I found out it depends on which water you are using (tap or distilled).
With tap water it will lose color & some lubrication but with distilled it will be un-affected.
If you are using ONR for the Garry Dean method I suggest you mix 2 gallons of distilled water and throw in as many towels as you can. That mix will be good for a couple of washes. Also put a lid or in any other way cover the bucket once you are done so that no airborne dust gets into your ONR mix.
He has a new video about the wash/wax/clay method and why he thinks it doesnt work...problem being that clay doesnt remove traffic film and you are waxing over it.
In a way he has a point but hes just over complicating things IMO.
You dont need permision from us to do something to your own car...try it and see. If it works...great...if it doesnt than use a QD to aid lubrication to the towel.
Also...no problem if you have to pre rinse the car...I also do that if I think the car is too dirty for a rinseless wash.
There are no rules in detailing...find a way that you are comfortable with and stick with it...if problems (swirls) occur think what you could do better and make the change like are thinking right now with the air dryer
Its OK for when you need it but close it tightly afterwards. Moisture is the one that must not come into contact with the coating...youll know if it does coz it will turn into gel soon enough.
I use a basic short pile. Waiting 3-5 min is perhaps too much...I would instead say you remove it after it flashes about 75-80%. That can happen rather quickly if its hot and slower if its colder.
No...opti-lens is created to bond to polyurethane plastic once you remove the factory protection. Its best used on old cars that have faded or yellowed headlight and they need to be repaired.
Gloss coat or Opti coat is best suited for new headlights as the they are clear coated and one or the other coating will bond to the clear. Or car wax for that matter would be also fine. You would just have to apply it more often.
Yes it can and it does a preety good job for about a week. If you wash your car and apply it weekly you dont need anything else on glass.
Its also very good on side glass as it performs and lasts longer.
No you cant. Multiple layers of waxes, sealants & cpatings dont really fill much.
Its best to lightly polish and reapply lsp or just live with it knowing you are one of the 99.99% who has scratches on the car.