The Guz

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  1. Hyper seal or opti seal on gloss coat?

    Found this in the optimum car care facebook group. So unless something has changed, I would stick with opti-seal 1 hour after gloss coat.
  2. I corrected this one during the 4th of July week. This is my dad's new car. It replaced his 2002 Camaro Z28 that was stolen a few months ago. The Impala was a former Enterprise rental car. It was purchased through Enterprise car sales. It has 30K miles on it. The interior is in very good shape. The exterior has minor scratches and chips from it's abuse as a former rental car. The color is champagne silver metallic. A one step polish was performed using a non optimum polishing compound on my Rupes tools (LHR15 Mark II, Mini Nano). Started off by decontaminating the paint I followed that up by using an aggressive wash method that is described by Mike Phillips using Optimum Car Wash in my foam gun. Once it is clean, I foamed up the car and clayed it using a clay mitt and the foam shampoo as clay lube. That exposed the true condition of the paint. 50/50 before After Once the paint was corrected, it was prepped with Optimum Paint Prep. The car was coated with 2 coats of gloss coat and 1 coat of opti-seal. The end result is a very glossy finish. All chrome was polished to remove all water spots. It was also coated with gloss coat. The headlights were lightly polished and coated with opti-lens. Same process was done on the taillights. No more paint defects The glass was clayed and coated with opti-glass. Days later it was cleaned with opti-glass clean & protect The trim was also restored. It was restored with solution finish. I know optimum doesn't recommend applying it over another product. I applied it to get better hydrophobic properties and to get longer lasting protection. I waited a few days prior to coating the trim. I also wiped it down really good prior to coating it. Before After In daylight Same process on the lower rear bumper trim. The interior had been cleaned a couple weeks prior to all it received was a vacuum and a wiprdown of all surfaces Wheels and tires coated with non optimum products Dad was ecstatic at the end result. He is good to go for quite sometime. I will be maintaining it with ONR and possibly opti-seal if I get bored A dramatic turnaround for a former rental car. Comments are welcomed.
  3. I forgot to update this thread as well. But the vette was polished and re-coated back in November of 2017. Gloss Coat did a better job on this one given that it spends most of it's time in the garage. There was marring that needed to be addressed. It was re-coated in another manufacturers coating.
  4. I've been lagging on this write up for almost a month now. The owner of this 2002 Corvette is one of my many uncles (my mom's baby bro). A brief background on the car. He is the second owner and he has had it for roughly 10+ years. I think he bought it in 2003 or 2004. Around 2012-2013 he had the car repainted due to clear coat failure on the rear quarters. The high UV index here in Southern California will do that along with not enough care. Also the scratches his dogs put on the paint. So it was repainted. He has been asking me to polish it out for quite sometime but our schedules always conflicted with one another. Since he is in the middle of remodeling his garage, he has been storing it at my brothers place. I had my bro bring it by to work on it. I had all the time in the world with this one so I took my time. He's almost finished with his garage so the car will be going home soon. The paint was in rough shape. