e9 Treatments are currently available for Metal and Glass. e9 Treatments are not coatings. These treatments use nanotechnology to permanently change the molecular structure of the treated surface, making it unfavorable for certain environmental pollutants to adhere. The use of nanotechnology means that all reactions occur on a nanoscale (10 -9 or one billionth of a meter). Using nanoscale material, our engineers and scientists have a very large surface area to work with. This means that when nanoscale materials are used as a treatment, there is more contact with the surface material (metal or glass) than with conventional treatments, creating a stronger bond. A STRONGER bond means GREATER lifespan.
How Do Nanotechnology Treatments Work?
When a material viewed through an optical microscope is compared to its nanometer counterparts (particle size 1nm – 100nm); the properties vary significantly. At nanoscale, the size of the particles rules the behavior and properties of the material. Nanotechnology allows us to engineer the properties of a material simply by modifying or changing the size of the particles. A Nanotechnology treatment is an ultra-thin, multi-functional surface treatment measured in nanometers of thickness (one millionth of a millimeter). These treatments influence the adhesion of various types of materials by altering the surface energy of the treated material; however, the ultra-thin nature of these treatments ensures that the treatment does not alter the functional properties of the material.
Is e9 a Preventative Treatment or a Self-Cleaning Treatment?
The answer is both. Particulates may still be found on the treated material (substrate). e9 Treatments help to prevent bonding of these particulates to the surface. This means that the surface allows for easy self-cleaning with rain or water spray (in the case of glass surfaces) or easy wipe-off (in the case of metal surfaces).