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Old 17-07-2017, 09:11 PM   #101
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Old 17-07-2017, 09:16 PM   #102
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Yes, but you still have to wait for couple weeks..

And sorry for delay..

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Old 07-08-2017, 11:33 AM   #103
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Hi,

First of all, sorry for the delay but “little” technical problems with Volvo gave some challenges
and also caused a slight motivation drop..

Anyway, here is the final update for the test.


The test car rolled 493 days, 71 weeks, 39 washes and 20 017 miles (32 215km).

Usually, washing methods looked like this:

Pre-Wash: Bilt-Hamber Auto-Foam or Valet Pro Neutral Snow Foam

Shampoo: Wolf`s Chemicals White Satin or Britemax Clean Max

However, 5 times I had to go bit harder methods
with solvents, tar remover, iron remover, as well as
once Bilt-Hamber Cleanser Fluid (wiped with MF cloth).

The accumulated mileage of the test was approximately 80% of the motorway / road driving
and the rest of the urban area and sand roads.

The car has been parked outside, except during the working days.
So, the surfaces have seen snowbrush, blazing sun, hard frosts,
children's wash moment (couple paintbrushes, mud bucket and two 4 year old girls),
thousands of insects, half a meter of snow layers and haulers of workshop workers, etc.

One important thing to note is that the car was at its best almost 4 months without washing (earlier mentioned “little” technical problems..). During that time, it was driven only a few thousand miles, otherwise it was parked outside.
Then, when the car was taken back to normal use, the first wash were made with a rough methods (eg tar remover, solvents, iron remover, cleanser fluids via mf-cloth).
This 4 months period seemed to effect negatively with the properties of the coatings.
During that time, the properties of the coatings deteriorated a lot.

I noticed some differences between products like darkening effect, dirt repellency, water behavior, mitt slickness and scratch resistancy.

Earlier I did put some pics about differences between dirt repellency and darkening effect. I think where was best dirt/water repellency, was also most slickest surface for wash mitt.

The differences between the scratch resistance are, in my opinion, somewhat difficult to compare with each other, but I tried to do my best with Led Lenser P7 in dark washing place.
I think that the sun didn`t show differences as well as the method I used.
Below a few videos about the differences of scratch resist by Led Lenser: (Remember subtitles!)



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I think the best results against marring offered by:

- Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light (without EXOv2 and also with it)
- Gyeon Prime
- Gyeon MOHS
- Nanolex Si3D

Of these, I think best protection was offered by Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light.
At least the above video shows how it beats up EXOv2.

To the next category I would like put:

- EXOv2
- Sonax Nano Guard
- CQuartz UK
- Optimum Gloss-Coat

Gloss-Coat`s performance was surprise for me, because I didn`t even included it in the test because its water repellency was really poor and I thought there was some mistake when applied.
You probably notice huge difference in scratch resist between Igreenlover and Gloss-Coat at the above video, where those 2 products are side by side in the trunk.

Last Category:

- Igreenlover Quartz
- Bilt-Hamber Finis-Wax
- Wolf`s Chemicals

Igreenlover Quartz is a real disappointment in this area ..
Based on my own findings, the coatings really provide protection against marring and there really are differences between products.


Next, the differences about sheeting and video below: (Remember subtitles!)



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Best category:

- Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light, topped with EXOv2
- Nanolex Si3D
- Gyeon Prime
- Gyeon MOHS
- Gyeon Booster

I think these are also difficult to compare with each other, because all of products wasn`t side by side.
The CSL coated with EXO was really amazing at first, but the situation leveled off a little while. Of course Gyeon Booster was great with it`s water sheeting and beading,
But the best performane fell off faster than Gtechniq.
The Si3D performed stable from start to finish, as did Prime and MOHS.

Next Category:

- CQuartz UK
- Sonax Nano Guard

There is nothing to complain about CQUK, but it`s just not at same level as those earlier mentioned products. But very close!
CQUK left Sonax behind, not much but a bit.

Last category:

- Igreenlover Quartz
- Optimum Gloss Coat
- Gtechniq EXOv2

As for Gloss-Coat, I think something went a bit wrong when applying. Would it be that I used mf-cloth too early after application? I do not know, but however scratch resistance worked surprisingly well.
Igreenlover Quartz worked well, but when its water repellency began to fade, it faded fast. That's why this category.
Gtechniq EXOv2 is great sheeter and beader, but only as long as it lasts. And I expect coating to last longer than it did . So, here in this category.

Well, here`s some last notes from my experiences.

- Nanolex Si3D for the Bang for Bucks. Works at a delightful level in every area.

- Gtechniq's Crystal Serum Light topped with EXOv2, might be the best overall performer, if not looking price tag.

- I think Gyeon products are somewhere between Gtechniq duo and Nanolex Si3D, if you use Booster on top.

- Sonax is cheap as a soap and ok, but in my own car I would prefer Si3D.

- Igreenlover Quartz. I don`t rate this at all..

- CQuartz UK is the kind of safely and familiar choice for most people at here (as Toyota is for common man here in Finland) and there`s nothing wrong with it, but considering the price tag and the features it gives, I would rather choose Si3D for myself.

Remember, this wasn`t anywhere near a scientific experiment. Just a journey of one amateur detailer.

Thank you, LuckyStrike

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Old 07-08-2017, 04:33 PM   #104
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Old 07-08-2017, 05:20 PM   #105
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Good read!

...and no - links aren't working for me...


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Old 07-08-2017, 05:58 PM   #106
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Thanks for the effort you put into this test. I prefer proof rather than just hear say. I've used gtechniq for years and it's great.
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Old 07-08-2017, 07:01 PM   #107
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Old 19-08-2017, 01:31 AM   #108
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Thanks for sharing.
Links are dead again......
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Old 21-08-2017, 08:12 AM   #109
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Thanks for sharing.
Links are dead again......
Works for me (if you mean YouTube links)?
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Perfect when looking for a coating to buy. How would you rate applying them, any differences?
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