The Guz

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  1. Try the optimum carpet cleaner. It works really well.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. OCW on Bilt Hamber Finis-Wax

    Give it a couple days and you can top with OCW. You should have no issues.
  5. 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?
  6. 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. http://opti-coat.net/opts/
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Brand new car headlights

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

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

    Sure you can follow up hyper polish with opti-seal.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/how-articles/86146-aggressive-approach-washing-car.html) 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.
  21. 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).
  22. 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.
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    Welcome to the forum
  24. 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.
  25. Yes you can add ONR into your soap bucket. It will act as a water softner but limit the amount of suds produced.