ISM COAT by KAMIKAZE
Hydrocarbon Flexible Coating
NON-SOLVENT, VOC FREE, NON-FLAMMABLE!!
The Japanese are the undisputed pioneers in glass coating technology, and thanks to KAMIKAZE, we now have a brand new coating technology and complete maintenance system that sets the (very high) standards in the coating world.
Up until now, detailers and detailing enthusiasts have been forced to use high solvent-based coatings…many of which won’t pass VOC regulations, are highly flammable, and the heavy chemical smell just makes you believe that it can’t be good for you. Just watching the manufacturer’s videos where the technician is using a mask or respirator to apply the product is a good indication of what’s in the bottle!
But with ISM COAT, it is non-solvent, VOC free, and non-flammable. This is a big selling point in itself for the detailing industry!
Not only is ISM COAT a much safer and more responsible product, it also excels in its properties as a coating.
First and foremost, it is easy to apply and remove. Many coatings on the market are very difficult to apply and remove, and the manufacturers try to hide it in the name of “hardness” or “durability”. A coating doesn’t have to be difficult to apply and / or remove to be good!
Secondly, it is a great base layer coating that is strong, durable, and more resistant to water spotting than traditional glass coatings (a weakness inherent in the formula). It can be used by itself on both paint and plastic trim, or it can be a part of the complete system with using KAMIKAZE OVER COAT as the sacrificial layer. On paint, it produces a deep rich gloss like a boutique carnauba wax. Regardless of the color of the car, ISM COAT dramatically improves the looks! On black plastic trim (or items like windshield wiper arms), it will fully restore it to a deep original black, and protect it for a very long time! Just one formula works for both applications. As for durability, a proper application can last a realistic 24-36 months. KAMIKAZE doesn’t over-hype durability and hardness claims like so many other manufacturers do…they just produce a fantastic coating that will look great and last a long time.
Finally, ISM COAT provides strong water-repellent properties like a fine wax. Let’s face it…everybody loves to see fine water beading or water droplets that fly off the car when driving, and ISM COAT provides just that. And for those who want the craziest water beading available, we recommend maintaining ISM COAT with Kamikaze’s OVER COAT (sacrificial layer).
Note: Once the bottle is opened, the curing process begins. Do not leave dropper attached to bottle, and be sure to use coating within a month or so of opening.
Here's a VERY important video on how to properly maintain your ISM-Coated vehicle:
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Just finished prepping and applying ISM to my 2016 Porsche GT4. The process and application was beyond easy. Possibly the easiest coating I have ever used. It went on thick so it was easy to see the application and removal was incredibly easy without needing much, if any, pressure. If durability lives up to its reputation this will definitely be my go to coating.
It’s expensive but you get what you pay for!! Ease of application was great. It was my first time applying a coating and this was a breeze to apply and remove. I would just advise to have great lighting to see where you applied it and when removing. I put once coat of ISM over two coats of Miabi and the results are amazing. I topped it with overcoat and the water beading is simply amazing. I only used one coat on my car and there’s enough to do one or two more cars. I’ll probably put the rest on my trim.
Have been using coatings as a hobbyist detailer since the first Opti-Coat many years ago. Have applied nearly every one on the market.
By far, my FAVORITE brand for ease of application, looks, durability, and hydrophobicity is the Kamikaze line. Bar none.
Two layers of Miyabi and one layer of ISM has become my "go-to" for all of my cars. Its a lot of work up front when the car is new but the ability to foam gun/hand wash and top with Overcoat for maintenance makes everything easier.
No one else even comes close.
Kamikaze Miyabi x 2, ISM x 1
Applied October 2 & 3, 2016
Aegean Blue Metallic 2016 Honda Civic
Sits outside 24/7 April thru November, garaged at night during other months
Approx. 7500 miles since application, mostly in rainy weather and winter conditions
Kamikaze Infinity Wax application in May 2017 and October 2017
Maintenance is Gyeon Foam w/ Foam Cannon at 1:10 dilution, Gyeon Bathe wash, dry using Kamikaze Overcoat as drying aid; likely washed every 2 – 3 weeks during nice weather, maybe gets a pressure washer spray down 2 or 3 times during winter to remove heavy road salt.
This was the first vehicle I used the Kamikaze products on and they have performed so well that our other 2 personal vehicles are now wearing the combo (Miyabi, ISM, Infinity Wax, Overcoat) since July & August 2017. The self cleaning and water behavior properties are simply beyond compare.
After the application to the Civic, I spent Winter/Spring /Summer of 2017 trying 12 different coatings on a variety of vehicles, looking for a product or combo that would exceed the performance of the Kamikaze products. There were some standouts, some average and some that inspired no opinions one way or the other. I used both mainstream coatings and some lesser known products but in the end the Kamikaze still remained at the top of the list for my climate, maintenance habits and appearance preferences. It always looks great, resists contamination from bird bombs, rain water spots, leaves sitting on the surface for days on end in rainy fall weather and pretty much anything nature can throw its way; quick wash and its back to its mesmerizing, ‘soft’ high gloss look, most notably on both hard and soft body panel transitions.
