MIYABI Coat from KAMIKAZE COLLECTION is our #1 seller...by FAR!
Whether you are a DIY person, or a professional detailer, you will find MIYABI Coat to be the easiest coating product you've ever applied. We have seen on forums where DIY'ers have been turned off on coatings simply because they were such a pain to work with. In those cases, the people simply chose the wrong product. MIYABI is easy to use, very effective, looks fantastic, and hardly has any smell to it whatsoever (some coatings smell so bad that you'll want to use a respirator for safety).
And despite what some coating manufacturers wish to say, a product doesn't have to be difficult to apply to be good. That can't be further from the truth. MIYABI does a tremendous job of protecting your paint from airborne elements, and makes maintenance much easier.
A protective glass / ceramic / quartz coating has 3 purposes...provide self-cleaning properties / ease of maintenance, protect from airborne elements sticking to the finish, and provide long-term gloss / good looks. It will not protect against rock chips, and the only protection from that is Paint Protection Film (aka ppf, aka "clear bra"). A wax or sealant will last from 1-6 months, whereas coatings will last several years or more. With MIYABI Coat, the life expectancy on a daily driver is 18-24 months with one coat. We recommend a maximum of 2 coats of MIYABI for the best looks and durability.
For most vehicles, one 30ml bottle of MIYABI Coat is more than enough to apply 2 coats. A little bit goes a long way.
While we have detailed instructions in the video link below, here are some basics to keep in mind when applying MIYABI Coat:
- Start with a clean, dry surface that has no wax or sealants on it. Use Gyeon Prep to fully strip the surface prior to coating.
- While polishing the surface first is not necessary, it is recommended to bring out the best looks in the finish
- Start with top surfaces first, and do a maximum of 2 sections at a time (door and quarter panel, roof and trunk lid, etc).
- In straight line motions, apply a thin layer to the surface, then switch directions in a cross-hatch pattern to ensure even application (do not add more product when you switch directions).
- Let the coating set on the surface for 3-5 minutes, then remove residue using 2 different towels. Keep the towels separate as you use one for the first wipe, then the other for the follow-up wipe. Ensure that you get ALL residue / dark patches off of the surface. Pressure is not needed during this process, as the residue should come off easily.
- Once you're finished, thoroughly inspect the vehicle (use a flashlight!) to make sure there are no dark spots remaining. Once this dries / cures, it can only be removed via machine polishing.
- Work out of direct sunlight, preferrably in a garage. Do not apply in temperatures below about 50 degrees. During very high temperatures / humidity, reduce the amount of time between application and removal.
- IF you should allow the product to sit on the surface too long, it will become tacky / sticky. If this happens, apply more product right over top if it, and immediately remove.
- Let the coating dry / cure for at least 24 hours before allowing it to get wet. The longer it stays dry the better, as it will continue to cure for about 5 days (you CAN drive the car during this time). We recommend that you don't wash the car for about a week afterwards.
- DO NOT wax, apply sealant, or use quick detailers with your newly coated car. Full instructions on how to maintain the vehicle can be found in the following video: How to Wash and Maintain a Coated Vehicle.
Note: Once the bottle is opened, the curing process begins. Please be sure to use coating within a month or so of opening.
Complete instructions, including video, can be found in our Learning Center: How to apply Kamikaze Glass Coating
Video instructions on how to apply Kamikaze Miyabi Coat:
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Put two coats on them a layer of ISM. This coat was by far my favorite. Wish you could order larger amounts. Bottle was just enough to get two coats on my challenger.
I can't see myself buying any others coatings over the kamikaze line. Truly amazing products, real easy to apply. Can work on 2 panels at a time instead of a 2×2 area like a lot of the coating out there. Hydrophobic properties are unreal. Would highly recommend the kamikaze line!!
2016 Honda Civic Coupe, Aegean Blue metallic paint
This is a new car which will be a winter driver that spends 8 months of the year sitting outside. While it will get very occasional 'detail-centric' attention, its main purpose will be transportation when weather precludes use of ‘hobby’ cars. Towards that end, I was seeking to ‘lock the car up’ with coatings to keep it protected and looking reasonably decent throughout its lifespan with a minimum of attention.
After researching and discussing a variety of options with various entities (including the always helpful staff at Esoteric) I decided on what some might deem and ‘overkill’ approach for a car of this nature (product costs will likely be around 4% of the purchase price of a Civic...doh!) but it will also serve as a ‘test bed’ for products I would like to use on the more entertaining cars we have come Spring of 2017. All this will take place in my relatively poorly lit garage by a guy (me) who has been doing this for about a whole 9 months now. I’ve seen cars done with a variety of more popular coatings but anecdotal evidence gathered from a variety of sources indicated that Kamikaze would be a choice I would not regret.
Gyeon Q2 Prep: http://www.esotericcarcare.com/gyeon-q2m-prep/
Gyeon Q2 Iron: http://www.esotericcarcare.com/gyeon-q2m-iron/
Gyeon Q2 Rim: http://www.esotericcarcare.com/gyeon-q2-rim/
Gyeon Q2 Trim: http://www.esotericcarcare.com/gyeon-q2-trim/
Kamikaze Miyabi Coat (2 layers): http://www.esotericcarcare.com/kamikaze-miyabi-coat/
Kamikaze ISM Coat (1 layer): http://www.esotericcarcare.com/kamikaze-ism-coat/
Kamikaze Overcoat: http://www.esotericcarcare.com/kamikazi-over-coat/
Also snatched up some Gyeon BaldWipe (http://www.esotericcarcare.com/gyeon-q2m-baldwipe-microfiber-towel-16-x-16/ ) and Gyeon PolishWipe (http://www.esotericcarcare.com/gyeon-q2m-polishwipe-microfiber-towel-16-x-16/ ) towels. Great stuff...
