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June 9, 2011

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Mega Coating Test: Application

by Kenneth Tang

Konnichiwa! Finally these coatings have been applied, main contenders such as GTechniq, Optimum and CarPro are here together with other Japanese coatings. Ready?…FIGHT!

Hey guys, some friends were over while I was applying these coatings and also helped me to polish the paint, thanks AEDetailers!

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Osren’s senior technician testing his prototype compound.

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The bonnet of the Mitsubishi Colt was polished and coated with GTechniq C1, mmmmmmm.

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Mr. AEDetailers in action.

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Posed shot went wrong.

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That’s better.

Now may I present to you, King Henry the VII, God of Polishing.

Hahaha, pardon my over-dramatization, that soundtrack has been stuck in my head since the Porsche Cayman S detail.

So after the guys left, I proceeded with the coating application.

Paint was corrected with M105 Ultra-Cut Compound and GTechniq P1 Nanoscopic Polish.

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After polishing the roof, boot and bonnet, I washed the car with car shampoo and Osren multi-clean, to completely strip off any polishing oils that may remain. I also polished the glass while I was at it.

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Enter the contenders.

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From left to right:
Rainaway Silcoat, Willson A+B, CarPro CQuartz, AR-1T, AR-NV, AR-1K, GTechniq C1, Optimum Opti-Guard.

Panels were split accordingly,

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One interesting observation was whether the cloth used to apply hardens (i.e. coating crystallizes), and whether it was clear, whitish or yellowish.

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The next day, the applicator cloths used that hardened was willson, Gtechniq, Opti-Guard, CQuartz, and AR-1K, the rest did not harden. Some coatings also showed some yellowish staining on the applicator, which was CQuartz and Opti-Guard, some did not show any colour, like Gtechniq C1 while some left some whitish residue, such as Hybrid Glass Sealant.

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Here’s a short video showing the water beading and sheeting.

All coatings does darken the paint and has the usual lensing(another layer of clearcoat) effect, but C-Quartz seemed to darkened the colour of this BMW’s dark metallic blue/black even more than the rest. Application wise, C1 is probably the most difficult, followed by CQuartz/Opti-Guard/AR-1K. The rest buffed off pretty easily with no fuss.

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Almost all coatings repelled water very nicely except for AR-1T and Rainaway Silcoat, could be due to wrong method of application or could be the nature of the coating. I’ll keep an eye on these both.

Links to the manufacturer’s page of each product:

Rainaway Silcoat (unavailable)
Willson A+B Glass Guard
CarPro CQuartz
AR-1T (unavailable)
AR-NV (unavailable)
AR-1K (unavailable)
GTechniq C1
Hybrid Glass Sealant ONE
Optimum Opti-Guard (not avail on optimum’s website, linked to autogeek)

That’s the end of this post. Subsribe via email (link on the right sidebar) to receive posts automatically so you won’t miss any updates of this test!

Next update for this test will probably be in a month’s time as the test car is parked indoors and may take longer for the coatings to suffer any deterioration.

Till then!

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30 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jun 9 2011

    Excellent! Looking forward to your updates and findings!

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    • Jun 9 2011

      Thanks Toni! Btw, great post on the pre-wax cleaner comparison on your blog as well!

      Reply
  2. dschia
    Jun 9 2011

    Finally the long wait is over. Wish I was there to join the fun.

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    • jackson
      Jun 9 2011

      wish you were there too…then after can go place to massage tired muscles from polishing whole day…heh heh heh…..

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      • Jun 9 2011

        heh heh heh….what’s with the cheeky laugh eh? *innocent face*

  3. jackson
    Jun 9 2011

    great job ken!
    what was the guy doing caressing the colt like that? he never felt a coating before or he want to ‘do’ stuff with the car…i think he needs to get out more often….lol

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    • Jun 9 2011

      I don’t know, seriously, he was touching it for more than 10 minutes that day, must be a fetish for smooth paint or something…lol

      Reply
  4. Choon
    Jun 9 2011

    Opti-code will last forever until you polish them off, something like a layer of mini clear coat.

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    • Jun 9 2011

      Yes, but even coatings will get damaged in the form of watermark etchings and car wash abrasions. 😉

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      • Choon
        Jun 11 2011

        Only time can tell. 🙂

  5. CK
    Jun 9 2011

    Wow.. I’ve never heard of anything here except Optimum. All sound pretty expensive.

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    • Jun 9 2011

      The prices aren’t far off from each other…

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  6. mznn
    Jun 11 2011

    sorry, but what brand / manufacturer is AR ? googling doesn’t yield proper result, thanks.

