SOLVENT AND NON-SILICONE DRESSING
PRODUCT CODE: 167
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When detailing a vehicle, producing results correctly, safely, and effectively is crucial, especially in the professional detailing industry.
Dressings and protectants are liquid products designed to shine and protect vinyl and rubber surfaces; assisting to repel water and resist detergents. A shine agent (e.g., silicone, mineral oil, or glycerin) is delivered to the rubber or vinyl surfaces using a carrier that evaporates once applied. The carriers used for water-based and solvent-based dressings and protectants is what differs. For solvent-based dressings and protectants the carrier is a blend of solvents; while for water-based dressings and protectants the carrier is water.
Solvent based dressings and protectants are typically more durable than water-based dressings and protectants. This is a result of solvents causing the pores of rubber and vinyl to open, enabling the shine agent to penetrate the surface. Shine agents in water-based dressings and protectants remain on the surface, and commonly rinse off more readily. Due to Auto Valet advanced formulation technology the AQUA SHIELD and ENCHANTER ULTIMATE water-based dressings and protectants provide comparable durability to solvent-based dressings.
Solvent based dressings and protectants are best used for vehicle exterior applications such as tires, mouldings, bumpers, vinyl trim, and vinyl tops. Due to flammability, solvent-based dressings and protectants are not to be used to dress engine compartments. If solvent-based dressings and protectants are used for interior applications, care must be taken as repeated applications to surfaces exposed to direct sunlight (i.e., dashboards) can lead to cracking. Solvent based dressings and protectants can stain certain fascia’s, if used incorrectly.
Water based dressings and protectants can be used for both interior and exterior applications; and are most commonly used for interior applications over solvent-based products. Use water-based dressings and protectants on areas that are made with rubber, vinyl, leather, and wood (includes engine compartments).
There are currently five (5) Auto Valet solvent based dressings and protectants available.
Fascia staining is when the plastic vehicle panels are stained with the mixture of solvent and carbon black, slung onto them from freshly dressed tires.
The exact cause of the staining is unclear; however, this problem exists industry-wide and some viable causes could include: tire mold release agents, and clearcoat flex agents.
Sling-off from freshly dressed tires may cause permanent staining of some plastic panels.
Correct application of solvent based dressings and protectants is critical to minimize the risk of staining. To prevent permanent staining of plastic panels, do not drive the vehicle until excess product has been wiped off, especially where the tire contacts the rim. Dressing alone will not cause staining. Always carefully read and follow all directions of solvent based dressings and protectants.