Protect your vehicleís paint for YEARS with a paint coating
The last couple years have seen a lot of advancements made in surface care technology.† Almost every car care manufacturer has introduced or will be introducing a permanent or semi permanent paint coating.† Paint coatings provide far greater protection than a conventional car wax or paint sealant, making them an excellent alternative to those who donít want to regularly apply a car wax or paint sealant.
The Paint Coating Advantage
While a conventional car wax or paint sealant wears off after a couple months, a paint coating forms a much stronger, harder bond that can withstand the elements to a much greater degree.† Paint coatings, especially Detailerís Paint Coating, Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 and GTechniq EXO are resistant to alkaline cleaners, road salt, degreasers and other harsh chemicals that can find their way onto your vehicleís delicate finish.†
Paint coatings offer a significant advantage over a conventional car wax or paint sealant in the way that they keep your paint noticeably cleaner in between regular washes.† Paint coatings create a greater amount of surface tension and produce what is known as a sheeting effect.† Sheeting water off the surface reduces the chance of water spots from occurring.
Most paint coatings are formulated using some type of resin, nano-glass or quartz technology.† Detailerís Paint Coating is comprised of nano-glass ceramic particles and state-of-the-art cross-linking polymers.† As soon as these nano-glass ceramic particles make contact with your paint, they begin to fill in light swirls, pits, and pores to make the surface perfectly smooth, preventing dirt, water, oil and anything else from adhering.† What does this mean for you?† Cleaner paint!†
Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 is a resin-based coating.† This enables Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 to provide permanent paint protection.† Unless it is physically abraded off the surface, Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 never wears off. †This is a great option for those that want to ďset it and forget it.Ē†
Can you apply a wax over top a paint coating?† That depends on the coating.† Optimum claims that a wax or sealant will not adhere to Opti-Coat 2.0, while Detailerís Pro Series claims that you can apply a carnauba wax or sealant on top of their coating.† If your goal is to create mile-deep reflections before going to a car show, a coating that is compatible with a wax or sealant is the best choice for your application.†
Paint coatings need to be applied to surfaces that are free of above and below surface contaminants.† Like a car wax or paint sealant, if the surface isnít properly prepped, the paint coating wonít properly adhere, yielding less-than-desirable results.† With a little bit of knowledge and the right products, prepping your vehicleís paint for a coating is easier than you think.
First and foremost, youíll need to remove above surface contaminants.† Above surface contaminants can consist of rail dust, bugs, industrial fallout, airborne pollution, and paint overspray.† You have a couple options to remove above-surface contaminants.† Here are the most popular:
The first option is detailing clay.† Detailing clay is an engineered resin compound used to remove contaminants from the surface of your carís paint, glass, fiberglass and metal. Detailing clay can be natural or synthetic, though most manufacturers utilize synthetic clays.† Detailing clay contains an abrasive that removes contaminants as the bar is rubbed across the surface.† The clay itself is tacky so the contaminants stick to the bar instead of being grinded into the finish, potentially inducing scratches or marring.†††
One of the most popular clay bars is Detailerís Universal Detailing Clay.† This clay bar glides along the surface of your paint and grabs anything that protrudes from the surface. The particle sticks to the clay and is therefore removed from your vehicle. The surface being clayed should always be wet with clay lubricant to prevent loose debris from scratching the vehicle.† Detailerís Universal Detailing Clay is a whopping 200 grams, making it an excellent value.
The next option is a Nanoskin Autoscrub Towel.† Manufactured with an advanced rubber polymer coating on one side, the Nanoskin Autoscrub Towel makes achieving smooth, contaminant-free paint easier than ever. Remove paint over spray, bugs, tar, rail dust and industrial fall out with virtually no effort.
The Nanoskin Autoscrub Towel is incredibly easy to use. Simply fold it in half (or into fours) and, using an approved lubricant like Nanoskin GLIDE, simply mist the surface and gently rub the towel back and forth and then side to side. Within seconds the paint will be silky-smooth and ready for polishing.
The polishing step is just as critical as the claying step.† Polishing your paint with an abrasive polish or compound removes swirls, scratches, water spots, and below surface contaminants, creating a perfectly smooth, high-gloss finish.† Using an abrasive polish, like Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover or Menzerna Super Intensive Polish, is only necessary if your goal is to create a flawless finish.†
Detailer's Coating Prep Polish enhances gloss and prepares painted finishes for application of a paint coating. This product eliminates the need for an IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) wipe down. This product polishes paint without leaving any waxes, oils, silicones or fillers on the surface.
Keep in mind that some paint coatings, like Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 and CarPro CQuartz, require the finish to be swirl and scratch free.† If you choose either of these two products, be sure to check out our Dual Action Orbital Polishing Guide for tips and tricks on proper paint polishing techniques.† Creating a flawless, swirl-free finish is a must if you plan on using either of these two products.
If you do use an abrasive polish or compound, be sure to chemically strip the paint with a product like CarPro Eraser or GTechniq Panel Wipe.† Polishes and compounds contain oils and fillers that will prevent a coating from properly bonding to the surface.† This is why it is so important to chemically strip cthe surface before applying the paint coating.
You can avoid using chemical paint strippers if the last polish you use is Detailerís Coating Prep Polish.† This unique polish is wax, oil, and silicone free.† It doesnít leave anything on the surface that will prevent a coating from properly bonding.† It can be applied by hand or machine.† Itís also a great option for vehicleís that donít have any swirls or scratches to begin with.† Detailerís Coating Prep Polish is non-abrasive.
Applying a Paint Coating
Once youíve clayed and polished the vehicle, itís time to apply the paint coating.† Paint coatings are available in syringes (Opti-Coat 2.0), small glass bottles (GTechniq EXO), and conventional cylindrical bottles with sprayers (Detailerís Paint Coating).† Spray-on paint coatings are the easiest to apply.
Detailerís Paint Coating is one of the more popular paint coatings thanks to its ease of application, excellent durability (up to 2 years!) and extremely high-gloss shine.† Best of all, it can be applied by car care enthusiasts of all skill levels.† Detailerís Paint Coating is forgiving in its application, making it the ideal choice for those just getting introduced to the world of paint coatings.†
Optimum takes a unique approach with their paint coating, Opti-Coat 2.0.† This product is packed in a 20 cc syringe, very similar to what you would find in a hospital.† Packaging Opti-Coat 2.0 in a syringe is necessary because the coating will begin to harden as soon as it is exposed to oxygen.†
Once a paint coating has been applied, the vehicle should be kept in a cool, dry environment for at least a couple hours.† You want to avoid moisture, rain and humidity.† Itís best to keep the vehicle parked in a garage or, if itís not too humid outside, let it sit in the sun.† The sun will accelerate the curing time.
Paint coatings need to be properly maintained, just like a car wax or paint sealant.† Always make sure to hand wash the vehicle using a quality, pH-balanced soap, like Detailerís Auto Bath or Optimum Car Wash.† You can amp up the shine and slickness of your coating by using detail spray, like Pinnacle Crystal Mist or Optimum Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer.