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  1. 3 points
    bird-keeper

    IMG 20161016 160808815 HDR

    From the album 91 GTA

  2. 2 points
    A&J

    Temporary Forum Shutdown

    You click on the time under the post (for example it says "9hours ago") and it takes you to that post. Dont forget to like my comment...apparantly the more likes I get the better the change I win OCP or other OPT stuff this month
  3. 2 points
    Ron@Optimum

    Opti-Seal on Tires?

    Opti-Seal will not hurt tires, but won't help them either. It is effective on rubber trim - tires are more porous and absorb product.
  4. 2 points
    oregonduck

    OID or OOC?

    I enjoy washing my own cars and keeping them looking good with the best products. I currently use OCW as my sole wax product and am very happy with the product. I use it after every wash since I don't wash the cars on a regular basis. I am looking for a product to spot clean bugs and small bird and tree droppings on a daily basis for maintenance between my full washes. I have been going back and forth between buying OID and OOC and just can't make a decision. I think both products would have different advantages but these are just based on what I've read online as I have not used either. I am assuming OOC would have more cleaning power than OID which would be great for the purpose of cleaning up the occasional bugs, bird or tree droppings after a drive. One of my questions is would using OOC on a regular basis for spot clean up also remove my OCW protection at the same time? On the other hand, I have been leaning towards buying OID for this spot cleaning purpose. I figure if OID offers enough cleaning power to wash off these type of spots (which should be fairly fresh considering my goal behind this product purchase is to stay on top of this) then I'm wondering if OID could work as my spot cleaner, but also offer me much more protection than OOC? Since I don't always get to do full wash with OCW application very regularly, I like the idea of the product I choose giving me extra protection from the elements as a bridge, and am assuming OID would offer more protection than OOC? But would OID have sufficient cleaning power for the bug/bird/tree spots? One more note, I wouldn't really be using either of these products for their intended use! I like OCW and the added protection and it is so easy I can't see using the OID instead of OCW as my LSP. On the other hand, I am kind of a purist when it comes to a full car wash, so wouldn't be using OOC for its intended waterless wash purpose. I hope this extra info helps, just looking for some expert advice on which product to buy for this spot cleaner purpose?
  5. 2 points
    Paul S

    Happy Birthday !

    Happy Birthday shout out to Dr. G. !!!!!! Hope you have a great day.
  6. 1 point
    Hard to argue with that gloss!
  7. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Opt Powerclean Rinseless on Tires?

    we recommend rinsing Power Clean when used on glass, paint, plastic, etc. It does not need to be rinsed from tires and Tire Shine/Opti-Bond can be applied over it on rubber.
  8. 1 point
    Habs

    Opti-Coat Application Methods

    Hi I just gloss coated my car in three phases bumper then hood then the rest of car ( had the car in parts in my garage during winter) I put in on thick thin and double coated some of it Never had any problems with high spots i think the method is use the paint prep get the paint as clean as possible ( polish glay) and the right tempature Do you self a favor and gloss coat the car
  9. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    New ONR user, looking for opinions

    I store mine wet, ready to use, but others allow to dry with no problem. Make sure to clean it out periodically (Power Clean or dish detergent work for me), you'd be surprised how much dirt it retains.
  10. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    MDR diluted 4:1?

    There's not a simple answer here - water spots can be so pesky! Some light water spots can be removed with the 4:1 mixture, others will take 100% MDR. We have found letting the MDR dwell, sometimes as long as 20 minutes, can facilitate the cleaning. Yes, the ratio is 4 parts water to 1 part MDR.
  11. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Forum was down a long time?

