The Guz

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  1. Optimum Gloss coat lacks sheeting beading

    You don't need to go through the whole process and start over. As I mentioned over on your Autogeek thread, your prep is fine. It's all the stuff on that is on the surface that is masking the performance of the coating such as the shampoo, quick detailer and the possibility of road grime. I did not even think about the pollen season as someone mentioned in your Autogeek thread as well. Gold Class is a nice shampoo but it can mask the properties of any LSP. I have experienced this myself and that is why I no longer use it. The effects of the QD and the car wash will be removed after a few washes with a shampoo that leaves nothing behind. Road grime is a little harder to remove and there are shampoos that can do this. Road grime is an outcome of rain and all the crud from the road being flung on the painted surface. You could try paint prep after a wash to see if that helps. The other option is the possibility of trying power clean to clean up the surface during your wash process and see if that restores the hydrophobic properties. Worst case you have to start over. The difference between opti-seal and hyper seal is that hyper seal contains SiO2.
  2. ?'s On 2nd Application Of Gloss Coat

    Road grime can mask and affect the performance of a coating, wax or sealant. All the crud created by the rain is thrown in to the paint The lowest parts of the vehicles are exposed to it more often. Those are the dirtiest part of any vehicle It may need multiple reset washes to revive it. In the end it may just need to be polished and re-coated.
  3. Opti Coat Pro + Care and Maintenance

    Really depends on what you are looking for. Opti Coat has more slickness and gloss enhancers. ONR does not. ONRWW contains wax in it. So it comes down to personal preference. You could always buy a small 8 oz bottle of the other two and see which you like the best.
  4. Opti-Pro Consistent Marring

    No matter the coating used, they are not scratch proof or swirl proof. This is still one of the biggest misconceptions of coatings. I would not buy into the marketing of hardness. The benefit of a coating is that they help with wash induced marring. Soft paint is a pain to keep marr free regardless if it is coated or not. Experienced this on my uncles black corvette (repainted and has soft finicky paint) that at one time had Gloss Coat and now wears another coating. Guess what it still marred with the other coating that claimed to be harder than Gloss Coat. The more the paint is touched, the risk is higher to marr the paint. I can understand your frustration but as mentioned talk to your installed and see what can be done.
  5. Optimum Gloss-Coat

    The blue foam applicator or the suede applicator work great.
  6. Optimum Gloss-Coat

    I made some slight changes to your process. With regards to opti-glass you can use it on all glass. It is up to you on which way to proceed.
  7. Apex Detail testing

    A polish will remove any form of protection.
  8. Apex Detail testing

    It’s not a coating if that is what you are thinking. It’s a maintenance product. Think of it as opti-seal on steroids.
  9. Apex Detail testing

    It's a sealant with SiO2 in it.
  10. Check out hyper seal as part of the coating maintenance line. http://opti-coat.net/opts/Opti-Coat maintenance/hyper-seal
  11. Opti-Clean also works well on the NAV screens as well as the entire interior.
  12. Lol maybe that is why it marred the paint for you. I have some eagle edgeless towels that I don't use that much anymore. I used to do the multiple towel method with other rinseless washes and these are some of the best towels for that purpose. With ONR I use the BRS. With other rinseless washes I use a microfiber wash mitt and a two bucket system as ONR does a better job of encapsulating dirt in the bucket and take it to the bottom. But there are times when I don't want anything left behind on the surface. I don't use the eagle edgeless for QD as they tend to lint too much for my liking and don't do that nice of a job. The TRC wizard which is 360 is a better towel for that.
  13. It's a long nap with what they refer to as their coral fleece microfiber.
  14. I disliked the regular minx towel as I found it to not be as good as their eagle edgeless for rinseless washing. I disliked how the minx felt on the paint and the fact that it did not absorb water that well or even work with a drying aid that well. I had no interest in the minx royale and you just gave me another reason to not even consider it.
  15. That is a good point about using ONR on the interior as well. I prefer using opti-clean on the interior more so than ONR. Cleans well and leaves a nice fresh scent that lingers for a tiny bit.
  16. Here is what someone posted on Autogeek the other day. See post #133 https://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/auto-detailing-101-a/117966-tried-big-red-sponge-today-14.html#post1562193
  17. One bucket with ONR and a grit guard. The dirt is released by the sponge easily with a quick agitation on the grit guard and ONR takes the dirt to the bottom of the bucket. I trust the science of the product and up to now it has not failed me. I have never done a hose rinse. I wash on a weekly basis and there is no need for me to hose rinse. If the vehicle is too dirty then I just bucket wash. I do use a pre-soak with ONR just to have ONR start breaking the dirt and encapsulating the dirt that is on the surface.
  18. I use the BRS when I use ONR. In the course of 2 years, I have not had a single issue. No scratching or marring with it. I started off with the multiple towel method but switched over to the BRS. Saves me from using so many towels and is much quicker to clean the paint. Never used the blue sponge.
  19. Good questions. For me it's a case by case situation. There are times when the paint will need a bucket wash over a rinseless wash. Rinseless washes are great for those vehicles that are washed on a weekly regiment where little to no dirt is on the surface. Possibly even washing bi-weekly. I have read and heard different things mentioned about the polymers from the facebook group and on the optimum synergy podcast. I have heard that the polymers are there to assist in dirt removal and giving that "cushion" to not marr the surface during the process. I have recently read that ONR does not leave anything behind on the surface thus making it paint safe and ok to use prior to polishing based on what Yvan and the other members have mentioned in the facebook group . Take that for what it's worth. Based on your situation it appears that you prefer to use the bucket wash over ONR. If the bucket washes are working then no sense in breaking what is not broken. If you wish to venture into rinseless washing and be more efficient than ONR is good for that. If you wish to leave some protection behind you have a variety of products that can be used as drying aid such as Opt car wax and opti-seal. You also have the option to use the new Hyper Seal which contains SiO2 in it. I found this post from Chris Thomas. It is from some time ago but it should still pertain to the car wash.
  20. Glass Coating prep and application

    If your glass is in good shape then a clay, prep and coat would work fine. If you have some sort of previous layer of a glass sealant/coating then you would want to polish. No need to mask off any surrounding areas. Spray onto the glass and spread. If some gets onto another surface a simple wipe off will get it off before it starts to flash and cure. I would recommend flushing out the sprayer after using the glass coating to prevent the sprayer from getting clogged.
  21. ?'s On 2nd Application Of Gloss Coat

    I agree that you are fine. I have used a polish that has less cut than hyper polish on a polishing pad and that was enough to remove Gloss Coat that was over a year old.
  22. ONR Drying

    It is perfectly fine if you see a little dirt on your towel making a pass to dry the paint. Here's a tip when using the BRS or BGS. After you make a pass with ONR and wither sponge, take one towel and remove the residue along with the dirt. Come back with another towel and use your drying aid of choice or just lightly buff the surface. The polymers are there to encapsulate and safely lift away the dirt from the surface.
  23. Opti Coat No Rinse

    I am pretty sure the dilution ratios are the same for as regular ONR. The difference being opti-coat no rinse has gloss enhancers.
  24. ONR Drying

    What was your technique to use it? Wash mitt? Big red sponge?
  25. ?'s On 2nd Application Of Gloss Coat

    Will you be doing a polish to remove the current layer of gloss coat to start with a clean surface? Also hyper polish can be used to polish plastic as it won’t stain plastic trim. But A&J provided good info.