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  2. Setec Astronomy

    NEW FORMULA GLOSS-COAT

    As far as glass, I think Dr. G had a liability concern about high spots reducing visibility. They also gave that warning for OC 2.0, which never stopped some of us from using it on glass. It has been stated that Opti-Glass is more resistant to wiper degradation than the other coatings, and it's easier to use, as I recall...I haven't used it for a few years.
  3. bcwang

    NEW FORMULA GLOSS-COAT

    Ron, Do you know the temp resistance of gloss coat? Wondering whether it will last on brake calipers, exhaust tips, and other very hot surfaces. Also, I know it says not to apply on glass, but is that mainly due to wiper easily wearing it off? Or are there other reasons not to use it on side or back glass? Thanks!
  4. SpoonyLove

    Hello from VT

    Interesting. I found an optimum dealer down in CT that says they use Opti-Coat PPF manufactured by STEK. He is an authorized dealer when i look him up on Opticoat.com. He's about a 4-5 hour drive from me but seems to be the closest shop that is authorized to do Pro3 and Optimum's PPF.
  5. Last week
  6. Not sure if this is allowed. But The Rag Company sells a ton of OPT products. The Rag Company offers a specific solution called Rags to Riches which is very effective as a soak and wash solution for MF towels. with a 2day soak I a 5 gallon bucket, and about 5oz of solution then a few machine washes it has really restored my MF towels back to like new. Then use it weekly as your detergent, it's fantastic
  7. JagFan

    Power Clean and microfiber towels

    Update... I washed all of my used towels adding 1/4 cup of OPC and I can't say I see any difference. Maybe just soaking them in OPC solution for a day prior to washing them. Any other ideas are appreciated.
  8. KIS76@

    NEW FORMULA GLOSS-COAT

    With only an 8% chance of rain forecasted for Saturday I figured I’d be ok. Nope. It rained 24 hours later which isn’t ideal but shouldn’t hurt it. 2 coats an hour apart. Prepped with HP and Paint Prep. I likely did not use enough product though. I only ended up using 8cc's. Very hydrophobic. Looks great and was super easy to use.
  9. Ron@Optimum

    Critique my process?

    Instant Detailer does have a "different" look and can add gloss/slickness, but it's pretty short term. Using over Opti-Seal is redundant in my opinion, but it's your call.
  10. Ron@Optimum

    NEW FORMULA GLOSS-COAT

    OPT does not recommend more than 2 coats - may not bond and can haze.
  11. Mr.Outback

    Hello from VT

    Wrt PPF, my local OptiCoat installer put Pro+ on my vehicle's clear coat and PPF (possibly 3M but not identified by installing car dealer). Pro+ seems to be working well on both at 11 months.
  12. Setec Astronomy

    Critique my process?

    I'm not a big QD user, and I rarely use a drying aid (relying on the rinseless polymers for drying lubrication). If you like using Opti-Seal as a drying aid, going over the car again with a QD a half hour later doesn't make much sense to me. I don't see what you're gaining with that (I have IDGE, although I can't remember if I've ever used it, and it does have that fluoropolymer additive that maybe gives it a slightly different characteristic than the Opti-Seal and most other QD's). I might be more inclined to do it the other way around but I'm just talking off the top of my head. You might also consider washing with ONRWW, which gives you some "wax" for drying lubricity, it's what I usually use these days. Then you could go over the car right after that with the Opti-Seal, and skip the "30 minutes later" part. But if what you are doing is working for you, there's nothing wrong with what you're doing, I'm just pointing out things that might be redundant or could save you some time.
  13. KIS76@

    NEW FORMULA GLOSS-COAT

    I ended up using only 8cc's for a mid size truck. I probably applied it too lightly. I did 2 coats, an hour a part. Would it hurt to put a 3rd coat on 12 hours later?
  14. Ron@Optimum

    Hello from VT

    I have no personal experience with PPF, but suggest you stick with a brand name (3M, Xpel, etc) and look at reviews. I had contact with Xpel early on as they tested and recommended Optimum ceramic coatings for their film, then they developed their own coating and dissed ours (I still have the email from their technician complimenting Opti-Coat Pro). We partnered with PPF installers early on as a natural combination with coatings.
  15. SpoonyLove

    Critique my process?

