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Claying car coated with Opti-Coat Pro+

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My car was coated 14 months ago with Opti-Coat Pro+, the car is outside on the street 24/7. In February I did a chemical decontamination, but did not clay the car at that time as I was hesitant of causing marring and damage to the coating, even though I already had the Ultra Clay towel. The car does need claying, as I can hear the Big Gold Sponge on the surface when washing.

Along with ONR, what other Optimum product could I use on this coating that will provide the greater lubrication on this coating, so to avoid any marring?

Is there any particular steps or procedure to do, so to achieve the best outcome after claying?

Thank you.

 

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The Optimum product which provides the best lubrication and minimizes potential of marring while using the Ultra Clay towel is Optimum Car Wax (OCW).  Simply apply ONR to panel with wash media (BGS) and apply one spray of of OCW  per 4 ft x 4 ft section and place Clay towel over area sprayed and start claying section.  Ensure clay towel is wet with ONR.  Since your vehicle is coated, the OCW in unlikely to be able to adhere to the surface for very long but will act as the best lubricant for the claying process.

However before claying, it is best to do chemical iron removal first using Ferrex which will further reduce the chance of marring.  For my vehicles, I typically will apply Ferrex and use that as the clay lubricant in order to accomplish chemical and mechanical decontamination  in a single step.  My vehicles have Gloss Coat(2 year coating) so I am no overly concerned about slight marring not that I have seen evidence of marring using this procedure. 

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Thanks Detail Mutant for your in depth information. Even though I had done the chemical iron remover process with Ferrex in February, would it be best to do it again to be on the safe side. Due to COVID-19 in Australia, we are still House Bound, and I have only done about 1,000klsm since February, but saying that, the car is still parked on the street.

Again, thanks for the information.

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No problem Ozzcaddy.

Assuming the car isn't parked near a source of iron contamination (like railroad tracks) then I wouldn't bother with only 1000 km driven.  My schedule for doing Ferrex (or other iron remover) is every 6 months which is typically 10,000 km so I doubt much iron contamination has built up parked on the street.  I also follow 6 month schedule because my main vehicle colour is white which shows the iron particles as orange spots after a period of time (especially with the harsh winters here in Canada).

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Mutant is right, decontamination can be done too often and strong chemicals like FerreX may be overused.

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