To quickly determine whether your faded, oxidized or sun weathered boat, Caravan, trailer, car, truck, building, sign, vinyl siding or any other property can be restored, you need only supplies that every kitchen already has. You don't have to buy anything from us. Simply clean a small area (just a 3"X3" area) with a Scotch brite pad and Soft Scrub then rinse with water. Dry with a towel. Then apply a small amount of any oil you cook with (olive, canola or peanut oil) to the clean & dry area and see if it doesn't restore the surface fairly well. If it does, Vivilon REALLY will do better and for years rather than just a day or two you can expect from the oil. If it doesn't restore at all, neither will Vivilon.
Almost all cars and trucks today come with a basecoat-clear coat paint system. There is a valid reason for this. The colour coat is protected from UVA and UVB sun radiation which causes fading, discoloration, and loss of gloss by an extra clear shield of clear coat. It is also protected against moisture from rain; and, in a lot of the country, snow which when combined with environmental pollution, forms acid rain to etch away at the surface. Also, it provides protection from salt, sand, abrasion, solvents, biological contaminants, acidic or alkaline substances and chlorides. Finally, there is the acid attack from bird droppings and bugs. Yes, those love bugs, June bugs or whatever kind of bugs you have in your part of the world are highly acidic. As the bug’s exoskeleton explodes upon impact with your vehicle, acidic fluids are imbedded in the surface of the paint.
This is not to say that the clear coat “protective barrier” is not subject to the same or similar types of weathering degradation that the colour has to endure but, it is a very useful tool to slow down (not eliminate but at least retard) the harmful effects of the elements (sun, rain, heat, salt and acid attack) on your paint. So a clear coat protecting the base coat of colour on your car or truck is a good thing.
But, then the question arises, why doesn’t EVERYTHING have a quality clear coat to protect the underlying colour coat? It’s a good question to which there is no good answer. But, that is Where We Come In. We provide state of the art clear coatings that protect as well (or we feel substantially better than premium quality automotive clears) and are wholly compatible with underlying paints, fiberglass gelcoats and vinyl coverings of all kinds. All the colour coats, on all the property out there that need a quality clear coat to restore and protect their finish. That is what Vivilon does, provide the finest clear coating in an easy to use form.
This is a depiction of what a clear coat is and how it protects the surface with explanatory material on each section.
Metal or composite (plastic, fiberglass or other non-metal material).
Anticorrosion coating applied to metal (usually steel) body components.
Used to create an optically uniform base for the colour coat.
Provides a thin (.8-1.25 mils, dry) thick layer of colour which is the primary colour of the vehicle. This layer provides colour only and has little if any physical or chemical protection.
The thickest of all the coatings (applied 1.5-2.25 mils, dry), this layer provides essentially ALL chemical and physical protection for the layers below.
Nanotechnology has been getting a lot of attention for the many diverse fields in which it has promising potential applications to improve; and, in some cases, revolutionize our lives. Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous people who are trying to wrap themselves with credibility by attaching the "Nano" phrase to whatever snake oil they are selling. Much like they have used the word "polymer" before it. A polymer only means something that has many parts. To a coatings chemist, it means nothing more than any two or more individual molecules that have been polymerized into a larger molecular chain. A polymer is neither "good" nor 'bad". Many people are unaware and therefor impressed by anything that is called a polymer. So it goes with the word nanotechnology or anything with "Nano" involved.
Nano simply means small. That's all. Any particle that is measureable in nanometres is a nanoparticle. The REAL benefits of nanotechnology in the coatings field are just beginning to be realized. Many promising developments in strengthening a surface coating with cerium oxide nanoparticles or imparting the time release of biocides for microbial control are fascinating, but experimental.
However, the use of nanoparticles in very small treated surface, light absorbing elements, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, is becoming ever more practical for use in transparent clear coatings. The particle size is only 50-100 nanometres. To put this in perspective, the width of a human hair is 80,000 nm or nanometres across. So, these are REALLY small objects. The eye perceives objects as giving off visible light at about 400nm. A 100 nm or less object is thus, for all practical purposes, invisible and therefor, can be used in a clear coating to give it more UV sunlight absorbing degradation resistance.
