HydroSilex is a manufacturer of silica-based products that protects virtually any type of surface. Now, I know silica is one term that is thrown around in conversations all too often.
There is silica sealant, silica-based tire dressing, silica coating, and you are probably familiar with the “do not eat” silica gel. But, in every case where silica is mentioned, the underlying quality discussed is always its “protective” quality.
This review will focus on everything you need to know about auto detailing with HydroSilex products: why should you even consider the product? Can you DIY, and what do you need? We’ll also discuss what we think are the best HydroSilex products on the market today. Read on for more, we’ve got every detail covered.
Best-selling HydroSilex Detailing Products in the market – Our top 4 picks
Though HydroSilex is relatively new to the silica-based protection market, they’ve come out strong with quality products and today we are going to look at four of them:
- The HydroSilex Recharge
- HydroSilex Slick
- HydroSilex Rewind
- HydroSilex Marine
Read on for their detailed review to help you understand why I choose to look at these four.
- Brand HydroSilex
- Product Dimensions 9.8 x 3.1 x 9 inches
- Item Weight 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars
- Size 32oz
- Manufacturer Part Number HSR
Irrespective of the driving conditions, whether that be a humid or dusty terrain, to most drivers, all they really want is for their vehicle to look clean and shiny after a good wash. HydroSilex Recharge shares that concern.
Designed to protect virtually any type of surface, the HydroSilex Recharge is a universal product that is very easy to apply even for first-time users. Once cured, which happens pretty quick, the nanoparticles in the product sets into a transparent top layer that adds gloss and protects the substrate from the environment.
You can use HydroSilex Recharge as a standalone product or apply it as a maintenance coating for other ceramic coating brands.
The bottle says to “Apply on all surfaces”, if we’re to go by what that, then Recharge can be applied on a variety of vehicles and surfaces including cars, trucks, boats, lawnmowers, glass, kitchens, motorcycles, bicycles, plastic, metals, fiberglass, vinyl, countertops, single stage paints, paint protection film, wheels, wood, Plastic-Dip, gel coats, clear coat finishes, the list is endless.
- Easy to use product
- Nanoparticles fill pores in paint creating a glossy, water-resistant finish
- The super slick surface makes cleaning extremely easy
- Instant water-resistance effect upon contact
- Anti-corrosion, anti-oxidation, and UV protection for any surface
- Brand HydroSilex
- Item Weight 2.29 pounds
- Package Dimensions 9.1 x 3.2 x 3.1 inches
- Item model number 2698783503
- Manufacturer Part Number HYDO-SLK
- Average Customer Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars
- Size 32 oz
Vehicle tires do a lot of work; that’s why it’s recommended to give them some TLC. When you need a thick tire dressing that leaves an even glossy shine on your tires, then what you really want is the Hydrosilex Slick’s tire protection.
With this product all you need do is clean the tire thoroughly, let it dry, then apply one coating of Hydrosilex Slick on your tires for a deep, smooth luster and shine.
It features a unique color matching technology, which when applied helps darken weathered tires, dries quick and does not sling. If your tires are extremely weathered and now look older than they actually are, or you simply need a gloss that matches the body of your vehicle, two coatings of Hydrosilex Slick is all you need.
Hydrosilex Slick will help guard against UV rays and other pollutants that can cause your tires to yellow, brown, or even crack. It’s good the product comes in a large bottle so you can build a protective base by applying a light coating every week or after a thorough wash.
Pick up a bottle of the Hydrosilex Slick today and protect your tires from the elements, it’s easy as that.
- Unique color matching technology.
- Long lasting deep luster.
- Easy to apply.
- Quick dry and non-sling.
- Anti-corrosion and anti-oxidation protection
- Brand HydroSilex
- Item Weight 2.59 pounds
- Package Dimensions 9.2 x 4.7 x 4.7 inches
- Item Model Number 2698779445
- Manufacturer Part Number HYDRO
- Average Customer Rating 4.0 out of 5 stars
- Size 32oz
Whether it’s a student aiming for an ‘A,’ an Athlete targeting the gold medal or vehicle owner trying to install paint protection, every person that succeeds at some endeavor knows that proper preparation is the key.
