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Everything posted by Ron@Optimum

  1. After Paint Guard....

    Opti-Coat products are formulated to be more effective on Coated cars.
  2. I use Opti-Bond at full strength and a dedicated sponge - that way it's always available for touch ups. Not sure there's a good way to clean something used on tires sufficiently.
  3. Power Clean would be my first suggestion as well - and clay as an alternative.
  4. How to fix a scratch on Opticoat Pro+?

    if you polish the scratch you will be removing the Coating - installers will do spot repairs and there should be no effect on the warranty if the original detailer does it. You could polish yourself and apply Gloss-Coat but that would negate your warranty.
  5. How to fix a scratch on Opticoat Pro+?

    funny to see Dann listed as "new to the Forum" - while not active on the OPT Forum, Dann is anything but new to Optimum. A past pro installer, Regional Manager, and current VP of Business Development, Dann is as knowledgeable as anyone could hope for and a welcome voice here!
  6. Opti-Coat M-Wash and Foam Cannon

    yes, you attach the M-Wash bottle to the foam cannon and set the dilution ratio - the product is diluted.
  7. ONRWW and fabric soft top.

    I use a brush to scrub and microfiber towel for general wiping and to dry - not the sponge
  8. Opti-Coat M-Wash and Foam Cannon

    the foam cannon ratio is the same - .5 oz to 1 gallon of water. You can store the remainder but not indefinitely - depending on the water quality (distilled water is best) and bacteria introduced by equipment, the mixture can become funky (chemical term) and need to be replaced.
  9. Gloss coat on wheels barrels?

    Opti-Coat Pro installers frequently offer to coat drums, calipers, etc as an up charge.

    Optimum has formulated a new Heavy Clay Towel but it has not shipped yet and there's no ETA.

    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
  12. Detailing Efficiency Experiments

    As a counterpoint, I was hung up on by a new ONR user last week who insisted it was impossible to wash a car mar free without a hose/suds, and this in spite of having JUST DONE SO. He called BS on my insistence of the magic of polymer encapsulation and guaranteed his paint was swirled, even though he couldn't see it. Because I disagreed with him (the customer is always right?) and couldn't see his reasoning, he hung up. His loss...
  13. Optimum Gloss-Coat

    It's fun being someone who's watched the metamorphosis of Coatings - from the original Opti-Guard to 2.0 to Opti-Coat Pro or Gloss-Coat - and now see the community of users experiment and assist each other discover how easy it is! I talk to new customers daily and from the miracle of ONR to the high tech benefits of Coatings (all of them - paint, glass, metal, leather, fabric, trim) it's incredibly rewarding. Look at that gorgeous glowing Kia - who would have thought it possible?
  14. Optimum Glass Coat Troubles

    Agree that it's unlikely a dealer used a pro product and Optimum recommends against using Opti-Glass on interior of windshields. If no chemical will remove it a cleaner wax (GPS, Poli-Seal, etc) should take it off.
  15. Opti lens yellow liquid?

    The plasticizer (don't ask what the is, a chemical term) in some syringes can turn some Coatings yellow - it does not effect the product. You are good to go -
  16. I use Protectant Plus every time I wash my cars, and frequently in between - no problem with accumulation. As to Scott, I think he makes good points (if in lecture mode) and we've seen that vehicles need periodic decontamination, only wonder why he specifies Optimum/ONR, there are many rinseless products. I asked Dr G about rebuttal, but David feels Scott is connected with a competitor and refused to get into a debate.

    The mild Clay Towel is available at and autogeekonline - am checking on the heavy towel.
  18. I use ONR (or Opti-Clean) as a wipe down agent, then follow up with Protectant Plus (a light cleaner) for protection. ONR does not protect against UV or revitalize leather.
  19. Optimum Car Wash safe on Gloss coat

    Car Wash works well with Coated cars and shouldn't effect or interfere with normal beading behavior. M-Wash works even better and is formulated specifically for Coatings.
  20. Optimum Gloss coat lacks sheeting beading

    According to Yvan, Gloss-Coat requires no topper and any you use besides Hyper Seal can change/reduce the hydrophobic effect of the coating. I would still use Instant Detailer for spot cleaning (bugs, water spots, tar, etc) - unless you require absolute beading/sheeting?
  21. ONRWW and fabric soft top.

    I use a quality waffle weave - have found plush towels don't blot well.
  22. I'm not sure I can say that Fabric & Carpet Cleaner & Protectant is a replacement for a dedicated product like Scotchgard, since it does double duty. I've had it on my convertible top for 6+ weeks and it still beads water (though my Z3 is the ultimate Garage Queen). For heavy soil I spray, brush into the fibers, dry, then spray again and wipe. I would think that quarterly application would be sufficient.
  23. ONRWW and fabric soft top.

    My response above was before I acquired my "Lake Car", a 2001 BMW Z3. So now I have hands on experience with ONRWW on a convertible top and it works great! The amount of wax is minimal, has no effect on fabric, and is great for general interior maintenance as well. FYI, Carpet & Fabric Clean & Protect does an excellent job cleaning and leaving protection on my top.
  24. For heavy duty cleaning you can use Power Clean (I've cleaned carpets at 1:5 dilution). For normal maintenance I use Fabric Clean & Protect on carpets and my convertible top (it can be used at full concentration for heavy stains) - the benefit is the protection it leaves behind (fun to watch water bead on a convertible top).
  25. ?'s On 2nd Application Of Gloss Coat

    I don't have an answer for you, maybe Dann or Yvan will have something. One thing I've learned with Optimum, about cars AND coatings, is they are all unique. Even within a brand, different models and colors can respond differently.