Armor Shield IX is a 9H-rated nano ceramic coating that utilizes nano particles to penetrate microscopic imperfections on hard surfaces. As the coating fills all of those undetectable pockets, pores, peaks, and valleys, and begins to harden, it forms an extremely slick layer of transparent quartz that is incredibly hard.
9H Hardness Levels Explained
Ceramic coating hardness levels play an important role in determining the product’s resistance to scratches. The best way of evaluating a product's scratch resistance levels, is with the grading pencil test, which utilizes a kit of pencils with assorted grades of strength.
Starting with H (the softest), and then gradually proceeding all the way to 9H (the hardest), scientists are able to determine what grade of pencil will make lines in the ceramic coating. Armor Shield IX’s formula features a 9H hardness scale rating, which is the highest possible scratch resistance rating currently offered in the nano ceramic coating market.
Self-Cleaning Hydrophobic Properties
Armor Shield IX's nano ceramic technology mimics nature’s “Lotus Effect,” a phenomena that can was first discovered in the self-cleaning leaves of the lotus flower.
In a surface protectant, this translates to the repelling of rain, dirt, road grime, pollen bird crap, bug guts, tree sap, and a slew of other unpleasant substances. This not only makes the cleaning of the ceramic coated surface extremely easy, but it also helps keep said surface cleaner for longer.
That said, we still recommend hand washing your ride every two weeks, and our Ceramic Maintenance Shampoo is perfect for this task. This pH neutral, wax-free car shampoo has been specially formulated for nano ceramic coatings, making it the ultimate cleaning option for AvalonKing coated cars.
Armor Shield IX is like an ultra-high SPF sunscreen for your automobile. A product that simultaneously deflects UV radiation, while fighting paint fade and oxidation. Not familiar with UV radiation damage? Here's a quick rundown of the dangers associated with this solar affliction.
Ultra-violet radiation has the ability to penetrate and damage a car’s clear coat, especially when it has not been well maintained. When UV light breaks through the protective layers of an automotive clear coat, it causes fading and stimulates oxidation, which on a metal surface can eventually evolve into corrosion and rust.
Hard water spots form when water that is rich in calcium and other naturally occurring minerals dries on a surface. Armor Shield IX helps repel these minerals, thus making water spots easier to remove.