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    Simple Coating Applicator - KISS = Keep it simple Simon

    Simple Coating Applicator - KISS = Keep it simple Simon

    Last week while coating a Corvette I cut the edge off the perimeter of a simple yellow foam wax applicator pads and then used this to apply a coating. I found it worked well, at least as good as anything else I've ever used. The foam is thin so you won't waste a lot of your expensive coating soaking into the foam just to go to waste. They are fairly cheap to purchase. And the foam won't mar the paint.


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    If you look next to the bottle of Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Paint Coating you'll see a simple, yellow foam wax applicator pad. This is what I used to apply the coating. I took some scissors and trimmed the outer edges off the applicator pad as they are not as soft as the face of the foam pad and I didn't want to risk rubbing them against the highly polished paint.

    Trimming the edge off a simple foam wax applicator pad





    Million ways to skin a cat.... thought I would share this so if you find yourself without an actual coating applicator pads this can get you by in a pinch. Just make sure the foam applicator pads is clean and has not been previously used to apply a wax or sealant.


    Plus you can get them in 6 and 12 packs. Might as well get some next time you place an order as you can use these simple applicators for so many other uses.


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    Re: Simple Coating Applicator - KISS = Keep it simple Simon

    More....


    Here's the car I used these on to apply the coating....


    Review: Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Paint Coating - 2011 Inferno Orange Metallic Corvette Grand Sport


    Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Paint Coating








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    Re: Simple Coating Applicator - KISS = Keep it simple Simon

    I really don’t use coatings but I cut the edges off those applicators myself for wax application. I think they are heated to make that edge. The melting of the foam creates a harsh plastic like material that I certainly wouldn’t call “paint safe”

    Good tip!!!!!
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    Re: Simple Coating Applicator - KISS = Keep it simple Simon

    I cut that off too. I think they "stamp" those out with heated die leaving a hard edge behind
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    Re: Simple Coating Applicator - KISS = Keep it simple Simon

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Oldz View Post

    I really don’t use coatings but I cut the edges off those applicators myself for wax application.

    I think they are heated to make that edge. The melting of the foam creates a harsh plastic like material that I certainly wouldn’t call “paint safe”

    Good tip!!!!!
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    I cut that off too. I think they "stamp" those out with heated die leaving a hard edge behind

    Interesting....

    Just to go one step further, there used to be a thin foam yellow wax applicator, looked like the one in the picture above but it was even thinner and actually was a two-piece design that was sandwiched togheter. If you cut the outer perimeter off like I show with the solid foam core applicator pads, the two sides would be separate. I think these would work just as well to spread out a coating.

    For me, it's about not wasting coating inside of foam. Recently I've seen people using these very thick microfiber wrapped foam blocks to "install" a coating. What I see is a whole lot of coating soaking into the foam block, not being spread over car paint.

    Again.... thin is in...



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    Re: Simple Coating Applicator - KISS = Keep it simple Simon

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    Interesting....

    Just to go one step further, there used to be a thin foam yellow wax applicator, looked like the one in the picture above but it was even thinner and actually was a two-piece design that was sandwiched togheter. If you cut the outer perimeter off like I show with the solid foam core applicator pads, the two sides would be separate. I think these would work just as well to spread out a coating.

    For me, it's about not wasting coating inside of foam. Recently I've seen people using these very thick microfiber wrapped foam blocks to "install" a coating. What I see is a whole lot of coating soaking into the foam block, not being spread over car paint.

    Again.... thin is in...



    There is a mf foam block that has a layer between the mf and foam that is a barrier so the coating don't get soaked in to the foam. Otherwise the standard mf foam block applicators would soak up the coating too much.

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    Re: Simple Coating Applicator - KISS = Keep it simple Simon

    Quote Originally Posted by SWETM View Post

    There is a mf foam block that has a layer between the mf and foam that is a barrier so the coating don't get soaked in to the foam.

    Otherwise the standard mf foam block applicators would soak up the coating too much.

    Now that sounds like a genius idea.


    Can it be washed and re-used?

    Or

    Can it be recycled or disposed of and replaced at an inexpensive price?


    Just thinking outloud. Thanks for sharing Tony.


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    Re: Simple Coating Applicator - KISS = Keep it simple Simon

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    Now that sounds like a genius idea.


    Can it be washed and re-used?

    Or

    Can it be recycled or disposed of and replaced at an inexpensive price?


    Just thinking outloud. Thanks for sharing Tony.


    The Guz and budgetplan has real world experience with them. There are one short mf nap and one longer terry nap. Don't know if they can be washed. But would think as long as the product you use on them it would be okay. Otherwise they are 1 use and throw. Have not looked up the price of them since they are not sold in Sweden yet. But think we will see more to come out with these applicators type. If they can hold down the prices of them vs the small suede applicator towels.

    Hope Guz or budgetplan is chaiming in LOL. Cause I just know of them and thought as you a genius idea.

    Edit: around $2/applicator is the price of them and they come in 6 and 12 packs. Think they are made to throw away after used.

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    Re: Simple Coating Applicator - KISS = Keep it simple Simon

    As ALWAYS The Oracle has spoken! KEEP ON ROCKING!

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