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  2. Setec Astronomy

    New to the product and lots of questions

    Well...let me say that I have resigned myself to any car I have that's a daily driver never being perfect, so if I get some marring from rinseless washing, I wouldn't really know. I haven't polished my cars in years and they still look pretty good, so my wash technique must be pretty good. Not that I wouldn't like to polish them...but you know, that life stuff. There are plenty of people that do rinseless washes and use the BRS that say they get no marring, and that may well be true. I don't have a BRS, I've used the Optimum blue waffle as well as different grout sponges, and tried the microfiber towel method, both the traditional method and the "bucket of towels" method, and I still come back to my microfiber sponge and wash/rinse buckets for rinseless. I'd encourage you to do a few more rinseless washes before you polish your vehicle again, it does take some practice.
  3. AllyChevy48

    New to the product and lots of questions

    Thank you for taking the time to reply. It's very possible. I don't want to put down ONR as I have read hundreds of reviews of it actually working correctly. I just figured I had did something wrong and not followed what I had watched on the many tutorials. I have no problem trying the microfiber method... would a 80/20 microfiber be okay and I could dedicate those towels only for washing? I also have nice chamois wash mitts if that is better to use than the BRS. That makes sense with the dirtier the vehicle and making smaller area. I only cut panels in half i.e the hood. I will have to correct the paint to remove the marring.... and try again with the ONR. If I continue with the ONR and the marring I won't be able to tell if my technique has improved. I suppose I shall do a true correction (2 step) or if there is another product you recommend to remove the marring besides the AIO (filler) (the forum will not allow me to post pictures of it due to the size)
  4. AllyChevy48

    New to the product and lots of questions

    I forgot to mention Ron that I used a second bucket with water only scrubbing the BRS and ringing out as much water as I could. I followed by dropping it back in to the ONR bucket to soak while I dried the panel.
  5. Setec Astronomy

    New to the product and lots of questions

    I'm not saying this is the case, I'm just trying to throw out some ideas and concepts. It's possible, since HD Speed is an AIO product, that it was filling some existing marring and that the ONR wash removed the "fillers". Again, I'm not saying that these are intentional fillers, just that it could happen. I have never used Speed and don't keep up too much with 3D/HD products, I'm just saying I've been at this a long time and all kinds of products can "fill", on purpose or not. Also, if you are getting dirt on your drying towel, that's a bad sign. You want to remove the dirt with your wash media, even if it takes multiple passes. I'm not a great believer in flat sponges like a grout sponge or the BRS, I prefer the non-split microfiber wash media like "the bone", but typically I would use one side of the "sponge" on an area, then turn it over to the other side and re-wash the same area to make sure you've got all the dirt off the surface before you dry. As with any wash technique, the dirtier the vehicle, the smaller the area you want to do before cleaning your media. I have to disagree with Ron that there will always be "some" dirt on the drying towel, you should strive to clean your sections thoroughly and overlap into the next section so you don't get your drying towel into the dirt from an unwashed section...what I mean is, if you are washing a door, you should wash an inch or two past the edges of the door, but only dry the door...that way you know you are drying a clean area.
  6. Ron@Optimum

    New to the product and lots of questions

    Opti-Seal does make drying towels more efficient, they absorb better and get wetter. Most marring is caused during the drying phase and your towel should not be too dirty (always collects some dirt) - I always recommend doing a second pass with the BRS if your towel is getting dirty. Hope that's it...easy to fix.
  7. AllyChevy48

    New to the product and lots of questions

    Ron, Yes of course... I polished the car three weeks ago with an all in one product. (HD SPEED). I washed the car twice since polishing and no marring or swirls. Could my drying towel being to wet from the drying process cause the issue? also is it normal for the drying towel to be soaked after a couple panels still using the opti seal... the videos I watched seems like they are not saturated like my towels were... and lastly I was getting some dirt from the drying towels after the wash method maybe this was the problem?
  8. Ron@Optimum

    New to the product and lots of questions

    Can I assume you used the inspection light before washing, so you know marring was caused by the wash? With the products/accessories you named, there should not have been damage.
  9. AllyChevy48

