Ron@Optimum

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  1. I had that happen to my first BRS, but after 3 years. I've learned to be careful around edges, trim, etc that can cut the sponge. It is a soft sponge and susceptible to getting damaged.
  2. I don't know of any "solvent" that will remove OCP - are you sure it wasn't a cleaner wax, which does contain abrasives? It's been a recommendation of mine to use GPS (a cleaner wax) to reduce minor high spots.
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    Tweaked ONR

    Dr G has made some tweaks to ONR (something he does more than people know) that resulted in better "release" characteristics and improved cleaning - dirt falls off wash media more easily and keep the wash media cleaner. There are other revisions being tested on several products and announcements will be forthcoming. Dr G NEVER rushes reformulations, but they are worth waiting for.
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    Tweaked ONR

    Setec, that's why I posted, knew it was a legitimate complaint about ONR...and also new competition being introduced.
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    Tweaked ONR

    there is no way to know...and that's why we hesitate to tell people there's been a change. When we make big changes, rare as that is, we make sure we've reduced inventory of the old product and put New Formula stickers. The only way I knew is that Danny Cantrell, a OPT Regional Mgr, posted on Facebook that the latest ONR had some different characteristics. I asked DR G and he mentioned small tweaks in the formula.
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    Tweaked ONR

    no packaging/labeling changes - only major reformulations are worth investing in that.
  7. smiley face indeed!
  8. because I don't have an answer - hydrophobics cause beading, having no protection will cause sheeting.
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    Gelcoat Restorer Off-Label Uses

    Setec, I passed your testing information on to Dr G and he was interested but not surprised. The manufacture of gel coat and rubber have similarities - the most common gelcoats are thermosetting polymers based on epoxy or unsaturated polyester resin chemistry. "Off label" uses of OPT products are always of interest to us
  10. I've never noticed any odor and Opti-Guard Leather doesn't add any particular gloss. The web site says "tanned", not "tan". Tanned leather is like suede, it's not coated.
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    Acquiring Hyper Seal

    best shot is Patrick Barkel at http://www.opticoat-pro.com/ they are our master OPT distributor for Europe. I don't know it they carry the Opti-Coat line.
  12. TAR is your best option to remove TPC and may take several applications.
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    Loss of Lotion Polishes and Poli-Seal

    Change is hard and I understand your frustration, but it's not as simple as cutting down sizes. To make money you need to manufacture in bulk and it's not just product cost, but packaging, labeling and other related expense. The more product proliferation, the more complications in the supply chain. I once used the McDonalds example for Dr G - remember when McDonalds had a limited menu (burgers, fries, soda, shakes, etc) and the food was cheap and fresh (I worked the counter in 1968)? Now, with so many choices, the process becomes error prone, costly, with cold food the norm. Optimum had new technology in spray polishes, something no one else had, and we decided to ride that product line. While there are issues with sprayers, the old line had equal frustrations with product separating and becoming difficult to use. As the sales moved into the Hyper products, it was an easy decision to sell out of the pastes and consolidate. By the way, every industry does it - McDonalds only brings out the McRib occasionally and try to find a Plymouth, Pontiac, Mercury, Oldsmobile, etc. Progress...maybe not...but it's life in the Wild West!
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    The Line between Opticlean and ONR

    I've found that microfiber loses it's "microfiberness" with time - loses it's softness and absorbancy. Better (more expensive) towels last longer, but eventually they all become wheel/tire rags. Not sure how the wiping but not drying method works (I won't own a black car), but if not too dirty, see how it could.
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    The Line between Opticlean and ONR

    From Dr G - Opti-Clean contains the same polymers in No Rinse that encapsulate dirt but at a much higher concentration than No Rinse QD as well as other polymers not used in No rinse that offer more lubricity and gloss. You do get some level of UV protection from the reflection effects as well as some sacrificial UV protection (the polymers breaking down rather than the paint).
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    New member, questions about Opticoat

    Yes, Spray Wax can be applied over Opti-Coat Pro - all waxes stay on the surface and Optimum provides additional UV protection to the ceramic coating. As a recommendation, consider Opti-Coat Hyper Seal instead of wax - it's formulated for superior performance on ceramics and has much greater durability.
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    The Line between Opticlean and ONR

    Opti=Clean has polymers that add shine, but no wax or sealants.
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    Opti coat pro plus got wet

    We don't discuss competitors, but FYI, Dann was on the sales side, not chemistry or formulation, and their product is not related to Opti-Coat in any way.
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    Difference between GPS and poli-seal

    my faint memory of Poli-Seal (and GPS) is they haze very quickly, so I think you can wipe off right after application. GPS is harder to remove if you let it dwell too long...
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    New member, questions about Opticoat

    Welcome to the Optimum Forum. The Opti-Coat you applied 8 years ago has been reformulated, improved, and is now called Gloss-Coat (Opti-Coat Pro is sold only to professional installers). Gloss-Coat is an easy to install ceramic coating with 2 - 3 year durability. Washing with ONR is the recommended maintenance, but applying Spray Wax will add gloss and longevity. Regular washing and Wax can protect your car from UV, but a ceramic will help with the bird droppings, adding chemical resistance.
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    Damaged Gauge Cluster Cover?

    if it's streaked then an ONR dampened microfiber should clear it. If it's scratched you can try Hyper Polish by hand (or a cleaner wax like GPS), but gently.
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    Damaged Gauge Cluster Cover?

    there's nothing in ONR that should damage plastic in any way...may have been a reaction to something on the guage.
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    OC 3

    it will be Pro only...
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    OC 3

    Danny Cantrell is testing (he's a Regional Mgr for Optimum) and David is still tweaking the formula. Dr G cannot be hurried...
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    OC 3

    you know as much as I do...