Facts About Sio2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings
Nano-Ceramic Coatings are all the rage these days and it’s not hard to see why when it’s being used for all kinds of applications, including coatings for equipment, medical implants, catheters, sutures, and bandages. Now with the introduction into the automotive, marine, and aviation industries these coatings are exploding around the world. It creates a clear glass-like coating that bacteria can’t grow on. Although made of pure silicon dioxide, also called silica there are claims that it is safe to breathe.
Nano-Ceramic Coatings are actually ‘sodium’ silicate. Sodium silicate is used in everything from automobile repair, adhesives, and food preservation, to aquaculture, water treatment, and passive fire protection. The search for “liquid silicon dioxide” resulted in finding colloidal silica. Colloidal silica is spherical silica in a liquid state, which essentially means ‘liquid glass’ crystals which are smooth and round instead of sharp and pointed. Is this why it is safe to breath? Because there are no sharp edges to damage lung tissue? But why would we think it is safe to fill our lungs with round glass any more than with jagged sharp glass particles? Do the lungs have the ability to process and get rid of the ‘spherical’ shapes through the blood stream?
Is liquid silicon dioxide really colloidal silica, or is it sodium silicate?
• Silicon dioxide = SiO2 • Sodium silicate = Na2SiO3
Colloidal silica is simply the liquid spherical shape of silicon dioxide while sodium silicate is silicon dioxide with an added salt element (Na). Both products are derived from the second most abundant element on Earth – sand. The production of Nano-Ceramic Coating products may very well have a limitless and beneficial place in our world. But I would still suggest you not breathe it in. What are your thoughts? Think that “smoothed” glass crystals are safe enough to breathe?
SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings are actually ‘sodium’ silicate. Sodium silicate is the common name for a compound sodium metasilicate, Na2SiO3.
Also known in some circles as “water glass” the compound was defined in Von Wagner’s Manual of Chemical Technology (1892 translation) as any of the soluble alkaline silicates, first observed by Van Helmont circa 1640 as a fluid substance made by melting sand with excess alkali.
SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings are a coating of pure, safe, quartz glass or silicon dioxide (Si02). Silicon dioxide is the most abundant mineral on earth and the chief ingredient in glass. The glass that you find in windows is not pure glass.
Silicon dioxide is also known as silica (from the Latin silex) and is a chemical compound that is an oxide of silicon with the chemical formula SiO2. It has been known for its hardness since ancient times.
Silica is most commonly found in nature as sand or quartz. It is a primary raw material for many whiteware ceramics such as earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, as well as industrial Portland cement. In hydrated form, it is used in toothpaste as a hard abrasive to remove tooth plaque.
SiO2 is also found in many foods, water and beer. When applied to a surface in its Nano form, the layer is very thin and clear, and it is for this reason it has been named Liquid Glass. It doesn’t become “glass” until it’s allowed to dry. Once dried the coatings are highly durable, flexible, super smooth, breathable and ‘Super Phobic’ coating.
Being ‘Super Phobic’ means that it repels oil, water, and dry soiling. Dry dirt will not stick to the treated surface and liquids such as red wine, or coffee, are unable to penetrate the coating on fabrics. This is because each filament of every fiber is protected with a Nano scale layer of glass. Most significantly, almost all treated surfaces can be cleaned with water alone.
Solvents and cleaners are, generally, no longer required. This means that, in most instances, environmentally damaging cleaning chemicals are not needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings?
SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings are a coating of pure, safe, quartz glass or silicon dioxide (Si02). Silicon dioxide is the most abundant mineral on earth and the chief ingredient in glass. It is also found in many foods, water and beer. When applied, the layer is very thin and clear, and it is for this reason it has been named Liquid Glass.
Is silicon dioxide safe?
The FDA states that it is safe and can be added to the food you eat.
What makes SiO2 Technology different from other surface protectors?
Si02 technology is the only nano-tech surface treatment to win environmental awards for its benefits to the environment and is also the only technology of its kind to be considered “food safe”. When viewed under a microscope, our coatings appear as a continual film (a polymerized layer) of glass which is unlike other nanotech surface technologies that contain engineered particles of matter. SiO2 Ultra-Thin Coatings contain no chemicals so special safety equipment is unnecessary for application. Our products offer a safer alternative to traditional surface products and this is especially true in the industrial sector.
How are SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings applied?
Simply clean the surface and wipe, dip or spray it on electrostatically. We will evaluate with client for the best application process. When cleaning existing surfaces we recommend that all surface contamination is removed prior to application. On heavily soiled surfaces, clean the surface thoroughly by utilizing traditional cleaning agents. Once it is established the surface is free of any contaminants, then apply the appropriate SiO2 product using the proper application techniques.
