Aqua Coat 1-Litre
- Rinse Aids
- Product Type:
- Hydrophobic rinse aid
- Product Code:
Change the way you wash your car with Aqua Coat, the quick and easy way to apply long lasting protection, with enhanced water beading to all exterior surfaces. Aqua Coat adds a protective layer of Si02 coating to all exterior surfaces right at the wash stage. Simply wash your vehicle as normal, rinse then apply a fine mist of Aqua coat to the vehicle whilst wet, rinse very well once again. You will see before your very eyes the instant effects of Aqua Coats hydrophobic characteristics, that last wash after wash for up to 3 months. Dry your vehicle as normal and you're done, it really is that simple to apply its initial coat, add subsequent top up coats when necessary.
Learn more about Aqua Coat's instant beading and protection in our detailing guide here.
- Spray and rinse formula.
- Works on paint, glass & trim.
- Bubblegum fragrance.
- Durable for 2-3 months.
Aqua Coat should only be applied to a wet vehicle after washing. Before you start: Ensure the vehicle is not in direct sun light and in ambient temperatures - do not attempt to apply Aqua Coat in hot weather, in direct sun or to a warm vehicle.
Ensure all traces of shampoo have been thoroughly rinsed.
Apply a light mist of Aqua Coat over a wet vehicle - be quick aqua coat will cover most surfaces whilst being rinsed from the car, usually a light mist across the majority of the vehicle will equate to the entire vehicle being coated when the solution is rinsed from the vehicle.
Rinse thoroughly from top down ensuring all traces of Aqua Coat have been rinsed away.
Dry with a microfibre towel straight away.
DO NOT allow Aqua Coat to dry on the vehicle (Aqua Coat does not require curing time). DO NOT apply to a hot car or in direct sunlight. DO NOT over apply (less is more).
SHOULD SPOTTING OR STREAKING OCCOUR. Immediate response is the best course of action. In the first instance: Simply spray Aqua Coat on to a microfibre towel and buff (using in a similar fashion to quick detailers) . If spotting is noticed later: A polish such as our Tripple all in one will be adequate to resolving the issue.
At what stage in my detail should I use Aqua Coat?
Being an Si02-based solution which instantly bonds with paint, vinyl, lacquer layers and even other ceramic coatings, Aqua Coat can not only install ceramic protection as a stand-alone solution for 2-3 months of protection, but also makes the ideal product for a quick and easy top up to prolong the lifespan and performance of other Si02-based coatings. Our Caramics Range of Protection Kits (for your vehicle exterior) – including Caramics Kits for Paintwork, Wheels and Glass, have a durability of up to 12-months and can be strengthened by the use of Aqua Coat during every routine maintenance wash. With that said, Aqua Coat is arguably most at home during maintenance washes, it’s designed to be quick and easy after all. Regardless of what you use this ceramic protection product for though, the application process is the same. After you’ve finished your contact wash and rinsed away any shampoo residue, (or finished a decontamination wash where applicable) simply apply a light mist over the whole vehicle while it's still wet, before immediately rinsing away the product, you’ll immediately see the difference in the water behaviour. A very light spritz of Aqua Coat will always be enough as it spreads over the vehicle as you rinse and, once every trace of product has been rinsed away, you can immediately dry the vehicle with an Aqua Deluxe, Aqua Deluxe XL or Silk Drying Towel. That’s all there is to it. For more on application of this product, and some top tips, see our article – Aqua Coat Dos and Don’ts.
Do I need to polish my vehicle before applying ceramic protection?
All silica or quartz-based ceramic coatings (such as those found in our products Ceramic Spray Wax, Aqua Coat Hydrophobic Rinse Aid, Lavish Ceramic Foam, Caramics Gloss Enhancer, Caramics Enhancing Shampoo, Wash 'n' Gloss, and our flagship Caramics Protection Kits), use a layer of chemically bonded silicon dioxide (Si02) to create a barrier between the surface and the elements that’s impermeable to water and only possible to remove by abrasion. In all their forms, and regardless of their durability, ceramic coatings are intended to add the hardiest protection to surfaces and, although they’re also designed to level the optical finish of paintwork and vinyl (including paint and powdercoat on wheels) - allowing light to bounce back to the eye more uniformly to make the finish appear deeper and glossier - the glass-like layer they install is not intended to hide underlying paint defects. So, when it comes to full paint decontamination and paint correction, the application of coating will still be effective with regards to physical protection, gloss and water beading without carrying out these processes, but you will not correct or obscure any defects already in the paintwork. This is why we always recommend carrying out any swirl mark or other defect removal, along with surface cleansing, prior to application of any protection layer (ceramic, wax or sealant) if you’re not completely happy with the condition of your paintwork. Especially when using a product intended for the most extreme durability such as our Caramics Paintwork Protection Kit, which installs a coating that lasts for up to a year. For maintenance washes, where Si02 products are used to top up previously applied ceramic protection, we would assume that any paint correction necessary would have been carried out before the initial application of the coating. For preparing the surface for your coating, it's essential to use a product that doesn't contain waxes or fillers that will block the adhesion of the coating, such as our Revitalise System V2 Compounds and One Step All-in-One Compound. For the full rundown on the science of ceramic coatings and how they work see our article – What Difference Does A Ceramic Coating Actually Make.
