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    Re: Think I`m done messing around with coatings, final thoughts...

    Quote Originally Posted by purebrilliance View Post
    This thread gives great perspective on coatings...


    Heh heh, yeah...for those on both sides of the ?coating? fence.


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    Re: Think I`m done messing around with coatings, final thoughts...

    So for a brand new truck 2018 (Fords platinum white Tri-color) as soon as I take it off the lot and home what is the minimum things to do to get it ready for the Kamikaze treatment? Im thinking I will go with the Miyabi coat with Overcoat on top--is there a great reason to include the ISM or will those 2 get the job done. So below Im thinking these are the steps, what do you think? Thanks

    Wash and clay
    Remove any major scratches I see
    Prep with GYEON Q2M PREP
    GYEON Q2M Iron Remover **Decontamination is it necessary?
    Then apply the Kamikaze products.
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    Re: Think I`m done messing around with coatings, final thoughts...

    Quote Originally Posted by booyah View Post
    So for a brand new truck 2018 (Fords platinum white Tri-color) as soon as I take it off the lot and home what is the minimum things to do to get it ready for the Kamikaze treatment? Im thinking I will go with the Miyabi coat with Overcoat on top--is there a great reason to include the ISM or will those 2 get the job done. So below Im thinking these are the steps, what do you think? Thanks

    Wash and clay
    Remove any major scratches I see
    Prep with GYEON Q2M PREP
    GYEON Q2M Iron Remover **Decontamination is it necessary?
    Then apply the Kamikaze products.
    Topping Miyabli is optional with ISM. I have not used them but based on what I have read and seen using both gives a different look than using them as a stand alone.

    But to answer your question you are good to go with Miyabi and Overcoat.

    Here is what I would recommend based on what you have

    Gyeon Iron
    Wash
    Mechanical Decon aka Clay
    Light Polish as claying will leave some sort of marring
    Gyeon Prep
    Miyabi
    Overcoat

    I would recommend to use an iron remover as new cars can be contaminated. You may or may not need to clay. But if you clay there will be marring. Also if the dealer put anything on the paint you want to remove that and a light polish will definitely do that.

    I am sure you did not want to hear that lol but that is what I would recommend even if it takes a bit more time.

    Check out Matt`s latest series on prepping his brand new Raptor and coating it with Kamikazi.

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    Re: Think I`m done messing around with coatings, final thoughts...

    I can do all that easy lol, just never put a serious coatings like these on before. I will do the Iron removal for sure as it will be interseting what comes off. Thanks for the link!
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    Re: Think I`m done messing around with coatings, final thoughts...

    Quote Originally Posted by booyah View Post
    So for a brand new truck 2018 (Fords platinum white Tri-color) as soon as I take it off the lot and home what is the minimum things to do to get it ready for the Kamikaze treatment? Im thinking I will go with the Miyabi coat with Overcoat on top--is there a great reason to include the ISM or will those 2 get the job done. So below Im thinking these are the steps, what do you think? Thanks

    Wash and clay
    Remove any major scratches I see
    Prep with GYEON Q2M PREP
    GYEON Q2M Iron Remover **Decontamination is it necessary?
    Then apply the Kamikaze products.
    What Guz says above regarding pre application stuff.

    Miyabi gives a harder, sharper gloss; adding ISM gives it deeper, warmer glow in addition to a bit more protection.

    Miyabi + Overcoat is a solid combo. I think you`ll really enjoy Overcoat especially if you get rained on occasionally...fun to watch.

    I always use Overcoat as drying aid as I`ve got some fundamental inability to apply any product without streaking. Drying aid use is my crutch for alleviating that.

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    Re: Think I`m done messing around with coatings, final thoughts...

    Use the "Iron Remover" before the Q2M Prep. Use the Iron remover right after the clay.

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    Re: Think I`m done messing around with coatings, final thoughts...

    I usually wash, iron, wash/clay w Nanoskin, polish, prep, coat.

