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  1. Ron@Optimum

    Discontinued Optimum Products

    It's like clutter in your home, you keep adding products without deleting and eventually you run out of room and add all the related expenses (packaging, labels, components, etc). When you do a cost/income analysis you realize you need to eliminate slow moving products. Dr G has the normal pride in his "creations" but understands that improving efficiencies frees up capitol for new products and research.
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    Discontinued Optimum Products

    well sales had slipped in favor of the sprays and only the most finicky owner needed Finish Polish (Hyper Polish with finishing pad was almost as good). The number of products...and slight differences between them...cause mistakes and confusion. The more SKUs you have, the less efficient the manufacturing/distribution process. Remember when McDonald's only had a limited menu - everything was fresh and served fast (real "fast food"), now it's sitting under a heat lamp.
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    Slickness question/compared to Zaino

    That's for sure -
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    Discontinued Optimum Products

    Optimum has announced it is discontinuing Compound ll, Polish ll, and Finish Polish. The emphasis going forward in on the Hyper line of spray polishes which represent the latest technology.
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    Slickness question/compared to Zaino

    It's hard to be all things to all people and sometimes characteristics work at cross purposes. The components that make a product slick may also reduce their longevity (that is certainly true with ceramic coatings). I can tell you that if you watch a professional detailer work on a car, they avoid skin touching the paint and most wear gloves. If you want to watch a grown pro cry, walk up to a freshly detailed vehicle and run your hands across the surface.
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    Slickness question/compared to Zaino

    I'll let someone with Zaino experience chime in. I will say that slickness is relative and hard to define/compare. Optimum is more concerned it's products look good and are durable.
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    New kid on the block

    Welcome to Optimum - don't need to lurk, jump in with questions and/or comments.
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    I believe so...
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    Optimum has decided to not move forward with this product...
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    which polish/pad for redwood tree stains

    go to the store on and click on the Maintenance link...
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    which polish/pad for redwood tree stains

    I would recommend the orange foam pad and Hyper Polish - if more correction is necessary, Intensive Polish is the next step. I'm guessing the difficulty in removing may be that the stains have etched into you clear coat. Gloss-Coat should help going forward. The other suggestion is to try Hyper Seal in place of Opti-Seal - Hyper is formulated for ceramic coatings and will have greater durability.
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    Welcome to the Optimum Forum. I don't have experience with your particular problem, but hopefully another poster will. It's possible one of OPTs decontamination products would work and that would be my first suggestion - first choice is Power Clean. None of them will damage your paint. For the future, wax or sealant will provide temporary protection and ceramic coating (either professional or DIY) would be long term.
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    Anybody still alive?

    Exactly Lowe, and I use this forum as a reference all the time -
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    Anybody still alive?

    Optimum is very active on Facebook and that seems to be the media of choice. I agree that single brand forums are self limiting and add to that (1) much of OPTs emphasis the last few years is on professional only products (those pros have other media sources) and (2) the new products have a more limited scope (Clear Coat Restorer, Gel Coat Restorer, Tire Protection and Coating, etc). When OPT adds or updates common commercial products, forum interest spikes. The loss of Dann and Yvan also reduces our media outreach -
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    Clay Mitt with T.A.R. bad news

    Have seen this before, when someone tried to be creative and use TAR as a clay lube - the TAR destroys the clay mitt. Most likely you've ruined the mitt.