What is the difference between Silicon and Silicone?
In simple terms, silicon is a naturally occurring chemical element; silicone is a synthetic substance.
Silicon is the second most abundant element on the earth’s crust (after oxygen). The element is most commonly seen as silicon dioxide (also known as silica) which is the most common component of sand. Sand is the main constituent of glass and crystalware products. Surface coatings for paint such as Protektiv that contain silicon dioxide produce outstanding gloss and shine, durability, and protection against a wide range of environmental contaminates.
Silicone by contrast is a synthetic polymer and is generally a liquid or rubberlike plastic. It is used in a wide range of sealants, kitchen products and personal care items such as shampoo and shaving cream. Silicone is no longer used in most paint protection products due to the potential for problems with repairing/repainting damaged panels.