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CarPro Cquartz UK Edition: Application Process

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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
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Peoria, IL
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10 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.

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