laeddis Posted November 11, 2022 Share Posted November 11, 2022 Hello to the forum! I have been a lurker here off and on for about two years since starting getting into detailing as a hobby a couple years ago (thanks COVID). I have really enjoyed the Optimum resources on car detailing through this journey. The "synergy," mindset in reducing the number of products/steps needed to get the job done really resonates with me. I am creating this account today to ask a question about an incident I have had with a product that I love (Opti-Seal) to see if anyone has ideas for 1) what happened, 2) how to go forward, and 3) how to avoid in the future... I recently cleaned my wife's Mazda CX-5 and thought applying Opti-Seal to the dash might be nice for its anti-static properties, as it can be a bit of a dust magnet. I have used Opti-Seal on her vehicle's interior door trim before without any issues, but had never applied it to the dash. My process for application is to clean the surface using a damp microfiber that has been soaked in ONR, followed by wiping dry with a second towel and then applying Opti-Seal using the blue applicator pad that comes with the spray. I completed this process and everything looked good to go. The next day in different lightning, I noticed some pretty distinct "spotting," over the whole dash that I am extremely confident was not present before my attempt at dressing with Opti-Seal. I thought maybe the Opti-Seal just left high spots that had dried prior to me noticing during the application, so I then tried some Optimum Power Clean at 10:1 with a detailing brush to just clean the dash. For the life of me, I cannot seem to get these little spots off. The image below is taken *after* the attempts to remove using OPC. https://imgur.com/a/YrvgUMx It looks as though the entire dash has been over-sprayed, but I don't spray anything while sitting in the car. I have since tried another pass of ONR with gentle agitation with a damp microfiber, and then even some test areas buffed with gentle pressure and a dry micro fiber. It will seem in the moment that the spots are gone, and then they return after a period. I am really kind of bummed about this, because as you all likely know, once you "see something," as a detailer / hobbyist, it's very hard to "unsee." Has anyone had this odd response with Opti-Seal on interiors before? My next thought is stepping up Optimum Power Clean to 5:1 to try, but I wanted to throw the question out here to see if anyone had other ideas of what is going on. Thanks so much for any help you all can be! - Laeddis Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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