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  1. Ron@Optimum

    New Formula No Rinse Review

    I don't know why there aren't more reviews on Glass Clean & Protect, but from Optimum's perspective the product was developed to use with our Glass Coating. As a glass cleaner I've found it to be average on uncoated glass, but very good on Opti-Glass - it does replenish the hydrophobics on coated glass.
  2. As promised, I tested the new formula ONR last week. The car washed had Opti-Coat Pro applied 7 years ago by Yvan (the coating is still there) and hadn't been washed in 4+ weeks. I used the standard mix in 2 buckets with separate sponges (Big Red and Big Gold), splitting the card down the middle. I didn't take pictures - it was in my garage, cloudy day, and I never find pictures all that helpful. Everything from here is subjective: First observation, the original ONR had larger beads, the New Formula had smaller beads that sheeted off quickly. Not sure how hydrophobic ONR is, the car had Hyper Seal used as drying aid when last washed, so may be some combination, but there was an obvious difference. I didn't see any obvious difference in cleaning power or shine, but the rinse water for New ONR was substantially darker (more dirt). I did feel a difference in slickness, the New Formula being maybe 20% slicker (very subjective, I know). For a blind test, I had my wife run her hands over the paint and she agreed the New Formula felt slicker (she commented her fingers dragged more on original ONR). For whatever it's worth -
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    Cure times for OPT products

    not sure I understand "sticky to water"? I've never had any problems with Opti-Seal behavior, either as drying aid or stand alone product.
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    Cure times for OPT products

    A&J, that's a pretty open ended question. For some products, like ceramics, there are minimum cure times, but others are dependent on temperature and humidity. Gloss-Coat is a minimum of 1 hour, but Wax, Seal, Opti-Bond dry/bond almost immediately. For layering we suggest an hour wait.
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    Comments missing on old threads?

    The original moderator for this forum left the company and deleted his posts - hasn't effected the content.
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    T.A.R. and Gloss Coat

    TAR will not remove Gloss-Coat.
  7. please contact Danny - with your contact info and the name of your installer.
  8. DIRECTIONS: 1. Clean the surface with Optimum Power Clean to remove any greases or waxes. 2. Decontaminate the surface with an Optimum Clay Towel, Mitt, or Bar. 3. Compound the paint with Optimum Hyper Compound and a wool pad to abrade the surface. Remove the compound residue. Goal is to remove oxidation. 4. Wipe surface with Optimum Paint Prep. Make sure surface is dry. Blow out all cracks to remove moisture and dust. 5. Apply only in a well ventilated area with panel and air temperatures between 60-85 F (15-30 C). 6. Wearing protective eyewear, a respirator rated for organic vapors, and nitrile gloves, saturate the edge of the supplied microfiber applicator (not quite to dripping), with Optimum Clear Coat Restorer (CCR). 7. Apply in a back and forth motion, keeping the edge of applicator saturated, and working the wet edge one panel at a time. Apply 1-2 coats back to back leveling with the applicator. 8. Avoid touching the surface after 5 minutes. 9. Optimum CCR is dry to the touch in 5 minutes, can be driven in 4 - 12 hours, waxed or polished in 24 hours and Coated in 48 hours. Second coat can be added after 1 week of curing. 10. Allow 12 hours or more before exposing to water or temperatures below 60 F (15 C). 11. Optimum CCR can be protected with Optimum Car Wax, Opti-Seal, or Gloss-Coat after 48 hours or more of curing.
  9. you need to abrade (rough up the surface), Magic Eraser will not do that - I don't think you need to wet sand or use wool pad, but a polish should be enough.
  10. You can apply CCR over single stage paint (your repaint) but it might require multiple layers. You need to "rough up" the base coat, at least lightly, for CCR to bond properly.
  11. Ron@Optimum

    ONRWW as contactless prewash.

