidation, tree sap, watermarks, salts, acids (including bird and bug excrement) and even permanent ink. Its strong water-repellent properties promote the self-cleaning (Lotus effect).

Does paint density (hardness) affect its scratch resistance?

Many coating products claim an obtained surface hardness of 9H but this has little if anything to do with scratch resistance. Scratch resistance can be related to higher cross-link density and elasticity of the coating network.

Why a dense (hard) clear coat can be so easily scratched?

Force acts through a body that has a surface area; if the surface area is small while maintaining an equal force, the pressure becomes astronomical and the object under pressure capable of penetrating the surface of an otherwise tough material. (Newton's third law of motion) That's why a micro fine thread that is twice as fine as silk and 100 times finer than a human hair, in an otherwise soft micro-fibre towel can scratch your paint.

And the same reason a mosquito can penetrate a rhino hide with its stinger. This can best be summed up as: your car's paint finish, though it may feel hard, is actually rather soft. Nearly everything else that comes in contact with it, though it may feel soft, is harder by comparison and will scratch it with enough pressure, sometimes just the slightest of pressure.

Infrared heating: During the coating / curing process we use Infrared Cure lamps to crosslink the coating. Infrared radiation to the coating will enable the coating to cross link and start the curing process, infrared heat will also aid product overall drying, improving both gloss and hardness. When large surface area need to be heated, infrared lamps are often used in banks. This process drastically increases the coatings hardness and protection abilities as well as its shine and gloss. It takes approx. three weeks before the coating is completely cured, but rest assured it is completely safe to drive during this period.

The aesthetics of a vehicle's appearance is very subjective to say the least, the only paint protection finish that really matters is what looks 'best' to you the observer. In the final analysis it all comes down to; 85% paint preparation, 5% product, 7% application method and skill of the detailer.

There are no scientific measurements or tests for aesthetics, they are reliant upon the eye of the beholder and their preferences. However, the way a surface reflects light is effected by the paint colour, how clean the paint surface is (free of surface contaminants) which will affect how the paint colour is allowed to show through the clear coat(clarity), how level (levelled by polishing) the surface is, all these factors will affect the way the paint surface will reflect light, therefore how "good" it looks to you.

To start a conversation on how Smart Pro Detailing in Cairns can help to protect your vehicle, contact us today.

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