Setec Astronomy

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  1. Setec Astronomy

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    And setting the standard for pricing on tire coating, at half the competition.
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    First time using Optimum Car Wax

    Gotta love Opti-Bond...only non-greasy tire dressing.
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    New to the product and lots of questions

    Just another point, sometimes you have some oxidized rubber trim around windows, in the rain gutters on the roof, etc., that will get the towels dirty, but it's not actually dirt that you missed with the wash. If that's the case you need to (gently) scrub that rubber with something to clean the oxidized portion off (diluted OPC--Optimum Power Clean is good, I might use something milder, depending), and put a dressing on. Apologies if that was stuff you knew already.
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    New to the product and lots of questions

    Not sure how much a coating will help really with the micro-marring, I mean it will help some, but some is always going to occur...but if it's coated very shallow marring may be only in the coating, not the paint...at the least it's a sacrificial layer (a very thin one). Don't worry about the water left on the panel diluting the ONR--it's a small amount of water. The more loose dirt you can get off by pre-spraying or pressure washing, the better, that's less particles of dirt to grind against the paint while contact washing and drying. I'm not sure if I mentioned before I usually use a wash bucket with no grit guard (because I'm cheap and it takes at least a gallon of solution to get up to the top of the grit guard), and a rinse bucket with a grit guard with about 2 gallons of rinseless at half strength (to avoid diluting the wash bucket too much with water that comes back from the rinse). If I do a single bucket wash I always use a grit guard, unless the car is just dusty, then I have been known to wash single bucket with no grit guard...but not too often. The pluffles are a good towel, the other Korean waffle weaves (the Dry Me A River series) are also very good, different from most other waffle weaves (including the cheaper ones TRC sells). A lot of people seem to like the twisted loop towels for drying (Twistress, etc.). I have some but I haven't tried them yet, so I have no comment on that.
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    What is this to?

    What are you waiting for! It's good stuff.
  6. Setec Astronomy

    What is this to?

    That's the kind of sprayer I got on my little bottle of carpet cleaner--hard to see in this pic (from the store) cuz you're looking head-on:
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    New guy from Indiana

    Yeah...I don't like the Carrier dealer too much. I think they are also the Trane dealer, I'll have to look into that...I've been somewhat unimpressed with Trane on the commercial end, I mean not 5 alarm fire unimpressed, just stupid stuff that doesn't really seem like it should happen. 3 cars a week, that's pretty good!
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    New guy from Indiana

    No...it doesn't really help. I'm familiar with the commercial application, but recently both Carrier and Lennox have come out with home systems that use proportional burners and...VRF? Variable speed condensing units. Carrier supports up to 8 zones while Lennox only 4. In theory this sounds like a good idea (on a number of levels), particularly with the trend in new construction towards multiple units to destrat multiple floors...a lot simpler to do it with one variable system (from some perspectives). I just don't know if this is one of those ideas that sounds good but doesn't really work out, particularly in a retrofit application, where it's likely to take a bit of demo to get the zone valves in, etc. I'm not sure the Lennox system even supports enough slaved zone valves (I'm talking VAV dampers) to cover all my registers without a huge duct redo. Plus all the thermostats have to be hardwired (I kind of thought only the main one and the rest would be WiFi). It just sounds like it will be really expensive and maybe will be a white elephant...Lennox for one has had some miscues, like when they based that forced-air heating system on a stainless combination water heater and boiler, where they were taking the hot water off to a coil in the air handler. That was an early high-efficiency system, maybe 20 years ago, and I'm sure resulted in a lot of customers that had neither heat or hot water, I had talked to a Lennox dealer at the time and he said he wouldn't install them anymore after doing a couple and I think taking one out. So anyway...how's the detailing business going?
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    New guy from Indiana

    Welcome to the forum! I'm going to take you right up on that HVAC advice--what do you think of these home VAV systems that Carrier and Lenox and probably others have come out with?
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    New to the product and lots of questions

    I don't know, but to me, you gents who are saying that your towels get dirty because they get into places the BRS can't....kind of is saying to me you need a different wash media that gets into all the places!
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    New to the product and lots of questions

    I think so! Certainly anything that reduces the bonding of dirt to paint is going to help with marring...which is why keeping up with your LSP helps makes your car easier to wash and reduces marring--and a coating is great for that. There are so many variables here, LSP, wash frequency, type of dirt (i.e. salt and road gunk doesn't help), color of car (how easy to see marring), etc. etc.
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    New to the product and lots of questions

    Sure, that's the company line, and you can do what you want, but I always use a rinse bucket unless the car is just dusty. I think floculent is a bit of a strong adjective (well, I guess it's a noun) for the sequestrant action of ONR.
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    New to the product and lots of questions

    Well...let me say that I have resigned myself to any car I have that's a daily driver never being perfect, so if I get some marring from rinseless washing, I wouldn't really know. I haven't polished my cars in years and they still look pretty good, so my wash technique must be pretty good. Not that I wouldn't like to polish them...but you know, that life stuff. There are plenty of people that do rinseless washes and use the BRS that say they get no marring, and that may well be true. I don't have a BRS, I've used the Optimum blue waffle as well as different grout sponges, and tried the microfiber towel method, both the traditional method and the "bucket of towels" method, and I still come back to my microfiber sponge and wash/rinse buckets for rinseless. I'd encourage you to do a few more rinseless washes before you polish your vehicle again, it does take some practice.
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    New to the product and lots of questions

    I'm not saying this is the case, I'm just trying to throw out some ideas and concepts. It's possible, since HD Speed is an AIO product, that it was filling some existing marring and that the ONR wash removed the "fillers". Again, I'm not saying that these are intentional fillers, just that it could happen. I have never used Speed and don't keep up too much with 3D/HD products, I'm just saying I've been at this a long time and all kinds of products can "fill", on purpose or not. Also, if you are getting dirt on your drying towel, that's a bad sign. You want to remove the dirt with your wash media, even if it takes multiple passes. I'm not a great believer in flat sponges like a grout sponge or the BRS, I prefer the non-split microfiber wash media like "the bone", but typically I would use one side of the "sponge" on an area, then turn it over to the other side and re-wash the same area to make sure you've got all the dirt off the surface before you dry. As with any wash technique, the dirtier the vehicle, the smaller the area you want to do before cleaning your media. I have to disagree with Ron that there will always be "some" dirt on the drying towel, you should strive to clean your sections thoroughly and overlap into the next section so you don't get your drying towel into the dirt from an unwashed section...what I mean is, if you are washing a door, you should wash an inch or two past the edges of the door, but only dry the door...that way you know you are drying a clean area.
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    SEMA 2018

    Since it's common to coat new cars with Opti-Coat or Gloss-Coat (for non-pros)...it would seem if that was a logical use it would be undermining much of what the certified installers currently do/use, wouldn't it? Or is the CCR a pro-only product?