    New member from NC

    Thanks Ron for the welcome, I posted something in the "Ask the experts" section.
  10. Hello all, new member here. I currently use the two bucket method with grit guards, foam cannon, blower to dry finished with an Adam’s great white detailing towel for any residual water. I have read for the past couple years about the ONR and finally decided to try it with the winter cold coming and not having the hose like in the warmer months. I purchased the 32oz bottle, a BRS, and the opti seal for a drying aid. I watched a handful of tutorials and got the understanding of the steps to wash using the products. Working from top to bottom I presoaked my panels I was working and used the big red sponge to clean followed but running it over the grit guard and leaving it in the bucket to start drying. I sprayed one pump of the opti seal on the wet area followed by using my Adams great white drying towel to dry the panel. I completed the car and I must say it looked great. I grabbed my inspection light and found marring all over the panels and now I’m scratching my head as to what I did wrong. *i tried attaching pictures of the marring but it keeps saying “you are only allowed 501...”
  11. Ron@Optimum

    New member from NC

    Welcome onboard and ask away, many great (and helpful) posters on the OPT Forum!
  12. AllyChevy48

    New member from NC

    Hello all from North Carolina. I am a new member checking in. I am a weekend warrior who loves to keep my vehicles nice and detailed. (5 plus a golf cart) I am a GM tech with 10 years currently working for a Cadillac dealer. I am also in the Army Reserves. I have lots lots of questions and hope to learn a lot. Thanks for your time Matt
  13. Ron@Optimum

    SEMA 2018

    That is correct - CCR is a "restorer", not replacer.
  14. bigPelo

    New member from Qc

    My first ONR+BRS wash with opti-seal as a drying aid, done at 36F outside temp. Love the result! My second ONR+BRS wash with opti-seal of the day, no need for car wax if you ask me. But I wish temperature would have been higher so I could have tried power clean and ferrex on the wheels and tire. And tire would for sure benefit from opti-bond:
  15. A&J

    Intro

    Welcome
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  17. Lowejackson

    Intro

    Welcome to the Optimum forum. Lots of helpful people and tips here.
  18. MrNiceGuy!

    Intro

    Just wanted to introduce myself before jumping in. I'm trying to learn as much as I can about detailing for personal reasons. I have a 2011 Silverado 2500HE and a 2004 triple black Corvette convertible. I love both vehicles and trying my best to make them look their best.
  19. gspam1

    Opti seal as topper

    My experience with the new Opti-Coat sprayers has been all bad. Two Hyper-Seal sprayers broke with a couple of uses, and the same issue with a new bottle of Carpet and Fabric cleaner. The older blue bottles continue to perform great.
  20. No Soap

    SEMA 2018

    If you go through the clear when compounding, this is then nothing that could save you?
  21. Ron@Optimum

    SEMA 2018

    According to Yvan - to know when Clear Coat Restorer will be effective, if a damp microfiber makes the paint look good, CCR will work. If it's hazing, flaking or peeling, you need a body shop.
  22. Ron@Optimum

    SEMA 2018

    Setec, none of the new Optimum products are Pro only, but only GCR is available today. While Optimum Coatings (Pro and Retail) are being applied on boats today, they are not as effective in Marine usages - not as mar proof or durable on gelcoat. Dr G felt he could produce a Marine product with improved performance and formulated GCR. His is a restless mind and he hates to over promise/under perform - ergo a Marine line.
  23. Setec Astronomy

    SEMA 2018

    Since it's common to coat new cars with Opti-Coat or Gloss-Coat (for non-pros)...it would seem if that was a logical use it would be undermining much of what the certified installers currently do/use, wouldn't it? Or is the CCR a pro-only product?
  24. Ron@Optimum

    SEMA 2018

    That would seem the logical use - not sure how economical to coat an entire car, but leading edges would make sense.
  25. No Soap

    SEMA 2018

    What about new clear coat that is way too often nowadays thin as hell?
  26. Ron@Optimum

    SEMA 2018

    According to Dann Williams, he has applied outside, but be aware of wind/dust. Again CCR works on damaged clear coat, but not failed/failing clear coat. Don't ask how to tell the difference...over my pay grade.
  27. A&J

    SEMA 2018

    Could this be applied outside considering temperatures are above 15 deg C. Would dust be an issue?
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