Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How to apply our acrylic polymer-based products: BLAK, GLOZ, and DASH.
A: The directions on the bottle or instruction card are all you will need. Make sure the surface is completely free of any previously used 'protectants' . . . that greasy stuff! New or silicone-coated tires will need 2-4 weeks of drive time and a few cleanings to get all of the silicone, waxes, solvents, etc. off. Beyond this important first step, simply wipe (do not rub) onto a cool and clean surface.
Q: What is the difference between BLAK and GLOZ?
A: Just as the names suggest:
BLAK = Medium gloss for rich black/dark gray color restoration
GLOZ = Medium/high gloss that will enhance ANY color surface
Each have the same polymer structure and blend. BLAK is the choice for faded black surfaces, and it's the best for tire dry rot prevention. BLAK can be used as a base coat followed with GLOZ to intensify the look, shine, and protective abilities. Each individual product can also be layered for a similar effect.
Q: Are BLAK and GLOZ really safe for motorcycles and golf carts?
A: YES! They offer a totally safe dry seal.
These products will actually improve the tactile abilities of weathered rubber, plastic, and vinyl. Many customers even apply them to the tire face or tread for seasonal storage of tires.
Q: What's the best way to remove BLAK or GLOZ?
A: If you have an area of overlap, you can use a small amount of ammonia with water and microfiber towel. The ammonia will quickly break the polymer bond which will allow for easy removal. Even just a damp towel will wipe off excess that hasn't dried yet.
If you want to renew the treatment on your tires, simply give the tires a hand wash with tire cleaner and/or 20% ammonia mixed into a general cleaner or water.
Q: How strong are the RENEW PROTECT ceramics?
A: They are the real deal. We now infuse ALL our products with one of our two ceramic blends. Our hybrid blends consist of titanium and quartz in a water base. They are easy to wipe on ceramics with one year or better longevity.
Beware of 'cheap' products claiming to be ceramic. They are not. Most are actually chemicals called polysiloxanes, i.e. a slightly stronger version of Armor-All or 303-type products.
It is important to note that ceramics should only be applied to well-prepared and cleaned substrates. Applying ceramics over a wax or polish will greatly lessen the longevity of that ceramic.
Q: Do you have any advice on applying DASH?
A: DASH is designed specifically for interior applications. It will make a permanent UV-blocking dry seal. It is very important to properly prep and clean the surface before you apply DASH. If the interior has received 'protectant'-type treatments more once a year, it may be best not to use DASH. The surface must be free of these silicones, oils, and solvents. Typical protectants all contain these elements and this will act as a barrier to the DASH inner bonding process. If residue is present when applying DASH, you will see white-looking areas where polymers bonded, imperfectly, atop the surface.
Q: What is the best way to prep and remove other protectants?
A: Just do the following:
Interior: This may require multiple cleanings with window cleaner or isopropyl alcohol. Always try a small test area first because these products can damage surfaces.
Exterior: You can simply give it a good wash and wait a couple of weeks. Typical protectants are designed to fail quickly.
Q: Can you provide MSDS Sheets for your products?
A: Sure! Just send us a request on the Contact page.
Q: Why is applying typical 'protectants' a bad idea?
A: Well, how to keep this brief . . . so-called 'protectants' are mainly water, glycol (antifreeze), and sand (silica). To make this combo work requires emulsification. Silica has UV reflective values and is harmless. It's the emulsifier(s) and the glycol that are the bad bits!
Glycol is used to maintain hydration and keep the surface looking wet. That old tire or faded trim looks great when it rains . . . right? That's what most protectants do, they temporarily hydrate the substrate. Glycol is also neurotoxin, so it's a bad idea to use on interiors. These emulsifiers will eventually break down any surface.
For more details, see our blog post: Protection, Protectants, and Tire Dry Rot