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Started off by cleaning the wheels Wheel cleaner doing it's thing on the passenger side front wheel Before photo of the front driver side wheel After Proceeded onto washing the paint. I use the aggressive wash method as described by Mike Phillips in his article ( Here is my brother foaming up the car using a foam gun Once I finished doing the aggressive wash method, it was dried to give me an idea of what I was working with. The car was pulled into the garage so the paint didn't get to hot from sitting in the sun. The first thing we did was work on the interior. We vacuumed the interior carpets, floor mats as well as clean them, cleaned up the glass and wipedown the interior. The rubber and vinyl dash areas on the door panels and dash were treated with 303 Automotive protectant. The leather was cleaned with leather cleaner and coated with cquartz leather coating. Completed interior While I was working on the interior my brother polished the exhaust tips with a fine cut metal polish. I ended up coating the exhaust tips later on. He also dressed up the engine bay. I forgot to mention that my brother cleaned the engine bay while I was cleaning the wheels. It needed it as it had been to Arizona a few times when his wife was in the military. This is what the engine bay looked like upon arriving This is what it looked like after using Blackfire All In One Trim & Tire Protectant My uncles rinsed the car with water and let it dry just like that. There was severe water spots on the glass and taillights. Some M101 compound on a cutting pad and a DA took care of them. Up next was the test spot. Started off with M205 on a polishing pad using my Rupes LHR15 Mark II. That did ok but I needed to get more aggressive and move up to a compound and a cutting pad. I ended up correcting the paint with Meguiar's D300 correction compound on a Griot's Boss microfiber cutting pad. The compound is low dusting and it does the work quick. For smaller areas I used my Rupes mini with a 3" Lake Country flat foam cutting pad. Here are a couple before and afters Nano getting into those edges The passenger side rear quarter Once I finished compounding the car, I removed each taillight and polished them out to remove the water spots on them After the paint was compounded I polished it with Rupes Keramik fine polish. I followed up with an ONR wash to remove any compounding and polishing dust. There was very little from both products. I followed that up with couple wipedowns of Optimum Paint Prep to prep the paint for Gloss Coat. I didn't get too many photos during the polishing phase. Here's one of the Nano in action Temp stats. The humidity was higher than normal this day. Gloss Coat flashed a bit quicker than normal but was not an issue Gloss Coat Flashing Great gloss after the first coat While I was waiting for to apply the second coat I coated the exhaust tips and the face of the wheels. He will be getting new wheels at a later time so I didn't coat the barrles Polishing the wheels with the Rupes Nano Final results after 2 coats of Gloss Coat and 1 Coat of Opti Seal He received his new plates Night and day difference Thanks for looking.
  5. Well last update for this one. After a year and half it was time for a polish and re-coat. Overall gloss coat did a decent job. There was some areas that were having some performance issues before the 1 year mark. There were areas on various parts of the car that were looking like there was nothing on the paint. So I had started to use a silica spray sealant to limp along until I had time to polish and re-coat. It was polished and re-coated with another manufacturer's coating as I move on from Gloss Coat to try something else. My overall thoughts is that Gloss Coat is good for a 1 year coating. After that it starts to have some slight performance issues even after a decontamination based on experience from 3 different vehicles that I applied it to. But at it's price point it's hard to choose based on the price of other coatings who perform a bit better. The ease of use is a plus and is nice for newcomers into the coating market. It has a decent look but tends to look a little more plastic looking compared to some of the other coatings I have used. Like most coatings it has the rubbery/grabby type feeling to it. Overall it did a decent job.
  6. Optimum MDR

