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CarPro Cquartz UK Edition: Application Process


Cquartz UK is a product that I have grown to love over the past year or so.  This budget friendly coating provides an excellent layer of protection, while also enhancing gloss and producing an amazing final touch to your perfectly polished vehicle.  In this article, I will walk you through the basic application steps for the Cquartz UK Edition Ceramic Paint Coating. For a review of this coating take a look at my previously published article here.

Before you begin installing the coating, it is important that you have followed the appropriate steps to clean and prep the surface.  The paint should be thoroughly washed, decontaminated, and it is a great idea to perform any necessary paint correction or polishing steps.   Once this is completed, the surface should be wiped down with CarPro Eraser to eliminate any residual polishing oils or residue.

Simply mist Eraser onto a small section of paint as shown below.

ATD | CQuartz UK

Next, carefully wipe the product on the surface.  You do not need to “scrub” the surface.  Use light pressure to reduce the risk of marring your nicely polished paint.

ATD | CQuartz UK

Finally, flip to a clean, dry section of your towel (or use a 2nd towel) to dry the area.  You may repeat the Eraser wipe down process multiple times if you feel it is necessary.

ATD | CQuartz UK

Once you are certain the paint is completely clean, you may begin applying the coating.  First, shake the bottle and then open the cap slowly.  Next, wrap the small suede microfiber cloth around the applicator block and apply a line of product down the middle of the applicator as shown below.

ATD | CQuartz UK

Using quick strokes, spread the coating across the surface.  I prefer to utilize a cross hatch pattern (side to side strokes, then up and down strokes) to ensure even coverage.   When the coating no longer spreads, you need to apply more product to your applicator and continue to work.  Depending on the temperature and humidity where you are working, you may be able to work with entire panels at a time, or you may need to work in smaller sections.

ATD | CQuartz UK

Pay attention to your ambient conditions, if you are working in a cooler environment (<60F) you may need to leave the product to set on the surface for a short period of time or you may proceed with wiping the excess coating away right away.  The coating should wipe away cleanly and easily.   If it feels “grabby” or is difficult to wipe away then you have probably waited too long before removing.  Remember, there is no perfect recipe for application and removal time, the instructions are a good starting point, but it is always wise to do a couple of test spots to determine what works best for you that particular day.  You may find your particular environment requires more or less time than what is recommended on the label.

ATD | CQuartz UK

Remember to flip the suede applicator cloth over after working on a panels or two, and switch to a new cloth when needed to avoid streaking.  As a reference, I typically use 4-5 applicator cloths per car (more for larger vehicles).  You may notice that if you do not continue to switch to a fresh applicator, the coating may leave behind streaks.  You should also remember to continue flipping to a fresh side of your towel when wiping away excess coating, and use a new towel when your current towel no longer wipes the product away cleanly.  It is important to note that the applicator cloths and towels used to remove the coating should be discarded after applying the coating as the residual product will harden the applicator cloth and could harden your microfiber towels as well.

After the entire vehicle has been coated, you should avoid any rain or water for a minimum of 1 hour, and if the vehicle should get wet within the first 24 hours, it should be carefully dried because the coating will be more vulnerable to water spots within the first 24 hours after initial application.

If you are fortunate enough to be working on a sunny day, I highly recommend pulling the vehicle out into direct sunlight after you have applied the coating.  First, carefully look for any high spots.  If you notice some areas that you did not completely wipe away, pull the vehicle back inside to eliminate the high spots.  Now you can leave the car in direct sunlight to ‘bake’ the surface.  This will accelerate the curing process.  Allow the vehicle to sit in the sun for as long as possible.  After an hour, apply CarPro Reload to the vehicle’s surface to help protect the coating while it continues to cure (allow vehicle to cool prior to Reload application if you have left it in the sun).

When you are finished, you will be left with an incredibly glossy and very well protected vehicle!

