Solution Finish Application Guide
Plastic is one of the most susceptible surfaces on vehicles today, especially when it comes to UV damage. Harsh UV rays will fade out black plastic trim to the point that it looks more like a greyish ghost of its former self. While preventive protectants will save your trim from this faded fate, sometimes it's already too late. If that's the case, there is a much better solution than the oily coverup products you'll find on the market today. That solution is Solution Finish.
What is Solution Finish?
Solution finish isn't an ink, dye, stain, or As Seen on TV" product. Developed to restore, not cover up, Solution Finish uses a unique formulation of a solvent-based modified black carbon to accomplish 3 different jobs while delivering unparalleled results.
The main chemical operations being performed are:
- Dissolving Oxidation - Since Solution finish is solvent-based, it actually dissolves surface oxidation on the plastic. Removing this surface damage is a key reason that Solution Finish can provide lasting results.
- Infusing Carbon The second chemical operation being performed is the infusion of black carbon into the microscopic pores of the plastic. The insertion of black carbon back into the material is what brings the plastic back to its natural appearance.
- Leaving Antioxidants and Light Stabilizers lastly, to add longevity and performance to the application Solution Finish utilizes antioxidants and light stabilizers designed to prevent UV radiation for causing further damage to the trim.
A struggle that many other trim products have is the ability to penetrate the surface of plastics. While plastic is considered a porous material, it is at a microscopic level. Silicone-based products are much larger at the chemical component level and are a little too fat to make it into the material. If you're wondering how Solution Finish is able to do this, don't worry; I'm not going to leave you at the edge of your seat. In the manufacturing process of these components the carbon is milled down 7 times, bringing its size down to that of a virus. From there, it's modified and combined with a penetrating oil that drives it deep into the microscopic pores.
Now that you know what you're working with and how it works, all that's left is how to apply it!
As with any other aspect of detailing, a clean and prepped surface is the key to success. Start by cleaning the vehicle to remove any debris from the surface. Once fully cleaned we can prepare the trim for application.
It's important to note that Solution Finish will not bond to chrome or paint, but it can stain if left there. Therefore, masking off isn't mandatory; however, with this black truck I'm going to proceed with doing so. Mainly because it will be easy to overlook any product that comes in contact with the paint, and because this truck has no paint protection on it at the time of application.
Using a dedicated prep spray or isopropyl alcohol paired with a deep nap microfiber, give the surface a thorough wipe down. If you are working with intricate or detailed plastic a detail brush can help ensure you work your prep solution over the entire surface.
Make sure you dry the surface completely before moving forward with the application. Use a car dryer to ensure no moisture is trapped between the trim and paint or allow it adequate time to dry in direct sunlight.
And since you don't want to infuse yourself with black-carbon make sure you are wearing nitrile gloves to protect your hands. Vigorously shake the bottle to ensure the product is thoroughly mixed before application. Once done, give it one more shake to be sure and then apply a small amount of product to a microfiber applicator. About a dime-sized amount is plenty.
Start working the product into the plastics and all crevices. Be sure to work the product in a straight, even motion to ensure even product distribution. You'll notice that Solution Finish immediately absorbs into the plastic.
Pro-Tip: Use a foam brush to work tight, hard to reach areas.
While in most applications you won't need to stop and allow the product to dissolve the oxidation, it's good to keep this process in mind. Once fully applied, buff away excess product.
Allow four hours for the product to cure. Solution Finish won't wash away or fade if the surface comes into contact with water, however it will diminish the protection of the product and you may see water spotting occur.
As mentioned, Solution Finish does contain protectants built right into the formula. However, if you're one of those guys that likes to bring the protection level to the max, use a ceramic coating designed for trim to maximize longevity!
Now that you know everything about Solution Finish, the only thing left is to pick up a bottle of your own and get your trim back to a better than new finish!