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  1. Forum was down a long time?

    I thought you guys were hiding from me for asking stupid questions!
  2. I appreciate your thoughts on Paint Prep. Maybe it did more than I gave it credit for. And my expectations were a bit high, too. Was hoping for an easy fix. The AIO was on about 6 months. In that time the car has only gained 1500 miles, so much of its life its garaged. So the AIO definitely felt like it had some life in it. OK, I will give the Optimum applicator a try. I haven't used it yet. As for the CarPro applicator, I ended up using it without a suede cover. Just the bare foam. Seemed to work ok. But I will take your suggestion. Thanks for the feedback guys. You've convinced me to save what work I've done and move forward with the yet un-coated panels. I will polish and use PaintPrep and hope for a clean canvas. I ordered another 10cc syringe of GlossCoat. Let's hope this one dispenses better!
  3. I probably made the mistake of not completely removing Zaino in all areas of my paint. I was erroneously under the impression that Paint Prep would suffice. I thought it was something special. It's really not. Wish I would have saved the $$ and just stuck with IA and a buffer. Anyway, now I guess I am faced with needing to buff out the whole car to be sure I have a fresh slate. I assume I can buff off the Gloss Coat? Especially, I suppose, where it sits on top of the AIO in areas? If I left it as is, what would be the worst case? Just less durability? I'm particularly disappointed because I used almost a whole 10cc vial. I used a CarPro applicator and didn't think I wasted the coating at all. I spread it very methodically and only refilled my applicator when it ran dry. ( I was hampered by a leaking seal in the syringe which left huge drips on my garage floor. $$) Could the fact that I was potentially applying the GC on top of Zaino, in some areas, affected the application such that it caused some of the extra waste? So right now I am trying to decide if I should cut my losses and go back to Zaino or order yet more GC. I hate to, since this was my grand experiment into coatings. Grr. Sorry for the rant, just a bit bummed at my own errors and product expectations.
  4. Ok, Optimum guru's, I have another question. I am applying Gloss Coat o my red BMW. The BMW was previously coated with Zaino All In One. Would a wipe down with Optimum Paint Prep enough to remove the Zaino? Or does it have to be polished off? Thanks in advance.
  5. Your thoughts make perfect sense. And it's what I presumed. But being new to Gloss-Coat I wanted to experiment and experience the hype of a "coating" and didn't want to screw it up, diminish it or improve it with a topcoat or maintenance product. Hence all my questions.
  6. Ahh, glad I asked! Yes, XPEL is what I will be using.
  7. I just thought of another question that I might as well throw out now. Is there any problem putting a clear bra on a car coated in Gloss-Coat? I am getting a new car and will eventually get a clear bra, and will certainly put a coating on top of that. But I am not going to get it clear bra'd right away so I thought I would Gloss-Coat it for a while then add the clear bra when I can.
  8. Great info, Guz. I appreciate the feedback. I look forward to listening to the podcast. I didn't know they existed. Thanks!
  9. Guz, Thanks for the great feedback. (And those pics are impressive! ) You have me intrigued with your thoughts on the ONR and OID comparison I am getting the QD and look forward to doing a comparison myself. Your comments on claying really got me thinking. I was hopeful that Gloss-Coat would be more resistant to fallout. Not so? Stuck in my old school ways, I haven't used any ferrex product I'm embarrassed to say. I haven't felt the need. I guess I need to see proof that they are better than my own regimen of care. I'm always fearful of doing harm or degrading the finish or protective layer I have put on. Plus I am leary of "marketing" claims. That, and I am cheap! Lol! Overthinking is my middle name, can't you tell!
  10. I've wondered this myself. And how durable is Gloss-Coat against other products such as chemical cleaners, solvents or light abrasives such as those in cleaner waxes?
