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Shine&wax

New member, questions about Opticoat

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Hello everyone

I recently bought a 4 year old car and I am considering applying Opticoat. I previously had Opticoat on a previous vehicle and I can personally attest to how less dirty it would get between washes, how easier it was to wash, how good it looked, and how hydrophobic it was.

What's holding me back right now is that the Opticoat prices rose significantly since the last time I had it (I applied Opticoat about 8 years ago) and also that the car is 4 years old.  

My current routine right now is weekly wash with ONR and Optimum Spray Wax. My car sits outside in the open sun and does get bird droppings between washes. It does have a few light scratches, the front bumper has its share of rock chips, and maybe 2 or 3 of these chip rocks exposing bare metal. Overall the paint looks good from a distance and I am happy the way it looks.

My questions to the forum:

1) If I choose to apply Opticoat, will I only need to wash with ONR for the rest of the car's lifetime? Or would Optimum Spray Wax on top of the Opticoat also be a good idea?

2) If I choose NOT to apply Opticoat and continue with my weekly wash routine, will my current routine  do a good job in maintenance for the rest of the car's lifetime?

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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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Thanks! I have a few more questions.

If I decide to get Opticoat Pro by a professional installer, can I still apply Optimum Spray Wax after washing with ONR for my maintenance? How does the Optimum Spray Wax interact with the Opticoat Pro coating? Do the UV absobrbers from the Spray Wax sit on top of the ceramic or do they permeate into the coating and clear coat?

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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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