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  1. darrvao777

    most effective method of applying power clean

    Thanks for following back up on this thread In the end, I've experimented with both methods over the past few months and I still find using a spray bottle is the most effective for me For wheels, I find it is more the agitation rather than the foam vs spray or even dilution strength that cleans the wheels and tires for me For the body, I find there's more control using the spray bottle whereas it can be difficult to control the foam spray sometimes (I know I've seen people use this briefly on glass but I still prefer avoiding glass with Power clean if possible)
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    Ferrex as a wheel cleaner?

    Thanks for the reply I tend to wash late at night and was originally looking for a solution that did not require running water so that I could do everything inside my garage. I haven't found one that worked (undiluted Power Clean was not enough to get all the brake dust off my wheels) so I figured I would give Ferrex a try this weekend. Because it's late at night with no outdoor cover and no outside lighting, I wanted a solution where I can foam the product on the wheels and then rinse off using a regular garden hose (giving the car a nice pre-rinse as well). Then I could pull the car indoors and ramp right into a rinseless wash. I do live in a safe neighborhood but I'd rather not be agitating with wheel brushes and barrel brushes at midnight in near pitch black conditions outside. I do clean the wheels weekly. I do use Hyperseal as a drying aid on the wheels (applied to the barrel via a microfiber barrel brush and applied to the face of the wheels via a mitt) Will report back with this weekend's findings
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    Opti-clean on tires

    thanks i agree for tires i like straight power clean for wheels though, i have found that straight power clean and opti clean are insufficient for heavy brake dust so i’m looking for a two part solution for the wheels where i can utilize a stronger chemical outdoors without agitation (ferrex) and then a milder chemical indoors with agitation but no running water (hopefully opticlean)
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    Opti-clean on tires

    Interesting, how about on wheels? If I was planning on using Ferrex first outside on the wheels (spray, let sit, no agitation, rinse off with hose) Then I was planning on bringing the car inside for washing, would Opticlean be sufficient to clean a wheel (pre-treated with Ferrex) if used with agitation? (e.g. wheel and body brush, EZ detail brush for barrel, wheel mitt, etc)
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    Ferrex as a wheel cleaner?

    I'm looking for a wheel cleaner that is great with brake dust and requires minimal agitation Essentially I am looking for something I can spray on the wheel, rinse off with a hose, and then bring my car into the garage to proceed into rinseless washing Would Ferrex fit the bill? Or is using it as a weekly wheel cleaner inappropriate? Thanks
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    Opti Coat Maintenance Products

    is there a difference between optimum power clean and opti coat power clean beyond the color?
  7. darrvao777

    ONR - not what Im used to

    It's interesting how sometimes we get so invested in a product line (even though I'm not employed by Optimum or stand to gain financially in any way) that we get disappointed when people "jump ship" Yvan certainly has every right to pursue whatever he wishes. But I do agree that it's hard to take him seriously (particularly when you re-watch the tons of old Youtube videos out there when Yvan was promoting Optimum products) when he's now shilling for products that seem to do the opposite of what he used to love about Optimum products (e.g. there's a video on PantheOrganizer's channel of Yvan proudly stating that Optimum doesn't make products for the purpose of making them to sell ; every Optimum product has a purpose. Conversely, I went to McKee's website and the sheer number of products they offer is overwhelming and IMHO, redundant. I know someone else has commented on the changing of his tune from promoting Optimum's patented spray polishes to now promoting standard paste polishes) All in all, disappointing especially if I was a newbie. Hard to figure out which product and which product line he actually recommends when there are videos of his that contradict each other out there on Youtube (this is meant as a compliment for Yvan. He obviously has such great experience and force of personality that people listen when he talks/recommends things.) I am glad I caught the detailing minimalism video he did with The Rag Company when I was starting out myself which was the video that tuned me into Optimum products. Having used them myself now, it would take one heck of a new series of videos to get me to change my personal washing regimen away from Optimum products
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    Opti-Seal V2.0

    i use opti seal more as a drying aid i still haven’t found anything that allows me to dry the car quicker so from an improvement standpoint, i’m not sure what more they can do 🤪
  9. I do rinse afterwards powerclean agitate with wheel tools i use a microfiber sopping wet with ONR 1:256 to wipedown Ill rinse with running water if i’m outdoors ill rinse with onr 1:16 in an ik sprayer if indoors then i apply my tire shine (perl) and drying aid of choice (beadmaker) before doing a final wipedown with a microfiber onr 1:256 wrung out
  10. i like to use power clean in messier areas as my pre spray (eg front and rear bumpers, rocker panels, wheel wells, etc) i used to foam it but now use a ik sprayer 1:4 dilution i have not encountered any staining issues i rinse off with ONR eg spray front bumper with power clean 1:4 let sit for 1 min run the BRS over this area to get rid of bugs, sap, bird droppings, etc spray with ONR 1:16 as my rinse proceed with regular onr wash 1:256 using BRS as the wash media applying drying aid of choice (i like beadmaker) dry with wrung out edgeless 365 sitting in ONR bucket
  11. in the interest of consolidation, i have found that power clean works great on both wheels and tires it works via traditional spray as well as foam i dilute 1:4 but it works anywhere from undiluted to even 1:10 (i wash my wheels weekly so 1:10 is probably too weak for a heavily neglected wheel)
  12. The wrung out towel works great on paint, I agree it can be streaky on glass but I typically just go over the glass a few more times. I have kept separate glass towels in the past but that seemed to be more work in terms of sorting towels afterwards. I know others have had success with eliminating bugs by drenching them with a wet towel (ONR or water). I have a giant iK foamer filled at all times with diluted Powerclean so I find that to be so easy. The combo of Powerclean foam and the BRS seems to mow everything down even without soaking. (I rarely have to use the jersey bug sponge)
  13. I have found this to be insufficient (a little background on my car: I don't use coatings, I typically just use spray-on or WOWA sealants) when dealing with bug splatter and bird droppings. I've tried long soaks with ONR, ONRWW, Opti Clean. I've found the most efficient thing to use is Powerclean diluted 1:3 in a foamer. One swipe from the BRS is all I typically need to dislodge everything. Then I'll rinse off the Powerclean and proceed with my ONR wash
  14. in an effort to be a minimalist, would it scratch the car to just use two microfiber towels as the wash media? i was thinking 1 for the wheels and 1 for the paint i was planning on washing with a more drenched application of the MF towel and drying with wrung out application of the MF towel thoughts? thanks!
  15. i primarily use power clean to clean my wheels is it more efficient or effective to use it in a foamer or a conventional sprayer?