ATD | CQuartz UK

Application Summary & Tips

  • Ensure surface is properly prepped
  • Apply coating to small (2’x2′) test spot to determine if wipe on, wipe off or if coating needs to set before wiping
  • Apply coating using quick strokes
  • Flip applicator cloth after 1-2 panels, and switch to new cloth after using both sides (very important!!)
  • Inspect panel with LED to ensure there is no smearing or streaking
  • If possible, allow vehicle to ‘bake’ in sun after application
  • Wipe vehicle with Reload after a minimum of 1 hour after application
  • Avoid standing water on vehicle for at least 24 hours

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Zach McGovern
Zach McGovern
Attention To Detailing Peoria
Peoria, IL

42 comments on CarPro Cquartz UK Edition: Application Process

  1. Terry says:

    Nice review…Do you use one or two coats per vehicle?
    If the answer is two, how long do you wait between coats?
    Lastly, how would you compare CQUK to 22PLE?

    • I personally only do one coat of CQUK per vehicle. If you are applying a 2nd coat, it should be done approximately 1-2 hour after you began applying your first coat. I have not done any personal testing with 1 coat compared to 2 coats, however I have been told that a 2nd coat will help to enhance the gloss even further, but durability will not necessarily be better with additional coats as 1 coat already provides incredible protection (and gloss for that matter).

      22ple is certainly a bit easier to apply, but I have found UK to last a bit longer. Both products are incredibly glossy. Another thing to keep in mind is that 22ple is also much more expensive than CQUK.

      Thanks for the comments!

  2. Felix says:

    nice review i wll be doing 2 coats on my personal car cause i have no use for whatever is gonna be left over in the bottle now iv seen chad raskovich make a video on application he recomends to apply the 2nd coat right after applying the 1st coat because if you wait to long the coating will repel it self ? so im kinda of confused as far as wait time between coats another thing is in my kit it only came with one large micro suede towel for removal obvioulsy one towel will not be enough to remove or wipe off the excess product what towel do you use when wiping off as i dont want to use a super expensive new towel that will not be able to be used on paint anymore

    • Hi Felix, The video you are referring to is when Chad is applying CQuartz Finest. Finest is an entirely different product from the CQuartz line and is only available to authorized professional installers. Do not use this video as an application guide for CQuartz UK.

      The large suede towel will be able to handle a large portion of your vehicle, and in some cases all of it, but as soon as you notice the towel is no longer wiping away the product, then it is time to get a new one. You can purchase extra suede towels from CarPro, or you can simply use a shorter nap microfiber towel from Detailed Image such as one of the all purpose towels. If your paint is particularly delicate, I would suggest purchasing more of the suede cloths.

      Hope that helps clear up some confusion.

  3. David G. says:

    First time I’ve seen a Honda used on this website used to demonstrate a product application. Thanks for showing that even daily driver vehicles can be detailed to perfection.

    In any event, was wondering, since Honda paint is know to be more softer than others, do you notice a difference in application and buffing?

    Finally, is CQ UK safe to use on other areas of the car, such as wheels, glass, chrome, panels, etc?

    • Hey David,

      We don’t all work on supercars every day :) Daily driven vehicles make up the majority of my work, and they deserve to look great too.

      The polishing process is certainly very dependent on the hardness of the paint. Obviously softer paints do not require as aggressive of correction and they require a more delicate touch to finish down perfectly. The Accord shown in these photos was polished with CarPro Reflect on a white lake country polishing pad.

      CQuartz UK can be used on paint, wheels, and metal.

      Thanks for the comments!

  4. Ken foleym says:

    Is a dealer that can install c quartzite my area? Chicago IL 60634.thanks Ken

  5. Don says:

    Hi Zack,
    My Corvette has many coats of wax on it. What do I need to do to prep the paint before applying?

    Thanks, Don

    • Hi Don,
      All of the wax MUST be removed prior to coating the vehicle with a ceramic coating. If there are any remaining oils or wax on the surface, the coating may not bond to the paint and will have greatly reduced life.

      You need to thoroughly wash the car with a heavy concentration of Citrus Wash to degrade the wax, I would then recommend at least lightly polishing the surface followed by a thorough wipe down with CarPro Eraser to strip any remaining polishing oils.

      Let me know if you have any more questions let me know.

  6. Stéphane says:

    Hi Zack,

    Very good explanation for the application of cquartz :) I applied the cquartz on the hood and front fender and I put the 2014 reload after 1 hour and I found it hard to buff off, is this normal?

