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 and protect car paintwork, they can 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 – it becomes either a hydrophobic coating or a hydrophilic coating, depending on its composition.
To provide you with an idea of whether nano coating is what your project needs, here are five examples of the benefits nano coating:
- 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.
- Increases general safety | Dangerous fungi and bacteria cannot attach to the surface thanks to antimicrobial additives.
- Prevents vandalism | Becomes an effective anti graffiti or anti urine layer where the harmful substrate cannot attach to.
- Protects from short-circuits | Ideal for electronic uses and electrical systems.
- 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 want from the nano coating
The main properties nano coatings have depend on the chemical composition and ingredients of the coating. Nano coatings are versatile and can be used as a hydrophobic coating, a hydrophilic coating, an oleophobic coating, or even scratch resistant coatings. First off you need to know what you want to achieve.
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 cleaning glass. Australia has a number of projects which utilise this technology including Martin Place skyscrapers in Sydney CBD. The coating is also extremely hygienic, and hydrophilic coatings are used to lubricate medical devices.
2. Dirt- and water-repellent
Suitable coating: Hydrophobic coating 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 oleophobic and hydrophobic coating, 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 COATING||PRICE INDICATION||THEORETICAL COVERAGE||COATING 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 car||Ceramic: for car paint|
|Nano4Life Nano4-Chromemetal||$94.90 (200 ml)||40 m² per litre||Hydrophobic and oleophobic: for metal surfaces|
|Nano4Life Nano4-Glass Ceramic||$209.90 (500 ml)||100 m² per litre||Ceramic: for glass and ceramic surfaces|
|Nanoman Solar Coat||$199.00 (750 ml)||100 -120 m² per litre||Hydrophobic and oleophobic: for solar panels|
|Ultra-Ever Dry||$349.00 (1 L)||6 m² per litre||Superhydrophobic 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.