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  1. CEE DOG

    Review: Optimum GPS

    Thanks Chris!
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    Review: Optimum GPS

    Thanks guys! Chris or David, if someone would like to top GPS with a wax or sealant should they wait for some time? How long does it take for the GPS to cure? Can both waxes and sealants be used? Will the solvents in some of them remove the GPS? Will a wax or sealant bond to the top of it or would a sealant lift the gps and seal between it and the paint? Thanks for the info in advance, Corey
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    Review: Optimum GPS

    Additional Observations: I was surprised at how noticeable my tapeline was in my rotary test. As you can see in the picture both products darkened and increased the gloss of the paint. Poliseal appears to leave the paint slightly darker than GPS as you can see in the picture above. During application GPS appears to be much more visible on the paint than Poliseal but wipes off extremely easily at whatever point in the buffing cycle you decide to release the trigger. It also seems to become more reflective when it flashes as opposed to Poliseal which becomes more transparent. I’m not sure if Dr. G intentionally placed something in GPS to make it so reflective when it flashes or if it’s just a byproduct of all the other magic! As I’m sure many will tell you the only thing that Poliseal falls short on is the difficulty of removing it from the pads. I’m happy to report GPS was much easier for me to wash out and it left no stain! (Note: I did wash it out directly after use.) Does it stain trim?: Double check for yourself but from my experience it does not. The tiny drops in the first picture were left on the bumper for over ten minutes and maybe closer to 30. I didn’t test beyond that. Pros: 1.- Ease of application (Love the spray idea!) 2.- Versatility – Conforms to the detailer and situation 3.- Wet Glossy finish 4.- Long work time 5.- Easy wipe off regardless of work time chosen 6.- No dusting (just a bit if too much product is used) 7.- Does not stain pads 8.- Does not stain trim (Double check this for yourself but I found no staining) ??? 1.- Durability (I’ll keep you “posted”) 2.- In the interest of getting this posted I skipped the glaze test for now. 3.- Will spraying water directly on the paint, (rather than the towel) affect the durability? 4.- I have had great success polishing smooth plastic with Poliseal so I look forward to trying GPS in that manner as well. Cons: 1.- None Final Observations and Summary: I love the new spray method of application. I always thought this was gimmicky but was I ever wrong! The product itself is excellent as well. It has a fair bit of cut and a very wet finish while being a dream to work with. The best part is it conforms to the detailer. You want to work it for two passes? Fine, it will do what it can for you and leave a wet finish on its way out. You want to work it for 8 passes? That’s ok, its not going to dry out on you or give you any complaints. Don’t have a machine? Use it by hand as a glaze. Using a rotary? GPS is friends with Mr. Rotary as well. In conclusion I will say just as I loved Poliseal since the first time I used it I feel the same towards GPS as well. I expected them to feel identical to me but they actually felt quite different. Next time I have to reach for one or the other I will grab GPS specifically due to the spray application as well as the fact it is much easier to wash out of the pads experience. Additional use will educate me further. After washing cars and working with this product (as well as another I’m excited to talk about soon) it was time for some relaxation. I enjoyed a plate of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and squash casserole! Then I had a good shower before dropping the top and releasing Skybaby from the Sky Cave. Sky, meet Sky!
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    Review: Optimum GPS

    Application and Observations (Rotary): I wanted to get a little time with the product on the rotary as well. There wasn’t really anything on this side of the panel I was trying to polish but I did want to have a large enough section for my future durability tests. I was going to only lay down a quick 2-3 passes with the GPS but I ended up working it real fast across the paint more than a few times. Then I followed another section with the Poliseal and rotary. Video: Optimum GPS (Part III)
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    Review: Optimum GPS

    Video: Optimum GPS In Action (Part II) As I removed the tape it pulled off about a 1” long section of my clear coat with it!! The paint is failing in many places so I wasn’t too concerned… To test how GPS compared side by side with Poliseal I applied a little Poliseal to a tangerine pad and polished out the tapeline. As always, Poliseal was a joy to work with. The grit marks were removed, and as anyone who has used Poliseal knows the product basically melts into the paint leaving little if any to wipe off. Video: Poliseal
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    Review: Optimum GPS

    Video: Optimum GPS In Action (Part I) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl20CraDV6o&feature=colike Next I attacked the section below the tape line. This time I wanted to see how fast the product was removing the 3000 grit marks so I only passed over the surface a couple times with my 3401 before checking it. Again I used a spritz of water and an mf towel and wiped the surface to check. The grit marks had been almost entirely removed as best as I could tell in just 2-3 passes and about a minute of polishing. I had removed most of the GPS (which had been on the paint) with my towel so to finish the refinement I sprayed one spray directly on the paint and worked it to my hearts content (or a little beyond that actually)
  7. CEE DOG

