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Lavish Ceramic Foam is a ground-breaking innovation in the science of SiO2 coatings - an advanced high-foaming, spray-on formula that makes introducing 6-months of ceramic protection to every exterior surface quicker and easier than ever before.
The perfect solution for adding or topping up ceramic layers for any vehicle - no matter the size – this cutting-edge ‘spray and rinse’ coating installs a hardy, long-lasting barrier from the elements, straight from your snow foam lance, for the most extreme protection delivered right there during the wash stage.
Safe for use all exterior surfaces, from paintwork and vinyl wraps to alloy wheels, glass and trim, Lavish gets to work immediately by chemically bonding to form a super-durable, ceramic layer which actively repels grime and offers extreme water behaviour that you can actually see working as you rinse. Engineered to whip up into a viscous, lingering foam, Lavish is also capable of working its way into all recesses and panel gaps offering supreme protection for those important, but otherwise unreachable, areas that you can’t see.
SiO2 coatings are based on Silicon Dioxide (Silica) the main ingredient you’ll find in glass, this chemical compound bonds to surfaces to create an extremely hard top layer that's impervious to moisture. On a molecular level, the new SiO2 layer smooths out microscopic recesses in the paintwork or vinyl, leaving a perfectly level hydrophobic barrier that's completely smooth and gives water and dirt molecules nothing to cling on to. Because of these advanced properties, water will simply bead off the surface and particulates won't be able to bond. Instead, any contaminants will either slide off or simply sit on top of the ceramic layer, making the vehicle far easier to clean on the next maintenance wash. For more information on how silica and quartz-based coatings can offer your vehicle the most extreme protection, check out our article – What Difference Does A Ceramic Coating Actually Make.
But, it’s not just the most extreme protection that’s important here, this Si02-based coating also been specifically developed to add plenty of shine. Lavish is a unique chemical solution leaves a surface layer that’s perfectly clear, so natural light is able to pass through unobstructed and then bounce back to the eye uniformly without diffracting in different directions. This gives the appearance of a much deeper, glossier surface, and the reason why this product is the master at keeping any vehicle looking better for longer, and the ultimate choice for speedy paintwork protection at any time of year.
This next-generation formula can be used as a stand-alone protection product or as a quick and easy top up to prolong the life and performance of our flagship Caramics exterior coatings - including our Caramics Paintwork Protection Kit, Caramics Wheel Protection Kit and Caramics Glass Protection Kit – making Lavish the ultimate in maintenance products, and ideal for use every time you wash your vehicle. To see how easily Lavish can be used for routine maintenance, and how it stands up to the most extreme conditions, see our article – The Definitive Guide To Surviving Winter.
For the ultimate in easy application, Lavish Ceramic Foam should be used in conjunction with our Foam Lance V2. These professional-quality accessories exceed the industry standard and utilise a serviceable metal gauze to effectively activate the ingredients and whip up the solution into a lingering foam. Our Foam Lances are is available to fit a large selection of home or industrial pressure washers, and one of the most crucial tools in any serious detailing or valeting kit. For more on these essential car care accessories see our guide – How To Set Up and Maintain Your Foam Lance V2.
Lavish Ceramic Foam is available in 500ml and 1-Litre bottles, along with 5-Litre trade size containers. This product, along with our full range of ceramic coatings and Caramics support products, can be found here in our Ceramic Coatings category.
- Silica (SiO2) based Ceramic Foam.
- Quick and simple ‘spray and rinse’ application.
- Installs up to 6-months of ceramic protection.
- Instant slick gloss finish.
- Suitable for all exterior surfaces including paintwork, wheels, glass, rubber, trim and vinyl wraps.
Ensure that all exterior surfaces are clean and free of contaminants. We recommend carrying out the wash stages thoroughly and safely to ensure that no defects or swirl marks (that may require polishing) are inflicted. On all vehicles always clean wheels first, before carrying out an effective pre-wash using a suitable pre-cleaner, such as Citrus Power Bug & Grime Remover or Dynamite Traffic Film Remover, followed by Avalanche Snow Foam and a two-bucket wash using Lather Car Shampoo. Rinse away wash residues thoroughly and be sure to flush out any panel gaps and arches and shuts to remove hidden grime. During application lavish will get in there and protect those too!
