CarPro Cquartz CQUK 3.0 10ml
The Best Ceramic Coating: CarPro Cquartz CQUK 3.0
CarPro CQUK 3.0 10ml w/ 1x suede, perfect size for coating bikes!
We’ve worked tirelessly on this since 2017 and we’re excited finally announce CQUARTZ UK Edition 3.0! We’ve increased the resistance to road salt build up, while keeping the same great chemical resistance of pH 3~14.
We listened to you when you told us it had to be easy to use, this added a few extra months to our process but we know you’ll love it. For the first time ever CQUARTZ UK 3.0 is easy from 3oC up to 40oC!
Keeping with the classic CQUARTZ UK wipe on wipe off application it can be buffed immediately or left on few minutes while still buffing off super clean and easy. For enthusiastic car lovers or Pro detailers, both same most easy to use coating without sticky surface or grabby wipe off!
As you would expect from CARPRO we’ve stuck to our ethos, of under promising and over delivering so as with all our coatings we will give you a conservative real world durability, in this case it’s 18-24 months on CQUARTZ UK Edition 3.0.
The recommended time for layering is between 2 and 4 hours. It's best to refrain from applying CARPRO Reload immediately unless the vehicle needs to be exposed to rain within 24 hours of application. Typically, I recommend allowing the coating to fully cure for a week before applying any additional products.
This depends on several factors. Is the vehicle primarily used in the summer or winter? How frequently is it maintained and topped up with Reload or Elixir? For our Canadian climate, we often recommend applying two layers. While this won't double the coating's longevity, it can still provide a significant boost, around 20% or more, compared to a single-layer application. Since the vehicle is already clean and prepped, it's a good idea to apply a second layer. While the preparation process may take some time, the application itself is straightforward.
If the vehicle is only driven in the summer and receives monthly maintenance, then CQUK can easily last for at least two years and beyond. However, if it's a daily driver used throughout the year, especially in the winter, maintenance becomes crucial for its longevity. Without regular maintenance or reapplication during the winter months (understandably challenging in -30C weather), you may notice wear and deterioration on the lower sections due to road salts, chemicals, contaminants, and other factors. After a thorough decontamination, water beading may return, but it's not uncommon for the lower sections to show signs of wear after winter. This is particularly true given the harshness of our winters, at least here in Calgary. The key takeaway is that the coating is designed to wear off first, protecting the paint beneath.
This depends on the ambient temperature. Some recommend waiting until it 'rainbows,' while others suggest a few minutes. Typically, for Cquartz UK, the waiting time falls within the range of 2 to 5 minutes. The general rule of thumb is that when wiping off the coating, it should not feel excessively tacky; it should be relatively easy to wipe off.
This is a matter of debate, but personally, I advise against it. The concept here is to allow the coating to fully cure and harden before applying anything on top of it. If Reload is applied too soon, it can potentially remove the Cquartz UK as you wipe it. It's best to refrain from any additional applications for at least a week. That brings us to the next question:
Indeed, layering is encouraged, but it's essential to find the right timing. We typically recommend waiting between 2 to 4 hours between layers, but it's best not to exceed 24 hours. The reason for this is that if you wait too long, you'll be applying the second layer onto a surface that has already hardened and became slick, and the bonding won't be as effective. On the other hand, if you apply the second layer too quickly, the solvents in the second layer can soften the first layer, essentially merging them into one. Ideally, you want to apply the second layer when the first layer is still in the process of curing, so they can bond cohesively. You want the coating to be both physically layerable and able to bond well at the same time.
For a mid-sized vehicle, such as a Camry, you can expect to use approximately 15ml per layer. A mid-sized SUV will require around 20ml, and a full-sized truck will typically use between 25 to 30ml. It's important to note that applying two coats does make a noticeable difference.
You can layer CQUK by itself without any issues. However, it's worth noting that Cquartz UK may not offer the same level of slickness as Carpro's SiC or Gliss. While it's not necessary to layer it with SiC or Gliss, you can achieve the desired slickness by using Reload. Here are a few popular combinations to consider: CQUK + SiC, CQUK + Gliss, CQUK + SiC + Gliss (a bit advanced but offers the best results), or simply CQUK + CQUK followed by topping it with Reload after a week.