To grind these nanoparticles into a stable dispersion is expensive. Which is why very few coating manufacturers use them. We have always taken the contrary view that if a proven technology exists that has a truly beneficial effect on the ability of our coating to withstand UV radiation and extend the life cycle of our coatings, we PAY the PRICE. We put it in.
Because most people have never been introduced to the concept of appearance restoration or appearance maintenance in this way. Most people think that if their property (be it a car, truck, motorhome, trailer, camper, boat, building, home, sign, awning or a hundred other things) is dirty or dingy, the thing to do is, just wash it (or get a new one if you're rich enough). Get out the soap/ detergent with a brush or sponge and a lot of water and make it clean. Or, hire a detailer or pressure washer contractor to do it for you. That will certainly make the property clean.
There must be almost a million waxes, polishes, and glazes that promise they can take even the most dull, faded surface and bring it back to life... colour and shine like new. And, most of them can...sort of, with a lot of wax on-wax off effort. But, why wax every 3-6 months...and do it again, and again if there is something better. All that buffing your life away effort gives you temporary results with only fair to good protection. Eventually, you have to repaint.
Of course, there are several good reasons for repainting. First, you may already be down to where the primer is showing thru. (In fact, repeated waxing will eventually lead to this.) Second, you may have scratches in the surface, flaking, cracking or peeling surface integrity failures. Finally, you may want to change the colour. But, repainting should not be used where the surface is simply dull or faded. Why? Repainting is very time consuming, labour intensive; therefor costly, and will never last as long as the original surface did, (see the Q & A below).
You can wax your cars, trucks, boats, caravans or even signs. But, do you really want to "buff" your house or your building? What about valuable property which cannot be waxed or polished? Things that are not amenable to a waxing because they are too large or the surface doesn't take to the process. That's what got us in to this business. We made a great rub on paint protectant. It lasted longer and protected better than any other product... over a year. But, even a year was way too often. That's why our customers asked us for a semi-permanent solution to appearance restoration and maintenance. One that was quick, easy, relatively inexpensive and would provide unsurpassed lasting protection from any type of weather. So now you don't have to wax, polish or rub on and rub off anymore. And, unless you want to change the colour, you don't even have to repaint anymore. You simply rejuvenate any surface with Vivilon clear coating for lasting beauty and protection, what we call "Beauty and Protection Perfection".
Very much so. But, it's not just clear coat "detailing" to restore appearance to faded surfaces. It's appearance maintenance "detailing" as well. The restoration of a faded surface is the "sizzle" and the appearance protection (from sun damage, acid rain, bug or bird droppings, salt air or simple moisture corrosion) IS the steak. Too many "restoration" companies sell the Sizzle and not the Steak. Because for them, they really have very little or no steak to sell. As we said before, anything (even Mazola corn oil) that re-wets the pigment can have the "miraculous" effect of restoring colour to a faded surface. But, that restoration is only as good as the product used to create it.
The answer is going to surprise you, yes!
- If you want to restore colour, shine and value to any painted surface.
- If you want to protect that surface from any type of weather.
- If you want the best protector from sun induced aging.
- If you want to electrically insulate any surface.
- If you want to protect any surface from marine growth such as barnacles or algae.
- If you want to protect any surface from graffiti.
- If you want to protect any surface from fertilizers, gasoline, diesel fuels or battery acid.
- Or, if you just want to make bugs, dirt and grime easier to rinse off, VIVILON is the best clear coating you can buy.
What? Our word is not good enough?
There is the testing we did in the real world conditions of Galveston Beach where sun, blowing sand, salt air, and chemical fallout failed to damage VIVILON coated panels.
The testing we have done and continue to do in accelerated weathering devices to make sure we always maintain the highest level of performance and use the best raw materials money can buy. For instance, we put into our formulations over eight (8) times the amount of ultraviolet light stabilizers than any other clear coating manufacturer does. These are the additives which give a coating the extra ability to protect from sun-induced damage, both UVA and UVB.
