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  1. Opti-Bond tire gel

    Hi Bence Carlack 68 plastic care is not what I would call a protectant, it's a soapy cleaner for tyres, rubber, plastics, vinyl and leather It is a preparation product for a tire gel like OB2 What puts me off of Opti Bond is that it loses it's shine in a couple days and only lasts two weeks Not bad but not quite good enough for me, 4 weeks with temperature reactive agents would be a better way to go, like wolfgang black diamond old formula. the shine kept coming back, withstood 1000 km drives through muddy roads and lasted for six weeks. As the tires cool from a drive, the shine comes back' Also something to stop them ever going back to brown and attracting road grime Sounds extreme but thats me, why settle for todays technology when so much more potential is within us all, especially Dr G, your just scratching the surface. My detailing market is top end with work costing up to 1250 bucks I don't care if a product costs $200 a litre, if it works greatly then I'll use it. Keep pushing the boundaries people, perhaps move to the acrylic side as far as tyre shine.
  2. Could Menzerna Be Smoke & Mirrors?

    It doesn't matter how big or small they are, they make the best some of the best abrasive polishes in the world (at this time) and will not leave fillers that wash out or evapourate a few days or even weeks later The problem is people who say they do are using PC's where menzerna was designed for a rotary From my memory, there are no solvents, just parrafin oil, glycerin, aluminium oxide( abrasive) Prepsol wipedowns show nothing remaining but I usually work the polishes in for three to four minutes Actually Prima Swirl is my favourite 1500 grit polish, that sometimes works better and gets more marks out than Intensive PO91L or SIP and gives a fresh off the gun appearance without any silicone, solvents, wax or fillers Swirl and foamed wool is a great combo However as much as abrasives are good, I believe in regular applications of non abrasive glazes and polishes for the best shine and to keep the paint markless using long term fillers
  3. A Peek At The New Optimum Products

    Hi Anthony Unfortunately I've used up and thrown out the Optimum as I think it's the worst polish I've ever used in history No gloss, too weak and doesn't do what others do The other products I didn't like either so they are now banished So 32oz makes 1 gallon Well an Australian made quick detailer/spray sealant/glass polish with six months of protection from just wiping it on and removing with a couple towels is my personal favourite. The other one I use is an American made one from San Clemente California and 16 oz makes up to four litres (1.2 gallon It can be applied by machine to polish the paint (brings back all the lost shine, removes oxidation) and gives a deep glass like clarity to all reflected images, will enhance the gloss of unpainted and colored plastic, rubber, vinyl, glass and all interior surfaces Contains paint sealant which will protect for many months also Combined, these two will make menzerna and other polishes work longer, stop the dust and help the pads glide over the paint better. It slightly narrows the gap between showcar and factory paints. Brings out all the fresh off the gun paint pigment. Now if your QD can do that too, well maybe I'll try it but it's unlikely
  4. OPTIMUM X

    There is no point having a sealant that lasts more than one year In two to five years time the swirls and contamination on a car would require so much claying and machine polishing I get a year out of most sealants today and do a clay, toughseal step 1 and 2 with rotary to clean the paint pores and bring back any lost shine then either machine polish or permanently fill in any marring and reseal the paint
  5. Nobby's Garage in Oz

    Hi Nobby here is mine 182kw power, 387 nm torque 1998 Ford AU1 Tickford XR6 VCT It came with bi plane twin deck spoiler and bodykit from the factory. Done 83,300 km's
  6. It's amazing at how some of the fellow autopians are behaving these days Honestly as much as I admire rick at four star products and love some of his ultimate lineup, I ain't going to be paying for any Ultima and same goes for Sal at Zaino I get better results with other brands that most Autopians keep slamming because it can't be possible or that stuff has fillers in it whatever. Now I won't be using opti seal either but I'm pretty damn sure it would match alot of products
  7. Well it's elastic alright. I like sonus green clay as that is so easy to stretch and fold Opti took all my strength to get to stretch out and it didn't want to be folded
  8. In an effort to find long lasting solutions to surface care problems on various parts of auto's, I did alot of R&D and found the ingredients I needed to make the following Trim Dream - for machine polishing unpainted exterior trim moldings & protect for two years Makes a mirror finish and dressings obsolete main ingredient is morpholine. Banish, Abolish and Zero DFX polishes for hand or machine use. can work forever and removes 1200 to 3000 grit. difference - longest working time, can use with any pad, bottle label is colour coded so users will know which pads are best to use with them. Quick Shot (pad conditioner spray, foam/towel & machine applyable QD for paint enhancement beyond what polishes can do) Contains special paint sealant that lasts for six months on it's own. Wiping this on to faded exterior trims will restore them Showcar suds (special wash & sealant with no sodium, lye's, phosphates and does not strip protection, restores slickness. will not dry out trims Water Vanish (drying aid spray)
  9. Comments on AutoGlym

