What is Black Pearl?
Black Pearl Trim and Tire Armour is a water-based, polymer-based tire coating that lasts longer than conventional oil-based tire dressings.
The polymers employed are similar to those used in the architectural paint industry. Through careful selection of additives, the final cured films have the necessary flexibility and durability to perform on tire surfaces without cracking or separating, despite the stresses imposed by the ‘bend and stretch’ distortional forces associated with rotating tires, and even under harsh weather conditions.
Unlike conventional silicone oil-based products, Black Pearl does not contain any volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). There are no flammable, toxic, irritating, or carcinogenic solvents or additives. Black Pearl will not damage paint, plastic, or any other surface-type it may come in contact with, and it will not denature (i.e., damage) tire rubber. Petroleum distillates in conventional products, with repeated use, may eventually damage tires. Unlike conventional products, BlackPearl will not cause ‘fish-eye’ in auto body paint shops.
Black Pearl forms a dry film that does not sling or smear, lasts 6+ months under normal (city/hwy) driving conditions, and is not damaged by pressure washers or the car wash.
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BLACK PEARL BOTTLE SIZES
Black Pearl comes in: 4 oz. / 16 oz. / 1 gal.
The 4 oz. bottle will coat 2+ sets of car tires - two coats.
The 16 oz. bottle will coat 8+ sets of car tires - two coats.
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The black-tinted products are our recommendation on all tires and black plastic and vinyl trim parts.
For all non-black substrate applications (including white lettering on tires), for the purpose of restoring faded color and luster, we offer both gloss and matte clear finish products. Black Pearl will last for years on most low-traffic trim parts applications.
The clear finish products may be used on tires and black trim parts, but the appearance is different, and any blemishes on the substrate will show through.
The key to a great result is the tire prep. Tires have to be oil, grease, and wax free.
WE recommend at least two rounds of apply/scrub/rinse with OmniClean or your favorite (sodium hydroxide and/or sodium meta silicate based) cleaner/degreaser. Spray the cleaner/degreaser on liberally and scrub vigorously with a soft-bristled brush capable of getting in and around the tread line, and all of the raised lettering/numbering, etc. (e.g., a stiff nylon scrub brush – auto parts stores sell brushes designed specifically for scrubbing tires).
NOTE: If the list of ingredients includes D-Limonene (citrus oil), and/or the degreaser has a citrus smell, it probably will not perform a proper cleaning.
You will probably see a dark brown discharge and no suds on the first round. Keep applying, scrubbing and rinsing until you achieve a foamy-white discharge. You may just need two rounds. If you use a lot of conventional tire dressing, you may need to go around three or more times.
NOTE: Please review the safety precautions on the bottle before using the cleaning product.
All oil, grease, and wax must be removed from the surface of the sidewall. Black Pearl is water-based. Analogous to oil and vinegar salad dressing, even a thin film of oil/grease/wax forms an impenetrable barrier which prevents BP from making direct contact with the rubber and forming the bond.
OmniClean is strong. It can be diluted with one or two parts tap water, if you prefer. If you substitute with a different degreaser product, you may need to perform one or more additional rounds of apply/scrub/rinse to achieve the same result.
NOTE: If you have alloy wheels, make sure your cleaner is compatible with the finish. Otherwise, either shield the wheel from coming into direct contact with the cleaner, and/or have a damp cloth ready to quickly wipe off any drips or over-spray.
If applying to brand new tires that still have factory-wax on the surface, perform a lacquer thinner or paint thinner wipe down. Use a clean, absorbant towel. Many Detailers have been doing two rounds of cleaner/degreaser, followed by a lacquer thinner or paint thinner wipe down, on new tires.
Two simple indicators that the tires are properly prepped are: 1) rinse water wets the tires evenly, it does not bead, and 2) tires are much darker when wet.
RECOMMENDATION: A very effective way to determine if the tires have been properly cleaned is to prepare a small Black Pearl test spot on one front tire first (one coat), allow to dry, and then drive the vehicle a few miles. Inspect the test spot. If the film is cracking, flaking, or is totally removed, the tires ARE NOT properly cleaned.
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Here is a link to a very good You Tube 'How To' video to guide you through the prep and application: https://youtu.be/xqkPVGqobW4
NOTE: If you try lacquer thinner and don’t observe proper rinse water wetting, try paint thinner. We have found that in some cases paint thinner works better.
NOTE: If you receive an order that has frozen during transport, do not worry. When it thaws, it should be fine. Just give it a shake after it thaws.
Apply with the high density foam roller included in the kit. For a shinier result, spray application is recommended. Also, if a blacker and shinier finish is desired, apply a second coat. Wait for the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat (approxinately 30 minutes).
If Black Pearl gets on the wheel, or the body of the car, quickly wipe off with a damp paper towel, sponge, or cloth. It will not harm these types of surfaces.
Allow coatings to dry completely before using the vehicle. Dry time (flash time) is typically 20 - 30 minutes (i.e., milky appearance has totally disappeared), depending on temperature and humidity.
Do not expose a fresh application to rain or sustained wetting, otherwise the films may temporarily revert to the milky appearance. Wait three to four hours before driving in the rain.
Driving with fresh coatings under dry conditions and/or exposing them to direct sunlight, after they have completely dried, will accelerate the final cure process.
If the coatings get damaged (e.g. scuffed on a curb), clean the damaged portions with a damp nylon dishwashing scrub pad. Use the abrasive side to remove any loose flakes of coating that are still sticking to the tire surfaces. Perform a light degreaser clean and rinse, if needed. Once dry, apply a fresh coat of product to the damaged portions.
Periodically clean fully cured coatings with OmniClean or a similar commercial sodium hydroxide and/or sodium metasilicate-based cleaner/degreaser, or a detergent and water solution, and a nylon brush or sponge, and rinse thoroughly with a pressure washer or garden hose, to restore color and luster.
A fresh coat may be applied directly over an existing film that is clean and dry. Perform a light cleaner/degreaser application/scrub/rinse. No additional surface preparation is required.
NOTE: If two coats are to be applied on the same day, for added convenience, the un-washed roller and tray may be placed in a plastic bag, and may be stored in the refrigerator between coats for up to approximately two hours.
NOTE: Do not expose coatings to organic solvents (e.g. alcohols, acetone, thinners, petroleum distillates, etc.) or the films may be damaged.
ON TRIM PARTS: Prep surfaces with isopropyl alcohol (IPA). Black Pearl is recommended for use on plastic, vinyl, and firm rubber. On soft rubber (eg. window seals) films may cure tacky and attract dust.
On warm days, do not apply under direct sunlight. Also, do not apply when tire surfaces are warm. Also, do not apply under breezy/windy conditions. These conditions will accelerate the dry-time, which may result in a more textured final film and/or the formation of bubble-spots (due to incomplete bubble dissipation) on the film. An accelerated dry time may also have an adverse effect on adhesion and longevity.
Applying in an enclosed area, such as a garage, is recommended. For added convenience, consider applying in the early evening and allowing to cure overnight.
Do not apply at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or a proper film may not form. If in doubt, prepare a small test spot first, on one tire, to ensure best results.
Cleaning of paint tray and roller:
The applicator and tray may be cleaned with water, or a mild detergent solution followed by a water-rinse. Clean these items before the product dries.
NOTE: If, after rinsing and squeezing the foam roller under the faucet a few times after use, you soak the roller in a cup of water for a few hours, you should get several uses out of each. Otherwise, residual product still trapped in the foam will cause the foam to become more firm.
For maximum shelf life, store Black Pearl out of direct sunlight. Do not allow contents to freeze.
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