Ron@Optimum

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    Optimum Synergy Podcast M.I.A.

    Yes, the organic chemistry Dr G specialized in uses soy to create his polymers, the basis for OPT environmentally safe reputation.
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    Silicon Carbide .vs. Graphene

    since part of their protection is they reflect UV rays away, it makes sense that they may dispel heat.
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    Optimum Synergy Podcast M.I.A.

    When I asked Dr G about dumping my wash bucket in the flower garden, he said why not? The bucket contained water, soy polymers, healthy chemicals, and dirt from the car - all great for plants. No wonder I have great looking flowers!
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    Water Beading

    One of the things Dr G first told me about using Optimum products (specifically ONR and Wax) was the cumulative effect of regular application. I'm sure I doubted it at the time and there's probably no way to quantify it, but over the years my own experience has been reinforced by comments like yours, that cars treated with OPT products stay cleaner and clean up more easily than those maintained by other products.
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    Self healing Coating?

    Paint Prep is formulated to be used before applying ceramics, but no, it won't remove a coating. Only polish will totally remove Optimum Pro coatings.
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    Self healing Coating?

    The difficulty in removing sealants is why we recommend polishing before applying ceramic coatings. Even basic sealants like Opti-Seal require multiple decontamination or polish to insure they are gone. Dr G stated that several applications of concentrated Power Clean are necessary to totally remove Hyper Seal (Optimum's most robust sealant). That's also why he developed Paint Prep, something more effective than IPA.
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    Optimum Synergy Podcast M.I.A.

    For what it's worth, Optimum has just started Certification training with Danny Cantrell - not sure if videos are being made, but I'll check.
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    Loving the Opti-Clean

    Heijneker, Optimum needs to put you on retainer! Feedback from Dr G indicates the issues with Opti-Bond (and Tire Protectant & Coating) reflect differences between manufacturers. The chemicals used to maintain flexibility and the release agents vary, seeming to impact how tire treatments perform. I've seen this with reviews of competitors products on other forums.
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    Loving the Opti-Clean

    Welcome to the Optimum Forum - some excellent information here and outstanding contributors!
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    My ultra-fast wash, dry and protect routine!

    I'm enjoying this whole discussion! Lowe, you're supposed to credit the origin - it was Yvan who stated the 2 bucket method was one on each side of the car. I've mentioned before that Dr G doesn't use the 2 bucket method, but with 2 sons, I don't think David washes his own vehicles. The only reason I use that method is that I found a divided bucket at a janitorial supply store. This proves all paths can lead to clean cars - foam, single/two bucket, fancy wash patterns, ergonomics, etc. Honestly I've never approached car washing with efficiency in mind, I put music on and have my Big Red Dog for support. Reviewing my process it's obvious I could cut some time and effort. I start at the top (like my daddy taught me), then do all the glass. That's wasted time and an extra trip. Then I pick a side (I like diversity more than routine), and do sections thoroughly. Every area I do, I do completely, meaning wash/seal/dry before moving on. I save wheels/tires for last because i HATE them...and sometime just wipe/seal the wheels, skipping rubber. That's why I'm experimenting with TPC. I take the drying towel infused with ONR and wipe down the interior, followed by Protectant Plus. With each wash bucket, I usually do 2 cars, a regular driver and the Garage Queen (small and easy), though sometimes I do the riding mower instead. I've also experimented using Wax or Instant Detailer instead of sealant - I don't see a huge difference in look and do my cars too often to really judge durability. I find car washing cathartic - it's good exercise, outside, and when I'm done I can see what I've accomplished. A compliment from my wife is just the cherry on top! I've found few things in my professional life that provide as much satisfaction or instant gratification.
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    My ultra-fast wash, dry and protect routine!

    Thanks, A&J, for including Opti-Clean as an alternative to foam AND regular washes. We're in Pollen Season in Southern US and it gets everywhere, making it nearly impossible to keep your car clean. Opti-Clean is perfect for quick wipe downs or to use after a squall leaves the paint wet and you don't want to chance water spots OR marring. And for the reasons A$J mentioned, Opti-Clean is my go to pre-spray. FYI, I don't own a foam gun/cannon, nor do I see any reason for me to buy one. I have a power washer but it's inconvenient to pull my hose into my garage and makes a huge mess (I'm blessed with an oversized 3 car garage and try to keep it clean and organized).
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    My ultra-fast wash, dry and protect routine!

