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Old 04-04-2008, 04:04 PM   #1
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Auto-balm - THE thread!

Auto-balm superior gloss protection system.



Product Overview.

Auto-balm is a unique product providing protection and gloss to automotive paintwork and car bodywork. Auto-balm will also protect and shine chrome, aluminium, and keep alloys looking great for longer. It is the result of thousands of hours of development and testing - a blend of synthesised complex corrosion inhibiting molecules that lock together tightly enabling them to remain functional in ultra-thin, high gloss films. Auto-balm will seal capillary pores in paintwork and provide an anticorrosion barrier to stone-chips and other damaged sites on vehicle paintwork.

Normal automotive polishes and waxes are generally based on natural hard waxes such as carnauba and montan. Synthetic silicones and resins are also widely used - with or without waxes - when these products are buffed to produce the required shine the ultra-thin films left provide very little protection at all.

Auto-balm is applied sparingly to vehicle paintwork and after just a few moments it’s buffed to produce a superb liquid-like deep gloss that enhances appearance and provides outstanding protection both to sound paint and damage sites. Auto-balm provides unparalleled protection to alloys, chrome and other metal surfaces too; its long-lasting effect will increase the time between polishing and provide far greater levels of protection than traditional polishes.

Summary.

• Higher protection than any other wax, polish or sealer.
• Produces an exceptional deep gloss finish.
• Suitable for all automotive paint finishes plus aluminium, alloys and other metals too.
• Fills swirl marks for a crystal clear appearance.
• Produces absolutely no dust or powder on buffing.
• Prevents corrosion spreading from stone chipped and damaged paint sites.
• Auto-balm’s deep gloss protective shine is achieved with no chemical build-up whatsoever.
• Formulated, blended and made by Bilt-Hamber Laboratories in England.

Product Function.

Auto-balm is a unique product providing protection and gloss to automotive paintwork and car bodywork. Normal automotive polishes and waxes are generally based on natural hard waxes such as carnauba and montan, but synthetic silicones and resins are also widely used - either with or without waxes - when these products are buffed to produce the required shine the ultra-thin films left provide very little protection at all. Auto-balm is the result of thousands of hours of development and testing - a blend of synthesised complex corrosion inhibiting molecules that lock together tightly enabling them to remain functional in ultra-thin, high gloss films. Autobalm will seal capillary pores in paintwork and provide an anticorrosion barrier to stone-chips and other damaged sites on vehicle paintwork. Autobalm will also protect and shine chrome, aluminium, and alloys. Auto-balm is not an abrasive polish - if the vehicle's bodywork is faded or in poor condition then the use of a light cutting polish will be required before application.

How to Use.

Auto-balm should not be used without following these instructions. Thoroughly wash vehicle with hot soapy water, only use salt-free automotive shampoos. Do not use wash and wax products. Dry vehicle using chamois leather, or synthetic equivalent. Auto-balm is not an abrasive polish, if your paintwork is faded, feels rough or has not been polished for a long period it will be necessary to use an abrasive polish and/or paint clay before application. Once prepared in this way regular application of auto-balm will maintain a high gloss finish without need for further use of abrasive polishes.

Wet the supplied circular polishing pad under running cold water. Wring the pad out - it should retain a damp feel.


Extra pads are available for £1.49

Touch the surface of the auto-balm paste so that a very small amount of the material is transferred to the pad. Apply to the vehicle keeping the pad flat - the dampness retained in the pad will lubricate the surface and allow the small amount of paste to spread a long way. You should not see droplets of water as you apply autobalm if you do then the pad is too wet. Apply sparingly using the applicator pad in circular motion. If the paint is in marginal condition apply increased amounts of auto-balm and increase application pressure using smaller circular motion this will fill the porous surface and improve gloss although there is a point where if the paint does not respond use abrasive cutting liquid or polish first.

Work on small areas, ONLY 2 - 3 feet square (maximum), at a time, do not work is direct sunlight and apply only to cool panels. Most polishes are laden with abrasive material making them easy to use but wearing to paint films and dusty upon buffing leaving little or no protective film at all. Remember that unlike other polishes autobalm is not simply removed when buffed - applying small amount evenly will enable easy buffing and great results. After application of autobalm wait for a few moments before buffing to a high uniform shine. Upon buffing autobalm is transformed into a durable protective high gloss film - no dust at all is created. Use a cut length of the 100% cotton stockinette supplied for the buffing process. It may be noticed on paintwork in poor condition that the wet-look created by a buffed autobalm film is not fully uniform - this condition will improve on repeat application as the capillary pores fill with the protective film re-establishing a smooth surface.

Ensure that the polish applicator pad remains clean during application - if required wash it using vehicle shampoo, rinse it thoroughly and wring until damp before continuing. A damp pad is not necessary when applying to metals. The buffing stockinette should be turned frequently during use - if buffing becomes less easy cut a new piece of stockinette. Both applicator pad and stockinette can be washed for re use. Do not use fabric conditioner.

Special instructions.

Where preparation of the vehicle to the finest possible degree is desired the application of auto-balm using light, straight, forward and back technique will eliminate any swirls or microscopic cobweb-like lines. On top panels, use front-to-back hand motions. On side panels, use up-and-down hand motions. This method allows auto-balm to fill tiny scratches and improve reflectivity. Heavy rubbing is not necessary.

Use with..

There are many great products out there and it goes without saying that we'd recommend our other products, but for the record.. we recommend using auto-balm with auto-wash, auto-clay and our soon to be released auto-foam!



Soiling may also be removed with Surfex HD. Available in 5 litres for serious use, or 1 litre for occasional application.



Pricing.



300 ml of auto-balm is available for just £14.95, including 1 free pad. It may be bought from us directly, or with other orders from Elite Car Care, or Pro Detailing. Want to find out more? Visit www.bilthamber.com .

Thanks for reading and please feel free to post all auto-balm questions and comments here.

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That's a great write up! It'd be great if you could fit that much instruction onto the jar!

I'm especially looking forward to getting the chance to using the jar I ordered now.
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:52 PM   #3
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Can I cut and paste that please?
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Thanks for asking Matt, and of course you can.

Cheers R30.. I think it'd be a 5 litre tub of balm if we had those destructions pasted on. And 300ml lasts years as it is.
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well I'll add a couple of pics of cars that been treated to some Auto Balm....

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The photographic comparison test shown on your website is quite startling; can I ask how long an application of Auto-balm might last?
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Thanks for asking Matt, and of course you can.

Cheers R30.. I think it'd be a 5 litre tub of balm if we had those destructions pasted on. And 300ml lasts years as it is.

Your very welcome. I've printed it out for reference for when I do get the weather to use it.
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The photographic comparison test shown on your website is quite startling; can I ask how long an application of Auto-balm might last?
Time is relative, as a certain Mr. Einstein said - in the case of AB, it'll depend on the weather and where you park overnight, etc.
Those images you refer to are what hooked me, and iirc, the failing point of AB (the grey centre stripe section, which is the original colour of the samples) was around the 72 hour mark. Whether that was localised spots, or complete failure like the others, I'm not sure exactly.
It's suggested that 14-28 days between applications is sufficient, but it could be longer.

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Would putting a coat of Vic's concours (or any other wax for that matter) add anything to the finish or improve longevity?
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waxing over AB is said to reduce its durability...
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