    Autoglym were once among the leaders in the industry but IMO have really fallen behind The only product of theirs that I use now is Bodyshop 07B for door seals (for the cheaper details when 1Z isn't used) Their shampoo never impressed me, vinyl and rubber care doesn't last long and attracted dust in my case. 01B polish is great by hand but crap by machine and after trying everything in their range over the years, have simply left them behind. Moved on to lesser known but superior products from california, japan, australia, new zealand, germany and sweden.
  10. I never liked opti clay. was like a thick rubber band and hard as hell to knead.
  11. G'day

    Hi Master. Well I've begun testing all of my polish brands (including my own) on an ex japan race car (MGF) We have about six of them here at the shop which will be turned into oz spec race cars This one is a nice red and after polishing would look like rich tomato sauce I have got einszett, menzerna, opt, aussie gold (terrific local brand with worlds best QD), sonus sfx, magnum top gear, duragloss, wolfgang, fire glaze, glare, farecla, dinitrol (swedish), pinnacle XMT, Driven to perfection (small CA company) and some others as well After washing and claying, I divided the far right side of the hood into four 1 x 1 foot sections and decided to use LC orange, white and black 4 inch pads with all products (got three sets of CCS 4 inch) and washed them by hand once used (so not to contaminate one brand with another) Paint had some scratches and medium swirls and on the first one, OHC with orange and OP with white pissed them all off and left a very bright and fairly wet gloss. I love how long these work. Probably has alot of parrafin oil and glycerin Finished off with driven super polish for a super high gloss wet look and paint was flawless. Next was sonus SFX 1 V2, SFX 2 V1 (old formula that I've added some glycerin too) and SFX 3 V2 Paint was definately richer and darker than Optimum and again, flawless Menzerna came out next. 91L Intensive (orange), 106FF (white pad and worked for ages with some aussie gold showroom glaze on the paint to stop it drying) That process provided an even richer candy apple red colour and the best clarity of the lot but not quite as wet) Paint was completely perfect Alongside the menzerna was my Scratchinator range Scratch banish, Swirl Abolish and Zero DFX glaze These have a long working time and provided the best colour richness (maroon red instead of the tomato sauce look of the other three) The wetness, depth and clarity was also the best of all. Finally, Prima Swirl got stuck into some deep wet sand scratches on plastic bumper with LC orange pad at 1500 rpm and back down to 900 and 700 rpm. the colour enhancement and wetness of that alone was so good it was LSP ready and flawless. I'll take some pics of these for you. So after that, Optimum is definately back in my good books but I would love david to make a stronger levelling compound perhaps 600 to 800 grit
  12. G'day

    Yes I noticed that today. The first time I tried it, I got a zero sized reply error and only did it the third time when I added a picture
  13. The Mutha of All Details!!

    Yikes, 3M crap I can't stand it He's on a great thing with Menzerna 3.02. That's sensational gear.
  14. G'day

    Hello Anthony & Everyone Found this forum by accident and looking to use this forum to help me work out whether it's worthwhile to continue to use optimum I have found OHC to do a really great job on some cars and then do bugger all on others, this is the older and newer formula's. I did a black BA XR6 turbo a year ago and it had scratches (not deep) one inch lower than the next all the way from top to bottom of every panel and it took them all out with foam and I was really happy Then I've tried it on other cars that are far worse (heavy swirls, scratches in the metal, wash brush scratches) and it does absolutely nothing at all, even with edge wool. OP doesn't give me the correction and finish I want so it doesn't get touched very often and I'm using menzerna mostly and waiting on GTechniq samples from either Europe or Hong Kong. On another note, I love ONR as a QD, clay lube etc, brilliant product and protectant plus is really good too. Will their be a stronger (600 to 900 grit) compound released at some stage? Here's a photo of the workshop taken when we just moved in
  15. G'day

    Hello Anthony & Everyone Found this forum by accident and looking to use this forum to help me work out whether it's worthwhile to continue to use optimum I have found OHC to do a really great job on some cars and then do bugger all on others, this is the older and newer formula's. I did a black BA XR6 turbo a year ago and it had scratches (not deep) one inch lower than the next all the way from top to bottom of every panel and it took them all out with foam and I was really happy Then I've tried it on other cars that are far worse (heavy swirls, scratches in the metal, wash brush scratches) and it does absolutely nothing at all OP doesn't give me the correction and finish I want so it doesn't get touches very often and I'm using menzerna mostly and waiting on GTechniq from Hong Kong & Europe On another note, I love ONR as a QD, clay lube etc, brilliant product and protectant plus is really good too. Will their be a stronger (600 to 900 grit) compound released at some stage?