Dberube

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  1. I finally had the opportunity to try ONR after several "buy" recommendations from Chris and other members from the forum. I first washed the interlagos blue M3, and used an entire 5 gallon bucket of ONR to complete the task. The car had been rained on this week, and had been driven about 75 miles and accumulated a typical build-up of road grime. The current paint protection is Kalles AIO topped by their sealant. To be quite honest, I was not blown away by the end results. The car was clean, however, the results were not better than a standard 2 bucket wash with a hose by my side. I know its only a wash product, however, I've bought in line and sinker into the technology behind the OPT line, and was likely expecting a more significant / measurable difference. As well, given that I was ever conscious of potentially damaging the paint, starting doubting the benefits of using ONR altogether. To finish today's wash'n'wax, I used the Optimum Wax as my LSP, and was very impressed with the end results with this product. Later in the afternoon, I wanted to try ONR again, and decided to tackle my black mustang cobra (my dd), which was driven approx 300 miles this past week, and has TW ICE sealant as the LSP(btw - this will be my first paint correction target once my GG polisher shows up this week). The car was slightly dirtier than the Bimmer, therefore decided to prepare a pre-soak ONR solution using a very scientific 1 capful of ONR to a 25 ounce spray bottle. I sprayed the entire car with my pre-soak, and then proceeded to wash the car. What a completely different result! The ONR wash was very easy, and I was quite impressed with the result. Even my neighbor commented that the cobra looked better than the M3. I'm curious as to my different results - does the base layers of sealant/wax make a difference? Does ONR work better on darker colors? Was the pre-soak that critical to the success of the product? Perhaps my technique improved? Was Dr. David a mustang guy, and had a hatred of BMWs? I'm curious for feedback, so thanks in advance.
  2. First time post, long time follower. I just ordered my starter kit, including a GG Polisher, Nanoscrub, and a whole slew of OPT products: compound II, Polish II, Finish Polish, Metal Polish, Poli Seal, Opti Seal, Opti Bond, as well as the OPT MF Cutting and Polishing pads. I have 3 cars, all in different states of paint condition, which is the reason for the wide variety of products. I'll be tackling my 1998 Mustang Cobra first, as this is the oldest and requires the most attention. It has been relegated to my summer DD, and was subjected to regular automatic car washes until I started researching proper car care techniques (thanks to all on this forum). I have now assembled the proper kit for the 2 bucket wash system, and will never use the "lazy way" of washing again. In preparation for winter storage, I've decided to correct the paint, and will likely ask you for assistance leading up to the start of the project. Once I've honed my skills, I'll move on to my FX35 and then the M3. Thanks again for your expert knowledge.
  3. Just ordered my OPT kit

    Thanks Chris.
  4. Just ordered my OPT kit

    Thanks. I'll post pictures of the project next spring. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  5. new ONR wash and wax

    When will the ONR with carnauba be available? I was looking for it on Cyber Monday... Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  6. Just ordered my OPT kit

    I should get it back on Friday, and it will go immediately into storage. Good thing is that I won't have to deal with the accumulation of paint chips on the hood in the Spring! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  7. Help. ONR and houseplants

    This is one of the funniest things I've read in some time! Thanks for the laughs! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  8. Help. ONR and houseplants

    Too funny! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  9. I have a mix of OPT products, and am looking for confirmation of pad selection. For the record, I have the OPT Polish and Compound pads, however know that I'll need more than the 4 I've already purchased and am looking for recommendations (ie stock up on the OPT MF or purchase a variety of Lake Country or others: - Compound II - Polish II - Finish Polish - Poli Seal As well, what are best practices for pad maintenance? I have the Blackfire Pad Cleaner, however have no conditioning brush. As always, I appreciate your expertise and information. Thanks.
  10. What pads should I be using?

    Thanks for the feedback. The weather turned cold pretty quickly in Toronto, and I was not able to perform the paint correction. Spring can't get here soon enough! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  11. Just ordered my OPT kit

    I had an unfortunate fender bender in the Cobra (ask anyone it was his fault! : ) ) that resulted in a little damage to my car (headlight is toast and hood needs to be realigned). I suspect the insurance claim will result in the repainting of the bumper, hood and possibly the front fenders. If this is the case, what would you do? Fix what needs fixing, and polish the rest? Re-paint the car and simply maintain the new paint going forward? I'm open to suggestions. Thanks for your feedback.
  12. 08' GMC 2500HD

    Impressive work!
  13. ONR - First Impressions

    Update... I prepped the BMW for the winter today (it was such a beautiful day outside today!), and used ONR as my car wash product. The car had not been touched in 3 weeks due to weather and schedule, and was medium to heavy soiled, therefore a good test for ONR. My final verdict is that this is one impressive product, and that technique is key to the results. I used a spray bottle of ONR to pre-soak (Zep Citrus at 6:1 if required in tougher areas), and used an extremely damp MF towel folded in four and made only one linear pass per quarter of MF, and then repeated the process with a second mildly damp MF to ensure the area was clean, and then dried with another MF. This process resulted in the "just waxed" look several of you were mentioning. I was running out of daylight, so did a quick coat of Klasse AIO, topped with OPT wax - I'm very impressed with the results. At this point I would like to add the new ONR with carnauba as a maintenance wash for the winter.
  14. ONR - First Impressions

    Thanks. Round 2 will be this weekend! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  15. I have a mix of OPT products, and am looking for confirmation of pad selection. I have a GG polisher. For the record, I have the OPT Polish and Compound pads, however know that I'll need more than the 4 I've already purchased and am looking for recommendations (ie stock up on the OPT MF or purchase a variety of Lake Country or others: - Compound II - Polish II - Finish Polish - Poli Seal As well, what are best practices for pad maintenance? I have the Blackfire Pad Cleaner, however have no conditioning brush. As always, I appreciate your expertise and information. Thanks.
  16. Which pads for which product?

    Thanks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  17. Which pads for which product?

    Just to confirm, I can still use the MF with the items I purchased, correct?
  18. ONR - First Impressions

    Hi Chris, the Bimmer is in better condition than the stang. I'm absolutely concluding that my technique was to blame. My stang shines as if I had put an LSP on, however, I didn't have time. Thanks for the feedback.
  19. ONR - First Impressions

    I have to believe it was my technique - how could thousands of pros and enthusiasts be wrong! I was convinced enough by the stang to keep using ONR going forward.
  20. ONR - First Impressions

    The day after... The shine on both vehicles is incredible - it is getting deeper as it cures.
  21. Which pads for which product?

    Thanks for your feedback. I've ordered an assortment of LC CCS pad (the local vendor did not have any other type), and will undertake a trial process with each component and polish / compound combo and go from there. My first project will be at least a 2 stage correction, so lots of opportunity to test!
  22. Just ordered my OPT kit

    Order has been submitted. Any suggested sources for proper instruction?
  23. Just ordered my OPT kit

    As much as it is 14 years old, I drove it off the lot brand new and won't get rid of it. My wife offered to bury me in it (not sure of the connotation here though). : ) Its the closest thing I have to a pure driving experience, with no acronym alphabet soup systems to interfere or correct my driving. If everything arrives by the weekend, I'll get started then.