What is the best for removing scratches? Car Wax or Car Glass Coating?

Want to remove scratches on the car body! What should we use?

How do you do the maintenance for your precious car?

There are quite a few people who are obsessed with washing a car regularly and detailing car wax or car coating.

Your precious car which you have in your daily life.

Not only when you crash and scraped your car but also there are many chances to damage surprisingly.
The reasons are various.
For example, stepping-stones, sands, using a washing machine and so on.
Whatever any situations it is not good your precious car is caught a damages, isn’t it?

“It is not so serious to ask a professional detailer, however, I want to deal with scratches…”

Some of you might think like this.
Then, we’re going to introduce which items are effective for removing scratches.

●Scratch-off Car wax

There are many types of scratch-off car wax. We will explain about the difference roughly.

-Solid type

Basically it does not contain any polishing agent like compound.
It makes a car shiny by filling in the scratches.

-Paste type

Basically it contains polishing agents.
The ingredient of polish in the wax makes scratches less noticeable.
Also the ingredient of wax makes a car shiny.

-Liquid type

Many products are based on polymer.
It depends on products polishing materials have or have not.
This is easier to apply than any other types which is good point.

-Seat type

The cloth has already contained wax.
It can wax a car with just wiping.
This is very workability, but its durability is so-so.

●Car liquid compound

Car liquid compound makes scratches on the car body less noticeable by polishing to make the car body around the scratches gently.
Please use the appropriate type of compound which depends on the depth of scratches.
If you want to remove a deep scratch, you should polish with rough compound, and then, you should polish with fine one and finish it.

We introduced about car wax and car liquid compound mainly, but especially car wax might be difficult to choose the best one because there are beyond the number of products on the market.

From now, we would like to explain about more detail.

Is it true that car wax cannot effect depends on its ingredients?
Truly, there are many types of car waxes.
Moreover, if you have a mistake to choose it, the car body might be caught damage by its ingredients or might get the less effect.
Therefore, you should understand about types of car waxes and let’ choose the appropriate one!

Types of scratch-off car wax

■Car wax with an abrasive

It can polish the car body and remove scratches, but not for deep scratches.
Some water spots and dirt are removed as well.
If you polish it strongly, there is possibility to make small scratches on the car body.
Therefore please do not polish with too much.

Scratches are removed by polishing, so these become less noticeable even though the car wax is off.
The work is not so hard because you can do polishing and waxing together,
however, it also polish not only scratches but also the car body little by little at every applications.
Please be careful when you apply it for plastic parts.
They are almost paste type and liquid type.

■Car wax without with polishing materials

This type of compound is silicon fills in scratches and it make them less noticeable. However, it just makes scratches less noticeable, doesn’t remove. So after car wax comes off, scratches become noticeable again.
Usually this type is stronger hydrophobic than paste and liquid car wax with polishing materials/
We don’t recommend this if you are reluctant to polish the car body.
Also this is almost type of solid type.

The durability of scratch-off car wax

Car wax is not durable such as glass coating.
Solid car wax, paste car wax and liquid car wax can long last in this order,
but we recommend to apply car wax once a month even though solid type which is the longest durability in these.

Bad points of scratch-off car wax

If you leave your car long time without car washing after you apply car wax or apply it too much, these cause oxidation of car wax and it sticks to the car body. Then it is very difficult to remove it, sometimes your car might be damaged.
Moreover, it looks not so good due to black and yellow stains. Especially, please be careful about gaps in a hood, this part is easy to oxidize.

In the long run, how about scratch-off car wax?

In our conclusion, we don’t recommend to use it for removing scratches…
It cannot remove them completely and the car body is damaged by using the car wax again and again. However, the type of fill-scratch cannot remove scratches themselves.
Therefore we think that polishing with compound is the best way for removing scratches.
We would like to describe how to polish with compound below.

This is the best! How to remove scratches and make a car glossy!

We understand that “removing scratches = making scratches less noticeable”.

“Is there any ways to remove them completely?”

You might think like this.

To tell the truth, for removing scratches, polishing with compound is the most excellent.
Compound is a fine-grain and there are a several types such as coarse and fine.
It sounds difficult, but saying in an easier way, it is a liquid version of fine for a wood.
The work is by using a sponge or an electric machine.

If scratches are not so deep, they can be removed because polishing tears off scratches with the car paint surface together thinly.
(※ If scratches are deep such they reach under the car paint surface, it impossible to remove by polishing, so let’s ask professional’s work!)

Also compound can remove stubborn dirt which cannot be removed with normal car shampoo, such as water spots, the pitch, droppings and so on.
For this reason, it is not too much say that the car body rest by polishing at once.

However, please make note that polishing with compound has demerits.
It polishes the car paint surface and the clear layer even though the compound is how fine.
This work is needed a certain level of technic, for example if we polish the same part,
you might need more repairing because the car paint surface is polished, too.
This is the one of troubles which can be happened when we use the polisher.

On the other hand, polish the same part with a sponge,
rarely the car paint surface becomes whitish like a thin haze due to the heat.

Moreover, using a polisher has some problems which that a polisher is expensive and it needs a source of electrical power to use.
(It is very time-consuming if you need to polish not only partial or but also whole of a car.)
Special paintings, for example a scratch sealed and self-restoring coat, should be better to avoid unless we find the influence by polishing as much as possible.
The car paint surface cannot be undone at once you polish, if you feel fear of these demerits, asking professional car detailers can be the one way even though it is expensive.

After polished the car body with compound…

This is just an addition, after you polished the car body with compound, it is the perfect time to apply glass coating!!
Because the car body is clean – there is no scratches, the dirt and the oil – the preparation for glass coating finished already.
You can apply glass coating immediately after you wash the car with car shampoo carefully and drying the water.
Surely it can keep a car beautiful and glossy.
We recommend it highly even though it is a little bit time-consuming.

By the way, glass coating is able to make superficial scratches less noticeable.
(Please don’t forget that glass coating CANNOT remove scratches completely.)

Prevent against daily scratches by glass coating!

From this paragraph, we described about how to remove scratches which has already been on the car body.
Nevertheless, if we’re going to do it, it is much better than it we can prevent against scratches, isn’t it?
Of course, if your car gets scratches, you can deal with them by filling or polishing unless the scratches are very deep.

However, there is one thing which we cannot forget…

As we said above, we polish the clear coat and the paint surface.
If we polish a car every time when the car gets scratches, its car paint surface will run out.
If the car paint surface runs out, you need the expensive and time-consuming repair,
in the worst case, there is possibility to say good-bye to your precious car…

If you prevent against scratches in advance, you are caring and keeping your car beautiful, don’t you?
Then, for the prevention of scratches, glass coating is highly recommended.
Please consider about “100% genuine-glass coating”, not “glass-like coating”.
100% genuine-glass coating forms the glass layer on the car body.


▼Our Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM is like this.

[View details about 100% genuine-glass coating Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM]

If we apply it to a car, the glass coating doesn’t form the thick glass layer with naked eyes,
but the car body is protected by the glass layer indeed. The glass coated car body is harder to scratch than the naked one.
Sadly, a car will be got some scratches by all means, such as driving, parking, daily washing and using a car wash machine.

However, it is different from before applying glass coating, in this case,
the area where gets scratches is the glass layer on the car paint surface.
It means that when we polish with compound to remove scratches, first the glass layer is polished at first,
so the damage will be reduced quite a lot.

In Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM’s case, reapplying glass coating is possible to fill scratches with glass
and then the scratches is made less noticeable due to the reflection of the light.
The reapplied parts the strength of glass layer become stronger, so that is killing two birds with one stone!

Additionally, the water repellency (the water-sliding effect) is very well,
so we recommend it strongly because dust and droppings are removed easily and then you can cut the time for daily car washing.
Therefore, we recommend Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM for not only the prevention of scratches but also the maintenance!

