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Old 22-06-2015, 10:00 PM   #1
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Gtechniq C5 curing method

I'm going to get my diamond cut alloys replaced under warranty due to the usual white worm,they were protected with C5 but tbh they have been protected well after 2 1/2 years.

The question is how do you speed up the curing process of C5?
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Old 22-06-2015, 10:15 PM   #2
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You can't really speed up the curing time. It is what it is. It needs about 12 hours to cure without getting wet. Applying it summer and leaving it overnight when no rain is forecast should be fairly easy to do.
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Old 22-06-2015, 11:02 PM   #3
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Maybe I should have explained my situation a bit better,my car is garaged over night and it has always been so for reasons of security and keeping it dry and warm?

Last time applying C5 after thorough cleansing with blueberry wheel cleaner,Tardis,and twice wipe down with eraser before applying the C5 this was the alloys off the car.

I did 2 wheels at a time leaving an hour before putting wheel back on car and removing the other 2 wheels to repeat the process again,after a few hours drove car back into garage.

The next time I had notice brake particles had embedded into the C5 coating and hardened and what was suppose to be a spotless finish I had tiny specks of dots on each wheel due driving the car when the C5 coating hadn't fully cured hard!

I had thought about those infrared lamps used by body shops but fir the my purpose abit too much £'s unlike there are cheaper version I could justify the costs to speed up the curing process so that the C5 coating IS fully cured before I plonk them back on the car.

Any ideas most welcomed.
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Old 22-06-2015, 11:34 PM   #4
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I take all wheels off put the car on axle stands. Clean and protect leave to cure over night in warm dry place then check cured completely before putting back on the vehicle. Those curing lamps are good or a good halogen to speed it up abit but not cost effective.
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Might see if I can borrow a spare wheel and do one at a time.
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Axle stands are very cheap from Halfords, much easier to have all the wheels off at the same time. If they are left inside the house over night no need for heat lamps then
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Axle stands are very cheap from Halfords, much easier to have all the wheels off at the same time. If they are left inside the house over night no need for heat lamps then
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I agree totally luckily borrowed a set of alloys so I can rest assured car is garaged at night and can let the wheels cure fully without having to get brake dust before then.
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Old 24-06-2015, 02:07 AM   #8
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Maybe I should have explained my situation a bit better,my car is garaged over night and it has always been so for reasons of security and keeping it dry and warm?

Last time applying C5 after thorough cleansing with blueberry wheel cleaner,Tardis,and twice wipe down with eraser before applying the C5 this was the alloys off the car.

I did 2 wheels at a time leaving an hour before putting wheel back on car and removing the other 2 wheels to repeat the process again,after a few hours drove car back into garage.

The next time I had notice brake particles had embedded into the C5 coating and hardened and what was suppose to be a spotless finish I had tiny specks of dots on each wheel due driving the car when the C5 coating hadn't fully cured hard!

I had thought about those infrared lamps used by body shops but fir the my purpose abit too much £'s unlike there are cheaper version I could justify the costs to speed up the curing process so that the C5 coating IS fully cured before I plonk them back on the car.

Any ideas most welcomed.
I don't understand why the C5 did not dry enough after a few hours. Even if you put too much, C5 flashes quickly and should not have held on to brake dust after a few hours. Something doesn't sound right.
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Maybe it was the time of year that I applied the coating which was in December(friggin cold) dry but not very warm.and I had noticed when I parked car back in garage there was a speck of dirt on the alloy, I lightly remove it with my finger but found that the coating hadn't cured causing what seems like lacquer that hasn't dried fully and it touch it leaving finger prints on.
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Old 24-06-2015, 03:03 PM   #10
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The wheels should be hardened enough to drive after about 6 hours, but the coating will fully harden over the next week. You can accelerate the process a little but using a heat gun on a low setting.

If any brake dust does embed itself into the coating during that time, some Gtechniq W6 will dissolve it without harming the C5.

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