CARPRO Essence: EXTREME Gloss Primer 1 Liter (34oz)
The Future of Gloss...
CARPRO is turning the wheels of innovation once again!! CARPRO Essence is a unique blend of nano-tech quartz, high gloss durable resins, and fine abrasives that are blended together at a microscopic level to form something truly ground breaking! CARPRO Essence leaves an amazing high gloss finish with semi-permanent fillers and protective capabilities all built in!
Paired with a CARPRO Microfiber Cutting Pad Essence is capable of unexpected cutting power, while a CARPRO Gloss Pad armed with Essence provides gloss we could only dream of until now! But this is not simply a polish…
In less than the time you take to polish a car with conventional products, CARPRO Essence is capable of removing swirls, building your clear coat thicker, leaving higher gloss, and laying down a semi-permanent coat of protection! Oh… and it wipes off like a dream!
Essence also leaves a perfectly smooth, deep, reflective, primed layer to build on with CQUARTZ or CARPRO Reload! The primer attribute in Essence makes application of CQUARTZ easier than ever and bonds together seamlessly, forming a shell of extreme gloss and protection!
- Primes surface for CQUARTZ or CARPRO Reload.
- Produces extremely high gloss.
- Semi-permanent filling capabilities.
- Adds layer of SiO2 protection.
- Use with D/A, rotary, or by hand.
- Wash, decontaminate, compound and prep vehicle for polishing.
- Shake well.
- For more cut use CARPRO Microfiber Cutting Pad and prime well.
- For finicky and soft paints use Microfiber Pad.
- For maximum gloss use sparingly with CARPRO Gloss Pad.
- Spread evenly across section on low speed.
- Polish on medium speed.
- Clean pad often.
- Clean pads ands towels immediately after use.
- Do not ingest.
- Keep out of reach of children.
Questions & Answers:
1 - What is CARPRO Essence?
CARPRO Essence is a semi-permanent SiO2 extreme gloss enhancer, finishing polish, primer, and coat in one.
2- Do I have to use Eraser between Essence and CQUARTZ?
Theoretically speaking you could skip use of Eraser if Essence was properly used via machine BUT it is hard to measure if you polished the lubricants in the Essence down far enough and so we do recommend using Eraser to be 100% safe. If possible, wait at least an hour after Essence before using Eraser.
3 - How long does CARPRO Essence last?
We expect 1 year on its own BUT we recommend applying Reload or CQUARTZ over top for the much better hydrophobics and dirt resistance. This will provide 115+ deg contact angle instead of 90 deg contact angle (not so good) with Essence alone.
4 - So, I can use Essence with CQUARTZ?
Yes, any CQUARTZ coating and any of our CARPRO Nano Sealants like Reload will work great.
5 - How does it work if you use it between the paint and CQUARTZ?
It bonds to the paint, the CQUARTZ bonds to it and merges. The SiO2/resin in it are heat activated by the machine polishing process. If using by hand or in very cold temps you should Eraser the vehicle before coating.
6 - So, if this has SiO2 quartz protection inside it why are you guys telling me to top it with Reload or CQUARTZ?
Great question! The protection is there as we stated BUT the contact angle of the water beads and the dirt repellency is not very good/not on par with Reload or CQUARTZ.
7 - Is CARPRO Essence super easy to use?
Yes, usually extremely easy! It is but there are always other variables. As always there can be a little learning curve on some paints. If you run into a paint where it seems to stick a bit then you need to change your pad type and or your machine speed, arm speed, or pressure.
- On very soft paints especially (because it sticks to soft paint easier) consider the following method:
- Use a microfiber pad.
- Spread super fast on speed 1.
- Raise speed to about 3-4 depending on the machine.
- Using minimal pressure (about a pound or so + weight of machine) use VERY slow arm movement across the section and go only one single pass.
Finally for some paints, consider faster arm movement with half bites into the section, backing up, and then moving forward to avoid any sticking of product.
8 - What if I leave a spot that seems like the Essence stuck to it?
Simply apply a dot of Essence on the area, run over it with fast arm speed, and immediately wipe off the residue. It may simply wipe off with a suede and a dot of Essence as well.
9 - When should I wipe off the residue?
On some paints you could actually leave it there an hour and it is still super easy to wipe off. On soft or porous paints we recommend wiping off immediately after each section.
10 - What about my pads... Do I need to clean them after use to avoid them becoming "crispy" with SiO2?
Yes, clean your pads very well with APC/water after use. During use it doesn’t harden due to the repeated saturation of more Essence on the pad.
11 - What about my microfiber wiping towels?
Yes, wash your towels well or soak them after use if you can’t place them in the washer soon after.
