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  1. Ron@Optimum


    it's a recent improvement but I have no idea when TRC may have gotten the now model.
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    The 15E is being discontinued but the 12E (Mini) will be replaced by an improved Optimum DA.
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    think it's just the 21mm so far
  4. Optimum has redesigned/improved our Pad Washer -
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    and the price didn't change - WOW!
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    We have upgraded Zentool (now the Optimum DA 21E3) with new design and better performance. It runs smoother, quieter, and is more balanced. We are out of stock on the existing machine, however, we do not have the new machine in stock and it will be a few more weeks before it arrives.
  7. Ron@Optimum


    Optimum is going to start a FAQ segment here, to respond to those basic questions that come up all the time. We're starting with responses from Dr G to a customer on a variety of subjects: 1) A strong but gentle one-step interior cleaner that leaves protection: OPC at around 5:1 does great cleaning dirty interiors, but I frequently don't want a two-step process that requires me to then apply Protectant. And I find Opti-clean not strong enough sometimes. Do you think mixing Opti-clean, Optimum Protectant and Power Clean is a good solution, and if so, at what ratio would you experiment? In most cases you can use Optimum Protectant Plus to clean and protect in one step. For more soiled leather and other interior surfaces most professional detailers spray Power Clean at 1:5 dilution on the surface and then spray Protectant Plus on top of it before wiping it down in a combined one step process. 2) Wheel cleaner: I can find no exact combination from Optimum I like so I end up buying a dedicated wheel cleaner... Powerclean dries too quickly and seems to not have enough lubrication or "weight" to handle the dirty BMW and Porsche wheels. Could I emulate a spray-on cleaner that dwells and cleans by mixing straight Power clean concentrate with some Car Wash and Opti-clean for additional dwell time and lubricity/suds, and/or maybe with some of your Iron Remover? Iron remover has good cling, but insufficient cleaning vs a dedicated product like p21s. We are in the process of changing the sprayer for Power Clean to a foamer which will improve the dwell time and clinging of Power Clean. You can also combine Power Clean with FerreX to increase cleaning and dwell time as well. 3) I like using various of your products as a drying aid, but my expensive towels get clogged up eventually. What is the best way to completely remove dried Opti-seal and OCW from towels? I am okay with a multi-step process if needed. Most detergents such as Tide that are used in the washing machine should remove waxes and oils from your microfiber towels. For greater cleaning you can use a solution of Power Clean diluted in water to presoak your towels before putting them in the washing machine. Another suggestion is to add 1/4 cup of Power Clean to the wash. 4) I have been experimenting with Adam's new ceramic/graphene coating on some things because of their longevity claims, but I would rather use yours. Do you have consumer products that should have the longevity of their newest graphene products? For the best performance and longevity as well as ease of application I would recommend Opti-Coat Hyper Seal which has ceramic resins and can be applied while drying your car. 5) I know this has been asked a million times, but for a really dirty car, do you think a traditional wash with your car wash is safer than ONR? And if the car is really dirty would you still stick with 256:1, or go with a different ratio like 100:1? And/or just mix Optimum Car Wash with some ONR? I am not concerned about saving money by using less product... We have washed cars with several months of dirt buildup with the same dilution of 256:1 No Rinse with great results. If the car has too much dirt build up or caked on mud, then we would recommend pre-rinsing with a hose/power washer to remove the excess dirt or mud and then use No Rinse which would not require rinsing afterwards but still provides the lubricity and protection that car washes don't. You can use up to 1 oz. No Rinse if you want to increase the lubricity and dirt encapsulation, however I would not use higher concentrations since it can cause streaking. 6) Is there a dilution of ONR, like say 4:1, that would be a good paint-prep/cleaner before applying a coating? Or does it not work that way and/or leave too much stuff behind to be a good paint-prep? I have your dedicated paint-prep spray, but it seems like if I have missed any dirt that there would be too little protection and cleaning from that to avoid scratches after a decontamination process. You can use No Rinse at 8 oz. to a gallon of water which is the quick detailer ratio as your prep solution, however Paint Prep does a better job of preparing the painted surfaces for bonding of a wax or coating.
  8. Ron@Optimum

    Zentool 21e2 Production stopped?

    you were close, in a couple of weeks we'll be introducing the Optimum DA21E3 as the replacement for Zentool. I'll get info on any upgrades/improvements in the new tool.
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    New Member with Questions

    The Opti-Coat line has 2 purposes - the products are formulated for superior performance on ceramic coatings and it provides private label products for Pro Installers (unlike Optimum products, Opti-Coat is available only directly from Optimum or authorized pro detailers). While both Optimum and Opti-Coat products will work on all surfaces, Opti-Coat works better on ceramics.
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    Gloss coat

    great results - hope others read this because I find myself recommending decons all the time to those who don't research before asking...
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    Maintenance Wash Mystery

    not sure what you're asking but it sounds like the surface is contaminated beyond what ONR can remove. There are products that will chemically and safely remove contamination - Power Clean for all purpose, FerreX for ferrous metals, MDR for minerals, etc. There are some excellent recommendations on this Forum and at youtube that explain the processes.
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    ONR vs Car Wash

    Optimum does not recommend one product over the other for ceramic maintenance. Car Wash is a superior performing wash product with neutral pH that does not strip wax but captures dirt allowing it to be rinsed away in the traditional way.
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    New Member with Questions

    not sure where you read that ONR will not remove road film or grime - Zombie is correct that ONR/Car Wash will be all you need 90% of the time. Periodically (and I do mean "periodically") you can use stronger products like Power Clean, FerrreX, MDR to decontaminate your paint. For regular maintenance Optimum does not recommend using product with pH over 10 (Power Clean is d13), so over use can reduce your coating.
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    Optimum Gloss-Coat

    answered under News & Events
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    Opti seal chalked my plastic trim?

    normal prep - clean, IPA or Paint Prep to remove any wax/sealant