GregS

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  1. GregS

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Can the cure time be reduced, to allow driving sooner? Heat gun? IR? Is it body shop safe?
  2. GregS

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Yep - all I'm doing for my TPC coated tires is wiping them with a waterless wash fluid. I've been cleaning my rims like that for many years, too - I do it very often though, and I seem to have low dusting pads & rotors. It comes off VERY easily. Occassionally I'll spot clean with something stronger though. Btw - I'm due for a pair of new tires soon - I'll see whether brand new tires shed black. If not, that would perhaps disprove the carbon black theory. (and I'll ensure no tire shine is applied at the shop)
  3. GregS

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Why would silicone cause the cloth to be black? Silicone is clear. I just spoke with my tire shop - they said straight away that it's the carbon black. So I'm going to cut my cleaning WAY down. The carbon black is there for a reason - it's beneficial. When my tires look clean and with an even matte finish, that's when I'll stop. Btw, I AM using Power Clean - the wax & grease remover was just an experiment. IMHO, the TPC is actually pulling the carbon black out - that's why it too causes my cloths to turn black.
  4. GregS

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Has anyone else noticed that no matter how clean the tire is, when the TPC is applied, the application cloth turns black, suggesting that the tire in fact wasn't clean afterall? I've just tried an experiment - I went over the same small area of the tire LOTS of times, using a petroleum distillate based wax & grease remover - the cloth ALWAYS turned black. It can't possibly be dirt IMHO - am I leaching out carbon black from the rubber?
  5. GregS

    Optimum Glass Coat Troubles

    Well it seems to be flying. After about 6 days, we finally got some rain, and the windscreen was indeed nicely hydrophobic. Also, it is actually reasonably slick - it seems to have become slicker over time. I'm actually already impressed that it's lasted through all the cleaning and buffing I've done over the week - I do a lot of driving, and a lot of cleaning, and I buff very thoroughly to remove all streaking. The only other "premium" windscreen product I've tried to date is the Angelwax H2GO - it would already have worn off. (my experience with that product doesn't match a lot of others though - others report much better longevity, FWIW)
  6. GregS

    Glass Coating prep and application

    I've always assumed that glass cleaners would typically contain at least a small amount of solvents - is that correct? If so, I suggest that the advice not to use solvents for 7 days be included right on the bottle.
  7. GregS

    Optimum Glass Coat Troubles

    I've applied it, and it buffed off very easily. It didn't feel slick after finishing buffing, like a wax or sealant does. I hope I applied enough, and/or didn't remove too much. I applied it very thinly indeed. Anyway I'll see how it performs.
  8. GregS

    Can Opti-Clean be used in the sun?

    [mega thread bump alert] My initial impression - yes, but it needs more work to remove streaking. After the main wiping with OC has been completed, small spritzes of water can help to remove the streaking. I haven't yet tried simply working in smaller areas and working faster, but my initial impression is that it will still be difficult. I often just use water for my "waterless" washes in the sun, because it's easier to buff away the streaking. IMHO this is still MUCH better for the paint than any budget touch-wash I've been to. I'm not willing to pay a pro detailer just to wash it. Note that I aim to keep my car at about 70%. It's a high mileage workhorse - not a show car.
  9. GregS

    Need a finer spray nozzle

    Thanks. I don't know whether the Megs UWW sprayer is "extremely fine", or just "very fine" - whatever it is - it seems "about right". It's easy to apply more if I want to, but with the Opti-Clean trigger, it's more difficult to apply it thinner. (it can be done, of course, by moving the trigger laterally faster etc). Anyway, now that I have the Megs sprayer, I can just use it for the Opti-Clean. 🤣
  10. I'm trying Opti-Clean for the first time, so purchased the ready to use bottle. I also purchased Power Clean, so I received two trigger sprayers, one all black (with two settings), and the other with a green collar, with just an on/off nozzle. I assume the latter is the Opti-Clean one, but in any case, BOTH nozzles apply it too thickly for my taste. Meguiars nailed it IMHO, with their Ultimate Waterless Wash & Wax spray nozzle - puts out a nice fine & even mist.
  11. GregS

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Thanks. I assume I should work as quickly as possible, and flush it immediately. FYI I'm looking into mini cordless self contained airbrushes at the moment. For example, the Pro-X.
  12. GregS

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    If I were to use a paint gun, how would I clean the nozzle afterwards?
  13. GregS

    Optimum Glass Coat Troubles

    Thanks. I've never gotten more than about one DAY out of a normal wax or sealant on the windshield during rainy periods - I'll keep the Opti Seal idea under my sleeves. If I have trouble removing (the Opti-Glass), I'll first try a moistened cloth, and if that doesn't work, I'll go against Ron's advice and try the DA.
  14. GregS

    Optimum Glass Coat Troubles

    Bird-keeper: did you ever resolve your issue with high spot removal? I'm about to apply Glass Coat too. Would it be possible to buff off the product using a buffing bonnet on a DA, on a very slow setting? Or would that remove TOO much product? In my experience, achieving a TRULY streak free finish on anything, after applying a wax or sealant etc, is very difficult indeed. It may look streak free in certain lighting conditions, only later to see streaking when the lighting changes. I have often experienced bird-keeper's problem of condensation revealing incomplete product removal, on both paint and glass.
  15. GregS

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Thanks - what is the approximate full cure time?