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Aqua Coat 500ml

Aqua Coat - Hydrophobic rinse aid

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Developed to enhance water beading, protection and gloss quickly and efficiently during the wash stage, this advanced SiO2-based formula has been engineered to bond instantly, leaving behind a glossy protective layer, and delivering an efficient 21st Century solution to applying a ceramic coating in a matter of seconds. There’s no need to significantly change your regular wash routine, either. Simply mist on a little Aqua Coat after rinsing away any contaminants during your contact or decontamination wash, and immediately rinse to coat your entire vehicle.

FAQS
At what stage in my detail should I use Aqua Coat?

Being an SiO2-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 SiO2-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 (SiO2) 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 SiO2 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 (SiO2) 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 SiO2 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 SiO2 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. 

Change the way you protect your vehicle

The easiest way to add a ceramic coating for up to 3-months of protection, instant gloss and unrivalled water behaviour at the wash stage. Coat your car in seconds with Aqua Coat Hydrophobic Rinse Aid.

Extreme water behaviour to all exterior surfaces

Developed to enhance water beading, protection and gloss quickly and efficiently during the wash stage, this advanced SiO2-based formula has been engineered to bond instantly, leaving behind a glossy protective layer, and delivering an efficient 21st Century solution to applying a ceramic coating in a matter of seconds.

Advanced SiO2-based formula has been engineered to bond instantly

SiO2-based ceramic coatings utilise silicon dioxide, which is commonly known as silica or quartz and the main ingredient you’ll find in glass and ceramic glazes. This natural chemical compound is capable of forming extremely strong chemical bonds with almost any surface to create a supremely hard barrier that’s impervious to moisture, grime, chemicals and environmental contamination.

Water will simply bead or run off the surface and particulates aren't able to stick

SiO2 coatings are also engineered to be perfectly clear, and this means that light is able to pass through unobstructed and then bounce back to the eye uniformly without diffracting in different directions, in a similar way to a car wax this gives the appearance of a significantly deeper, glossier surface.

Safe on all exterior surfaces, including paintwork, trim, wheels and even vinyl wraps

Aqua Coat can be used as a stand-alone detailing and valeting product to introduce an SiO2 coating, or as a quick and easy maintenance top up to prolong the life and performance of other Si02-based ceramic coatings, such as those in our flagship Caramics Protection range (including our Paintwork Protection Kit, Glass Protection Kit and Wheel Protection Kit). And remember, with Aqua Coat, a little always goes a long way, simply mist over the majority of the surface, and let your rising do the rest!

Product Details

Product Information

Product Type: Hydrophobic rinse aid
Product Code: AQU5

Aqua Coat Hydrophobic Rinse Aid offers the quickest and easiest way to apply up to 3-months of ceramic protection and extreme water behaviour to all exterior surfaces.

Developed to enhance water beading, protection and gloss quickly and efficiently during the wash stage, this advanced SiO2-based formula has been engineered to bond instantly, leaving behind a glossy protective layer, and delivering an efficient 21st Century solution to applying a ceramic coating in a matter of seconds. There’s no need to significantly change your regular wash routine, either. Simply mist on a little Aqua Coat after rinsing away any contaminants during your contact or decontamination wash, and immediately rinse to coat your entire vehicle.

SiO2-based ceramic coatings utilise silicon dioxide, which is commonly known as silica or quartz and the main ingredient you’ll find in glass and ceramic glazes. This natural chemical compound is capable of forming extremely strong chemical bonds with almost any surface to create a supremely hard barrier that’s impervious to moisture, grime, chemicals and environmental contamination. SiO2 protection is also extremely difficult to remove during normal day-to-day driving, the chief reason why ceramic coatings always offer the ultimate in durability.

Deep down on a molecular level, the bonded SiO2 layer smooths out microscopic recesses in the surface to leave a perfectly level hydrophobic barrier that's completely smooth, this gives water, dirt and other foreign molecules nothing to cling on to. Because of these advanced properties, water will simply bead or run off the surface and particulates aren’t able to stick, this also stops potentially harmful contaminants from penetrating penetrate, guarding the more sensitive surfaces (such as paintwork and trim) from the onset of corrosion, oxidation and fading. Any surface that’s been protected with a coating will repel foreign contaminants, allowing them to either slide off or simply sit on top of the ceramic layer without being able to penetrate or bond, making the vehicle far easier to clean on the next maintenance wash.

SiO2 coatings are also engineered to be perfectly clear, and this means that light is able to pass through unobstructed and then bounce back to the eye uniformly without diffracting in different directions, in a similar way to a car wax this gives the appearance of a significantly deeper, glossier surface. To see what an SiO2 coating can do for your vehicle in terms of gloss and protection, check out our full guide – What Difference Does A Ceramic Coating Actually Make?

Safe on all exterior surfaces, including paintwork, trim, wheels and even vinyl wraps, Aqua Coat can be used as a stand-alone detailing and valeting product to introduce an SiO2 coating, or as a quick and easy maintenance top up to prolong the life and performance of other Si02-based ceramic coatings, such as those in our flagship Caramics Protection range (including our Paintwork Protection Kit, Glass Protection Kit and Wheel Protection Kit). And remember, with Aqua Coat, a little always goes a long way, simply mist over the majority of the surface, and let your rising do the rest!

Aqua Coat Hydrophobic Rinse Aid is also available in 1-Litre bottles and 5-Litre, trade size containers. This product is ideal for use with our 1-Litre Pro Mixing Bottle.

For more on the effective application of this next-generation ceramic product, along with a few top tips and tricks, see our guide – Aqua Coat Dos and Don’ts.

Product Summary

  • Offers the quickest and easiest way to apply up to 3-months of ceramic protection
  • Advanced SiO2-based formula has been engineered to bond instantly
  • SiO2-based ceramic coatings utilise silicon dioxide
  • Capable of forming extremely strong chemical bonds with almost any surface to create a supremely hard barrier
  • Safe on all exterior surfaces, including paintwork, trim, wheels and even vinyl wraps, Aqua Coat can be used as a stand-alone detailing and valeting product to introduce an SiO2 coating

Dimensions

  • Total Size: H 200.00mm x W 70.00mm x D 70.00mm
  • Weight: 600.00g

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