    Bad timing - Dr G, Shay (Marketing Director), and I were all on vacation and we had a technical glitch (or maybe we got hacked and someone wanted ransom?). It's all good now.
  12. 1 point
    The Guz

    2010 Camaro Coated with Gloss Coat

    When I first used it I was like it is so so. But after extended use I have to say it has become my favorite interior protectant. Leaves a great finish and as you stated very durable. Also does not attract much dust compared to other products. I just bought more.
  13. 1 point
    Ron Harris

    Optimum Gloss-Coat

    Optimum Gloss-Coat™ is the most advanced polymer system that forms a layer of clear coat over automotive finishes. Optimum Gloss-Coat™ provides better scratch and mar resistance, better UV resistance, better chemical etch resistance, and has better release properties than any other consumer product while providing unsurpassed gloss and slickness. Additionally, you can top Optimum Gloss-Coat™ with any non-abrasive wax or sealant of your choice to add additional gloss and slickenss. Optimum Gloss-Coat™ can be used to protect the following surfaces: • painted surfaces • wheels • plastic trim • bumpers • aluminum & chrome surfaces Since Optimum Gloss-Coat™ bonds to surfaces it is applied to, any paint imperfections must be removed with Optimum Polish II or Optimum Hyper Polish before application. Also all waxes and oils must be removed from the surfaces for proper bonding. Directions: 1. Polish paint with Optimum Polish II or Optimum Hyper Polish to remove any defects. 2. Clean surface with 15% IPA solution to remove all polishing oils, waxes, and silicones. 3. Prime the applicator by making an X pattern across the pad. Only a few drops will be needed for each subsequent panel. 4. Wipe Optimum Gloss-Coat™ onto a single panel at a time in a thin layer using two directions, in a circular or front to back direction. 5. Within 5 minutes, inspect the panel with adequate lighting looking for any thick areas that have not flashed away to clear. 6. Use foam applicator or paint safe microfiber to even out any areas where you see streaks. This step is key, as any spots not leveled will have to be polished if allowed to cure. Panels will feel a bit tacky and will be self-leveling during cure time, so avoid any unnecessary touching, wiping, or contact to produce the best results. 7. Repeat steps 1-6 for each panel where application is desired. Not recommended for glass.
  14. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Optimum Gloss-Coat

    I've never heard of someone coating floor mats but I don't think there would be any issues. I'd agree with A&J/Guz that it's an expensive and somewhat short range solution. Something like Protection Plus would seem a better choice.
  15. 1 point
    Kiddetailer

    Official Curing Time Chart?

    I know this forum and many other places throughout the web have spoken about proper Curing times for the various protection products from Optimum. I was hoping for a sticky thread where it will state proper curing times like for Gloss Coat, Opti Seal, Optimum Car Wax, Opti Lens, Opti Glass etc. For Gloss Coat I know that it can touch water in 1 hour, can be wash after 7 days with car soap, and no chemicals touching the gloss coat until at least 30 days. What about things like opti seal after gloss coat to protect it after application? I read many of Gus's posts where he says put opti seal 1 hour after gloss coat has been applied. Is this the official word from optimum? Or how long after Opti seal can Optimum Car Wax be applied?
  16. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Optimized My New Ride

    very nice indeed...and one of my favorite cars!
  17. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    ONR & Opti-clean New formula

    First, there have been no recent reformulations of No Rinse or Opti-Clean. Second, Dr G does incorporate small tweaks without announcement, but they are minor and infrequent. New Formula stickers are generic and if dated would create confusion, opportunity for error when labeling, and probably accusations Optimum was using that to generate sales (desire for the latest formula/freshest product). Optimum does not date labels because the expense would be prohibitive and would create issues in our warehouse and with our distributors (and there are many, in the US and internationally). The product A&J received was probably not rotated properly, but ONR and OC have no pull dates and last forever, so there should be zero performance issues (I have a gallon of ONRWW that's 4+ years old and I used it yesterday).
  18. 1 point
    The 32oz. bottle should be the concentrate. It dilutes 1:3. The 17oz bottle is the ready to use version.
  19. 1 point
    A&J

    Difference between GPS and poli-seal

    This was probarbly answered somewhere but again...What is the difference between GPS and Poli-seal. Both are supose to be "cleaner waxes" but which is more agressive? Do they contain the same sealant? Has anyone tested the durability side by side? Which lasts longer without being toped with wax?
  20. 1 point
    Setec Astronomy

