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Aquapel tips?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by NMTrailRider, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. Feb 25, 2016 at 3:52 PM
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    NMTrailRider

    NMTrailRider [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Anyone ever used Aquapel? Any tips on applying it? It says to wipe it off immediately, which is different than RainX.
     
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  2. Mar 16, 2016 at 10:58 AM
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    Make sure your windshield is very clean and maybe even claybar it first. It works very well. Don't breathe too deep around it though, it's a bit strong.
     
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  3. Mar 16, 2016 at 1:40 PM
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    I got some Griots Glass Clay. My guess is it's just much finer than the stuff in the Megs/Mothers kits. It's pretty hard. But it worked.

    Then did a good IPA wipe down. The Aquapel went on nicely. Still haven't had a rain to properly test it out. But it's nice and clear!
     
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    I've had Aquapel last through a New England winter and still showed some effectiveness at 8+ months!
     
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  5. Mar 16, 2016 at 9:36 PM
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    I've actually been impressed with RainX and have had it last months when I actually make an effort to apply it properly (clay then IPA wipe, etc). I've heard Aquapel is even better. So, My expectations are high!
     
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    I've used AquaPel in th past several times and it pales on comparison to ceramic coatings. Rain-x did better too in my opinion.
     
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    This is how I apply Aquapel, having done it a few dozen times now:

    1. Clean the windshield very, very well. Wash, clay, the whole nine yards.
    2. Mask plastic/rubber trim & paint around windshield.
    3. Crack the ampule. Don't breath that smoke!
    4. Quickly apply over the driver's side, making sure you spread the liquid out evenly, and work it in well. I focus on making sure I've got excellent coverage on the driver's side since, you know, driver's side...
    5. Apply to passenger's side. You'll have a lot less liquid to work with, but buff it in regardless.
    6. Now the fun part, frantically, as quickly as you can, start wiping down the windshield with shop towels. Throw it away as soon as it gets saturated. If you let the stuff harden for longer than a minute or so you're going to be buffing till your arms fall off.
    7. Once you have done 3-4 passes with fresh shop towels, you should see the hazing starting to cut down, and by the 4th or 5th pass, you should be mostly to clear glass.
    8. Pull the masking tape, making sure to wipe up any liquid that snuck by and got on the trim or paint.
    9. Give the last stubborn bits a bit to dry off, then hit it with a glass cleaner and microfiber.

    These are the tricks I've learned so I don't have to spend half an hour buffing out the haze, and 6 months of durability at minimum.
     

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