It was finally time for the truck to get some protection from the elements, as winter had finally rolled in. Salt, sand, and whatever other raw elements of hell were about to be beating my paint into submission, and I wasn’t about to stand idly by. As a bit of an “old school” detailer of sorts, I am pretty skeptical about today’s (and yesterday’s) miracle coatings. I prefer nothing than spending a nice overcast afternoon in the driveway, rubbing on a nice heavy layer of carnuba wax. It’s like therapy to me. HOWEVER, even I can’t resist progress. So I decided I would give one of today’s modern coatings a try. My truck is a 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport in cement Grey, with 5,900 miles on it. The entire nose, headlights, front of the mirrors, door edges, and tailgate edge are covered in Paint Protection Film. I put a coating of Chemical Guys Jet Seal on the truck back in May of this year, when I purchased the truck. As I expected, the Jet Seal didn’t hold up to the hype. It is an industry standard very basic, synthetic sealant. It is nothing like the avaiation industry sealants that are actually tested to be so slick, they can increase the efficiency of a jetliner. By this point, 6 months later, there was absolutely no sealant remaining in the truck. For all intents and purposes, the paint was bare. I washed the truck with Chemical Guys Stripper Suds because well, everyone loves the classic scent of Stipper. Then I wiped the car down with my own panel wipe mixture of IPA, Dawn, and Water. The paint was in very good condition with no visible flaws, chips, scratches, or other contaminants.
Ok, now I’m going to get this out of the way now. I did not correct the finish prior to applying Beadmaker. Yes, proper procedure would be to fully correct or at the very least, hit the paint with my Rupes and a OneStep polish of some sort to assure a clean surface, but I wanted this to be more realistic. Not everyone has a shop full of detailing tools at their disposal and I wanted this to be a little more of an honest review.
First step is to assure that you have 2 separate, good quality microfiber towels handy. One is going to need to be quite wet/saturated with Beadmaker, meaning you’ll need a fresh, dry towel to do the buff. Working one panel at a time, I sprayed a liberal amount of Beadmaker on my folded microfiber, then sprayed enough Beadmaker on the panel to get maybe, one or two runs down the panel. You don’t need to soak the panel, but don’t be shy, specially if this is your first application. Rub out (hehe) the Beadmaker and work it onto the panel in straight lines, making damn sure to cover the entire area you’re working with, wiping over it at least 5-10 times. No big pressure, no huffing and puffing. Just wipe back and forth over the whole panel 5-10 times. Let it sit for a minute or a little less to tooth and start to ‘cross link’ then wipe off. As easy as that. I will say this, for the first 10-15 minutes, my truck had a bit of a weird feel. Not quite tacky, not quite smooth. But being as how it was only 50 degrees in my shop, I feel this delay in the initial cure was my fault, not the product’s.
I will say this, after initial curing, the P&S Beadmaker is very slick. No, it’s not some new and never before felt texture. It doesn’t feel much different that when you first wipe off Meguiars Sythetic Sealant 2.0. BUT, what does seem to have happened over the first 12 hours is that it somehow got slicker. When I was done applying it last night, it felt good, but pretty ‘average’ for a standard sealant. This morning, it feels pretty nice. Like, the best sealant I’ve felt. Again, not like we’re rubbing a polished sheet of Teflon here. It just feels like really nice smooth, well protected paint.
Lets see see how it performs in the weather! Updates to come soon.