    After the next day, 18h after application of cquartz I had a few drops of water due to rain. Nothing bad but some drops. I have not seen the need to wipe the water and I let my body builder because it must repaint 2-3 body parts.

    What do I risk?

  7. Joe says:

    Thanks for the article!

  8. David G. says:


    If you recall, what polish(es) and pad(s) combination(s) did you use to correct the defects on this Honda Accord?

    It looks stunning


    • Hi David – this was a brand new car prep we did and it was in great shape initially. We just used a fine finishing polish and pad to really bring out the most in the paint before coating. We chose M205 on a crimson foam pad if I remember correctly.

  9. i says:

    Hi. Can you use cquartz uk on cellulose paint? Thanks

  10. Shabeer` says:

    Hi zach,

    I need your help. Could you please make a documentation as you did for opti-gloss coat. Like the pictures of cquartz flashing and when to wipe. it will be very useful to the detailing community. Esp. for me:). Thanks in advance

    • Hi Shabeer – what specifically do you need help with? This article covers the basic principles of the application process, however it is difficult to provide a perfect guide as ambient conditions play a big role in how CQuartz UK will react. The majority of issues with this product are related to higher heat and/or humidity and leaving the product on the panel for too long. UK was designed to work in cooler temps, therefore if you’re working in a warmer environment (say above 60F) the product may require more attention and effort than normal. In warmer temperatures, CQUK is often essentially a wipe-on, wipe-off product. This means as soon as you are finished spreading the product onto an area (usually have to work in smaller areas) you should immediately begin removing it. This product does not have a visible “flash” like Gloss-Coat or some other coatings and can therefore be difficult to judge on when to remove it, but as I mentioned, if it feels particularly sticky, you have likely waited too long. Please let me know if you’ve got any specific questions. Thanks!

      • shabeer says:


        Thank you very much for your early reply. Thanks again. Could you please share a close up pic of the coating how it looks when it is ready to wipe and also please share a close up pic of how the paint looks just after wiping want to see how much coating we should remove by wiping.

        • As I mentioned, CQUK does not truly flash or change appearance like many other coatings do, therefore the product just looks wet on the surface as you’re applying it. Upon wiping, there should be no visible coating residue on the surface. Just clean, glossy paint. The layer of coating that remains is microscopic (~1.5 microns thick) and is way too thin to be seen by the naked eye. This thin layer bonds to the paint upon application, and you are simply removing residual product. If excessive pressure or wiping is used, you do risk removing too much of the coating, so lighter pressure is best.

  11. Shabeer says:

    “””The majority of issues with this product are related to higher heat and/or humidity and leaving the product on the panel for too long. UK was designed to work in cooler temps, therefore if you’re working in a warmer environment (say above 60F) the product may require more attention and effort than normal. In warmer temperatures, CQUK is often essentially a wipe-on, wipe-off product. This means as soon as you are finished spreading the product onto an area (usually have to work in smaller areas) you should immediately begin removing it. This product does not have a visible “flash” like Gloss-Coat or some other coatings and can therefore be difficult to judge on when to remove it, but as I mentioned, if it feels particularly sticky, you have likely waited too long. “”””””””””””” This information is the lost key for me very specific. Thank you for your in-depth reply.

  12. Shabeer says:


    Please share close up pics of coating just after wiping. it will be very helpful

    • The panel will look clean and glossy after wiping the coating away. If you only coat a portion of the panel, depending on the paint color, you may notice the coated area is slightly darker than the uncoated area, but other than that there will be no indication that the coating is present. The layer that bonds to the paint is microscopic, and there should be no visible wet residual product on the paint after wiping.

  13. shabeer says:

    Zach, one more thing. At first time, When I applied the cquartz UK on my car’s hood. I didn’t wiped the coating as a part of an experiment just want to know what will happen. Result is coating hazed all over and not coming off. Which is the best way to get rid of that hazing.:)

  14. Brendon says:

    Hi Zach how do you apply the reload spray after applying Cquartz do you apply it like a polish wipe on let it dry or wait a couple of days then apply and rinse of with house
    Thanks for your help

    • Hi Brendon – Reload is applied sort of like a quick detailer, however you use very little product. The way I apply Reload is like this… mist a small amount of product onto a clean microfiber towel. Spread the product onto the surface and gently wipe until the product has essentially disappeared. Grab a second towel and then lightly buff the area to remove any excess product. You may also lightly mist Reload directly onto the vehicle, then spread with a towel, then wipe away with a 2nd towel. Whichever you prefer. Be sure to work in small sections, as Reload may be difficult to remove if it has been allowed to sit on the surface. Also make sure the panels are completely cool, and do not apply in direct sunlight. Hope that helps.

