Setec Astronomy

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  1. Apex Detail testing

    If you can use it just like Opti-Seal...then it's quite cost-effective.
  2. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    Yeah, I believe those PBMG "bones" are identical to the MFT ones. I'm not sure how much we're supposed to be yakking about other stores so I'll PM you.
  3. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    You skeptics...the blurb about the material: "merges the best of both microfiber and merino wool wash mitt theories. Utilizing the well know cleansing abilities of microfiber, a special fiber blend was developed enabling a thick "pile" to be created similar to those typically found in premium quality wool wash mitts. The plush custom blended fibers are designed to remove dirt particles from your paintwork and trap them deep in the fibers until it is rinsed, minimizing the chances of swirls. Of significant importance, it easily releases dirt particles when rinsed. The unique fibers allow the mitt to glide smoothly across the surface." I may take one for the team and order a couple of those green mitts to try out, I have one of the blue sponges, and I've used it, I honestly can't remember whether it was for conventional or rinseless, but next rinseless I do I'm going to use it. I don't remember flipping out about it, but of course the blue ones are very expensive.
  4. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    Eh, I used mine once so far I think, it seemed ok.
  5. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    I think most people switched to synthetic options (once there were some good ones) to get away from the maintenance headaches of the real sheepskin. This is the latest and greatest imitation of sheepskin with microfiber: I'm still looking for that perfect solution, too...let me know when you find it.
  6. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    That certainly is a good price for that type of sponge, if you like sponges...I have had mixed experiences with the (Home Depot) grout sponges...sometimes they seem to work fine, sometimes not...I guess it depends on the wash and the soil.
  7. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    Brad, since my favorite wash media in general is "The Bone", which is a microfiber covered sponge (it's a special "non-split" microfiber that's supposed to release the dirt), I also use that for rinseless. It does hold a bit too much water, which is why I mentioned that I have a bunch of Meg's QD Sponges that I got at Big Lots when they stopped making them (in 2004, I think), that are similar but have a less dense sponge inside, which over time breaks down to leave more of a flat sponge, if you will. Some guys use the MF mitts which are a similar microfiber material. I have several but I'm not sure I've actually used any of them. I will also use Muppet Head (microfiber chenille) wash sponges, they used to have microfiber terry on the back, but now they usually have a scrubber which is not so good, although I see Sonax is selling one with terry on the back. Then of course there is a "madness" microfiber wash material this is supposed to be the best of all worlds, but it's very expensive. Over at MFT they have all this stuff, their version of the "madness" (bright green) in a mitt and sponge, as well as a mitt and pad with the "Bone" material on it. The pad is huge and feels rather stiff, I just bought a couple but haven't used them yet.
  8. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    You're making me feel better that I'm not the only one who doesn't like the multiple towel method, and lord knows I've tried to like it.
  9. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    A lot of people like those Eagle towels...but others say they like lower nap lower GSM, like 360 or so. The "rolling", for me, leads to getting other parts of the towel dirty, so when you fold, you don't have a completely clean surface. As I've said, I've been trying to like the "bucket of towels" method for a long time, but I just don't. Some people use a bucket of mitts, maybe I will try a "bucket of MF sponges", but that sure creates a lot of laundry.
  10. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    I guess I didn't realize it had actual coral in it. I'm going to stick with my bone-type MF sponges or muppet-head (microfiber chenille) and a rinse bucket. Takes longer but safer, and no pile of towels to wash at the end.
  11. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    Well, I just swirled up my better half's car with the "bucket of towels" method. Used TRC Minx Royale towels. I apparently suck at this method. I wanted to get done before dark so I elected to try it again with these new towels...but I think I've exhausted my patience now. I do have a MFT Extra Fluffy 600 GSM that I may try at some point. Yeah, I probably should have done a presoak, but I don't seem to need to do that with my normal method. It was faster than my usual rinse bucket method, but wasn't worth the swirling.
  12. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    Since this is the Optimum forum, I have to try to talk you out of Zaino, but if I can't do that, I can at least tell you to try Duragloss Fast Clean & Shine instead of Z6; I can't tell the difference between the two, and the DG is way cheaper.
  13. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    Brad, I don't think you are being OCD by trying to have a lot of fluid...as I indicated, I have the advantage of not having flawless paint to begin with, so I'm not so worried if it's not flawless after. Maybe it's just self-brainwashing to keep from going insane, but I don't feel like the small amount I'm using is having a negative impact, at least not any more than the regular washing of a DD is bound to have. But you've gotta use the amount of water you're comfortable with.
  14. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    I'm sure there were already thousands of members by the time I joined...I thought you guys got started in 2000 or 2001. Maybe even at the time I joined you weren't around that much, I know there was another Brad also who was a moderator. Do you know what ever became of Tort? Anyway, back on topic...my usual ONR/rinseless method is a two-bucket, I usually use a 1/4 strength mixture in the rinse bucket instead of plain water (because I'm cheap and I need 2 gallons in the rinse bucket to clear the grit guard). I generally just use a half gallon in the wash bucket (no grit guard), wheels not included. This method is good and makes me feel better having a dirty rinse bucket and a clean wash bucket, but it's a lot of rinsing and squeezing. I keep trying to like the multiple towel/mitt method, but I just don't. I bought some different towels to try when the weather gets a little warmer.
  15. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    Well, I don't count myself as an "original"; I believe I joined in 2004, and since I don't know if I have ever been able to achieve flawless results with anything...my standards may be a bit lower than yours...so take my advice with a grain of salt.