Setec Astronomy

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  1. Opti-Lens Headlight Restoration Longevity

    Sure, I bet if you applied OCW weekly it would help for everything. For that matter any sacrificial layer (wax, sealant) is going to do something.
  2. Opti-Lens Headlight Restoration Longevity

    Bear in mind I'm at a lot lower latitude than you are. I was also disappointed, but as I said I realized that a spray-on UV coating is going to be maybe 100 microns or more thick, even those that spray 2K clear as a refurb are going to be easily that thick, compared to what, a few microns of Opti-Coat Pro, less of Gloss-Coat, and I guess about the same as Opti-Coat for Opti-Lens, maybe 2 microns...I can't remember what they were claiming for Opti-Coat Pro. I don't know if I agree the road rash is the factor...I think it's just the UV exposure.
  3. Opti-Lens Headlight Restoration Longevity

    Sorry I'm late to the party, but in my experience, I get a year or less before a car that's outside starts to get yellowing again. I think Opti-Lens probably is best to put on headlights that haven't lost the factory coating, just like you wouldn't put Opti-Coat on a vehicle where the clear has failed already. Just thinking out loud, Opti-Lens at a micron or two is much much thinner than a factory headlight coating, and I just don't think it can stop enough UV...and think about it...the factory coating may only last 5 years anyway (so what do we expect from a coating that's 10% or less of the factory thickness?) If I was doing this for a living and wanted to offer a warranty, I'd look for a product that's more like the factory coating. I loved the idea of Opti-Lens, but after repeated tries on a couple of cars (including one time putting on 3 coats), I always get the same results. On the plus side it doesn't take much to polish out the yellowing after a year.
  4. Apex Detail testing

    If you can use it just like Opti-Seal...then it's quite cost-effective.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    Eh, I used mine once so far I think, it seemed ok.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    Brad, I don't think you are being OCD by trying to have a lot of 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.
  17. 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 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.
  18. 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 standards may be a bit lower than take my advice with a grain of salt.
  19. ONR vs Optimum Car Wash. Is one better?

    Hi Brad...I would discount the buildup of polymers on the surface from either wash (as noted above). In full disclosure I haven't used the Optimum Car Wash even though I have a quart of it...because I'm still using up conventional wash that I bought back when you were an active moderator on Autopia...and because I've largely switched to rinseless just to cut down on time and work. I don't know of any way to Master Blast a rinseless and get a good result, so if you're more comfortable with a conventional wash, go that way. Another thing to think about if you're skittish about the drying process, is that most rinseless washes today contain "wax" so you might want to try ONRWW which will give you a little more lube when you're drying (although I don't remember it being noticeably different), but it does tend to streak more than ONR. I haven't been able to like the blue waffle sponge that I bought and I'm too cheap to buy a BRS or BGS; my favorite wash media for rinseless is some old Meg's QD sponges circa 2004 (remember them?). After you wash them a number of times the sponge breaks down and they are pretty flat. I guess the closest available equivalent is a MF mitt. There are countless threads and methods for rinseless to address some of the concerns you have, with endless permutations of prewashes, buckets, grit guards, media. As The Guz noted...maybe different approaches for different situations, depending on the car (DD vs. garage queen), amount/kind of dirt, etc.
  20. Hyper spray on spot pads

    Ok long as you don't ask why my arm and the side of my house is all white.

    Ok, let's ask some questions... What is a Big Gold Sponge? Does it replace the blue sponge or the BRC? How is it different? The's changing from the basecoat/topcoat to just a single part? Why?
  22. Detail Fest/Poli-Seal?

    In the interest of starting unsubstantiated rumors, it has been brought to my attention that the PBMG web stores do not have Optimum Poli-Seal in stock, and that one of them states "New Formula Coming Soon!" I also note that the Optimum store has Poli-Seal in stock. Since it's the PBMG/Autgeek Detail Fest this weekend, and OPT will surely have a booth, and Yvan is conducting seminars...are we going to hear something this weekend about a new formula of Opti-Seal?
  23. Opti-Seal Q&A

    Well, I'm glad to see you around!
  24. Opti-Seal Q&A

    BENCE?!?!?! OMG!!! Long time no see!!!
  25. Optimum Pad Selection

    Ok, it looks like we haven't had any pad discussions in a long time, so let's talk about the current pad selection from the Optimum store. It looks like the current lineup (excluding microfiber, which I'll get to later), in order of aggressiveness, is this: Hyper Wool Foam Pad Orange Waffle Foam Pad Black Waffle Foam Pad Blue Waffle Foam Pad Now I remember a few years ago when the colors of the (then) Hyper Compound and Hyper Polish were changed to orange and blue, respectively, to match the waffle pads. One can kind of extrapolate to today that Hyper Compound (white) would be matched with the (purple) Hyper Wool Foam Pad, the Intensive Polish with the Orange Waffle, and the Hyper Polish with the Blue Waffle. So I'm trying to understand how the Black Waffle fits in and what it would be used for. I thought maybe this was the pad for doing a one-step, since it seems to be in-between the Orange and Blue, but the product pages suggest it is the followup to the Orange Waffle...which I thought was the Blue... I understand that polishing aggressiveness is a combination of pad, polish, and machine, and that anything is just a general guideline because every job is different, I'm just trying to understand how the pads fit into the "system" and also how it relates to the crème polishes, which have a slightly different level of cut to their sprayable cousins. So that brings us to the microfiber pads, and how these compare contrast with the wool and foam, what people are using them for, etc. I have to say although I have the Optimum microfiber pads, they are my least favorite out of the 3 brands of MF pads that I have.