  15. Ahmed Kumrul Islam says:

    Can I use on the car glasses.

  16. larry says:

    after application of CQUK can I use a wax or sealant or?? to finish after washing? Second I use v-7 after my black light application and it seems to work well? Thoughts?


    • You may top CQUK if you wish, just ensure the coating has completely cured first. There is no major benefit to applying a traditional wax or sealant on top of a coating, however it will not harm the coating. If you wish to apply additional protection, I would recommend 22ple VS1 Final Coat instead of a traditional wax or sealant.

  17. Fred Gordon says:

    i washed and ironx my 2005 Volvo V70R this past week which i had paint corrected over a month ago, i washed the car then followed by using ironx and eraser. i applied the CQUK coating and i noticed the next day after sitting over 24 hours in my garage that there is a few streak spots. what can i do about this? will this reduce my paint life or do i have to remove all of this?

    Thank You

    • Hi Fred – if you would like to remove the streaks, you will likely need to polish them away at this point as the coating will be too hard to remove high spots by wiping. After polishing, reapply coating to the areas that were polished. If the streaks do not bother you, there is no harm in leaving them, but I would personally recommend fixing them now before the coating has reached full hardness.

  18. Kyle Burman says:

    Hi Zach,

    Awesome write up, many thanks! My car had a coating of CQuartz applied to it just over a year ago, should I still use Eraser before applying a new coat? If it’s of any help, my car has a Vinyl wrap on it.



  19. aleem says:

    hi zach,
    i bought a UK kit to apply to a BMW e36 and have a few concerns before i apply the product. Firstly I reside in the Caribbean and the weather is usually hot around this time about 86 during the day and about 68 on evenings. Wanted to find out what would be the best time to apply the product. Also saw the post about applying the product to the windshield, i don’t wish to apply the product to my windshield but my headlight are the glass type not plastic and i wanted to know if it would be wise to apply the product there as i am concerned to maintaining an even shine. i also usually cover the car at nights to prevent dust from accumulating. Wanted to know if this will be safe after applying the product for the first couple days and will dust have any effect while the product is being cured. i intend on putting two coats on the car

    • Hi Aleem – given your tropical climate, I would have recommended traditional CQuartz rather than CQuartz UK. UK will be more difficult to apply in your environment, but not impossible by any means. I would apply it when temp and humidity is at the lowest… if you can get access to an air conditioned shop that would obviously be ideal. There is no problem applying it to your headlights if you wish. Dust will not harm the coating while it is curing, and a car cover should be fine as long as you let the coating cure for several hours before covering.

  20. Jim C. Benson says:

    Hi,Zach. Noob here, for coatings I’ve only applied Gyeon Mohs(what a strange name?) before. Weather In Vancouver,BC,Canada is a big issue for detailing since it rains pretty much everyday. The cold temp. is only making it worse for coating. I’ve heard a lot of good stories about CQUK and I’d like to try it out, the last and only experience I got from the Gyeon Mohs is that coating really takes a long time to flash.(not to mention the cure time) I want something that can be applied in cold climates(below 40F) and cures very quickly so my daily driver can be coated and hit the rain as soon as I can, since rain is pretty much all we got and 12 hours overnight is all I got. I desperately need some professional help and I think you’re the guy to talk to, Thanks in advance.
    Jim C. Benson

    • Jim, I would direct you to contact CarPro directly for the most accurate answers to your questions. Your situation seems to be an extreme example of how early can the coating safely be released into the elements, and I do not want to provide any false info or mislead you.

      CQUK is designed for colder temps, so you’re headed in the right direction. Hopefully CarPro can provide you with all the details you need for a successful installation.

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