Introduction: How to Apply a Nano Coating to Wheels

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Video tutorial on how to apply CQuartz nano coating to your wheels. CQuartz a nano ceramic coating that takes place of wax which is supposed to last about two years. The coating is 2-3 microns on thickness, therefore is does add a layer above your vehicle’s paint. It is will protect your vehicles paint from water etching, scratching, uv light, acid rain, bugs, and also has hydrophobic qualities preventing dirt from sticking. Beyond wheels, the procedure shown in the video can also be applied to the vehicles paint.

Tools/Supplies Needed:

  • CQuartz nano coating
  • Reload spray
  • 2 microfiber clothes
  • microfiber drying towel
  • air compressor
  • soap
  • bucket of water
  • wash mitt or pad
  • respirator mask
  • rubber gloves
  • polishing compounds
  • 1:1 mixture of distilled water and isopropyl

Step 1:

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Start by washing the wheels, removing any dirt or contaminants. Use a soap that won’t leave a residue as this may cause adhesion problems. Once done, dry the wheels to prevent any water spots from occurring along with removing pooling water which can cause issues with the nano coating. If there is any surface imperfections, now is the time to correct this using a paint correction method, otherwise if it is not done, well it will be sealed into the surface until the CQuartz has worn off in a couple years.

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Next using a mixture a 1:1 mixture of distilled water and 70% rubbing alcohol, spray it onto a microfiber cloth and wipe down the surface to remove any contamination. Wear gloves from this point on to prevent the oil from our skin contaminating the surface as well. Considering the nano coating will be applied to both sides of the wheel, I will be decontaminating both sides of the wheel then.

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Mix the bottle of nano coating accordingly, then apply a line to the suede cloth. Work it into the surface, be extremely careful not to get any runs as it will dry as a run just like paint. On those hard to reach areas, remove the suede pad and wipe in on by hand. You can also use a q-tip as a backer if desired. Work in multiple directions ensuring the whole surface is evenly covered. Do not work in direct sunlight as this will cause application issues. Once done, allow it to setup for about a minute and then wipe off the access coating with the suede polishing cloth. It can be hard to see on lighter colors, but you will want to look carefully at the gloss and look for any hazing or smudging. The hazing is the access coating that needs to be polished with the suede polishing cloth.

The rear of the wheel is especially bad for dirt or brake dust build up as they can’t be cleaned as easily and it has closer contact with the brakes. Same process, apply the coating to the suede applicator, and then work it into the surface. If you noticed earlier on in the video, the hub face did have some excessive rust staining. I removed a majority of this with polishing compound.

Finally moving onto the center caps, if you have them. Now allow the coating to harden for at least an hour

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Moving onto the Reload spray, the surface must be cool, then spray it onto the surface and work it into the surface using a microfiber cloth. Apply it to both sides of the wheel, this is a silica based sealant which promote gloss, has hydrophobic qualities and resists scratching as well I would highly recommend wearing a mask as there is serious health risks associated with silica. This doesn’t necessarily need to be applied, but it will add protection if used. For darker colors it is recommended to be mixed up to 1:1 with distilled water. Finish up with a clean microfiber cloth for a final polish. Do not let the nano coating get wet for 24hrs. Beyond painted wheels, this can also be used on polished aluminum.

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