What happens when SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings are applied?
Drops of water will roll around like a ball bearing on fabric. Stains will not permeate stone, even if left for long periods of time. Stainless steel will become fingerprint resistant and keep its shiny appearance – even in public. The glass on cellular phones will become scratch resistant. All surfaces will stop the growth of bacteria. For additional benefits, see “What is SiO2 Ultra-Fine Layering or Liquid Glass?”
What surfaces can SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings be applied to?
We have SiO2 products for glass and ceramic, stone, plastic, fabrics, leather and suede, metals, graffiti, specific anti-bacterial and anti-fouling products, and many others. Our clients are discovering new uses for our products every day. SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coating products are specifically designed for their labeled surface. For example, SiO2 Textile will not adhere properly to glass.
How soon after applying SiO2 Ultra-Thin Coatings can I use the surface?
Light use may resume soon after application, about 5 minutes after the product dries. Water based applications need approximately 24 hours to fully cure. Ethanol based products need 12 hours to become fully established for regular use.
Can SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings be used outdoors?
Yes. Our products will withstand extreme temperature fluctuations and are flexible up to 200%. Are SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings safe to handle? Yes. Nano-Ceramic Coating Technology has been subjected to dermatological and mucosa testing – it is very safe to the skin. However, as a precautionary measure we recommend wearing gloves whenever you use our products as the ethanol in some of our products may dry out the skin.
How does SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings fight bacteria and microbes?
Once applied, our technology becomes a durable coating that fights bacteria through ionic exchange. This means that the surface will not support bacterial growth. We also provide anti-bacterial products with the same attributes as our regular treatments but will eliminate MRSA, e-coli, and salmonella bacteria, among others, within minutes. Our products fight bacteria for the life of the treatment, unlike older technologies that use toxic additives that are short-lived and expensive. In most instances, maximum surface sanitation can be maintained by washing with water only. This unique attribute benefits nurseries, hospitals, gyms, schools, restaurants, and public transit systems and is utilized on food preparation areas, conveyor belts, cash registers, bathrooms, and other shared surface areas touched by many people.
Do you offer anti-graffiti products?
Yes. We have permanent and semi-permanent formulations that will allow easy cleaning of graffiti. Unlike other anti-graffiti products, they are environmentally friendly, invisible, long lasting, and will not discolor the surface in any way. Our anti-graffiti products will allow treated surfaces to breathe naturally and in most cases graffiti can be removed with a cloth or a power washer adjusted to a low setting. They will also eliminate any “ghosting” of the graffiti. This technology is being used all over the world to protect valuable monuments from environmental decay and “tagging” (graffiti). They can also be used on surfaces for easy peeling of bills and posters and on sidewalks to prevent chewing gum from sticking.
Are all SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coating products considered related to nanotechnology?
No. All but a few of our Nano-Ceramic Coating products fall outside what is considered nanotechnology. In technical terms nanotechnology is defined under “ultra-thin layers” as a coating that measures less than a 100 nanometers thick. Because most of our cured product layers are thicker than this, they are not, by this measure, nanotechnology.
How does SiO2 Ultra-Thin Layer’s benefit the environment?
In most instances, treated surfaces need only be cleaned with water. Treated surfaces are cleaner using water than cleaning duplicate surfaces with bleach or other such solutions. This eliminates the need for POPs (persistent organic pollutants) found in detergents and conventional cleaners that are flushed into water tables or sent to landfill sites. Because SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings are inert, it will not harm the environment in any way. These are some of the biggest reasons that this technology wins environmental awards year after year.
Will using SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings save me money?
Yes. When you treat a surface with our technology, in most instances the surface needs only to be cleaned with water. Companies allocate large budgets for cleaning solutions and the average household spends hundreds of dollars on cleaning products each year. Most of these can be eliminated with the security that your surfaces will be cleaner without them.
Are SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings damaged by strong acids or alkaline?
No. Another unique attribute of this product is that it can withstand ph values of between .5-12.5 ph. This is one of the many reasons Si02 Nano-Ceramic Coatings are used by major tile companies as a sealant for natural stone and ceramic tile. Many traditional stone sealants will allow staining if spills are not immediately removed but our products protect and extend the life of tile surfaces by prohibiting stains and the penetration of unwanted substances.
How long do SiO2 Nano-Ceramic Coatings last on surfaces?
Our technology comes with warranties from between 2 years to lifetime– depending on the products, surfaces, and environmental conditions