Ron@Optimum

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  1. Ron@Optimum

    Questions for Dr. G on Opti Clean

    I think Dr G answered your question about the safest media, though the introduction of the plush open loop MF has closed the gap. The difference is close enough to make the choice a personal preference. Increasing ONR concentration does not improve cleaning power or provide a safer wash but does increase the softening effect on really hard water. It can also result in streaking.
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    Power Clean In Door Jams

    a microfiber dampened with ONR will work to rinse Power Clean as well.
  3. Tug is right - Opti-Seal is more durable and Wax has the carnauba shine some prefer - combined they provide both.
  4. neither product requires "curing", they can be used together and the order of application should not affect results (though most pro detailers apply Opti-Seal after Wax). When Opti-Seal was first introduced, some suggested waiting anywhere from 1 hour to 24 hours before applying another coat OR wax, but experience has shown that's not necessary.
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    Optimum Synergy Podcast

    Optimum can't recover the podcasts and it's not a matter of fees. There was only a limited time for us to transfer from Dann's account to Optimum and before we could exercise the option, Lipsync had erased them. There may be some saved in various places, but Optimum does not have them.
  6. basically no chemical you can buy short of industrial strength acids will damage Opti-Coat Pro. Having said that, over use of strong cleaners will over time reduce ceramic coatings just like they reduce clear coat. The Guide refers to any product containing abrasives which is why we recommend chemical decontamination. You can do minor correction with light polishes, but you are still reducing the coating to some degree.
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    MDR diluted 4:1?

    Yes, you can use MDR in the sun. Optimum and Dr G are not huge fans of clay (he feels it's used way more than necessary and causes undue marring). It is necessary sometimes and we sell it in various forms, but really concentrate on chemical decontamination. FYI, there are several good youtube videos on chemical decontam by Yvan/Rag Company: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvNuKaQ0gtk
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    Using other brands to Prep for Gloss Coat

    To be fair, Guz, the other coatings you mentioned are different chemistry (and that's not marketing hype). Bad applications happen and are not always due to prep error or using different manufacturers polishes/preps. And I don't have to tell you there's great differences in clear coats/paints and inconsistencies exist in applications. I've been involved with Optimum ceramic coatings since the original (when we begged installers to try it), and the vast majority of poor performances are due prep errors - using polishes with oil fillers, not decontaminating thoroughly, using too much/too little product, etc. Second are maintenance (what do you mean I can't take my car through a touch car wash?), and unreal expectations (I spent this much money and my car should be bullet proof...).
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    Uneventful Gloss Coat experience

    I waited to add my 2 cents and am glad I did - great responses! Gloss-Coat can be layered and due to it's hybrid nature, will bond. It would need to be polished off IF you wanted to apply Opti-Coat Pro. I agree you don't need Power Clean for prep at this point, ONR/Paint Prep is adequate. And I'm not sure you need to add a second coat - while your prime may have been light, 8-9 ccs is more than enough to coat a 6 series. Unfortunately there's no easy way to test your coverage. For total confidence, another coat is inexpensive.
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    Add MDR to ONR Solution

    I've never seen any mention of adding MDR to ONR, nor has Optimum tested that combo. As to why ONR is not better removing water spots, it's an encapsulator/remover not a dissolver. The minerals in water spots need to be dissolved for mar free removal.
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    Anyone ever use Intensive Polish by hand?

    I've used all Optimum compounds/polishes by hand and they do work...might take more elbow grease, but also safer on clear coat if you don't have experience.
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    Using other brands to Prep for Gloss Coat

    always a safe bet to wipe down....
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    Car cover while it’s curing?

    It should be surface cured in minimum of 1 hour
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    Optimum Car Wash

    I'd try the soap and the new Opti-Coat M-Wash, but I don't remember where my hose is...sad?
  15. Ron@Optimum

    Optimum Car Wash

    Thanks, A&J, hoped someone with car soap experience would speak up...