Because of the results from the U.S. Air Force four year test that proved we performed as claimed.
Most definitely! In fact the base-coat has many of the same characteristics as does faded paint. The colours are dull and there is very little shine. It is the clear in the clear coat that gives the base-coat its bright colour and "wet-look" shine.
Automotive clear coats from manufacturers like DuPont, PPG, Sherman Williams, and the list of household names goes on, are excellent products; let there be no mistake about that. We are NOT saying they aren't. It's simply VIVILON has superiority in three key areas.
Sun weathering protection. We believe when compared to these well-known clears, VIVILON applied to a surface that is exposed to the sun, will exhibit approximately 25% - 30% greater longevity without fading or losing its gloss.
One of the "dirty little secrets" of polyurethane chemistry is the incomplete reactivity of the coating. This means to achieve the high density cross- linking that is its hallmark for durability, in simplest terms, Part A, the Polyol molecule has to find Part B, usually the isocyanate molecule. Depending upon the manufacture, the end user mixing of the right proportions of Part A and B, and how well they are blended to form a homogenous fluid, polyurethanes are NEVER fully catalysed or reacted. They achieve 91-97% reacted sites at best. What does it matter? All the unreacted material is not cross-linked and therefor are "weak links". As the saying goes, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. And, the polyurethane chain has these weak links on the surface subject to immediate attack by the sun's radiation and the whole process of photo-oxidation described in our article Why Paint Fades. Polyurethanes, have excellent heavy alkali and strong acid resistance. They are also very impact resistant. But, unless you expect your property to be doused with extreme acids, alkalis or impacted in some way, we think polyurethanes remain a very good to excellent product but NOT as good as Vivilon.
Convenience. Our products are single-stage which means they do not have to be mixed and are infinitely usable as long as they are kept in an air-tight container. They can be used and re-used for 10 years or more without any dilution in their protective qualities. Compare that to the automotive clears which are two-part polyurethane. That means you must mix part A and part B very carefully to produce the coating you are going to apply and, you only have a limited time to apply the coating before it becomes unusable, usually less than two hours. An industry study found that approximately 10% of all the two-part polyurethanes used are discarded as waste. It's your money; do you want to throw it away?
Toxicity. The isocyanates that are used to cross-link urethanes are extremely toxic. Some of you might be too young to know or remember a town in India called Bhopal. The release of one isocyanate, called methylisocyanate, caused one of the greatest industrial disasters there in 1984. That's why sprayers have to have full body "spacesuits" to protect them. Even Tough Enough needs only a simple respirator for protection. That's as "toxic" as we get.
For a rough idea of whether the surface that you want to restore can be improved with the use of VIVILON, all you have to do is clean a 12" x 12" area; and while it is wet, look at how it appears. If it has darker colour and/or is brighter and shiny when wet, then it is a good candidate for VIVILON restoration.
VIVILON can be applied by all methods of spraying; conventional, HVLP (high volume-low pressure), LVLP (low volume-low pressure), airless, turbine and electrostatic. Also, it can be applied by rolling it on with a short nap solvent resistant roller, brushed on, and, our newest product, Vivilon ForeverNu is optimized for easy wipe on application by hand. We can even formulate the coatings to have a snap dry air cure for dip coating applications in factory settings.
No, as long it is kept in a closed container when not in use, the shelf life is unlimited. If you are interrupted while applying VIVILON, finish off the area that is being applied to a natural break point, pour the unused VIVILON back into its original container and you can resume its application later.
