One of India’s most popular hatches given a high quality ceramic coating, and set on fire. Don’t worry, the car survives the test easily.
Ceramic coating is the new rage in town, for those seriously into taking care of the paint finishes of their vehicles. It is costlier, but is generally accepted to be more effective than waxing or teflon coating of the painted surfaces.
Here is a video that shows ceramic coated Maruti Suzuki Baleno hatchback being set on the fire to test how effective ceramic coating is. The Baleno has been coated with Ceramic Pro 9H.
What’s happening here?
The video shows a newly-coated Maruti Suzuki Baleno put on fire with help of fuel. The fire is set on the side doors of the vehicle and after burning for a few minutes, the fire leaves a residue behind. They also spray fuel on the fender, roof and the bonnet and light them on fire.
The attendants then show that the car stays spotless after wiping the residue off with a micro fibre towel. The video is done by Saboo Ceramic Pro India and they claim that the 9H treatment done to the vehicle adds 9 layers of protection to the vehicle. According to their official website, there are different packages that provide warranty starting from 6 months to 5 years. Saboo Ceramic Pro is the official retail chain of Ceramic Pro products in India.
The website describes the 9H product as a hydrophobic (water repellant) high gloss finish nano-ceramic coating. The coating is said to have scratch resistance, chemical resistance, UV resistance, Thermal resistance and Ant-Grafitti. The coating bonds with the paint of the vehicle and as per the website, only hard abrasion can remove it. The coating’s thickness can be increased as per the needs of the customer.
Interestingly, the 9H coating is said to have permanent protection and thermal resistance up to 750 C, which is extremely high temperature. The cost of the package is not mentioned on the website. The cost depends on the size of the vehicle.
What is ceramic coating?
Ceramic coating a semi-permanent coating that is an alternative to wax polishes. It sticks to the body paint and does not rub off easily. The ceramic coating does not need repetitions every few months like the wax and Teflon coating. However, it is quite expensive than the two. The coating prevents minor scratches and abrasions to the exterior and also keeps the paint in factory condition for a longer time. Ceramic coating is not an alternative to PPF (Paint Protection Film).
Does this make the vehicle fire-proof?
Absolutely not! While the exterior body may resist fire because of the coating, there are untreated interiors, electricals and mechanical parts of the vehicle that can still catch fire. Also, in case of an accident, any abrasion or scratches will remove the coating so one has to be super careful while driving or parking their vehicles with the coat.