Over the last number of years, Chemical Guys have established a worldwide name in the car care, car wash and detailing industry. It is safe to say that their products ( Which can be found in over 50 countries!) are well known and recognized by both professional detailers and amateur car cleaning in enthusiasts across the world. I have always been a huge fan of their products and usually have quite a lot of their gear in my detailing artillery.
I am ashamed to say that I got to try one of their most famous products only recently -, it has been a long time coming but I was super excited to try it out for the first time. I was walking around my local detailing supplies shop when I spotted it out of the corner of my eye and could not help but pick up a bottle to try out, as I have heard so many good things about it throughout the years.
I had only just waxed my car last weekend using natty’s paste wax, so I decided to try it out on my girlfriend’s black Volkswagen Polo instead. Here is how it went – let’s start from the beginning.
What is Chemical Guys Black Light?
Whenever I talk to someone about chemical guys black light, a lot of people have different opinions of what the product is or what it can be used for. is it a Polish? Is it wax? Is it a sealant? If you read the description of the product as given by chemical guys themselves, it is not very clear at first glance.
“Black Light Radiant Finish is crafted and formulated especially for car lovers who aim for the smoothest, sharpest and wettest reflection possible with strong durability, ease of application and anti-static property.
It has a fully synthetic nano blended formulation with a massive emulsion of gloss enhancers coupled with the new bi – blend technology that leaves one crazy slick finish”
One thing was for certain before I used it, I was expecting a lot of gloss! It turns out that chemical guys blacklight is a bit of an all in one product. it is both a gloss enhancer and a sealant. I have seen some people claim that Black Light contains very fine abrasives in the formula to help clean and lightly polish the surface while it’s adding gloss and protection, but I have my doubts.
I suspect given its formulation, it would act as more of a filler for swirl marks rather than something that would permanently correct them.
If I wanted to permanently correct the paint, I would reach for a machine polisher and a dedicated polish for the job. However, if a full correction wasn’t in your budget, something like chemical guys blacklight might just do the trick! I’ve seen some friends worn-out cars get the quick application of Black Light, and have been stunned by the difference that it made in such a short amount of time. Below is a picture of the little VW Polo before the application – not in the worst shape by any means, but it could do with a bit of an enhancement! – It was time to get to work!
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How to use Chemical Guys Black Light
There are two options when it comes to applying chemical guys blacklight.
1)Using a DA Polisher ( The method I tried this time as this is the way it was recommended to me )
The easiest and quickest way to get this product on your paint is by using a Dual Action Polisher with a soft finishing pad. Using this method you will be able to spread the product around the car with relative ease. I used it with chemical guys 6.5-inch black pad because I already had one laying around.
Put the speed of the polisher on 3.5~4, and apply just a couple of pea-sized drops to the pad. Quickly spread it around with the machine on, and then slow down your arm movement a bit to work it in evenly. You don’t have to work it like you would a polish…you’re simply going over the area long enough to provide a cleaning of the paint and getting an even coverage of the product. 2 small drops can do a working area of about a half of a door (a little goes a long way with blacklight). I used a light pressure when working it around the car
Black Light only needs about 15 minutes to cure ( you can certainly leave it a bit longer than this, but this is the minimum time I would recommend ).On application, I left it for about 20 to 25 minutes just to be sure. Buffing off the product was quite straightforward and it came off pretty damn easy, a lot easier than I expected which was a pleasant surprise If you wish to apply a second coat of chemical Guys Blacklight, give it another 30 minutes. after wiping it down. ( Note, always use blacklight as the first product onto the paint, you don’t want to put this on after you have already waxed the car. If you want to wax the car to add a layer of protection, do this AFTER you have applied the blacklight )
Now, if you don’t have a DA polisher, you can most certainly apply chemical guys blacklight by hand, which I think I will try for the next application on my car.
2.Applying Chemical guys Blacklight by Hand
For those who don’t own or use a DA polisher, Black Light can easily be applied by hand with a simple foam applicator. Just remember that a little goes a long way. Just work your way around the car with the applicator, the same way you would spread wax or any other type of sealant.
Chemical Guys Black Light Results
I must say that I was stunned by the results of this product. as you can see from the pictures below of the black car that was applied to it left it with a very deep and wet looking finish to the paint as if it had just been through a full paint correction! Wow! I was expecting a glossy finish before I use the product but this blew away all my expectations and couldn’t believe the results it achieved in such a short space of time. The pictures from my crappy camera don’t do it Justice
Some great reflections from a mirror-like finish!
Overall I must say I was pretty impressed with the finish and was pleasantly surprised with chemical guys blacklight I knew the stuff had a great reputation and I was not disappointed with the result. I am looking forward to trying it on my car and excited to see how it looks on blue paint.
Will this stuff remove swirls? It has covered up the light swirling that this car had on the paint, but I would be surprised if it lasts, as I’m sure that when this product starts to wear off and deteriorate the swirls will be visible again but let’s wait and see
Chemical Guys Blacklight Protection / Longevity
As chemical guys blacklight is more of a glossy sealant than a dedicated protectant, I am not expecting heaps of longevity with this product. From what I hear, this stuff works well with chemical guys jet seal layered on top of it to lock in that glossy look with some extra protection. And this application though, I am only going to use the backlight as I want to see how much protection this product offers on its own. I’m going to wait a few weeks and report back and the durability of this product
Chemical Guys Blacklight Final Thoughts & Verdict
There is no denying that this is a great product and I am very impressed after the first time using it. I was a bit sceptical at first as it was rather expensive for a sealant but given the results achievable it is worth that little bit extra. an application a little goes a long way so I’m sure that this bottle will last me quite a while.
The glossy finish that is achievable is undeniable and it is a perfect product if you want to have that glossy wet look on your car’s paint! Well done Chemical Guys! Chemical Guys Black Light is one of the great products available out there in the market, and it most definitely gets my seal of approval.
Curing Time 7/10
Buff Off / Removal 9/10
Overall Score 8/10
Chemical Guys Blacklight Where to Buy?
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Until next time, Happy Detailing!
About the Author – Darren O Hara
Darren is the founder of the DriveDetailed blog and is a keen detailing enthusiast living in the rainy south of Ireland. When he is not cleaning his car he is always researching ways he can improve his techniques and enjoys testing out out new products.
Darren currently drives an Audi TTRS and is a big fan of performance cars.
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