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  1. beetlevw72

    Very unsatisfied with opti coat

    Glad to hear. Your customer service is awesome. I remember calling to ask a question a few years ago and Dr. G himself answered.
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    Poli seal,before&after

    Very impressive! Poli-Seal is a true miracle product, especially on softer paints. Some AIO's don't finish down as nicely as PS. Not to mention how PS melts into the paint. Oh, and I have found PS to be sun friendly. Even on black Honda paint. Can't beat that!
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    Pre Soak

    I have not tried this myself with the Opti-Coat No Rinse but I don't see why not. I have done it with ONRW&S as the prespray and ONRW&W as the car wash solution with good results. All of OPT products play well together so I would say this would too. At any rate, it's certainly not going to hurt anything. I say give it a try and report back your findings. Science is fun!
  4. Gary, I think you will be very pleased with OCW. It is a great stand alone wax and if you desire even more it goes over Opti-Seal wonderfully. I think though with you using it every 2-3 weeks you will be just fine with the OCW in itself. If you ever have a question as to whether you should use your clay towel or not, try the plastic baggie method where after washing and drying take a thin sandwich bag and put it over your hand. Gently glide your fingertips along the surface. If you feel it catching or lots of little bumps, it's time. If not, you're good to go. I usually only need to clay once or twice a year but everyone's situation is different. With a good routine and your upkeep of OCW, I feel you will find you don't need to clay that often.
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    Very unsatisfied with opti coat

    I am by no means a certified installer but I can tell you from personal experience that tap water can and will leave water spots in coatings. I had another brand's coating on my previous vehicle and had used some warm tap water to heal a small swirl mark in my Xpel paint protection film. Not wanting to wipe off water on a dirty surface I left it there like a fool not thinking it would do anything. It didn't hurt the film, but the coating on the paint sure enough had water spots in it the next time I washed it. Was I frustrated? Sure was! But it was frustration towards myself. I was the one who did it knowing full well we have harder than average water here. It was totally in no way the coating and I went ahead and reapplied it to that area. My point here is, even though it's frustrating that this happened, it's not the coating that did it. And if it states that water spots are not covered then it's been fairly put out there in the open and not hidden whatsoever. I have always found OPT to be a very upfront and honest company and have used their products and knowledge shared by people such as Yvan for years. I honestly feel that regardless of the brand of coating, you would have run into this same situation. If I may, I would suggest to get it fixed and then have Mike do your maintenance. You have quite a nice car and seem to really care for it so why not let him keep it looking it's best since he does a great job as you said? At any rate, I hope you can get this fixed and I'm sure you will enjoy your Opti-Coat Pro+ for many years to come.
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    I've used both the blue wash sponge from optimum and the BRS in a standard wash. They work great. But I can hardly justify not using ONR that I don't get to much Lol.
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    Car wax and opti seal 24month life?

    I can understand that some products, depending on storage temps, may "spoil", but I have had my OCW, Opti-Seal and Poli-Seal at room temp for 5 years or so. They still work. I tend to think some people over state things a bit sometimes.
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    Temporary coating for road trips.

    It's actually a lot more than a temporary coating. It lasts up to two years according to 3M. I still prefer my Xpel Ultimate PPF. It's amazing and none of the orange peel affect like the Paint Defender will have.
  9. I would avoid using IPA on any finish. It's just not good for it. If you need something to remove any excess polishing oils I suggest Optimum Power Clean. Much safer.
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    When and how - MILKY HELP!

    You may be noticing some high spots in the coating that make it appear darker. Also, I'm wondering if the milkiness is related to humidity since you said its there sometimes and not at others. Also, you said you wiped with your finger and it went away and then came back. If it was a chemical reaction I don't think it would return. I've seen my car get some very very small droplets of condensation that make it look hazy but there is nothing wrong. Either way, check with your detailer. I'm sure he can help
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    left over ONRWW

    It won't hurt at all. I've done this quite a few times. In fact a gallon of distilled water mixed with ONRWW makes enough for 2-3 washes for me.
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    Opti Seal durability over a glaze?

    Are you referring to a glaze as an AIO like GPS or Poli-Seal or as a pure polish like Meguiars #7? If there are any protection properties then yes, it would very much affect the bonding of OC 2.0. If it is a polish than you would want to use IPA or rewash the paint with an all purpose cleaner like Opt Power Clean. Personally I lean towards the power clean as IPA can be "grabby" and you may inflict marring in the paint. Also, if you use the Optimum compounds and polishes you can skip the whole rewashing and just wipe the surfaces down with an ONR dampened mf towel.
  13. Most of you guys already know me since I've been here a while, but just curious if anyone else is in the Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton area.
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    I've not experienced any dust attraction. But I do get insane beading
  15. Soundwave, I've had my OID mixed with distilled water for about 6 months or more. Still good as new.
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    Removing pollen

    Yep. You can use it that way if you would like. Rinsing off the pollen probably helped you. If you are afraid of reducing it's effectiveness, you could always give it a quick mist of ONR at QD strength.
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    Removing pollen

    ONR at QD strength might work but I would try it in a small spot first. ONR is formulated to be used as a rinseless wash while Opti Clean is more suited to waterless wash. I guess I would lean more towards the Opti Clean myself. Especially on a black car.
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    Messing Around

    What!?! That is amazing! It turned that casing into a mirror!
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    OC 2.0 on a 2013 Lexus LS460

    Wow man! I wouldn't be sad about giving up the GS at all for the LS! I know the obsidian had a wow factor to it but in my opinion the starfire is a classier color and I see PLENTY of gloss. Lexus has some fantastic paint jobs.
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    Removing pollen

    Ah, pollen. Scourge of Spring. LOL I would think that a dedicated waterless wash would be fine. However, if you feel more comfortable with ONR then just do that. It's really personal preference as a lot of the waterless washes now can remove quite a lot of dirt/grime safely. Pollen can actually be quite abrasive, people just don't realize that because of how light it is.
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    Best Video/Writeup on Opti-Coat 2.0 application

    You probably didn't need a third coat. Heck, if applied properly one coat is just fine. What I do is go very slowly and overlap sections slightly. Like the video Chris made suggested, use something to help you mark where you stopped. I use body lines personally, but it's all personal preference. Sometimes more is not always better.
  22. I have the pro version on my paint and wheels through about 8 snow storms this winter. No issues at all. Best protection you can get.
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    First time applying!

    Nice job! Next time instead of IPA I would suggest using Optimum Power Clean or a dedicated paint prep product to reduce your chance of marring. IPA gets grabby with towels.
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    OK, did I screw up Opti-Coat 2.0?

    You're welcome! Yes, I mean Optimum Instant Detailer. It gives a coated car an almost carnauba glow. Fully delivers what it promises and you can make up to a gallon of ready to use formula with one 32 oz bottle of concentrate.
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    OK, did I screw up Opti-Coat 2.0?

    I'm not quite sure why the OC 2.0 was tough to coat again so I'll let Chris answer that one, but honestly, I think one coat is plenty. Trust the product. As far as screwing it up, no. You didn't. It isn't going anywhere after 24 hours with a MF towel. Check it out when you get home and if you have any high spots wait a week and use some Poli-Seal by hand on a finishing pad to even them out. Now, as far a gloss and slickness from OID.... Oh, heck yeah! Try it and you will be amazed. I still have a tough time believing my eyes when I use it. Unlike other QDs it really does "enhance gloss" I don't use any other QDs anymore.