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  1. Hi all. It's been awhile. Just over a year ago I had Opti-coat Pro + put on my truck. A year later and I'm kind of wishing I didn't do it. Here's why. *I don't trust my installer. He's the only one within 60 miles of where I live. Optimum won't authorize another installer within 10 miles of an existing installer, so I've been told. The place I'd prefer to deal with is within that 10 miles and has been denied. They are bummed as am I. My installer is constantly changing his story. At this point I do not trust him. This also results in me hesitating to take the truck in to him. *Some time in March, I believe, I hit a small area of melted snow run off that basically sprayed up a light spray on to my tailgate. It was a few days before I got the chance to clean the vehicle. That spray left water spots on the tail gate. They're still there. I've been told anything from a water/vinegar solutiuon to a wheel cleaner can remove it. But why is it leaving these hard water spots? This would indicate every thime the vehicle gets wet from rain, snow, of run off spray on the road that it's going to leave water spots if not immediately cleaned off. What's the purpose of this coating of it's going to require an acidic cleaning to remove them every time? *There are other areas of the vehicle with water spots as well. I do not understand why hard water leaves spots so easily on a coating that repels water so easily. Nor do I understand the removal process of them. Spray with water/vinegar first then clean as normal? After cleaning apply a solution? Again, I don't trust my installer. I'll explain more in a bit. These water spots and ease of them appearing is my biggest problem. I do also think the paint scratches a little too easily for something touted as a 9H hardness. I understand it's not impervious to scratching but come on. I wash it as directed and actually in a safer manner than as directed and it still scratches. There's also no "self curing" of scratches. I saw some light staining left after cleaning bird droppings off disappear about a day or two after cleaning but no scratch healing. Full disclosuer: I work a lot of hours. I don't have tons of time nor the desire to detail and pristinely keep after my vehicle. If it gets road salts/mag chloride exposed I try to get it off as soon as possible. Usually that results in a touch free pass through a car wash. Then I do the Opti line of products cleaning when I can. I admit my part in not being perfect in this. I'm also not looking for a warranty claim either. But I still feel this coating for what it cost me to get installed should resist spotting better. I ask myself... if I did not have this coating on here would my paint be spotted from this spray or some water drops that have dried on the paint? I've never seen it before this on another vehicle of mine. I've also never had a black vehicle before this. It's baffling. Trust issues of installer: When the Pro + was installed it was October, 2017. Due to the time of year and possibility of snow with roads salts/mag chloride exposure, the installer went over top of the Pro + coating with another Opti product as a sort of "sacrificial" layer. I want to say it was Opti-seal but I'm not 100% accurate on that. Could that have hindered proper curing? If I'm not mistaken it only takes a drop or a few drops of each product of the Pro + to do an entire body panel. Is this correct? The installer told me he puts the product on thick. Can the coating be layered thin/thick like that? I'm fairly certain the installer verified in prior conversation that it doesn't take much product to do each panel. Now he says he's lucky to finish a vehicle without fear of running out. I have one panel that was replaced due to a crash that needs product applied to it as it is naked at the moment. I spoke with Ron on the phone months ago and was told that an installer usually has remnants left over that could be used to do one panel. But my installer insists that he'll need/want to order a syringe or whatever the product comes in as he likes to use as much as he can and put it on heavy. He also states warranty as if each batch has a number that would have to coincide with my vehicle for warranty purposes. Does that matter? Does every reapplication need a SKU or registration number? Now you see my hesitation to trust the installer. The info changes all the time. A little product goes a long way. We put it on thick. Optimum says you don't need to reorder an install kit. Installer says yes he does. And the whole time I'm sitting here wondering why I wasted my money. I wonder if this was installed properly to begin with. I will also state that I have been told by others in the car detail industry in the area that people who have had this same installer do their vehicle have taken their vehicle to another installer to be corrected as the applaiction was not done correctly. I'd like to talk to someone in Optimum to get some clear cut answers and direction. I don't want to be ripped off. I paid $1300 to have my one month old at the time vehicle coated with Pro +. It's turning out to be a decision I regret. Regards
  2. 2017 Chevy Colorado Midnight Edition It was evening when I took these pics but it still looks like a mirror. This is right after washing it with Opti Coat NR and Opti Coat Hyper Seal both from the maintenance line. The tree reflection in the hood pic is in the front yard some 50 feet away. This stuff is amazing. It makes washing a vehicle fun.
  3. crazytruker

    Opti Coat Pro +

    I'm a car junkie like my father. I love vehicles. I'm not wealthy but I get that urge every few years to get a new vehicle. It's a disease lol. In September I bought a 2017 Chevy Colorado Midnight Edition. It's all black and the first black vehicle I have ever owned. That's because of the always being dirty look and care needed to keep it looking good. I work a lot with varying hours and start/end times so I just don't have the desire to spend half the day cleaning on a vehicle. I stumbled across Optimum and their products and coatings, did research and found a local authorized installer. It's because of your products that I decided to get the black color as it was the sharpest, best looking of them all. I had the Pro + put on my truck and it looks fantastic. But it goes further than the look. It's like having an invisible shield on your paint. And the products to clean/maintain it are amazing. I've been rinse-less cleaning my Harley for years without scratches. The products I've used aren't as good as the Optimum line either. I'm looking forward to many years of taking care of my vehicle myself instead of running through Richie's Car Wash idle - through - scratch-o-rama. I don't know how you guys do it but this stuff is amazing.
  4. I'm having my vehicle done with Opticoat Pro, maybe Pro Plus. The dealer said I'll be using mainly two products; Opti Coat No rinse and Hyper seal, both under the Opti-Coat Maintenance section of the website. I guess it's the new formulated stuff for maintaining coated vehicles. I believe I may do the one bucket method with the Opti-Coat NR and toss the towel aside once dirty and continue with a fresh clean one. Followed by Hyper seal as a drying aid. Can the new formula; Opti-Coat NR be diluted to use as a prespray to the paint surface, much like Optimum NR, before hitting it with the washing media and OC-NR /H2O mixture ; or would I want to use a different product for a prespray? I'm trying to add as much encapsulation and protection as possible without going nuts and calling Fort Knox for product expense.
  5. crazytruker

    Colorado checking in

    Hello, New guy here. I just found out about Opti Pro and Pro plus coatings a week ago. I bought a new Chevy Colorado black in color. It's my first black colored vehicle, purposely my first after all these years of owning vehicles,because of the cleaning needs and swirls/scratches that show on black. But the Midnight edition, which it is, was too sweet to pass up. Therefore I'm here to learn and ask questions, etc... I have it scheduled with a local authorized Opti Coat dealer. I decided on Pro but I may go Pro plus. I'll have to let him know in about a week for sure if I want the plus. I'm actually looking forward to getting it done and beginning a modern way of vehicle care. Cheers