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    Re: Think I`m done messing around with coatings, final thoughts...

    Quote Originally Posted by BudgetPlan1 View Post
    What Guz says above regarding pre application stuff.

    Miyabi gives a harder, sharper gloss; adding ISM gives it deeper, warmer glow in addition to a bit more protection.

    Miyabi + Overcoat is a solid combo. I think you`ll really enjoy Overcoat especially if you get rained on occasionally...fun to watch.

    I always use Overcoat as drying aid as I`ve got some fundamental inability to apply any product without streaking. Drying aid use is my crutch for alleviating that.

    https://youtu.be/GbfopTju_es

    Great thanks! Yep i get plenty of rain and snow living in Alaska!! So 50/50 on using the ISM then? Hard choice to make lol
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    Re: Think I`m done messing around with coatings, final thoughts...

    Quote Originally Posted by booyah View Post
    Great thanks! Yep i get plenty of rain and snow living in Alaska!! So 50/50 on using the ISM then? Hard choice to make lol
    How far down the rabbit hole ya wanna go? Can only help to add ISM as far as durability goes. It`s a bit trickier to use, thicker consistency (kinda like honey almost) and the application window is shorter but not all that difficult. Will darken the paint a bit so be aware of that depending on paint color.

    Just depends on what all you want/How much you want to put into it.

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    CQuartz Update; finally decon’d and washed it

    Cquartz ‘Classic’ or ‘110’ as I think it’s called now; applied in January 2017.

    Around 19k miles since application on this 2016 Ford Transit Extended van. As far as I know has never been washed since application and probably sat outside 24/7 since then. Well, when it wasn’t at the dealer having recall work done anyway; throttle body, driveshaft bearings and latest was the instrument cluster that blew out and took the entire vehicle wiring harness with it. Apparently Ford didn’t quite get the firewall sealed all the way and water got into the towing module, shorted out the Instrument cluster and the rest of the vehicles main wiring harness.

    Was in pretty good shape last January so I believe it got the standard wash/clay/polish/prep/seal routine done to it. No Iron decontamination done, though, if that matters anyway. Hey, it was January in Cleveland and if I woulda done that inside the warehouse the stench would have made me pretty unpopular around here.

    It was the first coating I did outside of the Kamikaze/Wolfgang/McKees realm for personal vehicles…little did I know at the time what I was getting myself into; every addiction starts somewhere, no? I don’t remember it being very difficult to apply, but do remember thinking afterward that the freshly coated surface was not very slick so I topped with Gyeon Cure which fixed that situation. Wasn’t into buying complimentary products at that time so no Reload, which I still haven’t used to this day. I started with a 50ml bottle and think I ended up using 40ml or so for 2 coats. To illustrate my attention to detail (or lack thereof), I thought I had ordered (and applied) CQuartz UK until I closely looked at the bottle afterwards and saw it was 110/Classic. Oops.

    Anyway, prior to wash last week the surface felt contaminated via baggie test, not crazy contaminated but definitely needed a little something. Hosed the whole truck down after a quick wash with Sonax Fallout Remover, agitated, let dwell and hosed off. Then bucket washed, and probably about 70-75% of the contamination felt in baggie test was gone. Since I’m not doing any polishing to these ‘refreshes’ it is what it is and I prepped and put on 2 coats of Gyeon CanCoat (which I seem to be using like a Quick Detailer these days) and then topped with Kamikaze Overcoat. I think I missed noting it regarding the Gtechniq CSL ‘refresh’ summary last week but I topped that one with IGL Premier after 2 coats of CanCoat so I wanted to use something different on this one to see how the boosters compare.

    As an aside, I’m kinda getting frustrated with Iron decontamination as I never really see it bleeding like I do in some peoples pictures. Sonax, Optimum, Gyeon…have tried a variety of Iron decontamination products and am missing the glorious bleeding others experience. This is Cleveland for God’s sake, where our river was so polluted it burned back in the 1970’s; there simply *has* to be airborne contamination all over this area and yet only 1 or 2 vehicles have ever showed any of the bleeding that makes putting up with an iron removers stench justifiable. Color me disappointed.