    Big Red Sponge

    IMO if you're getting dirt on your drying towels you're not doing enough washing before you dry. Just like with a conventional wash, sometimes you have to go over an area more than once to get it clean. Try doing one pass with one side of the BRS, then going back over with the the other side to remove any remaining dirt. I don't have a BRS, but another thing I've done, with that kind of wash media, is you kind of have 4 sides, if you use the two edges. What I'm saying is kind of like if you were washing with a folded towel, where you flip or re-fold to get to a clean surface, you can wash a panel using the two sides of the BRS, then go back using the edges for a final pass. Anyway, my recommendation is, if you're having this problem, is go back for a second pass with the other (clean) side of the BRS. You really want the dirt in your wash media and not your drying media.
  21. 1 point
    pootoo12000

    Car cleaner wax

    With summer upon us, it's hard to wash and dry before water spots begin to appear. I like to use OCW as a drying aid. It occurred to me that a little cleaning power to go along with OCW would be a welcome addition. I mixed 1teaspoon of Opticlean concentrate with 3ounces of OCW and, wow, it got rid of any spotting I came across and even removed a grease spot I missed during the wash. Optimum Car Cleaner Wax, anyone?
  22. 1 point
    Habs

    OCW durability issues

    Great info After I apply my opti gloss ( if it ever warms up in my garage) I am going to use ocw with every wash witch is once a week and see how it looks . Dan
  23. 1 point
    A&J

    Optimum Paint Prep substitute?

    Look here buddy http://optimumforums.org/index.php?/topic/61957-optimum-paint-prep/ Chris was the one who originally posted it but we all know what happened to his posts after he left right! Shame really.
  24. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Temporary Forum Shutdown

    The Optimum Forum will be offline at 9 PM Central on Friday, February 17, until completed. An updated Forum layout will be introduced, similar to optimumcarcare.com and will be a modern, user friendly site.
  25. 1 point
    A&J

    Temporary Forum Shutdown

    Thanks for the explanation ...must admit I havent noticed the My Activity Streams till now (will have a bit of a play once I get some more free time). It should prove usefull once I get the hang of it. Blue color is darker and more noticible IMO. Thanks I did start to use the "unread content" button now that the "whats new" button is gone. Great that you could increase the font for my friend Lowejackson here...he is old and he got no money for new glasses Is there a chance to implement the OPT synergy podcast somewhere here on the forum?
  26. 1 point
    A&J

    Heavy dirt pre-wash product?

    I usually do this too if I cant hand wash it afterwards. This January was way too cold for any hand washing but I did visit a self service coin-op. I sprayed a Citrus based APC mixed 1:15 on the car, waited a few min and PW rinsed it off. The car was like night and day. Most of the salt and muck was removed which I was satisfied with at the moment. Your way of doing it sounds as good as any. As long as it works for you.
  27. 1 point
    The Guz

    Amazing Carpet Cleaner

    Unfortunately I don't have access to either of those. One of those is next on the list to get. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  28. 1 point
    A&J

    Using ONR in the winter on a very salty car

    That really is a great presentation guide. Unless there is mud or heavy dirt&grime present rinseless will clean perfectly fine. If in doubt PW rinse the car first or spray on APC mixed 1:15 or 1:20, wait a few min and PW rinse it off. After that wash normally with ONR.
  29. 1 point
    meGrimlock

    The new Optimum opti-grind

    this is actually their new aggressive clay product.
  30. 1 point
    Car is still looking great
  31. 1 point
    The Guz

