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  1. tenorplayer23

    The perfect Pad

    Hi Yvan, how goes it north of the border? I am not able to contribute much, because I am such an inexperienced user. But, I'd be interested in the reponses, as well. And, am curious about Mr. Int. Detail switched to the Edge system?? The more I understand of the nuances of pad/polish/machine combinations........the better. Not much polishing going to be happening here until spring.......unheated garage. Look forward to any information. My best wishes for a good 2010! See ya. Bob
  2. Could use some feedback on the dilution ratio for Optimum Car Wash used with my 1-Qt. Gilmore (actually, AutoGeek) foam gun. I know I have seen a thread pertaining to this, but can't seem to find it again via search. Since the foam gun bottle isn't graduated (at least mine's not), how many ounces of Optimum Car Wash vs. water in the gun's bottle. On the AG site, there is some reference to their DP Xtreme Wash (2 oz. per 6-8 ozs. of water; then set foam gun on max. solution usage). So, any dead-on experience with Optimum and the Gilmore gun (product to water ratios in the bottle AND rate setting on the gun itself)?? Would appreciate your specific experiences, ratio & settings. Thanks in advance. See ya.
  3. A question about the best way to remove old sealants/waxes prior to applying fresh coats (whether the car is being polished or not)................ What products (perhaps wash products) are best to remove old waxes & sealants?? I know that using polishes. claying, etc. will remove old layers. However, if the car was not being clayed, polished or otherwise corrected, what is the best way (or product) to accomplish this?? Some forum posts suggest using Dawn dish washing liquid as a car wash. Isopropyl alcohol/water solution is also recommended. I have seen a write-up on Chemical Guys Citrus Wash & Clear being a good product at higher car wash concentrations to accomplish this. Griot's has also released something called Pre-Wax Cleaner (a clear liquid that has citrus and surfactant components....). Is there any combination of Optimum products that will be able to do this? What, in your opinion is the best product/methodology for removing old sealants & waxes so I can start with a fresh pallet (even if there is no corrective step)? I'm assuming a combination of Opti-Seal and OCW once clean. Appreciate the feedback. Thx.
  4. tenorplayer23

    OB spray gun offered by AG

    Just saw this thread, some 9 mos. after the last reply. Per Yvan's suggestion, I ventured over to the local Harbor Freight w/a special coupon found in the back of the September, '09 Motor Trend magazine. I bought this spray gun (1.4 mm nozzle.......0.055" depending on the ad you look at) for $9.99 to apply Opti-Bond & other wheel well, under hood, etc. products. With new cups & cleaning, I suspect it will be adequate for a variety of car care products (aside from trying to apply car paint................not for $9.99! ). With a $5 pressure regulator from HF, you have a sprayer for a mere $15. Check it out. Thanks, Yvan. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/disp...temnumber=47016 See ya.
  5. tenorplayer23

