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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
    A&J

    Optimum Opti Seal over wax?

    Easyest way is to open a Imgur account...upload pics there and copy pic url to any forum you want.
  7. 1 point
    Hard to argue with that gloss!
  8. 1 point
    To test for Opti-Coat Pro, make sure your truck is clean (preferably decontaminated) and if water beads you're still protected. No Rinse and No Rinse Wash & Wax have similar cleaning capability, so the only difference is the carnauba wax for extra protection. Either product can be safely used weekly. The option to wax or seal is your choice, but neither will be durable on OCP. It is not necessary to re-coat the entire vehicle if damaged.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 1 point
    I think you'll be fine with the 5" Griots and 3" Meguiars plates.
  12. 1 point
    A&J

    Sticker glue

    just use a dedicated tar&glue remover like stoners tar remover. Opt line sadly doesnt have a product for removing glue.
  13. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Brand new car headlights

    Opti-Coat will provide protection for headlights but is not as good as Opti-Lens, because Lens is formulated to bond to plastic and has additional UV protection. You would need to polish the lens to remove the manufacturers protection before applying either OCP or OL.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Hyper Seal

    Best explanation available: Yvan Lacroix The new line is designed as a maintenance line for coated cars. These are not simply re-bottled Optimum products, but new formulations that Dr G. has worked on for quite some time to compliment coated cars. Fortunately for the rest of the world they work great on non coated cars as well. They will only be available through the www.opticoat.com website, or directly from Opti-Coat Pro installers. Retailers will not have access to this line of products. We do not have the products in stock in the USA, a preliminary batch was made to ship to our distribution partners world wide, so they could all be launched at once. In the USA we do not have product yet, and the website is going through a redesign to accommodate these new products. Until the website is ready they will not be available here. I can not give you a date at this time.
  17. 1 point
    The Guz

    2010 Camaro Coated with Gloss Coat

    This is an update on how the coating fared. It's been 17 months since I have seen this car. I had my uncle bring it by to do a decon wash to evaluate how gloss coat has been doing. I started off with the wheels and tires and then proceeded to spray Ferrex onto the painted surface. I let that sit for a few minutes. I rinsed it off and saw some unexpected behavior. So I proceeded with a wash. I used CarPro Reset to wash it. As I was done washing this is what I saw. Similar behavior as when I rinsed the surface free of ferrex. No beading or sheeting. Water was laying flat. Primarily on the flat surfaces. The sides were barely clinging on. Rear Quarter Hood Trunk Roof The only area that showed signs of life was the front bumper I dried the car off and then moved it into the garage thinking maybe it just had some built up road grime. On an episode of the optimum synergy podcast dated on 2/21/2017 there is a discussion on how to do a decon wash using Optimum MDR at 3:1 and Power Clean at 3:1 and agitate each step with a dampened towel in ONR. I won't go into too much detail on the steps. After this is done it is recommended to rinse the surface with water. I even did the so called wash, clay, wax method using optimum car wax and a fine grade clay towel on one area of the hood. I did the baggie test and there was not very much contaminants on the paint. I said lets give it another wash with Reset. Well same behavior. Gloss Coat has indeed failed on the above shown surfaces. It was barely clinging onto the sides. The front bumper was the only area that had any signs of life. Now this is the newest formula of Gloss Coat which is stated to last 3 years (36 months). Optimum guarantees it for 2 years (24 months). This is quite a disappointment that it did not even make it to 2 years before it failed. I asked my uncle was this taken to a tunnel wash or coin op wash. He said no and that he washes all the cars at home with Meguiar's Deep Crystal car shampoo. The weather here in Southern California has been dry for the most part. Other than December 2016 into around February/March 2017 time frame where it did rain more than usual. It is possible that Gloss Coat did not bond well as CarPro Eraser was used since Optimum Paint Prep was not out at the time. Anyway I could not let it leave with lack luster protection. I cleaned up the interior and protected it with GTechniq C6 Matte Dash Cleaned all the glass with McKee's 37 20/20. The back window had some nasty crud on it and turned my applicator brown. 20/20 is good stuff. Treated the trim Polished up the stainless steel tips Meghan of Autogeek sent me this tire gel to review. I went ahead and used it to get my thoughts ready for a review on the Autogeek forum. 1 coat in full sun on the rear tire. I did not buff it. It dried to the touch in about 20 mins. 1 coat on the front tire in full sun For protection I went ahead and just used opti-seal for the fact it is quick to use. I let it sit for an hour before I wiped it down with optimum instant gloss detailer. Recap, Gloss Coat has failed at the 17 month mark which is a little disappointing given that optimum guarantees it to last 2 years. Doesn't really give me confidence on how it will hold up on my dad's car that also has gloss coat. I hope it lasts longer than this. I told my uncle if he wants me to polish it later on I will do so. The paint is swirled out. My cousin is the owner of it so he has been taking over the maintenance of it in terms of washing the car at home. I came to the conclusion of not re-coating this car. If I ever work on it again it will either be a one step cleaner wax type product or a one step polish and seal. This will be the last update to this thread with regards to gloss coat.
  18. 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.
  19. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Optimized My New Ride