    Review: Optimum GPS

    Review: Optimum GPS Introduction: GPS stands for Glaze Polish Seal. This is an all in one product that can also be used as a glaze/sealant if worked in that manner. If applied by hand or only worked for a short time with a buffer it fills minor imperfections. If used as an all in one (which I suspect is the choice for most people) it should be worked further, in which case it will remove minor defects. In either case it leaves behind a layer of polymer protection that is claimed to be 3-4 months. I was given this product in a goody box a week ago for my mini-review efforts in the store. Thank you to Nick and AG. Product Claims (from AG): Optimum GPS is a revolutionary one-step product that leaves vehicles smooth, bright, and protected. This is a spray glaze, polish, and sealant in one! Optimum GPS gives detailers the ability to create amazing results with less time and effort than a multi-step polishing process. Easy spray application, high performance, and lasting paint protection are the highlights of this exciting all-in-one product. Details: 01.- Packaging: Blue Plastic Bottle w/ Optimum Label and Spray trigger 02.- Directions: Simple and Clear 03.- Consistency: Thick Spray 04.- Color: White 05.- Scent: Smells like GPS to me J 06.- Size: 16 oz. / 64 oz. /128 oz. 07.- Price: $17.99 $44.99 $69.99 08.- Manufacturer: Optimum Polymer Technologies, Inc. 09.- Made in: USA Additional products used during application & or removal: 1.- Flex 3401 2.- Flex PE-14-2-150 3.- Tangerine HT pads (6 1/2") 4.- Rolled edge MF towel 5.- Water Environmental Conditions: 75 degrees Fahrenheit 60% Humidity Windy Product: Preparation: After washing with UPGW and drying the vehicle I wet sanded an area with 3000 grit paper for our correction ability test. I started by placing a tangerine pad on my Flex 3401 and setting up some halogen light due to the clouds. This is the first time I’ve used one of these spray-able polishes from Optimum and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. After about 23 pulls of the trigger to get product into the nozzle (since its new) I pulled the trigger again. To my surprise and delight it came out in a pattern that was nothing short of wonderful! Of course I had never done this before so my distance from nozzle to pad was a bit too close. By backing it off a couple more inches and being sure to center it this is just the most wonderful revolution in application I could have imagined! In theory I knew it was great but never thought it would work that well in the real world. Well, indeed it does. As you will see in the video I had the pad over the hood, which of course means I sprayed some product directly onto the paint where I missed the pad. Depending on what and when you are using the product you may prefer to spray off to the side of the vehicle rather than allowing any spray to hit completed areas of the paint. Either way it wipes right off so no biggy. Typically a pad should be primed before use, which can be somewhat time consuming so I was ecstatic at how the product hit and covered the pad with just a press of the trigger. Normally I would have spent minutes preparing the pad or else settled for the less agreeable method of letting it prime itself during the first section. That method ends up leaving the product built up in some areas and not spread properly in others so until this my choice has almost always been spending extra time rather than not priming the pad correctly. If the other Optimum polishes spray as perfectly as this I am truly impressed. Application and Observations (D/A): The instructions recommend a speed of 3-5 for D/A. After quickly spreading the product on low speed I started at 5 1/2 and played with it a bit during my sections. The working time I found to be quite lengthy even taking into account I may have over applied the product a bit. Any remaining product was easily removed with a spray of water and a couple wipes with the mf towel. Upon inspection I found the 3000 grit marks had been removed and the paint looked glossy and wet except for a few lines in one spot that appeared to be from my poor & rushed wet sanding technique. Of course all the deeper defects in the paint remained. If using a more aggressive polish or spending more time is not an option you can of course expect GPS to round the edges of the defects it doesn’t remove which will make them less noticeably and allow the gloss of the paint to be what stands forth.
  8. CEE DOG

