Create a seamless hydrophobic barrier with nano coating NZ
What is nano coating NZ? A hard question to answer! If we look at nano coating from a technology perspective, matter at scale of 0,000 000 001 (10-9) part a metre is called nanotechnology. Because the particles are so small they bond and become one with the surface instead of laying on top of it. This creates a seamless barrier, therefore making nano coating an excellent solution for water proofing and protecting wood, metal, glass, concrete, stone, circuitry and more!
The main characteristics of nano coating are:
- water repelling;
- ice prevention;
- rust protection;
- anti bacterial;
- self cleaning;
- anti graffiti & anti urine
In this article, we’ll tell you all about the different applications of nano coating and which companies in New Zealand specialize in this art.
From cars to iron constructions: the applications of nano coating
Because of its versatile characteristics, this small layer can use as protection for a lot of substrates. Nano coating often used in and on:
- cars, airplanes, trains and in the automotive industry;
- fabric, shoes and clothes;
- phones and electronic devices;
- consumer goods;
- buildings and metal, concrete or iron constructions.
Super hydrophobic nano coating aka waterproof coating
The main cause of damage, degrading and or corrosion of different materials is moisture. Porous minerals like concrete substrates absorb water and damage over the years. In addition metal surfaces corrode and wood will eventually degrade. Furthermore, water can even cause shortages on electrical circuit boards of for example LED street lights.
Normal waterproof coating acts as a barrier between the rain and the substrate. The water simply slides of but the coating does not allow the substrate to breathe unfortunately. A big drawback: this will ultimately damage the substrate. In addition, normal coating can also influence the appearance of the substrates if thick layers are requires.
This coating doesn’t have those disadvantages: super hydrophobic literally means super afraid of water. This nano coating repels all water on a substrate! Look at the video below for an example.
Advantages hydrophobic nano coating:
- water is actively beaded and repelled and the substrate remains breathable after applying;
- contamination has no chance of penetrating;
- the ultra thin layer is practically invisible;
- it’s solvent free;
- pressure wash resistant (50-60 BAR);
- it does not change the appearance of the substrate and there is no color infiltration;
- it protects the substrate against damaging UV rays;
- it’s easy to clean;
- it protects the substrates and gives it a longer life span.
Besides rain the super hydrophobic nano coating also protects against other water based liquids like drinks, sauces, mud and syrups. As a result it is often used in restaurants and kitchens.
Rust protection and rust proofing with nano coating NZ
We all know rust to be the reddish brown layer formed on iron or steel after coming in contact with moisture and oxygen. Rust or corrosion is the common name of the chemical reaction that creates Iron Oxide or Oxidation. Corrosion resistant coatings are very popular in the automotive industry. Nano coating with anti-corrosive properties ensure metal components have the longest possible lifespan. It works exactly like hydrophobic nano coatings do; it acts like a barrier between the corrosive material and water. Because the water can not penetrate the substrate, the chemical reaction that forms rust cannot occur.
In conclusion, the main benefits are:
- effective protection for up to 4 years;
- oxidization and rust prevention;
- it makes the substrate water resistant;
- nano particles protect the substrate against harmful water contaminants like salt and acid;
- the coating provides a UV protective layer.
Anti bacterial nano coating (silver nano)
When mentioning anti bacterial nano coating NZ we are often talking about silver nano. Silver nano is a special coating used on many home appliances like refrigerators, washing machines and vacuum cleaners. As air circulates the coated surface comes in contact with silver ions which resist airborne bacteria. When doing the laundry for example, the washing machine releases over 300 billion silver ions.
These ions penetrate deeply into the fabric and adhere to the fibers, thus sterilizing and disinfecting the material. Therefore washing in extremely high temperatures is no longer necessary. This coating is therefore often used in hospitals (for cleaning bed linnen and hospital robes).
Unfortunately, one disadvantage of silver nano is that is not environmentally friendly for marine life. This raises the question if this disadvantage outweighs the benefits.
These are the nano coating companies in New Zealand
Have a project in mind that could use some nano? The major nano coating companies in New Zealand are listed below along with a brief introduction:
Nano Clear Permanent Protection – Nano-Clear was developed by Nanovere Technologies in the United States, a company that specialises in the research, development and manufacturing of first-to-market nano coatings with multi-functional properties
Dalton International LTD – Dalton International is a 100% New Zealand owned and operated business established in 1998. If your business works with hazardous substances then you need to speak to them.
ToughGuard – ToughGuard’s unique resin/polymer formulation bonds with surfaces, providing a perfectly clear, Nano-thin barrier coat protecting against destructive environmental elements and man-made contaminants for years.
Nano Guard New Zealand LTD -Nano Guard NZ LTD continues to research and source the best nano technology products from around the globe.