I have been working with ceramic paint coatings for several years since their explosion into the detailing industry. I have found some amazing products along the way and enjoyed their durable self-cleaning hydrophobic effects on my vehicles. I always jump at the chance to test new coating products as they hit the market and was very excited to get my hands on CarPro’s newest addition to the lineup, Gliss.
CarPro Gliss is marketed as a hyper-slick top coat which can be used as a standalone layer of protection as well. Speaking with CarPro, their intention was to fill the market need for a user-friendly versatile coating option that cures very slick to the touch. Let’s see how they did.
Application Directions (Primary Coat):
- Wash, decontaminate, and polish paintwork
- Wipe down with CarPro Eraser (vehicle must be 100% dry and free of moisture or dew.)
- Drag two lines of product across length of suede wrapped applicator
- Apply evenly across surface, approximately 2 ft x 2 ft section at a time
- Add more product to applicator as needed to keep a wet, even application
- Gliss will flash fast and when a white haze forms, immediately wipe off all residues using a microfiber towel. If haze is left on too long then reapply and immediately wipe off
- If layering on top of itself, wait 1 hour between coats. If IR cured may repeat immediately. Total cure time: 12 hours
Application Directions (Top Coat):
- May be applied 1 hour or longer after CQuartz
- Gliss may flash faster when applied over CQuartz
We decided to get some experience with the coating on my business partner Nick Whitaker’s daily driven Acura MDX. We applied Gliss as a standalone coating for this test panel. The test panel was washed and lightly polished to prepare the surface. The conditions in the shop in the winter are a constant 66F. The humidity was very low due to the below zero outdoor temperatures. I would expect that the flashing times we experienced are on the low side. Following the directions from CarPro, we applied the product in 2ft by 2ft sections. As the product flashed a very definite haze formed indicating the product was ready to be wiped away. In our experience in this first application, this happened within 30-45 seconds. As I mentioned before, due to the very low humidity on this day, I expect this is on the low side and will vary application to application.
Below are some photos of a test section after we had a feel for the process. Working in small sections was a must to ensure we had time to apply ensuring even coverage and remove the excess before it sat for too long on the paint.
Immediately after application:
After 20 seconds:
After 30 sec the product was ready to be leveled. For our experience with this test panel, the haze in this 3rd photo is an indication it is ready to be removed. If left for much longer, the residue could not be leveled properly. If this happens, it is easily remedied by going back over the section with your damp applicator and immediately leveling.
After the first wash, we noted the hydrophobic properties to be outstanding. The slickness is great and it is pretty easy to apply. One frustration we had with this application is fully removing the oily residue after leveling to reveal a perfectly clear streak free finish. This is common to many coatings we have used from several manufacturers. From our testing, we have found that the trick is to use multiple clean towels using an edge-less towel with minimal pressure for the final wipe to give the best results.
We will get some more experience with this product as time goes on with the application under different conditions and different paint. I plan to report back regarding the durability we experience as well. What I like about this product is the haze is a very clear indication that the excess product is ready to be removed. It is also very easy to work with if you do let it sit too long, simply re-wetting the surface with the damp applicator and immediately removing solved the issue for us. So far, Gliss looks to be a great addition to the CarPro lineup.