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June '17 Winner
A big well done to Joe Tattersall for winning our June show and shine. Joe has been progressively building up his detailing skills over the last couple of years, by doing lots of details for his family, friends and work colleagues. So much so in fact, that he recently reached the point where he felt ready to perform his first ever application of a professional quartz coating. By arming himself with the right gear, and adhering to the proper process, Joe achieved nothing short of a jaw dropping result. Great work Joe!
"When I first discovered Polished Bliss, and started to assemble a vast arsenal of high end car detailing products, I would quite often find myself admiring the Gyeon line up but could never quite justify the premium price tag. Fast forward two years and after detailing a seemingly countless number of cars belonging to family, friends and colleagues, I now find myself reaching for more products from Gyeon. With the help of online tutorials and numerous phone calls requesting advice from the team at Polished Bliss, I was armed with the knowledge I needed and I'm now proud to say that I successfully applied my first quartz coating to a beautiful BMW M3.
As with any detail, the day started with a thorough wash of the alloys before moving onto a full safe wash of the paintwork, starting with the usual snow foam and rinse, then utilising the two bucket method combined with Gyeon Q²M Bathe to safely wash away any non-bonded dirt and contaminants. Next to follow was a three stage decontamination, starting with a liberal coat of an iron remover to remove any bonded iron fallout, followed by Auto Finesse ObliTARate where necessary to remove tar spots, and finally a clay bar to pick up any contaminants that weren't removed by the previous two steps. The majority of the vehicle was then dried using a PB Luxury Drying towel and I then used my MetroVac Air Force Blaster Sidekick to blow out any trapped water from the nooks and crannies. This was especially useful on the alloys, which feature an intricate design. Once dry, the vehicle was then moved inside for inspection.
Unlike most waxes or sealants, which typically offer up to six months protection, Gyeon Q² Mohs boasts an impressive eighteen plus months protection. Therefore, existing defects will essentially be 'locked in' under the coating, so it is absolutely critical that any swirl marks, etchings or blemishes are removed prior to application. One product that I cannot recommend enough for defect identification is the SCANGRIP MULTIMATCH, boasting some 2000, retina scorching, lumens! This hand-held portable work light is wonderfully unforgiving at highlighting imperfections, an absolute must when perfection is vital. Prominent areas that needed correcting were the piano black pillars and taillights, which were blighted with swirl marks.
Starting with the pillars, I began by taping up any rubber trim with 3M High Performance Masking Tape. I then set to work with a RUPES Ultra-Fine BigFoot Polishing Pad on a dual action machine polisher with a couple of pea-sized blobs of Menzerna Super Finish Plus 3800 (PO85RD). Taking advantage of the long working time that Menzerna is both known and loved for, I was able to work the polish down to a very fine film that was very easy to remove; this is important as there is a high risk of marring the paintwork while removing any polish residue. A wipe down with Gyeon Q²M Prep and a Microfibre Madness Yellow Fellow 2.0 revealed around 70% correction. Repeating this entire process once more yielded a satisfactory 95% defect removal. I continued this process on the other side but switched to a RUPES Fine BigFoot Polishing Pad to tackle the rear lights for a little extra cut to nip out any swirls.
Now that I was happy with the state of the paintwork I was then able to use the aptly named Q²M Prep to fully cleanse and prepare the rest of the paintwork prior to the application of the Q² Mohs. Applying Q²M Prep liberally to all surfaces allows the product to dissolve any oily substances so that they can be safely carried away from the paintwork, leaving behind nothing but an immaculate surface. As a result, this will ensure that the correct conditions are met for Q² Mohs, thus maximising its effectiveness and durability. The application of Q² Mohs itself was far easier than I had anticipated, albeit a little more time consuming than a traditional wax or sealant, especially so since I was exercising more caution due to my own inexperience with quartz coatings.
I wrapped the supplied suede applicator square over the foam applicator block and applied a steady bead of product over the length of the suede square; from there I proceeded to wipe down the paintwork with a crosshatch pattern, ensuring full coverage from edge to edge for each panel. For larger panels, I erred on the side of caution and divided them into halves or quarters to avoid the risk of the product hardening before I could wipe away the residue. After covering a panel or section with an even application of Q² Mohs I immediately buffed off the residue with a new microfibre towel in conjunction with using the MULTIMATCH to highlight any areas I initially missed.
I continued this process until every painted surface had been treated before then applying a second coat. It's important to note that any residue of Q² Mohs on the microfibre towel or suede applicator square will, in time, harden and could potentially run the risk of marring the surface. With that in mind I swapped out my towels halfway through the process to eliminate this risk. Any used towels were then downgraded to dirty duties only, such as wiping down engine bays, to avoid marring paintwork in the future.
After two coats of Q² Mohs the vehicle was left indoors for 24 hours to allow the coating to partially cure before being exposed to the outside elements. During this time, I tackled the interior by cleaning the windows with Auto Finesse Crystal, cleansing the leather with Dr Leather Leather Wipes and vacuuming the footwells. Before calling it a day I turned my attention toward the tyres, which I treated with Gyeon Q² Tire using a Flexipads Split Foam Applicator Pad. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I wasn't able to apply a quartz coating to the alloy wheels, but I will do this another day when I can take each wheel off individually and apply Gyeon Q² Rim to the all the intricate areas and inner rim area.
As Q² Mohs can take up to 14 days to fully cure, it is highly recommended to apply a topcoat, a sort of sacrificial layer, to protect it as it cures. This is where the supplied Gyeon Q²M Cure comes into action. But first, a quick dust down with my PB Lambswool Duster to remove any loose dust that had settled on the car over the last 24 hours. Application was as simple as spraying a light mist onto a Meguiar’s Even Coat Microfibre Applicator Pad and then spreading a thin layer over a single panel at a time before almost immediately buffing off with a Microfiber Madness Crazy Pile towel.
Anyone who doubts whether or not a last step product can further enhance the finish of the paintwork has clearly never seen the before and after with Q² Mohs. The finish it imparted was outstanding, with an unbelievable boost to the glossiness and reflectivity of the finish. It's hard to believe that a silver car could ever look this good! I only hope the pictures look half as good as the car does in the flesh. Thanks again to Polished Bliss for their outstanding customer service over the last two years."