    2015 Impala LTZ Coated with Gloss Coat

    5 month update. Decided to give the car a decon wash. I messaged Dann Williams of optimum on how he does a decon wash. So he gave me some pointers. So thanks to him. For those that are interested in his decon wash process it is ferrex, wash, fine grade clay with optimum car wax. First thing was spraying down the paint with optimum ferrex. I sprayed it onto the paint dry to not dilute the product. This was the first time I used ferrex as I have been using ironx for the longest time. Ferrex has been stated to also remove tar based on it being discussed on the optimum synergy podcast. No way for me to test that as the car had no tar. Ferrex doing it's thing While I was at it, I performed a little test on the hood. I applied ferrex on the passenger side of the hood and the remaining ironx I had on the drivers side. Close up of the ferrex side Close up of the ironx side. Don't mind the red needles. They are from the trees on the street. The wind has been blowing them around. Both iron removers work. I felt ferrex performed a little better. Can't go wrong with either product. I did not take too many photos but I also mixed 2 ounces of Meguiar's D103 APC+ into my car wash solution (both in the foam gun and bucket) of optimum car wash to aid in removing the heavier built up road film. The sheeting of gloss coat is doing very well. The glass has a base layer of opti-glass coating that has been maintained monthly with opti-glass clean & protect. These are the products I used. Stuck with some synergy. Final shots after drying the car with the DP car dryer and a final wipe with optimum instant detailer. So within this 5 month time frame, the paint had developed contaminants. The car sits outside 24/7 so that is expected. It was not a lot as the car was not bleeding from using the iron removers. Ferrex performed well and removed a majority of the contaminants where I did not decide to clay. Paint felt smooth with my hand before I used the detail spray. Routine decon washes will work just as well until I decide to clay it. By the way gloss coat can be clayed with a fine grade mitt and optimum car wax. I will mention that within the 5 months, the car has been washed with ONR weekly. I did use carpro reset about 2-3 weeks ago just to break up my rinseless wash routine. I did use opti-seal once as a drying aid but I have gone to just using the instant detailer as gloss coat doesn't need any toppers. So far I am happy with gloss coat up to the 5 month mark.
  32. 1 point
    The Guz

    Opti bond on exterior and interior plastic

    Opti-Seal works fine with this combo. Gloss Coat works even better over solution finish. For tires on my personal cars right now I am a big fan of McKee's 37 tire coating. Opti-Bond is good as well. The difference is of course longevity. Maybe next year we will get an optimum tire coating available to the public.
  33. 1 point
    You can use Opti-Bond for exterior plastic, I do regularly. Dr G recommends Protectant Plus as the better exterior/interior plastic product, due to it's UV protection. I think Opti-Bond is a little greasy (gelly?) for interiors, might be a dust magnet.
  34. 1 point
    A&J

    Paint Prep Lubricity?

    No not like OOS...its more watery.
  35. 1 point
    nls8520

    How scratch resistant is gloss coat?

    Hey A&J, of course, are you on the Optimum Car Care Facebook group? Essentially what I have read there is that Gloss Coat is harder the factory clear although its unclear if its as hard as opticoat pro. Also the coating improves the hardness of your clearcoat, however you are limited by how much due to the softness of the substrate that its added to. Also quoting from Facebook: "Gloss Coat reduces friction. Combined with the increase in hardness the 2 phenomena conspire to make the vehicle easier to wash, and less likely to mar or scratch" Please correct me if anything I stated is not accurate I am just reporting what I read.
  36. 1 point
    Welcome to the Optimum Forum - there are a lot of experts here! We don't recommend applying in temps below 40 and the flash/ cure time will be longer in cold, dry conditions. Yes, you can apply Opti-Seal an hour after Coating for temporary protection while Gloss-Coat finishes curing.
  37. 1 point
    A&J

    OPT stuff at freezing temperatures

    Since winter is behind the door I was just wondering if OPT stuff can go bad if they freeze? I have most of my detailing stuff in the garage that is not heated or insulated so some of my liquids have frozen before during winter. If they happen to freeze, will it affect its performance in spring? Specifically Im asking for Hyper polish, ONR, optiseal, OCW and QD. Some of the stuff I can keep inside the house, but not all of them. Thanks for answering.
  38. 1 point
    A&J

