Setec Astronomy

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    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    I think tire coatings are like paint coatings in this regard, coming from dressings and waxes, it can be sometimes difficult for people to believe the amount of prep or finesse required to get the desired result. Just like it was difficult for people who had plenty of experience applying wax or sealant to understand the need for thin, consistent application and good lighting with a coating until they got a bunch of (very difficult to remove) high spots on their vehicle, it's hard to convince people who have extensive use of conventional tire dressings that you might have to scrub your tires 10 times and/or let them breathe for a while and do it again, to get a good tire coating result.
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    Storing used wet MF towels after ONR

    You have to rinse them out and let them dry if you're not going to wash them in a fairly short amount of time after use. Fold-up drying rack? How many towels do you use on a typical wash?
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    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    I've been spending time on detailing forums for the last 15 years, and had experience maybe 2005 or 2006 with a similar tire coating (a long gone line) which provided a solvent cleaner as a prep which didn't work very well. Since the appearance of another popular tire coating 10 or 11 years ago with it's water-based cleaner, I've read the travails of people trying to get coatings to adhere properly and look acceptable on all kinds of tires, of varying ages, that have had various dressings used on them (or not--new tires with mold release can have similar problems). I'm just saying if you go on a more general detailing forum, you will have a decade of horror stories and success stories with tire coatings, more threads than you can count, so it's just bemusing to me that this is a "new" topic here.
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    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Oh...I understand.
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    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    I get an error also.
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    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    You're not willing to have undressed tires for a few weeks? Regardless, you are hardly the first person who has had difficulty removing all the residue from previously dressed tire in preparation for a coating. In fact one prominent "expert" suggests not even trying to coat a tire that has had conventional dressing on it before...which I find to be a bit extreme. It just can take a lot of scrubbing with the appropriate aqueous cleaner.
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    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    I don't think you are pulling the carbon black out, I'm not sure that's possible. I'm going to guess that you have used silicone dressings on the tires previously, perhaps even oil-based dressings. IMO a petroleum distillate is not the best thing to use to achieve a clean surface for a tire coating. Optimum recommends straight Optimum Power Clean; there are also some other very good tire cleaners like the Tuf Shine and even some of the Mothers products. You may have to clean with this aqueous method many, many times if you have recently been using oil-based dressings. You may even have to let the tires rest for a few weeks to allow more to come out of the tire.
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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 scratch...so 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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    OPTIMUM GELCOAT RESTORER

    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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    OPTIMUM GELCOAT RESTORER

    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?