Lowejackson

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  1. Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    This is one of my favourite videos which I try and replicate when I can during training. It is essentially looking at the very simple task of washing dishes. This video does not have Hollywood production levels but it does show how simple tasks can be easily improved and the same principals apply to working on cars. The title of this video is "One Piece Flow......". One piece flow is the simple idea of processing one item at a time so the product/process moves smoothly throughout the business and stops the build up of queues of work which is inefficient as it slows things down. None of this theory is critical to watching the video. There is another video on making toast which I will post if I can find the full length version
  2. 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
  3. Waiting on my Order of ONR

    Welcome to the forum herpesblitzpr
  4. All the way from SINGAPORE!

    Welcome to the Optimum forum. As A&J said, what products are you using?
  5. Mixing Opti-seal with various OPT products

    I have used up the last of my Opti-clean and OCW mix. There is some potential but it does need some tweaking. I do not get the hazing when I use ONRWW but I do with the waterless and OCW mix. I cleaned the stainless steel kitchen sink with the mixture and it does a good job however it would be great if the hazing could be reduced. Maybe a lower amount of OCW would help. My gut still says Power Clean diluted with ONR (256:) would work and therefore still looking for a volunteer to try it
  6. Opti-Lens Headlight Restoration Longevity

    Maybe one solution would be to offer a 12 month guarantee against the yellowing returning. I have no concept of the costs or practicalities but perhaps the ideal would be the OPT PPF topped with something like Opti-coat or Gloss-coat I assume other brands make headlight coatings, do we know about their durability?
  7. Mixing Opti-seal with various OPT products

    Opti-Clean & OCW. Did not have a lot of Opti-clean so made up a small solution and added a dash of OCW. No separation of products and when sprayed on a surface the OCW did not appear to change the behaviour of the liquid. I was cleaning glass and it was immediately apparent the surface was hazing over. However, with a wipe of a dry cloth this all cleared up. The most noticeable bit was the buffing became much slicker after the first pass or swipe and at the end the surface did feel as if it had been cleaned and protected.
  8. Mixing Opti-seal with various OPT products

    Above and beyond the call of duty A&J! Great work, thanks for taking the time to do all the experiments. I thought I had run out of Opti-Clean but found a small amount. Will mix some up with OCW and see what happens.
  9. New From Ohio

    Welcome to the forum Djp. Time to get working on those pictures.....
  10. I think this could be easily solved if OPT send us one of everything from this range so we can give a considered opinion
  11. Not tried Gold Class but if looking for an OPT alternative to the M wash then as suggested above, if you want foam then try the Optimum Car Wash or if not concerned about foam then spray with ONR. Then maybe use the M wash for the hand wash section. Or just alternate between the products to find which one suits you the most.
  12. Opti-Clean & OCW?

    Years ago people started to mix ONR with OCW, this led to ONRWW, is there any reason to think Opti-Clean could not be mixed with OCW to give the same results?
  13. Opti-Clean & OCW?

    I am currently without a car but if I can borrow a neighbours car will try with ONR and Optiseal. Ran out of OID a while ago A&J, on a completely unrelated point, I enjoyed your last video showing the Hyper polishes on the door trim. No idea what you were saying but the results speak for themselves. Nice work!
  14. Opti-Clean & OCW?

    OID and OCW, that is a great idea to try
  15. Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    MeGrimlock, do you live in a particularly warm part of world or work in direct sunlight? ONR drying so quickly does seem strange. Might be worth spraying one panel at a time, give it a few seconds and then wash with the ONR. As others have pointed out, taking an hour or two to wash a car is not a bad thing, in my experiment above, all I did was clean the exterior panels, not the wheels, door jams, wheel arches etc. I would try and find a way of washing the car without ONR drying and then think about getting faster. Is your car quite old or possibly have single stage paint?
  16. Hello from Kentucky

    Welcome to the OPT forum TNUTS
  17. Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    Edit. I should have said set up times between 20-30 minutes not 30-40
  18. The Opti-Coat version was designed specifically for coated paint but I am very confident the normal and cheaper version will still work perfectly. A clay bar or cloth is always worth owning, they were originally designed to remove overspray and so are great at removing stuff which has bonded to the paint, plus they make your paint very smooth
  19. Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    I have spent a lot of time trying to get a feel for set up time but very few people give this information away. There are a couple of places where 30-40 minutes have been spoken about on mobile detailing. I am hesitant to say this sounds excessive as I am not a mobile detailer so maybe I am missing something but from an outside perspective it does look as if this is a process which is eating away a lot of profit or time
  20. I would start by trying Power Clean or clay. A magic eraser on paint will probably leave a matte finish which should be polished. There may be a time when this is appropriate but start with clay and then review
  21. New OPT Deatiler in Wyoming

    Welcome to the OPT forums. ONR is a very versatile product, exterior and interior cleaning, use it in a steamer, extractor and with a multitude of mitts and cloths. It is not a miracle product so if there is an inch of mud on the paint then ONR would not be the ideal starting point
  22. Start off with a small amount, maybe the size of a finger nail. Experiment but a good starting point is Yvans rule of 2 for problem solving. People either use too much product or work too hard
  23. Ideally, changing or cleaning the pad every panel will make life much easier. A dirty pad is not efficient or effective. The Hyper polishes do not seem to mind if they are still slightly damp with ONR
  24. new member

    Welcome Harold, look forward to your tips on carpet cleaning
  25. AKT, not sure any Optimum products need to be worked until clear. There are some older polishes like Meguiars 80 which worked best when worked until clear but most products these days do not. I would suggest apply a dab or two onto your applicator and then see how that works. Don't worry, we have all been given the 'eye' by our wives. I am not brave enough to comment on the number of things she buys