Opti-Coat Pro/+ Initial Expectations & Longterm


Dan Tran
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Hello Folks!

I have had prior experience installing XPEL FUSION PLUS Ceramic Coating. What I noticed with this coating is that the hydrophilic properties were off the charts initial. Even after about a month it behaves the way you would expected it.

Also, I understand that beading is not necessarily a good indication of durability as contaminates in hinder the quality of the coating as well.

In another place in the web, it was mentioned that Opti-Coat can be underwhelming for the first 6 months. Additionally, I have been told that after the first 30 days is when the really “magic” happens. Can anyone attest or even elaborate what this means.

As a newly approved Opti-Coat authorized installer, I have done a few installs. And here is what I am finding.

Paint Guard applied very nicely. The next day I swung by my client’s home to check on it and it passed the “water bottle” test.

Now here is where things get interesting for me. After applying both Opti-Coat Pro & Pro+, I  noticed that the water, after one week, will bead water SLOWLY, and will BARELY sheet. This is on my own personal vehicle when I got the DEMO Kit. I went on a 2008 Subaru Forester. The age of the vehicle shouldn’t have anything to do with matter, should it?

Where am I going wrong? Or is this the nature of this coating. I feel very confident with my prep work.

1) WASH & DECON

2) POLISHING & PAINT PREP

3) APPLY COATING (OIL SLICK ON WATER TO ABOUT 85% DISSIPATION) & LEVEL WITH MF TOWEL.

30-60 min window to apply Pro+ which would go on clear, if I see it than it’s too much, correct?

one hour after that Opti-Seal (optional).

one hour to see water with Opti-Seal otherwise 12-24 hours

7 days before being chemical resistant 

30 days total for a full cure. Can this take longer?

Any input will be super helpful. Thanks!

 

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