By the way, this strayed from the topic of removing scratches…
The faded black plastic parts by the long-term deterioration can take back its original color by applying Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM, too.
Please don’t forget to apply this part!

Perfect application with Pika Pika Rain after removing scratches!!

From now, we would like to explain how to prepare and apply Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM step by step.

STEP1: Washing a car with your hands

First, remove the dirt which is adhered on the car body with plenty of water.
After this, make bubbles with car shampoo and wash a car with microfiber like you stroke it softly.
Finally, please wipe off with another dry microfiber cloth or microfiber chamois completely.

STEP2: Polishing with compound

(You can skip this step if you don’t care about scratches, water spots not so much.)

It can solve almost all of problems like scratches, water spots and so on.
Compound is also useful for removing old car wax or car coating.
Pika Pika Rain Liquid Compound has two types, Fine and Ultra-Fine. Please apply Compound Fine for scratches or swirl marks removing.
On the other hand, Compound Ultra-Fine for final mirror finish.
(Application order is Fine and Ultra-Fine.)

[How to apply with a sponge]

First, put proper amount of compound which you shake it well on a sponge.
Next, apply compound straight forward.
Please move to a next small area and repeat these steps to finish.

[How to apply with a polishing machine]

First, put proper amount of compound which you shake it well on a sponge.
Next, move a polishing machine horizontally and buff the area that needs attention.
Please move to a next small area and repeat these steps to finish.

※Caution※

Please be careful not to polish too much for both cases.
Moreover, after polishing, please don’t forget to wash a car well and wipe off the water with Pika Pika Rain Microfiber cloth.

[View details about Pika Pika Rain Liquid Compound]

STEP3: Removing the oil

Remove the oil with Pika Pika Rain Oil Remover.
This is not necessary,
but it makes car glass coating is better, so we would like you to do it even tough your car is brand new.

[View details about Pika Pika Rain Oil Remover]

STEP4: Applying the glass coating

Finally, after the preparation, let’s move to the application of glass coating!
At first put proper amount of Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM on a sponge (The first time is 5 or 6 drops, after that please add 2 or 3 drops) and apply to the car body with the sponge thinly.
Then immediately please wipe the area where you applied in with Microfiber Cloth.
We recommend to repeat applying the car body into small areas.
If you apply it for a spread area at one time, the liquid get dry and you cannot apply it evenly.

This is how to do the preparation and apply Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM.
Some of you might feel troublesome about STEP2 and STEP3, but the durability of glass coating will be quite different from you do it or do not it!!
Car wax can last from one month to three months.

However, Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM can last three years at once you apply it!!
(Of course, it depends on the situation of keeping and the frequency of driving…)
Please consider about it if you think that “It is troublesome the application again and again…”

[View details about 100% genuine-glass coating Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM]

Cost-effective Glass Coating!!

How was this article?

We introduced about many merits and demerits about glass coating, but if we’re going to do the application, it is important to think about its caring for the future.

Of course it is not bad to make a car beautiful with the paste wax.
However, when we think about the durability of gloss, we can recommend glass coating because it forms the glass layer and it can last three years.

We cannot help avoiding scratches on the car body in a daily life.
If we apply the car wax to them less noticeable, but after the car wax removed, scratches are remarkable, again.

However, if apply the glass coating after polishing with the compound,
you don’t have to be worried about scratches not to damage on the car paint surface directly, because they are on the glass layer of glass coating.

Car wax is cheaper than glass coating, but we have to apply car wax many times.
Therefore, the application of glass coating which is only one time should be very easy.

You might think that paste car wax with polishing materials and gloss, but the after caring is hard and you glass coating is better.

Both of them have their own good sides, it is the best you can care about your car by your own way which adjusts your preference and your life style.

Must-read for BMW riders! Glass coating for your precious motorcycle!

Wat is the best caring for a motorcycle?

All of articles in our previous blog introduced car caring before.

Thank you for waiting for this time, all of motorcycle riders!!
This time we would like to introduce how to care for a motorcycle which is a must-read for all riders!!

Some of you who tale a ;pmg rpad trip on a motorcycle might ride longer distance than car drivers. Your affection for your motorcycle which you have been riding for long distance anytime and anywhere should be so deep.

However, cannot help avoiding from long-term deterioration even though you treat it carefully.
In addition, the more you ride a motorcycle, it gets damaged due to many reasons… for example, exhaust gas, sand, dust, rain and so on.

“I also love a motorcycle which has many scratches because I can find its distance which my motorcycle has been driven!”

Some of you might think like this, but almost all must want to keep your own motorcycle beautiful as much as possible for a long time.

“I want to ride my motorcycle a lot… but I also want to keep it beautiful…”
Caring for a motorcycle is necessary to solve your dilemma.

“What is the best care for a motorcycle?”
“Is it okay in the same way as a car? Is there anything special for a motorcycle?”


You might think like these.

Of course, they are different vehicles and their ways of caring should be changed naturally. Actually, there are many products designed for a motorcycle.

First, we would like to introduce about glass coating for a motorcycle from washing to surface treatment.

The supreme caring with glass coating!

Maybe some of you hardly hear about motorcycle glass coating as much as car glass coating.
In fact, numbers of glass coating for a motorcycle is few, however, we highly recommend glass coating for motorcycle!!

What is the reason glass coating goes well with a motorcycle?

Here are merits for applying glass coating below;

1.Improvement in the gloss

Applying glass coating makes a motorcycle glossy same as a car.
Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating can apply from wheels to mufflers and they are covered with a luxury veil of gloss such the motorcycle gets wet.
Moreover, the water repellency gets better and it makes wiping becomes easier than before, so you can save time for washing a motorcycle.

2.Improvement in raising the power of soil resistance

There are many people who ride a motorcycle even though in rainy days.
Your motorcycle should get dirty. However, if you apply glass coating, the dirt is hard to adhere and the hydrophobic power flown it away with rain.

If a motorcycle gets dirty, it can be removed by washing. Of course, Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating can apply a helmet, so caring for it can be easier.

Also the glass layer of Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating is very hard and it saves from scratches by fiction with your cloth. It can also save from a rust and degradation of plastic parts. This feature is quite valuable because car wax and polymer coating don’t have it.

3.Durability

The durability of Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating is 3 years.

In a motorcycle case, there are many parts which is touched with the rider, however, you don’t have to be worried about glass coating adheres to your clothes or be removed by friction easily unlike car wax.
Also the heatproof temperature of the glass layer is 1200℃, so you can apply to a muffler and you don’t have to be worried about beeing removed by heat.

DIY glass coating is the best cost-effective!!

“I understand glass coating is good, but my problem is cost… ”
We recommend DIY glass coating for you who think like above!
Incidentally, if you ask car detailers, the price goes up to below;
(It is only one of the rough estimate.)

[The price of car detailers]
Helmet … About JPY 5,000
Over 1000cc … About JPY 62,000
750cc – 999cc … About JPY 55,000
400cc – 749cc … About JPY 53,000
125cc – 399cc … About JPY 49,000
Under 124cc (Small motor vehicle) … About JPY 47,000
BMWb … About JPY 52,000 – JPY 80,000

[The price of DIY glass coating]
Pika Pika Rain for Motorcycle … JPY 4,980

Pika Pika Rain for Motorcycle can be applied all parts except rubber parts such as a tank, a front fender, a front cowling, an engine, a muffler, a front fork, a swing arm, around a handle, a flame, a seat coating, a wheel and a helmet.

Of course you have to do all works from washing a motorcycle to applying glass coating by yourself.
We recommend applying by detailers if you feel tired of DIY products, however, DIY is recommended because there are few areas which you need to apply and it’s cost-effective.
A half day is enough to finish all works from washing to applying glass coating by yourself.

Applying glass coating makes the protection and the gloss much better.
However, daily caring is very important indeed.
In the next paragraph, we’re going to talk about regular washing and caring for a motorcycle.

