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Old 24-11-2015, 01:54 PM   #1
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Introducing CarPro Essence : Extreme Gloss Primer.

Tomorrow afternoon will see the release of the highly anticipated CarPro Essence, until then here's a little information on the product.



Introducing CarPro Essence!


CarPro is turning the wheels of innovation once again!! CarPro Essence is a unique blend of nano-tech Quartz, high gloss durable resins, and fine abrasives that are blended together at a microscopic level to form something truly ground breaking! CarPro Essence leaves an amazing high gloss finish with semi-permanent fillers and protective capabilities all built in!

Paired with a cutting pad Essence is capable of unexpected cutting power, while a CarPro gloss pad armed with Essence provides gloss we could only dream of until now! But this is not simply a polish…

In less than the time you take to polish a car with conventional products, CarPro Essence is capable of removing swirls, while building a thick ultra glossy resin layer with semi-permanent durability of up to 12 months!
Oh… and it wipes off like a dream!

Incredibly Essence also leaves a perfectly smooth, deep, reflective, primed layer to build on with CQuartz or Reload! The primer attribute in revolution makes application of CQuartz easier than ever and bonds together seamlessly, forming a shell of Extreme Gloss and protection!


We've had this product on test with a number of our approved detailers worldwide, for over 14 months now and reports are all very positive, our claims are field tested and proven.

Features:

Primes surface for CQuartz , Reload or Hydro2
Produces Extremely High Gloss
Semi-permanent filling capabilities
Adds layer of Sio2 Quartz protection
Use with D/A, Rotary, or by Hand

And here is the FAQ provided by CarPro US (thanks Corey)

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1 - What is CarPro Essence?

CarPro Essence is a semi-permanent sio2 extreme gloss enhancer, finishing polish, primer, and coat in one.

2 - Do I have to use Eraser between Essence and CQuartz?

If your using Essence by machine and you wait until the vehicle is finished then you can apply Reload or CQuartz after you finish the vehicle starting in the same direction you polished. If you want to be ultra safe you can still Eraser but in our testings to date we have not seen any failure when we skipped Eraser.

If your using Essence by hand then we recommend you use Eraser before coating.

3 - How long does CarPro Essence last?

We expect 1 year on its own BUT we recommend applying reload or CQuartz over top for the much better hydrophobics and dirt resistance. This will provide 115+ Degree contact angle instead of 90 deg contact angle (not so good) with Essence alone.

4 - So, I can use Essence with CQuartz?

Yes, any CQuartz coating and any of our CarPro Nano sealants like Reload it will work great.

5 - How does it work if you use it between the paint and CQuartz?

It bonds to the paint, the CQuartz bonds to it and merges.

6 - So, if this has Sio2 quartz protection inside it why are you guys telling me to top it with Reload or CQuartz?

Great question! The protection is there as we stated BUT the contact angle of the water beads and the dirt repellency is not on par with Reload or CQuartz.

7 - Is CarPro Essence super easy to use?

Yes, usually extremely easy! It is but there are always other variables. As always there can be a little learning curve on some paints. IF you run into a paint where it seems to stick a bit then you need to change your pad type and or your machine speed, arm speed, or pressure.

On very soft paints especially (because it sticks to soft paint easier) consider the following method:
Use a microfiber pad
Spread super fast on speed 1
Raise speed to about 3-4 depending on machine
Using minimal pressure (about a pound + weight of machine) use VERY slow arm movement across the section and go only one single pass.

Finally for some paints, consider faster arm movement with half bites into the section, backing up, and then moving forward to avoid any sticking of product.

8 - What if I leave a spot that seems like the Essence stuck to it?

Simply apply a dot of Essence on the area, run over it with fast arm speed, and immediately wipe off the residue. It may simply wipe off with a suede and a dot of Essence as well.

9 - When should I wipe off the residue?

On some paints you could actually leave it there an hour and it is still super easy to wipe off. On soft or porous paints we recommend wiping off immediately after each section.

10 - What about my pads… Do I need to clean them after use to avoid them becoming “crispy” with Sio2?

Yes, clean your pads very well with APC/water after use. During use it doesn’t harden due to the repeated saturation of more Essence on the pad.

11 - What about my microfiber wiping towels?

Yes, wash your towels well or soak them after use if you can’t place them in the washer soon after.

12 - So what are the biggest benefits to using CarPro Essence?

There are a LOT of applications and benefits where Essence excels beyond anything previously available.
Gloss on another level
Hours saved per vehicle
Ease of finishing even the most difficult paints
Thickening of the coating (Essence builds a glossy and reflective quartz coat) which bonds with the paint and merges with CQuartz or Reload if we apply it after Essence.
PPF… We all know its not the best looking means of protection… so this was a really cool find… ppf and clear bras LOVE CarPro Essence! The clarity and gloss of ppf is VERY visibly enhanced when Essence is used on top.

13 - How much cut is in Essence? How large are the abrasives?

Essence uses the same abrasives from Reflect but less of them. However, due to the viscosity and balance of a number of other ingredients we do see an unexpected amount of cut on some paints (especially when paired with a Megs microfiber cutting pad)

14 - How does this work? Is this some kind of marketing nonsense?

No, thanks for your patience as we launched this! Answers to any questions will be answered in this thread. Feel free to post any others you have!