    I think it will work fine, based on your methodology. It's always problematic when people use products in a manner they are not designed for, but in this case I think you should be good.
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    Opti-Coat Pro3

    Yes, Pro installers have OC3 available and it's being installed now.
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    Opti-Coat Pro3

    Opti-Coat Pro3 is the ultimate in ceramic paint protection and gloss. It is the most advanced coating which provides protection and gloss and is four times the thickness of Opti-Coat Pro or Pro+. Opti-Coat Pro3 provides the most chemical resistance and environmental protection. Opti-Coat Pro3 enhances the durability of your vehicle’s paint by adding several layers of protection for the life of your car. Opti-Coat Pro3 provides a protective ceramic coating with superior resistance to swirling, chemical etching, and fading. Then, Opti-Coat Pro3 Top Coat is added to further increase the hardness and scratch resistance of the ceramic clear coat for the life of your vehicle’s paint. Opti-Coat Pro3’s advanced formulation was designed to create a tougher, thicker, more scratch resistant, multi-layer clear coat with greater depth and gloss. It is a permanent hydrophobic layer of protection. It is chemically resistant so it won’t dissolve after multiple car washes and won’t diminish under corrosive acids like bird droppings. Any additional dirt, grime, or bugs come off with ease and you will never have to get your car waxed again. Furthermore, it is non-oxidizing so Opti-Coat Pro3 will lock in that shine and protects against damaging UV rays for the life of your car. OC3 is a Pro Only product
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    New Formula No Rinse Review

    I keep my sponge in a covered container with ONR (not submerged but with solution) and periodically I turn it over to keep it moist. I don't use my ONR wash bucket/solution, but a fresh mix, and every so often (monthly) change it out.
  15. the recommendation is 1 hour after coating IF Opti-Seal is used, 8 hours if not topped before getting wet.
  16. The recommendation for applying Hyper Seal over ceramic coatings (Gloss-Coat OR Opti-Coat Pro) is wait 7 days. I'm sorry there's some bad info out there (some from me), but experience has taught that Hyper Seal (due to being Si02) can interfere with the cure process (primarily chemical resistance). There's no rule that you have to apply something over Gloss-Coat and if Opti-Seal is not available, you should wait the 7 days. When ceramics were first introduced we didn't top them (I have an Opti-Coat Pro car, coated 7 years ago by Yvan, it was not topped...and it's fine).
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    Hyper-Seal on other ceramic coatings

    I'd say yes, it would work on Si02 coatings (Gloss-Coat is an Si02 hybrid) - can't speak for other coatings personally.
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    Hyper-Seal on other ceramic coatings

    Hyper Seal works on Optimum Coatings because it contains some of the same components (unlike other waxes/sealants) - not knowing the chemistry of Armour Shield IX, I can't say if it will bond. Decontamination would have no effect on the bonding.
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    Power Clean and Tire Protection & Coating

    EB, I should add that over use of Power Clean will degrade both Gloss-Coat and TPC...normal use at suggested concentrations should not.
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    Power Clean and Tire Protection & Coating

    Gloss Coat and Tire Protection are extremely robust and will not be damaged by Power Clean, even at full concentration.
  21. Ron@Optimum

    Greetings from Halifax Canada

    Welcome - I'm not ashamed to admit when researching answers for tough car care questions (car enthusiasts are VERY creative asking obscure questions), this Forum is a go to source of answers.
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    2019 Ford F-150

    thank you for an honest review - I'm asked all the time for the "official" Optimum recommendations on everything from wash media, towels, mix ratios, order of application, proper methodology - even to motion (should you dry up and down, side to side, or circular). There are no singular right answers (though some methods work better than others). If you ask enough "experts" or review enough youtube videos, you'll get every answer possible...and end up with paralysis by analysis. Use what works for you, in the order that's effective, and in the most efficient manner and life will be less complicated. It's impossible to be unique (for long), but Dr G's goal is to make effective products that are cost effective, easy to use, and long lasting.
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    Found Opti-Seal Purchased Over 7 Years Ago

    Opti-Seal has a long shelf life and is most likely still good to use.
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    New Formula No Rinse Review

    good points - the sponges were equally clean, but Setec may be onto something since one attribute of the new ONR is better release properties. There's no way to compare the amount of dirt coming out of the sponges during cleaning and I didn't notice any difference on staining (but sponges internalize the dirt more than other media).
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    New member, questions about Opticoat

    Yes, Hyper Seal contains UV inhibitors and is equal to Spray Wax in that respect. You can apply both Wax or Hyper Seal together, alternate, or use singularly for best protection (and in any order). Both products may be used as often as you want, though both can last for months. ONR does not remove either Wax or HS, though frequent washing will reduce the products naturally over time. There is no negative to layering products and no buildup.