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  1. Lowejackson


    Welcome to the Optimum forum. Lots of helpful people and tips here.
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    Stripping sealants

    Maybe GPS is worth considering, by hand or machine. Using a polisher would be quicker and better but hand polishing will still remove any sealant.
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    Optimum Opti-Bond vs CarPro PERL

    Ron, what is a homer?
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    Mixing Power Clean with Ferrex

    I would caution against it unless you know what you are doing, mixing strong chemicals could cancel each other out or produce something which is dangerous for paint and/or humans.
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    Corvette in Northeast (NJ)

    I don't tend to wash when it is freezing but when just very cold I still use ONR or if a lot of salt then Opti-clean and then ONR. Rather like working in high temperatures I find the best method is to work on one panel at a time i.e. wash and dry before moving onto the next panel
  6. Thanks Ron for the explanation.
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    New Optimum user questions

    I use the standard 256:1 for interior cleaning leather, plastic, fabric etc. If the surface is quite dirty then I would tend to swap to a MF with a bit more 'cut'. For very dirty I would tend to use either Power Clean followed by ONR or perhaps Opti-clean. However, ONR can remove quite a bit of dirt and sometimes just letting it dwell can help things
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    New Member From VA

    Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you would enjoy the training so contact yvan@opticoat.com to book yourself on the next training course
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    Big Red Sponge

    Looking forward to your views. Where did you buy it from, I had a look at the European distributor but they do not list the BRS. The last time I looked for it over here it was impressiveness expensive
  10. Is there any advantage in washing and drying each panel using a rinseless wash (ONR) rather the more traditional washing the entire car and then dry it using the same products? Experiment Number 1 To test this, a medium sized saloon car was used. Only the painted surfaces and windows were cleaned. The tyres, wheels, exhausts etc were not cleaned. The car at the start of the experiment was clean. There are two reasons for this, firstly it had been washed only a day or two before I thought about this test and secondly a clean car provides a useful and repeatable benchmark. To a degree, the level of dirt can determine how long it takes to clean a vehicle and it is hard to replicate the same level of dirt each time. To give a benchmark time, the car was washed in the traditional way, a drying aid (OCW) was also used. Each session was timed from the wash mitt leaving the bucket to the final wipedown on the last panel. Setup times were not calculated although with a rinseless wash, this tends to be only a few minutes. The aim was to clean the car in a slow and steady manner. This meant it was easy to compare the times. The second clean focused on cleaning and drying each panel before moving onto the next section. The benchmark time was 30 minutes (all times rounded up or down) The second clean (one panel at a time) was 22 minutes. This is roughly a 30% improvement in efficiency. Perhaps the biggest reason for the improvement was a reduction in the time walking around the car, ie less walking and more time spent actually working on the paint. Another benefit was not related to the efficiency but washing and drying each panel forced the brain to remain engaged or at least reduced the tendency to drift off. Moving around the vehicle washing and drying every few minutes meant the need to remain focused during the entire process. Experiment Number 2. This is very similar to the first test except for this time the interior door cards were cleaned (wiped and scrubbed with ONR and then dried). Again, the door cards were clean before this test started The benchmark time for the exterior and interior door cards was 41 minutes. Washing and drying each panel including the interior door cards took 30 minutes. This is roughly a 27% improvement. As with the first experiment, it was the mental engagement which was most notable. Cleaning the interior door cards meant even higher levels of engagement were needed and the process subjectively felt much quicker. In a way, it felt more satisfying to complete one panel before moving onto the next and saving some time is a nice added bonus. Obviously these small experiments have their limitations, the car was clean at the start, not every part of the car was cleaned. Washing and drying each panel is easy with a rinseless or even a waterless wash but not so easy with more traditional products. I did start a third experiment of incorporating polishing but after only a few seconds the polisher died. At some point I would like to test cleaning the door jams and rubber trim. The purpose of these tests was not to say “this is the best way” but rather to show there are efficiency savings to be had. For some, the time taken to wash their cars is irrelevant but for others it is slightly more important. As with all experiments, some may disagree with my approach or findings but the nice thing is this is an easy process for others to reproduce or improve
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    New Black F150

    The baggy test indicates there is something on the paint and I assume it has not been removed by the ONR. The two basic options for bonded contaminates are to remove with chemicals eg FerreX, Power Clean, Poliseal etc or mechanically with clay. Of course both methods can be used if necessary. If it was my vehicle I would try the clay on a section of one panel and see if that helps. Not tried the Opti clay cloth so not sure what the instructions say but often it is recommended to clay the windows first to break in the cloth. As long as the surface is clean, there is lots of lubrication and very little pressure as applied it is amazing how smooth clay can make paint and glass.
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    Optimum Opti-Bond vs CarPro PERL

    It was talked about on either the Synergy podcast or the Rag Company podcast with Yvan. Old age stops me from remembering which one. I am guessing this is a Pro only product but it would be nice if it was sold to us consumers
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    Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    A coating makes such a difference, it really is worth the effort. I was intrigued by Yvans comments of using Power Clean with a foamer as a more effective way of cleaning dirty wheels compared to just spraying PC
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    Optimum Opti-Bond vs CarPro PERL

    Looking forward to the release of the new OPT tyre coating
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    New Black F150

    RonW, using FerreX sounds like a good plan but as Ron suggests, it all depends on what is on the paint. The advantage of using Ferrex first is it might remove whatever is on the paint. Don't be concerned about using clay on paint, as long as the surface is clean, has lots of lubricant and you don't apply pressure the risk to the paint is very low
  16. Ron, sorry for dragging up an old quote. I am curious about the film left behind on wood. One of the things I like about OPC is how easy it is to remove, what is it about wood where something is left behind?
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    New Member from NorCal

    Welcome to the forum. In some ways it is nice to start off with dull paint, it makes polishing even more satisfying and dramatic
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    Power Clean on Wheels with Gloss-Coat

    I would try OPC at a higher dilution ratio on coated wheels. I have found ONR is great at cleaning coated wheels but there are times when something a little stronger is required. Make up a small amount at say 5:1 or 10:1 and see if that works. No point using a stronger product if it is not needed.
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    New Black F150

    RonW. Don't overthink Optiseal and OCW, just use either or both, when ever you want. They do not interfere with each other and work well together or on their own.
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    OPC as a Microfiber Washing Detergent

    I have used OPC to clean MF cloths and it works very well. Most of the time I just use a normal fabric cleaner with some some white vinegar.
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    Wait time before driving after application?

    My car lived outside all the time, after using Optiseal I never noticed any problems with rain, heat etc and it would never have stop me from driving. Once you have applied it, stop thinking about it
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    Opti seal as topper

    As A&J suggests, no problem using Optiseal over a coating, I used it over a CarPro coating for several years along with ONR.
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    New Opti Product Suggestion

    ExGunner, let us know how you get on
  24. Rick318, welcome to the forum. One of the nice things about the OPT range is they are designed to be safe for the vehicle and the person using them
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    New Opti Product Suggestion

    Could you wash with a pressure washer, move the car and then use something like ONR or even Opti-Clean?