I watched Scott early on and thought he made good points about the kinds of road pollutants you deal with. I took exception when he tested products, claiming to be unbiased, but always seemed to find fault with Optimum products. Wasn't surprised when he introduced his own line...
I think it's a case by case situation. I always pre=spray (as opposed to pre-soak), hitting the bugs on front, wheels, tires, wheel wells, and rear before doing rinseless wash. Sometimes it's not necessary, but is a habit for me.
Welcome to the Optimum Forum - you're right, a lot of helpful advice here! We recommend applying Gloss-Coat with the foam applicator, though some may have other advice. The other most common suggestion is the suede applicator. Opti-Seal is not Si02 (and neither are the other products you mention). In general,and not to be "homers", but IMO it's best to stay within the family for protection. All Optimum products have synergy, not all other manufacturers products perform as well in combination.
there is no answer to this, it varies greatly. My first BRS was a prototype and I abused it, got 2 years from it. My second is 4 years old and is now a multipurpose sponge (junk jobs). My BGS (Big Gold Sponge) is 1 year old and good to go. A lot depends on how careful you are - early on I was careless and snagged the sponges, causing them to fall apart prematurely. The color has nothing to do with performance.
we recommend cleaning with Power Clean, polishing with Hyper Compound, and wiping down with Paint Prep before applying CCR - that will certainly remove any sealant. This can be done just before applying CCR. CCR will have an extended shelf life if unopened and kept refrigerated (freezer is better).
Ron@Optimum replied to Lowejackson's topic in Forum
as do we all - actually Optimum is doing OK through this BS (or is that CV?) and I'm getting questions from many newbies. Mostly fun to educate new OPT users (usually ONR) but lots of misinformation due to social media. How's life in the UK?