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Old 22-08-2015, 09:30 PM   #1
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TAC System Quartz Shine - Mini Review

As one of the winners in the 12 Days of Christmas draw, I finally got a chance a few weeks ago to do a little prep on a runabout, and trial the TAC Sysytem Quartz Shine.

First thoughts? Trepidation! I've been a fan of Optimum products for a long time and the only coating I had used previously was Opti-Coat 2.0, which I find easy to work with. I'd researched Quartz Shine as much as possible before application, and was only concerned about it's relatively quick flash off and curing times. Incidentally, I must be honest and say the directions included with the product aren't great

I worked one panel at a time, with the larger panels split into smaller areas. The first issue I had was the suede applicator pads... I really couldn't get used to them, and tried a make-up applicator pad, before settling on a soft foam applicator pad. Application was straight forward, covering each panel twice with perpendicular strokes, then buffing with a suede microfibre.

No issues here, although I found changing to a clean face of MF twice on every panel was needed to eliminate streaking; this may be due to the foam pad delivering more product than a suede applicator?

After curing for 24 hours, I actually repeated the application, just to ensure full coverage... in all I would estimate a total of 15mls of the 50ml bottle have been used.


Firstly, I found Quartz Shine more intimidating to use than Opti-Coat 2.0, however this may be down to less familiarity with the product and the lack of clear directions.

Secondly, whilst Quartz Shine doesn't add (IMO) a great deal visually to the appearance of the paintwork, it makes a significant difference to the appearance and finish of black plastic trim!

Thirdly, with the car having covered almost 400 miles since application, mainly in wet conditions, when washing it today it was significantly cleaner than I had expected. This leads me to assume the water / dirt repellency is very good.

So here's a couple of pics of the end result:

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Good honest review, thanks Norn. Final finish looks good.
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Thanks for the review.
I would suspect that the foam applicator doesn't release the product evenly. Little pressure change may change how much product is applied.
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Its a great allround product and its hopefully going to be the longest lasting trim product ive tried. When I get a chance im going to get the wheels off and use Shine on the arch liners and see how it fairs.

If you want to add something to the looks definitely try Quartz Max or Water Glsss.
imho Water Glass is as good in the looks department as Zaino Z8.
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Hi. I know I am replying to a very old post, but can you comment on the durability of the Coating? How long did it last on your VW?
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I used TAC Systems power plus a few weekends ago. Having used the make up pads for a long time with gtechniq coatings I really don't like the foam block wrapped in the micro suede. It makes it feel like it really drags but it does ensure a nice thin and consistent layer.

I found using migliore coating, they only provide the foam pad. Applying the coating directly to this makes it much nicer to spread but it can lay it on a bit thick.

Well maintained I've seen in excess of 18months from most coatings.
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Thank you for the write up.
With Regards to the suede, I recommend you try our applicator block with microsuede face, I prefer them.

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