Congratulations on your decision to purchase the Cilajet Aviation Grade Protection System for your vehicle! Your Cilajet application will allow you to spend less time keeping your vehicle clean and shiny, but please take a few minutes to review the care instructions below.
Materials needed to hand wash your vehicle are available at any auto parts store, and most department stores that carry automotive wash supplies. We recommend using a micro-fiber wash mitt, a tire/wheel brush for washing, and a "California Blade" (squeegee) or a micro-fiber shammy towel for drying. You might also consider purchasing an inexpensive bug sponge to help remove bird droppings, tree sap, or bug residue that has been left on the vehicle more than a few days. While Cilajet protects your paint from damage by those chemicals, you should wash them off as soon as possible to enable easy removal.
You should always use a detergent that is formulated for washing vehicles, never use dishwashing or laundry detergents. Car wash detergent will rinse off easily, it will not build up soapy residue, and it will not work against the Cilajet application. Most any quality car wash is safe, a good one to consider is Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash. Whatever brand of car wash soap you use should not contain wax. You do not need the wax component of car wash soap, and after repeated use these waxes can build up on your paint, which will actually reduce the shine. For the wheels, use the same detergent that you wash the body with. Never use high strength or caustic wheel cleaners. They are not necessary to remove brake dust or dirt. You will save money by not purchasing them, and will also reduce the amount of harmful chemicals entering our water supply.
You should always rinse the car from the top down to remove most of the dirt particles before you begin washing, and always wash from the top down and clean the wheels last. Using this method reduces the chances of getting large particles of grime into your wash mitt that can scratch your paint. Whenever possible, use the squeegee or micro-fiber towel to dry your vehicle. Cilajet will protect the finish from damage caused by water spots, but if you do not dry the finish you may see some spotting. This is caused by dust in the air, pollen, or sometimes minerals in the water. These spots should easily wash off, but again you can prevent them by drying the surfaces thoroughly.
We recommend using a touchless car wash when possible, also, opt for the basic wash. Cilajet protected finishes do not need wheel cleaner, or other chemicals offered at extra cost. We recommend against "hot wax" or other wax sprays offered at car washes, because Cilajet is protecting your finish. This will save you money, and again reduce the amount of harmful chemicals entering our water supply.
There is no need to wax your vehicle when it is protected with Cilajet Aviation Grade. If you choose to apply wax, we recommend using a pure Carnuba paste wax such as Meguiar’s Gold Class Pure Carnuba. Apply by hand using a micro-fiber or foam applicator, remove with a micro-fiber towel only (not a terrycloth towel). You should never use any pre-softened, liquid, or spray wax; this includes the "nano" or "polymer” varieties (as they contain petroleum distillates that can compromise the protection Cilajet is providing to your finish).
For leather or vinyl seats protected with Cilajet HIDE, we recommend using a very damp microfiber towel (using only water) once a month to clean the surfaces. Use of detergents and cleaning products will diminish the protection and are not good for leather or vinyl seats.
Cilajet FAB is used to protect cloth seats, carpet, and floor mats. To keep these areas clean, vacuum regularly and wipe off any dirty areas with a water dampened towel. For liquid spills on surfaces protected by Cilajet FAB, blot with a towel or paper towel. If a residue remains, first try wiping with a towel dampened with water or club soda.
If your vehicle is involved in an accident or needs to be re-painted, you should inform the repair facility and insurance company (if applicable) that you have Cilajet Aviation Grade applied to your vehicle. It is the insurance company’s responsibility to bring the car to pre-accident condition, this includes re-application of cilajet to re-painted surfaces. You can inform the repair facility and/or insurance company to call 1.800.CILAJET to coordinate re-application of cilajet at the issuing dealership or nearest authorized cilajet application facility.