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  2. A&J

    Gloss coat shelf life

    Gloss coat will last a very long time (years) if sealed properly. It comes in a sealed syringe with the screw top. It reacts with moisture so if you use it make sure to remove the exxes air out before you screw the top on (check the 9min mark in the video shown bellow). More tips in this video If by any chance the product turnes into a gel form after use then its no longer usable (air wasnt released properly and the coating started reacting and solidified inside). To answer your second question...both are good. I preper opti seal because I mainly use it as a drying aid and in that regard its fantastic, but you get better water behaviour from Car wax. Durability with both is about the same (6 - 8 weeks).
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    Gloss coat shelf life

    ”On another note what do you recommend for non ceramic coated cars. Optimum Car Wax or Opti seal?” If you mean without Gloss coat the choice is about looks (“warm” vs “glossy/glas” look) and durability where Opti seal “wins”. But does durability count when applying the products are that easy?
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    New member from Ireland

    Opti-Seal gives you beading so I think Hyper-Seal will also? You won't get any more beading with Car-Wax, in my experience.
  6. Hi, I am considering purchasing gloss coat when doing a business trip to the US. Where I live the prices are approx. 50% higher compared to the US :-( I want to use the coat on my next car in a year or two. What is the shelf life approximately? I have seen various tutorials for installation of the gloss coat. I would like to use the compound- & polishing products that I already have. The procedure will then be compound/polish depending on the state on the paint/clearcoat -> IPA wipe down -> OPT Paint Prep -> OPT Gloss coat -> OPT Opti seal. I know that using hyper polish is the better option, but would the above be sufficient? On another note what do you recommend for non ceramic coated cars. Optimum Car Wax or Opti seal? Thanks in advance. Best regards (from Denmark) Sten
  7. vectra

    New member from Ireland

    Thanks again. The main reason I would do 2 coats of seal is to ensure full coverage, I was thinking of the OCW just for the beading effect , I will read more into no rinse before I order. Thank for the info.
  8. Ron@Optimum

    New member from Ireland

    2 coats of Hyper Seal and Spray Wax as a topper will provide carnauba looks and seal durability. I think it's over kill but it's your choice. Car Wash and No Rinse are both pH of 6. No Rinse has been on the market for 14 years and you can read feedback on this forum AND other online reviews - it is perfectly safe on your paint.
  9. vectra

    New member from Ireland

    Thanks for the reply and welcome. I understand about the perfect paint part. But I have been there and done that with Machine polishing and perfection. I really only want best shine possible by claying and decon prep to be honest. Mostly I want simplicity as I suffer with pains. Would I be best going with Hyper X 2 coats then a top coat of OCW ? Am I to assume I can use any PH neutral shampoo or the dedicated one? I would be nervous using the no rinse wash. ( I am a bit old school ) 😁
  10. Sjbiss

    Ferrex on Twill Soft Top

    Thanks Ron.
  11. Ron@Optimum

    New member from Ireland

    Welcome to the Optimum forum, many former Zaino users here. First, because a car is new does not guarantee perfect paint, but what is needed for perfection is individual to each vehicle. Both Opti-Seal and Hyper-Seal are good on all surfaces, but Hyper Seal is formulated for ceramic coated cars. That said, I believe Hyper Seal is more durable and has more gloss on any paint. Sealants and wax produce similar beading. Optimum Car Wash is a traditional wash product requiring pre/post rinsing with hose. Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine (and Wash & Wax) are rinseless products only requiring a bucket of water. While the No Rinse products can be used in foamers, they do not foam, FYI.
  12. Ron@Optimum

    Ferrex on Twill Soft Top

    FerreX should not damage your top, though we recommend rinsing off any overspray.
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    Gloss Coat re-invented?

    @Setec Astronomy That is true! When the product is still wet it hides the swirls, try with plain water.
  14. Setec Astronomy

    Gloss Coat re-invented?

    I dunno, all LSP's fill to a certain extent. And we were only about 5 minutes into the "12-15 hour cure time"...would it look different after that?
  15. Hi, I am due to replace my current car August 12th, It will be metallic red SUV. As I am pushing on a bit and thinking I need an easier method of maintaining the car, I looked at ZAINO product, but everywhere I looked I seem to come up against OUT OF STOCK! Further research led me here. So, Hopefully these products would keep me a happy bunny with a glossy car. Car will be factory new, so after the usual decon /clay etc prep. I do not have a machine polisher, so everything will be done by hand. Should I use some sort of cleanser polish first? Then I looked at Opti Seal but noticed Hyper seal then! Which would be better? Also I do like beads and as the above products are Sealants I am thinking a top coat of Opti wax? Hope I am correct here. Then for maintanence, Do I need a particular shampoo? I normally use PH Neutral snow foam followed by PH neutral shampoo. Any info would be helpful. Thanks
  16. Sjbiss

    Gloss Coat re-invented?

    The filling ability looks interesting. Haven’t seen GC or any coating marketing that as a key feature. I’m applying GC Thursday.
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  18. Sjbiss

    Ferrex on Twill Soft Top

    Hi, Is Ferrex safe for Twill soft tops or is there special care I need to take? I won't be spraying ferrex on the top directly but am concerned about overspray. I have a Jeep Premium top. Thanks
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    Gloss Coat re-invented?

    Thanks for the answer! I will use Gloss Coat on my car probably already this summer!?
  20. Ron@Optimum

    Gloss Coat re-invented?

    It's not Gloss-Coat - (1) Optimum does not private label ceramic coatings and (2) no Optimum Coatings come in a bottle. Whatever he's selling, it's not SiC because air in that bottle (or moisture in the air) would cause it to cure.
  21. Dallas Paint Correction has something that is really like Gloss Coat (it might even be the same product)? Easiest Ceramic Coating To Apply - Amazing Results!!
  22. Ron@Optimum

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Great suggestions -
  23. Sjbiss

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Tip for those with complex tire treads to get an even coat. Work the product into the tough parts first and then do a final coat over the full tire. This way you the treads are coated with the first application and the second coat is focused on evening the product. Seemed to work for me on the subsequent tires
  24. Sjbiss

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    My first tire with this coating. Generally easy to use, a few uneven spots but probably used too much product trying to get into the all the grooves of my off road tires. Can really only see under the bright LED lights in my garage. Doing it by hand is quite the arm workout on 35" tires.
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    Gelcoat Restorer Off-Label Uses

    I think Yvan(?) answered it is ok but preferably on older cars because you have to wet sand & use compound to get rid of the factory coating (and UV protection). On top of that you add Opti-Lens for UV protection.
  27. Ron@Optimum

    Gelcoat Restorer Off-Label Uses

    Setec, appreciate you experimenting. Yesterday someone asked if they could use CCR on headlights (I suggested that wasn't the designed usage and Opti-Lens was a better choice). What is it about car enthusiasts that they're always looking for unique (and obscure) uses for products? Optimum is pressed to handle the business now and just doesn't have time to investigate different product usages and combinations. Let us know how your tests turn out...
  28. Ron@Optimum

    Power clean for household cleaning

    I use Opti-Clean and ONR for many household cleaning projects (keep spray bottles in bathroom, kitchen, and on my pontoon) for most cleaning jobs. Also keep Power Clean at 1:3 on hand for bigger jobs, it's perfectly safe.
  29. Ron@Optimum

    New member from Oregon

    Welcome to Optimum and you are correct, excluding the professional products, you can do everything necessary to keep you vehicles looking fantastic. There's lots of great information here and even better people willing to help.
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