Product Review: Chemical Guys White Light Hybrid Radiant Finishby Zach McGovern
We have used Chemical Guys Black Light in the past and were always quite pleased with the results, so naturally I was excited to give the new White Light Hybrid Radiant Finish a try.
White Light is a premium gloss enhancer and sealant all in one! Use White Light to add a layer of deep wet shine, fill minor swirls and scratches, and clean minor stains and imperfections from the surface. Micro-refined oils fill in light swirls, scratches, and defects, reducing their visibility for a more lustrous shine. The specialty formulated gloss enhancers brighten and enhance the appearance on any color paintwork, however it really makes white, pearl, silver, gray and other light color paint finishes pop! After application, White Light will protect paintwork against pollution, brake dust, industrial fallout, water spots, and harmful UV rays. If you are looking to clean, enhance, and protect your light colored paint all in one step, the Chemical Guys White Light Hybrid Radiant Finish is your answer!
If you’re unfamiliar with the Black Light and White Light products, they are somewhat different from your traditional sealants. These products can help to remove and hide some light defects to help keep your vehicle looking great in between major details. I think of them as a sort of all-in-one or glaze/sealant hybrid that helps to clean the paint while also leaving behind a layer of protection.
White Light can be applied by hand or by machine. I prefer to use a dual action polisher such as the Porter Cable 7424XP seen in the following photo. I used a white polishing pad which allowed me to do some light polishing while applying the product. Working with speed 4, light pressure, and cross hatch pattern, I spread the White Light over the paint until just a thin coat remained.
The product was left to sit on the paint as I worked my way around the rest of the car. A couple of drops of product were added as needed, but in general, very little product was required for this mid-sized sedan. It took just 20 minutes to work the White Light over the entire vehicle. After 15-20 minutes, the White Light was easily wiped away revealing a glossy, vibrant pearl finish.
White Light proved to be an easy to use product that left the vehicle looking nice and glossy. I cannot comment on if this product that is geared towards lighter colors will produce a noticeably different appearance than a non-color-specific product would, but if you’ve got a white or silver vehicle and are looking for an easy to use gloss enhancing product, this may be a good option for you.
I love black light and recently tried the white light on my new pilot. What difference did you notice? Have you used black light on white?
Hey Rob – I have used Black Light on light colors before and always enjoyed it. To be honest, I didn’t notice a major difference in the appearance of this white car with white light on it. I’ll be the first to admit that I have never been the best at pointing out minute differences in LSPs though… I don’t think I have the eye for it. The most important part of the process is the paint correction. A vehicle will look great with any type of wax or sealant on it as long as the paint is nicely polished.
Can White Light be applied over Opti Coat as a gloss enhancer?
Hey Neil – Since white light may have light abrasives in it, I would not personally use it on top of a coating. I would stick to something like 22ple VS1 or Opti-Seal on top of a coating to add slickness, gloss, and protection.
Great article Zach!
Thanks for checking it out, Joe!
I just bought a new white Acura and plan on using this in my new car prep. My steps are as follows: Citrus wash, clay bar, wash again, White Light (black pad), Blackfire Wet Diamond Sealant (black pad), V7 Hybrid quick detailer. Does that sound ok? any steps I left out, or reduce from what I’m planning on doing?
Hi Paul – I honestly don’t see the need for both White Light and BFWD in your scenario. Given that the car is new, if any correction is needed I would opt for a true polishing process followed by a layer of sealant (either BFWD or WL would work, but no real need for both). Our new car prep procedure is something like this… thorough wash & decontamination of exterior, inspect paint for defects, correct paint to remove defects, apply protection to paint (wax, sealant, or coating), tend to misc. details (such as tire dressing, polishing exhaust, glass, etc). Let me know if you’ve got any other questions.
Thanks Zach! you know, i didn’t see your response and went ahead and called Chemical guys for some product questions. They suggested after washing to use white light followed by a sealant. reason being for the WL was to bring out shine from the glaze/gloss properties and although it has a sealant within it, the BFWD would add an extra layer of protection.
Since I had some CG EZ Creme left over I used that in place of the WL last night, followed by BFWD.
Here were my steps: Citrus wash, Clay bar, IPA Wipedown, EZ Creme (black pad), BFWD (black pad). I didn’t wipedown with V7 afterwards, but I think Im ok since I wiped everything down pretty well w my microfiber. Do you think I need the V7 wipedown?
Other than that i used 303 inside and out religiously. Including my leather seats and engine. Sealed my wheels with Poorboys wheel sealant, CG Black on Black spray for wheel wells, and BFTE for tires.
Overall, Im really satisfied! This is my wife’s car and she noticed an immediate difference and shine! Although the extra BFWD step wasnt necessary, it was time alone in the garage and very therapeutic… 😉
I really love EZ Creme Glaze as a gloss enhancer before protection… good choice! Glad it worked out well. I would not be concerned with V7… you can use V7 or any other spray detailer after washing for an added boost in gloss and protection.
Thanks again for your feedback on all this. Looking forward to using White Light next time.
Would it help to use a pre-wax cleaner such as Mother’s then use White Light?
I recently purchased a Pearl White Mercedes SL550. The paint is assume and I’d like to keep it that way.
Can I apply the White Light first followed by the Jetseal to protect the paint. I realize the White Light is a sealant but the Jetseal appears to have a longer protection period.
Sorry, the statement should have read “The paint is awesome”.
My question is, do I need to clay bar my white vehicle prior to using White Light to remove wax or can it be applied over wax?