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Black Ice was formulated for our pro-detailer customers who wanted to offer longer-term coating services to their customers while generating a great ROI for every bottle they purchase. One bottle of Black Ice will put hundreds if not thousands of dollars into the pocket of the pro and mobile detailer.
1) How is Black Ice different from The Last Coat (TLC2)?
This is probably our most common question. The Last Coat (TLC2) will likely be most people's go-to coating for all surfaces. Black Ice is for exterior surfaces only. So this means external painted surfaces, glass, vinyl, and matte surfaces.
Both products are extremely durable, but Black Ice tends to have more longevity lasting upwards of 14-18 months. Built off similar mesh technology as TLC2, Black Ice was formulated specifically for external surfaces only and for more longevity, primarily for detailers looking to offer longer-term coating services to their clients.
The longevity and focus on external surfaces are the main differences.
The cure time on Black Ice is longer, with full curing happening after 7 days, whereas TLC2 full cure is after 24 hours. Keep in mind the 7 day cure time is curing before washing, exposure to harsh chemicals, and before applying any toppers such as TLC2 or AMP if desired. After 24 hours, Black Ice can be exposed to normal driving conditions typically. With Black Ice, you tend to use even less than TLC2 (hard to believe, yes). An average-sized vehicle exterior can be done often with under 1 oz. per layer.
We also state that for best results with Black Ice, you will want to apply on a paint corrected surface free of swirls or scratches.
Lastly, Black Ice is best applied with the included applicator and then buffed off with the included microfiber towel. With Black Ice it is recommended to discard the towel and applicator after application.
2) Can Black Ice be used together with The Last Coat (TLC2) and/or AMP?
Yes, absolutely! Since Black Ice requires a paint corrected, swirl-free surface, after the polishing process (if required) you would apply Black Ice to be your durable base layer. You would then allow Black Ice to cure for 7 days before applying TLC2 or AMP. At that time, you can then apply TLC2 and AMP for regular maintenance to help preserve and rebuild on the Black Ice layer.
3) What surfaces can Black Ice be used on?
Black Ice can be used on most exterior surfaces including painted surfaces, matte and vinyl surfaces, denim surfaces, glass, fiberglass, gel-coat, as well as chrome. The surface should be cool to the touch when applying.
4) Can Black Ice be applied in direct sunlight, and in what temperature ranges?
Ideally, you are not working in direct sunlight when applying Black Ice. But, if you must, it is important to work in small 2' x 2' areas when applying. It is best to apply in temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and below 90 degrees if possible. All surfaces should ideally be cool to the touch when applying, especially glass and chrome.
5) Can Black Ice be used to remove water spots from a surface?
No, the surface should be free of scratches, swirls, and water spots before applying Black Ice.
6) Can Black Ice be applied to a vehicle that has a ceramic coating on it?
With the exception of high end, professionally installed ceramic coatings, Black Ice should be the base layer when using it. Typically, TLC2 will be best as a topper for a high-end ceramic coated vehicle.