Before applying wax, ceramic coating or sealant on a vehicle or any surface, the cleaning process usually begins with a thorough wash to remove oil or other contaminants and is often followed by other decontamination processes to remove tougher contaminants.
For long-term paint coating there a critical step that determines how long paint coating lasts. This step involves the use of special cleaning products to strip the surface of any residual product or oil.
HydroSilex Rewind is a product formulated to help you strip the surface of wax and grease before applying a protective layer. The idea is that paint coating longevity will be closer to the estimated duration when it is applied directly to the paint and not on top of residues stuck to the surface.
Rewind is perfect for removing ultra-fine layer of oil, polishing and dust particles, fingerprints, and other contaminants that may impact negatively on the product’s ability to bond to the surface.
Simply spray Rewind on the surface and buff away the excess with a clean microfiber towel. Once you are done using HydroSilex Rewind, you’ll be left with a truly clean surface ready to bond with a paint coating like the HydroSilex Recharge, Slick or Marine.
- Safe breakdown of oil
- Easy to use
- Brand HydroSilex
- Item Weight 2.4 pounds
- ASIN B07HY74DP
- Manufacturer Part Number HYDRO
- Average Customer Rating 5.0 out of 5 stars
- Size 32oz
From the name of this product you can quickly tell that the HydroSilex Marine was specifically formulated to protect gel coating mostly found on boats, jet skis, etc. This product offers similar protection as HydroSilex Recharge: it forms a barrier that protects your boat from grime, salt, dirt, and UV rays.
HydroSilex Marine is formulated to withstand the harsher aquatic environment.
This formula packs into the product a higher concentration of Sio2 nanoparticles, which according to HydroSilex, can protect your water vessels for up to a year.
Many vehicle owners looking for long-lasting paint protection for their vehicle will be glad to know that even though Marine’s label says “for use on watercrafts,” HydroSilex thinks you should try Marine out on trucks, motorcycles, planes, cars, lawnmowers, kitchens, bicycles, glass, metals, gel coats, fiberglass, vinyl, paint protection film, single stage paints, wheels, wood, Plastic-Dip, stone, countertops, clear coat finishes, virtually any surface.
- Easy to use product.
- Nanoparticles fill pores in paint creating a glossy, water-resistant finish.
- The super slick surface makes cleaning extremely easy.
- Instant water-resistance effect upon contact.
- Anti-corrosion, anti-oxidation, and UV protection for any surface.
- Brand MATCC
- Item Weight 1.65 pounds
- Product Dimensions 7.9 x 7.9 x 3.9 inches
- Manufacturer Part Number MATCC
- Average Customer Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
After a good thorough wash, drying is the next important task to tackle; you’d want to dry as fast as you can to avoid watermarks.
I personally use one of these to get most of the standing water off my vehicle in one quick, clean wipe.
Any water streak I missed is usually gone on the second go, that’s after I’ve squeezed the towel or with a second dry towel.
These double layered microfiber towels are a must-have if you need a big and thick towel that quickly gives your vehicle the shine it deserves after a thorough cleaning. Excellent for interior detailing too!
- Super absorbent soft material.
- Towels are reusable and machine washable
- Perfect for cleaning trucks, cars, boats, dishes, countertops, etc.
- Lint-free material leaves no scratch on the cleaned surface.
- Three color multi-purpose package
What is HydroSilex?
HydroSilex is the brand name of Sio2-based nanoceramic detailing products like the HydroSilex Recharge, Rewind (wax and oil remover), Slick and Marine.
Why buy HydroSilex products?
Here’s why you should trust HydroSilex’s detailing products:
- Nanotechnology beats waxing
When you hear or read about nanotechnology, your mind quickly races to the last movie you saw tiny machines or micro-bots do amazing things. Far from that, though nanotech is also used in the medical field, the first application to break through mainstream use is a wonderful product that makes your car look like it just came out of the factory, freshly painted and waxed.
A nano-ceramic coating is a liquid applied by hand on virtually any surface. The coating fills any cracks or scratches on the surface it is applied to, and when it sets, what you get is a beautiful super-slick, mirror-like finish that nothing sticks to. If your car gets scratched often I recommend pairing HydroSilex with this scratch remover.
