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    Power Clean Testing

    wow you had stains from power clean despite rinsing with QD dilution ONR, wiping off with a ONR soaked MF towel, and washing again with the BRS??
  2. My daily driver sits outside and sees roughly 300-400 miles/week of commuting. By week's end, it is pretty filthy. My usual routine is to rinse off the car outside, then bring it inside for a rinseless wash with ONR. I've noticed it is getting increasingly difficult to get some of the dirt and sap off the paint with just ONR (rainy season has befallen us now too) My new plan was to: 1) Panel by panel, spray Power Clean diluted 1:3 as a prewash of sorts (I know some people do this with ONR at the quick detailer dilution ratio but it never seemed to be effective for me) 2) Allow to sit for 1 minute and then wipe off with wash media dunked in ONR 3) Make a second pass with wash media dunked in ONR (my understanding is that copious amounts of ONR are needed to get Power Clean off if we aren't rinsing it off with running water) 4) 1 spritz of Opti-Seal as a drying aid (my understanding is that using Power Clean weekly as a pre-wash will also eliminate my LSP) 5) Dry Is that "overdoing" Power Clean? Or reasonable given where my car sits and how much it is driven?
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    Agitating Optimum Power Clean on dirty panel?

    i probably wouldn’t my general use for power clean on my car (that i wash weekly) is to go over the car with an ONR wash and spot treat any areas with power clean as needed if i had a very dirty car that i cared about (well i wouldn’t let it get that dirty to begin with 🙂), i would probably rinse, foam power clean, let sit 1-2 minutes, rinse again, pre spray with ONR, then proceed to ONR wash and spot treat any areas with power clean and agitation as needed
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    Power Clean Testing

    i love power clean, so versatile to clean tires/wheels/engine bays/bugs/tar and somehow gentle enough (and effective) for interiors too! i know it’s blasphemy around here but if i had to select a favorite optimum product, i might rank power clean slightly above onr 🙂 foaming is fun and i love the foam it creates out of a foam cannon and the ik foamers. but for control, my default is still power clean diluted 1:3 in a spray bottle
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    Opti Coat No Rinse 16oz

    is there a reason opti-coat no rinse has a smaller cap? are we supposed to use less than the normal 1:256 dilution ratio?
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    ONR as tire dressing?

    rebumping interesting, anyone ever try onrww as a mild/light tire dressing of sorts?
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    To presoak or not presoak? ONRww

    my cars never get that dirty so i’ve played around with pre soaking vs pre rinsing vs nothing and the results are roughly the same in the end, ive stuck with pre rinsing with a hose just because it’s the quickest method and knocks off the most annoying debris (live bugs, residual leaves, etc) my routine before i start a wash is to rinse the car off, foam power clean (1:3) from an ik foamer to the lower part of the car and in particular the wheels and exhaust, rinse off and then bring the car in for an indoors rinseless wash
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    ONR on salty cars - Question about drying

    you do get some smearing with the slightly dampened towel i also dry with opti seal and that seems to eliminate that problem if you are only using onr you’ll probably want a dry towel too
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    ONR on salty cars - Question about drying

    I realize this is an old post but didn't see any replies I will go over the panels a second time with my wash media if I see any residual dirt or discoloration (all my cars are white so it is easier to see). You want the drying step to only be drying, not drying and cleaning One of the reasons I like drying with ONR (I dunk my drying microfiber towel in the ONR bucket and wring it out until dry) is that I believe it confers a little more protection and allows me to be more flexible with my choice of drying towel. I like small, low pile, 365gsm towels over plush towels. Haven't had a problem (with scratching) using my drying towel of choice even though they aren't thought of as conventional drying towels.
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    The Line between Opticlean and ONR

    Checking back in to report an update, I've been exclusively using Optimum products to clean my car since I last posted in September (don't even own traditional soap anymore!) and have nothing but positive things to report. My experience mirrors a lot of what the experts here have reported: 1) My car is a daily driver and sits outside, I love washing with ONR and the BRS versus the increased caution I need to take with Opti Clean 2) I typically with pre-rinse with a hose just to get as much loose debris off as possible (but I have done plenty of washes without a pre-rinse and haven't scratched my car yet) 3) I find that foaming Power Clean (in addition to being fun) is great particularly for bugs. Such an awesomely versatile product that can be used to wash wheels / tires / bugs / stubborn tar / etc This was a great week where I could put everything together (back to work and driving 5x/week, assaulted by a ton of love bugs, eagerly awaiting my Friday evening car wash): - hose off the car - foam Power Clean 1:3 on the wheels / tires / lovebug-affected areas - use wheel tools to clean the wheels / tires / exhaust - use bug sponge to clean the bugs - hose off again (I believe ONR used in a large volume can also neutralize Power Clean but I prefer hosing it off to be safe) - bring the car inside so I can work in a climate-controlled environment - BRS + ONRWW to clean the body - Opti seal and microfiber towel to dry the body - microfiber towel dunked into ONR and wrung out to wipe down the interior - spritz of opti seal and microfiber towel to dry the wheels Ready for another week of work and lovebugs
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    what to use to protect from lovebugs?

    Ha, how timely, I just ran into a hailstorm of love bugs on my way home today I don't think there is anything foolproof to 100% protect from lovebugs. Having a good coating or a good sealant like Hyper Seal will help minimize the damage but you're still going to hit the bugs and you'll still want to get them off ASAP. I agree with Ron, my technique now is to just wash immediately upon coming home: 1) Rinse with hose 2) Foam Power Clean @ 1:3 dilution 3) Rinse with hose 4) Spray ONR @ 1:16 dilution 5) Proceed to standard ONR wash 6) If any bugs have survived the above, I'll apply some Power Clean @ 1:3 dilution onto a bug sponge and gently agitate 7) Rinse with hose one final time 8 ) Dry the car using a drying aid (I like Hyper Seal) 9) Look forward to doing this all over again tomorrow I've honed this now so I can get this done in under 15 minutes (I drive a small hatch)
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    Power Clean Purposes and Dilution Ratios

    I like to keep it simple I've used Power Clean in foamers and sprayers across all different dilutions For someone who just cleans his personal cars, I found I like Power Clean diluted 1:3 in a spray bottle. Great for maintenance cleaning of tires and wheels. I use it as spot treatment for stubborn bugs and tar. I almost never have to use it on the interior of my own vehicle but I quite frequently use it on my wife's child carseats. Impressed that Power Clean can get out two year old food/liquid stains out of our gnarly child carseats. It still amazes me, I haven't found anything that is as effective or as slick as getting rid of tar/bugs on paint as Power Clean.
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    Opti-Seal V2.0

    I also like Opti Seal for its versatility Great as a WOWA sealant Great as a drying aid Can be used to dress interior trim Can be used to dress leather seats Can be used to clean stubborn interior glass I used some of TW's newer products and they are great. The durability feature never appeals to me much because I wash my cars weekly and use OS as a drying aid each week.
  14. 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?
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    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?

    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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    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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    Opti Coat Maintenance Products

    is there a difference between optimum power clean and opti coat power clean beyond the color?
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    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 🤪
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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)