Friday, June 5, 2015

Short Review: DP Glass Coating

This is a quick synopsis of a glass coating I just applied on the BRZ.  I recently picked up the DP Prep Polish, Glass Coating, Wheel Coating, and Paint Coating and figured no better time than now to use the glass coating.  While rain is rarely an issue here in Vegas, that makes having a semi-permanent coating that much better as it won't get that much abuse and should hopefully last a few years.

And these are the items we'll be using today.  The coating, clay alternative, and a suede applicator block with associated cloth.

Here's the glass after a quick cleaning with GTechniq Panel Wipe to ensure a clean surface for the coating to adhere to.  Claying was done initially but the marring was so much of a hassle I skipped it. There was barely any grit to the glass that could be felt.

So directions for the glass coating are a cool surface and to let sit 2 minutes.  Here in the garage it's somewhat cool.  For the beginnings of summer at least.

In comparison to the concrete in the sun, quite a bit of difference.

Applicator block all setup and buffing towel, a CarPro Boa.

Rudimentary timer, I used just around 1:30 from spray on to lightly buff since the temperature was a bit more optimal.

And sprayed on.

After spraying the block was used to uniformly distribute the coating and avoid and lingering highspots.  I was quite impressed on the leveling of the coating.  There were only a few spots remaining after a simple cross-hatch and upon completion I did a walk-around in the sun with the towel to see if I had missed anywhere.  I think at most I found 2 spots that came right off roughly 8-10 minutes after application.  It may take a while until it actually sees some rain so that's why although this is not a performance review I did want to post my thoughts.

Previously, I have used Opti-Coat on windows, which worked well but not specifically formulated for glass.  From my understanding this mainly lies on the windshield where the coating is less likely to stand up to the abrasiveness of windshield wipers, I'm sure this thought process could easily be applied to the simple rolling up and down of windows.  I'll make sure to post back with my thoughts when and if it does see rain, if not on the next wash.

Take care and post up any questions you may have.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Shine on...

Just a bit of shameless plug after spending a few days on the car...

Garage Update and Why Working In The Shade Is Important

Alright! I was able to add some fancy organization to the garage and safe to say the new tool chest is already full. Picked this up from a friend and filled it up the same night. While it doesn't have any full length drawers this works out perfectly as I could split the left half for tools and the right half as dedicated detailing equipment. Enough talking more pictures.

Overall it's a 14-drawer Craftsman Griplock chest.  The drawers have a clever drawer design where the handle must be lifted up to be released to prevent it from opening accidentally. Works as advertised.

Going through drawer by drawer for the detailing side.  Top one is smaller pads, applicators, clay, and tape.  The little items overall that need some height.

Next is the brushes, this has since been slightly re-arranged to a row of paint safe brushes, followed by non-paint safe brushes.  On the left hand side is various backing plates.

Next is the flashlights and infrared thermometer I recently picked up.  More on that in a few paragraphs.

Now on to the good stuff, pads, and more pads.  With more being shipped as well...

And finally towels.  Only non-paint safe towels in here.  All the drawers have new liners in them but I just didn't feel comfortable putting paint safe towels in a drawer, so they remain in a plastic tote.

Now back a few I picked up an infrared thermometer.  It was on sale from Amazon for around $12 and I figured why not.  I could shoot the laser at a few things and see what happened.  Well I've found quite a few uses.  This is Satin White Pearl in the shade (the hood) compared to the sun (the roof).  These measurements were taken seconds apart and the car was parked in the driveway.

Quite a bit of difference from even just a few minutes.  Ambient temperature was around 85-90 degrees and little humidity.  

Thanks for reading! Post any comments or questions.