Are You Using The Right Applicator?

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Using the right applicator is essential when it comes to applying coatings. Think about it this way: A doctor wouldn’t use a stethoscope to find a broken bone, and a detailer wouldn’t use a tire applicator to apply a ceramic coating.

But it’s not just about using the most effective tool, it’s also about the health of the vehicle. A surgeon using the wrong instrument can do serious damage to your health, and with cars it’s just the same. So what applicator should you use for what coating, and why? Let’s get into it: 

PlasmaCoat – Wax Applicator

With a viscous coating like Dr. Beasley’s PlasmaCoat, you’ll want an applicator that’s firm enough to keep a hold on the product without making a mess (and wasting the coating). So what fits the bill? Dr. Beasley’s Wax Applicator.

These puck-shaped foam discs are super dense, so when you go to scoop up some product, the applicator stays firm and the product doesn’t slide off. 

Foam wax applicator dabbed with PlasmaCoat

Note that the wax applicator stays firm while scooping the PlasmaCoat.  

But try to scoop with a more bendable foam applicator and you’ll have coating flinging all over your pants. You’re losing product AND you’ve got a mess to clean. It’s a pain, not mention a waste.

Fact is, these bendy applicators are just too flimsy for viscous coatings. We find they’re better for more fluid coatings, which brings us to our next coating/applicator pairing:

Formula 1201 – Foam Applicator 

For a more liquidous coating like Dr. Beasley’s Formula 1201, you’ll need something that will carry the product without letting it soak through, so it’ll efficiently transfer to the paint with no product lost.

The foam applicators carried by Dr. Beasley’s do just that. So how do they keep liquid from sinking in?

The secret is in the construction: they’re made of two thin layers of foam, fused together at the seams. In the middle? Nothing but air. 

Foam applicator being squeezed

Nothing but air inside here!

With a layer of foam that thin, liquid can only soak in so far. That means when you go to take the applicator to your paint, the liquid is right on top and can be transferred easily with nothing being left behind.

Foam applicator being primed with Formula 1201

Try a thick wax applicator, though, and the liquid will soak right through, leaving you to add drop after drop after drop until there’s enough on top to coat with. You’ll end up with more coating inside your applicator than on your paint. Talk about a waste! 

Nano-Resin—Foam Block Applicator (and suede cloths)

When it comes to pro-style ceramic coatings like Dr. Beasley’s Nano-Resin, a foam block applicator is the ideal choice. And for much the same reason—the thin layer of foam fused to the block keeps liquid from seeping in too deeply so product is more easily transferred during application.

But when it comes to a paint or glass coating, the foam block must first be wrapped in a suede cloth. Why is this? 

Wrapping a suede cloth around a foam applicator

This suede cloth is the only thing standing between you and scratched paint.

With scratch-prone surfaces like paint clear coat or glass, bare foam may cause abrasion. With an ultra-soft suede cloth wrapped around the block, however, abrasion is much less likely. 

With other surfaces, though, a suede cloth wrap isn’t really necessary. Leather, fabric and plastic just aren’t in the same danger of being scratched. 

To recap: Using the right foam applicator pad for the coating at hand

  1. Ensures efficient distribution
  2. Reduces mess
  3. Minimizes surface damage

So make sure you’re going with the right one! 


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