    I'd consider ferrex as well and MDR only if you need it. Paint prep would be optional and you can use opti seal or car wax.
  7. Paint Prep should remove opti-seal. I can't comment on the pro coating as that is only available to an authorized installer. From personal experience gloss coat has decent marring resistance compared to other coatings I have used.
  8. You did not do anything wrong. Unfortunately coatings are not scratch proof. But they do help with wash induced marring as they provide a harder surface compared to a wax or sealant. Another thing to note is the coating layer is not that thick in the grand scheme of things. So in a sense a coating seems to take on the behavior of the painted surface.
  9. First attempt at using Gloss Coat

    If you do end up with high spots, paint prep may not be enough to remove them if the coating has cured. If that does not work you will have to polish and re-coat. The advantage is you ensure even coverage. It is up to the user to a second coat. If it looks fine based on washing then leave it as is. Like most modern day products, less is more.
  10. Optimum Glass Coat Troubles

    It is not the easiest glass coating to use but it is one of the best performing glass coatings on the market. I would recommend to work in smaller sections or you will be working hard to level out the coating.
  11. Optimum Gloss Coat - High spots

    Polish and re-coat.
  12. Try the optimum carpet cleaner. It works really well.
  13. I had a bottle of this ready to use. I have tried it on my carpets but my carpets are clean so I could not really judge the products performance. Well I had the opportunity to give it a try on my aunt's lexus that had a pretty beat up interior. I don't think it's ever been cleaned since she bought it used lol. I used it straight undiluted. I must say that I was impressed with the cleaning power of this. I don't own an extractor. But even by hand the results were amazing. It just convinced me to buy the bigger size . Steps I did to clean the carpets: 1. Brushed off the carpets to remove any loose dirt. 2. Vacuumed 3. Sprayed with Optimum Carpet & Fabric Cleaner & Protectant 4. Agitated with a brush 5. Wiped with terry towels to remove the loose dirt 6. Vacuumed one last time before they went back in the car This is the passenger side carpet. I should have taken a photo of the drivers side. That one was worse. It came out as clean as this one. One of the rear carpets I touched up areas inside the actual car as well. Did a great job on those areas. Especially since the carpet is tan.
  14. Hello from South Europe

    Thanks for the update. The key is to keep it clean to keep the coating performing like it should. I would recommend using opti-seal or the new hyper seal every so often to maintain the coating.
  15. OCW on Bilt Hamber Finis-Wax

    Give it a couple days and you can top with OCW. You should have no issues.
  16. Hello from South Europe

    Sure you can use hyper polish by hand. As mentioned don’t expect complete defect removal. CarPro Eraser works. IPA is another option. Just be careful with IPA because it does not have a lot of lubriciry. Do you have access to GTechniq Panel Wipe?
  17. The car wax adds more of a cushion/lubricity to prevent marring from claying. Claying in general cam marr the paint. Meaning if you marr the coating then you have to polish and re-coat. That is why Optimum recommends OCW with the wash , clay, wax method. I would not recommend the claying towel. Bought one and hate it. It does not glide and left sticky residue on my glass when I broke it in and on the paint afterward on. I tried OCW and ONR and it would not glide. I have gone back to another manufacture clay alternative which is much better. Hyper Seal can be purchased through the opti-coat website.
  18. No it won't degrade the coating if using an iron remover. Look into the wash, clay, wax method video on the rag company's channel. Optimum Car Wax will prevent the coating from marring if claying is needed. Optimum claims that it will last 2 years. It is technically a 3 year coating. It should last longer considering your cars spend time in the garage. I personally have only seen 1 year out of it on cars that sit outside 24/7. I would consider using the new Hyper Seal or Opti-Seal after every wash to maintain the coating. Unfortunately coatings are not scratch proof. I have found gloss coat to have decent marring protection. Gloss Coat's ease of use is right up there though.
  19. F/S Optimum Gloss Coat - 2 Kits

    Still looking to move these. Need them gone. PM me if interested. Could possibly go lower on kit#2.
  20. I have two kits up for sale. Each kit includes one syringe containing Optimum Gloss Coat. These are unused that I do not need or intend to use. They were purchased earlier in the year. Dwindling my supplies. I take payment via paypal. Asking to have paypal fees included. PM me if interested. Buyer must purchase all products as I am not separating them. Kit #1 - $90 shipped within the 48 states Optimum Gloss Coat - 10cc (unused) Optimum Paint Prep - Unused Opti Seal - Unused Optimum Hyper compound (4 oz) - Unused Optimum Tire Shine (4 oz) - Used once Optimum Instant Gloss Detailer Concentrate - 70-75% remaining Dried up coating on the tip is from another syringe that I had in the package that leaked a little. Kit #2 - $135 shipped within the 48 states Optimum Gloss Coat - 20cc (unused) Optimum Paint Prep - Unused Opti Seal - 90-95% (Used a few times). Sprayer is damaged as I dropped the bottle on the floor. Opt-Bond Tire Shine - 98% (Used once) Opti Clean Concentrate - 75-80% remaining
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Brand new car headlights

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

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

    Sure you can follow up hyper polish with opti-seal.