How far the world has come and we are now seeing what never thought possible, ceramic coating is one of those advances that was once only a dream and then available to only to factory race teams and the alike, but thanks to Ian and the crew from Hi-Octane anyone can make use of the qualities of ceramic coatings.
When you mention ceramic coating, people immediately think of a hard powdercoat like surface. But there is more to it than meets the eye, ceramic coating is a tested and proven method of protection against a motor vehicle’s biggest enemy - heat and friction. The process is also inexpensive and reliable.
Ceramic coatings are applied to create a ceramic thermal barrier that can drop surface temperatures dramatically on exhaust, reduce friction and wear on moving parts and protect parts from corrosion. Surface temps of coated applications have shown to reduce temperatures by between 40-60% and the corrosion protection has no equals and will extend a components life by as much as 50 times.
The ceramic coating process also eliminates thermal fatigue by bonding with the composite (instead of merely sticking on a surface like paint) and forms a tough coating that doesn’t chip or flake. Parts that have been coated have been proven to far outlast standard parts and have reduced wear due to a hard surface and strong ceramic coating and have been shown to be more reliable.
Hi-Octain have put the coatings through extreme testing and demanding conditions. Racers who have used the process have reported immediate power gains and long term benefits. It is now common practice for race teams to ceramic coat pistons in high end race teams and unusual to see a high end race team of any description that doesn’t use this technology. Race teams specially configure engine parts and coatings to optimize horsepower and temperature and reliability.
The process is similar to powdercoating and Hi-Octane also powdercoat on the same premises.
There are 3-4 stages in the process.
The first stage, the part is placed in an over and baked at up to 300 degrees for 3hrs. This is done to burn off any oils and contaminates.
The part is then sand blasted and taken to the spray booth where they are ceramic coated or powdercoated to the customer’s requirements.
Once coated it’s back to the oven and baked once again for a further 3 hours and once finished placed on the shelf for quality control or if the product is to be polished, placed in the polisher. Polished parts are then polished by hand.
Hi-Octane coater Marcus Armstrong stands behind his product 100%.
“Ceramic coating is great; the ceramic keeps the heat inside the exhaust, which means lower engine temperature and cool running.
It’s tough and if you do chip it yes you may get rust where it was chipped but it doesn’t flake like paint and can stand up to elements.’’
There are two blacks (the high temp black with a rating up to 1000 Degrees and the standard 600 degrees), Polished Silver (650 degrees) and Titanium which is rated at a whopping 1100 degress in the colour range.
Powdercoating the colour range is massive and Hi-Octane use Oxytech powders.
Check out the Oxytech powdercoat range at www.oxytech.com.au.
For further technical information or contact info check out Hi-Octane @ www.performancecoating.com.au.