System X

After Care

System X® After Care and
Washing Techniques

NitPickin is proud to congratulate you on your brand new System X® Ceramic coating. On this page we will discuss how to care for your new exterior and or interior coating.

System X® is designed to protect your factory clear coat, to provide a protective shield against the elements, and to keep your vehicle looking new always. To maximize the effects of System X® and to ensure your investment is long-lasting, a few basic maintenance steps should be taken. With simple care, your coating will reward you for many years to come.

Curing Process

A new System X® coating will take about 2-3 days to cure to its full strength. During that time, some precautions should be taken.

Curing time is 2-3 days depending on environmental conditions such as humidity and temperature. Take special care during this time period. The coating will help prevent your clear coat from getting water spots as it is hydrophobic, however, it can still get hard water spots. Be especially diligent during the curing process to prevent water spots, which may be costly to remove.

 

During the curing process avoid:

  • Parking under trees especially if there are shedding. You don’t want tree sap on a fresh coating.

  • Allowing bird droppings, sap, or pollen to sit on the car and bake in the sun.

  • Washing or abrading the paint.

If you notice that your car gets water spots, bird droppings, bugs, tree sap, or other contaminants during the first few days, immediately remove it following our care instructions. Keep in mind the coating is still curing. Be gentle when working on the paint.

Car Washing Techniques

  • Wash on a bi-weekly or monthly basis to avoid excessive contamination build-up.
     

  • Avoid washing in direct sunlight to minimize streaking and water spotting.
     

  • Wash from the top down leaving the dirtiest sections for last to avoid cross-contamination.
     

  • Use the “two buckets” method – one bucket for rinsing your sponge/mitt and one for soapy water.
     

  • Use separate soap and sponge/mitt for wheels.

Drying Techniques

  • Always dry completely and never leave to air-dry. Tap water contains minerals that may leave deposits creating water spots. Which can be difficult to remove.
     

  • MOST COMMON: Use high-quality microfiber towels for best results and avoid aggressive wiping, allowing the material to absorb the water by wiping in a slow motion. Never use a microfiber towel that has been dropped on the ground or exposed to the elements. 
     

  • BEST OPTION: Dry using a blower! You can use a leaf blower, shop vac blower, or if your a die-hard like we are, use the 8hp Master Blaster. Touchless drying is always the best way to go.

Waterspot and Dropping Removal

  • Never use aggressive products to polish the coating or remove surface contamination.
     

  • Never use excessive force to remove water spots.
     

  • Bird droppings, tar, sap, etc. should be removed as soon as possible to avoid temporary staining or hardening on the coating. Any staining left behind from the bird droppings will break down over a few days without affecting the coating.

System X®

Interior Maintenance

  • For best results, clean all leather/vinyl surfaces bi-weekly.
     

  • Vacuum carpets regularly.
     

  • Immediately wipe off spills on leather, vinyl, or fabric.
     

  • Immediately absorb and clean stains on carpet.

A Few Last After Care Tips

Removing Contaminants

System X® is extremely slick, this means most things will dissolve and be pulled off by System X’s self-cleaning effect. Use water or a little vinegar to remove bird droppings, bugs, and tree sap. Followed by wiping it off with a soft edge-less microfiber towel.

 

Washing schedule

For best results, the car should be washed on a bi-weekly basis to avoid excessive contamination build-up. Use only recommended mild soaps. Avoid high volume brush style car washes, high PH detergent style cleaners, and bug/tar removers. Avoid washing in direct sunlight to minimize streaking and water spotting. Wash from the top down leaving the dirtiest sections for last to avoid cross-contamination. Use the two bucket method, one for soap one to rinse.

 

Washing methods

Standard home washing
 

  • Use a foam gun (optimal) or microfiber wash mitt to soap down the car. Rinse it off with a pressure washer (optimal) or hose. Dry with clean microfiber towels.
     

Spray ‘n wash self car washes
 

  • Select the high-pressure soap. Soap the car down (never use the provided brushes especially on the paint!). Rinse car off with the high-pressure rinse. Dry with clean microfiber towels.
     

Car washes
 

  • Touch-less car washes only. Never use a car wash with brushes! Never select the “spray wax” option.
     

Drying

  • System X Renew™ is a great drying aid. Using Renew™ and one damp microfiber to first dry the vehicle then follow by using the second microfiber to finish drying. This process will give you the best results.

  • Always dry completely and never leave to “air” dry. Tap water contains minerals that may leave deposits creating water spots.

  • Only use quality microfiber towels for best results and avoid aggressive wiping, allowing the material to absorb the water. Or use an air blower. 
     

Spot Removal

  • Never use aggressive products to polish the coating or remove surface contamination.

  • Never use excessive force to remove spots.

  • Bird droppings, tar, sap, etc. should be removed as soon as possible to avoid temporary staining or hardening on the coating. Any staining left behind from bird droppings will break down over a few days without affecting the coating.
     

After Washing

Do not wax the coating, many products contain solvents and abrasives.  System X Renew™ is the recommended maintenance and aftercare product. Ask your local installer about purchasing System X Renew™ during your visit or order online.

Automated Washing

Always go to a touch-free wash! Using an automated car wash with brushes will void your warranty. System X® takes 2-3 days to achieve full hardness. Please handle with care and do not wash the vehicle for the first 2 weeks.

Annual Inspections

Annual Inspections are the recommended process for ensuring the coating is maintained and care for the vehicle is properly executed. Annual inspections should be carried out by an approved applicator within 30 days before the anniversary date of the last service to ensure peak performance and warranty validity. Although durable and long-lasting, annual inspections ensure maximum gloss and protection from System X® coatings.

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