The Guz

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  1. Sure you can do what you posted. As much as I like the BRS, it will not pick up everything from the surface. Also ONR tends to leave a little residue behind in the form of polymers. So you may be left with polymer spots on the paint.
  2. Car wax and opti seal 24month life?

    I would take what he says with a grain of salt. I could not even make it through the video.
  3. Brand new car headlights

    Levi mentions the same thing in this video. Starting around the 16 minute mark.
  4. Hyper Polish

    It's optional with opti-seal.
  5. Hyper Polish

    Sure you can follow up hyper polish with opti-seal.
  6. Hello from South Europe

    I would recommend to polish after compounding. It will remove any haze or marring that may occur during the compounding stage. It will impart gloss and refine the finish. You can actually wash the entire car and then follow up by claying the entire car rather than working panel by panel. Both versions of ONR can be used as clay lube as well. You may want to do 2 coats of Gloss Coat one hour apart before topping it with car wax. It will ensure even coverage.
  7. Hello from South Europe

    No optimum paint prep is not required. IPA is listed right on the directions of the syringe. So that works just fine. Top gloss coat with opti-seal to protect it during the curing time. It will protect gloss coat from water spots. Common thing to do. I can't help you with sand spots as I am in California so I don't deal with that phenomenon.
  8. Gloss coat marking

    $300 is a bargain in my opinion. Some charge more than that. It is protecting your paint just like a wax or sealant but at a much higher and more durable level. That is a real simple explanation. There are plenty of good threads on what gloss coat can do. I got this from Autogeek's web site.
  9. Gloss coat marking

    As mentioned coatings are not scratch proof. None of them will do keep scratches from getting to the paint. To say it is a really bad investment is a judgment call for each person. Gloss Coat is a coating and it will protect your paint. It just won't meet your expectations of being scratch proof. This would have happened if you had a wax or sealant on the paint as well. Paint protection film would be the better choice if you wish to protect the paint from scratching. My advice would be to research and gain knowledge on what a coating can and can't do. There are many good posts on this forum along with a few other detailing forums. The optimum synergy podcast is another good source of information on learning more about coatings.
  10. Gloss coat marking

    Welcome to the forum. In general coatings are not scratch proof. They can be scratched and swirled. The benefit to a coating is that they are more durable and longer lasting compared to a wax or sealant. They help with wash induced marring better than a wax or sealant. There are other benefits. It looks like the coating is marred due to the rubbing action of the rack. Not necessarily the fault of the coating or the application by the installer. One's nail can scratch a coating. In order to fix them they need to be polished and re-coated.
  11. Hello from South Europe

    Welcome to the forum. I hope I answered your questions. If not others can chime in as well. 15% is recommended as that is enough to remove the polishing oils. If you have access to optimum paint prep that would be even better as it is an IPA alternative. It also contains a catalyst for gloss coat to bond to. I'll let someone from Optimum answer this one. But gloss coat will flash quicker at this temperature. It takes a week for gloss coat to fully cure. That is why it is not recommended to wash it within a week. It is common practice to top gloss coat with opti-seal to act as a sacrificial barrier during the curing window of gloss coat. Opti-seal will be shed within a couple weeks due to the self cleaning effects of gloss coat. You can drive your car as is. Gloss Coat can get wet within 1 hour of application. For example if it rains. You can use a wax but it is not needed. The self cleaning properties of gloss coat will shed it within a couple weeks. Some like to use opti-seal as a drying aid during an ONR wash or two bucket wash to add a little protection. SiO2 based products play well with Gloss Coat. Optimum just came out with a new line of products for coating maintenance. Within this new line hyper seal is available and according to Yvan it bonds better to the coating compared to opti-seal. Regular ONR or ONRWW are perfectly fine to use with gloss coat. That is correct. Gloss Coat is a hybrid coating consisting of SiO2 and SiC (silica carbide).
  12. Well it was time to do some coating upkeep. Some minor/slight swirling has developed on some of the coating. I ended up using CarPro Essence Plus to "repair" the coating. For those that are not familiar with the product, this fills in the minor defects and deposits a layer of SiO2. It is a non-abrasive jeweling polish. Topped it off with an SiO2 sealant. There will be a few folks who say gloss coat does not need a topper and Optimum states the same thing. But in my experience and in my opinion gloss coat needs some sort of rejuvenation type product to maintain it. Other choose to use opti-seal. To put it best, frequent car care is easy car care. One thing is certain, the gloss is amazing. The defects have been filled until it is time to re-polish and re-coat.
  13. New Member

    Welcome to the forum
  14. Pre soak, lubrication

    The initial ONR pre-spray seems like a waste of ONR. Especially if you are going to blast the surface with a pressure washer. Here's an even simpler process 1. Rinse 2. Wash 3. Dry 4. Done No need to over think it or over complicate things. The pluffle is a fine drying towel. It absorbs water better than an edgeless towe such as the TRC eagle edgelessl.
  15. Yes you can add ONR into your soap bucket. It will act as a water softner but limit the amount of suds produced.