Frequently Asked Ceramic Paint Sealant Questions

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Paint Sealant and Ceramic Paint Protection FAQ

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System X Ceramic Coatings are not waxes or paint sealant that will degrade over short periods of time. System X products don’t require a special "soft wash" or pH neutral shampoo to remain on the surface either. These are permanent coatings, very similar to your factory clear coat- but harder, and with higher resistance against scratching, etching, and chemicals.

When professionally applied by an authorized installer, registered System X installations carry up to a Lifetime warranty. Review specific limitations and responsibilities of the official warranty.

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  • What is the difference between System X Crystal, Pro, Diamond, Renegade, and Xtreme?
    Though all of our coatings are available to professionals only each of these ceramic coatings have been developed for specific applications. All paint and gelcoat coatings have a high gloss.

    Diamond
    • Available to Authorized Application Centers Only
    • Up to a LIFETIME warranty on autos
    • Hand applied only
    • 20 minute dry time

    Pro
    • Available to Authorized Application Centers Only
    • Up to a 6 year warranty on autos
    • Hand applied only
    • 20 minute dry time

    Crystal
    • Lasts up to 3 years on autos
    • Entry level coating
    • Hand applied only
    • 20 minute dry time

    Renegade
    • Formulated for use on Aircraft
    • Can be hand or spray applied
    • 20 minute dry time
    • Used by aircraft manufacturers

    Xtreme
    • Formulated for use on Marine craft
    • Must be spray applied
    • 24 hour dry time

  • Are these coatings really permanent?

    Yes, System X Ceramic Coatings should be thought of as adding another clear coat to the paint's surface. This new clear coat is glossier, chemical resistant, and harder than the original clear coat. System X is a permanent coating in the same sense that the clear coat on your car is permanent. Eventually the clear coat will wear away over the years; its overall longevity depends on conditions, cleaning frequency and proper application.

  • What areas can be treated with the System X?

    All exterior surfaces including paint, metal, stainless steel, chrome, gel coat, plastic composites, exhaust and wheels can be treated by Crystal, Pro, Diamond, Renegade, and Xtreme. Don't bother using System X ceramics on rubber or soft plastics - it doesn't adhear well to those. System X Glass is formulated specifically for windshields, windscreens, windows, mirrors, and glass headlamps. System X Interior can be used on all interior surfaces including carpet, fabric, leather and vinyl.

  • What is the advantage of System X over polyurethane clear coats that already provide significant gloss and color retention?

    System X provides additional gloss and protection shield over clear coats. The ceramic resin bonded coating helps contaminants slide off easily, which give them less time to eat into the surface. An added plus is the ease of cleaning your vehicle. An easy way to think of it would be that System X is the equivalent of another, harder and glossier clear coat layer.

  • Do I need a special car wash/soap to wash the vehicle after application?

    No special washing, soap, or shampoo is required. Using an automated car wash is fine as well - touch less automated car washes are preferred as cloth car washes often have debris and stone chips left in the brushes/cloth from infrequent maintenance.

  • Can I wax or seal over System X?

    Yes, if desired waxing and sealing over System X coatings won’t damage it. Let System X coatings cure for at least 4 days before applying another product.

  • How quickly do I need to remove bird droppings?

    Remove bird waste as soon as possible. Saturate the dropping with water the wipe off. Avoid scraping.

  • Why does it seem that the water repellency has decreased over time?

    This will happen over time due to eventual buildup of contaminants (like every other coating). Just clean the surface with a mild cleaner and wash off thoroughly with water. The hydrophobic effect is then reproduced.

  • What is the correct procedure when applying System X to painted surfaces?

    Wash the surface, then completely dry. Pour small amount of System X onto applicator pad or cotton round, cover entire panel with a thin coating, allow to dry for 1-3 minutes depending on temprature, finish buff with a dry microfiber towel. Application sheets are available for each product offer.

  • Can I apply System X to bare rubber moldings?

    System X products should not be used on rubber moldings or rubber seals. It won't cause damage, but it won't adhear well either.

  • What must be removed from the exterior paint prior to application?

    Transit wrap, tape or glue lines, bug residue, road tar, and any other contaminants. All polishing must be done prior to application. Use a 20-50% IPA to water mix to mist the paint and wipe down with microfiber towel to remove these residues. An paint shop safe prep-solvent will also do the trick.

  • Can I apply System X over decals, emblems, etc.?

    System X can be applied over any factory decals and will add gloss to your emblems.

  • Should I apply System X to the entire exterior of the vehicle at once then allow it to dry?

    Application of System X should be done on a single panel at a time (e.g. hood, fender, trunk) ensuring complete coverage and reducing the possibility of letting the product dry too long.

  • Do I need a special car wash/soap to wash the vehicle prior to application?

    No special washing detergent is needed, though we suggest a washing with DAWN dish detergent for it's oil and greese cleaning power. Any additional residue will be removed with an IPA wipe, or similar surface prep/silicone and wax removing product.

  • Should I attempt to “level” System X while it is evaporating?

    System X products will level themselves. No additional leveling is needed during evaporation.

