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    ONR in my car

    I live in Arkansas and ONR is stored in my garage with temps close to 100 - have never had an issue.
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    ONR in my car

    unmixed it shouldn't lose color or scent...does not effect performance.
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    ONR in my car

    Not sure what you're asking - ONR in it's bottle can be left indefinitely. If if freezes, just thaw and shake and it's ready to use.
  4. We have had a few complaints about No Rinse smelling in the bucket and smearing. No Rinse can go for days or weeks without growing bacteria, however, over time it can grow bacteria and have a rancid odor. Once this happens, the bucket and wash mitt/sponge should be washed with bleach to remove all the bacteria before reusing them. To avoid these issues, we are no longer recommending No Rinse solution be stored for longer than one day in the bucket and it should not be reused beyond the day it was made. This will completely eliminate the bacteria issues. The same day use does not apply to No Rinse quick detailer or glass cleaner as long as they are in a sealed container and they are not exposed to contaminants. Thank you.
  5. The Guz's advice as usual is excellent, but I've had better experience with the clay towel. I've kept mine for over 2 years sitting on my big Red Sponge in a bowl of ONR and have found it works smoothly on paint/glass using Wax as the lube. And my clay towel has held up, but know that some have had cracking issues and OPT is looking at new manufacturers. I do prefer the clay towel (whoever the supplier) to bars, erasers, etc, because I feel I have more control and it mars less. I love Hyper Seal as a drying aid on a Pro Coated car and one with no coating.
  6. I've kept a Big Red Sponge and clay towel in a plastic bowl of ONR (covered with micro fiber towel) for months. Occasionally I've dumped and mixed a new batch. Optimum suspects that the bacteria come from dirty towels/mitts/sponges dipped into or stored in the ONR buckets. We want to be sensitive that people have varying experiences. If storing ONR is working for you, great, if not, mix a new batch.
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    Spray on wet car

    Use of Opti-Seal as a drying aid is a recent discovery. With the help of our dedicated enthusiasts, Optimum continues to find new and unique ways to use our products. As for protection, if you mean durability, my guess is you'll get less longevity when used as a drying aid. It stands to reason you're using less product and diluting it this way, as opposed to applying it as a stand alone process. I use Opti-Seal (or it's sister Hyper Seal) in every wash, so I can't speak to durability.
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    Spray on wet car

    Yes, you can use Opti-Seal as a drying aid as often as desired (I use it every wash, every 2 or 3 weeks). It does not leave a residue.
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    Zerix, at this time there's no plan to change the formula on the retail version of Opti-Glass.
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    Optimum Pad Selection

    the blue is a finishing pad - would probably work but would take a lot of polishing. Orange, black or white pads much better choice to remove marring and OCP.
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    Decon wash

    Optimum has not tested OPC with Car Wash, so the ratio is not determined (there are many videos out there that are not connected with OPT)...I would say no stronger than 3 :1 and probably 5:1.
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    Deep South Texas

    Good Luck and let us know if we can help - lot's of very knowledgeable folks here!
  13. Dr G is aware of Scott's videos and is crafting his response. My take, for a guy "not throwing Optimum under the bus", Scott only refers to Optimum and repeats the name frequently. This is the 2nd video he attacks Optimum Spray Wax directly.
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    Brand new car headlights

    first, Opti-Lens is not Opti-Coat with added UV, but specially formulated to adhere to plastic where Coatings are more general in their applications. Second, Opti-Lens is a permanent coating that will last well beyond 1 - 2 years if properly maintained. I do agree that one shouldn't sand off factory coating unless it's failing.
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    Car wax and opti seal 24month life?

    I have had Wax and Seal for more than 2 years (hard to use Seal up) and it's still effective. We do recommend temperature ranges for best practices and it's possible products lose some effectiveness, but I doubt they become useless. I have requested feedback from Dr G. Optimum has never argued that Wax or Seal are superior to manufacturers clear coat...but will gladly compare Gloss-Coat or Opti-Coat Pro.
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    Hello from South Europe

    the problem with giving specific instructions on wiping after application is that it can vary so much with environment. Cool/ dry conditions can give you 5 minutes or more to wipe, hot/humid conditions can create almost immediate curing. One size does not fit all, therefore the 80% flash suggestion...and how do you measure that accurately? It's a moving target and experience is the best predictor of success. Fortunately corrections are easy and nothing is permanent.
  17. A&J is so correct - there is no one way to care for cars (though there are wrong ways). I'm frequently asked which is better, wax or seal, BRS or mitt, circular motion or up/down, etc. There is no replacement for personal experience and experimentation.
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    Hello from South Europe

    sorry, meant you can spray water on Gloss-Coat after 1 hour...
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    Opti-Seal Q&A

    Christopher, that was my point with A&J first posted the video. A dedicated product can work better, but OS is a poor man's jackknife, does everything pretty well.
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    Brand new car headlights

    Chris comments were from 4 years ago when Opti-Lens was first introduced. Optimum has learned that Opti-Lens does not bond well to existing Manufacturers UV protection, but Coatings (OCP, Gloss-Coat ) do. To apply OL to new (or newer) headlights, we recommend sanding/polishing the existing protection. OL is a permanent coating and in most cases needs to be polished to remove.
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    Hello from South Europe

    you can spray Gloss-Coat now and dry (gently) with a quality drying towel - it's the solvents in soap you need to avoid for 7 days. Pressure washer is OK as well, again, gently.
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    Hello from South Europe

    would love to hear how it all turns out.
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    Hello from South Europe

    You should recap Gloss-Coat tightly after use - it can last several years if moisture is kept out of the syringe. The instructions for Gloss-Coat suggest a follow up wipe in 1 - 2 minutes and a good quality, clean micro fiber is fine. Some installers use the original applicator pad with no issues.
  24. have never gotten a "scientific" explanation from Dr G about water spots disappearing, but he acknowledges the fact and recommends allowing UV to work it's magic.
  25. We are pleased to announce the following new items are available for purchase online! • New & Improved Compound II is designed to remove 1,500 grit sanding marks leaving very minor marring. The new Compound II has a long working time and zero dust and can be used at any temperature or humidity without any issues. • The Next Generation of Zentool ZEN-21E2 Dual Action Polisher! While Zentool 21E represents one of the latest advancements in machine polishing technology, the New 21E2 motor, gear, and other internal parts have been improved to make it smoother and quieter while making the maintenance easier. The exterior also has been improved to not only make a great looking polisher, but also improve the performance and handling. The brushes can be accessed and removed from the outside and there is no need to remove the covers. • Optimum Hyper Wool Rotary Pad: Optimum's Hyper Wool Rotary Pad is designed for maximum cutting and user comfort. With its integrated foam interface, the Hyper Wool Rotary Pad allows the 1 1/4" thick 4 ply tufted wool cutting surface to conform better to contours and run cooler. The unique integrated interface of the Hyper Wool Rotary Pad also makes for a better user experience with reduced vibration and precision control. Available in both 6 and 8 inch diameters with a centering hole the Hyper Wool Rotary Pad will quickly become your go to rotary cutting pad.