extremely durable coating !
March 9, 2013
First off let me say that I really dislike when a product is given a bad review because of user error or lack of technique. Part of this is due to the lack of information provided by Sonax on what exactly this product is and how to properly apply it.
So this product was designed by Sonax as a topper for "glass" coatings or semi permanent coatings. The problem with the new coating technology is that they tend to get waterspots very easily due to the lack of oils in them (oil's help dissipate the minerals in standing water spots). So to counteract this, Sonax designed this coating topper.
Before buying the product I was given a thorough explanation about what the product is, why it is on the market and how to apply it.
So with this information in mind this product is basically a coating and should be treated as such when applying. You must do small areas at a time. Spray a foam applicator (NOT THE PAINT), and wipe it one evenly a section at a time (2x2' at most). Then immediately wipe it off. First with one towel to get the majority, then follow up lightly buffing with a dry towel. The reason I state this product should be treated like a coating is that it behaves like so. The product has a grabby type rubbery feeling upon wipeoff, similar to CQaurtz or Opti-coat. And you need to be sure to remove all traces of it for a seamless application. If it dries up on you, just reapply in the same area and start again. Another thing to keep in mind is that you want to only use what is needed to cover the section, which is a minimal amount. Overapplication will do nothing for you. If you feel the need to use a lot of product, apply it in 2 light coatings instead. I wouldnt have been so detailed in my explanation of how to apply if it wasnt for the above review. the reality is that this product is very easy to apply as long as you understand the process. the same could be said for all the new coatings. If people dont feel a slick , oily feeling on wipeoff they thing something is wrong and they apply more, which is not the correct way of applying.
So onto the results and durability. Upon reading the description I'm pretty sure everyone thinks in their mind that this sounds and looks something similar to Gtechniq EXO. The reality is that this product is MUCH MORE durable to chemicals. I mean by a LOT. Theres quite a few reviews floating around detailing world that show how chemically resistant this product is to APC and the likes. EXO is easily removed with some of the lightest APC's. NOT so with Sonax. You are basically going to have to machine polish it to remove it before its life cycle is up. Sonax claims six months, but I would think on a garaged car it will last longer.
Water beading and sheeting are out of this world. As good as EXO. Same with Gloss. Exo has a more slippery feel to it though. But that doesnt matter as both will easily repel water, oil and contaminants. Since this is a lot more durable over the claimed 6 month lifespan, as it far cheaper and easier to apply (can be applied in basically and temp range and the paint does not need to be completely chemically degreased) I would have to think this product is a much better buy.
Most importantly is the fact that this is a dedicated product that will stop the water etching that is a big problem in new coatings. Something that is not spoke much about till after these coatings are applied. No longer do I have to rush and fear of water spots being left standing on the car if I get stuck in a rainstorm. In the past I have actually washed the car in the pouring rain in fear of water spots etching opti-coat.