  • What happens if I miss a spot while applying System X?

    Missed spots can be fixed easily. Just apply more System X to the missed area that was missed, then buff off. System X will level itself with the previously treated surface on its own.

  • What if I let the product over dry?

    If you let a spot over dry you have two options: If you applied it in the last hour or two, just reapply System X to the over dried section then buff it off right away. If more then 2 hours has past you need to get out the buffing compound and remove the over dried area by polishing.

  • How long does System X take to cure?

    System X will be dry to touch within 15 minutes, at which point the vehicle is ready to drive/use. Over the next 4 days System X will continue to become harder until the surface reaches a 9h hardness.

  • Can System X be applied using a HVLP spray gun?

    Yes, System X Crystal, Renegade, and Xtreme can be applied using a HVLP spray gun, however Pro and Diamond should be applied by hand.

  • How can I remove System X after it has cured?

    After the coating has cured, it can only be removed by polishing (compounding) or wet sanding.

  • Can System X be used on carbon fiber?

    Yes, you may apply System X to carbon fiber shields, panels, and parts.

  • Is System X safe to apply to chrome pipes and mufflers?

    Yes, the product is safe to apply to car, truck, and motorcycle mufflers and pipes. System X withstands temperatures over 1000 degrees.

  • Will System X prevent heat bluing on the exhaust?

    No.

  • Why does your package say "User accepts full responsibility for any application issues”?

    While System X is easy to apply, attention must be paid to follow directions properly and wipe down the evaporated surface within the specified timeframe. Always test an inconspicuous area first.

  • What kind of safety equipment should be used when applying System X?

    Nitrile gloves should be worn. A respirator is recommended for applications in closed or poorly ventilated areas.

  • How much System X do I need?

    We recommend the following coverage for the best results. While we do have customers that stretch the coverage up to 200%, we do not recommend doing so. We think every application should be carried out to achieve the greatest performance. Remember, if you have extra product you can apply a second coat to horizontal surfaces, surfaces near the water line, and areas near exhaust ports.

    System X Xtreme covers approx. 36 sq feet (3.34451 sq meters) per 100ml.

    Other System X coatings cover approx. 230 sq. feet (21.36 sq meters) per 100ml. See below for more detail.
    65ml bottle = 150 sq. ft. coverage
    275ml bottle = 635 sq. ft. coverage

    Model / Size Suggested Quantity of System X

    < 150 sq. ft.
    Honda Civic
    Cadillac Escalade

    One 65ml bottle of System X


    Ship / Boat / Vessel

    Model / Size Suggested Quantity of System X
    < 25' Vessel
    Bayliner 160 OB BR
    Bayliner 180 OB
    Yamaha SX210
    MasterCraft 300
    One 275ml bottle of System X
    25-35' Vessel Two 275ml bottles of System X
    * calculate how much you will need : Length of waterline in ft. x (breadth + depth) in ft. = square ft.

    Aircraft

    Model / Size Suggested Quantity of System X
    Single Engine
    Cabin Class Twin
    Two 275ml bottles of System X
    King Air 90
    King Air 200
    King Air 300/350
    Citation 500
    Lear 25
    Three 275ml bottles of System X
    Gulfstream 650
    Gulfstream V
    Case of 12 275ml bottles of System X. Contact us for case discount.


    Motorcycles

    Model / Size Suggested Quantity of System X
    Motorcycle
    Motorcycle with sidecar
    .25 - 1 x 65ml bottle of System X

    Motorhomes

    Model / Size Suggested Quantity of System X
    < 1500 sq. ft.
    Class A Motorhomes
    Jayco Alante, 32'
    Itasca Sunova, 33'
    Dutch Star, 44'
    Three 275ml bottles of System X
    < 750 sq. ft.
    Class B & C Motorhomes
    Two 275ml bottle of System X


    Trucks and Trailers

    Model / Size Suggested Quantity of System X
    < 750 sq. ft.
    24 - 26' Box Truck
    *not including box roof
    Two 275ml bottle of System X
    24 - 35' Box Truck
    *including box roof
    Two 275ml bottles of System X
    < 750 sq. ft.
    Semi-trailer truck
    *including air dam, tanks, wheels and exhaust

    Semi-trailer truck
    *including air dam, tanks, wheels, exhaust and sleeper
    Two 275ml bottle of System X
    28' cube trailer
    *roof not included
    One 275ml bottle of System X
    28' cube trailer
    *including roof and wheels
    Two 275ml bottles of System X
    45' cube trailer
    *including roof and wheels
    Two 275ml bottles of System X
    53' cube trailer
    *roof not included
    Three 275ml bottles of System X
    53' cube trailer
    *including roof and wheels
    Four 275ml bottles of System X


    Fire and EMS

    Model / Size Suggested Quantity of System X
    45' Long Aerial Ladder Truck
    Three 275ml bottles of System X
    28' Pump Truck
    Two 275ml bottle of System X
    19' E-350 Van Ambulance
    19' F-350 / 450 / 550 Ambulance
    Two 275ml bottle of System X

    Contact us if you need help calculating how much product you need.