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    • Jun 15 2011

      Hi, AR actually stands for the company AutoRage, as mentioned in the video. They are a Singaporean company distributing Zaino and Dodo Juice products, the AR samples were provided by them.

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  7. Jun 13 2011

    Great job Kenneth,

    Just to add on, Opti-Guard is like a layer of clear-coat applied on surface which claims to have a 9H hardness. You still can do regular maintenance ie polish(AIO) sealant or quick detail but we do realise that any wax or sealant on top of Opti-Guard(pro v) or Opti-Coat 2.0(con v). Is worth giving it a try since the price is quite reasonable as a coating.

    Cheers
    Benny

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    • Jun 15 2011

      Hi Benny, thanks! You mean AIO would not remove or diminish the coating?

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  8. Veloc
    Jun 13 2011

    This is a really nice write up man…Really nice. And I believe it is hardwork and not cheap too… Collecting all those coating and putting them to test in the name of truth. I’m really grateful because we can know how tese products are like without having to spend tons on trying and error on ourselves. Thank you!

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  9. Jun 15 2011

    Thanks for your kind words Veloc 🙂

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  10. Aug 4 2011

    Cannot Wait. Super interested to see who will reign supreme so I can bring it in to Thailand. Keep up the amazing work brother.

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  11. david
    Aug 20 2011

    Hi Ken, its David from indonesia

    How are you doing, is there any update for the Mega coating test.

    i saw your article about the water beading. do you has found the wax or sealant or combination both wax and sealant that has the highest contact angle.?

    i use these wax and sealant :

    NXT tech wax 2.0
    Perma Glass Polymer sealant
    3M paste wax
    fusso Coat F7

    i usually use swirlx with ROB ( Bosch ) to prep the car before LSP. with these wax and sealant i never get a water beading like those photos in your blog or others forum.

    tell me your secret for highest contact angle of water beading

    thanks

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    • Sep 8 2011

      Hi David,

      So far the updates for coating test is all still cannot resist the effects of waterspotting. Regarding contact angles, generally, waxes have higher contact angles to sealants. However, certain sealants(notably Japanese ones) tend to have very high contact angles (see Soft99 Fusso Coat or Ion Coat made by a different Japanese company). The contact angles are really just for looks and doesn’t really show better protection.

      You mentioned you have Fusso Coat F7, I reckon that should do the trick, no?

      Try this, after using SwirlX, wash with a strong mix of shampoo, wipe the paint dry and leave it for half an hour to make sure all the moisture in the pores of the paint completely evaporate. Then apply F7 and see if you get the desirable contact angle.

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  12. T Azeezee
    Sep 23 2011

    ehem….any updates? You’ve been MIA for a while now…..

    Azizi

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    • Oct 18 2011

      Short update. More watermarks on coating than collinite wax. Will most likely conclude that coatings are not suitable for malaysian weather. It is not because they do not last but the fact that it is more prone to waaterspot etchings defeats their selling point of being ‘best paint protection system in the market today’.

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      • Luthfee
        Mar 2 2017

        Hi Mr Kenneth,

        Just to follow up with you on this 6 year old topic, u mentioned that non of these coating prevent from watermarks, will this problem be addressed by putting another layer of sealant like axo or C2 from gtechniq?
        one more thing, how long really since all of these sealant completely gone?

  13. david
    Oct 8 2011

    hi Ken,

    thanks for the trick, its working, also i use the IPA wipe down before apply sealant and wax.
    i found better durability after a IPA wipe down. ken where do you get those coating like CQuartz, GTechniq C1, and Optimum Opti-Guard. is there any distributor in malaysia or in asia. i know i can get Optimum Opti-Guard and Cquartz from auto geek. but i cant find any online store that sell Gtechnic to indonesia. please share the info.

    thanks
    David
    david_pupu@yahoo.com

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    • Oct 18 2011

      Hi David…cquartz and opticoat is from autogeek.net, gtechniq i get it directly from Rob…he only sells them to professionals…I do not have a detailing shop but I’ve shown him work and he is willing to sell to me. Maybe u can try doing the same. Or else…can just go for opticoat or cquartz

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      • Oct 18 2011

        C1 is now available from most UK traders, like CYC, Shinearama etc

      • Oct 19 2011

        Thanks Toni!

  14. Alasar
    Jul 4 2012

    Sonax Brilliant detailler (like sealant) more or less protect for watermarks.
    And try the New Real Glass Coat. IMHO. Not ideal, but better in watermarks problem, than other silica, fluorine coatings.

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  15. FONG
    Feb 22 2013

    Really a nice write up! The BMW scarified for good….. 🙂
    Any update on the durability and worthiness as coating service easily cost few K.

    Reply

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