Leaderboard


Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 11/06/2012 in all areas

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 2 points
    Paul S

    Happy Birthday !

    Happy Birthday shout out to Dr. G. !!!!!! Hope you have a great day.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. 1 point
    The 32oz. bottle should be the concentrate. It dilutes 1:3. The 17oz bottle is the ready to use version.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 1 point
    A&J

    How do you prime the pad with Hyper-Polish?

    I start with 2 sprays on the pad, tap tap tap on the surface sized about 40 x 40 cm, speed 2 to cover the polish on the surface and that primes it. I then use speed 3-4 on my DA to polish. The problem with Hyper polish is that you have to clean the pad often...If you keep spraying the polish and dont clean it every now and then the pad gets overloaded with polish and especially lubricants and the polish doesnt cut as much. Ive just polished a car during the weekend using Intensive polish and Hyper polish and really the best result was after I cleaned the pads. The overloaded pad still cut but left some swirls behind so I had to do another 1-2 passes which is extra work. If you have a pad washer use that to clean the pad, if you dont spray on pure Power clean or mixed 3:1 and massage the polish out of the pad under running water. Put the pad on the machine, set to speed 3, put it into a bucket you are not using and turn it on, start with speed 3 then move to speed 6 and back to speed 3. The centrifugal force will remove most water leaving behind a damp pad ready for 1-2 sprays of Hyper polish or some other polish. I hope it helps!
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    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,
  18. 1 point
    Lowejackson

    2015 Honda Civic coated with Gloss coat

    Nice work A&J
  19. 1 point
  20. 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...
  21. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    ONR Definitive Thread