    Overall, I’m kind of quietly impressed with CQuartz. I really didn’t see the vehicle that often this summer as the Technician assigned to it starts and finishes his day from home during the season. It didn’t do anything particularly stellar to stand out from some of the others but at the end of the day, given the lack of maintenance, it held up well and cleaned up quite easily. Even before topping with CanCoat and Overcoat, the paint was quite glossy and felt relatively smooth after a decon and wash. It stayed pretty clean and looked relatively good every time I did happen to see it last summer so despite its lack of slickness on its own, the self-cleaning is pretty good. Beading was still slightly visible before I started this refresh and after decon, was a bit better. Looking around the door handles where light scratches usually appear showed more of this light marring than the CSL and Gyeon Mohs did but since I haven’t checked the respective drivers’ hands for rings or other jewelry (which could probably cause a, uh..’Incident’ back in the warehouse should I start grabbing people’s hands ) I can’t say for sure if it truly offered more resistance to this kinda thing than the other products. I do get somewhat of a totally subjective and unsubstantiated feeling that it is less resistant to light scratches than the Mohs or CSL.

    The feeling of the surface after decon/wash fell in between the CSL and Mohs with Mohs feeling completely naked (yet still remaining very clean) and the CSL retaining a good bit of that coating ‘feel’ to it after decon/wash.

    Given its relatively low cost in relation to some of the others I used and its overall performance, I can see why it is so popular; it’s a solid performer that looks good and stays pretty clean. The addition of the recently released CarPro Gliss would likely elevate Cquartz closer to my favorite’s performance. I would be interested to see Gyeon Mohs + Booster, CSL + EXO and CQuartz + Gliss compared sometime. While I likely won’t use it again, CQuartz is definitely a good, all-around choice. Catch a 25% off sale and you’re nearing $45 for a 30ml bottle, enough to do 2 coats on a standard sedan perhaps. Pretty good deal, methinks.

    Next refresh is on the 2016 Ford Transit with 22ple HPC though might take a while to get around to that one. Getting some of 22ple’s ‘Ultra Soft Glass Coat Clay’ to use on that (will probably skip chemical decontamination unless I can catch a 45-50 degree day) so we’ll see how that goes. Might skip the CanCoat on that one and just top with 22ple Finitura (which still I’m on the fence regarding liking it or not) as this van/coating combo has been a consistent and stellar performer since application in March of 2017 (about 17k miles or so ago).

    EDIT: In the interest of science (and no small portion of general laziness) I`m not using the CanCoat/Booster on the roofs of these vans so we`ll see how the coating alone fares as time moves on. Additionally, since this vehicle has a lot of black/plastic trim I decided to see how CanCoat protects that going forward as well. I was gonna use Gyeon Trim on one side and (new for me) Gtechniq C4 TRim Restorer but laziness took over and I just covered it all with CanCoat; CanCoat sure goes a long way, too. Still have about 10% left in my first can and have done 2 coats on a Ford Ranger, an E-250 Van, this 2016 Ford Transit van and a couple of misc hoods here and there.

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    Re: CQuartz Update; finally decon’d and washed it