    Hi all, New to the forum. New to Optimum's products but have been using them for about a month so far with great results. Here is my process: 1) mix 1 gallon of distilled water in a 5 gallon bucket with 1 capfuls of ONR (0.5 oz) (i was initially use double ONR in 2 gallons, but found i was wasting a lot of water this way; my car is not large and it's been pretty clean lately. i'm sure as winter comes and it gets dirty i will have to do it twice or use double) 2) drop in 5-6 clean microfiber towels 3) apply ONR with the wet rag to one panel at a time, discarding the dirty towel after use (dirty pile) 4) apply optiseal and a clean, dry microfiber cloth to wipe off the ONR solution 5) after about 30 minutes of drying time, apply instant detailer & gloss enhancer Initially i was using the big red sponge but i didn't like the idea of using a single bucket and putting dirt from the car into the bucket, then using the sponge again on the car. I know the dirt is supposed to fall to the bottom of the bucket and you can get a grit guard, but it makes me feel better to not do that. 6) when i'm done, i take all the microfiber towels (i use about 10) and use the chemical guys microfiber wash in my HE washer/dryer (not sure if this stuff is snake oil or not, but seems to get them clean) Any critiques are welcome. I am new, and am trying to get my detailing process down pat before my new car comes in. thank you!
  16. there are many methods to achieve great results - pick the one that makes you happy!
  17. This is exactly the method i'm using. Usually once every week or two weeks. Really great results! I'm too scared to use the big red sponge though -- i soak a bunch of microfiber cloths in the clean diluted ONR first, and do one panel at a time, discarding the cloth after applying the ONR. I then dry it with a different microfiber. This way i'm not putting dirt back into the diluted ONR bucket.
  18. LostVulpine

    new gloss coat formula

    Well, this is great news, I have been trying to decide what coating to put on come the spring and hopefully this will of filtered through to the EU/UK by then. I have a friend heading to the US in December, maybe he can get hold of some while over there visiting family.
  19. KIS76@

    NEW FORMULA GLOSS-COAT

    Thank you.
  20. Ron@Optimum

    NEW FORMULA GLOSS-COAT

    Gloss-Coat can be driven in rain in a minimum of 1 hour if protected with Opti-Seal/Hyper Seal, otherwise we suggest 8 hours.
  21. KIS76@

    NEW FORMULA GLOSS-COAT

    Is 48 hours enough time for it to cure before it rains? If not, I'll have to make other arrangements.
  22. SpoonyLove

    Hello from VT

    Ah, i see. thank you for all this info. It explains why i can't find much on it anywhere. Do you titans of industry have any recommendations on a specific brand of PPF to go with the Pro 3 coating? I have already spoken with a Pro 3 dealer near me about PPF options, but i'm curious what you all think.
  23. Ron@Optimum

    new gloss coat formula

    New formula is harder but longevity remains the same: 2 - 3 years (though people had reported lasting beyond 3 years)
  24. The Guz

    new gloss coat formula

    Hopefully these updates make it a more durable coating. From my experience that was the achilles heel of it which is why I moved onto a different coating that performed much better.
  25. Ron@Optimum

    NEW FORMULA GLOSS-COAT

    It's been out for several weeks but we can't speak to what other distributors have in inventory - OPT's stock is all new formula.
  26. bcwang

    NEW FORMULA GLOSS-COAT

    Do other retailers already have this version of glosscoat or is it only available directly through optimum right now?
  27. Ron@Optimum

    new gloss coat formula

    The improvements/changes are those listed.
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