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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
    Lowejackson

    Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    To listen to some British guy talking about detailing efficiency on the Synergy Podcast. Or perhaps I should say 'to listen to me talking about detailing efficiency'. https://optimumsynergypodcast.libsyn.com/lean-processing-next-level-efficiency
  4. 2 points
    The Guz

    Decon Process

    Do you have water spots on the car? If not then no need to use MDR. Keep it simple and this is what I would do 1. Ferrex. If the paint is not that dirty you can use that over the dry surface to not dilute the product with water. If it is too dirty wash and dry first then use Ferrex. 2. Rinse the Ferrex from the surface and proceed with your normal wash 3. Clay 4. Paint prep if you want to take an additional step after claying to remove any clay lube residue. No need for an additional wash. 5. Polish 6. Protect 7. Maintain
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 2 points
    Paul S

    Happy Birthday !

    Happy Birthday shout out to Dr. G. !!!!!! Hope you have a great day.
  9. 1 point
    A&J

    Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    Great podcast...Ive just listened to it...I havent listened to the podcast in a while now and I really enjoyed yours. I dont know if I will call you Steven from now on or Leanjackson Detail Groove was a good shoutout...he talks a lot about organization and custumer care and custumer expectations. Its always interesting to look at his videos. You can learn a lot from his as well as from Darren Priest from a business point of view and efficiency at work. Yes Im from Europe (Slovenia to be exact)...I dare you to find it on a map without using google . I still use the black waffle sponge. Not from serious performance but from a local supplier (Im guessing its the same or a very similar sponge). I actually use 2 of them in my bucket now...one for the initial pass and the other for the second pass before a spritz of opti-seal to help me dry a panel or two at a time. Ive used noodle mitts and MF towels in the past...they work OK but the mitt gets very dirty really fast and therefore I dont like using it often and the MF towels (using the Garry Dean method) is fine on its own and may be the safest aproach but you really need quite a lot of towels which can be expensive and you have to wash them afterwards and I try to avoid that as much as I can. Sometime soon Ill probably buy&try the Flexipads blue waffle sponge (similar to the OPT blue waffle sponge IMO) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flexipads-Professional-Grade-Waffle-Sponge/dp/B01EVTZO5Q or the Soft 99 egg sponge which is very soft to the touch https://www.amazon.co.uk/SOFT99-516-Smooth-Creamy-Soft-Sponge-Pieces/dp/B00BUFE7HG Both are IMO good options for rinseless washing.
  10. 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.
  11. 1 point
    avimore

    New Member from Australia

    Thanks for the welcome guys. I haven't had any communication with Joel yet but I'll be sure to introduce myself. Thanks for the links, time to get started on those podcasts!
  12. 1 point
    I agree with using ONR instead of OID. It provides a lot more lubrication and is very quick to do. If the car really isn't dirty and has just been rained on you could fill a pump sprayer with ONR solution and completely cover the car in it then proceed to dry with a proper drying towel. Just curious though, why do you need to dry it after being rained on?
  13. 1 point
    Those streaks that you found are perfectly normal and are just high spots that need a second pass as you said. You will have a hard time using too much product with Opti-Seal or Hyper Seal, but there is not really any benefit to adding countless layers of product. There is diminishing returns when using sealants, waxes and coatings. I find that applying one good layer, letting it cure for the required time, then adding a quick second layer is all that is required. Any more and you are probably just wasting product, money and time. Using Hyper Seal as your drying aid with each wash is more then enough to keep it topped up for many months before needing a full decontamination wash and reapplication of it.
  14. 1 point
    No Soap

    Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    +1 for the pre-spray.
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 1 point
    Yvan

    Optimum Gloss-Coat

    Yes, wash with Optimum No Rinse(ONR), and enjoy.
  18. 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.
  19. 1 point
    Yvan

    Apex Detail testing

    Please send me an email at yvan@opticoat.com , I will find you Opti-Coat Hyper Seal in Europe.
  20. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Product Suggestions

    Welcome to all things Optimum and congratulations on investing in the best Coating available! The Opti-Coat line of products was formulated for Coated cars, but Optimum products work well too. For normal maintenance we recommend Opti-Coat No Rinse (or M-Wash for traditional cleaning with hose). You don't need to "top" OCP+ but if you choose to, Hyper Seal is an excellent sealant, provides a sacrificial barrier to swirls, and is incredibly easy to use. Other manufacturers products will work, but do not use polish (or cleaner waxes) on Opti-Coat Pro+. Abrasives will remove the Coating and should not be necessary. Using good quality cleaners, sponges, and towels should keep swirls to a minimum.
  21. 1 point
    A&J