    Optimum Proctectant Plus Clarification Please

    Hi/Bonjour, Yvan, Thanks very much for your input! I have seen your posts before and appreciate the hands on insight. Yes, I am going to buy the OPP, as well as, a complete set of Optimum products for my own car detailing purposes. They come highly recommended, obviously here, as well as, other forums. In fact, somewhere (and I can't remember which one, they were mentioned many, many times as the best "complete product line" to have). About the OPP & Use: > I see products like Leatherique, Leather Masters, Einszett, Lexol, Meguiar's, PBMA brands, etc. all specifically for leather (and some very expensive) AND then I see lots of multi-purpose products, like OPP, Meguiar's, PBMA, etc.. To get the best product for the job, should I get some leather-specific stuff AND have the OPP, as well?? Should I have something specific for vinyl like 303 if OPP is best on leather? BTW, I didn't see where your business is in Quebec? Have been to Quebec City a number of times & always thought it was such a beautiful place. Too bad it is such a hike from Rochester (8+ hrs. & more if the weather is bad.........Roch-cha-cha to Syracuse to Watertown to Montreal to QC in the winter is kind of iffy!) Thanks very much for the feedback. Look forward to your reply. Bob PS - I also sent you a PM
  6. Would appreciate some additional clarification about OPP. Have seen posts re: whether OPP is/was the same as Optimum Leather Care Product (vice versa) & have read Optimum's web site. Would like to understand better, the following: > OPP can be used on leather (my cars are '03 Corvette & '08 Chev. Impala). In addition to OPP do I need an additional "cleaner" and/or "conditioner"? The description of the products leads me to believe it does both, but other people suggest that a dual system is better. Which does OPP do best? > For the balance of my interiors (dash, doors, arm rests, etc.) should I also use OPP and/or have a another dedicated product if OPP is/was really designed for leather care (as above)? Sorry for the rather simplistic questions - just want to make sure that the multi-designated car care products are best for the jobs I want to do. Thx for your assistance. See ya.
  7. Anthony, My cars are both "bright" Chevys. Millennium Yellow '03 Corvette & '08 Precision Red Impala LTZ. The vette is a cream puff and I think doesn't require a lot of correction. The Impala takes all the weather and can use more, even though it's newer. I saw this post about finishing. Re: the correction for the Optimum products which I'm ordering (to be sure) do I need all 3; Compound II, Polish II & Finish? I plan to use Opti-Seal & buy some Poli-Seal to try. Am curious, as I have seen charts that line-up Optimum polishes w/others, like the poster mentioned, Meguiar's, as well as, Menzerna, WG, etc.. I chose all 3 corrective products, to straddle the others. Maybe I don't need all of them. BTW, I'm used to OTC cleaner/waxes (well, probably sealants) that I assume have some fillers in them too. Should I add a glaze or similar to my product list? Opinion? Thanks for your insight. See ya.
  8. Anthony, My cars are both "bright" Chevys. Millennium Yellow '03 Corvette & '08 Precision Red Impala LTZ. The vette is a cream puff and I think doesn't require a lot of correction. The Impala takes all the weather and can use more, even though it's newer. I saw this post about finishing. Re: the correction for the Optimum products which I'm ordering (to be sure) do I need all 3; Compound II, Polish II & Finish? I plan to use Opti-Seal & buy some Poli-Seal to try. Am curious, as I have seen charts that line-up Optimum polishes w/others, like the poster mentioned, Meguiar's, as well as, Menzerna, WG, etc.. I chose all 3 corrective products, to straddle the others. Maybe I don't need all of them. BTW, I'm used to OTC cleaner/waxes (well, probably sealants) that I assume have some fillers in them too. Should I add a glaze or similar to my product list? Opinion? Thanks for your insight. See ya.
  9. tenorplayer23

    Hello from Oxfordshire

    Hey back, I've spent a lot of time at Dulles too! Where did you go in FL? Speaking of sealants, one of the reasons I am interested in Optimum is because of their Opti-Seal sealant. Would be interested in your experiences with Optimum. DoDo Juice seems to have a good reputation for some things, but I too, want to sel more than wax all the time. People swear by their clay lubricant. Also, check out this link for use of Optimum products. I think this is such a good set of photos. My cars are bright red & yellow, so I have no ieda how they would look in comparison to a freshly detailed black car. http://www.detailedimage.com/Pro-Detailers...orvette-Detail/ Take a look. Thx. See ya.
  10. Hey Anthony, What is the dilution ratio for making clay lubricant from ONR or OQD? Am putting together an Optimum starter kit for myself and need some lube. Second, since there isn't any specific Optimum Clay, per se, what brand of clay product would you recommend? If I desire a mild/less aggressive clay product (cars are in pretty good shape), does it make much difference whether it's Pinnacle, Clay Magic, Meguiar's, Chemical Guys, etc.? Any experience in how easy any or all are to use, assuming there is much difference? Thanks. See ya Bob
  11. tenorplayer23

