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  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. New Opti Product Suggestion

    ExGunner, let us know how you get on
  10. 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
  11. New Opti Product Suggestion

    Could you wash with a pressure washer, move the car and then use something like ONR or even Opti-Clean?
  12. Optimum Opti-Bond vs CarPro PERL

    Not noticed any dust attraction with either product. On tyres I would say both are about 4 weeks but I guess a lot depend on where you live.
  13. Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    A low mess alternative could be to use Opti-Clean, works well for moderate dirt especially if the wheels are coated
  14. Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    Cultural change is impressively hard to do but it can be done. I guess a lot depends on your status/power/influence within the organisation. If you are the CEO then it is much easier but if you are a departmental manager then it is very hard to influence the entire organisation but you can make sure your department is running as effectively as possible and become customer focused. Whilst I rambled on about waste in the podcast it is only one of the techniques and I made no mention of the strategic and leadership elements of Lean. I know many purists will quite rightly say the overall strategy is the critical starting point but in some organisations simply reducing waste, using A3 problem solving and Value Stream Mapping will have a big impact. In small organisations like a detail shop then 8 wastes and 5S can give huge improvements especially if continuous improvement is used. Of course, the context and size of the company will also have a huge impact on implementing Lean. Try counting how many steps you take or how long it takes to walk around the car when foaming and do you need to foam every time. I have not tried the BH foam but I do like the company and in some ways are similar to OPT in that they design, develop and make their own products and don't tend to follow trends. I would suggest that the simple acting of the awareness of waste and looking to reduce it, is at least half the battle. BRS is too expensive for me as well, I tend to use a noodle mitt and occasionally use this http://www.seriousperformance.co.uk/Products,70,toView_999.html I think A&J has greater experience of using different mitts to me and he is also somewhere in Europe but I cannot remember what he currently uses. Glad you enjoyed the podcast, it was my first and Dann was very easy to talk to.
  15. Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    To listen to some British guy talking about detailing efficiency on the Synergy Podcast. Or perhaps I should say 'to listen to me talking about detailing efficiency'. https://optimumsynergypodcast.libsyn.com/lean-processing-next-level-efficiency
  16. New member from MN

    Welcome to the OPT forum
  17. How to remove Opti Seal?

    Zaino makes sealants and they are nice products. I suspect the overall look will not change significantly from using Opti-Seal
  18. Decon Process

    This video from the Rag Company with Yvan may be helpful
  19. Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    Toast Kaizen video by Bruce Hamilton. This must be one of the most famous Lean videos around, it was made many years ago and has been translated into over 20 languages. This is a training video so it is not just a demonstration but it uses the simple task of making toast to explore how simple improvements can be made. These principals can be translated into almost any industry from cleaning cars to healthcare.
  20. New Member from Australia

    Welcome to the forum Ed. You have probably seen them but just in case https://www.optimumcarcare.com.au/ is worth a look and Joel, who runs it is a very knowledgable guy and has appeared on the Synergy Podcasts. The podcasts are worth a listen if you get the chance, lots of useful tips on the products and processes https://optimumsynergypodcast.libsyn.com/ only 119 podcasts to listen to and then you are up to date
  21. Are there "refresher" sprays for opticoat pro+

    One example of using Power Clean I don't have a pressure washer so just spray, agitate if necessary and rinse
  22. Water Spots on Top of Opti-Coat

    Kristian, one place you could buy some MDR is http://www.optimumcarcare.nl/wassen-drogen?product_id=103 The postage is not cheap so might be worth shopping around or getting a quote first
  23. Alternative methods

    It is amazing how much the world has changed in the last 20-30 years. Good luck with the new premises, hope it is very successful for you.
  24. Alternative methods

    ONR should be enough if using OPT polishes, IPA may be too much. I guess by not using a primer (does this come with the Pro Plus kit?) or the Paint Prep what you are loosing is the catalyst. I am not familiar enough with OPT coatings to say if this is significant or not. Out of interest, what part of the world are you in. For me America is overseas.
  25. Alternative methods

    As A&J suggests, it depend on what polish etc you are using. Not a big problem using OPT polishes but with other brands something like Power Clean should do the trick. IPA is always an option and is cheap but does not have good lubrication, alternative could be some bodyshop panel wipe. Or just take some primer or hyper polish or some paint prep with you