water droplets on a surface with nano coating

Benefit from the water- and grease-repelling properties of nano coating

From food processing to automotive and from textile to exterior, a nano coating is useful in almost any sector. Not only do nano coatings seal the car lacquer but also make the windows of a skyscraper self-cleaning. A nano coating does not form a layer on the substrate like traditional coatings, but becomes one with the substrate instead, forming bonds on a nanoscopic level. Due to this, liquids can no longer penetrate the surface, and dirt, grease and fungi cannot adhere.

To provide you with an idea of whether nano coating is what your project needs, here are five examples of benefits nano coating provides:

  1. Reduces cleaning costs | Grease and dirt slides off windows and solar panels. Cleaning becomes safe and cost efficient with nano glass coating and other products.
  2. Increases general safety | Dangerous fungi and bacteria cannot attach to the surface thanks to antimicrobial additives.
  3. Prevents vandalism | Becomes an effective anti graffiti or anti urine layer where the harmful substrate cannot attach to.
  4. Protects from short-circuits | Ideal for electronic uses and electrical systems.
  5. Slows down deterioration | Durable protection for sensitive and porous surfaces such as concrete bridges and monuments.

 In this article we will introduce the many possibilities liquid nano coatings offer to the Australian market.


Find the right nano coating for your project in 3 steps

When choosing the nano coating for your project, you should keep in mind the purpose and material of the substrate: glass, wood and concrete all require slightly different products. For example, your car may require a nano glass coating for paint protection, whereas the car windows need a nano coating spray for glass. There are three basic steps to choosing the right nano coating for your project:

STEP ONE: Define what you expect from the nano coating

The main effects nano coatings can have, depending on the chemical composition and ingredients, include making a substrate hydrophobic, hydrophilic, oleophobic, or scratch resistant. First off you need to know what you want to achieve with the coating.

1. Self-cleaning

Suitable coating: Hydrophilic coating
Examples of applications: Self cleaning glass for skyscraper windows, nano coating for glass, medical instrument, solar panels and greenhouses.
What it is: This nano coating is based on titanium dioxide and it is suitable especially for smooth surfaces. Titanium dioxide makes the coating self cleaning because it breaks down organic bonds in the presence of UV light. It is also highly wettable, which means water is attracted to the surface and washes the unbonded contaminants away. This is the process behind self clean glass coatings, Australia has a number of projects which utilise this technology including Martin Place skyscrapers in Sydney CBD. The coating is also extremely hygienic, and hydrophillic coatings are used to lubricate medical devices.

2. Dirt- and water-repellent

water repellent coating hydrophobic coating

Water droplets do not adhere to surfaces with nano coating.

Suitable coating: Hydrophobic and oleophobic
Examples of applications:  Car windows, walls and floors in the food processing industry, eyeglasses, sanitary facilities, textile, plastic, exterior furniture etc.
What it is: Hydrophobic and oleophobic literally mean afraid of water and afraid of oils. The effective ingredient in these coatings is silicon dioxide which prevents water and contaminants from adhering to the surface. This type of nano coating is available for nearly any surface: the most common applications take place on bathroom floors and walls, but it is also available as nano coating for glass.

3. Resistant to impact

Suitable coating: Glass- or ceramic coating
Examples of applications: Car paint, statues, machines, as a top coat on floors and walls.
What it is: Like hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings, ceramic and glass coatings are also based on silicon dioxide or silica, however they have a higher concentration. This makes the nanocoating extremely hard, almost insoluble and resistant to a wide range of chemicals. Due to the extreme hardness of the coating, it is also somewhat resistant to impact and scratches. Therefore, it is used as nano glass coating in the automotive coating and refinishes sectors.

STEP TWO: Pick a product that suits your substrate

Even though nano coatings are suitable for almost any substrate, not every coating adheres to all substrates. The optimal adherence is created by adding ingredients that support adhesion to the particular substrate such as smooth metal or porous concrete. Therefore, the products are also often named according to the substrate for which they are suited, for example Nano Concrete, Nano Plastic, Nano Coating for Glass and so on.

