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Old 27-09-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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Review: CarPro Reload

Review: CarPro Reload

Introduction:


When I first heard of Reload I thought to myself, “Well, I have plenty of spray sealants and I don’t need another. Between then and now I heard plenty of things about Reload from others but never went out of my way to research it. I finally started using Reload over the past month or so and spent a little time reading up on its technology as I was writing this review.

Product Claims:

Reload Spray Sealant is a water-based, spray-on glass membrane coating. Reload Spray Sealant repels dirt and water. Use it alone for up to two months of paint protection or as a booster over Cquartz.

Reload is made of a water base plus special modified Silica - the same compound found in glass. The silica gives Reload its fantastic light reflecting properties. Dirt can't stick and water beads on contact.

Reload Spray Sealant forms a thick, substantial coating. In fact, a Reload coating helps prevent fine scratches on paintwork. It can also be used on rubber, plastic, and glass.

Details:

1.- Packaging: Plastic bottle / modern designed label / good trigger
2.- Directions: Simple
3.- Viscosity: Thin
4.- Color: White
5.- Scent: A little strong if you put your nose in the bottle but not noticeable otherwise
6.- Regular Price: 1.7 oz. (50ml) = $ 9.99
7.- Regular Price: 13.5 oz. (400ml) = $29.99
8.- Manufacturer: CarPro
9.- Made in: Korea

Product:



Environmental Conditions: (over the course of 4 vehicles)

85-94 Deg. F / 50-70% Humidity

Surface Temperatures:

Not measured (My apologies)


Preparation:

The first time I used reload I was working on our daily drivers. As is my weekend routine I had carted a good portion of my products out to the garage the night before. The two products selected for protection on our daily drivers were Optimum Car Wax and CarPro Reload. I was looking forward to using the Reload but having never used it before I decided to bring a reliable backup I was familiar with. I also figured (considering the price) I didn’t want to use a bunch up on 2 cars so I planned to use the Reload on one and the OCW which I have a gallon of on the other.

So after the initial wash I went over each panel one at a time with an apc and my wash mitt to remove any oils. Typically when I do this I use my apc 3:1 but this time used it straight applying it to the wet panel and instantly wiping and then rinsing. As I was rinsing I found I had somehow stained the paint with the cleaner. I tried to wash it a couple times with my UPGW and mitt I had in the bucket but it wasn’t budging. Little spray dots and streaks… So as I considered getting out the paint cleaner or Flex I decided to keep moving on the tasks at hand. I dried the vehicle and washed and dried the next as well.

After doing some other detailing I decided to put off any polishing attempts for the next time and go ahead and get to the fun part.


Application:

With the vehicle under shade I sprayed half the hood twice and immediately wiped half the hood down with my rolled edge mf towel. Then I flipped the towel over and buffed it with the fresh side of the towel. As I was moving to the next section I discovered the weird spot/stains I had were gone from the area I had applied Reload. Not sure how that works but I was very happy!

I continued my application of spray/wipe/flip/wipe and noted that it took very little product to coat each panel. I had read somewhere that application had been difficult, which was one reason I had my OCW near by as backup. I wasn’t expecting this seamless application.

Well, before I had finished the first vehicle I was so happy with the ease of use and small amount of product needed I decided I would use it on the other car as well and continue my experience.


Another vehicle and some pictures:

Here is another vehicle I worked on a couple weeks ago.

This is what it looked like when I started.


Setting up the canopy



Before










I’ll save the story that emerged over the next three days for another thread(s).
Simply put the Taurus went through its due process before getting to the Reload Step.


Video: CarPro Reload Application



As you can see application takes place in a matter of minutes. 5-10 for this size vehicle not including wheels. On this vehicle it was applied to wheels as well.

And this is what it looked like after. Note: These pictures were taken the following weekend when I took possession of the vehicle again to finish the touch up paintwork. The day of application I was so busy with the interior and other issues on top of the fear of rain clouds I was unable to get many after pictures.

Fortunately the owner had been so thrilled with the vehicle she had decided not to drive it all week and instead borrowed her husbands for work.






























While I was at it I decided to make a couple beading shots.