    2015 Honda Civic coated with Gloss coat

    A friend of mine bought this beautiful grey-ish 2015 Honda Civic. He asked me to detail and protect it, so I did it with a smile on my face. We were planing this for a few weeks, just enough time for me to buy some stuff and get ready. The car being 14 months old was if fairly good condition with only some light swirls and a few light RIDS (nothing major). Light swirls on black paint (common wash and dry damage) Bird drop etchings More swirls My friend did however notify me on a few spots that were of concern to him. I believe they were chemical etchings but I'm not sure. They were located on the spoiler and did damage the black gloss paint. I had two days to get the job done so I started right away. The process was: Wheels, arches and tyres: - cleaned with Meguairs Super degreaser - Iron removed with Carshinefactory Iron off - Hand polished with Serious performance paint cleanser - Sealed with Serious performance nano sealant - Tires dressed with Serious performance tire & trim dressing Engine bay, outside plastics and rubber seals - cleaned with Carshinefactory citrus APC - protected with Wolfs chemicals blackout Paint: - cleaned with ONR - De-tared with Carshinefactory glue&tar remover - De-ironed with Carshinefactory iron off - clayed with clay towel and ONR - polished with Optimum hyper polish + white hex logic pad for the most part and orange for some RIDS (also used a bit of Meguiars ultimate compound) - wet sanded those chemical etches with 2500 and 3000 grit and polished - polished with AF Tripple on some hand only reachable places and protected with Infinity wax dark Protection: - paint wiped with Optimum paint prep - a coat of Optimum gloss coat - after 1h a coat of Optimum Opti-seal to give the coating time to cure and protect it in the meantime Interior: - vaccumed - all plastics wiped with ONR or Carshinefactory A to Z - plastics protected with Carshinefactory dressing milk Glass: - cleaned with ONR - polished with Poorboy's professional polish - sealed with Angelwax h2go and final results Thanks for watching
  39. 1 point
    Just wonder how leather shoes will come out after being treated with Optimum Protectant Plus. Has anyone got any experience?
  40. 1 point
    In addition to using GPS on obvious things like shoes and coins, I also use ONR on most things but one of the best things which is not talked about a lot is carpet. This is especially useful in an emergency situation which always seems to occur with children and dogs and for quick cleaning of a carpet interior. Today I found an very old pliers which had rusted up. Quick spray of a famous water dispersant did not do very much but Ferrex worked wonders. Optibond on shoes If Power Clean was cheaper I am sure there are lots of things I could try but one thing which has worked well is to dilute it with diluted ONR, makes wiping off even easier ONR with IPA, great on glass ONR as a polish oil remover
  41. 1 point
    One week in and no surprise, both Glass Clean & Protect and Opti-Seal are still on the job, beading water.
  42. 1 point
    Lowejackson

    2015 Honda Civic coated with Gloss coat

    Nice work A&J
  43. 1 point
    I'm due to wash a vehicle this week and will take on the challenge - 1/2 rear window treated with Opti-Seal, 1/2 with Glass Cleaner & Protectant...
  44. 1 point
    Brett

    A Few Opti Seal Questions

    Used OS a while back..several years ago. Thinking about going all Optimum, so some questions. What's the best applicator to use? Foam, MF? How long should one wait before topping with OCW? Lastly, any issues with using GPS and immediately topping with OS? Thanks so much!
  45. 1 point
    ponypower 5.0

    OCW On New Paint??

    I'm not chemist by any means but here are some thoughts: What did the shop say about cure time for the repaint? Is the work covered by a warranty? Optimum Car Wax is water based but once it dries/cures, it is no longer water-soluble, otherwise, it would wash right off. A product being water based does not neccessarily indicate that it "breathes". The whole point of paint protection is to seal it from the elements. Perhaps the paint will still cure with OCW applied but to be safe, and avoid violating any warranty issues, your paint should be just fine withought protection during the time the body shop recommends for paint cure time. Did a body shop or a Ford dealer do the paint work? I would think Ford would only make recommendations regarding factory applied paint since it is catalyzed and cures due to a chemical reaction and it cures before it leaves the factory. I would ask the shop that applied the paint what their recommendation is regarding application of sealants/waxes on their paint, just to be safe, since they know if they used a catalyzed paint or a laquer paint which does need time to outgas..
  46. 1 point
    BMRu4ia

    Opti-Seal over Opti-Coat 2.0

    Thanks Perfections, I'll get some OCW instead. Thanks
  47. 1 point
    Billy Jack