  11. Ok, ok! I'll get some Opti Seal, too. Boy, you guys are costing me a lot of money! I've probably got 30+ waxes and sealants on the shelves. I knew I should have stayed away from Optimum. Sucked in. It's a sickness. So it sounds like I can't really go wrong playing with Opti-Seal. You mentioned waiting an hour after Gloss-Coat to apply it. To be clear, you mean "anytime after" an hour, right? After an hour, the next day or next week. It isnt a minimum time window to be applied, I assume. And I might as well try some of the Optimum Car Wash, too. I think my Zaino Z10 would suffice, but it sounds like Ron is challenging me to experiment. Lol! That's what I love to do anyway. Since we we are adding to my arsenal, I have a question on ONR. In the dead of winter I use it for a waterless wash. But I prefer wasting lots of water the rest of the year. (!) But it is advertised as being able to be used as a QD. What is better, ONR diluted as a QD or Optimum Instant Detailer? I'm just wondering if there are other uses for ONR. So far I am thinking my regimen will be: Gloss Coat, occasional Opti Seal applications, wash with Optimum Car Wash, frequent quick detailing with either diluted ONR or Optimum Instant Detailer. Does this sound good? So......anything else I MUST HAVE? (Or really don't need?) Thanks for letting me rattle off questions. No worries, I am a gun-free American. Yes, they do exist! Lol!
  12. Guz, Ron, thanks for the quick replies. I'm starting to understand some of the differences in each Optimum product better. As in many brands, there seems to be quite a bit of overlap between products. While I understand how this creates syngery it makes it harder for me to determine which products are must-haves to make Gloss-Coat work best and which ones are beneficial, but not mandatory. But I'm slowly figuring it out. To that end, does using ONR, or Optimum Car Wash or Opti Seal or Optimum QD make Gloss-Coat "last longer"? Given your comments about Gloss-Coat shedding or not allowing other products to stick, I would guess no. It seems like all of these, in reality, are only temporary in the way they affect the surface. And while these are obviously part of the "system" and great products on their own, they don't affect the Gloss-Coat performance. I hope I got this right. In fact, while perhaps not recommended, it seems I "could" use Z6 as a QD to get rid of some dust on the paint. Since the effects of Z6 will only be temporary anyway. Same for using any shampoo, I assume. Don't grimace, I'm thinking I will get the Optimum equivalents but was wondering if my assumption was correct. I have started watching some Rag Co. videos and will look into it more, thanks. But since you brought up Opti-Seal, that's a product I don't really understand well. It's main purpose is for protection, but it doesn't last long on Gloss-Coat. So was it mainly developed for those who want protection but don't have Gloss-Coat or Opti-Coat? Guz, you do mention using it as a possible drying aid, but beyond that I'm not sure where it fits into the scheme of things. Thanks for holding my hand, guys. I'm getting there!
  13. I am dipping my foot into the world of Optimum and am finding a lot of conflicting information. As a pretty accomplished detailer, my use of Optimum is a personal experiment. I want to experience the kind of dirt and water repellency that coatings are famous for right out of the syringe, so to speak. I don't want to alter the chemistry or add another coating that would alter the look and feel (slickness/beading characteristics/water and dirt repellency) of the freshly applied Gloss Coat. So how do I QD it? How do I wash it? I know you are going to say use ONR or some Optimum QD spray but in reading the marketing descriptions, these products can be used with ANY brand or type of product. This leads me to believe they have their own beading/sheeting/dirt repellant properties that are NOT identical to the Gloss Coat. That would disappoint me. For example, I wouldn't want to use Optimum Gloss Coat and then come to realize the "lesser" XYZ quick detailer I use, which is leaving trace coverage on the surface, is what I am really seeing regarding the surface qualities. It just hit me that I never considered how to maintain an Optimum Gloss Coated car and still keep the purest form of the coating itself. Full disclosure, I am a big Zaino user and Z6 or Z8 are my go-to quick detailers and Z10 is my wash. I get amazing results with Zaino, but wanted to try something different and fully expect a different "experience". I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.
  14. Optimum Paint Prep substitute?

    No worries. I ordered Paint Prep tonight as I want to give Gloss Coat the best chance to work properly. (Would I be able to tell if it "wasn't" applying correctly?) Having graduated from coating three sets of wheels I am starting to do the paint on my red BMW. I'll report my results.
  15. Optimum Paint Prep substitute?

    Ok, thanks Ron!