Halo is different for a few great reasons. Firstly, it is a bi-polymer coating which feels like vinyl and doesn’t have a rubber feel like most other dip products. Secondly, it is the ONLY true gloss coating in Australia. And third, it was chemically engineered
for the automotive market.
It is only Halo True Gloss that must be applied by a professional. True Gloss needs to be atomized by a quality air compressor at over 20psi and by good equipment and using practiced skills. Halo EFX and Halo aerosols are absolutely DIY.
What sort of punishment can it take? Halo is extremely durable. In its gloss form, Halo can withstand rocks and scratches and is fuel resistant. Most other dip products fail under that sort of punishment.
Typically we recommend using Halo Real Clear as a base coat as it is slightly less cost than the pigmented Halo colours. However, all of the Halo products can be used to ensure there is adequate coverage for peelability and durability.
We find aerosols are best for small jobs like badges, wing mirrors, calipers (yes, Halo can withstand even track-day heat) and wheels. Gallons are obviously for full cars and bikes but we also suggest using a gun for wheels as it gives a much better finish than aerosols.
Yes, it sure does. Ideally it is removed by a professional (or the same installer that shot it in the first place) but it will release from your car / wheels / badges / whatever with minimal fuss and zero residue. The best part is, it only peels when you want it to.
A lot of customers are buying a new car, having it detailed so the paint is better than factory, and then having Halo sprayed right over the top. It is an extremely durable and effective paint protection coating.
The pigments in Halo and many of the pigment powders that we use are all the same
as the ones used in the automotive industry. They will retain their colour and
luster in the same way as normal factory paint.
We stock the full range of Blou detailing products. These are some of the
world’s best detailing products for wrapped and liquid-wrapped cars and bikes.
Made in the USA, they were also tested on Halo and created specifically with
Halo in mind. They are quite simply amazing.
Halo is quite resistant to fuels, but you will need to care for it in the same way as your normal paint. To help, we have Drip Defender’s for sale. These are strips of protectant rubber roll out from your fuel filler cap and help protect your paint from runaway drips of fuel.
We strongly suggest treating Halo like your prized car should be treated – hand-wash and high quality car washes are great, but they can use harsh cheap cleaning chemicals that just weren’t made for liquid wraps. This is why we suggest using the Blou Detailing range of products.
Yes. All your installer needs to know is the paint code of the automotive paint you need to emulate, and as long as there are no suspension agents, binders or metallic then you’re able to use these drop-in tints as well.
Typically the ratio is around 300ml to the gallon, though the installer can sometimes go down to approx 190mL per gallon to alter the desired effect.
It is strongly recommended that the automotive tinters are shot over a grey base. A grey can be achieved by adding 10% Gangster Black to Brilliant White.
As for brands, we know that Cromax and Valspar carry binder-free pure tinters.
This is essentially the same as any dip or painting project. The critical thing here is that preparation is absolutely everything – if you skimp on a step here it will magnify right through your project and show up. This is not the time to skip steps.
We recommend a very thorough wash before taking the car to the
installer. Once there, we recommend installers ensure the car is dry and then
use a combination of denatured alcohol and wax/grease removers to ensure the
car’s panels are perfectly prepared for Halo.
A matte finish can be done in a day, though we try and suggest 2 days to ensure
comprehensive preparation and finish. A gloss coating is a little more involved
– we prefer our installers to let True Gloss cure for 8-24 hours to ensure you
have an amazing finish and highly durable paint.
Flash times vary depending on ambient conditions, but usually flash times are 10minutes between coats. The most optimum cure time is “as long as you can”, but typically Halo and Halo True Gloss are cured after 8 hours.