    Quote Originally Posted by BudgetPlan1 View Post

    As an aside, I’m kinda getting frustrated with Iron decontamination as I never really see it bleeding like I do in some peoples pictures. Sonax, Optimum, Gyeon…have tried a variety of Iron decontamination products and am missing the glorious bleeding others experience. This is Cleveland for God’s sake, where our river was so polluted it burned back in the 1970’s; there simply *has* to be airborne contamination all over this area and yet only 1 or 2 vehicles have ever showed any of the bleeding that makes putting up with an iron removers stench justifiable. Color me disappointed.
    Obviously Ohio Echeck is working... /sarcasm
    Quote Originally Posted by BudgetPlan1 View Post
    Overall, I’m kind of quietly impressed with CQuartz. I really didn’t see the vehicle that often this summer as the Technician assigned to it starts and finishes his day from home during the season. It didn’t do anything particularly stellar to stand out from some of the others but at the end of the day, given the lack of maintenance, it held up well and cleaned up quite easily. Even before topping with CanCoat and Overcoat, the paint was quite glossy and felt relatively smooth after a decon and wash. It stayed pretty clean and looked relatively good every time I did happen to see it last summer so despite its lack of slickness on its own, the self-cleaning is pretty good. Beading was still slightly visible before I started this refresh and after decon, was a bit better. Looking around the door handles where light scratches usually appear showed more of this light marring than the CSL and Gyeon Mohs did but since I haven’t checked the respective drivers’ hands for rings or other jewelry (which could probably cause a, uh..’Incident’ back in the warehouse should I start grabbing people’s hands ) I can’t say for sure if it truly offered more resistance to this kinda thing than the other products. I do get somewhat of a totally subjective and unsubstantiated feeling that it is less resistant to light scratches than the Mohs or CSL..
    This is great news as I have a bottle of CQUK sitting in my house to go on my personal Tacoma. I`ll be firing up my Mr Heater Buddies here soon to keep the garage warm enough to polish and coat.
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    Re: Think I`m done messing around with coatings, final thoughts...

    Quote Originally Posted by BudgetPlan1 View Post
    How far down the rabbit hole ya wanna go? Can only help to add ISM as far as durability goes. It`s a bit trickier to use, thicker consistency (kinda like honey almost) and the application window is shorter but not all that difficult. Will darken the paint a bit so be aware of that depending on paint color.

    Just depends on what all you want/How much you want to put into it.
    I hear ya--can go deep with these things haha! the truck is Fords Platinum Tri-color white so it will have some metal flake in it. It will be a 2018 new off the lot, so I cannot see it being in bad shape. Will 1 bottle 30Ml be enough to do a Full size truck?

    If the ISM will greatly add protection to the main Miyabi coat then I may go for it--Im assuming that the Overcoat will add some added protection as well, maybe not as much as the ISM? How do you think the ISM will look on the pearl metallic white paint?

    What would be good to coat the windows/windshield so water will just flow off? Can you use the Miyabi or overcoat on the windows as well?

    WOW-that red van looks Killer!!
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    Re: Think I`m done messing around with coatings, final thoughts...

    Quote Originally Posted by booyah View Post
    I hear ya--can go deep with these things haha! the truck is Fords Platinum Tri-color white so it will have some metal flake in it. It will be a 2018 new off the lot, so I cannot see it being in bad shape. Will 1 bottle 30Ml be enough to do a Full size truck?

    If the ISM will greatly add protection to the main Miyabi coat then I may go for it--Im assuming that the Overcoat will add some added protection as well, maybe not as much as the ISM? How do you think the ISM will look on the pearl metallic white paint?

    What would be good to coat the windows/windshield so water will just flow off? Can you use the Miyabi or overcoat on the windows as well?

    WOW-that red van looks Killer!!
    Hard to say how much ISM will add to white (besides additional protection); I generally look for the most gloss I can get with white and (to me in my limited experience) ISM is really strong at deepening dark colors and really kinda `floats` the metallic elements in darker metallic paints...I`ve never used it on white. The ISM, for me, is a depth and warmth kinda thing (in addition to another layer of protection) which might be hard to discern on white.

    Protection-wise, Miyabi is the harder coating (for whatever that`s worth) and Overcoat will provide additional protection. I`m not sure you`ll get 2 coats outta 30ml, more likely need more than that. I just did a 2017 F150 (4 door) with Gyeon Mohs (2 coats) and it took about 40ml. My old 2016 Subaru WRX got 2 coats outta 30ml of Miyabi and a 2015 Kia Optima barely squeezed 2 coats outta 30ml.

