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Initial Impressions – Hydrosilex Recharge

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Silica is now a common term thrown around in conversation regarding detailing.  There are silica coatings, silica sealants, silica-infused waxes, silica-based tire dressings, and the list goes on.  In every case, silica is associated with protection.  It has provided us with a lot of revolutionary change in the detailing industry over the years, and Hydrosilex is, at least to my knowledge, a relative newcomer in the silica-based protection market with Hydrosilex Recharge.

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HydroSilex Recharge is an Sio2 based, easy to apply, spray on protection product! In short you can mist it on clean paint, wipe away any excess product and get durable protection that looks great! The unique chemical makeup of water-based Silica Dioxide makes this formula a pioneer in detailing. Once cured, Recharge morphs from liquid to a highly flexible transparent top layer, that adds gloss, and protects various surfaces from the elements.

While the label on the bottle reads “Ceramic Coating”, Recharge is not a full-fledged paint coating, but rather a spray on silica sealant.  These easy to use products offer durable protection for a variety of surfaces, exceptional hydrophobic properties, and they can be applied in a very short amount of time.  Hydrosilex indicates Recharge can be used on a wide array of vehicles and surfaces including boats, planes, cars, trucks, showers, kitchens, motorcycles, bicycles, lawnmowers, glass, plastic, metals, fiberglass, vinyl, paint protection film, wheels, wood, Plastic-Dip, stone, countertops, single stage paints, gel coats, clear coat finishes and more.  The bottle says to “Apply on all surfaces”, therefore, I think it is safe to say you can go ahead and try it out on everything.

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According to the manufacturer, Recharge can be applied three different ways.  With any method, it is important to remember that you should be working on a cool surface and out of direct sunlight.  First, and most recommended, is the dry application in which the product is simply sprayed onto a clean vehicle and then wiped away.  There is also a wet application alternative in which the product is sprayed on a wet vehicle and then rinsed away.  And lastly, there is a  foam cannon application where Recharge is dispensed via a foam cannon onto the paint and then rinsed away.  It is indicated that both the wet application and foam cannon application processes are only recommended for well-trained professionals, so keep that in mind.

For my initial testing I have opted only to experiment with the dry application as I find it most practical, and as mentioned it is recommended for all users.  Before I began, the vehicle was thoroughly washed, and the test panels were wiped with Hydrosilex Rewind.  I applied a light, even mist to my test area as it describes in the instructions.  It is worth noting that if you are like me and are very accustomed to using other popular silica spray sealants, this may be more product than you are used to.  Based on my personal experiences of struggling with some other silica spray sealants when I have over applied the product, I was very interested to see how this worked out for me as I generally only use one or two sprays directly onto a towel, not onto the paint, when applying other similar products.

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I immediately spread the product out using my favorite plush towel, the double thick edgeless towel.  As you can see, there was still quite a bit of product residue left to remove.

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I then grabbed my second plush towel and was very pleased to see the product melt away with very little effort and no streaking.  The panel was noticeably slick feeling.

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Something I have noticed on nearly all spray on, wipe off products is that if you inspect the surface with an LED light, there tends to be some visible residue that is otherwise undetected with general lighting.  This used to really annoy me, however, it seems it is nearly unavoidable.  For what it is worth, this is only visible under harsh direct lighting immediately after application and it seemed to fade away after some time as I monitored it in my garage.  I only mention this to assure you that it is a normal thing to see if you chose to use an inspection light during application.

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There was no rain in the forecast the day after my initial application, but I was eager to see how water behaved on top of Recharge.  I will let the photo speak for itself, the beads were very attractive.

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Hydrosilex Recharge is priced right in line with its competition.  The manufacturer claims Recharge can last up to six months, which is a bit more ambitious than some other manufacturer’s claims for similar products.  At this point, I have had very little time to monitor my test panels, but I will certainly follow up with any details as time passes.  I have to say, the first time I saw this product was in a video on Facebook.  I wasn’t particularly interested in it as it seemed like just another company trying to recreate the wheel.  I am happy to say that after using it I am starting to believe that all of the social media hype is not without some justification.  The application is very forgiving, and the initial results have been great.  I am excited to see how it holds up to real-world use on my daily driven vehicle.

Zach McGovern
Zach McGovern
Attention To Detailing Peoria
Peoria, IL
DetailPeoria.com/

6 comments on Initial Impressions – Hydrosilex Recharge

  1. rlmccarty2000 says:

    I bought the first version and it streaked horribly when the “wet method” of application was used. They have since released a second version that was supposed to be ok when the “wet method” was employed. The manufacturer finally said don’t use the “wet method” for application for either version. If there is new info available please let me know.

    • Sorry, I have no experience with any other versions and didn’t even know there had been prior versions. As mentioned, I have not attempted the wet method, but I had no issues with the dry method.

  2. Roger K Rexroade Jr says:

    I bought this product about 6 weeks ago and I’m not sure which version I received but I know this, it’s a dream to use!

    For my first use I decided to apply it wet on my wheels. While wet I sprayed an even amount on the wheel face as well as in the barrels and simply rinsed away with my Worx Hydroshot. Since that single application my wheels have been beading up when wet, are easier to clean and have a nice finish on them. For this reason alone it’s worth buying/using, but then there’s your paint!

    For this application I did the dry method and couldn’t have been happier with the ease of use and finish left behind afterwards. I simply sprayed a section, like half the hood and wiped it in and buffed away, simple! A little goes a long way, just cover the section and get after it. As you move along your mf towel will get saturated but that’s ok, keep using it and have the spare mf towel for buffing, no problem.

    Once my bottle is empty, I have the smaller one, I’ll be upgrading to the larger size without a doubt. Btw, my car is Sio2 coated with TAC systems products and this product just adds to its look and durability, use with confidence in this department as well.

    As I finish this post I’m about to go down to the garage and apply a coat of Hydrosilex “just because”😎

  3. rlmccarty2000 says:

    The best way to determine if you have the v1 is the color is light pink. The V2 is more red in color or google Recharge.

    • Tghosh says:

      Thanks for that distinction. I definitely had v1 of the product and was very much unimpressed. It left horrible water spotting when using the wet method. Also was very grabby on the towel when buffing off. I vowed never to buy it again.

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