22ple is adding another coating to their product line this year. The brand new coating called 22ple HPC will be joining the already excellent VX PRO2 and VX3 Signature which were released earlier this year to replace the original formulas that have been on the market. HPC stands for High Performance Coating and is another great step forward in the coating industry.
22ple focused on new materials to make this glass coat even easier to use while producing a very wet gloss and a very hydrophobic surface. This new coating utilizes a unique powdered silica along with a more traditional liquid silica. This premium material helps to produce an even glossier finish, and also allows the coating to have a unique trait during application which will be highlighted later in the article. A high grade fluorine was also added to the mix to enhance water repellent behavior. 22ple is the first to combine these innovative ingredients into their products in an effort to push the performance of their coatings to an even higher level. This showcases their expertise and passion in crafting world class paint coatings.
22ple glass coatings are known for their ease of use, high gloss, and excellent performance. Staying true to their reputation, 22ple made sure HPC is extremely easy to work with. Before applying, ensure the paint has been properly cleaned and polished to remove any contamination and surface defects. Wipe the paint down with a 50% alcohol solution to ensure there are no residual oils on the surface.
Shake the product well before application. Spread the coating onto the paint using an applicator such as the 22ple applicator or cquartz applicator block & suede. The coating will appear wet immediately after application.
Unlike many other coatings, 22ple HPC gives you a clear indication that it is ready to be wiped away. The powdered silica in the coating will dry to a light haze after approximately 3 minutes. This may be similar to what you are used to seeing with a wax or sealant. This haze provides the user with clear feedback that the coating is ready to be wiped away. It is important to note that this time may vary depending on your ambient temperature and humidity.
The product wipes away easily using a clean microfiber towel. I prefer to use two towels when wiping away any coating. The first is used to wipe away the majority of the residue, and the second is used to make a final pass to ensure the panel is perfectly clean.
As expected, the end result is nothing short of stunning. The perfectly polished paint topped with 22ple HPC produces a strikingly glossy finish with mile deep reflections.
HPC provides an estimated 3-4 years of durable protection for your vehicle. The product can be layered for additional gloss and thickness (2-3 layers recommended by the manufacturer – Apply layers 12 hours apart). Allow the coating to set for a minimum of 2 hours, then apply 22ple VS1 Final Coat for additional protection if you desire. The M6 Gran Coupe shown above was simply coated with 1 layer of HPC when this photo was taken.
I look forward to experimenting more with this coating. I have been very pleased with the latest products from 22ple and am sure this one will live up to the already high standards set by VX3 and PRO2.