15 - Can I use CarPro Essence without compounding first?

That depends… Certainly you can and certainly it will produce excellent gloss. As for durability this would be theoretically ill-advised. On many paints it will also cut FAR more than you can imagine in concert with a Meguiars microfiber cutting pad. As far as how durable it will be and what your goal is you should compound first to remove oxidation and scratches.

In other words if the paint is not in good condition or is oxidized and you want to have long term protection then you SHOULD compound first.
As for the finish and deeper swirls… that is what test sections are for – when choosing if Essence provides the cut you desire.

16 - What about Essence topped with CarPro Hydro2? Or Hydrofoam?!

Yes, in this case I would advise that you wait until the vehicles next visit or anytime after 5 days to apply Hydro2 or wash with Hydrofoam. In my experience using Essence and then maintaining with CarPro Hydrofoam = Magic

17 - How long until it can get wet?

1 hour before you should allow release into water. BUT remember we are applying Reload or CQuartz over the top so if CQuartz is the choice for topping then CQuartz will still need its cure time to avoid water spots.

18 - If my car already is in good condition... recent decon, polishing, and now has wax on it can I simply use Essence? Or do I need to strip the existing protection first?

This I'm not sure... A little too many variables - with some wax, sealants, and the right pad and pad cleaning etc it would be fine BUT I wouldn't risk it. I would kill the wax off well with strong iron X Snow soap cleaning, then proceed. We may update this after we have enough field testing to prove otherwise.

19 - What is the shelf life expectancy?

1 Year

20 - Should I strip existing protection if paint is in great shape to apply Essence?

Yes, I would strip the wax or sealant as a minimum prep step.

21 - How much should I apply? like a polish... or sparingly like a coating?

More like a polish. For using the CarPro Gloss pad we apply sparingly for most paints. With Microfiber Pad we use more.


22 - How far will the 5oz bottle go?

2-5 cars depending on the goal, the paint, the pad, and more

23 - Can Essence be used as sort of a paint prep product on a well corrected vehicle that already has CQuartz and/or Reload on it, then follow with CQuartz and/or Reload again?

Yes, you can use to "heal" a damaged existing CQuartz coating. Keep in mind that its possible to damage some the existing CQuartz hydrophobic surface when you "heal" any micro marring with Essence but if you are coating again over the top then it should be a moot point. If you are not coating again over the top then you are trading - fixing the light marring for a less hydrophobic and dirt repellant surface.

24 - Does this have to be used with CQuartz or Reload or can I use something else as a LSP or do I even need to worry about using a LSP?

We believe you can use a lot of different lsp that work well with this. We haven't tested others products with it so not positive the results but that is our estimate. I would wait a bare minimum of an hour if applying a sealant or wax with high solvent content in it. You might test that further before doing an entire car to see if an hour is enough. I know one of our friends is planning on moving to Essence as their prep for their high grade Carnauba Wax service. After they have tested thoroughly i will try to remember to update here.
Also see Q&A # 3

25 - What color foam pad is recommended for this? I despise MF Pads

Short answer - Scholl Concepts Spider pad (Blue or Honey)

Long answer - This is a tough one to answer (so many variables again)... It will work with any foam pad really BUT depending on the paint you may have more or less luck with different pads. The issue is this "sticking" the product seems to do on some paints (more in certain environments) On a microfiber pad that seems to be a much shorter learning curve to avoid. I personally tested on Meguiars Microfiber pad (both cutting and finishing, CarPro Gloss pads, Orange Buff & Shine, and Scholl Concepts Spider pads (worked well)and a yet to be mentioned pad...
http://www.carpro.uk.com/paint-glass-correction/

Please feel free to ask any questions and either me or Avi will be around to answer when possible.

Kind Regards
Craig

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This should fly off the shelves if the reviews are anything to go by!

I hope you've got plenty in stock Craig!

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Cquartz provides 115+ contact angle? Last time I checked it was 110?
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Cquartz provides 115+ contact angle? Last time I checked it was 110?
What's 5 degrees between friends?


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Cquartz provides 115+ contact angle? Last time I checked it was 110?
This FAQ was supplied by CarPro-US, this could be a typo and I will enquire with them.

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Essence now in stock and ready to order.

Please note our cut off for same day dispatch is 12 noon, so orders made today won't ship until tomorrow.
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I would like to add to this launch, we worked on this project more than a year now, with 6 months pro detailers testings many versions and evaluating.
the Essence is NOT a glaze !! if people would think, once its bond the resin fillers are durable and hard to remove . if people browser round the web and other forums they can already see few detailers reviews showing.

here are few Essence pics results from one of our pro detailers in the USA(Joseph Torbati ) :













I know you all saw nice reflection shots.. :-) so here is a short video showing how Essence is applied by polish machine :


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How effective is it applied by hand and does it leave a suitable base coat to top with a sealant?
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How effective is it applied by hand and does it leave a suitable base coat to top with a sealant?
By hand it will be applied same as you going to wax the car,
1.apply some on sponge pad or mf pad,
2.work it in the surface in circular motion
3.let the residues flash dry and then wipe off with mf. should take about 2~3 min , depend on the room temp.
4. wait an hour before applying any topper over the surface

anything else let me know.
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