Observations:

Ok, lets get back to the daily drivers I coated with Reload a few weeks ago. As you remember that was my first experience with the product and after application I was not impressed with the looks. Not sure if it was because of the clouds or what but a couple hours later I came back to look at them and was quite impressed with the way they looked.

I haven’t washed them since I applied the Reload, as I’ve been extremely busy. Last weekend my neighbor was chatting with me and he mentioned something about my daily drivers parked in front of his house. He said he was enjoying the cars being parked there because they just glowed at him every time he looked out the window.

These vehicles see a lot of road time and sit outside 24-7. Currently our parking lot at work is under construction and every day I leave work my car is covered in a layer of fine sand. By the time I get home and park it that sand is gone. Now, with all the rain and everything it does look dirty right up close but it still has a glow and high level of gloss to it even when its dirty.

Durability:

I haven’t tested durability beyond a month yet but here is a video and some pictures showing the beading on our dirty daily driver that hadn’t been washed in a couple weeks at the time. If you remember this hood was coated a long time ago but FYI: on the right side of the hood I removed the coating with polish a couple months ago.


Video: Raining on Dirty Car (2+ weeks since being washed)
















Beading Shots:

These pictures were taken on the reload section of a test panel I recently created which compares the different nano-tech spray coatings.

These are the beads on a clean black test panel. I thought you guys might enjoy these pictures.

















Take a real good look at this final picture. Look at the large bead in the center closely… That’s Cool!!




Cost:

This is how much product I’ve used to do 4 cars including glass and paint as well as a bit of testing. Wheels only done on one of the 4 cars. Note: this is a 13.5 (400 ml) bottle so I’ve used about 0.9 to 1.3 oz per car.



This chart is based on a few assumptions and of course product used varies depending on the size of the vehicle, the user, and the towel.

Cost Chart:



My Tips:

This is what I have done every time with no problems.

1.- Apply to clean cool surface as follows
2.- Spray sparingly across section (Approximately 1 spray per 3 sq. ft.)
3.- Wipe and spread immediately
4.- Flip towel and buff off immediately

Additional Tips Avi has posted:

6.- Use a short weave mf towel
7.- For black cars you can dilute Reload: (1) part Reload to (0.5) or (0.7) parts water


Additional Tips:

09.- Test Reload in an inconspicuous area before applying to the whole car
10.- In case of uneven areas, wipe off Reload with isopropyl alcohol
11.- Paint should be clean and free of solvents or wax before applying Reload


Pros:

1.- Application: Ease of use
2.- Price: Half the price per application of other nanotech spray coatings
3.- Appearance: Talk about Gloss!
4.- Time Saver: Car stays cleaner and looks great longer
5.- Additional protection from acids
6.- Apply to wet or dry vehicle (Clean of course)
7.- Enhances the anti-static, hydrophobic nature of Cquartz
8.- Wait time: No long cure time needed

???:

1.- Durability
2.- Have you used this product? Please share your experiences or questions

Cons:

1.- Price: more expensive then some polymer spray sealants
2.- Prep: For best durability take the time to remove all oils from the surface
3.- Can apparently be touchy on darker colors but I haven’t seen this so not sure about that. (See dilution for darker colored cars)

Final Observations and Summary:

Reload is a fast and effective way to add a sacrificial nanotech silica based coating over your primary coating or to use as a standalone product for protection. And it definitely adds gloss to the paint. Reload also resists acids and pollutants better than polymer sealants and waxes.

Reload is half the price of other nanotech spray coatings but more expensive than polymer sprays. You can purchase a spray sealant or spray wax for less money but don’t expect your car to stay as clean. And 2 weeks after you’ve washed it, don’t expect it to still have the glow that you will still see with Reload.

As far as claims about Reloads ability to help prevent fine scratches on paintwork I can’t prove or disprove this claim without a very involved and long-term test. It is logical that as a silica based nano product that its ability to release dirt easier than traditional spray on sealants and waxes would mean it would be less likely to receive those scratches.

I haven’t made a big deal about something I think is important so I will do so here. Use the product sparingly and wipe immediately! Then flip or switch to a clean towel and buff immediately. CarPro recommends short weave towels.