12 - So what are the biggest benefits to using CARPRO Essence?
There are a LOT of applications and benefits where Essence excels beyond anything previously available.
- Gloss on another level.
- Hours saved per vehicle.
- Ease of finishing even the most difficult paints.
- Thickening of the coating (Essence builds a glossy and reflective quartz coat) which bonds with the paint and merges with CQUARTZ or Reload if we apply it after Essence.
- PPF… We all know its not the best looking means of protection… so this was a really cool find… PPF and clear bras LOVE CARPRO Essence! The clarity and gloss of PPF is VERY visibly enhanced when Essence is used on top.
13 - How much cut is in Essence? How large are the abrasive?
Essence uses the same abrasives from Reflect but less of them. However, due to the viscosity and balance of a number of other ingredients we do see an unexpected amount of cut on some paints (especially when paired with a Microfiber Cutting Pad).
14 - Is this some kind of marketing nonsense?
15 - Can I use CARPRO Essence without compounding first?
That depends… certainly you can and certainly it will produce excellent gloss. As for durability this would be theoretically ill-advised. On many paints it will also cut FAR more than you can imagine in concert with a Microfiber Cutting Pad. As far as how durable it will be and what your goal is you should compound first to remove oxidation and scratches.
In other words if the paint is not in good condition or is oxidized and you want to have long term protection then you SHOULD compound first.
As for the finish and deeper swirls… that is what test sections are for – when choosing if Essence provides the cut you desire.
16 - What about Essence topped with CARPRO Hydro2? Or Hydrofoam?
Yes, in this case I would advise that you wait until the vehicles next visit or anytime after 5 days to apply Hydro2 or wash with Hydrofoam. In my experience using Essence and then maintaining with CARPRO Hydrofoam = Magic.
17 - How long until it can get wet?
1 hour before you should allow release into water. BUT remember we are applying Reload or CQUARTZ over the top so if CQUARTZ is the choice for topping then CQUARTZ will still need its cure time to avoid water spots.
18 - If my car already is in good condition... recent decon, polishing, and now has wax on it can I simply use Essence? Or do I need to strip the existing protection first?
This I'm not sure... A little too many variables - with some wax, sealants, and the right pad and pad cleaning etc it would be fine BUT I wouldn't risk it. I would kill the wax off well with strong Iron X Snow Soap cleaning, then proceed. We may update this after we have enough field testing to prove otherwise.
19 - What is the shelf life expectancy?
20 - Should I strip existing protection if paint is in great shape to apply Essence?
Yes, I would strip the wax or sealant as a minimum prep step.
21 - How much should I apply? Like a polish... or sparingly like a coating?
More like a polish. For using the CARPRO Gloss pad we apply sparingly for most paints. With Microfiber Pad we use more.
22 - How far will the 5oz bottle go?
2-5 cars depending on the goal, the paint, the pad, and more
23 - Can Essence be used as sort of a paint prep product on a well corrected vehicle that already has CQUARTZ and/or Reload on it, then follow with CQUARTZ and/or Reload again?
Yes, you can use it to "heal" a damaged existing CQUARTZ coating. Keep in mind that it's possible to damage some of the existing CQUARTZ hydrophobic surface when you "heal" any micro marring with Essence but if you are coating again over the top then it should be a moot point. If you are not coating again over the top then you are trading - fixing the light marring for a less hydrophobic and dirt repellant surface.
24 - Does this have to be used with CQUARTZ or Reload or can I use something else as a LSP or do I even need to worry about using a LSP?
We believe you can use a lot of different LSP that work well with this. We haven't tested others products with it so not positive the results but that is our estimate. I would wait a bare minimum of an hour if applying a sealant or wax with high solvent content in it. You might test that further before doing an entire car to see if an hour is enough. I know one of our friends is planning on moving to Essence as their prep for their high grade Carnauba Wax service. After they have tested thoroughly I will try to remember to update here. Also see Q&A # 3.
25 - What color foam pad is recommended for this? I despise MF Pads.
Long answer - This is a tough one to answer (so many variables again)... It will work with any foam pad really BUT depending on the paint you may have more or less luck with different pads. The issue is this "sticking" the product seems to do on some paints (more in certain environments) On a Microfiber Pad that seems to be a much shorter learning curve to avoid. I personally tested on Meguiar's Microfiber Pad (both cutting and finishing, CARPRO Gloss Pads, Orange Buff & Shine, and Scholl Concepts Spider Pads (worked well) and a yet to be mentioned pad...
26 - How do I use CARPRO Essence?
Please read the instructions on the bottom of the description page of Essence, see our application video on the video tab, and visit our forum www.CARPROForum.com
27 - Still unsure if Essence is the right polish for you?
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