    Below is vendor longevity suggestions regarding Miyabi and Miyabi/ISM combo; maybe contact them and see what they think. They sure know more about it than I do


    As for glass/window coatings I actually had some Kamikaze Intenso window coating sent over from UK as it`s not sold in US. While it had just amazing water behavior, bug/debris strikes left little trails after impact...and they were stubborn to remove. I`ve since moved to Gyeon View and am pretty content with that although I hear good things about Gtechniq glass coating as well. I think I read somewhere that Kamikaze Overcoat is OK for glass though likely not as durable as a dedicated glass coating. Dunno but since I use Overcoat after each wash as a drying aid, it`s ending up on the windshield as well so who knows.

    Kamikaze Intenso: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmyO3O9xMaY
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    Re: Think I`m done messing around with coatings, final thoughts...

    Quote Originally Posted by BudgetPlan1 View Post
    Hard to say how much ISM will add to white (besides additional protection); I generally look for the most gloss I can get with white and (to me in my limited experience) ISM is really strong at deepening dark colors and really kinda `floats` the metallic elements in darker metallic paints...I`ve never used it on white. The ISM, for me, is a depth and warmth kinda thing (in addition to another layer of protection) which might be hard to discern on white.

    Protection-wise, Miyabi is the harder coating (for whatever that`s worth) and Overcoat will provide additional protection. I`m not sure you`ll get 2 coats outta 30ml, more likely need more than that. I just did a 2017 F150 (4 door) with Gyeon Mohs (2 coats) and it took about 40ml. My old 2016 Subaru WRX got 2 coats outta 30ml of Miyabi and a 2015 Kia Optima barely squeezed 2 coats outta 30ml.

    Below is vendor longevity suggestions regarding Miyabi and Miyabi/ISM combo; maybe contact them and see what they think. They sure know more about it than I do


    As for glass/window coatings I actually had some Kamikaze Intenso window coating sent over from UK as it`s not sold in US. While it had just amazing water behavior, bug/debris strikes left little trails after impact...and they were stubborn to remove. I`ve since moved to Gyeon View and am pretty content with that although I hear good things about Gtechniq glass coating as well. I think I read somewhere that Kamikaze Overcoat is OK for glass though likely not as durable as a dedicated glass coating. Dunno but since I use Overcoat after each wash as a drying aid, it`s ending up on the windshield as well so who knows.

    Kamikaze Intenso: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmyO3O9xMaY

    Thanks for all the feedback--I value what you say since you have been experimenting for a while with lots of products. Seems like I may skip the ISM and just go with overcoat since it seems it may not do much for look wise, and I think 2 coats of the Miyabi will do just fine!
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    Re: Think I`m done messing around with coatings, final thoughts...

    Thank you budgetplan for shareing and follow up with your testing!
    It`s very intresting to read about your testing and your opinions of them. Very helpfull for us beginners in coatings.

    I will do my first coating this spring. If I get a place to be in before I may get it done sooner. The first coating I got a great deal on and is Polish Angel master sealant with esclate lotion as a primer. Had my eay on cquarts uk and tac system power and csl. I really wanted miyabi ism but it`s to pricey for me and where I live you can ad some more on the price. Master sealant I have seen good reviews and hos it looks and like the little more warmer look to it. And the longevity of 12 months suits me well if I want to go with another coating after that time. Got me some PA high gloss on sale also. Know I have to deal with the waiting to apply hehe

    I have a little request if you can do a before shot on the vehicals you do. To see what shape they are in.

    How do you experience the washing on them? Are they much harder to wash than your personal cars?

    Have you thought of useing a tar remover and a citrus based degreaser when decon them? Maybe a water spot remover also. It maybe get the last of to pass the baggie test. Or you maybe get the most with your wash so what is left needs to clay to get ridd of.

    You do awesome write ups and thanks for your details in them!

 

 
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