As most of you may know, when several cars are lined up for work, Todd Cooperider and myself often team up and tackle these collections together. This time around would be different as Todd was unable to make the trip up to the north east with me, I would have to reach out to another detailer. This detailer couldn’t be just anyone, it had to be someone that was on the same skill level and has the same mind set when taking on jobs that would require this level of attention. The choice was easy, Detailed Image author Greg Gellas from Signature Detailing who resides in the New Jersey area was able to work with me for the week. I have had Greg work with me in the past on several collections so no hesitation came to give him the call. When the time came after all the arrangements have been set, I flew up north and we got to work immediately. A few cars for complete correction were lined up for us while in town, but we also took on another car as I got the call that was “I heard you’re in town, can you fit mine in too?” With limited time we just settled on doing a more basic 1 step correction and protection for this vehicle. It was a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.
Now for those who don’t know or only know a little about 22ple coating, listen up! You’re about to hear about the easiest, best looking coating ever made, hands down!
If you are looking to apply an extremely strong protective coating that will leave an incredible layer of gloss simultaneously then the 22ple VX1 Pro Glass Coating is for you. This product is a truly unique form of protection that is unlike traditional sealants or waxes but applies just as easy. VX1 Pro will leave behind a hardened high silica-content glass barrier between your paint and harmful environmental elements. It protects the surface in a unique way so contamination will not readily stick to the surface. Later on your wash mitt will glide across the paint with ease, removing the contamination safely and easily. Water will even bead and roll off the surface like never before, making the drying process faster and safer which reduces the risk of marring the paint! The protection is strong but also extremely durable making it far superior to traditional waxes and sealants. While sealants and waxes provide you with up to 6 months of protection, you can expect a whopping 18-24 months with VX1 Pro! If you’re worried about the shine don’t bother because it is a warm and deep gloss that commands your attention. Since you’re literally applying a glass like coating to the surface you’re getting that “hard candy” or “wet” appearance everyone loves. This coating will truly distinguish your vehicle from others and preserve it’s value for years to come. If you are looking for a semi-permanent paint coating that makes the paint look better than new while offering durable protection then the 22ple VX1 Pro is for you!
20ml – Great for touch-ups or motorcycles.
30ml – Best size for single vehicle applications. With some experience with the product you can get multiple applications out of this size.
50ml – Best if you are looking to perform multiple applications or want to apply on multiple vehicles.
22ple Application Instructions:
Ensure the surface is cleaned & polished.
Remove all oil/polishes on the surface by doing an IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) wipe down. Use a mixture of 50% Isopropyl Alcohol with 50% distilled water.
Please make sure the surfaces are cool and TOTALLY dry before applying the glass coat.
Pour a small amount of glass coat liquid onto a foam applicator pad and apply in a straight line motion. Do not over-apply as it does not give you additional benefit, but it might make it difficult to remove.
Make sure ALL surfaces are covered. You should then buff off the coating with a clean, lint-free microfiber towel within 3-5 minutes in normal room temperature. Should you encounter any dried coating, simply reapply another layer over it and buff. If an area becomes dry / tacky, then it’s a sign that you allowed it to sit on the surface too long. We like to use 2 towels for removal. The first for main product removal, and then immediately go over it again with the second towel to ensure that you have completely removed all residue. As a good rule of thumb, apply 22ple to just 2 panels / sections at a time, and then proceed with residue removal. If you extend any more than this, the coating will dry too much and can become tacky.
Cure time – Do not wash your car or expose the car to open weather element,rain, snow etc for around 8-12 hours.
After this initial curing time, the car can be washed or driven per normal.
The full curing time is about 5 days, at which time the full layer of the coat will be hardened and the surface will look its best.
Do not reuse any applicator pads used to apply this coating. 22ple will dry and harden these applicator pads and if used again they could potentially mar the paint.
Here is a Ferrari 458 Italia after correction and then treated to a 22ple service. Works excellent on ALL colors, really makes those lighter colors glow.
Now onto the heavy correction work that was required to take this brand new Ferrari FF to the appropriate level. As usual, even brand new cars require some level of correction, some more so than others. The only way to determine how much time and correction is needed is to see the car in person and eventually do a test spot/panel. The next few photos will show how “brand new” cars are being delivered to customers. Below, you can spot heavy holograms, scratches, swirls, DA sanding marks, etc and these defects take away from the potential of the paint. Being able to safely level these defects will allow an even, pure reflection to shine through resulting in the defect free finish we are all going for.
After multiple correcting stages, we were able to do a final wash and alcohol wipe down to prep for the 22ple coating service. We used the VX1 Pro for the paint, the VM1 on the wheels and exhaust tips, and the VR1 on the rubber and plastic trim / wiper blade arms, etc. NOT on the tires. These next photos were immediately after using 22ple, I can only imagine what the car would look like several days later once the coating fully cured and crystalized. As the car sits and the coating cures, the gloss continues to enhance for the next 4-5 days.
Does your quarter panel look like this in the sun?
In closing, is 22ple a game changer? Absolutely. With the ease of use, the look it gives and the time it saves the owners because the car stays cleaner longer, easier to clean, and much SAFER as you are washing/cleaning the coating, not the clear coat. You are much more likely to NOT introduce swirls and scratches into the paint. You still need to follow your strict washing/drying process, but it should make it not as stressful.
If you or anyone else has any questions or comments about 22ple or anything else detailing related, please submit them in the comment box below. Thank you for reading, we look forward to hearing from you!