Have you ever detailed a car using other products or pads?
I find using any chemicals with a PC will result in taking a long time to work the product correctly, especially when attempting to deswirl. By using the PC, the compromise is the reduction of error by burning the paint vs. the ability to generate sufficient heat to work out swirls in a timely manner. It can be done, it takes time - REGARDLESS of what you use. Optimum products do not take 8 hours of work to generate futile results. Common sense dictates there is something else going on here.
I have used the Meg's, Menz., and Chemical Guys products you mention and I can testify, all of them require a different technique while using the same PC. This takes time and the school of trial and error to resolve and learn.
While I am sorry to hear you spent all this time with no results, I question why you didn't stop and ask before the investment of this time was made while no results were appearing.
After one hour and no results on the first car you worked on should have sent a message that there is something else going on here. Why come on now, seemingly, with a rather negative post about how Optimum products suck?
Do you know Paul personally? How did you come upon Chemical Guys? Do you live in LA? Paul has classes that can show you the correct use of the PC on real cars. Didn't he suggest you sign up? I know Paul and he is not shy in assisting people with his classes. He has a very accomplished LA detailer teaching the classes. It may be well worth your while. I can't imagine you told him your endevour and he didn't suggest you take the classes inorder to ID the paint defects, and proper use of pad and chemical combinations, working times and how to turn a hobby into some extra cash.
I can assure you, that I am very familiar with the Chem Guys product line and enjoy them as well as the Optimum line of products. I prefer the Optimum line, due to the long "WORKING" times. A long working time doesn't mean the entire detail takes longer. In fact, I save time using Optimum with a CYCLO (same will hold true with the PC) because I do not have to stop constantly, brush the pad clean, and then go back to your panel and start again. By using Optimum, I can just continue working and by the end of the day I have accomplished my task sooner because of the LONGER WORKING TIMES, rather than taking me longer to do the job.
There are many misunderstandings within this post.
I think you may be suffering by a level of frustration of not meeting your expectations and citing blame on Optimum chemicals. Why not blame the PC or the pads at sucking or not being able to choose the correct pad combinations and chemicals? More knowledge and technique may be required to reach successful results.
There are many success stories of Optimum chemicals by those who do use and have switched to Optimum products. Which is probably why you purchased it originally. I can understand that, however, it seems that user error or a misunderstanding or a lack of sufficient practice in identifying the severity of the problem and using the correct pad and compound/polish combination. I will say that technique and knowledge of the task (identifying what Paint Correction necessary) is the most important part of detailing. The physical exertion of detailing is merely the execution of what you have predetermined the issues of the task at hand require.
Now did you try any other pads than this one you mentioned? Was the pad washed prior to it's first use? Was it clean before applying product. In some brands of pads there are tiny fibers (that same color of the pad) that remain on and in the pad from the manufacturing process. This could cause a terrible outcome.
Do your pictures represent the swirls prior to your working on the car or were they introduced by the pad/polish and user combination?
Have you ever been taught the correct techniques in person or are you just detailing after reading?
What pads other than this Orange Wolfgang one do you have? Have you attempted other pad combinations. Are you using about 5lbs of pressure on the head of the PC while attempting to polish. It may be possible that hyper compound is necessary for your initial passes. What techniques are you using?
Please do not take offense to my next comment, but in my best American Idol Simon Cowel voice, Is this a real post or a flame? The tone just isn't what I am used to reading here.