    Opti-Seal and lacquer paint

    This will by a very wordy question, but I’m hoping a detailed question will help to obtain the best answer. Optimum’s wax / sealant products seem to be geared toward modern clearcoat paints. My question refers to my garage queen, an ’87 El Camino with original single-stage lacquer. Trying to keep it an original “survivor”, I go to great lengths keeping the old paint presentable. My normal spring routine is first a good claying, followed by multiple aggressive rubdowns with the oil-rich Meguiars #7. Next is a light machine polish, usually with another oil rich Meguiar’s polish, either #3 Machine Glaze or the more aggressive #80 Speed Glaze. Final steps are then a sealant and wax. My current favorite sealant is Meguiar’s NXT since not only does it not diminish the gloss level, it does not streak on my sensitive dark burgundy paint. Many other waxes and sealants I’ve tried have streaked and /or diminished the gloss I’ve worked so hard to obtain. I’m very intrigued to try Opti-Seal as a base sealant, then OCW as a maintenance wax throughout the year, in the hope of being able to go the entire spring and summer cruise / show season with only minimal maintenance. As it is now, my spring routine has to be repeated in mid-summer, even though my Camino is a strictly a sunny day driver. Opinions or experiences, anyone? Do the Optimum products work as well on older lacquer finishes as they appear to on modern clearcoats? Is there any potential conflict with Opti-Seal and the oils in the Meguiar’s Polishes or glazes? Does Opti-Seal have any tendency to streak on older, softer paints? Thanks in advance for any assistance. Bill
  48. 1 point
    Bigpikle

    Optimal water temp for ONR?

    I have been using ONR and also researching the benefits of hot water with washing. I am wondering if you can confirm the Cloud Point for ONR that will provide optimal cleaning results, please. many thanks
  49. 1 point
    Brad Will

    Wax/Sealant no Fresh Paint

    Hi Dr. G- I know you did work for PPG in the past. I am curious as to what your opinion is on waxing/sealing fresh paint and why. Thanks for your reply.
  50. 1 point
    Ron Harris

    Wet Sanding Basics.

    This is just a basic example of wet sanding procedures.If you have never attempted this before I recomend you find a scrape panel to practice with. What you need A large sponge A 5 gal bucket Foam sanding block. 2000 grit sanding paper. A squeegee. Our victim Porsche Carrera. The right rear quarter was repainted as was the door and right front fender. Ok. What you want to do first is fill a 5 gal bucket with water and start soaking your paper. I don't add soap.Why? I think that the lubricity masks the sound that dirt makes when between the paper and paint. I think it makes the paper cut deeper. Soak for 30min while you wash the car. I use 2000 grit 3M Imperial paper. I feel that you can remove most imperfections with this paper. Some like to start with 1200 but based on my experience you will just be adding a step that is not necessary. When you start compounding you will have some stray deep scratches that will be hard to remove if you didn't sand enough with a finer grit. Seeing the stray scratches are impossible when there is no gloss. So you could end up removing to much clear or burning the clear trying to compound them out. Is your car clean? If not give it a good washing paying special attention to the nooks and crevices around the area you will be sanding. Dirt trapped in these areas can be flushed out while sanding with the water and come between the paper and paint causing some deep scratches. You can here this happening and you should stop and flush your panel and paper with fresh water to remove the dirt. Lets start sanding. You want to work in a cool well lit area out of the sun. You may be able to see some of the imperfections like dirt or fish eye in the finish of the car but some may be hard to detect but will show up during the compound and polishing step. Orange peel will be obvious and you only should remove enough to match the rest of the car. This takes practice to do. Your first time out don't go for a completely flat finish if your car dose not have one. I start by lightly sanding the panel with my paper wrapped around a foam sanding block. I Call this giving you a guide to the finish. This will high lite all the dirt and orange peel. Squeegee off the water and examen. see example pictures. The circles are showing you dirt in the finish. So now we can see just how much dirt and orange peel in in the finish. Lets start sanding more. Keep the panel wet with water using your sponge. Remember if you here a gritty squeak stop and flush. Work an area stop squeegee and examine. Looking at the next pic we can see that most of the orange peel gone but a big piece of dirt remains. We will need to sand this a little more. When working on curved surfaces you want to remove the block from the paper and use your hand. You never want to sand with your finger tips.try to keep your hand as flat as possible and sand as if you were waving. Sanding with the tips of your fingers will create valleys in theb finish that will look like waves when polished. So now the car is completely sanded Next Compounding