On painted metal exposed to sunlight, VIVILON will last 5-10 years. On fiberglass, motor homes, boats, trailers, etc., VIVILON will last three (3) to five (5) years above the surface, and two (2) to three (3) years below water. This is because a submerged part of a boat is subjected to abrasion from the boat traveling through water. On brass, copper, bronze, stainless steel, etc., VIVILON will last five (5) to ten (7) years outside and in the sun. Inside or shaded from the sun, like on porch ceiling fans, for example, VIVILON will retain its appearance indefinitely. On airplanes, VIVILON will retain protection for 3-7 years. While doing nothing will get you the lower end range of life, just washing the surface regularly will almost double the service life of Vivilon. You don't have to wax it; but, Vivilon definitely likes to be kept clean 🙂
The easiest way to tell when re-application needs to be done is when the surface starts to lose its shine and the colour turns a shade or two lighter than it was immediately after the application. This is not a problem; it's a normal part of the life cycle of paint. Remember, VIVILON extends the life cycle; it doesn't eliminate it. The key is to do the re-application when you first notice these changes in appearance. The process of re-application is quite simple since the material does not need to be stripped off or removed. Because VIVILON is self-annealing (meaning it can bond to itself), all that is required is to clean the surface and reapply the product. You now have the same weather barrier protection you had on the first application.
Of course, as we said before, VIVILON is just another type of automotive clear, baking it on makes it harder and glossier. In some factories where it is used as a dip coating, the part coated is immediately sent through a heated oven or exposed to infrared light to achieve this optimal, hard glossy coating.
Certainly. VIVILON is just as easy work with as any other automotive clear. You can apply two to four coats, then buff it with 1500 polishing compound until the depth of gloss appears to be an utterly amazing foot deep. One paint shop owner didn't have any compound to polish with, so he just used some regular wax. He said the gloss was like a mirror and he could see every whisker on his face.
Obviously, there is no need to repaint a surface that is just faded. The only time you need to repaint with a pigmented coating is when there is paint missing due to a scratch, paint that is peeling, or has other structural problems. VIVILON is usually less expensive, easier and faster to do, and you can also achieve longer lasting results than repainting. The main problem with repainting is that you won't have the same baked on painted surface that you had from the factory with the original finish, except in the case of an auto body shop, where they have heat in the form of infrared lights or direct heating equipment to achieve a baked on finish. There is simply no way that an air dried pigmented paint will have the same results as VIVILON. Why? Because VIVILON only reconditions the cosmetics on the surface of the paint. It does not add the thickness of a separate coat of paint to it. In an air-dried situation, this difference can mean a painted surface may blister, crack or peel, and ruin the appearance of the surface. So if the surface is merely faded or dull, refinishing with VIVILON crystal clear coating is by far the optimal choice over repainting with a pigmented paint, no matter how good that paint is.
VIVILON is ideally applied in temperatures ranging from approximately 10°C up to 32°C. However, they can be applied in temperatures a few degrees colder or hotter if a fast or retarder solvent is added to them. The effect of adding a solvent to the coating is to prevent sagging of the coating on a cold day, or having the coating flash off and have coating imperfections on a hot day. (A list of appropriate solvents that are compatible with VIVILON is available by contacting us directly.)
There is also the subject of relative humidity to be considered in addition to ambient temperature. All coatings, not just VIVILON, should be applied when the dew point is at least 7-10 degrees below ambient temperature. Dew point is different than relative humidity, although closely related, and both are reported by most good weather information sites. For those who care to understand these concepts and what it means to a coatings performance when spraying outdoors, we provide a brief explanation for your consideration.
Relative Humidity expresses how much moisture is in the air, as a percentage of the total moisture the air can contain at the current temperature. For example, if the air has all the water vapour that it can contain at a given temperature, the relative humidity is 100%; if the air has only half of the vapour that it can contain at a given temperature, the relative humidity is 50%. Therefore, for a given amount of water vapour in the air, the relative humidity will change inversely with temperature: as the temperature drops, the air becomes relatively more saturated, and the relative humidity goes up. The dew point temperature may be thought of as the temperature at which water would condense from the air, if the air mass were cooled. In general, when the relative humidity is high (the air is nearly saturated with moisture) the dew point will be close to the air temperature. At 100% RH, the dew point is equal to the air temperature. When the relative humidity is low, the dew point is much lower than the air temperature. If the amount of water in the air remains constant, the dew point will be steady, even as the temperature changes. Conversely, if the dew point is rising, more moisture is being absorbed by the air. The warmer the air, the more water vapour it can contain, and the cooler the air, the less water vapour it can contain. (This is the reason moisture will condense on a cold glass or other cold object: as the air near the object cools, it reaches the point where it cannot contain all the water which it held at a warmer temperature, and some moisture "falls out" of the air.) The reason dew point is important is because we don't want the surface, while partially wet, to be contaminated with water moisture. That is why we advise the seven to ten (7-10) point temperature difference between air and dew point temperature. Having said all that, there is one other thing to be considered when spraying outside: what is the temperature of the surface that you are applying VIVILON to. Even at a comfortable 21°C air temperature, the temperature of the surface that you are spraying, if it is metal for example, can easily reach 38°C in direct sunlight. So, if a surface is too hot to comfortably place your hand on it for more than a few seconds, it is probably too hot to apply the coating.