It is crucial to choose the product that is specially developed for the surface you wish to coat. If you choose a product that is made for a different substrate, the coating may not adhere and the effect may not be as wished. Keep in mind that nano coatings are not suitable for old, contaminated substrates. The substrate must be absolutely clean.They are also susceptible to damage from harsh cleaning chemicals.

Medical and environmentally friendly nano coating innovations

Nanotechnology coating forms the basis for many innovative experiments and prototypes. For example hospitals make use of nanocoating as antimicrobial floor and wall coatings. Medical equipment and implants can also be nano coated to make them safer and sterile.

Nano coatings also contribute to improved and cleaner environment; they are used as anti graffiti coatings which make removing graffiti easy, and as pee back paint which prevents the fluid from adhering to the surface. You can read more about these applications in our articles dedicated to the topics.

STEP THREE: Purchase nano coating products in Australia

Once you know which nano coating you need, it is time to purchase the coating. To make the job little easier for you, we have compiled a short overview of professional nano coating products available in Australia. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in the following products, or if you are looking for a tailored nano solution.

NANO COATINGPRICE INDICATIONTHEORETICAL COVERAGECOATING TYPE
Chemona Multi Nano Coat$1,243.60 (5 L)250 ml per 10 m² (2 layers on porous substrates)Hydrophobic and oleophobic: for steel, aluminium, polyester, plastics, polymers and rubber.
Chemona Glass Coat$3,812.90 (5 L)50 ml per 20 m² (sufficient coverage with 1 layer)Hydrophilic: for glass (such as windows)
Ceramic Pro$2,400.00 (5 L)Complete treatment for one carCeramic: for car paint
Nano4Life Nano4-Chromemetal$94.90 (200 ml)40 m² per litreHydrophobic and oleophobic: for metal surfaces
Nano4Life Nano4-Glass Ceramic$209.90 (500 ml)100 m² per litreCeramic: for glass and ceramic surfaces
Nanoman Solar Coat$199.00 (750 ml)100 -120 m² per litreHydrophobic and oleophobic: for solar panels
Ultra-Ever Dry$349.00 (1 L)6 m² per litreSuperhydrophobic and oleophobic: for wood metals, plastic, rubber, concrete, stone and over paints

Find certified nano coating companies for your project

With the wide range of possible applications, from car manufacture to electronic device protection and self cleaning glass, it can be tricky working out the right nano coating companies for your project. We at Coating.com.au are happy to offer our services to help you  find the right nano coating. In cooperation with our coating partners, we can connect you with your coating solution. Our quote service is 100% free, all you need to do is use the button below and give us an outline of your project so we can find the best option for you.


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4 replies
  1. Russell Smith
    Russell Smith says:

    Hi,
    I am the EziCleen Applicator for Western Australia. We provide a range of surface protection and are:-
    1. The only Accredited Applicators for all Sure Seal Sealants for Tiles, Grout, Paving and Stone in Western Australia
    2. We are the exclusive applicators of Diamon Fusion – The Superior Nano Surface Protection with a patented two treatment process and lifetime guarantee.

    I am interested in finding out how we can become listed on your site.

    Reply
    • Ayold
      Ayold says:

      Dear Russell,

      Thank you for your interest in becoming listed on our site. We will shortly send you an email containing more information about the possibilities.

      Best regards,
      Jasmin – Coating.com.au

      Reply
  2. Scott Reed
    Scott Reed says:

    Hello, you said in the section 3 statement Resistant to impact that is two coats are added it created an extremely hard surface and an ability to be chemical resistant. will this product resist oil based paint sticking to it, the reason I ask is that I manage a business that paints products using dip tanks, the products dipped are then allowed to drip off over trays that run back into the dip tanks. the main issue with this is that the paint sticks to the trays, builds up and creates time and product waste. Do you have a product that can repel oil based paints, we use turpentine and Thinners as the thinning and cleaning mediums.
    Thank you

    Reply
    • Ayold
      Ayold says:

      Dear Sir Reed,

      Thank you for your question about Nano Coating in Australia. You will receive an email from us containing more information.

      Best regards,
      Sofia – Coating.com.au

      Reply

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