Product Review: CarPro Dlux Long Life Trim Coat
DLUX Long Life Trim Coat was engineered specifically for coating plastics as well as rubber and metal. It can be used on any wheel finish including clear coated, chrome, aluminum, and plastic however I personally recommend CQuartz for use on paint and clear coats. This coating is the pinnacle of Exterior Plastic protection and darkens the trim as well without leaving any slick greasy feel that washes off.
Product Description / Claims:
Made from quality high grade organic silane. DLUX is a Silane-based glass coating; DLUX contains more than 50% pure silica!
Restores faded trim to look like new.
Lays down a protective film which forms an extremely durable glass coating on top of any substrate it is applied to.
We have incorporated a totally different Nano composition to bond hard to plastic surface and achieve a thick uniformed layer.
Dlux offers a semi-permanent chemical bonding to surface pores
Very easy to apply with great UV protection, on all exterior substrates.
Can be used on textured or smooth plastic
DLUX also offers semi-permanent protection of aluminum wheels & Plastic finished wheels.
On wheels, DLUX will repel dirt and dust with ease & aid in the removal of brake dust.
DLUX will leave a glossy finish and is entirely hydrophobic.
Durability: 9-12 months
Average use for 4 wheels and plastic trim = 10-15ml.
Packaging: CQUARTZ DLUX , 1 blue sponge applicator , 4 suede 10cmฒ microfibers
Directions: General Guidelines
Pricing: $40 @ 30ml
Make sure the surface is cool and dry. (Do not apply to hot surfaces or in direct sun.)
Scrub surface with an all-purpose cleaner and or water spot remover, rinse clean, and allow to dry.
Use ERASER to remove any residue left by the APC or oil film and wait until the cleaned area is completely dry.
Wet the applicator with 5-6 drops of DLUX and spread evenly across the surface.
Let cure 1 minute at 85 degrees F up to 10 minutes at 50 degrees F
On textured plastic simply apply even and your finished
On other surfaces like smooth plastic or non-porous surfaces use a clean auto detailing cloth or suede MF to wipe it off gently, in a circle motion until no marks left.
Allow the surface to cure for 1-3 hours without any moisture on its surface.
Completely cured with NO rain requires 24 hours. (Any water marks from rain must be wiped off during first 24Hrs as a precaution)
Warnings or Precautions:
Never allow highly alkaline (ph11+) chemicals such as non-diluted all-purpose cleaners to sit or dwell on the surface for extended periods. This may damage the coating.
Do not use for other purposes.
Keep out of reach of children.
Keep away from heat.
Do not ingest.
Avoid contact from eyes.
Wear gloves and face mask during removal
All of the rubber molding and plastic on the mirrors were prepped in the same manor.
1. Wash and dry
2. Scrub with CG Water Spot remover.
3. I let is dwell for a minute or two and the sprayed it down with Megs APC+ and washed everything off.
4. Everything was dried and allowed to sit in the sun for 15 minutes to make sure all the water was gone.
Because I am impatient I wanted to try out Dlux as soon as I received it. So the following day I went outside and found what I thought a perfect A-typical candidate to play with. What we have here is an access lid to a sprinkler system. It sit flush down in the ground and get subjected to rain and every day abuse as well as the periodic running of the sprinkler system that uses well based water. Being how dry is has been this year the system runs every 2 days, so the lid is constantly getting tested.
Prepped for application:
Eraser Wipe down:
Layout on panel:
The second test is more of what most of you will be looking for and are familiar with. This is a test of the restoration effect of Dlux on older faded trim and plastics. The first test subject is a 2005 pick-up that has faded window trim. The mirrors are not horrible but still could use work as well.
Conditions during test:
Prepped for application:
Along with testing and getting my initial impressions of Dlux I decided to through a little test at it right off the bat. I decided to do the trim on the passenger side of the vehicle with UTGP; which is in my opinion one of the best protection and longest lasting trim dressing on the market today. There are other trim dressings that darken more but I wanted something to test the durability of Dlux against.
Prepped for application:
1. Easy to use and apply.
2. Application was mess free with no getting product on adjoining areas. The Suede MF on Foam applicator is my favorite way to apply coating and it is now different with Dlux.
3. Good darkening / restoration ability on rubber door trim.
4. Very even and not streaky.
1. Applicator needs and towel need to be tossed after use unless you soak them in an APC solution immediately.
2. Amount of product for the cost vs. regular trim dressings.
1. How long will Dlux maintain the just applied look?
2. How long will the protection last?
3. Does Dlux provide better protection from fading and degradation than other trim dressings like UTGP?
4. How does Dlux compare in darkening and durability to other coatings like C4?
Initial Thoughts / Summary:
Truth be told, I have very high hopes for Dlux as to this point I have been impressed with all of the other CarPro products I have used. So in some ways I am trying to make sure my expectations are not over the top and above what is reasonably possible.
The application of Dlux is simple and straightforward. It is just like applying CQ. I was apply to apply it so thin and even there was no residue to buff off. I was initially worried about getting it n the paint or other surfaces and was going to tape everything off. In my rush I decided to try it straight, and everything went very well. The foam block and MF applicator allow me to be very precise along edges and also cover larger flat areas at the same time. If / when there were tight areas I simply took the MF off the foam block and used my finger.
When you compare the application of Dlux to UTTG I will give the nod to Dlux. UTTG is not hard but I find that it is easy to get it on unintended parts using a foam applicator, especially along trim edges and corners.
The darkening effect on the rubber trim was very impressive to me. If the color last 9 months - 1 year I will be happy. I was wanting a little more on the mirrors but they are really a grey color and so I can't expect them to turn black like the trim.
When compared to the UTTG it was very close as far as looks go. I think both products darkened to same amount. I will need to do a side by side comparison to verify this. The finish on both is good but I will have to give the nod to Dlux. The finish is slightly more even and has a little more gloss as well.
I plan on tracking and updating the progress of Dlux as time goes on. I also have another torture test possibly line up with some really faded that has never been protected. So stay tuned.
Any comments or questions are welcome.