Regular car washing is full of nice!!

A motorcycle is getting dirty with exhaust gas, sand, dust, rain… and so on.
We recommend to wash a motorcycle regularly in the same way as a car.
Washing a motorcycle is a nice way that will be able to kill two birds with one stone: make your motorcycle beautiful and inspect the condition of the whole parts while washing.
For example,

– A bolt looseness
– Presence or absence of scratches, rusts and cracks
– Oil leakage
– Abrasion and deterioration of tires

These are difficult to find out when you just ride a motorcycle.

Speaking of washing a motorcycle, some people wash it with only cleaner on the market which is waterless, however, please always wash a motorcycle with water before you apply glass coating. It depends on which parts you want to apply glass coating, but if you apply the body which is still dirt, the dirt is shuttled in glass coating.

Therefore you intend to make your motorcycle beautiful, but it has the opposite effect to what was expected. So, please wash your motorcycle with plenty of water carefully.
It can wash the parts which is out of the reach of you and also a dirt which adheres on the back of gaps by daily drive can be removed.

Now, we would like to explain washing a motorcycle with water in order step by step!

About washing a motorcycle with water

*Cautions before you wash

The important preparation before you wash a motorcycle is taking water proof measures.
Please mask-off and protect the areas that you don’t allow to get wet. Because these parts have possibly of breakdown because these are naked a masking tape, wrapping and gammed tape. (For example, a key cylinder, a muffler exhaust port and behind of the sheet.)

1.Remove any dirt with a plenty of water


After taking water proof measures, wash off any dirt on the motorcycle body with a plenty of water. Please try to wash off the dirt which is not stubborn as much as you can.
(Ex. when you wash gaps of grooves blow it by high water pressure of a hose.)

2.Wash a motorcycle gentle with Pika Pika Rain Car shampoo


Making bubbles by Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo (it can use for motorcycle, too!) and wash a motorcycle from above. If you scrub too much, it causes scratch, so please wash a motorcycle with microfiber cloth softly like you stroke it.
When you wash small parts where you cannot reach, using the tip of microfiber cloth or soft tooth brush.

3.Wash off with a plenty of water not to remain bubbles and dry


After you wash completely, let’s rinse with plenty of water not to remain bubbles. If you didn’t rinse all of them, the remained Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo will damage a motorcycle. Therefore, please wash it off completely same as step (1).
After that, please wipe off and dry with microfiber cloth or microfiber chamois.
(Pika Pika Rain Microfiber Chamois which has a large water absorption area is highly recommended!)

For water gathered in the inner parts, shaking a motorcycle or using a tip of microfiber cloth and using an air spray are good.
If you need to dry it immediately, driving for a short time is one of the way.
However, please don’t forget to wipe off the water and check whether your motorcycle gets dirt after driving…
Then you might understand rough order of washing a motorcycle.

Finally, just one more caution which you must not forget!
When you wash a motorcycle with car shampoo, there is possibility to be washed off not only dirt but also oil and grease which is necessary for chain and working parts.
If you drive without filling the oil next, parts life can be shorten due to worn and the motorcycle cannot put on speed well as you think.
Therefore, please fill the oil absolutely.

Before the application of glass coating!! Get the more gloss by a little effort!!

How do you prepare for the glass coating?

The step depends on the condition and the motorcycle is new or second hand…
The application of glass coating is easy, but the preparation is surprisingly time-consuming.

Not a few people think “It’s too much bothersome for me…”
However, there is a big difference between you do the preparation and you don’t.

Importance and merits of the preparation

Please imagine a dirty car…

Surely you will wash it first, won’ you?

However, there are still some dirt and water spots which cannot be removed by washing.
Then let’s assume we move forward on application of glass coating and then the dirt is coated, too. In this situation, glass coating doesn’t work enough.

If some adheres on the car body, the degree of adhesion with glass is weaken and the capacity of glass coating may go down.

Moreover, sometimes dust and sand on the car body though it looks beautiful after washing.
Then, the preparation below can make glass coating effect fully.

How to do the preparation

STEP1:Hand-washing

First step is basic washing a motorcycle.

Let’s making bubbles with soft, microfiber cloth.
In this time, you should use natural car shampoo which is not contained a polishing material. Also Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo is natural, so please consider using it if you haven’t.

[View details about Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo]

[View details about Pika Pika Rain Microfiber Cloth]
STEP2:Removing iron filings

Next, let’s remove iron filing which is stuck in the car body.
When you touch the car body after washing, but you feel it isn’t smooth though it looks beautiful.

This identify is iron filings.
If you leave it, iron filings get oxidized and harm your precious motorcycle. Therefore, please deal with it. Iron filing can be removed with clay and an iron fillings remover.
After removing them, please don’t forget to wash a motorcycle with water again.

STEP3:Removing water spots

Let’s remove strong water spots which cannot be removed Pika Pika Rain Ion Deposit (Water Spot) Remover.

Please make sure that once you apply glass coating even though there are water spots on the car body, you cannot remove them easily!

[View details about Pika Pika Rain Water Spot Remover]
STEP4:Applying compound

Polishing with compound makes a motorcycle beautiful. It can solve almost all problems like scratches, water spots and so on.

Pika Pika Rain Water spot Remover is for water spots which doesn’t cover a widespread areas. On the other hand, if you want to remove both of scratches and water spots, Pika Pika Rain Liquid Compound should be good.

Sometimes a brand new motorcycle has already been applied wax when you take delivery it.
In this case, you must remove everything with Pika Pika Rain Liquid Compound.
This preparation is necessary process to make a motorcycle without any wax and coating.

[View details about Pika Pika Rain Liquid Compound]
STEP5:Applying oil remover (degreaser)

This is also very important. This work is a process to remove oil which adheres on the car paint and it makes the degree of adhesion between the car body and glass coating much better.
We recommend to do it even though a motorcycle is brand new.
The point of choosing an oil remover is the main ingredient which is matched with the glass coating.

There are two types of them, one is alcohol and the other is oil and when you apply Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating, we recommend to use the alcohol type.

[View details about Pika Pika Rain Oil Remover]

Now, almost all preparation is finished.
The finishing will be changed dramatically by a little effort, so let’s do the preparation without stint of effort before applying glass coating!

By the way, if you need to apply compound for a large area, the work should be hard and time-consuming, so, please use a polishing machine as much as you can.

It doesn’t mean that you must do all of them, however, the more you stick to the preparation, the more the finishing is beautiful. Therefore it might be good you will challenge from them as much as possible.

This is perfect!! How to apply glass coating for a motorcycle!!

After you finished the preparation, finally let’s go to the application of glass coating!
It is very important to understand well about all of the works before you start.
Please don’t do that in a blind way, let’s do that after you prepare necessary tools and appropriate situation.

First, here are necessary tools below;

Pika Pika Rain for Motorcycle
– Several pieces of Microfiber cloth (for washing and drying)
– A bucket
Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo (or a natural shampoo on the market)
Pika Pika Rain Oil Remover (if you have)
– A masking tape
– Industrial tools ( if you want to take apart motorcycle parts)

We will move forward with the next stage!

1.Washing a motorcycle

This is very important before applying glass coating as a car. Please wash even though a motorcycle is brand new. Washing with only microfiber cloth, not a brush nor a sponge.
Please add car shampoo liquid into the water (0.5-1?) of a bucket.

(2 or 3 caps of Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo is appropriate.)
Making bubble with power of a hose which is a type or shower or stirring with microfiber cloth and your hands.
Next, please wash a motorcycle with a microfiber cloth carefully.

A motorcycle has many small parts and some of them are not good match with water. Therefore, please take water proof measures for parts which you don’t allow get wet such as a key cylinder, a muffler and so on.

Please have a look how to mask below;
Also please do not wash chain prats too much even though it cannot be used masking tape.
Finally, please wash off bubble well and wipe off with dry microfiber cloth completely.

