Optivate Premium Ceramic Coating Application Guide

IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
Please read safety information on the label / box prior to use.
SURFACE PREPARATION
Upon preparation for effective adhesion and therefore longevity, preparing
the surface for all Aqueous Guard® products is essential and using the
Aqueous Guard® products alone will only achieve a short-lived final finish.
Aqueous Guard® products cross-link to the surfaces that they are applied to.
Surface cleaning is an essential part of the process to ensure that there is no
contamination between the product and the surface to be protected.
 
RAIN & WIND
As with all Aqueous Guard® products, they should be applied in a clean, dry
environment with no rain forecast for a minimum 6-hour period if application
is outside. If strong winds are present we recommend coating does not take
place due to the coating flashing off too quickly.
 
TEMPERATURE
AVOID APPLYING IN DIRECT SUN LIGHT, where possible. For the Silk it should be applied in an ambient temperature above 5°C and no
higher than 40°C. This temperature range also applies to the surface
temperature of the substrate and temperature must stay within these
parameters for a minimum of 4 hours following application. 
STEP 1:
PREPARATION CLEAN AND DE-CONTAMINATION
TO REMOVE ANY CONTAMINATION
Using Aqueous Guard® Prep Fluid, thoroughly de-contaminate the surface,
removing any residues from stickers, tree sap, waxes, silicones and any other
contamination; otherwise it will be sealed in with the protective layer. For
heavily contaminated surfaces or used surfaces a polish/detail may be
required.
 
 
APPLYING PREP FLUID
1. Start by wiping the entire surface to decontaminate and remove any
waxes / silicones.
2. Use a dry wipe / soft cloth to remove the excess fluid, creating a clean,
contaminant free, dry surface.
3. If a cloth becomes dirty / black replace with a fresh cloth.
4. With this process you are looking to thoroughly clean and decontaminate
the surfaces to be treated to ensure a complete bonding
of the Aqueous Guard® product.
5. It is important that the finish of the surface at this point is to the clients’
satisfaction. If not, then full polishing/detailing of the surface will need to
be carried out and then processes 1-4 above will need to be repeated.
 
 
STEP 2:
APPLYING AQUEOUS GUARD® OPTIVATE
1. Take a fresh application pad and dampen with the Optivate until it
is wet, but not dripping.
 
2. Coat one area or up to 2 square metres at a time, ensuring on each
panel to work horizontally, then vertically, for an even spread of product
(also known as cross-hatching).
 
3. The area should look wet and have a rainbow appearance after
approximately 2-3 minutes.
 
4. After a minimum of 2 minutes, but not exceeding 5 minutes, when you
see the rainbow effect appear, take a clean microfibre cloth and go
back to the point where coating started.
 
5. Now gently buff all the areas that have been coated in order to remove
the excess residue, until a uniform streak free appearance is achieved.
Ensure the buffing process is light and only excess residue is being
removed.
6. Use a second micro fibre cloth for complete residue removal for a quality
finish.
 
7. Once you have finished buffing, repeat the process on the other areas
of the surfaces to be coated continuing as above.

 
TIP – If the product has been left on for too long and is difficult to remove and create a nice shine, re-wet the area with an application pad and instantly buff to a shine with a microfibre cloth. Do not allow to cure with streaks and rainbows!