- Accessible Price Point
For those that love to give their car the best care available at a reasonable price, HydroSilex products are super-wallet friendly. A single 32 oz container of HydroSilex Recharge at $53.09 USD can be used on ten cars with each protective application lasting a duration of four to six months. Considering the price and the beautiful mirror finish it sets into, it is very much worth every penny.
- Long-Lasting Protective Finish
How often have you waxed your car only to watch your effort wear off after a wash or two? With HydroSilex products, one single application can protect your car from UV rays for a very long time. On a 1-10 scale, the finished look literally blows pasts 11. Heck, HydroSilex’s finish puts wax creams in a museum. To build a strong protective base that prevents fading from exposure to the elements, the best application routine should be done every three to five weeks.
- Detailing made easy
Whether you’re a vehicle owner that wants a temporary fix until you can afford a full professional ceramic coating or you just want your vehicle to shine every now and then without breaking the bank, then it might interest you to know that HydroSilex products are simple enough to be used by anybody.
Applying an even coat of HydroSilex literally takes about 10-12 minutes: spray on, wipe off, let it set … Done!
- Multi-Surface Application
What type of surface would you like to have a glossy look? Is it truck wheels, boat painting, kitchen floor, countertops? HydroSilex’s Sio2-based nanotech formula is perfect for a multitude of surfaces. The interesting part is the fact that it instantly improves the look of, and protects from the elements any surface it is applied on.
- High Compatibility with other product
You know that scenario where you buy one product, and then when you want to try something else you need to wash aggressively to remove the previous product risking scratches to your paint? I found HydroSilex to work just fine when applied on pre-existing protective creams from other brands.
How long does HydroSilex last?
HydroSilex claims that their products can last up to six months, in the real world I think that will be somewhere between four to seven months depending on the weather and exposure.
To get longer coverage, I recommend spraying another layer every 3 weeks before the previous layer wears off, as the product was designed to be layered, so each application protects the previous layer.
I’ll give HydroSilex Marine a go on my car, if it does last close to the touted 12 months I’d totally be blown away.
How can I get the best results?
There are three methods to install HydroSilex’s nanoceramic coating products: Dry, wet and foam cannon application. I personally recommend only the dry application for DIY user, the other two should be left to professionals.
To get started with the dry application simply follow the steps:
- Give your vehicle a thorough wash
- Dry with a microfiber towel.
- Apply HydroSilex Rewind and buff with a dry towel (this step is optional, but recommended).
- Spray Hydrosilex Recharge onto vehicle surface.
- Quickly dry with a clean microfiber towel.
- Apply HydroSilex Recharge at least twice for best result.
- Remember, all these should be done on a cold surface away from sunlight.
How long does HydroSilex take to cure?
At most 10-12 minutes.
The process is really easy: Wash thoroughly, dry, apply HydroSilex, buff up the excess and let it cure.
Should I ceramic coat my car?
Yes, you should. It is necessary if you want to preserve your car’s paint for as long as possible.
The benefits are numerous: coating protects your paint from UV ray, which without some protective coating, makes your paint fade faster; a ceramic coated car is better equipped to withstand the elements, irrespective of the terrain it is driven through; HydroSilex is anti-corrosion and anti-oxidation; and, of course your car looks polished like it just came out of the lot –I definitely want my car to look like that every day!
Can I use the wet or foam cannon method to apply HydroSilex Recharge?
Yes, you can, but we do not recommend this method as it is really tricky to get the right finish. Only use if you know what you are doing. If you want to, you can always experiment with one side.
As a DIY nanoceramic coating, HydroSilex products can be used at the comfort of your home and it takes roughly twelve minutes for an all-round even coating. From what we’ve seen, HydroSilex provides vehicle owners with a superior nano-ceramic coating at a very affordable price.
If you are a skeptic–like I am, I mean that’s why I test these products. I recommend you test the waters with HydroSilex and from the result, you can judge for yourself. If you’re impressed, then, sure enough, a single application every three to four weeks will keep your car looking new for a long time to come.