A general rule of thumb is to avoid water contact for 24 to 48 hours and refrain from using soap for a week. However, after the coating is applied, you can take the vehicle out immediately. Dust and wind won't have much effect, but it's important to be mindful of bugs, which can impact the finish. If you're a business coating a vehicle for a customer and it must be exposed to water within the next 12 hours, you can very gently wipe it down with Reload or Release. We still recommend against it, but sometimes it's necessary. It's important to understand that drying and curing are distinct processes. While the coating or panel may feel dry to the touch right away, curing involves the molecular locking process, and it requires time to fully cure.
A temperature of at least 10°C is recommended, although you can still attempt the application between 5°C to 10°C if necessary. If the temperature reaches 25°C, it's on the warmer side. Ideally, you want the coating to remain on the panel for at least 2 minutes without flashing right away. If it flashes within a minute, it's likely that the panel is too hot.
No, simply ensure that the panel is free from dust during application and that there is no water or moisture present after application.
You can use products like Reload, Elixir, Reset, HydroFoam, Hydro2Lite, etc., as frequently as you'd like. The only product to exercise caution with is Reset; be sure to adhere to the dilution instructions. Using too much of any soap can potentially impact the effectiveness of the coating, wax, or sealant, as it is, after all, a detergent.
Any pH-neutral soap is suitable for use, and CarPro recommends Reset and HydroFoam. Ideally, avoid using wash and 'wax' products. While you can use them, it's worth noting that a wash and 'wax' product tends to diminish the water-beading properties of your coating. This results in reduced hydrophobicity after washing. After all, who would want that?!
Previously, it was labeled with a 2-year expiration date. However, CarPro no longer includes an expiration date on the product, primarily because coatings are solvent-based and highly chemically stable. So, for practical purposes, let's consider a shelf life of 2 to 3 years for now.
There's no official guideline on this, but as a general rule of thumb, once you've opened the bottle, solvents can begin to evaporate, and in some cases, the product may start to crystallize inside the bottle. Therefore, we typically recommend using up the bottle within 3 months. I can personally attest to having coatings from a while back, and while they still 'work,' they become notably challenging to buff off. Let's just say their hydrophobic properties didn't last as long.
Yes, CQUK does darken trims to some extent, although not as significantly as CARPRO DLUX.
Yes, you should definitely do that. Paint protection films (PPF) are soft and porous, and it's essential to coat them to prevent etching and the absorption of contaminants such as bird droppings and bug residue. While modern PPF films already have hydrophobic properties, it's still advisable to apply an additional coating to extend the life of the film.
Yes and no. CQUK is designed to bond with paint, and glass/windows have different porosity, which may not allow for a strong bond. There's no issue if you choose to apply it on windows, but it's advisable to avoid the front windshield, as your wipers may create chatter (this depends on the type of wipers and washer fluid you use). You might want to explore using Flyby Forte for your windshield instead.
Of course, but keep in mind that wheels can come in various finishes, such as powder coat, chrome, metal, anodized, painted, and more. It's best to use Carpro DLUX for wheel protection, as it offers better adhesion on multiple types of surfaces and is also heat-resistant.
Yes, it can work, but it's worth noting that the coating's adhesion may not be as robust as DLUX.
Are you referring to interior hard plastics, such as dashboards? No.
Absolutely, it does! Coatings provide a 'glassy' finish compared to waxes or sealants. CQUK also imparts a darkening effect, which doesn't make white paint appear darker but rather gives it a 'richer' look with enhanced depth. Depth in this context means that when you gaze into your paint's finish, you can perceive a greater level of detail within the reflections.
No problem at all. Coatings contain a significant amount of solvents and exhibit high chemical stability. For more details regarding winter shipping, please read our FAQ section on winter shipping.
Ensure that you wipe the panel down with CARPRO Eraser beforehand to guarantee proper coating adhesion. It can also be utilized to remove polish residues.