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Ceramic Coating

Introduction

Carbon Method ceramic coatings are like adding a nanoscale layer of glass to your piece of furniture. This super-hard layer provides superior protection against UV, water, oil, and chemicals - including the dreaded water ring. These nanofinishes also provide an unparalleled brilliance to the look of your piece, due to how light interacts with this protective ceramic layer.

More than just a finish, ceramic coating is a nanofinish that goes on top of your regular finish, enhancing its protection and appearance. Ceramic coatings are applied by hand, buffed, and allowed to cure.

For maximum protection, the Carbon Method Ceramic coating system uses 2 to 3 layers of "Hard Coat" 9h+ ceramic for wood, followed by at least 2 layers of "Top Coat" 9h ceramic for wood.

Hard Coat provides an ultra-thin, ultra-hard layer of protection between the wood finish and the wear layer. Top Coat acts as a thicker wear layer that provides heat, UV, water, oil, and chemical resistance as well as a stunning appearance.

Welcome to the future of nanofinishing.

Overview

Please read directions thoroughly before beginning application. If you have any questions, video instructions and contact information are available at carbonmethod.com.

Before any surface preparation or application, put on latex or nitrile gloves. Wear gloves during the entire preparation and application process. This prevents transfer of skin oils to the working surface.

Apply in a well-ventilated area. Ensure that the area is controlled to prevent dust or other contaminants.

Place cap on any bottles when not in use.

We recommend that you test the application on a piece of scrap that is finished in the same manner as your desired surface.

Please discard any used applicator pads. Once dried, the material is of course extremely hard, and has many grinding edges when dried into the microfiber applicator. This makes it a real risk for scratching any surfaces it's accidentally applied to, and just isn't worth the risk. Once the material has dried in the applicator, simply discard it and use another.

Before the first layer of application, remove all debris from surface to be treated. If using a rag, do not reuse for later steps, as dust from the cloth may become embedded in the coating.

After dust and particles have been removed, use a second clean cloth, wetted in a cleaning solution, to remove any unseen contaminates. Consult your chosen finish for information on compatible cleaning agents. Wipe the work surface with your cleaning agent, following the grain of the wood. Ensure that the wood is wiped thoroughly.

Prior to Application, make certain the cleaning agent has been fully removed, or has evaporated completely. Applying ceramic coating to a wet surface will cause uneven application and may diminish the overall protection and appearance of your final product.

Choose a working area on the surface less than 9 square feet. If your work surface is greater than 9 square feet, multiple application areas are recommended. If this is your first time applying Carbon Method ceramic coatings, we advise working with smaller areas, around 4 square feet. This will make application easier and help to lower the learning curve with the pace of application.

For additional application areas, overlap existing sections as little as possible while still providing coverage. This overlap can be blended into an even surface in the Leveling / Buffing step of the application process.

Ceramic coatings cure quickly. Hard Coat and Top Coat have a working time of 1 to 5 minutes for each section or layer of application, depending on local humidity and temperature. You will need to allow each layer to cure for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on conditions, before applying the next layer.

Allow 24 hours between the application of Hard Coat and the application of Top Coat.

1. Preparation

Thoroughly shake bottle of Hard Coat or Top Coat ceramic coating.

Wet the center of your applicator with ceramic coating in two parallel lines, making certain to thoroughly saturate your applicator by shaking the bottle, up and down, onto the applicator.

Two parallel lines of ceramic running down the length of the applicator pad.

Add more as needed. Always thoroughly shake bottle before re-saturating the applicator.

2. Application

Create an initial "well line" by applying ceramic coating in a straight line against the grain. Block in your working area by outlining a rectangle with the saturated applicator pad.

Application of ceramic in a square pattern outlining the working area.

The initial application line or "well line" will contain more ceramic coating than following strokes. It is important to draw from this "well line" during the initial layer application, in order to ensure even application.

After the working area has been blocked in, draw the applicator from the well line to the opposite edge of the working area, until ceramic coating has been applied to the entire working area, making certain that no part of the working area is dry of ceramic coating.

Dragging applicator across working area from the well line.

Change directions 90 degrees, and draw the applicator in a pattern perpendicular to the path of the initial application, alternating directions with the application.

Alternating application back and forth across working area.

Continue alternating directions until the surface tension begins to provide a slight resistance. This drag is produced when the solvent begins to evaporate and the product catalyst has started activating.

It is always better to apply too much ceramic coating, as excess material can be addressed during the Leveling / Buffing step. Do not over-work the surface during this stage, as this can lead to scratches and uneven application.

3. Leveling

After the partial cure of 60 to 90 seconds, level the coating by removing excess material. Lightly drag a dry edge of the applicator at a 45-degree angle.

Dragging applicator at a 45 degree angle across working area.

Do not apply pressure at this time. Allow the weight of the applicator to wick the high spots from the work surface. Allow the work area to cure for an additional 60 to 90 seconds prior to buffing.

4. Buffing

Using a clean Carbon Method microfiber cloth, fold the cloth into quarters. Each buffing must be done with a clean portion of the cloth, so continue unfolding a clean quarter of the cloth for each buffing.

Lightly buff the application area, using a circular motion. The application area should begin with a stiff or tacky feel. Through buffing, the application area will gain a slight sheen and resistance will decrease until the surface is slick, as the buffing process is completed - similar to buffing out a paste wax. Do not apply excessive force during the buffing stage, as this may cause uneven areas in the final finish.

5. Additional Sections

Repeat steps 1 through 4, working in up to 9 square foot sections, until the entire surface has been coated, making sure to overlap sections slightly.

6. Blending

Inspect the full application. Any areas that appear glossier than others are called "high spots". This can happen on overlapping areas, areas that were not buffed thoroughly, or from uneven application. "Level It" blending solution for ceramic application will allow you to reflow select areas of your ceramic coating application, ensuring a perfect application every time.

Thoroughly spray "Level It" on a clean buffing cloth, and buff out the high spots.

"Level It" can be applied up to 4 hours after initial application to reflow trouble areas.

7. Application of Additional Coats

Do not reuse applicators, as partially-cured ceramic coating within the applicator may cause scuffing in your surface finish. For future applications, use a fresh side of the applicator pad, or a new applicator.

Allow Hard Coat to cure for 30 to 60 minutes before applying additional layers of Hard Coat by repeating steps 1 through 6. For optimal protection, 2 to 3 layers of Hard Coat are recommended.

After the base layers of Hard Coat have been allowed to cure for 24 hours, Top Coat can be applied, following steps 1 through 6, above. Before applying Top Coat, use a soft rag to remove any dust that has settled.

Allow Top Coat to cure for 30 to 60 minutes before applying additional layers of Top Coat by repeating steps 1 through 6. For optimal protection, 2 layers of Top Coat are recommended. For a glossier finish, add more layers of Top Coat.

Use and Maintenance

After your final layer of Top Coat has been applied, allow fully-coated surface to cure for a minimum of 24 hours. The coatings will continue to harden for up to 7 days. Do not introduce water or any other liquids to a coated surface for at least 24 hours.

For best results, reapply Top Coat every 12 months for home use, and every 4 to 6 months for high-use settings such as restaurants and other work areas. This reapplication will serve to protect your base coat, fill any micro-scratches, and ensure continued protection and performance.

Standard cleaning products can be used on your new finish. For best results, weekly or monthly restoration with "Ceramic Care" ceramic-infused maintenance spray for furniture is recommended.

Storage

Store all products in original packaging, including tubes where applicable. Prevent from freezing.

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