Welcome to Optimum and we can make some suggestions. First, Optimum No Rinse (ONR) makes an excellent interior cleaner for leather, vinyl, plastic, and glass. For cleaning AND protection, Protectant Plus is formulated for interiors (and works well on exterior plastics), isn't sticky, contains UV protection, and revitalizes leather.
As stated in the SEMA broadcast, the Big Gold Sponge does not replace the BRS, but adds a softer, more dense version that coordinates with the Opti-Coat line of products. The bedliner has been reformulated into a single phase application to simplify the process. Optimum is always reviewing products to improve or increase ease of use. Toddj, thanks for the video links -
SEMA is always an opportunity to present/announce new products. New for 2017 SEMA are:
Optimum Clay Towel - redesigned for greater suppleness and durability
Optimum Clay Mitt - greater convenience with a mesh backing and gentle clay action
Opti-Coat Big Gold Sponge - softer and more dense construction
Optimum Compound ll - greater correction (up to 1500), improved finishing
Optimum Poli-Seal - improved durability and water repel, easier wipe off, more environmentally friendly, reduced product separation
Optimum Rotary Wool Pads (6" and 8") - interface backing, improved cooling, fewer pressure spots, smoother action
Optimum Ultimate Bedliner - revised into a 1 step application
Erase shouldn't require "breaking in", just make sure to use lube. You use Eraser just like clay bar and ONR at lube ratio (2 oz to 1 gallon) or Wax make great lubricants. I've really liked Yvan's suggestion to use Wax, a nice slick lube. Suggestions after use:
*Inspect Opti-Eraser after each section and rinse as needed
*When too much contamination is present to wash clean, switch to a clean side or replace your Opti-Eraser
*Do NOT soak in liquid
*Do NOT squeeze or wring out
*Do NOT store flat on media surfaces (use sides)
*Do NOT store wet in air tight container
Sorry for the delay, we've had web issues. For bugs/tar, Power Clean is a strong cleaner and Instant Detailer will remove as well (just not as fast). You can use Opti-Seal for every wash with no issues, or periodically. Used as a drying aid (#5 of your wash process) is an easy way to apply. I put ONR in my rinse bucket to help dissolve dirt on the BRS (or whatever media you use). Your process looks excellent to me and should result in a spectacular vehicle!
As for Garry Dean method, I've never used it but find no fault with it. It seems a little overkill to me, but has it's supporters.
Andrew, Car Wash is a traditional cleaner requiring a hose to wet the car, then to rinse it off after washing. No Rinse only requires a bucket of water, no hose, and therefore can be used year around and in a garage.
No Rinse Wash & Shine and No Rinse Wash & Wax are comparable cleaners so the difference is the carnauba in Wash & Wax - the choice is yours. There are several ways to add gloss/shine - Optimum Opti-Seal (or Opti-Coat Hyper Seal, - formulated for Coated cars), Spray Wax, or Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer. Seal and Wax are true LSPs (Last Step Products) and do not clean, but Instant Detailer is a light cleaner as well.
Everyone has their preferred method to wash cars and yours is as good as any. Optimum agrees that the less contact with paint, the better, so if you're happy with the appearance I would NOT use a mitt. The only "better product" than ONR as a quick detailer might be Optimum Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer - it's not as good at cleaning as ONR, but is slicker and has great gloss.
Generally I don't think there would be any problem, but Optimum does not test other manufacturers products and it's possible there's one out there that will not play well with Opti-Seal. Even if OS didn't bond, it would be easy to remove with a damp microfiber.
The Opti-Coat line of products is sold through installers and directly at Optimum's online stores (opticoat.com and optimumcarcare.com). The Opti-Coat line is specifically for Coated cars, but other Optimum products will work with no issues. Your power washer will not remove or reduce Opti-Coat Pro.
Anders, different detailer/enthusiasts use different speeds based on their experience and preference, there is no single right answer. OPT in general believes slower is better. We recommend always dampening the pad and ONR is an excellent product to use for that. Sometimes the sprayers need to be cleaned - soak the trigger/tube in an all purpose cleaner or dish detergent to remove gummed polish that can block the mechanism.