Thank you for taking the time to read this review! Cheers
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Old 28-09-2011, 12:05 AM   #2
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Great review!!! Just in time too, I've been looking at buying some of this stuff, and I think you've convinced me!
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great review as I'm have some but haven't had a chance to use it yet. Quick question can it be layered and used as winter protection maybe?
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Old 28-09-2011, 01:52 AM   #4
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Old 29-09-2011, 08:07 PM   #5
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great review as I'm have some but haven't had a chance to use it yet. Quick question can it be layered and used as winter protection maybe?
Absolutely, I haven't tested layering it but Carpro says you can layer it as much as you like and each layer will bond to the layer below it.

You can't layer it over polymer sealants though as it won't bond properly.

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Great review!!! Just in time too, I've been looking at buying some of this stuff, and I think you've convinced me!
Thank you, I hope you love it!

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Excellent, and dont suppose you know if it can be put on top of wax? e.g. ont op of autoglym hd or hard candy? Thanks
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Excellent, and dont suppose you know if it can be put on top of wax? e.g. ont op of autoglym hd or hard candy? Thanks
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You could but it won't bond properly to waxes and I expect durability would fail very quickly.
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VEHICLE B (1 Week Update)

Well, I havenít gotten back to you guys with further durability testing since my initial testing was compromised in a couple ways. It was mostly my fault, as I didnít have time to wash the personal vehicles for about a month.

Anyway last week blue got washed (hood clayed and polished) and had a few nano spray coatings applied to different sections of the hood including our featured product in this review (CarPro Reload).

This is how it went:


Here is our first of many controlled durability updates on CarPro Reload.

This was the story for the first week:

A couple days after application and the car sitting stationary (outside 24/7) you can see the dust and dirt that lands on it has merged with the condensation each morning to cause these spots. (Hint: Donít worry)



After a couple days of looking at them and wondering how they would come out in the weekend wash we got a couple good rains today. This was what the paint looked like as I left for work this morning.



And after I parked the car at work (Donít worry I parked down the street from the construction) it looked great. The paint had been cleansed of the spots as best I could tell. The car was also dry in most places even though it was only the last 5 miles that it wasnít raining. Unfortunately before I could grab the camera it started sprinkling again.




Later in the afternoon I took this shot a little while after another rain passed through. Note the C2 side has beads still on it while the Reload and Permanon do not. Some other factor could have been involved but I canít think what it could be other than the Reload and Platinum released the water easier. (Thatís a good thing) Faster water release means less chance for water spots.





Also of note was that when this vehicle went on a 150-180 mile drive along the border of the Ocala National Forest (Wednesday) it had a run in with a few bugs. It was getting dark by the time I got to her car with the Ultima waterless wash but when I did they came off so easily the fact that I didnít have much light wasnít a problem and the bugs were easily removed. (Note: only certain areas had to have the UWWP applied. The bugs did not cover the whole panel and in fact in most of the upper hood only had a couple so the UWWP was ok to use and has not compromised our durability tests in any way.

Note: When I say compromised what I mean is any possibility of the waterless wash changing any of the properties of dust retention, beading, etc.

The next Vehicle B update will be a short one that shows water sheeting after I wash it.
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VEHICLE B:

In my testing of Reload and other nano coat sprays as stand-alone products Iím finding excellent dust and dirt release properties but I have noticed the sheeting is falling off quicker than expected. It still beads fairly well but sheeting not as much as I had hoped.


Video: Timeline



I was out of eraser when I prepped the vehicles and I think I used IPA so maybe using Eraser before applying these inorganic spray sealants will help. I'm trying that now.



Pictures Car B: (A week after application)

After a late night rain (Early Morning)









Later the same day after the water evaporated.









Pictures Car G: (A few days after application)

This is what my green SL looked like a couple days after re-application of Reload. This time I applied the product more liberally since itís being used as a standalone product.

(A few days after application about 100 miles driven)












7 days after application: Driven 40 miles per day (200 miles total)




Stay tuned for an upcoming ďReload over CQuartzĒ update

One of the vehicles (on which I applied Reload over Cquartz) is in next weekend for a scheduled maintenance wash. Iíll take some pictures and video.
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Top write up buddy-thanks for taking the time
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