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Optimum Tire Protection & Coating Review

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i’ve never used Tire Coatings.  Optimum is one of my favorite brands, so when they announced a coating for Tires I wanted to try it.

Too cold to do this outside today so I did it in my garage after a quick ONR wash.  My wife’s 2015 Tahoe has about 40k miles on the original tires, we will replace them shortly.  I wanted to try both 1 coat and 2 coat application

 

Front Tires = 1 coat (satin)

Rear Tires = 2 coats (glazed donut)

 

Prep :  Scrubbed with PowerClean 100%, non diluted..  Rinsed with pump sprayer.  Scrubbed with Optimum Power Clean rinsed, repeat Power Clean.  Dry very well.

Consistency : It’s the same consistency as ONR, very liquidy, not like Opti bond.

Goes on and turns a blue/purple color.  After about 5 minutes it turns clear.  For the back tires I waited 30 mins and applied a 2nd coat.

Picture included below  is the results

I’ll follow up with my thoughts in the comments over time.

 

 

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Nice "straight to the point" review

I cant decide which look I prefer...both are nice...maybe the 2 coats look better (it stands out)!

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Quick question for whomever may know.  

My other car I did 1 coat all around, and now I think I want to go to 2coats.  Can I just clean with PowerClean and redcoat or will it not adhere to the 1st coat?

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I haven't gotten an answer from Yvan or Dann (traveling) but my guess is just clean with Power Clean and apply a second coat.

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I too was strugling with this. Eventually the tire will get dirty so people will have too clean it with something right?

So does using PC remove the coating? If not then what does?

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Here is a followup.  

Optimum Tire Protection & Coating (take 2)

I think I messed up the prep for Take 1, so trying the again.  And I really liked how it looked the 1st time.

Prep - Lots of PowerClean Full Strength.  Probably 4oz per tire.  Scrub, rinsed, scrub , rinsed.  Maybe a hint of Tire Coating left after it was scrubbed

2 light coats coats applied with MF towel

Pictures are of the same tire for the whole process.  Each picture taken 30 mins later

  1. Clean - waited 30 mins to fully dry
  2. Coat 1 - waited 30 mins, took picture
  3. Coat 2 - waited 30 mins, took picture
  4. Outside - Next morning

http://IMG_0154.jpg

 

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To remove Optimum Tire Protection & Coating (TP&C), Optimum TAR Remover is the best method, but it will not be simple.

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My goal wasn't to remove what was left.  In a FB discussion with Adam Huber he said I could clean them with Poweclean and re-apply over what was remaining.  

 

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was posting removal because I had a call from someone who had a bad install that was peeling and needed to know how to remove.  TPC is new and there's a learning curve (for OPT as well)...

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I'm about to order mine and can't wait to try it out.

Even if I got 3 months out of it I would be extremely impressed given the price of the product.

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ThiiiNG, one consistent recommendation is to thoroughly  clean the tires and make sure they are dry before application.

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6 hours ago, Ron@Optimum said:

ThiiiNG, one consistent recommendation is to thoroughly  clean the tires and make sure they are dry before application.

Definitely! I just picked up more Optimum supplies yesterday including a gallon of Power Clean, so I'm good to go. 😁

If there's one lesson I've learnt about detailing over the last few years - preparation is key! I'm really excited to try it after seeing The Rag Company use it and now this post. 

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