    opti coat and tar remover

    Hi spyder, Welcome! 2.0 is also resistant to chemicals. I tested by pouring some extremely harsh chemicals (Pool acid, pool chlorine, mineral spirits, and tar remover on a test panel and it didn't remove the coating. Still sheeted and beaded. It must be polished/compunded if you want to remove it (like a coat of paint).
  9. Review: Optimum Car Wash Concentrate Introduction: I can’t believe it’s taken me until now to finally use Optimum Car Wash. Optimum is one of my preferred brands of car care products so you would think I’d have used it before now. Anyway, between my go to car wash and the samples of car wash members have generously sent me for review I just hadn’t gotten around to it. Luckily for me a friend and fellow member of the forum (Jim-Dr. Oldz) sent me a sample of OCWC to try out. I used this product a few weeks ago on 3 different cars and I’ve finally had a chance to finish putting the review together. Partial Product Description (from Optimum Wiki): Optimum Car Wash is designed to clean the toughest automotive grime while maximizing the protection of Optimum Car Wax. The rich foaming lather traps dirt and grime and rinses with cold water leaving a smooth, clean surface behind. Optimum Car Wash is also extremely gentle and very safe for consumers while containing only biodegradable ingredients to make it safe for the environment as well. Details: 01.- Packaging: N/A 02.- Directions: (0.5 to 1.0 oz. per gallon) 03.- Consistency: Easily mixed with water 04.- Color: Blue 05.- Scent: Blueberry (Very nice and strong) 06.- Size/Price (at time of Review): $11.99 / 32 oz. ----- Cost - 3+/- Gallons of Mixed Solution: $0.56 to $1.12 07.- Size/Price (at time of Review): $29.99 / 128 oz. ----- Cost - 3+/- Gallons of Mixed Solution: $0.35 to $0.70 08.- Manufacturer: Optimum Polymer Technologies, Inc. 09.- Made in: USA Additional products used for prep, during application, or removal: 1.- (2) buckets with Grit Guard 2.- Car Pro merino wool wash mitt 3.- MF Chenille Wash Mitt (Cobra) 4.- Metro Master Blaster 5.- Various brushes Environmental Conditions: 85 degrees Fahrenheit 60% Humidity Video: Mixing Solution Ready to Roll: 01-Setup The media I used was the Carpro wash mitt for the majority of the Sky and the Cobra mf wash mitt for the lower portions. 02-Media Application: After thoroughly rinsing the vehicle I loaded my upper panel mitt with solution and washed a section of the hood. Normally I rinse the section before moving to the next but this time I waited until the hood was completely washed before rinsing it. After washing a section of the hood as shown below I rinsed the mitt out. When using a Microfiber mitt I spray it out with the hose between each section. However, with the long hair merino wool mitt I now use on Sky’s upper body I find it rinses nicely in my secondary rinse bucket. As I was saying, after rinsing the mitt I reloaded it with solution and repeated the process on the remaining sections of the hood. Next I rinsed the hood clean and moved on to each of the other panels and glass where I repeated a similar process. I did not wash the lower 18 inches of the vehicle, the front bumper, or the rear vertical with my merino mitt. Instead I switched to my Microfiber chenille wash mitt and completed the lowest areas with it. After a final rinse of the entire vehicle I pulled it into the garage where my Master Blaster awaited. There were no towels used to dry the vehicle. After blowing every inch of Sky dry, I took a picture before pulling her back outside for some pictures in the sun and clouds. Video: Optimum Car Wash In Action Observations: Ooooh, Ahhhhh, the smell! Normally I’m the last guy to say the smell of a product really deserves much attention but in this case it does. It’s strong enough that I actually enjoyed it throughout the wash. For me anything that adds to the enjoyment of car care is a benefit. I had read that OCWC didn’t have obvious lubricity in the way that we judge lubricity (the touch of our skin) but that judging lubricity in this way is pointless anyway. Personally I thought it did have very good lubricity that I could indeed feel. Maybe my water softener ran the night before? Anyway, I loved the way the mitt slid across the paint and I tried to show that in the video by moving slowly enough that you could see it. Suds are plentiful if you want them but as you could see in my mix video I stir the solution first with my arm (partial reasoning is to control the suds as is my preference) 03-After Rinsing 04-After Rinsing 05-After Drying with Master Blaster 06-After (Pulled back into the sun for pictures) 07-After 08-After 09-After 10-After 11-After 12-After 13-After (You can see here when I park in the sun I still get a little Vintage sweating from where I reapplied it on the lower front section of the hood (road wrap incident) and didn’t allow it to fully sweat out) 14-After 15-After 16-After 17-After 18-After 19-Before 20-After 21-After 22-After Daily Driver: I also used OCWC on two other vehicles that had a good bit more filth. I won’t bog down this thread with a bunch more photos or details on that but I’ll share a couple. This was what my daily driver looked like before: And this was after washing it: Observations: I found OCWC to be more effective than I had expected and I didn’t have any problem getting any of the cars I washed clean on the first go around. Of course I did use more pressure with a MF Chenille mitt on the daily drivers so it should be noted that the method you saw in the video was only used on my Sky. Pros: 1.- Smell 2.- Lubricity 3.- Easy Rinsing 4.- Cleaning Ability ??? 1.- Price: This will hinge on the dilution you use which there seems to be some debate about. At the dilution I used price would be a con 2.- I’m sure it just happened to be the lighting of the sun that day but usually the red paint on my sky photographs with an orange tint but this day it photographed with a red/pink tint to it. 3.-How is it that after washing and rinsing outside and pulling the car into the garage it smelled like blueberries 8 hours later? I rinsed the bucket out as well (of course) and I swear I could smell blueberries in the garage that night. Cons: 1.-Price – See ??? #1 above Final Observations and Summary: I’ll vote with my dollar here by telling you that Optimum Car Wash Concentrate is in my cart now. I’m not trying to convince anyone. I’m just telling you that I personally liked it enough that I have it in my cart and the last car wash I purchased was Ultima. I think the cleaning ability of OCWC is in the upper tier of wax safe shampoos and for me lubricity was great. In my opinion it’s an excellent product. In the smell dept. this is my favorite and the only car wash where smell has consciously affected my decision. Not so much that it is the very best smelling car wash (although it does smell really great) but more so that the strength of the scent is noticeable and enjoyable while washing. Keep in mind my dilution was about 1 oz per gallon. Q&A with Chris: 1Q.- I have seen conflicting data on dilution. A trusted friend told me Dr G said 1/2 oz per gallon was the correct dilution but I see on your product wiki it says 1 oz per gallon. What is correct? 1A.- 1 oz per gallon is right, but I only use 1/2 because it works very well and doesn't waste. Dr G said 1/2 oz was good too...but the official recommendation and label remain at 1 oz in case people have hard water and such. 2Q.- Does Optimum car wash have added gloss enhancers? 2A.- This will be answered in an update as soon as Chris gets back to us. I believe it does not have added gloss enhancers.- And some information from Chris on use of OCWC with a foam gun: In the tank mix 3:1 water to Optimum Carwash, then set the slider to the 3rd hole from the left (4:1). that'll give you 1 oz per gallon on the vehicle. Special thanks to Jim, Chris, and Dr. David G. Thanks for viewing. Comments & questions are appreciated Oh! A quick story for you guys if you haven’t fallen asleep yet... Awhile back my lovely wife was able to reconfigure the leg of my canopy in a way that wasn’t helpful. She used the front end of her car as the tool and the leg was demolished when she turned into it. I temporarily fixed it like this: LOL! Later using 3/8”-16 x 3 1/2" hex head bolts I did this: That will do until I find a replacement leg. This final picture is actually a couple weeks after washing with OCWC but I love it so much I can’t help but throw it in here. Consider it a pretty picture just for fun.
  10. CEE DOG

