The usual wash and decontamination stages were carried out so the paintwork could be inspected under high-intensity lighting so the full extent of damage could be evaluated.
Under high-intensity lighting the Windsor Blue paintwork showed a number of paint defects including moderate to severe swirls, scratches, etching from bird droppings and DA sanding marks. Below are a few before & afters during the first stage of polishing stages.
The light clusters were also polished
After the compounding and polishing stages were completed, Gyeon Primer was used for the final polishing stage. It is designed to burnish painted surfaces to perfection and prepare them to receive a silica-based coating without the need for a subsequent cleansing step. The customer had decided upon Gyeon Q² Mohs+ as the final protective coating which backed by a five year conditional warranty provided by Gyeon and supported by us.
Gyeon Q² Mohs+ is a state of the art quartz coating system that simultaneously protects and enhances the appearance of automotive paint. It achieves this through the use of two distinct products that are supplied as a kit; Gyeon Q² Mohs and Gyeon Q² Phobic. The former uses the latest in low volatile content silicon (Si) technology to lay down a hybrid film of perhydropolysilazane (PHPS), hydroxyl-rich organic co-polymers and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) that condenses rapidly to form an amorphous organic-silica nano-composite that chemically bonds to painted surfaces at the molecular level. Unlike rival products, Gyeon Q² Mohs actually gains molecular weight as it cures (as skeletal Si-N bonds are replaced with Si-O bonds), which improves its structural integrity and restricts its shrinkage to 5% during the curing process (the average figure for SiO2 coatings is 30%). As a result, each coat of Gyeon Q² Mohs imparts a measurable 0.2 micron increase in total paint thickness, and significantly improves the scratch resistance of the underlying finish; on average, each coat adds two grades of hardness (2H) on the Mohs scale.
The second product in the system, Gyeon Q² Phobic, uses similar silicon (Si) technology to lay down a hybrid film of perhydropolysilazane (PHPS) and organopolysilazane (OPSZ) that condenses rapidly to form an organic-silica coating that chemically bonds to the Gyeon Q² Mohs basecoat. As a result of comprising a greater proportion of organic components (hydrocarbons), this sacrificial topcoat subtly alters the look of the Gyeon Q² Mohs finish (by adding extra richness and gloss) and modifies its behaviour with respect to water and oil-based liquids. Whereas surfaces treated with Gyeon Q² Mohs become moderately water-hating (hydrophobic), the addition of Gyeon Q² Phobic also enhances their slickness, which causes rainfall and rinse water to bead up and sheet off even more quickly. This not only enhances the self-cleaning effect for which Gyeon Q² Mohs is famed, but also serves to reduce the risk of water spots forming during the first few weeks following application. Moreover, surfaces treated with Gyeon Q² Phobic also become naturally oil-repellent (lipophobic), meaning that it effectively seals them against graffiti and most other forms of paint.
We apply three coats of Gyeon Q² Mohs for optimum durability, these layers are allowed to cure before over coating with Gyeon Q² Phobic. Here we are using infra-red heat lamps to accelerate the curing process by heating the treated panels to 60°C for 10 minutes.
Finally, to reduce the risk of water spots forming while it continues to cure (full curing takes around 14 days to achieve), we apply a protective topcoat of Gyeon Q²M Cure. By depositing an ultra-slick layer of SiO2-rich polymers, Gyeon Q²M Cure enhances gloss, boosts hydrophobicity and imparts strong anti-static properties.
And here is the end result…
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