of Diamondbrite - preparation
We took the car back into the workshop and gave it another soaking because
water is a good lubricant for the claybar which is the first stage... it's
at this point that I took the opportunity to take a snap of the water beading
on the roof.
Water beading on
the glossy paintwork.
Despite the Diamondbrite, the car still attracted some
industrial fallout. As already mentioned, there was no trace of a rust
blister on the car, so obviously the Diamondbrite had done a very good
job of protecting the paint.
Fallout is almost anything that can fall from the sky
and and stick to your car. Most often this is tiny particles of metal
which are the product of machinery and manufacturing, and most commonly
|Gary uses a Claybar
to remove fallout .
These metal particles have a magnetic charge and are
attracted to your car where they rust. As they rust they dissolve the
paintwork, eventually burrowing right through to the metal body panels
which will in turn begin to rust, this is why sometimes you see rust
blisters in them middle of panels for no apparent reason. The metal particles
are so small you can barely see them. There is a complete article on
Using the claybar before Diamondbrite application is
essential, otherwise we seal in all this crud.
The natural colour
of this piece of clay is a neutral pale grey. You can clearly
see the muck that it has picked up from the bonnet of the CRV.
Around the edges you can see a greeny brown ring. This is a mixture
of rust and organic material, probably tree sap. The blue steaks
are from where the claybar has picked up the raised edges of
softer touch-up paint.
Once the paintwork was cleaned with the claybar and all fallout remove,
Gary went over the car with a random
orbital polisher and a light compound
(reducing polish). This should be enough to remove most of the micro
scratches and give the paintwork an even higher gloss finish.
Gary polishes the
car with a twin head random orbital.
The next stage was to apply the Diamondbrite Stage
1 which further chemically cleans the paintwork.
Re-application of Diamondbrite
Application of Diamondbrite is crucial, as it is a sealant, it is important
to actually seal the car so that it is protected --
there is no point in missing bits! By the same token, there is no point
is sealing in contaminants like fallout which is why we claybar the
Diamondbrite does far more than make you car look shiny,
it protects so we must treat every part of the exterior paintwork.
Mark treat the
underside of the spoiler .
Coating the edges
of the shuts with stage 1 - we coat every area which is exposed
to the elements.
When the stage one is applied and left until it dries
to a haze, we then applied stage 2 which is left to cure for 40 mins.
(For those of you reading this because you have bought
a cheap kit from ebay and are trying to findout how to do it, this is
the point where things will start to go wrong! Jewelultra recently purchased
a load of kits from ebay and analyzed them... they found that almost
all were heavily watered down or a different product altogether, i.e.
Turtlewax! This is why they are introducing tamperproof packaging. Diamondbrite
is a very distinctive product with a distingtive smell and texture, the
hazing off is unique because it has to be very different to the second
stage. If you are not seeing this, you have been ripped off, so go back
to ebay and give the guy negative feedback! Diamondbrite is not a retail
product and should only be applied by trained professionals).
The stage 1 dried
to a haze - notice that the spoiler isn't completely cured yet.
It's rubbed on and rubbed in, making sure that not a single millimeter
The only reason that the Diamondbrite has lasted as long as it has is
that it was applied properly in the first place, so obviously the person
who applied this originally deserves the credit. Fifteen years ago
Mr Hurlstone had an S reg Honda Civic on loan to him while he was waiting
to take delivery of his car, he noticed that despite being old, the
car was still glossy and had a Diamondbrite sticker in the window and
asked where he could get it done. The person who's name on the paperwork
is Andy Woodfield.
If you are reading this Andy, well done!
And please get in touch with us and let us know what you are doing now!
Just for fun, here's
a 15 year old photo taken not long after the car was treated
the first time.
"I sought out the
Diamondbrite because Wergs Honda, the dealer I bought the
car from, leant me a 1982 X reg. Honda Accord whilst I
waited for my new CRX to arrive as part of the trade in
with my old CRX. Although it was a little rusty around
the wheel arches*, the rest of the bodywork of the Accord
appeared to have a deep shine, almost like it had been
plastic coated. In the rear window was a Diamondbrite sticker.
Following a bit of research on the product, I was struggling
to find somebody to do the Diamonbrite when I met Andy
Woodfield at a stand in Telford, who was exhibiting a new
white Porsche 928. Andy, through his company Auto Car Services
offered Diamonbrite treatment amongst other things like
a pager for the alarm system, which he also fitted to my
We originally agreed to Diamondbrite
the car at my parents’ house in one of the outbuildings,
but when he came to do it the air was cold and damp,
and he was concerned it would trap moisture and cause ‘bloom’ within
the glaze. We rang Wergs, told them what we were doing
and they kindly let us drive to their workshops, wash
the car and finish the job there. Andy continued to supply
conserver to me until he left the area. However, based
on how good the Diamondbrite was on my CRX, we also had
my Girlfriend’s Black Suzuki Swift GTI done by
Andy in 1994, which also looked excellent when clean.
Whilst the CRX had not been polished
or treated since, with the exception of using the conserver
as a wash wax in a bucket of water (15.5 years!) the
car still looked good and the water still beaded when it
was washed. I have also treated 6 other vehicles I have
owned since with Diamondbrite and have no hesitation in
recommend it to anybody.
*Wow! Now there's a trip down memory lane.
I remember back in the days when Japanese cars were famous
for rusting. You didn't think I was that old did you? I believe
it was caused by using low quality and recycled steel. Often
they rusted from the inside out, how times have changed!
I don't remember the last time I heards somebody complain
about 'Japanese rubbish' - Danny
Back to articles
We sell it!
Link: Diamondbrite Conserver
Yes, valetshop sells Conserver for Diamondbrite,
the paint sealant featured in this very article.
Matt Ellistone from Jewelultra (manufacturer
of the British product) tells us why you should choose Diamondbrite for your
External Link: Diamondbrite
The Jewelultra website for Diamondbrite.
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