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    From the album 91 GTA

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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    Welcome to all things Optimum! I think you mean "Optimum Car Wax" not "Wash" in question #1? If so, yes, Optimum Car Wax can be a stand alone product. Obviously we recommend Optimum Car Wash, but there are quality alternatives. Most, but not all products can be interchanged with good results. We recommend the Optimum Synergy because we KNOW all our products are formulated to work together.
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    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.
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    Opti seal over wax ?

    Similar to what NoSoap answered: 1. You can layer Opti seal if you want. 2 layers are enough to cover the entire car so there are no missed spots. Opti seal does not have any solvents in it so you could apply the second layer right after the first one. The car was usually glossy enough after the first layer for me so the second layer might enhance it a bit. 2. Yes. Opti seal is a great rinse aid. I use it to dry the car after I washed it with either ONR or Car wash. 3. Which one is the ANY WAX? Joke...You can use any wax you like on top of opti seal. Give it an hour before you do so. 4. Dont really know but I would do 2 layers of Opti seal (one after another) and after 1h a layer of wax or OPT Car wax...whichever you prefer. A nice oily wax would enhance the finish even further. Of course polishing before sealing would be the best option for glossy paint.
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    Interior cleaning.

    Opticlean is my favorite as an interior detailer.
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    Sticker glue

    I recall people using rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, hair spray, and vinegar along with retail products like Goof Off.
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    NRWW and OCW

    That's the plan! Like giving a back rub to a newborn baby.
  18. 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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    Optimized My New Ride

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    Brand new BMW M1 got Gloss coated

    I got contacted to detail and protect a brand new BMW M1 series in estoril blue. The costumer and I set up a date that happened to be this weekend. Like mentioned the car was brand spanking new so when it arrived it looked great which was good for me as I didnt have much to do. The car upon arival The car was fairly clean for a 2 day old...the wheels had some brake dust acumulated and there was some bug splatter in front Upon inspection I diddnt find any major damage, just some light swirls that will be removed with polishing. They were most visible on the back lights. I went with the Mike Phillips aggresive wash technique. So I started with the chemical decon procedure. I used a local iron remover product called Carshinefactory Iron off. Snow foamed and washed usind OPT car wash Foamed again and clayed the paint using a clay mitt. I pulled the car into the garage to dry it and to polish it using OPT Hyper polish and LC orange pad on a DA. 1-2 passes were enough to remove light swirls. I polished the entire car in about 2h (very fast yes I know). I used OPT paint prep to remove polishing oils. Gloss coat was applied to the majority of the car... ...The majority because I ran out of it and had to use Gyeon Cancoat for the back boot and bumper. One coat of Gloss coat and 3 coats of Cancoat on the back 1h apart and left it in the garage over night. The next morning I applied Carpro Reload to help the coating cure for the next couple of weeks. Fk1000p on the exhaust Gtechiq C2 on the wheels and TAC system tyre dressing on the tyres The interior was vacuumed and the plastics wiped with OPT opti-clean. The door shuts were polished with OPT poli-seal. The engine bay was wiped with APC and plastics protected with Wolfs chemicals plasic & trim coat. End results Money shot picture Thats it. Thanks for watching.
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    Gloss coat fail?

    Some great observations and recommendations. All coatings take on the characteristics of the substances that are on them and usually (if application was done properly as yours sounded), lack of performance can be tracked back to that. I haven't tried Essence Plus but would take Guz's word for it. There are so many choices on all car care products and it's impossible to determine all possible effects when combined. That's one reason Optimum sincerely recommends using their products for the synergy and not only to increase sales...
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    OPT Training

    So far the Memphis training and regional clinics around the US have been Pro oriented - Coatings, polishes, film, etc. With 2 Regional Managers and 1 Film expert, Optimum lacks the manpower to expand training now. As the brand grows, and it is, Dr G will look at doing more extensive training.
  25. 1 point
    I use slightly higher dilution ratio but fully support the idea of a single spray per panel is normally enough. If you get streaking it is normally due to using too much product
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    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
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    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.
  28. 1 point

    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?
  29. 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
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    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.
  31. 1 point
    You have missed a trick here, you could have released the iRon, the perfect product for domestic detailing with the associated iRon Board. The perfect gift for anyone called Ron
  32. 1 point
    Car is still looking great
  33. 1 point
    Welcome to the Optimum Forum. Either sponge will work for ONR washes - the Big Red Sponge is larger and has cuts that allow more maneuvering around trim and crevices, plus holds more wash solution. The blue sponge is a large traditional type and works well for general maintenance.
  34. 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.
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    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.
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    Paint Prep Lubricity?

    No not like OOS...its more watery.
  37. 1 point

    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.
  38. 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.
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    2016 SEMA Speculation Thread

    Lowe, the UK doesn't have our fixation trucks, but the bedliner is aftermarket protection for the bed, can be a spray or thick vinyl. Optimum tested it on warehouse equipment (forklifts, etc) to check effectiveness and durability with great success. No reason it wouldn't work on your underside. The Optimum Spray Bedliner has the following advantages for the consumer: UV stable, impact resistant, non slip surface, very hard to scratch or cut, thinner than it's competition, doesn't add too much weight to the truck. Also easy to repair if it should get damaged. For the installers, low equipment costs ($60 for the gun vs $15,000 for the mixing systems required by many others) easy and quick to apply, water based. Very easy to apply and no spray mist or what so ever which you will have with a normal paint job. The gun can easily be rinsed with water afterwards and it's ready for the next application,
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    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.
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    My formula for fantastic Quick Detailer

    Jim...you know just today I managed to mix your QD and OCW formula together and was thinking about adding opti-seal myself. I didnt in the end but please do report back if its any good or not!
  42. 1 point
    Just wonder how leather shoes will come out after being treated with Optimum Protectant Plus. Has anyone got any experience?
  43. 1 point
    One week in and no surprise, both Glass Clean & Protect and Opti-Seal are still on the job, beading water.
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  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
    Setec Astronomy

    Opti-Seal Q&A

    You're using too much product. An iPad is a pretty small area for one spray of product. With all due respect, this product has been around since 2007, and if it wasn't a "true WOWA" you wouldn't have been the first one to figure that out. There is a small learning curve to this product, i.e. how much to use, how far to spread, in order for it to behave in the expected fashion. And it's pretty simple, you just need to get the product spread out thin enough to be able to "walk away". If you are using too much product for the surface area you have, you will be unable to get it spread to the required "thinness", and then it will leave residue as you are experiencing. There's a few (tens of thousands) of us who have been able apply this product without incident; you simply need to adjust your technique. Maybe try it on your car?
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    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.
  48. 1 point

    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!
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    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
    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.