Last week we wrote an article about the new release of Glass Serum by Dr. Beasley’s. The article contained the basics and the general uses of this new product but it didn’t go much in depth. We like to provide you with the details and science of products because the more you know about the products you’re using, the more knowledgeable you’ll be about its uses and abilities.
Glass Serum as it’s name suggests is to be used on glass. The actual surface it is chemically bonding to is called silicon dioxide. That being said, any silicon dioxide surface can be protected by Glass Serum. Silicon dioxide surfaces range from glass found on automobiles and houses, smartphones (gorilla glass), watches, crystal, ceramics like some porcelain and tile and more.
Why Glass Serum Was Created
Dr. Beasley’s is and has been an automobile care company. So how did Glass Serum get created? Well more and more cars were being built with solar panels on them, like the Toyota Prius and the Fisker Karma. Those solar panels, like every other part of a car should be protected, but there were no products available. So that’s when Dr. Beasley’s went in and studied the surface of solar panels to find a product that would prevent the solar panel being damaged from scratches and other imperfections that would decrease the solar panel’s photovoltaic activity.
Photovoltaic Activity is the process by which special photovoltaic cells in solar panels absorb light.
If scratches and imperfections get on the solar panel, it would decrease the photovoltaic activity making the solar panels work less efficient. So that’s when the study of solar panel surface went into the study of glass surfaces.
Most, if not all glass products on the market for automobiles only work to resist water, Dr. Beasley’s wanted to create a product that would protect the windshield from pitting, etching, and scratching as well. These imperfections in windshields cause glare and other reasons for decreased visibility while driving.
Once the product was created, it was quickly realized that the product has many more uses than just for cars. That’s when this product decided to break into the consumer market for uses on any and all glass surfaces that would increase user convenience.
How Glass Serum Works
In order to understand Glass Serum, we must first understand how the surface of glass really looks. If something looks smooth and feels smooth, then it’s smooth right? No. The surface of glass is actually filled with little hills and valleys making the surface actually pretty jagged. So when objects come in contact with glass and rub against it, the friction of the two surfaces rubbing against the jagged edges of the glass cause scratches.
After studying the surface of glass, it was pretty simple physics to try and protect glass. Glass Serum is a product that fills in the valleys in the glass in order to decrease friction when something comes in contact with glass. Glass Serum works as a clear plastic filler that has the same hardness and clarity as glass. These two properties were important because it needs to be durable as well as keep visibility 100%.
We already covered uses for Glass Serum on automobiles a little, but you may be wondering how and where these imperfections happen?
These are the rigors of just normal uses on cars; pitting, etching, and scratches happen no matter what. Windshield wiper blades, kick-up from cars in front of you and weather like small hail are all easy examples of light debris that can rub against the windshield causing imperfections. These imperfections are going to lead to decreased visibility with glare from the sun or from headlights at night.
Beyond Glass Serum’s protective ability, it also works to increase visibility in weather conditions like rain and snow that can linger on the automobile glass. Wiper blades work well, but sometimes they don’t work fast enough, so if the glass can resist these elements from sticking to the glass, then you’re preventing the issue rather than dealing with it.
It’s no surprise in this day in age with all of the glass covered electronics to find a way to protect our devices. Cases do well against drops, but they don’t cover the glass when things rub against it. Plastic films protect the glass from scratching but the film itself is very easy to scratch making visibility limited.
Some people don’t mind little scratches on the screen. It’s easy to look past and not worry about. However, these little micro-scratches are going to decrease the screen’s integrity making the next drop more likely to shatter the screen.
These micro-scratches occur in every day uses like rubbing in purses and pockets, setting the phone down in the car and tables where things can rub on the screen, and believe it or not, your fingers can sometimes have contaminants on them that can cause little scratches.
Don’t limit these scratches to just mobile devices, t.v.’s, computers, and other household electronics can be at risk due to children and animals.
Preventing these scratches is key to keeping the device looking new as well as making it last for a long time!
The possibilities for Glass Serum are getting wider and wider as we continue to investigate and survey people for items they are worries about. These include, glass furniture like coffee tables and end tables, glass and crystal stemware, fine china like wedding plates, eye glasses, camera lenses and screens, and watches.
Some of these items are the reasons why having 100% visibility and durability was key in the creation of Glass Serum. Camera lenses and eye glasses need PERFECT clarity while fine china and stemware need durability.
The opportunities are endless at this point. We know you’ll find other uses, so we’d appreciate your input, so leave us a comment here, tweet us or facebook us @drbeasleys.
If you have any other questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to let us know!