2.Drying

“Do we need it again? We have just finished it?”
You might think like above, but, this is a very important work for applying glass coating. It causes the finishing of glass coating, so please don’t too lazy to do it.

There are many ways, but please choose the easiest way for you from below.

– Driving a little
This is the quickest to cut the water. However, on the other hand, there is possibility to adhere dust on the car body, so please wipe hole of the motorcycle after you drove.

– Leaning and shaking the car body
This is an oriental way, but it can cut most water.

– Leaving one day
It also can cat water, but please use a sheet not to pile dust which is in the air if it’s possible.

– Using an air gun
There are few people who have it, but it can blow water which is in the small prats away. Please utilize it if you have.

3.Application of Pika Pika Rain

Finally, you can star the application of Pika Pika Rain Galss Coating!!

[Cautions before the application]

– Please make note that Pika Pika Rain CANNOT apply to chain parts, around the break, shields, rubber parts such as tiers and window shields.

– We recommend to repeat applying the surface of the car body into small areas, not to apply for a spread area at one time.

1.)At first put about 5 drops on a sponge. (First time you can put more to apply it smoothly.)
After that please add a small amount when the sponge makes squeaky noise.

2.)Apply to the car body with the sponge thinly. At this time, if you apply it same direction makes finish better.

3.)Immediately wipe the area where you applied in step2 with Microfiber Cloth. Do not leave a long time as car wax.
Spread the solution and make a thin, even layer to the surface of the motorcycle.

4.Finish!!

The application is finished if you can check whether you applied evenly under the sun light. Please do not allow your motorcycle get wet for 12 hours after the application. Rain and night dew as well.
If you get wet, please wipe the water with Microfiber Cloth immediately and softly.

***

That is how to apply Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating for a motorcycle.
It is also introduced in our video below, so please have a look it before you apply.

On the whole, it might be time-consuming, however, your shiny motorcycle should blow away your tired away!

Let’s drive your motorcycle like brand new forever!

As we said above, if you apply glass coating, your motorcycle doesn’t get dirty easily,
However, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t get dirty definitely.
The duration of glass coating depends on the situation of keeping and the frequency of driving.
Therefore, after all, the daily caring means a great deal in the end.

“I don’t set aside time for all things to do… for not only glass coating but also washing and preparation…”
“I want to drive my motorcycle more if I have time for doing that!”

We can understand you feel tired like these very well.
Of course, it is the best if you can do all, but, you should better to do only you can possible from those first. Still much better than when you don’t anything.

Your motorcycle can be beautiful much as you take care of it.
When you think in this way, your daily caring might become more joyful!!

Let’s keep on driving your motorcycle which like brand new forever!!

Get the ultimate gloss! Tips for making a car glossy.

A glossy car is so cool!!

Have you ever been surprised when you had seen car bodies at exhibitions?
Everyone who loves cars ought to think like this.
“Wow, that car is shiny and so cool!!”
A beautiful car catches everyone’s attention, doesn’t’ it? Because we can find the owner cares about it well and before everything that the car is very attractive.

The car which we said above is applied some coating to the car body.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to get an attractive gloss by only washing a car.
(Of course washing a car is the most important in car caring!)

Many people who can keep their cars beautiful might spend a lot of money for polishing and applying glass coating by professional detailers to make their cars glossy.
We cannot do full-scale polishing and coating by ourselves, it is too hard to apply by ourselves, so there is the only one choice which is asking professional. However, it is too costly and time consuming you ask professional detailing every time your car is caught scratches or glass coating starts to come out.

“Nevertheless, I want to ride an extremely glossy car!!”
“I want to make my car catch the eyes of everyone its beauty!!”
For you who think above, we would like to introduce the low-cost way and tips of making your car glossy like an exhibited car on your free time.

First is the explanation about three necessary things to make a car glossy – “car wax”, “car polymer coating” and “car glass coating”.
Maybe many people have already known them, but we summarize each (gloss, features and durability), so let’s make your car glossy by the best matched way for you!
Also tips how to make a car glossy are mentioned below, so we very much hope you will read it until the end.

You can do it by yourself! How to make a car glossy

Mainly there are three kinds which can give a car gloss – Wax coating, polymer coating and glass coating.

Before solid wax was main as making gloss, however, in these days, the number of DIY glass coating and people who apply them are increasing.
Which one is the best?
To be honest, it is very difficult to say the answer because each features are so much different. Then, what is the difference between wax and glass coating?

We summarize as below.

[ About Car Wax ]

wax
Gloss;
Glare insists itself strongly.

Features;
You need to wipe it off after applying due to carnauba which is the main ingredient.
Please make note not to apply it too much even though you want to make a car glossy. Because there is possibility that you cannot apply evenly now wipe it off completely. Its gloss and shine are strong due to the main ingredient.

Durability;
About from 1 month to 3 months.
It depends on circumstances how to drive and keep a car. If the rainy weather continues, car wax is taken out easily. Moreover, because the oil is contained, so if you leave a car without any maintenance, it might change to stubborn dirt. Therefore you need daily washing and waxing a car.

[About Polymer Coating]

coat
Gloss;
Between car wax and glass coating. It has both shine and translucent gloss.

Features;
It is a simple type of coating which is contained a mixture of a lot of silicon, resin and sometimes glass component, too. Almost of them can apply easily, it is finished only by spraying/applying and wiping off. It doesn’t have gloss like car wax, however, it can get strong and translucent gloss like glass coating.

Durability;
From 1 month to a half year.
It depends on the ingredients, however it is no longer than glass coating same as car wax. If you want to keep its gloss, you need to apply it regularly.

[About Glass Coating]

glass
Gloss;
Elegant. It is moist like it gets wet. It also makes your car deep color.

Features;
It doesn’t have the glare gloss like car wax because it doesn’t include fats and oils, but, the car body is coated by glass and it makes the elegant and translucent like an earthenware.

When you apply car wax, you apply it whole of the car body and wipe them after a while.
On the other hand, when you apply glass coating, the work is a repeat which applying the surface of the car body into small areas and immediately wipe there.

It is recommended if you need beautiful and natural gloss which doesn’t insist too much.
In the case of Pika Pika Rain PREIMIUM, it is crystalized by moisture in the air, so you have to wipe off water and dry the car body before you apply.

Durability;
Around 3 years.

It isn’t removed easily because it forms the glass layer on the car body. The gloss will be lost by getting dirt under circumstances of driving and rainy weather, however usually it will get brilliance by careful washing with car shampoo and applying car detailing agent. In addition, the glass layer doesn’t drop off unless you polish it with a polish machine.

Can you imagine the product which may get your favorite gloss?

Also it might be good that choosing whether it is possible to take care of glass coating easily in your daily life.

Please make note that we talked above only for a new car which doesn’t have scratches and dirt much.
For a second hands car or a car which is covered with scratches and dirt, you need the preparation before application to make glass coating more beautiful.

Nowadays many tools and applicators are sold. From the next category, we would like to explain about the way of cleaning up a dirty car as the preparation for glass coating in great detail.

What should we do if a car has already been dirty by scratches and water spots?

Although you are eager to get the ultimate gloss, some of you might be anxious it is too late due to many scratches and water spots on your car. However, it is fast to give up!
We would like to introduce about how to deal with them carefully!!

How to deal with scratches

Scratches which are got during washing and driving a car can be removed by polishing with compound. If scratches cover with a wide area, handwork is getting tough and polishing evenly get hard as well.
Therefore, we recommend polishing with a machine on the market.

The applications with compound change a little by tools, so we would like to introduce both of them.

[Hand application]
(1) Wash a car to remove any dust and dirt and dry the car completely.
(2) Put proper amount of compound on a sponge.
(3) Apply compound straight forward.
(4) Move to a next small area and apply using steps #2 and #3 to finish.
(5) Wash a car completely after polishing and wipe off with a clean microfiber cloth.

