This summer we have been quite busy in our shop, but, we have made sure to get more ceramic coating products that you guys recommended and test them out thoroughly to see how they perform - in the real world.
Today on our hands, we are taking a closer look at Nano Bond Ceramic Coating.
We are of a firm view that marketing is important, and that is true. Many would agree. After all, you do want to sell a product that you have created, of course. We do, however, have a problem when the marketing quite outshines the product in every single aspect.
Give the marketing team a raise, great job for them, but the repercussions of that reflect very poorly on the longevity and integrity of the company that pushed out the product, and most of all - the paying customers are the ones that suffer the most.
Is Nano Bond Ceramic Coating Pro a product that will leave a sour taste in your mouth once you've tried it, or will it end up being amazing?
*WARNING: The above sentence is obviously a metaphor - DO NOT DRINK any ceramic coating product, ever. Thanks!
Here we will find out the answer to the age-old question - is Nano Bond Ceramic Coating any good?
Well, perhaps not 'age old' but we had a few people asking about how this particular product performs, so naturally, we gave it a go!
Just to clarify - we are not sponsored by Nano Bond, or any other manufacturer of Paint Protection products, and we will test and review the product as it is in real-world conditions. We will follow the manufacturer's instructions during the application process and we will prepare the surface to ensure the best finish and best adhesion possible. We are leaving an affiliate link to all our review products but in case the product turns out to be of low quality or not as all as advertised we leave a warning to all our readers and the quality of the product will always be reflected in the grade we assign to it at the end of every review. So if you do not want to sit through all of this text, you can scroll down to the Average Grade and read our Final Thoughts to get a general idea of what the product is all about.
Let's check out Nano Bond Ceramic Coating Pro
Get your Nano Bond Ceramic Coating PRO on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3PUv15C
A small disclaimer - This product is called Nano Bond Ceramic Coating PRO, even though there is no "PRO" in its name. So we are not sure why that name, but there we go, that's how it is.
These Chinese-made ceramic coatings have been popping up left and right since the moment ceramic coatings started becoming mainstream. Some disappeared after they received no traction in the market, but others stuck around and endured.
With "Made in China", unfortunately, comes to a few question marks and some preemptive judgment. Now, we are not ones to judge before we see something in action. But red flags are always to be taken with some amount of caution. At least you know what to look out for.
Nano Bond Ceramic Coating is one of those that stuck. It's been around for a while and it definitely received some good press. Nano Bond has their own website, but its main trafficking method has been Amazon.
This product stands out mainly because of its price point, similar to how Weiruixin 10H Ceramic Coating does. Does this mean they are both the same? Of course not.
This is why we do all these tests. To disregard presumptions and bias and stick only to real-world results and facts.
Now let's see some specifications:
Oxidant & Corrosion Resistant
3 years coating lifetime
20 % strength
heat resistant 760 degrees Fahrenheit ( 400 degrees Celsius )
extra thick 30μm (microns)
smooth, hard, and glossy finish
Let's go through each one and see what they are all about.
Oxidant & Corrosion Resistant
This one is already starting out a bit weird. Corrosion is the side effect of oxidation. In fact, corrosion is damage caused to metal due to oxidation. That is great and all.
The problem with this is that you are supposed to ceramic coat a painted surface. Ceramic coating is used to help maintain that paint for longer, as well as giving it some added benefits and hydrophobicity, gloss, and some enhanced color depth.
The paintwork ( primer, base color, and clear coat ) is what is keeping the metal from corroding. So the ceramic coating directly doesn't really give any resistance to corrosion.
Perhaps, if you applied ceramic coating directly on top of a metal surface would you get that benefit? But if you had that situation, then you have far bigger problems than just needing to preserve and protect the paint of your car.
So, starting off with oxidation/corrosion resistance is a no. Nano Bond Ceramic Coating Pro definitely won't help you with that.
3 Years Coating Lifetime
3 years is a solid number for a ceramic coating. Some claim to provide more, and some actually do follow up their claims with some actual results. But nonetheless, if you get 3 years out of a ceramic coating, you are getting a good deal out of it. It would of course, heavily depend on how you maintain your ceramic coated car.
20% strength? We are not sure what they mean by that. Perhaps Nano Bond Ceramic Coating PRO is 20% better than its competitors? We are not sure, but we sure will test that!
A 25% increase in color depth is a lot. And after application, we will surely be able to see a clear difference. We do, however, have a red flag here because of this picture:
To the average consumer, this picture looks amazing. But, it is also VERY misleading. While the right side of the picture might be what you get once you ceramic coat a car with Nano Bond Ceramic Coating PRO, the left side is the car before ANY preparation.
If you want to go from the left side to the right side, you will need to do 7 steps of preparation to get this result. You can check out our guide to ceramic coat a car in 8 easy steps to get a clear picture of everything that has been done to the car before you got what you can see on the right side of that picture. And without any context, this does feel a bit scammy.
If you were wondering if ceramic coatings are a hoax, then check out our article on that matter.
Heat Resistant 760 degrees Fahrenheit ( 400 degrees Celsius )
What? Is this really a selling point that people fall for? Do you guys realize how hot 760 degrees Fahrenheit is? Any plastic or rubber surface on the car would melt. Aluminum surfaces wouldn't melt, but they would start to deform. Steel and glass surfaces would not melt, but they would be damaged.