What cleaning and polishing products are best to use with a ceramic coating?
The great thing about silica-based (Si02) ceramic coatings is that they’re specifically developed to help your vehicle look better for longer. The hardy protection layer they install is essentially chemically bonded silicon dioxide, which is like glass, so it smooths the surfaces enough to prevent water molecules and grime from bonding. Regardless of application to paint, glass, vinyl or any other exterior surface, this is why they bead to the extreme and offer the longest lasting protection of any product. What’s most important here is that grime will sit on top of the ceramic layer rather than sticking, and this makes cleaning easier. But it’s still important to carry out safe maintenance to stop heavy grit and grime from being rubbed in and abrading the coating and the paintwork, causing the infliction of defects. Using coating-friendly pre-wash products, such as Citrus Power Bug and Grime Remover and Avalanche Snow Foam will also prevent damage to coatings because they don’t contain harsh acidic or alkaline cleaning agents that may etch into the top layer. It’s the same story for the shampoo you use in your two-bucket wash. Lather Car Shampoo is a great choice as it will never damage previously-applied coatings, but alternatively you can use Wash 'N' Gloss Car Shampoo or our Caramics Enhancing Shampoo to actively top-up and prolong the life and performance of your Si02 coating as you wash paintwork, glass and all other exterior surfaces. Other products that are great for topping up during routine maintenance include Aqua Coat Hydrophobic Rinse Aid, Lavish Ceramic Foam, Caramics Gloss Enhancer, Caramics Glass Cleaner and Ceramic Spray Wax. When it comes to paint correction, all you have to remember is that Si02 coatings have to be allowed to chemically bond to the topcoat or lacquer layer, so it’s crucial to use a compound or a polish that doesn’t contain any waxes or fillers, because these extra layers will block the chemical bonding process. For paint correction, polishing and refinement before adding a coating, we’d recommend using products that only reveal a true finish, such as One Step All-in-One Compound, or our Revitalise System V2 Compounds (which are also available separately). Don’t forget that Si02 coatings are extremely durable and can only be fully removed through abrasion, this means that polishing your vehicle using any abrasive after applying a ceramic coating will remove the Si02 layer, meaning that reapplication of protection will be required after you polish. For more on how to prepare a car for a ceramic coating, see our guide – Detailing and Ceramic Coating a New Car.
I have white marks on my vehicle after using Aqua Coat, what do I do?
Aqua Coat Hydrophobic Rinse Aid can have this effect if its not used correctly, but when the correct application method is followed it's guaranteed to change the way you wash your vehicle forever! The light dots/specks that can be left behind by the Aqua Coat can be caused by one of two things - either the Aqua Coat was used too generously and not rinsed quickly enough before it dried on the vehicle. Or the temperature of the car/air was too warm/cold and, again, the solution applied dried before before being rinsed away effectively. If the product has been allowed to dry on your vehicle the best way to eradicate these marks is by applying a little Aqua Coat to a fresh microfibre cloth and gently wipe the panels down to re-activate the product. Alternatively you can use a little Finale Quick Detailer. The best protection is prevention, so when applying Aqua Coat in the first instance, never do the job in adverse temperatures, or on a hot vehicle. Never let the product dry, and always follow the correct procedure: 1. Wash the car as you would normally with shampoo and rinse well. 2. While the surfaces are still wet, lightly spritz a fine mist of Aqua Coat over all paintwork, glass and trim - remember, a little goes a long way, so don't put on too much, you're just wasting the product. 3. Immediately, rinse away all of the Aqua Coat solution with your pressure washer, and then dry straight away.