It took me long enough to decide to buy the Honda S2000 GT, and when I did I decided to get some of the extras offered. While I was researching it I was thinking about the paintwork and keeping it clean, I would hand wax my old MR2 MKII every six months, and while it kept the lustre for a short while, without a lot of hard work I never really got it looking stunning, if you’ll excuse the use of the sales pitch, like the out of the showroom shine.
So I had a look at the products on offer to treat the paintwork and ensure the dirt didn’t stick so easily and found that Honda were offering the Jewelultra Diamondbrite process. I took that to the Honda UK Owners Club Forum to find out what current owners thought of it, and there was mixed reaction. Some said it was good, some said it was bad, and a lot were recommending other US products that meant a lot of hand waxing.
It was ages after that when I finally decided to buy the car, and while I was sitting there thinking about the cash I was about to part with I decided just to get it done. An extra £200 was just a fraction of the cost of the car, and if it did what it promised, well then it was worth it.
From the Jewelultra website:
The hard, high gloss protective skin that Jewelultra Diamondbrite gives, prevents road salts, traffic film, acid rain, fallout from factories, tree sap, insect fluid and other atmospheric pollutants from contacting your cars paintwork. Fading from ultraviolet light is virtually eliminated as is nitrate etching caused by bird droppings…
…The worlds leading airlines use Conserver to protect the paint on their aircraft.Jewelultra Diamondbrite website
What the site tells you that it does is that untreated paintwork is rough, and dirt sticks in those holes making it dirty quickly and harder to clean. Not only that the chemicals in there can start to damage the paint over time, making it fade, crack and even let the bodywork through to the air and begin oxidising and rusting. That’s a bad thing. So this product is applied and coated on the paintwork to smooth it over and allow dirt to slide off the car easily. Using the special conserver once a month will top up the coating and ensure a guaranteed coating for six years, keeping the car shiny and looking like it is brand new and just waxed.
So what’s it like in practice? Well I’ve just gone through the process of washing the car and it looks perfect, almost as it did when it came from the showroom. I seriously doubt you’ll ever get that kind of shine again, but it keeps it pretty close. What’s the process I hear you ask, well, let me just quickly run through it.
Hose the car down to get rid of loose dirt, use warm water and the shampoo to clean the car, hose the car down to get rid of all the soap, clean the bucket, use warm water and the conserver to cover the paintwork, hose the car down to get rid of excess conserver then chamois the car dry.
All in all this took me a grand three hours today. Mainly because of the conserver stage, and this for me is the only negative side of the experience. If you let the conserver dry on the windows it streaks, and it stays. So after the conserver has been used I tend to clean it all off the windows with some glass cleaner, but it still takes a while and is the hardest bit of work of the whole process. Oh, and a quick note, you should use the full bucket of water and conserver on the car, don’t waste any.
Other than that it’s pretty easy, and if your car is new and comes out looking sparkling, then it’s well worth the effort and lovely to do on a sunny afternoon.
The other benefit is it’s amazing repair ability. I received a number of little scratches, they aren’t that deep ad just across the first few layers of paint, not down to the bodywork at all. You’ll notice that after the conserver is applied the sponge you’ve used will be all water repellent and slightly tacky to the touch. Just use this and really rub hard against the scratch going at right angles to the direction of the scratch. Slowly you’ll notice it fade, I think this is because the conserver is filling up the damage, but it will fade. I’ve also got two very small but deep scratches, it works really well on these too. They haven’t disappeared by any means, but they have faded enough so that you only see them on close inspection.
I’d totally recommend this treatment for your car, and it’s not just reserved for brand new ones, you can get your car treated at any time. Mind you, I would think they would stipulate that the results are dependant on the quality of your paintwork to begin with. Well worth it though. I have no idea what I’ll need to do in five years time though, and if I’ll need to get it reapplied, but for about £33 per year, I’m not complaining. Gone are the days of a full day of wash and hand waxing.