[Microfiber Cloth application]
(1) Wash a car to remove any dust and dirt and dry the car completely.
(2) Put proper amount of compound on a microfiber cloth.
(3) Apply compound straight forward.
(4) Move to next a small area and apply using steps #2 and #3 to finish.
(5) Wash a car completely after polishing and wipe off with a clean microfiber cloth.

[Machine application]
(1) Wash a car to remove any dust and dirt and dry the car completely.
(2) Put proper amount of compound on a buffing pad.
(3) Move a polishing machine horizontally and buff the area that needs attention.
(4) Move to next a small area and apply using steps #2 and #3 to finish.
(5) Wash a car completely after polishing and wipe off with a clean microfiber cloth.

When you apply compound by any ways, please be careful not to polish too much. Moreover, please also make note that the glass layer of glass coating is removed by applying compound.

Pika Pika Rain Liquid Compound has two types, Fine and Ultra-Fine. Please apply Compound Fine for scratches or swirl marks removing. On the other hand, Compound Ultra-Fine for final mirror finish. (Application order is Fine and Ultra-Fine.)

How to deal with water spots

If water spots are not so stubborn, they can be removed by daily car washing. However, if you leave water spots on car body for a long time after raining, they will change to white spots due to crystalize minerals such as calcium when the water evaporate. We call this “Ion Deposit”. It is very strong and stubborn, so it cannot be removed by daily car washing, water spots which we said above can be removed by Pika Pika Rain Water Spot Remover literally.

Here is the way of application.

(1)Wash a car in advance and remove extra dirt.
(2)Put a few drops of Pika Pika Rain Water Spot Remover on cotton, then place the cotton on strong water spots.
(3)Put off the cotton in 30 seconds (if water spots are strong, in 1 minute).
(4)Wash the car again not to remain Pika Pika Rain Water Spot Remover and wipe off with a clean microfiber cloth.

Pika Pika Rain Water Spot Remover is very strong, so if you apply in a wrong way, the glass coating is decomposed itself. Therefore, please make sure three things, “apply in a small area”, “do not leave for a long time” and “wash it off in the end”.

“There are many water spots which we cannot be covered with cotton…!”
We recommend to the machine application of compound. We want to care your car without missing before we must do a hard work, don’t we?

[Tips for making a car glossy vol.1] Re-applying of glass coating

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Say frankly, one of tips to make a car glossy is double coating.

However, the amount of Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating is only 25 ml and it is same size as Zippo lighter.

“Can it apply twice with such as little amount?”
“I feel anxious using one bottle in a one time.”

There are quite a few people think like these, but don’t worry about it!
Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM spreads very well, so usually only half a bottle (12 ? 13 ml) for applying an ordinary sedan. (Of course, it depends on size of a car.)

Though it is much cheaper than applying by car detailers, we don’t want to throw away the leftover of Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM, do you?
Then we would like to introduce double glass coating in this time. It can get more gloss, deeper color and more effective water repellency, too.

However, it is suitable for advanced people because you should set a schedule and judge if the letover liquid is able to use to apply coating. Just one more thing, please make note if you fail to apply, it is your responsible.
Then in this paragraph, we would like to explain how to apply double coating in detail to reduce mistakes as much as you can.

[STEP1] The first application of Pika Pila Rain PREMIUM

Just read an instruction and apply it normally.

[STEP2] Storing the bottle appropriately

After the first applying, please close a cup tightly on the bottle and store it in a cool, dark place such as a refrigerator. The air makes crystalizing fast, so don’t forget to close a cup tightly.

[Step3] Wait the first layer to be completed

Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM needs two weeks to be completed, so please apply after 2 weeks when you applied it first time.
If you apply again before completed, there are possibility that wiping and using sponge hurt the first layer. Accordingly please set a suitable schedule.

[STEP4] Check the leftover liquid in the bottle

Check the condition of leftover liquid. Here are the check points.

・Whether something powdery white(it is crystal) on the top of the bottle when you open the cap
・Whether liquid in the bottle becomes cloudy

Above are signs which has already started to crystalize, so please hold back applying in these situation.
Rarely, the liquid is usable but some crystals are on neck of the bottle.
In this case, please wipe off the crystals on the bottle with microfiber cloth before you use.

[STEP5] The second application

After checking the liquid and if it is possible to apply, let’s apply it immediately. Because the hardening is still keep going. Moreover, your car might get dirty during this period, so please wash your car with soft cloth like microfiber cloth, same as the first application.

There is possibility to damage the applied glass layer if you wash a car with sponge. Please be careful not to damage a car as much as you can. After washing a car, please apply the second coating on a car which is dried completely.

Please apply by following in the instruction again. However, please apply it thoroughly without any carelessness. Also please don’t forget to check whether you apply evenly. Also please DO NOT allow your car get wet for 12 hours after application and approx. 2 weeks to cure completely.

[STEP6] Finish re-applying of glass coating!

After 2 weeks to cure completely, finally double coating is done!!
Enjoy the ultimate gloss!!

How was it?

You need a lot of time from the preparation to the first application finished.
Additionally, you need to set the schedule with consideration of the weather, too. So we think that it might be hard a little if you do the second application.

By the way, the storage period is around 1 month after you opened the bottle. Though you close the cap tightly, the crystallization goes on little by little. That’s why applying quickly is important.

You must pay attention about other cases such as when you leave the cap of the bottle opened a long time and some water and liquid in the bottle are mixed together during the application for some reasons. Because the glass coating liquid crystalize faster than as usual in these cases.

It seems like that it will take a long time to do the second application when you read how to apply. However, understanding only a few points and you can get the ultimate gloss with the leftover liquid.

This article should be helpful for you who think that you don’t waste the glass coating liquid of it and you’re thinking about the double coating.

[Tips for making a car glossy vol.2] Combination with Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM & Pika Pika Rain 2

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We’ve introduced the tips above, however, there is more other tips for experts!
This is a secret information which is known by only few people in our customers and our staffs. Some of you who have been reading our blog for a long time might understand it.

The answer is… applying Pika Pika Rain 2 on Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM!!

To be honest, this is not so cost-effective.

The total cost goes up to JPY 178,300 (Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM JPY 9,850 + Pika Pika Rain 2 JPY 7,980) and it is very gorgeous in DIY glass coating. (Of course it is much cheaper than detailers…)

However, its finishing become the very “ultimate gloss”!!
Now, we would like to introduce about required information and the way of applying.

[Preparation for glass coating products and each instructions]

(1)Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM – Glass coating with the deep and luxurious gloss

Making the glass layer by original method (STG method) which is the highest level percentage of glass and it forms the translucent glass layer.
It produces luxuriousness with the attractive deep gloss which people cannot help touching.

(2)Pika Pika Rain 2 – Long-seller polymer coating in the radio shopping with the glare gloss

It refreshes the car gloss quickly like a mirror.
The glare gloss is its distinctive quality and it is also different from glass coating’s solid gloss.

[How to apply]

(1)Applying Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM
Please have a look about the preparation and washing a car from our blog below;

[Perfect preparation]
https://www.pika2rain.com/blog/manual-1/
[Perfect application for Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM]
https://www.pika2rain.com/blog/perfect-glasscoating/

(2)Wait 2 weeks after applied Pika Pika Rain PREMIU

(3)2 weeks later, applying Pika Pika Rain 2
Please make note that Pika Pika Rain 2 needs to re-apply once a half year to keep its gloss for 3 years. It means that the bottle is usable five times, so please don’t use all at once!

[How to apply Pika Pika Rain2]
https://www.pika2rain.com/fs/pikapikarain/all/TOP-PIKA2

(4)Wait 2 hours until Pika Pika Rain2 is hardened
When you finish all of the works, there is your precious car with the ultimate gloss in front of you!! Moreover, the durability of protection layer is very nice due to applying glass coating, Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM as the base coat.