    OptiGuard for headlights?

    I've been using OC to coat any headlights and taillights I work on. I have high hopes but don't know anything long term at this point.
  11. CEE DOG

    Soft Tops And Other Fabrics

    I was just thinking about this the other day! I worked on a car recently where I used Optimum products on many of the different facets of the detail and it crossed my mind that on the fabric top I didn't have an optimum option. I'm happy with the product I use but just thought it interesting. I look forward to seeing what this product looks like! Any time frame Chris?
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    A little different Opti-Coat 2.0 question

    Chad, interesting situation! This thread was a good read. I'm glad to hear he came to his senses!
  13. David, (Dr. G) thanks again so much for all the time you put into answering all those questions in a way all of us can understand. It makes such a difference when you are considering different products to be able to talk to the man that actual engineered them. The fact that you are such a standup and honest guy to speak with is what really makes the difference. I've talked with a lot of people that feel this exact same way when your name is brought up and while it's quite obvious I just wanted to say you are very highly respected and valued to all the enthusiasts and detailers that have had the opportunity to speak with you. Thanks again for the great products and being available to educate us on not only the most important things but also on the smallest details. Thank you Todd! That means a lot to me! I learned a lot and I would like to make a new video of the opti-coat application based on my lessons learned. This weekend I promised my wife no testing! LOL. But I am going to make another video and small writeup highlighting what I have learned from experience and what Chris has been telling me about spreading the product around like a sealant.
  14. Much thanks to both of you Chris and David! I am going to sneak one more question in there if it's ok. I think I know the answer but I want to get the answer from you guys before I go posting it. Can a small touchup spot of Opti-Coat 2.0 be applied over a previously Opti-coated panel. For instance: If you get a rock chip in your paint and need to touch it up then want to recoat the touched up area with Opti-coat can you simply apply OC to that one small area? Would there be any negative affects where the touch-up OC overlapped the existing OC? Thank you for your time, Corey
  15. Also, be sure to look at it shaded from light along with all the light sources that Chris mentioned. I found the ridges in my panel while shaded that were invisible when bright light was on them. Also, in higher temperatures I found I really needed to remove the ridges as I went after each small section. I wouldn't recomend applying to a warm panel.