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  1. 3 points
    bird-keeper

    IMG 20161016 160808815 HDR

    From the album 91 GTA

  2. 2 points
    theTHiiiNG

    Optimum Opti-Bond vs CarPro PERL

    For the last 2 weeks I've been trialing a test of Optimum's Opti-Bond vs CarPro PERL. This was very subjective, and hopefully honest test. Spoiler alert - I will start out by saying both products are fantastic and are more than worthy of purchasing. I didn't get any great photos as it was too hard to tell the subtle differences between them so you will have to take my word for it. Both products are water based and can be diluted if needed/desired. Optimum Opti-Bond + Leaves a perfectly smooth high gloss finish with no greasy residue + Can be diluted further to reduce gloss (I wouldn't go past 1:1 as the consistency gets... weird) + Very good value for money (as usual with Optimum) + Although not really obvious, can be used on external (and even internal) plastic trim and rubber + Still going strong after 2 weeks in a daily driven car in a variety of weather + Does not appear blotchy or streaky if applied unevenly - The smell is hard to describe, but it's not great - Has trouble bonding to older rubber that has started to dry - The high gloss look may not be desirable for some Applied undiluted to the tyre. CarPro PERL + Produces a fantastic satin finish on everything it touches + Has some kind of darkening effect built in that makes rubber look new + Smells amazing! + Can be diluted down for use on leather and plastic if needed + Very good value for money when purchased in the 1 litre size - Produced an unsightly cheap silicone look in direct sunlight when used at full strength (on tyres at least) - If you are after a high gloss, wet look, this may not be the best choice - Durability on tyres is only average. Starting to noticabley drop off after 2 weeks - Due to the darkening effect, it can appear 'patchy' if you don't apply it evenly Applied undiluted to the tyre. Both products perform great once you get the hang of the quirks each have. For instance - PERL will leave a streaky finish if not wiped down soon after applying and Opti-Bond turns into a really weird consistency if you dilute it too much. I will say that a huge downside to PERL is when applied at full strength to tyres it has a horrible cheap silicone dressing look to it when hit by full sunlight. I took my car to a friends house to actually show it off after washing it on the weekend and this actually made me embarrassed when he saw it. I would happily choose and love using either product, but if I had to go with only one I would give the very slightest advantage to Opti-Bond. I think the name should be changed to Opti-Bond External Trim and Tire Gel as in my experience it actually outperformed PERL on external plastic. I applied it to my mothers car which had very faded external plastic trim, and upon seeing the car weeks later it was still performing well even though it sits outside 24/7. If you have any experiences with either of these products please let me know!
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 2 points
    Paul S

    Happy Birthday !

    Happy Birthday shout out to Dr. G. !!!!!! Hope you have a great day.
  7. 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.
  8. 1 point
    funny to see Dann listed as "new to the Forum" - while not active on the OPT Forum, Dann is anything but new to Optimum. A past pro installer, Regional Manager, and current VP of Business Development, Dann is as knowledgeable as anyone could hope for and a welcome voice here!
  9. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    NEW OPTIMUM PRODUCTS - 2017 SEMA

    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
  10. 1 point
    A&J

    Why I Keep Coming Back to Optimum

    You know I was thinking the same thing the other day...After trying a lot of other manufacturers rinseless washes and waxes and sealants and QDs and glazes and so on...I found myself admiring my car after a simple ONR wash and opti-seal application. The car was clean and really reflective from the opti-seal that I started saying to myself "Whats the point in buying anything other than OPT?"...and I really cant find an answer! Im loving every second I use OPT products. And I believe this is a similar feeling for a lot of us here on this forum
  11. 1 point
    Yvan

    Opti-Pro Consistent Marring

    Maxima 777 Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. As noted above you have been speaking with Dann Williams, our Director of business development, and he is guiding your claim through the process. We need to be thorough and make sure everything is done following our established procedures to make sure that you’re situation is resolved correctly. This may take longer than you wish, but in the end it’s for your benefit. If I can be of assistance I can be reached at 1 901 907 1957 from 7am to 10pm eastern time. You can reach me by email at yvan@opticoat.com. Mack Gregory, our Opti-Coat PPF Manager is available from 7am to 10pm Central Time. Mack can be reached at ‭1 (901) 461-4870‬, or mack@opticoat.com. For others that may need it Dann Williams can be reached at dann@opticoat.com or ‭1 (619) 952-4814‬ from 7am to 10pm pacific time.
  12. 1 point
    A&J

