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CMX® Ceramic Wash & Coat FAQ



When diluted, why does it seem thin and watery?

The look and feel of ceramic-infused car wash is very different than traditional wash and wax products. Old-school car washes contain chemical thickeners designed to enhance viscosity. However, these ingredients compromise the effectiveness of the ceramics. In order to ensure maximum shine, durability and beading, Mothers® has developed a completely new, low sudsing, high efficiency (HE) lubricating ceramic wash. Mothers® CMX® Ceramic Wash & Coat is meticulously formulated to maximize cleaning and coating, while eliminating unnecessary, counterproductive chemicals. It contains just the right chemistry to remove stubborn contaminants and road grime, with the added benefit of cutting-edge SiO2 nano-quartz technology.


Why doesn't it make lot of suds?

This can be explained by the super-hydrophobic, water-beading properties of CMX® Ceramic Wash & Coat. Ceramic coatings, like SiO2 nano-quartz, feature high surface tension properties. In other words, they repel water. On the other hand, soap suds adhere to one another – the opposite of repelling. When these two features are combined in a ceramic-based car wash, the net result is less suds in the bucket. However, this has absolutely no effect on performance. As with high-efficiency clothes washing detergents, the cleaning is done by the soap, not the bubbles.


Why doesn't it feel slippery like traditional car wash products? 

When a ceramic is combined with a soap or detergent, slickness is diminished (in the same way hard tap water reduces the slipperiness of household and personal cleaning products). But don’t be fooled, CMX® Ceramic Wash & Coat is specifically formulated with just the right amount of lubricity to offer safe, thorough cleaning, without disrupting the SiO2 coating properties. It features a powerful combination of penetrating surfactants and state-of-the-art water softening polymers.


When allowed to air dry, can this formula leave a haze on my paint and windows?

A faint white film can develop if CMX® Ceramic Wash & Coat is allowed to air dry on the vehicle’s finish prior to rinsing or buffing. This is a harmless, residual ceramic coating, and can easily be wiped clean using a microfiber towel. 


Sometimes after washing, my paint doesn’t seem to bead as well as expected. Why?

There are two things that can affect the hydrophobic beading properties of CMX® Ceramic Wash & Coat. The first is proper dilution. When preparing a bucket of ceramic car wash, one ounce per gallon is recommended. If, however, you do NOT observe significant water repellency immediately after use, increase the concentration. You can also try applying undiluted product directly to a wet surface with a wash mitt. The second issue is “dwell time.” The longer a ceramic wash remains in contact with the paint, the better. Generally, a few minutes should do the trick. 

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