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Old 14-04-2019, 12:47 PM   #1
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Exclamation Applying ceramic outside

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So will be apply ceramic outdoor since I donít have a garage or take it in the kitchen like my wheels, was thinking a car cover so it would heal better over a night or 2. Iíve seen post that car covers are no good. Anyone that can sugguest anything?
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A gazebo if you have one large enough would work
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car covers have contact with car so can scratch paint, i would not consider those.
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Old 14-04-2019, 10:28 PM   #4
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If youíre doing this yourself...

Pick a spot where your car will be in the shade for the coating

Pick a day where itís not windy

You should be able to coat the car in an hour or two doing a panel or half a bonnet at a time (apply, let it flash, level it out, move onto the next panel, to back to the previous panel and level out again.

Do the roof first.

When youíve done the whole car, leave it an hour or two and then top with the manufacturers topping

E.g. if using CarPro, top with Reload
If using Nanolex, top with SiFinish
Etc

The top coat will allow the coating to finish hardening, while protecting it from dust and possible rain.

If you can drive it into the sun after coating, youíll be able to find any high spots easier (if this is your first time doing it)

Youíll be fine driving it after 8 hours/next day.

If youíre doing a two part coating like CSL+Exo, try and leave 4 hrs between layers. Longer the better. I normally coat these indoors, doing CSL in the evening and Exo the next morning.
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If youíre doing this yourself...

Pick a spot where your car will be in the shade for the coating

Pick a day where itís not windy...
Thatís great information. Iíve got carbon collective platinum paint, so what would be recommended for a top coat? Oracle?
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Thatís great information. Iíve got carbon collective platinum paint, so what would be recommended for a top coat? Oracle?

Speak to CC and see if they sell a spray coating thatíll protect the paint while the coating is drying. Not all coating manufacturers sell them or need them.

Looking at their instructions
https://carboncollective.com/wp-cont...structions.pdf
They donít say anything about keeping the coating dry for x hours, but they also donít say anything about when the coating reaches full hardness. If you can add another layer after 2 hours, perhaps 2 hours is the cure time. Who knows.

Stick with the platinum paint; if you donít like the look, or want a different water behaviour, you can always add Oracle (or something else) after an IPA wipedown. (Never used platinum paint or oracle so canít recommend)

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Speak to CC and see if they sell a spray coating thatíll protect the paint while the coating is drying. Not all coating manufacturers sell them or need them.

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Thanks Tosh. Iíve sent a message, hopefully hear back. If worse comes to it, Iíve gyeon wetcoat and gtechniq c2v3 left over would that not work out?
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Thanks Tosh. Iíve sent a message, hopefully hear back. If worse comes to it, Iíve gyeon wetcoat and gtechniq c2v3 left over would that not work out?

All ceramics are different. You have to go with the manufacturer recommendation. Donít get it wet.

If youíre just applying the coating and there is nothing to protect it, you need to ensure it doesnít rain. That will definitely ruin the bonding process. Even the moisture from your arm resting on the paint will ruin the bonding process. That is why I recommended ďdo the roof firstĒ.

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The earlier you can do it in the day the better, to allow it to harden in the sun.

Avoid a windy day.

I met last night with an experienced detailer who has done some outside and they have been fine.

And car covers don't scratch (sigh...) - dirty cars with poorly fitting cheap covers may get scratched.
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The earlier you can do it in the day the better, to allow it to harden in the sun.

Avoid a windy day.

I met last night with an experienced detailer who has done some outside and they have been fine.

And car covers don't scratch (sigh...) - dirty cars with poorly fitting cheap covers may get scratched.
This!....SJ.
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