There was one particular coating that I thought might make a run at the Kamikaze stuff but when I saw 2 of our black cars next to each other in the garage, the other car looked glossy, with excellent clarity and a finish that looked about 3 feet deep…but the Kamikaze-clad car looked glossy, with excellent clarity and a finish that looked about a 3 MILES deep. The other car soon had its month-old coating stripped and the Kamikaze applied…it was that big of a difference. Once both cars were wearing the Kamikaze, side by side they both exhibited that deepness of finish that assured me it wasn’t just manufacturers differences in black paint that separated the ‘other’ product from Kamikaze, it was certainly the combo itself.
It was a long (and somewhat costly) journey trying all those things to, ironically, return to the Kamikaze Collection as a final choice for our personal cars but given the consistent good looks, low maintenance to keep them looking good and protection they provide, well worth it to me. Unfortunately I have a penchant for black cars and while I like clean cars, I don’t particularly like cleaning them and the Kamikaze Collection has made that a far, far less arduous task. Thanks to Kai Morita for creating this incredible collection of products and also to the folks at Esoteric for all their help in finally reach a point where black paint doesn’t require a full-time commitment. Although, I must admit that the blue metallic on the Civic has me re-thinking this whole black car thing…the look of it, even after a year of less than meticulous attention, is still eye catching in a way that’s hard to describe…many folks walk by it and ask if they can touch/feel the surface because of the incredible look of the metallic paint encased under the glass coating. It’s really quite odd and somewhat disconcerting…and yet strangely satisfying.
In short, great stuff…really exceeds any logical expectation of protective coatings abilities and continues to do so a full year later. Tough to get any better than that.
After going through the polish, prep and putting down 2 coats of Kamikaze Miyabi Coat, decided topped it all with a coat of ISM; in for a penny, in for a pound and all that.
While application was in no way difficult (using Esoteric Applicator kit) it was interesting due to the honey-like consistency of the ISM Coat. After applying the Miyabi Coat, which is blindingly easy to apply correctly, I had to switch gears/methods a bit to apply the ISM Coat, definitely paying more attention to wiping the panel after it flashed to insure I didn't unknowingly push some of the coating to an adjacent panel while buffing it off; it sets pretty quickly so if you miss some that did get pushed to another panel it will have to be polished off to avoid the dreaded high spots.
Certainly not difficult to apply but it does require more attention than the Miyabi application. The consistency of the ISM does make it easier to do the initial application using the block/micro-suede applicator as it's very easy to see where it is applied so it's pretty tough to miss a spot/area. Hold tightly to the micro-suede wrapped around the applicator block as the ISM is a bit tackier in application.
I had planned on applying 2 coats of Miyabi and 1 of ISM in a single day but alas, sometimes life gets in the way. I ended up doing 2 coats of Miyabi one day and then the ISM the next day, wiping down the car with Gyeon Prep immediately before applying the ISM. I let the ISM flash for about 4-5 minutes in 70 degree, low humidity and then buffed off using the recommended 2-towel method.
It's been about 2 weeks since the application and the results are simply stunning on the metallic paint. I had seen anecdotal evidence regarding the ISM Coat really making metallic paint pop, some used the word 'polarizing' and they were spot on in their assessment. While the Miyabi gave the paint more of a hard, candy-like appearance, the ISM added a deep, warm glow to the car that really accentuated the metallic in the paint, bringing it to the 'top', almost appearing as if the metallic is floating in the base coat given the right light conditions. The metallic blue paint really stands out in the sunlight now, looking deep and multi-dimensional.
Durability (with the occasional addition of Kamikaze Overcoat) is expected at 24-36 months so we'll see what the future holds. The car has already been daily driven in rainy, weather and sat outside while oak and maple leaves (a *lot* of oak/maple leaves) fell on it during overnight rain storms. When next washed, no water spots are visible, bird droppings slide right off leaving no marks and the leaves, which will stain concrete, left no visible evidence of sitting on the paint either.
Driving in the rain and then pulling into the garage often leaves little evidence of inclement weather, drying with no spotting. It was noticeable that after being rained on, then sitting outside in the sun, the water drops on the horizontal surfaces (hood, roof, trunk), if they don't completely run off the car, seem to just shrink into smaller and smaller droplets until they eventually disappear, leaving behind no evidence of them being there...interesting but welcome behavior. Did the black plastic/rubber trim as well and it seems to be working wonderfully on those areas as well.
If this Kamikaze'd daily driver makes it through the winter as i expect, will be removing the current coatings from our other cars and switching to Kamikaze next Spring. Ease of use + daily performance make it a near no-brainer, especially when Overcoat thrown in the mix as a maintenance item every 1-2 months.
Thanks to the Esoteric folks for their recommendation/help along the way as well as to the Kamikaze folks for creating incredible product(s) that will insure our cars stay looking great while also reducing the time and effort required to make them pop in whatever parking lot they're in. Have received numerous compliments and questions in the last two weeks regarding why the car looks so great and "Why does your car never seem dirty when it sat next to mine in the same storm today?"
Always nice to hear that...and always nice to turn around when walking away from the car and still be amazed by it's appearance.