Yes, glass that is seen through, mirror surfaces, real chrome (as opposed to "fake" chrome) should be masked off with paper, wax or hand-held shield. Also, in the case of VIVILON Classic and VIVILON Tough Enough, any surface that is sensitive to solvents is not a surface to which these products should be applied. VIVILON Envirolon is water based and therefore, is the proper product to use on surfaces like vinyl siding, solvent-sensitive plastics, EIFS ( Dry-Vit) siding, and brick on homes more than 15 years old. Vinyl Life should be used on any Flex face, vinyl or canvas awnings.
If you have a question about whether you should use Classic, Tough Enough, or Envirolon, on any particular surface other than those listed, you could of course call us, or use a more direct solution. Get some xylene solvent from your local hardware store, pour some on a cloth, and apply it to an inconspicuous part of the surface in question. This tests whether the surface, like some plastics used in the sign business, is solvent tolerant.
On a car, truck, or boat as a general rule of thumb, it is good to wait at least one year on any new object because if the paint fails, it going to fail in that time period and should be the subject of a warranty claim against the manufacturer. At the end of the year, it is very prudent to apply VIVILON to the surface. What we are doing is NOT putting new pigmented paint on a surface, but rather, restoring and protecting the paint that is already there. Typically a new paint job will have approximately 3 mils of dry coating on them. In the case of Gelcoat on fiberglass surfaces, the thickness is approximately 7-15 mils. Obviously, the greater the thickness of the paint when you apply VIVILON, the more times you can do the VIVILON restoration process. Because, the amount of paint you take off in cleaning will be about .5 mil; the same .5 mil as you are applying when you restore it with VIVILON. So, let us say there is still 2 mils of paint when you start the VIVILON process, you can do that process approximately 2 more times and still have paint left. If VIVILON lasts a minimum of 5 to over 10 years each time, that means you have approximately 10-20 years extended service life for the paint before you have to repaint with a pigmented coating.
VIVILON is uniquely designed to restore and protect almost any surface, be it metal, fiberglass, plastic or vinyl; that covers a lot of territory. Because VIVILON is useful across so many industries and vocations, we admittedly haven't even scratched the surface. Our hope is you'll try VIVILON and once you see for yourself what beautiful results it provides, you'll tell a friend and continue the tradition that we have had in relying on word of mouth referrals for a great percentage of new business.
We are open to discussing dealerships, distributorships or licensing agreements for our paint restoration and protection products with qualified interested parties.
Yes, on glass which is usually the area most concerned with improper application, we recommend using ordinary car wax to protect the glass, then the use of a razor blade scraper will take off the dry wax with any VIVILON over spray on it. If you haven't used any form of masking, you can remove the VIVILON coating by means of xylene or toluene for up to several days. In the case of Envirolon, a wet rag will remove over spray initially because the product is water based. If it’s been on longer, use of NMP will remove the overspray. Because all VIVILON products are formulated to give protection against acids and other chemicals, after the product is cured it will be difficult, but not impossible, to remove. Call us for directions if you happen to encounter this problem.
Yes, we now have formulations of ALL VIVILON products that come as full gloss, semi-gloss, satin or matte finish. Our Envirolon is our only product that comes normally as a semi-gloss for use on vinyl siding, brick, stucco, HardiPlank cement fibre siding, dry-vit or EIFS siding or stone siding to restore the original colour to like new condition but NOT leave a high gloss shine.