Why Buy This Product?
About Black Light
If you’re looking for a product that will add a tremendous amount of gloss and color enhancement to your paint, then look no further because Black Light has arrived. If you’re looking for a product to add a layer of protection from the elements, then Black Light is the go to gloss enhancer. Either way you use it, you will be extremely happy with how the paint looks…regardless of the color. When you read into the product description, you kind of get the idea that it’s a gloss enhancer. Then as you read it again you may think it’s a sealant. Well you’d actually be correct on both fronts, so let’s call it a “gloss-enhancing sealant”.
The brain child of 3 years of research done by Chemical Guys Thailand in conjunction with Chemical Guys USA to developing a durable, extremely vibrant, hybrid finish that would deliver the maximum level of color vibrancy and optical brightness while withstanding the harsh and humid climates of Thailand and the vigorous testing of our OEM and professional users
Black Light was originally released for sale only in Thailand as a 1 year case study... the results were amazing. In order to test products under various climates and conditions, a series of products were sent to the UK where further testing would be conducted on Black Light. To say the least, we were very happy with the results.
More About Black Light
Black Light Radiant Finish is crafted and formulated especially for car lovers who aim to achieve the smoothest, sharpest, wettest and brightest reflection possible. Black Light is developed using a fully synthetic nano-blend formulation enriched with the highest available emulsion of gloss enhancers. By combining the finest blend of optical clarity gloss enhancers with Chemical Guys proprietary bi-blend technology Black Light delivers a slick radiant finish unlike anything else.
What the Pros Say
Todd Cooperider part of the Detailed Image's Ask A Pro Team, received a bottle of Chemical Guys Black Light while it was still in its testing stages. Below is Todd's review...
Product Review: Chemical Guys Black Light
by Todd Cooperider
As a part of the Detailed Image Ask A Pro Team, I get the opportunity to try out a lot of different products long before they reach the market. The manufacturers look to us for everything from product development help to simple product feedback. Some of these products and opportunities are brilliant, some of them are “me-too”, and some need to go back to the lab for further refinement. Rewind to over a year ago and I received a bottle of Black Light from Chemical Guys that had been in development for a while in their Thailand offices. I was told that it was designed to meet the harsh environmental conditions of Thailand, and should do extremely well in the North American market as well. It was being marketed as a gloss-enhancing sealant, so I figured that I would give it a try...
Since I’ve worked with Black Light for so long, and have had discussions with the behind-the-scenes people in charge of designing this formula, I can tell you another use for this product that you won’t read on the label, or in other product reviews…it also makes a great All-In-One (cleaner, polish, sealant). Black Light contains very fine abrasives in the formula to help clean and lightly polish the surface while it’s adding gloss and protection. So if your car (or customer’s car) is a bit needy, but a major paint correction detail isn’t on the menu or budget, then you can reach for an incredibly easy to use product like Black Light for the job. I’ve taken worn-out cars and given them a quick application of Black Light, and have been stunned by the difference that it made in such a short amount of time. And to further define “short amount of time”, I mean just 30 minutes with a D/A polisher! Not only will you get light correction and color/gloss enhancement, but you’re completing it with a layer of durable protection at the same time.
While I didn’t take any “before” photos of this Bentley, it had what you’d expect from a 5 year old car with soft paint…a lot of haze and wash-induced marring. While you may think that a vehicle of this caliber would be a prime candidate for a several thousand dollar full paint correction detail, we agreed simply to make it better without turning it into a show car. Once again in a short amount of time and very little effort, we made a major transformation by using Black Light, and the owner of the vehicle was absolutely thrilled with the results.
How to use Chemical Guys Black Light?
While some products are very particular about the application and / or removal process, Black Light is as easy to use as it gets, which is pretty standard from Chemical Guys. Personally, I don’t like working with products that are finicky or are difficult to use unless their results far outweigh the obstacles. So for me, the ease of use factor of Black Light immediately makes it a go-to product. The preferred method for Black Light is with a dual-action polisher (D/A). Using a soft finishing pad (black or blue), put the speed on 3.5~4, and apply just a couple of pea-sized drops to the pad. Quickly spread it around with the machine on, and then slow down your arm movement a bit to work it in evenly. You don’t have to work it like you would a polish…you’re simply going over the area long enough to provide a cleaning of the paint and getting an even coverage. 2 small drops can do a working area of about a half of a door (a little goes a long way). It’s very similar to using Chemical Guys EZ Creme Glaze…goes on smooth, a little goes a long way, and there should be very little residue. If you see a lot of residue after your application, then you’ve used too much product.
Final Thoughts on Chemical Guys Black Light
As I said in my opening statement, I have been using Black Light for over a year now on just about every single car that has been detailed at the Esoteric studio. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t still be using it, right? This product does so many things well that I couldn’t imagine dropping it from my arsenal (unless something better comes out of course). I use it as a final sealant, and I use it as an all-in-one product. I even have a pre-set starter package that I offer where Black Light is the featured AIO (for you detailers out there…that type of service with this product is where the big profit is…it’s not in the full correction jobs). No one product is perfect for all types of paints and all conditions, and Black Light is no different. Because of the light abrasives in the formula, I have found a few finicky, ultra-soft paints where it would leave slight marring after finishing up a full correction detail. When using it as an all-in-one on neglected soft paint, this isn’t an issue. When working on perfected soft (dark) paints however, I’ve noticed slight marring (usually only seen under a bright LED light like the Brinkmann). This is not a deal-breaker by any means because these types of paints are rare. In my professional opinion, Chemical Guys Black Light is one of the great products available out there in the market, and it most definitely gets my seal of approval!
Able to be layered
Light when used as a finisher; Light to medium when used as an "all in one"
15 minutes; allow 30 minutes between coats
Varies - up to 6 months
Safe for clearcoat
Safe for light color cars
Safe for dark color cars
How To Use:
1. Wash vehicle
2. Apply Black Light by hand or DA/Rotary with Hex logic finishing pads (red or black)
3. Leave to dry for 15 minutes, then buff off with microfiber towels
For a more impressive shine...wait 30 minutes
4. Apply a 2nd coat of Black Light by hand
5. Leave to dry for 15 minutes
6. Wipe down using Hybrid V7 Hi-Gloss Spray Sealant for a brilliant finish