    OCW application and streaking

    Yes exactly like that!
  13. 1 point
    Yvan

    Opticoat Care

    Thank you for having your vehicles coated, you will find that it’s a great investment. Please confirm what coating your received. If it’s Opti-Coat Pro or Opti-Coat Pro + you will have received a warranty card and they are warranted for 5 and 7 years respectively. If you received Optimum Paint Guard it has a 3 year warranty, and Gloss-Coat has no warranty, but will last 2-3 years with proper maintenance. Maintenance is simple, keep them clean with Opti-Coat No Rinse on a regular basis, and if you wish to add a little more pop you can use Opti-Coat Hyper Seal as a drying aid. To remove bonded contamination, we have 2 options that are very coating friendly. The first is a purely chemical decontamination. wash the car with Opti-Coat No Rinse Apply FerreX, allow to dwell, but not dry, agitate with an Opti-Coat No Rinse dampened MF towel, then rinse. Next, apply Opti-Coat Power Clean , allow to dwell, and rinse. Follow that up with a MDR bath, apply and agitate with a damp MF towel, allow to dwell, then rinse. Finally wash with Opti-Coat No Rinse, dry using Opti-Coat Hyper Seal. Seeing as your in California, a less water intensive approach is to wash the car with Optimum No Rinse(ONR), while the panel is still damp with Optimum No Rinse(ONR), apply one spray of Optimum Car Wax, and use the wax/onr mixture as your clay lube. Dry the panel immediately after you are done with the clay. Here is a brief video describing the process
  14. 1 point
    Lowejackson

    ONR on polisher pad

    It won't make a significant difference if you clean the pad for the second panel with ONR. The Hyper Polish can be sprayed onto a dry pad and will work well. I think the advantage of using a pad which has been cleaned with ONR is firstly, you are starting with a very clean pad which is always a good idea. Secondly, my guess is the ONR is helping to spread the polish over the pad and maybe helps with lubrication. I have used Hyper Polish with dry and ONR dampened pads, the difference is not night and day, using ONR makes it slightly nicer to work with. One thing I have tried is to wash the pad in a bucket of ONR and then spin the pad on the polisher at the top of the bucket. Care is needed here as water and electricity can create some very unpleasant outcomes. The ONR bucket method is probably not as good as a fancy pad washer but is much cheaper.
  15. 1 point
    Billy, welcome to all things Optimum! Other Posters will have to assist with your questions about Reload, VTP, or Megs Tire Gel (Optimum does not test or comment on competitive products). Opti-Seal and Spray Wax are both compatible with ONRWW and both work as drying aids. I use OS due to it's greater durability, but it's a personal choice. I also use ONRWW on my interior with zero issues. Clay lube is for lubricity (should not effect clay performance) and ONRWW may offer greater lubricity due to the wax.
  16. 1 point
    A&J

    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.
  17. 1 point
    boiler

    Opti-Glass

    Zerix, at this time there's no plan to change the formula on the retail version of Opti-Glass.
  18. 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.
  19. 1 point
    I think you'll be fine with the 5" Griots and 3" Meguiars plates.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Optimized My New Ride

    very nice indeed...and one of my favorite cars!
  24. 1 point
    A&J

    Optimized My New Ride

    Nice
  25. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Paint protection

    Lowe is correct, GPS is a very light polish (as stated) and particularly by hand, but it's also a cleaner and sealant and does those tasks well on glass.
  26. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    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...
  27. 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?
  28. 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...?
  29. 1 point
    No Soap

    Optimum NRS or Optimum OC

    Remember to be gentle, like with a woman. No hard rubbing with these chicks...I mean cars and ONR!
  30. 1 point
    A&J

    Hyper Paint Correction System (HPCS)

    This is me getting results from Intensive polish on Flexipad wool pad and Hyper polish on CG white hex logic pad using a DA. 2-3 section passes of each polish left me with these results.
  31. 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!
  32. 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.
  33. 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
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Wood working machine surfaces?