    Chris Thomas OPT Regional Manager | Eastern USA Administrators 2,458 posts Posted 14 November 2008 - 01:20 AM Current version: v3 released March 2012 ONR Dilutions (Per Label): Wash solution: ratio 1:256 or 1 oz/2 gallons or 30 ml to 7.68 liters of water (3.9 ml per liter) Clay lube: ratio 1:64 or 2 oz/1 gallon or 60 ml to 3.84 liters of water (15.6 ml per liter) Regarding quick detailer: before we introduced Optimum Instant Detailer, we listed a quick detailer dilution that has since been removed. You can still use it this way of course, but our dedicated product will perform much better. Quick Detailer: ratio 1:16 or 8 oz/1 gallon or 240 ml to 3.84 liters for water (62.5 ml per liter) Regarding the caps: 8oz size cap holds .25 oz or 7.5 ml 32oz size cap holds .5 oz or 15 ml 128oz size cap holds .5 oz or 15 ml Regarding hard water: You may increase the increase the ratio of the respective product dilution by 20% to adjust for minerals in water used. ONR Directions (Per Label): 1. Add 1oz to 2 gallons of water in a wash bucket 2. Soak wash media in solution and wash vehicle in sections 3. Dry each section two clean towels consecutively Alternate Method w/Presoak (Thanks SUPERBEE364 and EXCELDETAIL) 1. Spray down each panel with QD strength ONR. (pump type garden sprayer) 2. Wipe each panel down gently with a dripping wet MF from the ONR bucket. 3. Rinse and squeeze out the MF, get it dripping wet again, and redo the same panel. 4. Dry the panel with a clean MF followed by a second MF (Sup prefers to use distilled water exclusively, too.) No Rinse Guide With Pics by:Excel Detail FAQs (Thanks Dr. G, BENCE & ANTHONY O.): 1. Why does it feel slimy and not foam?: ONR should feel somewhat slimy, as this provides lubrication/encapsulation which carries away the unwanted dirt particles from the surface. This is a good slime. 2. Why is my wash media so much dirtier than when I do a traditional wash?: ONR binds the dirt to the wash media intentionally. You should change mitts as needed. They can then be soaked in regular detergent to release the dirt before rinsing or washed in the machine. 3. What are the environmental advantages?: Much less water is used by eliminating the rinsing step, not to mention on average only 2 gallons are used to wash vs. 6-10 gallons with the two bucket method (not including rinsing). Also, with a regular wash the mitt will release the dirt into the (usually 5 gallon X 2) rinse bucket, it would likely end in the storm drains when you dumped the buckets. With the ONR wash you can wash your mitts in your machine and dump the remainder of the 2 gallons of solution into the sink or toilet where the dirt goes to the right place where water can be treated/purified. Optimum Products also come packaged in HDPE bottles (which are one of the few widely recyclable plastics) 4. Should I still use the two-bucket method to prevent marring?: ONR softens water, so the bigger particles just sink to the bottom of the bucket. It's like having a built-in grit guard in the wash solution. Smaller particles end up in the wash media. 5. Is there any advantage to using DI/distilled water to make the solution?: Softer water cooperates well with ONR. ONR's actives bond to the minerals of hard waters, therefore you may add more ONR to harder waters. DI/distilled water have no such minerals and the cleaning/protecting power of ONR can be exploited without weakening. These kind of waters will feel slimier than tap water. 6. My ONR Clay lube lost its color, will it still do the job or is it ruined?: ONR may lose its color when the sun hits it directly, but this won't affect its performance. 7. My car is really dirty, should I use more of the concentrate?: Using significantly more than the recommended dosage won't multiply ONR's performance; it will work effectively with the recommended amounts. You can still fine-tune the dosage to your exact needs (soiling of the vehicle, water hardness, wash media type, etc.). (1 oz per gallon vs 1 oz per 2 gallons) Thank you for bringing up this question. The polymers in No Rinse have reactive groups that bond and trap dirt particles making the dirt particles virtually non-abrasive. They also bond to oily particles and emulsify them into water. The latter is equivalent to the cleaning action from soaps which also work by emulsifying oil particles into water. However, with soap there is no interaction with dirt. This is why adding No Rinse to a regular wash also helps protect the paint from dirt particles. The No Rinse polymers also bond to all automotive surfaces and create a slick surface and act as a barrier to protect paint from marring. That is something that soap will not provide since surfactants in soaps have no affinity for painted or other automotive surfaces. When you use 1 oz. of No Rinse in 1 or 2 gallons of water for your wash at the molecular level this provides hundreds of billions of polymer molecules to do what was said above. Additional product will not be necessary except if you are using tap water that contains high levels of minerals such as calcium hydroxide or silicates. In these cases some of the polymers will bond to these minerals and take them out of solution therefore more product might be necessary to compensate for this effect. This is another reason why adding No Rinse to a regular car wash soap improves the results when using tap water. For claying, the recommended level is 2 oz. per gallon, however, the actual product usage is far less. For instance if you are using 16 oz. of clay lube to clay a car, at this dilution you are actually putting 1/4 oz. of No Rinse on the surface. Same thing goes for using No Rinse as a quick detailer. These levels were of course tested for several months and hundreds of washes of heavily soiled cars before we started offering No Rinse three years ago. I hope this helps answer your question. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. Thanks again. Dr. G (copied from Optimum Forums Ask Dr. G section) 8. Can ONR be used to clean windows and interiors? Yes, ONR can be used for an interior and exterior glass cleaner. It can be used at the regular QD mix.....a bit stronger if you're doing nasty windows and a bit less if doing more regular upkeep type cars. If you notice streaks and smears then you need to cut it back with water. ONR Technique (Thanks SCOTTWAX): Body: YouTube - Washing a Cayenne with ONR Wheels: YouTube - Optimum No Rinse and wheels part 1 YouTube - Optimum No Rinse and wheels part 2 Engine: http://www.autopia.o...ine-detail.html Claying: YouTube - Claying with Optimum No Rinse Touch-ups: YouTube - ONR vs bird bomb Fenderwells:YouTube - Fenderwell cleaning with Optimum No Rinse Wash ONR Wash Media Threads: http://www.autopia.o...do-you-use.html http://www.autopia.o...e-onr-mitt.html http://www.autopia.o...-onr-media.html http://www.autopia.o...-onr-media.html ONR Capabilities Threads: http://www.autopia.o...hed-limits.html http://www.autopia.o...onr-thread.html http://www.autopia.o...-silverado.html http://www.autopia.o...e-onr-pics.html http://www.autopia.o...9-onr-time.html http://www.autopia.o...s-stunning.html http://www.autopia.o...timony-onr.html http://www.autopia.o...ics-inside.html dervdave, SmoogAerornug, Calialick and 29 others like this Chris ThomasRegional Manager | Eastern USA Optimum Polymer Technologies, INC m: 931-267-2500 f: 866-441-7826
  22. 1 point
    Lowejackson

    Optimum Gloss-Coat

    Gave FerreX a quick try this afternoon. Sprayed on some small tar spots just to see how well it would work. First spray, left for 2 minutes and agitated with a brush before rinsing the panel. The outcome was no difference with the tar. Sprayed again and also sprayed one of the wheels. Left everything for just under 5 minutes (8C - 46F) and then rinsed the wheels and panel. Wheels looked much better and the tar was gone. So, after very limited playing I would say it will remove tar but no where near as quickly as a dedicated tar remover, on the other hand I could not leave a traditional tar remover for 5 minutes without risking some damage. Also much nicer smell than IronX.
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
  25. 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.