    Hyper Paint Correction System (HPCS)

    I have stumbled upon this thread on Autopia.org forum that I have found very interesting to read infact so much so I have decided to post it here for anyone interested in it. The post is from Yvan Lacroix describing the Hyper paint correction system. "Optimum Polymer Technologies Hyper Paint Correction System (HPCS) is a simple system designed to give superior results in less time while using less product. It’s a complete system designed to be simple to use and efficient without creating dust, or the need to tape off plastic mouldings. Consisting of 2 machines, 1 Compound, 2 polishes and 4 pads the Hyper Paint Correction System (HPCS) gives you everything you need for correction and shine in one or 2 steps. The machines designed to work with the Hyper Paint Correction System (HPCS) The Zentool 21E is a 900W random orbital polisher with a 21mm offset stroke. Unique in the industry with an easy to grip surface, the Zentool 21E is simple to use and will get swirl free professional results with very minimal effort and time. Important to the Hyper Paint Correction System (HPCS) the Zentool 21E was designed with a backing plate to promote in pad cooling reducing heat because of the airflow possible only through Optimum Waffle pads. Able to use both 5 and 6 inch pads the Zentool 21E is a formidable correction tool. The Zentool mini is a 3 inch random orbital polisher that allows you to get into tighter areas. With it’s 12mm offset stroke it combines both polishing and correction abilities in a easy to handle and manoeuver package. The pads of the Hyper Paint Correction System (HPCS) listed in order of cut from fast cutting to fine polishing. Hyper Foam/ wool pad. Exclusive to Optimum this pad combines a short nap foamed wool face, with a soft foam interface to follow surface contours. This pad combined with Hyper Compound will quickly correct 1500G sanding marks, and provide a surface that just requires a final polishing prior to coating or wax application. Optimums Waffle pads have some specific design elements that allow them to work efficiently as an integral part of the Hyper Paint Correction System (HPCS). A unique Velcro backing allows air to flow through it for optimal pad cooling. The waffle surface allows for air to circulate between the pad and paint. The waffle surface also eliminates pressure points and excessive drag caused by flat pads, allowing for more efficient pad rotation. The Orange waffle pad combines cut with good polishing abilities. The orange pad can be used with Hyper Compound for light to moderate defect removal, with Hyper Intensive Polish for a one step polish that has good correction and high gloss. When minimal correction is required Hyper polish will finish down LSP ready while providing correction. The Black Waffle pad is for use with your choice of Hyper Intensive Polish or Hyper Polish. Used as the final step following correction with Hyper compound it will quickly refine the surface left by Hyper Compound. Using the Black Waffle pad will give high gloss and provide minimal correction. The Blue Waffle pad is to be used with Hyper Polish as a refinement step when dealing with difficult to correct paints. The Hyper Paint Correction System is based around the synergy of the Hyper trio and the complete Optimum line. The Hyper trio are characterised by their ease of use, efficiency and how user friendly they are. Non staining, no taping of mouldings is required, non-dusting when used according to instructions, and using inter compatible nano abrasives the trio save time and effort. No need to wipe off the residue between steps as the synergy of the HPCS allows you to refine the surface without risking towel marring and wasting time removing the minimal residue. Hyper Compound is a cutting compound that easily removes 1500G sanding marks, while providing an easy to refine surface. Used with either the Hyper Wool/foam pad or the Orange waffle pad Hyper Compound provides both cut and gloss, without dust or hazing. For very heavy correction the Optimum Double Sided Wool pad can be used effectively with Hyper Compound. Hyper Intensive Polish is a cutting polish, providing a gloss finish and moderate cutting abilities its primary use is as a one-step polish. Used with the Orange or Black waffle pad, cut and finish can be adjusted. Hyper Polish is used in conjunction with the waffle pads to refine the surface after compound, or to provide exceptional gloss on paints that do not require correction. The synergy of the complete Optimum line is highlighted with the HPCS, and the time saving realized by using this synergy are evident. For a full correction detail utilizing the Optimum line, and how it saves you time follow these simple steps. Wash the vehicle with Optimum No Rinse(ONR). Decontaminate the paint using an Optimum Clay Towel and the ONR on the surface from the wash as lubrication. Determine the level of correction required and start with your first correction step over the ONR dampened surface, no need to dry or tape off the vehicle. Dampen your chosen pad with ONR wash solution (preferably in a pad washer) and simply spray 1 shot of Hyper Compound on the pad, no need to prime the pad, nor use a large amount of product. Not over using the product is a very important aspect and requires some adaptation for most experienced polishers. It’s imperative that you use a damp pad, and that no more than 1 spray of Hyper Compound of polish be used per section. With the Hyper Paint Correction System do not prime your pads, an clean and dampen your pads after every section. Using the Zentool move it slowly over the surface with a tool speed only as high as needed to allow the backing plate to turn (2-3 on the speed dial). Excessive speed is counterproductive as it creates heat. Pressure should be avoided, just the weight of the tool is sufficient. Again this is different than with most polishing products, just like more product does not mean more results, the same goes with speed and pressure, more will potentially reduce cut and finish. Allow the Hyper Paint Correction System to do the work, not you. The pad should be cleaned of excessive product and paint residue after every section and kept clean and damp with an ONR filled pad cleaner. Once the correction step is complete on the whole vehicle, proceed to the polishing step, there is no need to wipe off the minimal Hyper Compound residue. Doing a test spot will determine if you require Hyper Intensive Polish or Hyper Polish to refine the surface to make it ready for Opti-Seal, Optimum Gloss Coat or Opti-Coat Pro(For Opti-Coat Pro the included Primer Polish should be used instead of Hyper Polish). The Polishing step should require minimal time and passes, as any correction should be done in the first step. Using the pad/polish combination of your choice refine the surface while keeping your pad clean and damp. As with Hyper Compound only one spray of product on the pad is needed. If your paint is very difficult to finish, using a clean blue waffle pad dampened in ONR without any polish will aid in removing the polish residue, working in small sections at low speed To prepare the surface for application of an Optimum coating, remove the polish residue using a Micro-Fibre Towel dampened with ONR to soften and remove the polish residue safely , then apply a mist of Optimum Paint Prep on the panel and dry off both the ONR and Paint Prep.. The ONR will easily remove the polish residue and the Optimum Paint Prep will leave the surface ready for the coating. The Paint Prep Solution has many advantages over IPA when preparing for a coating. It has higher lubricity, allowing the coating to flow out and self-level better , reducing high spots. Optimum Paint Prep also removes all traces of wax and polishing oils leaving the surface as pure as possible for the Opti-Seal, Gloss-Coat or Opti-Coat Pro to bond."
  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
    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.
  24. 1 point
    Tempest45