Add 2-3 inches to your foam lance bottle and top up with fresh water. Once diluted one litre of Lavish Ceramic Foam solution is enough to complete almost any large vehicle. One litre of Lavish concentrate makes around 5 litres of solution.
Apply Lavish to the vehicle while it’s still wet from your rinse, working from the bottom upwards with your Foam Lance, this will ensure that any ceramic foam running down the vehicle is replenished. Note: Do not apply in direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
Lavish requires no dwell time and should be rinsed away immediately. The foam is enough to keep this product on surfaces and work into gaps for it to chemically bond. When rinsing be thorough to ensure that all traces of solution are removed. You’ll also see the advanced water behaviour at work as you rinse.
Immediately dry all exterior surfaces with a suitable, scratch-free microfibre drying towel, such as our Aqua Deluxe, Aqua Deluxe XL or Silk Drying Towels.
At what stage of the detail should Lavish be used?
Being an Si02-based ceramic foam which instantly bonds with paint, vinyl, clearcoat, glass and other silica-based ceramic coatings, Lavish can be used as a stand-alone detailing and valeting product that can install ceramic protection on it’s own, giving up to 6-months of protection. This makes it ideal for use when time is tight, or on the biggest vehicles where other coatings are not an option. That said, Lavish is also extremely effective, and arguably even more popular, for topping up other Si02-based exterior coatings, prolonging their life and performance for as long as possible during routine maintenance. Our range of Caramics Protection Kits for example – including Caramics Kits for Paintwork, Wheels and Glass, have a durability of up to 12-months and can be strengthened by the use of Lavish during every routine maintenance wash. Whether you’re choosing Lavish to install or top up Si02 protection though, the application process should always be carried out after the wash process when the vehicle is clean and all residues from car shampoos or decontamination products have been rinsed away, but importantly while surfaces are still wet. Lavish can then be applied with your Foam Lance, before immediately being rinsed thoroughly (the change in water behaviour will be instant and immediately obvious here), and the vehicle can be dried straight away using a suitable microfibre drying towel, we recommend a super-soft Aqua Deluxe, Aqua Deluxe XL or Silk Drying Towel. For some top tips on how Lavish can be used to its fullest during maintenance, check out our article – The Definitive Guide To Surviving Winter.
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's the difference between Lavish Ceramic Foam and Avalanche Snow Foam are they both for the pre-wash stage?
No. Lavish Ceramic Foam is not designed to clean surfaces and shouldn’t be confused with a traditional snow foam. Avalanche Snow Foam is designed for purging heavy soiling during the pre-wash stage to prevent the infliction of paint defects and swirl marks. For this reason it contains surfactants and degreasers capable of breaking down, lifting and encapsulating grit and grime, allowing these harmful contaminants to be safely rinsed away without contact with a wash mitt. Lavish is purely designed to add Si02 protection, and only once the vehicle is already clean, so it doesn’t contain surfactants or cleaning agents. It comes in the form of a ceramic foam to enable quick and easy application via your Foam Lance and (like Avalanche) will work its way into all the panel gaps to contact, and in in this case add protection to, the unseen areas. Unlike a snow foam though, Lavish should be used immediately after the cleaning process, while vehicle is still wet, and the ceramic foam should be rinsed away immediately after application, and never left to dwell.
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.
Does Lavish have to be applied using a snow foam lance?
In a word, yes. Professional snow foam lances - just like our own Foam Lance - should not be confused with syphon-based detergent dispensers which are commonly supplied with home-use pressure washers. Snow foam lances are in fact an industry-standard tool designed specifically to whip up the solution into a foam, activating the ingredients mixing them with more water to enable proper application. They do this by dragging the mix through a special metal gauze before exiting the body of the lance. This is the only way to get a useable ceramic foam that will be effective for even coverage, and not simply waste the concentrate in the container.