Setec Astronomy

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    Gloss-Coat Smeary?

    I've used a fair amount of OC 2.0, and a syringe or two of Opti-Lens, so I'm familiar with the difference between those two, where OC 2.0 flashes pretty fast and clean, while Opti-Lens is much slower and tends to lay out more, if you will. I have a syringe of Gloss-Coat that I bought when it first came out. I only remember using it once on a trunk lid. This morning I was trying to do a quick-and-dirty coating on the front of a car in my garage, where the lighting wasn't too good, and it was a bit humid. Temp was...pretty moderate. This front end had all different kinds of materials, paint, matte black, piano black, some (I guess) painted charcoal surrounds, brushed-aluminum-looking trim, clear plastic over emblems, etc. Oh, I also did the side mirrors, which had some textured black trim. I found the Gloss-Coat to be very smeary and difficult to work with--is this normal? Not sure if it's normal, whether it's too old (it was not gelled at all), whether I didn't have a clean enough surface, put too much on, it was too humid...any ideas? Gloss-Coat is supposed to be easy to use--is the flash time really long and I just didn't wait long enough?
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    How Do You Store Your Syringes?

    I store mine standing up with the tip up--to keep the bubble up in or near the tip--what do you do?
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    Road Rash

    "Road rash" like that on the front of the car is usually stone chips, and that's what it looks like in the picture. You can't remove those because the paint is missing there...if you polish down to the level of that chip you will have to remove the paint down to the primer. If you have a scratch in the clearcoat, you can "remove" the scratch by polishing down the surrounding paint to the level of the in actuality, you aren't removing the scratch, you are removing the paint around the scratch. If there is no paint where your defect is, you can't do that. (Mike Phillips has some good tutorials on this, with graphics) What does work fairly well (I haven't tried it myself) is Dr. Colorchip, which is a touch-up method to fill in those multiple chips. Although I can see some benefit to CCR as possibly preventing corrosion of those chips, I don't see it having an appearance benefit in this case, but that's just my speculation.
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    The idea (I believe) is it soaks into the porous structure of the oxidized gelcoat, so no, I don't think it will flake off, but I don't know what will happen to it in 2 years. The directions are in the first post of the thread.
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    No, it's not like that at all, it's some sort of thin acrylic product that soaks in and dries hard. Seems water soluble before it cures, as it rinsed out fine from a foam applicator I used.
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    Gelcoat Restorer Off-Label Uses

    Ok, GCR as tire coating test...went on blue like the coating, here's the results (this was 2 coats, one picture with flash, a couple without). You'll have to wait a year for the durability test as I put it on the back of one tire during rotation, so I'll let you know next time I rotate in a year or so. PS I used a cheapo tire swipe (so I could throw it out after if I needed to) to apply and it worked perfectly. Rinsed it out under running water after and it's good to go again. Please ignore the bottle of tire shine in the background; I was using that on the fronts.
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    Gloss Coat re-invented?

    I dunno, all LSP's fill to a certain extent. And we were only about 5 minutes into the "12-15 hour cure time"...would it look different after that?
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    New member from Oregon

    Welcome to the forum!
  10. Well, since I have enough isocyanates in my life, I didn't want to use the Clearcoat Restorer, so I tried the Gelcoat Restorer on some failed clear on my SO's car that she's getting rid of shortly. It did improve the gloss quite a bit and created some hydrophobicity, not sure if I will be able to test the longevity depending on how long she has the car. My thinking on this was if the GCR soaks into chalked gelcoat and makes it glossy again, then maybe it will soak into basecoat and make it glossy again. Which it did, sort of. It was a little streaky, however. Sorry, no pictures (I know, I know). My next off-label use is going to be as a tire coating, since I have a quart of this stuff and it looks just like a tire coating.
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    MSDS for new Optimum products

    I understand...however, how can you be selling a product without having an SDS available? Particularly one with the kinds of PPE and sensitivity warnings in the blurb this one has.
  12. Hmm...first of all I can't believe it was 2013 when this product came out, but I too have only used it at 1:3 and was unaware you could dilute it further.
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    MSDS for new Optimum products

    Ron, is there anyway we can get this problem solved with adding the SDS's for the new products to the download section? I'm really interested in the CCR but I have to understand the isocyanate hazard before I pull the trigger.
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    Detail experts

    They all seem to use some other brand of film...
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    Detail experts

    Hey Ron? I looked for an Opti-Film installer here in NJ (or in the tri-state area NY/NJ/PA) and couldn't find anything, and got weird listings for the installers that were listed here in NJ--like they aren't certified for anything--how can you list an installer that's not really an installer? Can you clarify? I'm not sure if there is a bug in the software or if I'm not understanding something.