    very nice indeed...and one of my favorite cars!
  20. 1 point
    A&J

    Optimized My New Ride

    Nice
  21. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Poli-seal as a primer for OC 2.0

    yes, Paint Prep will remove the sealant in Poli-Seal.
  22. 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?
  23. 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?
  24. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Big Red Sponge

    I've never had that particular issue and have 2 thoughts - how dirty is the car and are you thoroughly squeezing the BRS (or using a grit guard)? My cars don't get really dirty to test that aspect of the sponge. The BRS tends to collect dirt/grime in it's cuts and it may be you're depositing some back or just not collecting it all. Hopefully someone else will chime in...?
  25. 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.
  26. 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?
  27. 1 point
    IPS-Lindy

    Temporary Forum Shutdown

    Great feedback, thanks guys. As Ron noted, I'm a gearhead and have been an avid user of OPT products for years, so I'm happy to offer some help where I can. This is definitely a huge change, but please give it a chance... I think you'll come to love it (I may have an ever so slight bias. :)) If you click "unread content" and then click the condensed tab on the right side, I think you'll find this more to your liking. Activity streams are very powerful. You can use the pre-defined streams by clicking Activity -> My Activity Streams (as as a point of interest, if there's something specific you're looking for, we can create a custom stream on your behalf. Further, you can create your own custom stream here - select your options, save it and it will show in the aforementioned list. In fact, you can set that as your default stream so anytime you click activity, it automatically goes there. For example, you can create a stream to read all OPT employee responses in one central location. You can create one to only show you certain forums such as ONR. You can have a stream that shows you all topics you've participated in, also filtered by various factors. Once you get streams setup the way you like, it's really difficult to go back to the old "view new content" found on other forums. Our designers made a couple of changes over the weekend. Do you find it easier to read now? Please see above. You can simply default to "unread content" and adjust the filters on the top of the page, or create your own streams to display exactly how you'd like. Those should have carried over. I'll get a tech to take a look. That would be nice! I hesitate to call them participation trophies, but essentially, they do in fact recognize participation in a community. In the next major release of our software due in a few months, those can be tied to actions. For example, OPT could have a VIP forum exclusive to active contributors and create an action that would handle promotion of that automatically. They could also be used for contests, as noted. I increased the size of post content slightly - hopefully that helps.
  28. 1 point
    meGrimlock

    The new Optimum opti-grind

    this is actually their new aggressive clay product.
  29. 1 point
    The Guz

    2015 Impala LTZ Coated with Gloss Coat

    I corrected this one during the 4th of July week. This is my dad's new car. It replaced his 2002 Camaro Z28 that was stolen a few months ago. The Impala was a former Enterprise rental car. It was purchased through Enterprise car sales. It has 30K miles on it. The interior is in very good shape. The exterior has minor scratches and chips from it's abuse as a former rental car. The color is champagne silver metallic. A one step polish was performed using a non optimum polishing compound on my Rupes tools (LHR15 Mark II, Mini Nano). Started off by decontaminating the paint I followed that up by using an aggressive wash method that is described by Mike Phillips using Optimum Car Wash in my foam gun. Once it is clean, I foamed up the car and clayed it using a clay mitt and the foam shampoo as clay lube. That exposed the true condition of the paint. 50/50 before After Once the paint was corrected, it was prepped with Optimum Paint Prep. The car was coated with 2 coats of gloss coat and 1 coat of opti-seal. The end result is a very glossy finish. All chrome was polished to remove all water spots. It was also coated with gloss coat. The headlights were lightly polished and coated with opti-lens. Same process was done on the taillights. No more paint defects The glass was clayed and coated with opti-glass. Days later it was cleaned with opti-glass clean & protect The trim was also restored. It was restored with solution finish. I know optimum doesn't recommend applying it over another product. I applied it to get better hydrophobic properties and to get longer lasting protection. I waited a few days prior to coating the trim. I also wiped it down really good prior to coating it. Before After In daylight Same process on the lower rear bumper trim. The interior had been cleaned a couple weeks prior to all it received was a vacuum and a wiprdown of all surfaces Wheels and tires coated with non optimum products Dad was ecstatic at the end result. He is good to go for quite sometime. I will be maintaining it with ONR and possibly opti-seal if I get bored A dramatic turnaround for a former rental car. Comments are welcomed.
  30. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Optimum Gloss-Coat