It is succeeded if the touch changes from squeak like touching a mirror to smooth touch!
Enjoy your ultimate gloss-life!!

[What should we do when the gloss gets unclear?]

You need to apply Pika Pika Rain2 once a half year to keep its gloss.
When its gloss gets unclear, please apply the leftover again on Pika Pika Rain 2 which has already you applied.

[How about the demerits?]

・It is unsuitable for people who need the solid gloss because this method is applied Pika Pika Rain2 on Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM.

・As above, you need to apply Pika Pika Rain 2 many times.
On the other hand, glass coating is just once application, so some of you might feel tired of it.

・The water repellency is overwrote with “Hydrophilic effect”. It means that “Water-sliding effect” – the one of the biggest features of Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM cannot be effected fully.

【Application example】
This picture is an example of combination with Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM and Pika Pika Rain 2 by our staffs.
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“I cannot be satisfied with usual gloss anymore!”
“I want both of the durability like glass coating and the gloss like car wax!”
“I want make my car prominent for the exhibition!!”
Please try it if you think like these!!

[Extra article: Combination with Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM and Nano Pika Pika Rain Type-K]

We haven’t said it yet, but Nano Pika Pika Rain Type-K which is recommended officially is excellent with Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM of course!

Please use it after 2 weeks when you applied Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM.

Then the fresh texture of Nano Pika Pika Rain Type-K is added to the moisture gloss of the glass layer.
If you apply only Nano Pika Pika Rain Type-K every time you wash your car, it can keep the gloss and texture continuously.

From thinking about the durability and gloss, glass coating is the best.

Honestly, everyone has own preference of gloss. Some people like the glare gloss, but others like the moisture gloss. Therefore, in our opinion the “ultimate gloss” can be produced by sets of glass coating and glossy coating products.

If you can wash and wax a car frequently there is no problem with applying only car wax, but we recommend to apply glass coating for the protection of a car if you’re too busy to wash a car. Applying glass coating can make the gloss refresh with only washing a car when you’re busy in the worst case. (Of course, the gloss is lost by scratches and water spots on glass coating.)

Future more, you don’t have to worry about the bad effect on the car body by the glass layer because it becomes inorganic after crystalized. In car wax and polymer coating which is short duality, the deterioration and oxidation can be caused if you forget to care about a car. Then there is no more talk about making a car glossy anymore.
Protecting your precious car should be connected with getting the ultimate gloss.

Let’ aim at the ultimate gloss with DIY products!!

What is the most cost-effective way of glass coating application? How about the market price for glass coating?

Where should we apply glass coating?

What aspects do you value when you choose and buy a new car?
Many people tend to choose as a whole, from its function, price, appearance and so on.

A new car when you had loved at first site in the catalog or at the exhibition.
It would be great if we could keep the car brand new for long time, wouldn’t it?

Applying glass coating to a new car makes it beautiful for long time. Also home car wash and daily maintenance get so easy.

Usually car dealers ask “How about glass coating as an option?” when you decide to buy a new car.

However, are we only able to apply glass coating in this way?
The answer is NO.

We have three choices to apply glass coating below;

– To ask car dealers
– To ask professional car detailers
– To apply by oneself (DIY glass coating products)

In this article, we would like to introduce about each advantages, disadvantages and market prices in detail. (Sorry, we show the price in Japanese currency… please check in your country’s currency.)

Part 1. Quick and easy car dealers


You can ask dealers to apply glass coating as an option.
Some of you might think that you’re going to ask them because you already have relationship of trust with them.
From now, we would like to tell its advantage and disadvantage.

【Advantage】A car is delivered with glass coating.

This is the biggest advantage of applying glass coating by car dealers.

You can ask them to buy and apply glass coating at the same time, so your new car is delivered with glass coating completely when you get it.

You don’t need to bring your new car to the car detailers again and wait a few days until the car detailing finished.

It means that you can drive your new car right away!

“I need to save any time and effort to find car detailers and bring my car to them!”

“No matter what I want to drive my new car as soon as possible!!”

We recommend this way to you emphasize the speed.

【Disadvantage】The optional price is comparatively expensive.

On the other hand, the high-cost is the disadvantage.

If a car is large, the price for glass coating will rise to around 100,000 JPY. It cannot be helped because it saves a lot of time and effort as we said above, but it is a very serious problem if you want to save costs.

Anyway, the price depends on dealers of course. Also it varies depending on the manufacture, type, class, size, model year, color, and painting (such as pearl, metallic…etc.) of the car.

Therefore, you should better to check the price before you ask them certainly. Moreover, please be careful the person who applies is like. A dealer is not professional of car detailing, such as a car detailer. Therefore, sometimes the person who applies glass coating doesn’t have enough knowledge of glass coating. Otherwise it is worse, he is an absolute armature.

Accordingly, we recommend to check who and where applies just in case.

[The average price for glass coating by dealers]

Light automobile (Hustler, Lapin…etc.)
From 50,000 JPY

SS size (Aqua, Vitz, Roadster…etc.)
From 55,000 JPY

S size (Insight, Axela…etc.)
From 60,000 JPY

M size (Prius, Levorg, Skyline…etc.)
From 65,500 JPY

L size (Crown, CX-5, Cercior…etc.)
From 70,000 JPY

LL size (Priusα, Harrier, X-TRAIL…etc.)
From 75,000 JPY

3L size (Voxy, Serena, Odyssey…etc.)
From 80,000 JPY

4L size (Alphard, Vellfire, Hiace…etc.)
From 85,000 JPY

Part 2. Skillful and plentiful after-service car detailers

Most of you want your car keep beautiful by apart from DIY glass coating, maybe you ask to car dealers as we said in Part1. However, we think that looking for an ideal car detailer can be one of your choices if the price is too high at the dealer or if you want to apply glass coating to a used car.

Now, we would like to introduce about its advantages and disadvantages.

【Advantages】They have skillful staffs and plentiful after service.

1)Your car gets high-quality finish with their solid skill from preparation to glass coating.
-However, you need to research reviews and ask detailers directly and it is very difficult to find out the reliable car detailer.

2)Most of them have sincere guarantees such as a regular inspection.
-This point is recommended to you who hesitate to control your car condition. Some of them inform a regular inspection diligently. Moreover, their inspection is covered with not only outside but also inside and if you have one of them close to you, car maintenance will get easy.

3)3- They solve troubles which you cannot deal with them by yourself.
-They are very reliable when you are in trouble with recovering your failure of DIY glass coating, removing terrible scratch or strong water spots and using a professional machine.

【Disadvantages】It is very costly and there is possibility that they tell a lie.

1)If you ask them to apply glass coating, not easy polymer wax is so expensive.
-Of course, car detailers are cheaper than car dealers, but you feel that it is more expensive than DIY because it needs labor costs and technical fee.

2)You cannot drive your car while applying at the car detailer. Car dealers apply glass
-coating before delivery of your car, but, on the other hand, you need to leave your car even though you have been using, so, it is inconvenient. Some car detailers provide an alternative car, so you would be better to ask.

3)Most of their regular inspection is essential.
-This point might be the advantage as we said above…
Please check applying fee includes regular inspection. However, some of them ask us to pay the regular inspection fee every time. In spite of long durability of glass coating, total cost effect could be bad in the end if we have to pay every inspection.

4)They only apply polymer coating or wax as if it was glass coating.
-Most of car detailer’s original glass coating meet this case.

Especially, the easy car detailer with gas station tend to call all similar products as “glass coating”, but they are actually “glass-like-coating”. We understand it is difficult to find out real glass coating, but let’s compare and examine from gathering information as much as you can.

To be honest, there is not a big difference between professional and amateur in glass coating finish. However, preparing the surface such as polishing and buffing requires technique and makes the difference. If you are not satisfied with DIY results and seek the perfect ones, please consider about asking car detailers once.

