Liquid Ceramic has long been used as an adhesive for building or even for the home. You’ve probably seen it at least once in your life – in many cases, when you look at a wall you know it’s made up primarily of a solid, transparent layer of ceramic. But did you know it also has a second, more important use?
Liquid Ceramic is basically a transparent, temporary coating for your house or other structure. Think of paint as being two parts: the actual paint, or liquid component, and the vented part, which floats away into the atmosphere when it dries. The vented part contains a high concentration of water, to prevent drying out and flaking, while the solid part, the paint, contains little or no water. But when the temperature gets too hot for the paint to bond with the solid layer of coating, it breaks away and becomes a liquid ceramic.
There are plenty of situations in which these coatings can be useful. One common application is for decorative items such as statues or stained glass windows. If you have a thick piece of glass that you’d like to protect from weathering or fading, you could apply a coating of acrylic paint to the exterior, leaving the interior smooth. Then, over the course of several years, you could buff off or sand the surface to reveal a new, pristine, high-gloss finish. The same concept works for car hoods and roofs too – paint the exterior, then coat it with a clear acrylic layer, leaving a smooth layer of siding or roofing behind.
Other practical applications include applying temporary coatings on steel structures. Steel buildings can be cooled below their freezing point using liquid coatings to form a protective, insulating layer. Or, they can be coated with paint and allow the steel to cure as normal. Another popular use for liquid ceramic coatings is to protect the surface of delicate antique engines, creating an airtight seal that prevents dust and water damage to the engine. Another example is applying coating to PVC pipes to create a rust-proof seal.
Liquid ceramic coatings have a few drawbacks as well. They can be difficult to apply, so they may need to be done by professionals. And while they’re a snap to apply, they can easily get uneven if you don’t use the right equipment. But compared to many other sealants, they’re a cheap and quick option.
Another alternative to liquid ceramic coatings is to use paint-on waxes instead. These products are less expensive than the full-strength liquid coatings, but they don’t have the same sheen or gloss of a full-strength acrylic coating. In addition, paint-on waxes can take more work to create an even finish. Paint on waxes are often used to protect newly painted metalwork.
Whether you choose liquid or paint on wax coatings, make sure you consider your climate when choosing. Paint on coatings require a little more effort and time to apply than liquid ones, but they will save you time and money in the long run as they help reduce the need for costly repairs or replacements. In addition, research shows that house paint saving benefits may be better for people who live in mild climates. Liquid coatings are recommended for people who live in colder climates, as they may save energy even when temperatures are low.
When choosing between the two types of coatings, keep in mind that there is one important factor that both systems share – they must be properly cared for. Both types of coating must be properly sealed. Sealants must penetrate the surface and stay there, and water absorption must be minimized. Properly applied sealants will dramatically reduce the amount of maintenance required to keep a house paint or epoxy flooring clean and beautiful. To learn more about protecting your house paint and epoxy floors from damage and deterioration, register for a free home evaluation today.