    Interior cleaning.

    Opticlean is my favorite as an interior detailer.
  25. 1 point
    boiler

    Opti-Glass

    Zerix, at this time there's no plan to change the formula on the retail version of Opti-Glass.
  26. 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.
  27. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Sticker glue

    I recall people using rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, hair spray, and vinegar along with retail products like Goof Off.
  28. 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.
  29. 1 point
    A&J

    Optimized My New Ride

    Nice
  30. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Poli-seal as a primer for OC 2.0

    yes, Paint Prep will remove the sealant in Poli-Seal.
  31. 1 point
    The 32oz. bottle should be the concentrate. It dilutes 1:3. The 17oz bottle is the ready to use version.
  32. 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?
  33. 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...?
  34. 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.
  35. 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!
  36. 1 point
    A&J

    Heavy dirt pre-wash product?

    I usually do this too if I cant hand wash it afterwards. This January was way too cold for any hand washing but I did visit a self service coin-op. I sprayed a Citrus based APC mixed 1:15 on the car, waited a few min and PW rinsed it off. The car was like night and day. Most of the salt and muck was removed which I was satisfied with at the moment. Your way of doing it sounds as good as any. As long as it works for you.
  37. 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
  38. 1 point
    Ron@Optimum

    Mask off rubber trim for Opti-Gloss?

    You don't need to tape anything, Gloss-Coat will have no effect on rubber. It works on everything else - plastic, metal, glass, and clear coat.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 1 point
    A&J

    Paint Prep Lubricity?

    No not like OOS...its more watery.
  42. 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.
  43. 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,
  44. 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.
  45. 1 point
    A&J

    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!
  46. 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
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    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
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    Lowejackson

    2015 Honda Civic coated with Gloss coat

    Nice work A&J
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    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.