    Seal, Wax, or Instant Detailer would all protect against oxidation (rust) and do not contain silicone.
  38. 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.
  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
    One week in and no surprise, both Glass Clean & Protect and Opti-Seal are still on the job, beading water.
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  42. 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...
  43. 1 point
    donahuerw

    Bee Crap or Poop

    From the album Bee Crap

  44. 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!
  45. 1 point
    Here i am about to start compounding behind the rear door: The passenger side was nice and glossy after we both finished, we still had a long ways to go but, it sure looked promising: Now back to our regularly scheduled programing: Small pads are essential for reaching into tight areas, like underneath the emblems on the back hatch: It was starting to get a bit dark but we were still working..our LED light really showed what the paint was looking like, still much work to be done: LED lights, its a love hate relationship...they show EVERYTHING: We finally came to the point of being done with the polishing. Luckily 80% of the roof was glass...no major swirl correction needed there...but it did all have to be opti-coated...and washed. The awesome part about doing an ONR wash after using optimum polishes is that it is suppose to remove all polishing oils that may be left on the paint. The other great part is washing with ONR is pretty easy and much less chance of accidentally leaving water spots from a typical wash...dont wanna Opti-Coat over those. My sis attacked the rims with Opti-Coat while i started on the paint. After she finished, she did the lights and trim and then dressed the tires (carefully, making sure to not get anything on coated rims since the coating was fresh) and wells. After finishing...it was well past dark...about 9 p.m at this point, but even in the garage it looked awesome: No swirls on this paint: Ready to rest in the garage for the rest of the night: The rims, well they looked AWESOME: Sweet reflection: Yes, all was well in the world again: Wait, what the hell is that? What, no no no, thats not how this works...stop it...this is a story with a happy ending...stop Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! Good God, wake up...bad dream, must stop the bad dream! Well at least there were no bird droppings: Crap! (Literally!) Well what happened here was, the owners and their family took a couple of trips since we had last seen them...from Az to Nevada...and then to Rocky Point! Yeahhhhh that'll do some damage! It had been exactly a month since we had finished it...and then they brought it back to us for a maintenance wash and THAT was what we were looking at! Talk about re-living a nightmare! Fortunately something was a BIT different this time: Oh yeah, it had been Opti-Coated. Mhm, the beading was awesome, on THAT dirty hood...the water still beaded up and sheeted right off. We haven't even washed it yet, just rinsed! The other awesome part about Opti-Coat, you can hit those bugs with a little APC to loosen them up and then they wash right off...and unlike wax or sealants, the APC won't wear down the Opti-Coat. After washing well, she was back to new again: I forgot to add that we used Opti-Bond on the wheel wells...which has made them extremely easy to clean. Wheels were back to how they should be: I'd say 80% of the brake dust just rinsed off...the other 20% came off with us just spraying a little APC and agitating with a brush.... No, i didn't just take a pic of a trash can...thats the reflection See! Still swirl free after a month: Finally, a full sun beauty shot: Along with a few others: Finished: So there you have it. We've been doing bi-weekly maintenance washes on this ride for the last 4 months or so...and thus far the water beads and sheets just as well as it did after the first wash. Hope you all enjoyed the write up, the pictures and the review on Opti-Coat. Thanks for reading.
  46. 1 point
    BMRu4ia

    Opti-Seal over Opti-Coat 2.0

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

    Which additional pads?

    I am about to buy my first DA polisher (probably the Griots 6) and am planning to purchase Optimum MF pads and the "Hyper Twins" to use with it. I would appreciate advice on which foam pads I should buy to complement the MFs. Based on what I have been reading, I am very interested in the Edge 2000 system but am not sure of which ones to buy or whether Edge is appropriate for a novice. Thanks in advance!
  48. 1 point
  49. 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
  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