Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between and ______ brand?
A: We prefer not to speak of competing products.
Years ago a chemical company made a cheap/high profit copy of our GLOZ. We are currently seeing three brands marketing this. We know that blend well 😉 and if you are seeking just a shine product which outlasts typical 'protectants' these option are fine.
Q: What is the highest shine product(s)?
A: For an extreme shine we recommend BLAK as a base treatment followed with one coat of GLOZ. This will provide max shine and a great amount of protective qualities. Another option is simply use two coats of GLOZ. ----- A note on usage amounts: typically first treatment on four tires will require 1.4oz with future coats being about 1oz. Trim will need about 1oz a per year. After treatment clean with a mild Ph car wash soap.
Q: How to apply our acrylic polymer-based products: BLAK, GLOZ, and DASH.
A: The directions on the bottle or instruction card are all you will need. Make sure the surface is completely free of any previously used 'protectants' . . . that greasy stuff! New or silicone-coated tires will need 2-4 weeks of drive time and a few cleanings to get all of the silicone, waxes, solvents, etc. off. Beyond this important first step, simply wipe (do not rub) onto a cool and clean surface.
Q: What is the difference between BLAK and GLOZ?
A: Just as the names suggest:
BLAK = Medium gloss for rich black/dark gray color restoration
GLOZ = Medium/high gloss that will enhance ANY color surface
Each have the same polymer and ceramic hybrid structure. BLAK is the choice for strongly faded black surfaces, and hold one advantage over GLOZ in that it contains a high level of UV absorber carbon black. BLAK can be used as a base coat followed with GLOZ to intensify the look, shine, and protective abilities. Each individual product can also be layered for a similar effect. Both have multiple UV block aspects and offer very similar qualities of UV inhibitor which help maintain polymer properties and part integrity by limiting polymer degradation in exposure environments.
Q: Restore and protect smooth/shiny plastics?
A: Option #1 - At our shop we often do not use GLOZ or BLAK on smooth plastics like mirror casing, front grills. Smooth or non textured plastic will often look great by buffing with a strong polish or medium compound.
GLOZ and BLAK will also work well on smooth plastics and is the 'easy option'. Apply light coats to cool surface.
Q: White Walls / Raised Lettering
The GLOZ will have 0 negative effect on the white. GLOZ will Dry-Seal the full sidewall.
Q: Dirt Roads, Mud, and Sand
Not and issue for the Dry-Seal and it will not stick to surface. Only abrasion will remove the finish.
Q: Are BLAK and GLOZ safe for motorcycles and golf carts?
A: YES! They offer a totally safe dry seal.
These products will actually improve the tactile abilities of weathered rubber, plastic, and vinyl. Many customers even apply them to the tire face or tread for seasonal storage of tires.
Q: Best way to maintain the BLAK or GLOZ treatment.
A: We do not recommend high Ph tire and wheel cleaners after application of BLAK or GLOZ. You just will not need them. Low Ph car wash soap and soft tip brush or sponge will be fine for regular cleanings. If your finding it necessary to use a wheel cleaner for the rims you may want to polish the rims and seal with a ceramic product like RP.11, PR.12, or similar. This will inhibit contaminants from bonding and make cleaning very easy.
Q: Best way to maintain the DASH treatment.
A: Easy answer, water and microfiber is all you will need!
Q: What's the best way to remove BLAK or GLOZ?
A: If you have an area of overlap, you can use a small amount of ammonia with water and microfiber towel. The ammonia will quickly break the polymer bond which will allow for easy removal. Even just a damp towel will wipe off excess that hasn't dried yet.
If you want to renew the treatment on your tires, simply give the tires a hand wash with tire cleaner and/or 20% ammonia mixed into a general cleaner or water.
Q: How strong are the D3 | RENEW PROTECT ceramics?
A: They are the real deal. We now infuse ALL our products with one of our two ceramic blends. Our hybrid blends consist of titanium and quartz. They are easy to wipe on ceramics with one year or better longevity.
Beware of 'cheap' products claiming to be ceramic. They are not. Most are actually chemicals called polysiloxanes, i.e. a slightly stronger version of Armor-All or 303-type products.
It is important to note that ceramics should only be applied to well-prepared and cleaned substrates. Applying ceramics over a wax or polish will greatly lessen the longevity of that ceramic.
Q: Do you have any advice on applying DASH?
A: DASH is designed specifically for interior applications. It will make a permanent UV-blocking dry seal. It is very important to properly prep and clean the surface before you apply DASH. If the interior has received 'protectant'-type treatments more once a year, it may be best not to use DASH. The surface must be free of these silicones, oils, and solvents. Typical protectants all contain these elements and this will act as a barrier to the DASH inner bonding process. If residue is present when applying DASH, you will see white-looking areas where polymers bonded, imperfectly, atop the surface.
Q: What is the best way to prep and remove other protectants?
A: Just do the following:
Interior: This may require multiple cleanings with window cleaner or isopropyl alcohol. Always try a small test area first because these products can damage surfaces. Big but here! If you have use 'protectants' repeatedly on interior surfaces then we DO NOT RECOMMEND using DASH. In this case the interior plastics and vinyl will be saturated with silicone and solvents which will block a proper bonding of the DASH.
Exterior: You can simply give it a good wash and wait a couple of weeks. Typical protectants are designed to fail quickly.
Q: Can you provide MSDS Sheets for your products?
A: Sure! Just send us a request on the Contact page.
Q: Why is applying typical 'protectants' a bad idea?
A: Well, how to keep this brief . . . so-called 'protectants' are mainly water, glycol (antifreeze), and sand (silica). To make this combo work requires emulsification. Silica has UV reflective values and is harmless. It's the emulsifier(s) and the glycol that are the bad bits!
Glycol is used to maintain hydration and keep the surface looking wet. That old tire or faded trim looks great when it rains . . . right? That's what most protectants do, they temporarily hydrate the substrate. Glycol is also neurotoxin, so it's a bad idea to use on interiors. These emulsifiers will eventually break down any surface.
For more details, see our blog post: Protection, Protectants, and Tire Dry Rot