[The average price for glass coating by detailers]

Light automobile (Hustler, Lapin…etc.)
From 50,000 JPY

SS size (Aqua, Vitz, Roadster…etc.)
From 55,000 JPY

S size (Insight, Axela…etc.)
From 60,000 JPY

M size (Prius, Levorg, Skyline…etc.)
From 65,500 JPY

L size (Crown, CX-5, Cercior…etc.)
From 70,000 JPY

LL size (Priusα, Harrier, X-TRAIL…etc.)
From 75,000 JPY

3L size (Voxy, Serena, Odyssey…etc.)
From 80,000 JPY

4L size (Alphard, Vellfire, Hiace…etc.)
From 85,000 JPY

Part 3. Overwhelming cost-effectiveness and a feeling of satisfaction after finished DIY


If you want to save costs, applying by yourself is the best! These days, quality of glass coating products on the market is getting better and better, so you can get same durability and gloss as applying by car detailers unless you don’t choose a bad product.

Then we would like to introduce about its advantage and disadvantage below.

【Advantage】Drastic cost cutting in car detailing

We might think that this is the most important point. If you ask to car dealers or car detailers, they need several ten thousands Yen at least. However, if you do it by yourself, applying fee is FREE!! Furthermore, DIY glass coating products can be applied easily and the results look like professional. There are many products which can be applied in 3 hours (or less than it).

One point advice! How to distinguish glass coating

You must have good eyes to tell the difference between a real glass coating and a glass-like-coating.

“Anyway, what is the REAL glass coating?”
Some of you might have a question like this. For us, Pika Pika Rain defines real glass coaling as liquid change to real glass after crystallized and it protects a car.

Two of examples below are not called as crystallized glass coating;

.1) You need to apply the product once or twice a year.
.2) Liquid doesn’t harden and changes to soft silicon, not glass.

Please be careful these products before you buy because they don’t last long like real glass coating.

Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating change to glass layer after crystallized and a car is protected by it, so you can use it without any worries!

【Disadvantage】You should do everything on your responsibility.

For example, if there are many scratches on the car body, you have to polish the car. Also if oily dirt still on the car body, you have to remove it, too.

If you fail to apply and glass coating is not applied unevenly, it’s just your fault. Unfortunately, you must deal with it on your responsibility.

You need be careful not to get the car wet for certain period. The method of preservation and the weather as well.
Glass coating is difficult to be removed once it’s happened, so that’s the very reason for ensuring that preparation should be perfect with reading the instruction.

You should be better to ask to the manufacture by phone or email if you have any questions. About Pika Pika Rain, please contact us below any time!!

TEL: +81-6-6245-4500 MAIL: japan@pika2rain.com

[The average price for DIY glass coating products]

From a mini car to a large-size car
Under 10,000 JPY
(One bottle of Pika Pika Rain PREMIUM can apply two mini cars if you do very well.)

Perfect preparation makes glass coating professional quality finishing!!

The preparation is the most important work before applying glass coating.

Why is this so important?

The answer is that glass coating cover car paint surface with glass layer as it is. It means that glass coating finishing is reflected by the condition of car paint surface directly.
Of course things to do will change by car’s condition. Then we would like to introduce about varieties of preparation as an extra article.

Compound


When you check your car carefully, there are many scratches and water spots which is adhered to the car body even though you care about it passionately. Unfortunately, you cannot help it.

However, Pika Pika Rain Liquid Compound can remove scratches and water spots (Ion deposit) by polishing the surface thinly and make it fine.

Oil Remover


Always the oily dirt is on car paint surface. It is not only daily dirt but also remaining car wax and coating which you applied before. Oil remover can deal with them.
Removing oily dirt makes glass coating easy to adhere to the car body. Gloss and durability of glass coating is changed by how close it bonds to painted surface, so we recommend to adopt this work as possible.
Please make note that there are two types of oil remover in the car care market. The one contains alcohol and another contains oil. Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating contains alcohol, so please choose the same type of oil remover.

Ion Deposit (Water spots) Remover


Water spots are very hard to be removed by daily washing.
Pika Pika Rain water spots remover is possible to remove them easily. It is simpler than using polishing machine, so we recommend to apply for partial water spots.

Preparation for a new car

A new car doesn’t have remarkable dirt and scratch, so we think that polishing with compound is not necessary. Glass coating lasts long by applying oil remover.

Washing with car shampoo

-Drying completely with microfiber cloth and applying oil remover
-Applying glass coating

Preparation for a secondhand car

In this case, you must do preparation. Polish with compound completely and remove scratch and dirt on the car body.

Washing with car shampoo

– Polishing with compound to remove scratches and strong water spots
(If water spots are partial, only applying water spots remover is fine.)
– Washing with car shampoo to remove compound completely
– Drying completely with microfiber cloth and applying oil remover
– Applying glass coating
If you apply in above steps, the beauty of glass coating is brought out!

Find a combination to fit your budget and lifestyle.

We introduced about car dealers, car detailers and DIY glass coating. We hope you understand each advantages, disadvantages and the market price. Please don’t forget that the market price is only a target figure, so that asking car detailers to make a quotation is the best way to check the exact price.

“I’m interested in DIY glass coating, but I don’t have enough place / confidence to apply…”

“I’m anxious about scratches on my second car, but I don’t have any equipment to polish…”

If you cannot find your best style from three ways which we introduced, how about these combinations below?

Bring a glass coating product to car dealers or car detailers

Actually, some of our customers bring Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating to their favorite car detailers and ask them to apply it. You need to discuss with them, but there is worth to try it if you have any friendly car dealers or car detailers.

Asking only preparation for glass coating to car detailers

Also our other customers ask car detailers to remove scratches, water spots and iron filings which they reluctant to do. Then they apply Pika Pika Rain by themselves.

The average price for glass coating

Types Car dealers Car detailers DIY products
Light automobile
(Hustler, Lapin…etc.)
From 50,000 JPY Under 10,000 JPY
(Some products can apply two cars.)
SS size
(Aqua, Vitz, Roadster…etc.)
From 55,000 JPY Under 10,000 JPY
S size
(Insight, Axela…etc.)
From 60,000 JPY
M size
(Prius, Levorg, Skyline…etc.)
From 65,500 JPY
L size
(Crown, CX-5, Cercior…etc.)
From 70,000 JPY
LL size
(Priusα, Harrier, X-TRAIL…etc.)
From 75,000 JPY
3L size
(Voxy, Serena, Odyssey…etc.)
From 80,000 JPY
4L size
(Alphard, Vellfire, Hiace…etc.)
From 85,000 JPY Under 20,000 JPY
(Need two bottles for a large / wide car.)

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Everyone has own idea about which points they want to save. For example, time, price, effort…etc.

Please compare and examine your preference and compromise points until you can find the best way to apply glass coating!

The best way to last long for glass coating!!

Do we need to care for glass coating in the first place?

You tend to be satisfied when you finished applying glass coating, don’t you?
Many manufactures and DIY products (our products, too…) say, “Our product can last for 3 years!”, so you might think like this, “I don’t need to do anything from now!”
However, our words mean that the durability of genuine glass layer lasts long.
If you want to keep glass coating the best condition, to be honest, it is better to care your car.

Because the main purpose of glass coating is protection for car paint surfaces which is under glass coating and glass coating is damaged instead of them.
For example, if some strong chemical agent adheres to the car body, it doesn’t eat into it, but glass coating will be taken off. Also glass coating will be dirty instead of car paint surface.

If you leave those, naturally glass coating performance will be down.
Then, what should we do for keeping both glass layer and painted side beautiful and high performance?
We will explain it from now in the next paragraphs.

Washing a car is necessary even though you apply glass coating!

-“If I apply glass coating, a car has never got dirty, hasn’t it?”
-“Is washing with water enough to keep a car beautiful?”

Many people might misunderstand like these, but our answer is NO!!
Of course, glass coating makes easy to remove dirt, but it is not equal that you don’t need to wash a car.
Washing a car is a very important work.

