You can be forgiven if you have never heard of the term Nano. Nano was first used to explain a scientific measurement of matter sometime in the 1950’s however it did not become a common term until the 1980s. And by common – we do mean within the scientific industry.
In 2016, slowly the term Nano is filtering into daily life for thousands of people as technology changes and different terms are used more often.
The word Nano originates from the Greek word meaning “dwarf”. If you are comparing a nanometer to something relatable, a nanometer is one billionth (10-9) of a meter. Or if that is too difficult to imagine, a nanometer is about 80,000 times thinner than a strand of human hair. If your mind is still boggled – the simple answer is that it is a very very small measurement.
When Nano is combined with Technology you get engineering at a micro level. This micro design and creation has predominantly been used in the car and aeronautical industries where it has led to much safer design. However, it is now available for use in every day applications.
When you get nano sized structures that are used to build a consistent network of molecules on a surface the result is referred to as a nano coating. Nano coatings are typically hydrophobic (repel fluid) or hydrophilic (attract fluid).
Not all nano coatings that are available on the world market are the result of true nano engineering. Some products add submicron particles and fillers such as silica dust. The typical hydrophobic effect that is usually attributed to nano engineering is manipulated with additives to distribute the particles on the surface of products with a binding additive. The problem with products that do not have a true nano formula is that they are not able to sustain wear in the long term.
So what is Nano Shield?
It is a highly durable, flexible, breathable, hydrophobic coating. It can repel oil, water and dry substances. A type of nano coating that most people are familiar with is the use of Scotch Guard on their fabric surfaces. If the fabric is coated with Scotch Guard then dry substances do not stick and wet substances sit on the top of the surface, unable to penetrate.
Nano Shield provides the same benefits. Almost all treated surfaces can be cleaned with just water. This means that you no longer require a supply of cleaning chemicals in your home or office. Solvents and cleaners are generally no longer necessary to keep your assets clean.
Nano Shield Benefits
Nano Shield is versatile and can be applied to metal, glass surfaces, ceramic, stone and plastic surfaces. This means that many parts of your home can benefit from Nano Shield application. Applying Nano Shield should almost always be completed by a trained professional, however the application process is relatively simple and you can have it sprayed or dipped onto your surfaces and it can be dried either at room temperature or with a thermal drying technique.
Once applied the Nano Shield is a transparent coating, not visible to the naked eye. This means that if applied to your surfaces you will not see any change in the look of your surface. It adheres to surfaces without the need for complicated pre-treatments.
If you are wanting to have it applied to metals an extra, usually optional, corrosive protection can be applied. It has long-life inert surface protection when applied to metals. This means it has no chemical reaction when applied to surfaces.
A further bonus is that additional anti-bacterial protection from moss, fungi and algae is possible.
Typical Applications of Nano Shield
Many things that we typically take for granted these days have already been subjected to a nano coating in the process of manufacture.
- Showers and Shower Trays
- Stainless Steel and Chrome fittings
- Toilet Seats
- Pots and Pans
- Sports equipment
- Garden furniture
- Exterior Lighting
- Wheel rims
- Lacquered surfaces
Although not a comprehensive list, you should by now have a clear idea of where Nano Shield can be used and where you yourself might benefit from having it applied to your surfaces. Keep in mind the basic benefits – it makes your things easy to clean, it provides scratch protection, stain protection, and repels fingerprints and bacteria which all helps to increase the longevity of your assets.