While the car was new and had luckily avoided the typical dealer prep, I still went over it with Gyeon Q2 Iron, a Nanoskin AutoScrub Fine Grade Clay Mitt and then gave it a quick hit with Menzerna Super Finish Plus SF-3800 (PO85RD) and a white Lake Country Polishing Pad. Took care of any small scratches/swirls that mighta been there and maybe bumped up the gloss a bit but in any event got me closer to a ‘pure’ surface for the coating(s). Went over the car with the Gyeon Q2 Prep using a combo Gyeon BaldWipe and Gyeon PolishWipe towels. After watching the Esoteric video on applying glass coatings numerous times (https://youtu.be/GbfopTju_es ) and reading the Learning Center article (http://news.esotericcarcare.com/how-to-apply-kamikaze-glass-coating/ ) I cracked open the Miyabi Bottle, snatched up the applicator kit (http://www.esotericcarcare.com/esoteric-elite-applicator-kit/ ) and went at it.
Having only worked with 2 coatings before, neither of which used the applicator block/micro suede applicator cloth method, there was a bit of trepidation when starting out...so I started in the door jams so I could (try) to figure out what was going on. As it turns out, there was no need for concern; the Miyabi Coat goes on so easily and smoothly that the application process is easier than many waxes/sealants I have used in the past. The temperature was about 70-75 degrees in the garage and it turned out that in my particular case a wait time of around 12 minutes after initial application seemed to be appropriate before removing/buffing off the coated section. The product comes off in an exceptionally easy manner, easily avoiding the high spots and not really be stick or tacky. It only requires a very light touch in the removal/buffing step, using 2 towels as mentioned in the instructional video/article on the Esoteric web site.
The 2 coatings I had used before (Wolfgang Uber Ceramic and McKees Paint Coating) extol the virtues of their easy application process but the Miyabi Coat far exceeded their ease of use. It is truly amazing how easy the Miyabi is to apply. I applied two coats, about 2 to 3 hrs apart and still had enough left in the 30ml bottle to do 2 or 3 more panels should I need to re-do something if I screwed up. I generally applied the Miyabi to 2 panels and then went on to removal. The more intricate areas such as the front and back fascias/bumpers I did on their own because of their contours and such.
After completing each coat, I pulled the car out into the sun to check for high spots/streaks but found none. I did mask off some of the trim just in case but between using the applicator block/cloth and a cloth alone, the precision in application likely made that step unnecessary. When I did hit a spot/piece of trim here and there, it quickly wiped off and left no residue.
Application of this product is absolutely first rate as far as ease of use. The Miyabi bottle was the little, black, round one which required no eye-dropper to apply to the applicator, which was very controllable, easy to use and dispensed the product in exact amounts with ease. I have since ordered and received a second bottle of Miyabi (for a friend who saw the car and decided he wanted his paint to look and feel like ours) and it has apparently been re-packaged with a dropper-style dispensing top (with included dropper, applicator block and applicator cloths) so I would see no reason to doubt that application of product to pad will be even more precise.
OK, so now on to the more important issue: How did it look? In a word...amazing. Yes, it looks nice and shiny relatively soon after application but it’s the transformation as it cures (especially in the first 24hrs) that really reveals the magnificence of the finish. And it really is magnificent, maybe even more so on darker colored cars as the Miyabi does seem to darken the paint ever so slightly, lending it that sharp, glossy, candy-coated look and hue that certainly stands out. It really sharpened the look and gloss of the metallic in the paint, and, oddly enough, the appearance it left made a few folks actually want to touch the surface as it gave it a look that literally screamed ‘glass coating’. Absolutely stunning in the sunlight with a sharp, distinct reflectivity. And less we forget, this was a Honda Civic which likely receives the most basic of paint jobs from the factory so I would expect higher-end cars with ‘better’ paint would only magnify the brilliance of the Miyabi coating.
Additionally, the cost of the Miyabi is certainly in line, and even in some cases more economical, than other coating choices available. I’d say dare to be different, step away from the ‘mainstream’ coating choices out there as the Miyabi application and results are certainly a step above. Although it came out truly stunning when done by a do-it-yourself-er, I’d bet that an experienced professional could even step it up a notch or two.
As I was adding another application of Kamikaze ISM on top of the Miyabi (which turned out to be about a day later), I don’t really have any observations on the performance of the Miyabi in the rain or such but it’s a pretty safe bet that it performs, at the very least, as well as Kamikaze Overcoat does in the rain; that is to say ‘excellent’ and very ‘self-cleaning’.
Miyabi will definitely be going on our black Corvette next Spring, which has black non-metallic paint. I’m guessing Miyabi will give that an incredible, piano-black, glossy, sharp look.
I just applied Miyabi coat to my Mercedes after polishing it and the depth of shine and gloss is fantastic. It was easy to use following Todd's suggestions. The only problem is that as I was finishing I dropped the bottle and it broke. I had enough in the bottom of the bottle to finish but none for a second coat. So be forewarned this small bottle is glass and will break.