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  1. Interior cleaning.

    Welcome to Optimum and we can make some suggestions. First, Optimum No Rinse (ONR) makes an excellent interior cleaner for leather, vinyl, plastic, and glass. For cleaning AND protection, Protectant Plus is formulated for interiors (and works well on exterior plastics), isn't sticky, contains UV protection, and revitalizes leather.

    As stated in the SEMA broadcast, the Big Gold Sponge does not replace the BRS, but adds a softer, more dense version that coordinates with the Opti-Coat line of products. The bedliner has been reformulated into a single phase application to simplify the process. Optimum is always reviewing products to improve or increase ease of use. Toddj, thanks for the video links -

    SEMA is always an opportunity to present/announce new products. New for 2017 SEMA are: Optimum Clay Towel - redesigned for greater suppleness and durability Optimum Clay Mitt - greater convenience with a mesh backing and gentle clay action Opti-Coat Big Gold Sponge - softer and more dense construction Optimum Compound ll - greater correction (up to 1500), improved finishing Optimum Poli-Seal - improved durability and water repel, easier wipe off, more environmentally friendly, reduced product separation Optimum Rotary Wool Pads (6" and 8") - interface backing, improved cooling, fewer pressure spots, smoother action Optimum Ultimate Bedliner - revised into a 1 step application

    There is no ETA on Big Gold Sponge, Bedliner, Rotary Wool Pad, Clay Towel/Mitt. New formula Poli-Seal and Compound ll are shipping now. I will update the Forum when the new products are in stock.
  5. Detail Fest/Poli-Seal?

    A new formula Poli-Seal was announced this week at SEMA. The new product provides greater durability, correction, and is less susceptible to separation. It is available now...
  6. Opti Eraser

    Erase shouldn't require "breaking in", just make sure to use lube. You use Eraser just like clay bar and ONR at lube ratio (2 oz to 1 gallon) or Wax make great lubricants. I've really liked Yvan's suggestion to use Wax, a nice slick lube. Suggestions after use: *Inspect Opti-Eraser after each section and rinse as needed *When too much contamination is present to wash clean, switch to a clean side or replace your Opti-Eraser *Do NOT soak in liquid *Do NOT squeeze or wring out *Do NOT store flat on media surfaces (use sides) *Do NOT store wet in air tight container
  7. Opti-Seal Q&A

    Optimum recommends applying at 40 degrees or above.
  8. Ocw

    Optimum generally recommends a low application temperature of 40 degrees.
  9. Opti-Coat Maintenance Line

    Yes, Opti-Coat NR can be mixed at the same ratio as regular NR - 1 oz to 16 oz of water - for a pre-spray/quick detailer.
  10. Optimum Gloss-Coat

    Over time strong all purpose cleaners with erode Gloss-Coat but you should still get a year or more durability.
  11. Gloss-Coat Water contact angle ?

    You might try Opt-Seal or Spray Wax to see if they increase the hydrophobic properties.
  12. Applying OCW after car wash

    If by OWC you mean Spray Wax, yes it makes an excellent drying aid.
  13. ONR Wash and Shine

    No Rinse Wash & Wax contains carnauba and should have no effect on nano coatings properties.
  14. Sorry for the delay, we've had web issues. For bugs/tar, Power Clean is a strong cleaner and Instant Detailer will remove as well (just not as fast). You can use Opti-Seal for every wash with no issues, or periodically. Used as a drying aid (#5 of your wash process) is an easy way to apply. I put ONR in my rinse bucket to help dissolve dirt on the BRS (or whatever media you use). Your process looks excellent to me and should result in a spectacular vehicle! As for Garry Dean method, I've never used it but find no fault with it. It seems a little overkill to me, but has it's supporters.
  15. Opti seal over wax ?

    Dags, sorry for the delay, we had web site issues. Yes you can apply Opti-Seal over Wax or Wax over Opti-Seal. Seal will migrate through wax to the painted surface.
  16. Car wash vs no rinse

    Andrew, Car Wash is a traditional cleaner requiring a hose to wet the car, then to rinse it off after washing. No Rinse only requires a bucket of water, no hose, and therefore can be used year around and in a garage.
  17. What Optimum products work with Opti Coat

    No Rinse Wash & Shine and No Rinse Wash & Wax are comparable cleaners so the difference is the carnauba in Wash & Wax - the choice is yours. There are several ways to add gloss/shine - Optimum Opti-Seal (or Opti-Coat Hyper Seal, - formulated for Coated cars), Spray Wax, or Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer. Seal and Wax are true LSPs (Last Step Products) and do not clean, but Instant Detailer is a light cleaner as well.
  18. Everyone has their preferred method to wash cars and yours is as good as any. Optimum agrees that the less contact with paint, the better, so if you're happy with the appearance I would NOT use a mitt. The only "better product" than ONR as a quick detailer might be Optimum Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer - it's not as good at cleaning as ONR, but is slicker and has great gloss.
  19. Optimum Opti-Glass Coating 30ml

    for Opti-Glass to bond, you need to remove any wax or sealant - Opti-Glass bonds only to glass.
  20. Opti_Seal over other brand's sealant

    Generally I don't think there would be any problem, but Optimum does not test other manufacturers products and it's possible there's one out there that will not play well with Opti-Seal. Even if OS didn't bond, it would be easy to remove with a damp microfiber.
  21. Opti-Coat Maintenance Products

    The Opti-Coat line of products is sold through installers and directly at Optimum's online stores ( and The Opti-Coat line is specifically for Coated cars, but other Optimum products will work with no issues. Your power washer will not remove or reduce Opti-Coat Pro.
  22. Polish, compound, speed, prime, trigger issue

    Anders, different detailer/enthusiasts use different speeds based on their experience and preference, there is no single right answer. OPT in general believes slower is better. We recommend always dampening the pad and ONR is an excellent product to use for that. Sometimes the sprayers need to be cleaned - soak the trigger/tube in an all purpose cleaner or dish detergent to remove gummed polish that can block the mechanism.
  23. Important question?????

    welcome to the OPT forum Amir - what's your location and I can help you find a distributor?
  24. New member from NJ

    welcome onboard, NY, and don't be surprised if Dr G answers a question, that's how we roll!
  25. New member from Belgium

    welcome to all things Optimum, sorry for the delay, we had web issues.