Years ago, 22ple VX Pro was the first coating product I had ever used. I had it on my personal vehicle for over 2 years and when I decided it was time to apply something new, the car still looked stunning, so naturally I was very interested in the newly formulated 22ple VX Pro2 when it was released earlier this year.
According to the manufacturer, VX Pro2 features a stronger chemical bond, better UV protection, improvement in gloss, and a longer lasting layer of protecting compared to the original VX Pro… which was no slouch to begin with. VX Pro2 is packed with a new generation of silica known as Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Silica which is described as “silica on steroids”. 22ple used their professional coating, Mistico Elemento, as the inspiration and spared no expense when developing VX Pro2.
One of my favorite characteristics of all 22ple glass coatings is their ease of use. I was hoping that VX Pro2 would uphold that tradition. My test subject for this particular write up was this beautiful 2008 ultra sonic blue Lexus IS-F which was recently acquired by the current owner.
Before I began the coating installation on this vehicle, the paint was thoroughly cleaned and many hours were spent correcting the paint so that we had a nearly defect free surface. The vehicle was then wiped down with a 50% isopropyl alcohol solution to ensure any residual polishing oils were removed.
Using a CarPro applicator block and suede applicator cloth, I applied the 22ple VX Pro2 in straight lines until the entire panel was covered.
After approximately 8-9 minutes, the coating was removed with a clean large suede towel to level the majority of the excess product, followed by a brand new microfiber towel to clean up the remaining traces of coating (note: the dwell time will vary depending on ambient temperatures and humidity, so always test how the coating will react in your particular situation). I’ve always found this 2 towel method to be most efficient when removing these coatings. As expected, the coating was very easy to wipe away. The panel was crystal clear and highly reflective.
I continued to work my way around the vehicle until the entire car had been coated. Once I was confident in how the coating was behaving in this environment, I was able to work on several panels at a time by staggering my application and removal. This greatly sped up the process, and I was finished coating the entire vehicle in about an hour.
The car looked absolutely stunning afterwards. It was left in the owner’s garage for safe keeping over night while the coating continued to cure. Remember, unless you are baking the coating with infrared lights, it should be allowed to cure in a sheltered area for 8-12 hours before it is exposed to the elements. After this initial curing time, the car can be driven as normal, but the coating will not reach its fully cured state for approximately 5 days after application. If you wish to apply a 2nd coat of VX Pro2, wait at least 12 hours between coats (24 hours is recommended).
I have been testing 22ple VX Pro2 on a portion of my personal car for many months now and have been extremely satisfied with its performance to this point. An enhancement of the already impressive VX Pro should provide many years of great gloss and protection. If topped with 22ple VS1 Final Coat, you’ll take it to another level entirely. This is another great product from the 22ple brand, and I am looking forward to seeing what else they are working on!