What if you don’t wash a car at all?

What if you don’t care for your car because you applied glass coating?

The biggest problem is dirt which cannot be removed by washing. Of course a car with glass coat is easier to remove dirt than without it. However, if you expose a car for several months to the rain, ion deposit (water spots) will be made on the car body.

Ion deposit is a white ring mark which minerals crystallized in the water and then once it is made on the car body, it is very hard to be removed.
We have only two choices to solve this problem.

One is polishing with compound and another is applying water spots remover.
However, unfortunately, the former removes the layer of glass coating together and also the later might melt the layer of glass coating if you make a mistake for the way of using.

If you have already got water spots, we recommend to apply Pika Pika Rain water spot remover as soon as possible.

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Frequency of car washing after applying car glass coating

Some of you might have a question, “How often should I wash a car?”

Basically, it is the best you wash a car when you feel your car get dirty. Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating has an excellent antifouling property, so we recommend washing a car once a month. However, the frequency depends on the situations of parking and the weather.

For example, if you drive a car once a week and keep it in the garage. Moreover, you hardly drive in rainy days. In this case, your car might be still beautiful even though you don’t wash a car more than a month.

On the other hand, if you drive every day and park in the outdoor parking, your car might get dirty easily during a month. Also there is high possibility that strong water spots stick to the car body.

Therefore, be cautious and wash a car when you feel your car get dirty.
A car which is glass coated is easy to wipe out and remove dirt because its drainage is very good.
If you still feel troublesomeness, how about using the car wash item for time savings below?

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[View details about Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo]

How to choose car wash method

How about a car wash machine? Truly, this is an easy way, but the brush and mop might scratch on the car body because sometimes small stones are caught in them.

If you really want to use car wash machine, please choose the type of high-pressure washing. It doesn’t use brush and mop, so it lessens the risk to scratch.

We strongly recommend home car wash, washing by hands. It hardly gets swirl marks and it is easy to remove dirt which is adhered to small car parts. The most important thing is that you can notice and deal with problems at the early stage.

This is the best car washing!!

We said that washing a car by hands is highly recommended in the last section.

-“Is it okay just washing? Is there any points for car washing?”
-“I don’t have a confidence in my way … is it right?”
In this section, we will solve your questions at once!

We will introduce and explain the best way for home car wash each steps.

【Step1.】Remove any dust, dirt, grime and other substances with plenty of water.

Your car gets dirty by dust and sand even though you always pay attention to your car.
First, please wash away them by plenty of water.

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[View details about Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo]

【Step2.】Stir the car shampoo to make bubbles.

Prepare a bucket and 0.5 – 1ℓ of water and pour a capful of car shampoo(15㎖) into the water.
Please make note the ingredients of the car shampoo.

Use the shampoo which is not contained a polishing material not to remove the layer of glass coating. Any neutral shampoos you can use, but Pika Pika Rain Car Shampoo will reduce your time and labor for car washing.

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【Step3.】Soak a microfiber in the car shampoo and wash the car completely.

You don’t need to brush too much if the dirt is not so strong.

It is important to use smooth microfiber cloth, not towel nor sponge for the protection of glass coating.
After you wash the microfiber cloth with water, you can reuse it.

However, please do not use the microfiber cloth which wipe the glass coating. The reason why is that the crystalized glass coating might damage on the car body.

【Step4.】Rinse and dry the car completely.

Rinse with plenty of water. Then, please don’t forget to dry the car with microfiber cloth completely as a finishing. Also be careful to dry cracks in the hood and doors where is easy to remain water. If you keep the car wet a long time, it makes water spots.

These four steps are our best car washing. No car washing, no long-lasting car glass coat.
We very much hope you will try it!!

Don’t you wash the car in the bad situation?

Ignorance about washing a car might harm your precious car… so, you should get an accurate knowledge and wash the car appropriately.

Bad examples and their reasons

【eg.1】Car washing under the blazing sun

Many people might have the image which washing a car should be done in sunny days.
However, surprisingly, it is wrong.

Because even you wash a car completely, water drops on the car body dry very quickly under the sun light before you dry the car body and these cause water spots. The car get dirty by washing… don’t you think it’s meaningless?

Accordingly, cloudy days are the best for washing a car.
If you really need to do in sunny days, we recommend to wash and apply in the morning to avoid the car body temperature is increasing,

【eg.2】Hydrophobic wash or Waxing after car washing

These days it is very easy to do hydrophobic wash and waxing wash at gas stations and many busy people use them.

You might think that it is easy and quick, but it just applys the hydrophobic coat spray to the car, so its gloss and water repellent effect cannot last long. After all, you need to do again and again in a short term. Waxing wash as well.

How about glass coating? Exactly it takes time to apply first, but the durability is longer than hydrophobic/ waxing wash and maintenance is not time-consuming.

【eg.3】Washing a car with the different quality of water

Have you ever cared about the water quality?

Also have you ever washed the car with well water (ground water)?

We’d like to talk about cautions for washing the car with well water.
The water quality depends on its area and depth. Moreover, the difference which you don’t notice might damage on your car by washing car with well water.

Well water contents more calcium than tap water and then it has a high risk to make strong water spots on the car if you forget drying. Especially, please be careful to wipe water which drops form around the headlights and door mirrors.

Is there any other ways to protect glass coating?

The answer is the detailing spray!

Daily car wash is a good way as a maintenance for glass coating. However, some of you might think, “I want to do my best for my car…!”
Then we would like to introduce “Nano Pika Pika Rain” series, detailing spray for glass coating.

What if you apply our detailing spray?

It improves the gloss and water repellency. So, if you want more high quality finish, please try our detailing spray.

We have three types below;

– Nano Pika Pika Rain Type-K (Water-sliding effect)
– Nano Pika Pika Rain Type-H (Hydrophobic effect)
– Nano Pika Pika Rain Type-S (Hydrophilic effect)

Normally, we recommend that you use same type of water repellency as glass coating.
Incidentally we might say that Type- K has many good reputations which makes smooth touch.

On the other hand, our detailing spray is also very useful for some of you who are satisfied with only applying glass coating, too.

Nano Pika Pika Rain series form the protection layer on the glass layer which is formed by glass coating. This protection layer drop off naturally in a several months, so you should better to apply the detailing spray every car wash. It means that dirt and water spots on the protection layer can remove with it when you wash the car. In other words, the protection layer is sacrificed to the glass layer.

However, the effect which we said above is the only case when you use both Pika Pika Rain Glass Coating and Nano Pika Pika Rain series.

Sometimes we receive inquiries whether applying other company’s detailing spray with our glass coating is right or wrong, but, to be honest, these questions are very difficult to answer. Because we don’t know what ingredients in other company’s products, so we cannot judge and answer it surely.

Basically, using same company products is the best way to make the synergy effect, so, we recommend to get together same company products for beginners.

(If you really want to use, please test on the edge where unnoticeable on your responsibility…)

Please make note that Nano Pika Pika Rain series is only for improving and protecting the glass layer, not for removing iron filings and an oil film which cannot remove by washing completely. In this case, lets’ apply maintenance products occasionally, like iron filings remover and oil remover (degreaser)…etc.

Keeping glass coating as much as we can…

We understand that it is difficult to do everything which we said above, but, if you only try some of these and glass coating will keep its quality for long time!

However, it is true that the glass layer is getting worth and worth in a long term even though you care your car diligently. Of course, the durability of the glass coating is largely dependent upon the parking situation and frequency in drive.

Some of our customer says that he still feel the effect of glass coating after he applied 5 years, but, on the other hand, some other customer say that they notice event though before 3 years sadly.

Then, we think it is a good choice to apply the glass coating again when you feel the effect gets weak. And then try to keep glass coating by washing and maintenance.

Let’s keep your car beautiful as much as you can in this cycle!