Using Our Chemicals

Handle All Chemicals Safely

  • Read all product instructions and use warnings
  • Safety data sheets are available on the Ver-tech Labs website (safety data sheets here)
  • Wear all required personal protective equipment when using chemical

 


 

How to use top sellers HEL100 Hellcat and THU100 Thunderbolt?

 

  • Both products are designed to clean and protect polished and stainless metals.
  • Proper dilution and application are required to clean effectively.
  • Best application is at low pressure.
    • Application at low pressure allows the chemical to work, loosen binding soils.
    • Foaming allows the product to clean to the surface longer (enhancing cleaning time).
    • At the correct dilution, we normally need contact on the surface for 60 seconds.
    • For best results clean vehicle in overlapping, small 10 feet vertical sections. Apply the chemical from bottom to top. Rinse from top to bottom.
    • Never let the chemical product dry on the surface of the vehicle. Wash one side at a time.
    • We recommend your high pressure pump is at least 2.5 GPM. The higher the GPM, the better impact on cleaning.
    • On hot, sunny days, cleaning in a shaded area is preferable.
  • HEL100 Hellcat should be diluted at 1:25(5 ounces of product per gallon of water). Soft water is best. Hellcat can work in hard water up to 20 grains however, cleaning ability will be diminished.
  • THU100 Thunderbolt should be diluted at 1:20(6 ounces of product per gallon of water). Works best with soft water. If your water is hard (over 10 grains), light brushing may be required.

How do I dilute THU100 Thunderbolt for different types of cleaning?

  • These are suggested dilutions only. Individual cleaning conditions will dictate higher or lower rates.
  • High Pressure washing 1:25 to 1:15  (5 to 8.5 oz of product per gallon of water)
    • If using a 10/20/30/50 gal foamer to apply 1:20(6 oz of product per gallon of water)
  • Brushing 1:40   (1/2 oz of product per gallon of water)
  • Engine degreasing 1:10  (12 oz of product per gallon of water)
    • If using a 10/20/30/50 gal foamer to apply 1:25 (5 oz of product per gallon of water)

Understanding Chemical Dilution Ratios

Proper dilution of cleaning chemicals ensures that

  • you are using the right amount for the cleaning application.
  • you are not wasting money by using too much chemical.

How do you read a chemical dilution ratio?

  • The two numbers of the ratio are telling you how many parts of water for one part of chemical product for a specific application. Remember “1” always references the chemical product.
  • Example: The suggested dilution ratio 20:1 means 1 part of chemical product for every 20 parts of water.  The same dilution ratio could be written as 1:20 meaning 20 parts of water to 1 part of chemical product.

Why should I care about the suggested chemical dilution ratio?

  • It’s very similar to cooking. If you are making a batch of chili and Grandma likes it mild, you might put in only one cup of hot peppers. For Grandpa who likes it to burn his mouth, you might be adding five cups of hot peppers. Different applications (different jobs) will often require a different strength to the solution.
  • Looking at suggested dilution ratios is one way to compare similar products. For example: Product A’s suggested ratio for wheel washing is 16:1. Product B’s suggested ratio for wheel washing is 10:1. The graphic below shows that Product A would probably make more wheel washing solution if you used the same amount of chemical. This also means that if you wanted to make the same amount of wheel washing solution, you would need less of Product A than Product B if you wanted to make the same total amount of wheel wash solution.

chemical_dilution_comparison_Ver-tech

  • Does that sound confusing? – try thinking about it this way. If I have one ounce of Product A and add 16 ounces of water, I have a 17 oz wheel washing solution. If I have one ounce of Product B and add 10 ounces of water, I have a 11 oz wheel washing solution.