The glass that is used for windows in cars has plastic in them, they would definitely lose structural integrity at those temperatures and would become either unusable or unsafe for usage. Steel and the paintwork would also be damaged. When we see these crazy videos where people set their cars on fire to show how great ceramic coating is we go nuts, and not in a good way.
People do not set your cars on fire! And there is absolutely no situation where the resistance of up to 760 degrees Fahrenheit would be useful.
Well, we sure hope so. This is one of the key features of ceramic coatings, and it would be a shame if Nano Bond Ceramic Coating didn't have hydrophobic properties.
Extra Thick 30μm (microns)
We call bull on this one. Considering that, after application, the average ceramic coating is 1 to 2 microns thick - 30 microns sounds insane. And again, not 'insane' in a good way.
Smooth, Hard, and Glossy Finish
All three can be easily tested once the product has been applied.
9H rating is the standard rating that Ceramic Coatings have. Some claim to go beyond that, while others forget to even mention their hardness rating. We have written in great detail what the 9H rating means when it comes to ceramic coatings as well, so you can learn more about that if you would like.
30ml is a standard-sized bottle for a ceramic coating. No surprises here.
There is also one more issue that we've noticed. Namely, as you can see in the following picture - "... professional-grade ceramic coating."
Professional grade ceramic coatings have so much solid material in them that they usually require UV lamps for the coating to be able to cure properly. And they are thicker than a regular consumer-based ceramic coating - but again, nowhere near 30 microns. Yikes!
Also, another quote "... 9H hardness coating creates an impenetrable layer of protection". 9H is not impenetrable, that is total bull, do not fall on such ridiculous claims. Again, you can learn all about what 9H means on our website.
In fact, claims like these give ceramic coatings a bad reputation.
So far, so crazy, if you ask us. Red flags are all over the place. Bad bad Nano Bond. What can we say? But, we are here to test this product. So let us put all of that aside and see if this ceramic coating product is any good.
But then again, remember what we've said earlier regarding marketing. It can often be bloated to epic proportions just to push the product through the gates. Doesn't mean the product is automatically bad.
It just shows that Nano Bond doesn't care what methods are used as long as they get results.
Let's see how we are to apply this ceramic coating.
How to apply Nano Bond Ceramic Coating PRO?
First, as always - read the instructions!
After that, you need to prepare the surface of your car. Once the surface is clean and prepared, you can begin the application process.
On their official website, you can find instructions on how to apply it:
How to apply Nano Bond ceramic coating.
1. Wrap the cloth over the coating sponge.
2. Apply a line of coating down the length of the sponge.
3. Spread the liquid on the car evenly in a cross-hatch pattern.
4. Once finished spreading, immediately use a towel to wipe and polish.
Pretty straightforward, though there are a few things that e would do differently or at least specify.
Shake the bottle well before usage
Work in smaller areas ( body panel per body panel ), so you know what parts are covered.
Once applied, wait for the product flashing time ( note rainbow coloration ) and then wipe it down
You can check out our detailed guide on how to apply ceramic coating to your vehicle.
After applying the product and waiting for it to properly cure, we took it for a spin and properly torture-tested it.
Check how we test ceramic coating products here.
Our verdict on this product:
product life time when applied: B
resistance to elements: C
resistance to damage: D
resistance to chemicals: B
application difficulty: C
hydrophobic properties: C
gloss / shine: C
Average grade: C
Cost: 38.45$ / 1 fl oz
1.26$ / 1 ml
Final thoughts on Nano Bond Ceramic Coating PRO?
There is a lot of foul play involved in the marketing aspect of this product. This simply cannot be ignored as it sets a bad reputation for the Nano Bond brand and any future product they might place on the market is automatically placed under a huge magnifying glass because of it.
Other than that, how did we find this ceramic coating - was it any good?
Well, considering their major selling point - the price tag - Nano Bond actually has a decent product under their belt. If you go into this with a cool and reasonable approach and lower your expectations to a realistic level, this product actually performed ok.
For that though, you would need some experience with ceramic coatings, because, if you had none, you would definitely fall into at least one of those misleading traps we have mentioned above.
We think that with the right maintenance, the product will last you the full three years. For the average user, less though. It would heavily depend on how you wash your car and whether you are using pH-neutral car shampoo. The product is actually fairly easy to install, but with all standard ceramic coating, the precision and preparation required in the application process give it a lower grade.
Its hydrophobic properties were noticeable, yet not very impressive. Although, it endured through the testing and maintained the same level of hydrophobicity the whole time.
Thus, its resistance to chemicals was top-notch. It did not succumb or falter as we threw all kinds of nasty chemicals onto the car.
We have noticed swirl marks and scratches showing up even after washing the car with a sponge, let alone after some more aggressive driving on offroad terrain. So its resistance to damage was not very good compared to some better ceramic coatings out there.
The promised gloss and enhanced color also didn't deliver. While you were able to see a difference under a lamp or in direct sunlight, the difference was small.
Overall, would we recommend Nano Bond Ceramic Coating Pro? Well.. that depends. If you are a newbie and are looking to try out a ceramic coating for the first time - then this just might be the right product for you. Also, if you are looking for a quick and cheap way to protect your car's paint, then again, this might be the ceramic coating for you.
Get your Nano Bond Ceramic Coating PRO on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3PUv15C