Professional-grade ceramic (Si02) coating
Can last up to one year on the vehicle surface
Adds depth and provides a "wet" appearance
Can layer to provide more depth and gloss
Can withstand automatic drive-through car washes with little to no degradation of the actual coating
Use on paint protection films and vehicle wraps
Cures in a few hours
Safe for all painted surfaces, chrome, trim, wheels, tonneau covers, and exterior plastics
Element Shield is an actual ceramic coating that does not contain wax. Many ceramic coatings on the market are “hybrids” or include such a minimal amount of ceramic that the coating does not provide a substantial barrier against the elements.
Element Shield will replace your current wax or sealant applied to the vehicle surface. We recommend polishing before applying Element Shield, and you cannot apply Element Shield on top of a wax or sealant. Use polish to remove any minor defects on the vehicle surface before applying Element Shield.
How to Use:
Element Shield is extremely easy to apply, and anyone can use it. The most crucial step is to start with a spotless surface. It is VITAL that you clay bar the surface and then proceed with an isopropyl alcohol wipe down. This step is essential because if the surface is not extremely clean, you will significantly compromise Element Shield's longevity.
Proceed with your standard washing procedures to remove any heavy debris from all the exterior surfaces. Remember not to use a car shampoo that contains wax or any other drying aids that have wax because our primary goal is to remove any wax, sealant, and contamination on the vehicle surface.
After your washing and drying process is complete, proceed with the clay bar process. You can either rewash the vehicle to provide the lubrication you need for the clay bar or use a quick detailer/cleaner such as our Minimal.
The difference between the above two methods will be beneficial to individual users. While using soap on each section of the vehicle with the clay bar can be faster, it limits the ability to see the vehicle surface through the car wash solution. Using a product such as Greenway's Minimal will allow the user to see the vehicle surface and remove the contamination. Depending on how severe your contamination is on the vehicle's exterior will significantly determine what type of process you choose. The result is to ensure the removal of all contamination particles from the clear coat surface.
After the clay bar process is complete, spray each surface with isopropyl alcohol (91%) and wipe away with a microfiber towel. That panel should be completely free of paint contamination and any waxes or sealants on the surface. Feel the panel, and while it should feel smooth, any slickness that was once present should be now gone. Complete all non-coated surfaces in this method.
In our opinion, this is an optional stage. While polishing will remove your minor defects from the vehicle surface, Element Shield will still work without polishing the vehicle. Since this is an actual ceramic coating, the coating is free of wax or polymers that fill the surface to provide a swirl-free appearance while sacrificing its longevity. This stage will change the vehicle surface's final appearance, but not how long the coating lasts on the surface. Many lighter vehicles in colors such as white and silver, sometimes are challenging to see swirl marks, light marring, or other minor defects unless the car is placed in the correct light at a certain angle.
If you want to have the best possible results, using a product such as our Critical Correction, Critical Finish, Flash Knockdown, or any other Greenway’s polishes and compounds would still allow Element Shield to adhere to the surface. Never use a polish, glaze, or compound that contains wax or sealant!
Make sure to start your application process in a shady and covered area. Since the coating does take a few hours to cure fully, you do not want the vehicle to get wet for approximately 6-8 hours.
Spray a small mist of the product on a microfiber towel or applicator. Apply to the vehicle surface and the product “flash” for approximately 1-2 minutes. You might see a rainbow appearance, which is perfectly fine as the coating begins to cure. After 1-2 minutes have passed, wipe down with a soft microfiber towel. This panel is complete, and you can proceed to the next panel.
We recommend always work in a 2 foot by 2-foot section. This way, you can easily watch the coating as it dries to wipe down the panel before proceeding to the next. You can even set a timer for each panel to become more aware of when to proceed with that panel's wipe down.
Coat the entire vehicle in the process mentioned above.
Using any of Greenway's premium soaps is an excellent way to maintain the vehicle surface. Using household dish detergents or other harsh cleaning agents is not recommend for the coating. While the coating is very resistant to many detergents, certain ingredients can shorten the coating's lifespan. Using Greenway's RMB is the optimal choice for extending the life of the coating. RMB will add gloss and a thin layer of ceramic every time you wash your vehicle. RMB is concentrated, cost-effective, and speeds up the drying process.
Since your vehicle is coated, no waxing or hand-applied sealants are now necessary to use. If you decide to remove the coating, it will require removing the coating by machine polishing using a light correcting cream or a microfiber hand application. While Element Shield is exceptionally durable; removal is much easier than the long term (3 plus year) coatings. An easier removal process allows the end-user to try different combinations of polishes before applying the coating. Trying different combinations of polishes can alter the appearance of your vehicle once it is coated. Using Element Shield is also an excellent way to provide long term protection without spending 1,000 dollars or more on a professionally applied coating.
Make sure to inform customers of the dry time. Dry time is crucial to allow the coating to cure fully.
Multiple layers can be applied for a better appearance and help extend longevity.
Inform customers on how to maintain the coating.
Ensure you are performing a correction phase before applying that the correcting cream or polish does not contain any wax or sealant.
Inform and show customers any defects on the vehicle surface before the application. It is essential to make the customer understand that this is not a filler type product but an actual coating that does not mask paint defects. A customer might then decide if professional polishing is within their budget.