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    #&$#@& high spots in coating

    Itís been a week since I applied CQUARTZ Lite to the driver side of my wifeís SUV. When I put it on, I went over it with a light. I took care of the one high spot I saw. Iíve looked it over inside again and when itís been in direct sun. Didnít see a darned thing. Today, when it was out in the sun, I noticed three rainbow sections. Theyíre not huge but large enough I would have seen them ove the last seven days sometime. Is it normal for them to show up sometime later?


    My plan is to go over them with a light ccs hand pad and Mezerna SF4000 gently to lowering the appearance of them? If that doesnít work then Iíll probably leave them. If I have to polish the whole panels again that might be it for me and coatings. I just donít have the energy.


    I will make sure, if I do this again, that Iíll make sure I can pull in my shop where the lights are much brighter. I made the most of every work light, hand light, and overhead light I could but there weíre definitely shadows.

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    Re: #&$#@& high spots in coating

    The funny thing is that all three areas are in the area of the car I took the photo of to show what I’d done...
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    Re: #&$#@& high spots in coating

    Youíre experiencing why I gave up coatings, I always had at least one spot or two spots but I couldnít correct and/or I didnít wanna bother with. That, and water spots.Iím back to ceramic sprays and very happy.
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    Yep, this is one of the main reasons why I don't do coatings at all.
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    I’d suggest using something like Essence by hand to remove it or lighten the high spots. Residue easily transfers to random area if not wiped methodically and your towels aren’t changed out enough.
    I’m not sure what your leveling process was but here’s how I level coatings. First wipe is with a low knap towel followed by a plush towel. I flip towels frequently as well. When one side is done, I use another fresh towel to back over the entire side before I proceed.

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    Re: #&$#@& high spots in coating

    Quote Originally Posted by Texchappy View Post
    Itís been a week since I applied CQUARTZ Lite to the driver side of my wifeís SUV. When I put it on, I went over it with a light. I took care of the one high spot I saw. Iíve looked it over inside again and when itís been in direct sun. Didnít see a darned thing. Today, when it was out in the sun, I noticed three rainbow sections. Theyíre not huge but large enough I would have seen them ove the last seven days sometime. Is it normal for them to show up sometime later?


    My plan is to go over them with a light ccs hand pad and Mezerna SF4000 gently to lowering the appearance of them? If that doesnít work then Iíll probably leave them. If I have to polish the whole panels again that might be it for me and coatings. I just donít have the energy.


    I will make sure, if I do this again, that Iíll make sure I can pull in my shop where the lights are much brighter. I made the most of every work light, hand light, and overhead light I could but there weíre definitely shadows.
    When it comes to ceramic coatings, it is all about checking for high spots in the right type of lighting. The wrong lighting can wash it out. So itís not the high spots that decided to show up at a later time. Itís just a matter of making sure to have the proper process and scenario to install coatings.

    It happens to the best of us. Unfortunately, my recommendation is to polish the entire panel to redo itóshould you decide to go down that route. Otherwise, it will leave an uneven look if you spot buff it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fly07sti View Post
    I’d suggest using something like Essence by hand to remove it or lighten the high spots. Residue easily transfers to random area if not wiped methodically and your towels aren’t changed out enough.
    I’m not sure what your leveling process was but here’s how I level coatings. First wipe is with a low knap towel followed by a plush towel. I flip towels frequently as well. When one side is done, I use another fresh towel to back over the entire side before I proceed.
    That’s similar to what I did. Used the towel that came in the kit to go over it once, turning it over after going over the whole section I’d just done and going back over it. Then a higher nap towel to go over every two sections done. After doing this side I went to using one towel but smaller sections done at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Tran View Post
    When it comes to ceramic coatings, it is all about checking for high spots in the right type of lighting. The wrong lighting can wash it out. So it’s not the high spots that decided to show up at a later time. It’s just a matter of making sure to have the proper process and scenario to install coatings.

    It happens to the best of us. Unfortunately, my recommendation is to polish the entire panel to redo it—should you decide to go down that route. Otherwise, it will leave an uneven look if you spot buff it.
    Guess the rest of the product is going on the trash.

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    With your second application you said in your initial coating review post that you just used one towel for removal. The idea behind using multiple towels on taking off the coating is that your initial wipe actually spreads the product and this is usually where high spots occur, if you “push” the coating onto a panel you’ve done already it likely to go unnoticed. When using just one towel it doesn’t take long to get clogged up with the coating and then at that point you’re just smearing the product around.

    Sorry you’re having issues

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    Re: #&$#@& high spots in coating

    Quote Originally Posted by vobro View Post
    With your second application you said in your initial coating review post that you just used one towel for removal. The idea behind using multiple towels on taking off the coating is that your initial wipe actually spreads the product and this is usually where high spots occur, if you “push” the coating onto a panel you’ve done already it likely to go unnoticed. When using just one towel it doesn’t take long to get clogged up with the coating and then at that point you’re just smearing the product around.

    Sorry you’re having issues
    But the sections in question were done with two towels and three passes - short nap from kit, the the same towel turned over, then a longer nap towel.

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