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  1. Figuring out Opti-coat Maintenance

    Yes, nowadays (for a year?) Optimum has products that work even better with coatings, so those would be the best choice for you. Before those products were available, everyone used plain ONR etc. and was very happy with that also.
  2. Figuring out Opti-coat Maintenance

    There is no pre-rinse, it is a pre-spray to get ONR start doing its job breaking down the dirt. So you spray (ONR at the ratio Ron told you or at wash-level if not that dirty) some of the panels and start washing with ONR. After you washed some of the panels, use Opti-Seal as a drying aid, one spray per panel.
  3. Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    Thanks Steven! Very nice listening and actually I also am kind of a Lean guy but my day job is working in a software company. There is a hell of a lot waste going on there but the biggest hurdle, so far, has been how to change the culture and that is often a surprising hard nut to crack? On-topic: Yesterday I washed our other car and tried to catch me walking around, and also did som small changes to my routine all the time, and now I think I managed to save roughly the 30% you were speaking about? I'm still foaming my car every time (Bilt Hamber is the king!) but I think there is no need for it because the wash is always performed using ONR. There is a bit of a leap of faith to be made still... Btw, have you found a Big Red Sponge "replacement" here in Europe? I know you can get it from some place but for me it wil cost 60€ in all and that I'm not prepared to pay for. I've used Chemical Guys Big Chubby microfiber sponge (10€) till now, and could be that even if I got the Big Red Sponge, I would still feel more comfortable with my choice? Also tried the Zymöl sponge and it is very, very soft but maybe a bit too small.
  4. How to remove Opti Seal?

    How hard is Opti-Seal really to remove? Say if I wash with any APC (all purpose cleaner like Power-Clean)? Say it is quite fresh.
  5. Optimum Gloss-Coat

    So Gloss-Coats bonds to itself also if you don't have to remove it before reapplying? This property isn't a normal thing for coatings, is it?
  6. Here he is again "copying" others ideas, might read this forum? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO-EJTbIDBk Now suddenly the Optimum products are good (at least when mixed) and people following him are confused.
  7. Detailing Newbie

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Optimum products and methods.
  8. Alternative methods

    1. Definitely no. 2. Definitely no. 3. Depends what you are washing with, everything has to be removed? If I understood your question correct.
  9. Optiseal

    Yvan says in one video that it can go over the rubber trim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d4LYjnHPTA but Optimum pages https://optimumcarcare.com/product/opti-seal says: "It is a state-of-the-art, stand-alone spray sealant that provides real, durable protection for paint, plastic trim, wheels, glass, and all exterior surfaces (except rubber)."
  10. Optiseal

    It wasn't that suitable for example on the rubber bands around the windows? Why is that? I use Opti-Seal when drying and it then of course comes on those also.
  11. Could it really be a scratch in the soft plastic? Then, it can't be removed by washing or? PS. I find that hard plastic is often better than the "premium" soft plastic in cars but it might depend on many things?
  12. HPCS without ONR

    I use ONR everywhere, even in our house!
  13. Opti-Clean

    Why? Use ONR or Optimum Car Wax.
  14. Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    +1 for the pre-spray.
  15. Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    Thr ONR-wash part can be hugely different. Some dare to only "apply" ONR by going semi-randomly over the areas quickly when others, like me, like to think "scooping" the dirt into the wash medium is the right way. More precisely, beeing careful going just one way and going over twice with a fresh wash medium is the way to go. I use the CG Big Chubby sponge because I find the microfibers are just the right length and they can release the dirt properly using the washboard.