    The Guz, as usual, is correct. Additional coats (after 1 hour) will ensure compete coverage and increase gloss, they do not add durability. Opti-Seal is another way to accomplish the same protection.
  31. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Wood working machine surfaces?

    Seal, Wax, or Instant Detailer would all protect against oxidation (rust) and do not contain silicone.
  32. 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.
  33. 1 point
    A&J

    Paint Prep Lubricity?

    No not like OOS...its more watery.
  34. 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.
  35. 1 point
    Jim Busch

    My formula for fantastic Quick Detailer

    I'm sorry I have been running with my hair on fire at work so I haven't gotten a chance to post back here! A&J I have been adding it to the wash water at various strengths and to the detailer formula at pretty small amounts of 1/2 ounce or so. I like the way it makes the wipe-off really go quicker...just like it does as a pure drying agent. Leaves a great shine. One thing I have been doing once in a while is I will spray down my door jams with my home made concoction detailer and then dry them off using OS as a drying agent to wipe down the jams. Kind of keeps them sparkly clean and leaves behind a little protection at the same time.
  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
    Ron@Optimum

    OPT stuff at freezing temperatures

    Since we're in Memphis and freezing isn't an issue, I checked with Yvan LaCroix (Canada) who said he's never had an issue with it. Dr G states the only Optimum products where freezing could effect performance are: Opti-Bond Tire Gel Optimum Tire Shine Optimum Compound Optimum Polish Poli-Seal
  39. 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
  40. 1 point
    Just wonder how leather shoes will come out after being treated with Optimum Protectant Plus. Has anyone got any experience?
  41. 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
  42. 1 point
    One week in and no surprise, both Glass Clean & Protect and Opti-Seal are still on the job, beading water.
  43. 1 point
    Lowejackson

    2015 Honda Civic coated with Gloss coat

    Nice work A&J
  44. 1 point
  45. 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...
  46. 1 point
    Lowejackson

    Power clean on leather

    I use it about 5:1 (sometimes higher diluation) followed by wiping with a damp MF cloth. Chris Thomas has suggested paying extra attention to the seams to make sure the OPC is also removed from these areas. I am sure Mr Thomas has also said you can use the Optimum dressing instead of a damp cloth. Just in case this all sounds a bit complated, it is not. I spray the OPC onto a cloth, work one section and then wipe with a damp cloth.
  47. 1 point
    RSF

    Mobile Set-up Questions

    I'm preparing to start my part time week-end detailing business using many of the Optimum products and I have several questions regarding some of the more expensive equipment purchases I'll need to make. 1. If I'm NOT planning on using a hose for free flowing water what portable systems would be suggested that would give me some pressure spraying for rinsing the wheels/tires or the engine bay or some major mud/dirt on the paint? There are several portable battery operated sprayers on the market. (Mytee Boss, Chemical Guys sprayer, Nomad, etc) 2. If using chemicals that are environmentally friendly is it necessary to have a water containment matt in order to be fully compliant? 3. What canopies are easy to set up for one operator? What sizes? 10x15, 10x20, Best places to purchase from? 4. Suggested hot water extractors and steam machines? If I can only afford one to start with would it be better to start with an extractor or a steam machine? 5. This is not just for mobile use but what would be a high quality paint thickness gage that would be accurate down to 3 mil? That's all I can think of for now. If there are any other suggestions for a mobile set up I'd greatly appreciate any help!
  48. 1 point
    builthatch

    Optimum Coating : Lexus CT200H

    VERY NICE. Lexus pearl looks gorgeous when correct and coated. i wish that car came with a high performance engine! it could be quite a hot hatch.
  49. 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
  50. 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