    Ben, I can find zero flaws in your presentation and methodology - this is a very thorough and safe way to clean your car. I do have several observations - your suggestion that this is a more efficient method raises questions. For 1, I've never taken 1.5 to 2 hours to wash a car. Secondly, the use of foam and a pressure washer adds time and lots of water to your effort. While foam is great on really dirty cars or for high volume shops, not sure it's necessary for the average user. I use the 2 bucket method after pre-spraying, wash with the BRS, apply either Opti-Seal or Hyper Seal, and dry with an OPT Drying towel. It takes 30 minutes or less, including tires/wheels and interior, and I promise my vehicles are mar free. There are many paths to a clean, mar free car and yours is a great one...just not the only one.
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    Water Beading

    sorry, but I've NEVER understood the fascination with round beads nor do I understand how the products used can make that happen. It seems the proof of hydrophobic properties is beading, not the size or shape. I've even had complaints that Optimum product cause beading, they'd prefer sheeting. Seems like a no win proposition. That said, you have a right to your expectations....
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    Self healing Coating?

    Dr G is extremely busy running a company...
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    Water Beading

    I'm not sure why bead shape matters but that's your business - I can tell you my vehicles (one with Opti-Coat Pro and the other regularly treated with Hyper Seal) both have nice round beads. I wash with ONR and seal every wash with Hyper Seal...for whatever that's worth. Your picture showed a multitude of beads the would please most people and TIC means tongue in cheek - a response when people are being sarcastic. I guess that wasn't the case here?
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    Optimum Tire Protection & Coating Review

    Second attempt with TPC and ribbed tires - I attacked my last car with some different methodology using suggestions from Dr G and Detail Mutant. These tires are also ribbed Continentals but are 4 years old. I started by: cleaning with instant detailer ratio ONR Applied TAR, rinsed with ONR (this was a new step - the TAR really helped clean the rubber) 100% Power Clean, rinsed with ONR 2nd application of 100% Power Clean, rinsed with ONR. Tires looking good after the cleaning. allow to dry overnight, do another ONR wipe down and allow to dry Apply generous amounts of TPC using the Dual Foam Applicator (Dr Gs recommendation). Was hard on the foam applicator but allowed better coverage than microfiber. Results - much better, good coverage and no blotchy areas, will now monitor durability. Follow up on past applications (even the blotchy one) - tires look better than untreated but after several weeks, including several rainstorms and pollen season, they lost some shine. The good news, a wipe down with ONR returned them to 70% of the fresh treated look, probably equal to Opti-Bond. So far so good
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    Self healing Coating?

    I can't answer that -
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    Self healing Coating?

    Optimum is careful to never tout "self healing" as a characteristic - hard to verify. We do know that exposure to UV can heal etching in Opti-Coat Pro and have had numerous testimonials to that effect.
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    Water Beading

    you consider that "insufficient beading"? TIC? And may I ask why the shape of beads is important...isn't beading the goal, not how round they are?
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    Optimum products on non-ceramic coated car?

    Optimum No Rinse will work on all paint (Opti-Coat No Rinse is formulated specifically for ceramic coatings, but may not be available to you) and will not affect any self healing properties. Optimum No Rinse Wash & Wax has carnauba and would add more gloss. While ONRWW would offer some UV protection, I would recommend either Spray Wax or Opti-Seal (or Hyper Seal if you can buy it). I don't know of any wash product that repels dust, so wax or seal would be your best option.
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    Will IPA Strip Gloss-Coat?

    No, IPA will not remove Gloss-Coat, whatever concentration.
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    OleoPhobia

    and you made my point...nothing can repel "everything"
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    Optimum Tire Protection & Coating Review

    Dr G suggested that some tire compounds don't work well with TPC, whether it's release agents or chemicals added to the rubber for elasticity, the applications are problematic. Next time I will really concentrate on cleaning and use maximum amount of TPC to flood the ribs. I may try a different brush, the one I use is designed for tires but the bristles are medium soft - may try a wire style.
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    OleoPhobia

    To quote every RomCom ever, "it's complicated" - ceramic coatings repel almost everything, but define "everything".
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    OleoPhobia

    I have no idea how to even test for "oleophobic" -