    Hello from Oxfordshire

    Hi Ash, Nice to hear from you. Have been to the UK many times & have friends there I talk to regularly, although, I don't think I've passed through your location exactly.......typically, I used to travel to Marlow,, Uxbridge, Bourne End, Welwyn Garden City & spend a little time in London itself, etc.. Have seen a lot of LHR, of course!! Glad you find the OS works so well. BTW, what do you use for the least aggressive clay product? Optimum doesn't have it in their line in the US, but I hear that it's available abroad. Also, haven't ever used DoDo products. Thought I'd ask about them and their popularity in the UK. Would you recommend?? Thanks and good luck with your business............... See ya. Bob
  12. Optimum has a very complete line of products, seems to cover nearly the entire detailing process spectrum starting w/washing & drying. In many situatiions, claying with a good lube or quick detailer is next. Did I miss seeing an Optimum Clay OR what's recommended for use with the Optimuum Product Line Any better than others? Worse than others? Would appreciate your comments & recommendations. Thx, See ya
  13. Having looked over the Optimumline, I see there is no clay/clay specifird lube for fine finshes. Does anyone have recommendtions for these two add'l products that have been know to be easy to wrk w/Optimum,easy customer use & economically ninline, at least with Optimum?? Love to get some feedback on thyat....gonna have to do some claying before the Optimizizing starts to take form! While you're thinking of the good examples, feel free to put in the ckunker experiences too, OK? Another questiom about drying - lots of people mention vac/blower's, leaf blowers, etc.. Anybody use their air compresser direct? Maybe someone has that experience and can share it as well. -/+"s,special tools for diffusing, etc., precautions......whatever. The only things thay might come to mind are air purity & nozzle direction/flow rate. Anything else?? Jump in and add your 2 cts. or even a quarters worth. Love to hear the opinions out there. Thx. for the input. See ya
  14. Hi, Joined the forum a short time ago and thought I'd check-in and say hello from the Rochester, NY area........that's the other end of NY State for those of you who think New York is New York City. Summer is here and it's Corvette driving and detailing time, so I hope to get a lot of new/better info about how to care for the Millenium Yellow C5, as well as, my DD Precision Red Impala. Look forward to the discussions and recommendations! PS - Also have a place in the Tampa Bay, FL area.........I could really drive the Corvette there 12 months a year, couldn't I?? Hmmmm....... See ya, Bob
  15. Hi: Have a very low mile 2003 Millennium Yellow Z51 Coupe (~6K miles....for a lot of reasons, a long story.....). It's garaged and only driven in good weather here in New York State. I am hoping to be able to use it a lot more soon. Have read a great deal on many, many forums & mfgs. sites about various product lines, processes & techniques for hand and machine detailing work, etc.. However, I would also like to get some first hand information and recommendations for doing good detail work on my C5 (considering it's Millennium Yellow, in it's current condition). Current condition is pretty good, I think. > It's been washed and waxed (so far OTC products; I like Nu Finish Car Wash and Black Magic Liquid Wax). BM is a very bright and "bulletproof" finish, that's for sure. > Swirls are minimal, but I suspect are better hidden by the fact that it's yellow and not a dark metallic. i.e. I suspect there is room for improvement (haven't micro-examined it under a high intensity pointed light source, nor do I have a local comparison for what a better detailing process/products might do for that color). > I use the standard clean 2 bucket washing method, soft fiber washing mitts plus MF towels for drying and terry wax applicators/MF towels for polish removal. Have never used a DA polisher on any of my vehicles (but would like to A/R) or any of the great product lines discussed on this forum and in other places. I see the trick to an excellent outcome is in the preparation. Therefore, I am generating the list of items to procure - DA polisher & pads, add'l MF towels, other hard goods, as well as, (now, this is the more personal choice & confusing part) the chemical products, to do an excellent job. Hence, I'd like your product & process recommendations for my Millennium Yellow C5 cream puff, please. The only other personal considerations might be: a. Reasonable time expectations & ease of use to achieve a good outcome - perhaps improved preparation on the vette & all my cars, depending on condition, but then more AIO like processes for finishing??? b. I tend to like the idea of a single mfg. line of products; car top-to-bottom, for compatibility, introduction of fewer variables, one source for excellent/personal support which I consider very important, etc.. c. Products that are reasonably priced and make some sense in their cost/benefit trade-offs. And, having USA-made products would be a bonus, too. I know there are improvements in products & process steps that you can offer me. So far, I perceive the greatest need to be in which chemical products to use for all the car detailing steps, as well as, particular process suggestions for a Millennium Yellow C5 Coupe!! Many thanks in advance for your recommednations and input. I look forward to your constructive product & process advice for my Corvette. Hope to hear from you shortly. Have a good one! Regards, Bob