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  1. I was scrubbing some large mats (out of a UTV) and laid them on the asphalt driveway to spray and scrub with a brush. I rinses them off and continued detailing but later discovered an outline of the mat on the driveway. The power clean lightened the area significantly. I just I need to rinse better. I also noticed this when I clean tires with OPC and do not flush the residue off the driveway.
  2. It was resealed a couple years ago. I will post some pics. I realize I should have rinsed the area better.
  3. Once "encyclopedia" source made this comment about quick detailers and streaking. I Dr. G can you comment on any claims made in this as scientifically true? For example, do detailers tend to attract dirt, decrease slipperiness, etc. Quick detailers, often shortened to (QD) are a car detailing product with limited cleaning, gloss, and protection properties. They contain either Flouropolymers, which repels water, dirt, or oil or Silicone polymers, which also repel water while attracting oil and dirt. Most quick detailing sprays diminish true surface slipperiness every time they are used, this occurs because a polymer is not easily adaptable to a spray formula. To be efficient the polymer needs to be emulsified to work as a spray, most quick detail sprays create a short-lived, slippery finish by using silicone oils and water but this attracts dust and do little to increase durability. The silicone emulsion may be what is causing the streaking problem
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    OPC Mis Label?

    It would be a powerful car wash !
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    Happy Birthday !

    Happy Birthday !
  6. I have the applicator like Optimum sells and it works great. The foam is not as fragile as one I had previously used (softer foam) that would tear if it snags something.
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    hello from eastern NC

    Welcome from Raleigh.
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    dillution ratio

    I use 0.5 ounce per gallon and have no issues at all.
  9. I was getting ready to wash my truck today and I had noticed that my Optimum Car Wash looked quite strange. This was a new unused bottle I purchased this summer. I have another bottle of Optimum Car Wash purchased at least 3 years ago and it was normal. The white flecks in the soap seem to disappear if you rub them between your fingers although I had minimal time to experiment since I used another brand of soap at the time. I wonder what happened.
  10. Thanks for the explanation but interestingly of all my soaps (including another sample) this is the only one that did it. It did restore itself as stated but just interesting compared to other soaps. My guess is Optimum has "more" of something (super saturated solution, trying to remember by chemistry).
  11. I would like to see Optimum's comment. Strange it was 70 F here the last few days...no difference.
  12. Even in the worst winters, the garage rarely gets below 40 F (have temp monitor). It is attached with heated space over it. I got this bottle in the summer from someone who bought it in the spring. It has not been below 32 F here outside so not close to freezing in the garage, As I mentioned, I have a second bottle and it shows no signs but it is older. There may have been a formulation change that is not as stable but waiting to see what Optimum says.
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    Power Clean In Door Jams

    Just use water. To control the water, you can just take the sprayer off, get closer, and use a similar technique as sheeting water off the paint.
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    Optimum Tire Bond Gel

    I have used this several times. Here is a pic from this weekend. I think it gives a fair rendition. It leaves tires black (tire side moldings are clear) with a rich glossy sheen. I like the darkness a lot but may see if I can cut the gloss a tad.
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    Love the new forum format

    I am still getting used to it. Some functions just not where they were.
  16. Is there going to be something like a 4 oz. sampler kit of the new final finish, polish, and compound?
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    Optimum Tire Bond Gel

    It was straight. I applied to the applicator then spread. The pic was taken the second day so it had dried. Thanks. It does have a very clean look allowing the tire sidewall details to really show.
  18. My first choice is a mf mitt. I use 2 to 3 per car.
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    Car Wash Concentrate

    My question about salt was the result of some posts on another forum where a someone who has identified themselves as a chemist has made a big deal about the dangers of salt in car soaps on paint. My opinion from asking questions that it is not a practical issue since we deal with salt on the roads,salt in water (those who have softened water), and living near the ocean. In the grand scheme, it is negligible.
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    Car Wash Concentrate

    This is what Chris posted on DC. I was asking about salt and lubricity. BTW, I saw Woolite's MSDS (they list every ingredient and its purpose). Salt was mentioned to improve viscosity. The answer is yes. Lubricity can come from the hydrocarbon portion of surfactants or it could come from additives such as silicones and fluorocarbons. The lower the coefficient of friction is, the higher lubricity the product offers. Optimum Car Wash is bodyshop safe and does not contain any silicones or fluorocarbons. Its great lubricity comes from an optimum blend of surfactants with very low coefficient of friction. Additionally, we use surfactants that are very mild and do not strip waxes or sealants. A car wash formulation can be thick due to the high concentration of surfactants. Alternatively, the soap can be made with as low as 7-8% surfactants and be thickened by adding table salt which forms a 3 dimensional matrix with the surfactants to form a gel. The best way to gauge the concentration of a soap is not by the viscosity (thickness) but rather by the performance at a given dilution ratio. In the case of Optimum Car Wash, we do not add any salt to the product. I actually used another brand soap today and noticed that unlike Optimum the suds drop to almost nothing when I start washing the wheels. Optimum can sustain suds far longer. From what I gather from David G's comments it has less soap despite being quite thick. (my speculation)
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    Car Wash Concentrate

    You did. I asked the question earlier about salts. Mr. G. said there were no salts in Optimum. I know one poster claims salts are very bad but my guess for people living in roads with salt the salt in soap is nothing. I know softened water contains some salt as well.
  22. I have to believe using more will increase lubricity (why are QD and clay lubes higher concentrations) and possibly clean better if needed (ability to encapsulate more dirt).
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    Soap Suds

    I have used a variety of soaps. Optimum is my favorite so far. It is cost effective at 0.5 oz per gallon and smells great. It can create some very thick suds but I usually add the soap after I fill the bucket to reduce suds. However, I still use other brands since I have them so always trying to understand the differences especially when I read posts from many that make such claims about specific brands. For example, Mothers generates nice suds (more so than some other brands) yet does not get the attention. Let me ask this second question. What determines the lubricity of a soap? I can stick my hand in the bucket and feel some slipperiness but then I can do the same in a bucket of ONR and it does not feel as slipperly..so either I have bad tactile feel or there is some other aspect.
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    Soap Suds

    Dr. G, When the subject of suds associated with car soaps get discussed, many claim they have no effect on cleaning ability. Are the suds generated by Optimum, more or less concentrated than the remaining soap mixture. With some soaps, as the soap is used, the soap's cleaning ability drops with the ability to generate suds. Foam guns and cannons seem to rely on suds. Is it the clinging effect that suds provides? So, what is the purpose of soap suds?
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    Soap Suds

    Thanks for the clarification. It seems some manufacturers seem to exploit they generate more suds than another soap but I assume that is just chemistry and cannot be compared to soap content or cleaning ability.