Recently we ran a contest on our Facebook page, giving away a few of the 30ml bottles of the 22ple Signature Glass Coating for free! The only thing we asked for, was for whoever won this contest to write us a review on their experience with this product. One review in particular was outstanding and we felt it was worth sharing with everyone here on the Ask-A-Pro Blog. Please take a minute to read the product review below which includes some incredible photos from Detailed Image customer Marcos Barajas!
The only thing I enjoy more than auto detailing is enjoying the car’s themselves. I enjoy testing newer products, especially coatings. Once reading reviews, out of curiosity I ordered 22PLE VX1 Pro Glass coating for my very own personal car. Thanks to the recent Detailed Image contest, I was going to be applying 22PLE VX1 Signature Glass coating to another vehicle. The hard part was identifying a worthy candidate, and being a car lover surrounded by many the choice was an already immaculate 2008 SuperBee owned by my good friend Mark S.
The paint on the vehicle was B5 Blue, a Pearl throwback to Petty Blue. This car is garage kept, weekend driven, track proven, and rarely encounters rain. Upon inspection there was only very light marring, a few very minor scratches, and of course paint contamination, but overall very good. After a thorough wash, we clayed the vehicle head to toe. With having a much smoother finish after the clay it was time to polish. Most of the Car was polished using Menzerna PF 2500, while a few problem areas and spot corrections were done using Menzerna FG 400. We used a mixture of Lake Country 6 inch pads, and 3 inch pads for the tighter spots using a Griot’s Garage Polisher. After inspecting the paint once more under Halogen work lights both the owner and I were satisfied with a beautiful corrected finish. We couldn’t wait to lock it in with 22PLE. We were both nervous, especially Mark, as this would be his first time experiencing a silica coating, different from any other LSP he has encountered. We washed once more using CG Wash and Clear to help strip the polishing oils, and after that we wiped the car down twice with a 50/50 mix of Alcohol and Distilled water. The Car was now ready for some Gloss, or should I say Glass!
For application we used micro-suede towels wrapped around a foam core to ensure we did not waste any product. Being a light colored car we could barely notice the coating going on, so we used the Halogen work lamps to help. Being in Texas, and under hot lamps, we decided 3 1/2 minutes would be ideal to let the product sit before removal. We found the product to be very forgiving and a breeze to use. We went over all the flat black vinyl as well. It gave the vinyl a slight darker appearance but gave it a better constant matte finish. For wiping off we used two short nap, yet soft microfiber towels to cut down on any would be shedding, one to get the initial product off and the other to follow up.
During the application and more so afterwords we were both amazed of the glass like finish 22PLE VX1 was presenting. In Mark’s words, “It looks Wet!” Indeed it did. Having a claimed life of 18-24 months and the ability to protect the surface from future contaminants, coupled with the ease of VX1 is a no brainer on whether it’s worth it. We took the car out of the garage two days after the coating was applied and it looked as though the gloss intensified, and appeared as it was encased in a glass shell. We did a quick demo of pouring a glass of water down the door only to see the water disappear onto the floor. We both had a big smile seeing the results of the hydrophobic properties. What more can I say about 22PLE VX1 Signature Glass coating, it has to be one of the glossiest products I’ve experienced, it offers some of the best protection out there, and at 18-24 months it’s a bargain!
Let Marcos know what you think of his review below and thank you as always for reading!