Layering and order of use of our protective products
12 January 2018 Brett Hobbs
The aim of this article is to remove any confusion surrounding which protective products of ours to use, when to use them, what order to use them in, and how many times you can layer them. Our protective products contain no cleaners, so they will not remove the product you've just put on - this makes them perfect for layering. Layering the products up is important because it builds up layers of protection to protect your paint from the elements and makes your vehicle easier to wash. Cure time is the amount of time to leave the product before applying the next one.
There are 2 types of protective products that we currently make: organic and synthetic.
The waxes (Carnauba Body Wax and Lazy Wax) are both organic - they contain T1 grade carnauba wax and have no synthetic elements to them. The pros of the organic products are that they provide a warmth and depth to the paint (especially darker colours) that a synthetic simply cannot. The cons of the organic products are that they have a reduced life span in comparison to the synthetics - so by themselves, won’t last as long as the synthetics will. This is why we layer the synthetic products over the top of the waxes, so that the wax lasts longer. If you have a flat white car that has no metallic in the paint, you can skip the wax stage and go straight to the synthetic products.
Carnauba Body Wax - best used with the Circle Work pads for application and Big Softie cloths for removal. We put Carnauba Body Wax on after we've used the Paint Cleanse & Restore for best results. It has a cure time of 4 hours. Best topped with Fully Slick or After Glow.
Lazy Wax - best used with 2 x Drop Bear cloths for application and removal. Can also be used with Big Softie cloths. It has a cure time of 4 hours and can be layered up to 2 times. Best topped with Fully Slick or After Glow.
The synthetic sprays in our line up are: Boss Gloss, Fully Slick & After Glow. The pros of the synthetic products are that they’re harder wearing than the organic products in that they will withstand heat and the elements more sturdily, meaning they will last longer on your paint as protection. They also do a great job of protecting the wax and helping it last longer. The cons of the synthetic products are very few - the only real one being that they can’t quite match the warmth and glow that a carnauba wax gives to darker coloured paints. However, they still offer exceptional shine and gloss.
Boss Gloss - best used with The Big Green Sucker for drying the car, or with 2 x Drop Bear cloths or Big Softie cloths for light dust removal or quick touch ups at, or before a car show.
Boss Gloss is a quick detail spray for light dust removal or a quick spruce up right before a car show or similar. It’s also excellent with The Big Green Sucker for drying the car. It’s the least protective of all the sprays, which is why we recommend the following 2 products for protection.
Fully Slick - best used with 2 x Drop Bear cloths for application and removal. Can also be used with Big Softie cloths. It can be layered up to 2 times, with a 1 hour cure time between applications. It's more protective than Boss Gloss, but not as protective as After Glow. Fully Slick will leave a super slick finish to your paint.
After Glow - best used with 2 Big Softie cloths; 1 damp and 1 dry. It can be layered up to 2 times with a 15 minute cure time between each layer. Contains anti static technology to help repel dust. After Glow is unique in that it can be used as a dedicated drying aid, OR it can be used as a standalone sealant using the same 2 Big Softie cloth application method with 1 damp cloth and 1 dry cloth.
We always recommend to wash, clay and cleanse (with Paint Cleanse & Restore) your paint first before you put any of our paint protection products on. This will allow the products the best chance to adhere to the surface and offer the best protection they can.
We break cars up into 3 basic categories - daily driven, weekend cars and show cars. Here are our own recommendations for each category.
Daily driven car:
- 2 coats of After Glow (Lazy Wax first if you like)
- 1 coat of Lazy Wax
- 2 coats of Fully Slick or After Glow
- 1 coat of Carnauba Body Wax or Lazy Wax
The bottom line
It doesn't matter what order you layer the Lazy Wax, Fully Slick and After Glow in, as they're all water based and will work together perfectly. We prefer to use Lazy Wax first, then either Fully Slick or After Glow last to protect the wax.
All the products in this article can be found in our stockists throughout Australia. Find a link at the very bottom of the webpage to locate your closest one.
If you have any questions, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office on 1800 351 308.
Award Winning ResultBy: John Hanslow on 27 May 2019I entered my Alfa Romeo GIulietta QV into a Show'n Shine and won a trophy for it's class. There was a lot of competition on the day but the products really made the car stand out. I used the Paint Cleanse and Restore, Lazy Wax followed by Fully Slick and finally Boss Gloss on the day and the results were truly award winning. After years of purchasing off the shelf products car care products, I can honestly say that these products give excellent results. Thanks to the great products and advice from Bowden's Own. Thanks heaps !
So good to use :-)By: keith on 26 June 2018We just bought an SUV that hasn't had a lot of care over the last 5 years and was looking a bit sad. Following a Paint Cleanse and Restore and then Carnauba Body Wax the car is almost unrecognisable. The dull, cream coloured paint work has gone back to arctic white with a really good shine - great products and easy to use to get outstanding results ta
After glowBy: Kev Loechel on 10 May 2018Been using this on my S Series valiant and 67 Mustang 390 coupe , wow it is an amazing product.
Yes!By: Melissa Ong on 16 April 2018I need to print this and chuck it up on the wall. You're the best Brett!
Great guide30 January 2018Thanks for breaking that down Brett, I have all your products and was getting a bit confused about the layering potential of each. Happy now that I can proceed with confidence!