- Do you recommend any sealants?
- Does Optimum Opti-Coat last for a lifetime?
- Does it work on faded paint?
- When should I apply Optimum Opti-Coat?
- When do you Recommend Opti-Coat?
- When is Opti-Coat Required?
- Can you fix my swirls?
- Do you recommend Opti-Coat for older cars?
- More Opti-Coat Info & What to Expect
Do you recommend any sealants?
Does Optimum Opti-Coat last for a lifetime?
Frankly, we don't know yet. It's too soon to tell. But we have had exceptional results from this product on the vehicles that we and our Xpert Auto Detailers associates have done personally.
Plus, we have heard from other detailers that the product is still beading water up to two years after application. In our opinion, that puts Optimum Opti-Coat into a category almost to itself.
Does it work on faded paint?
When should I apply Optimum Opti-Coat?
Optimium Opti-Coat chemically bonds to your clear coat. Any waxes, greases, silicone, dirt, overspray and other surfaces contaminants must be removed before you apply it. Although Opti-Coat is long-lasting, it can be removed by buffing or by repeated use of mechanical car washes with spinning brushes.
So the ideal time to apply Opti-Coat is right after we have buffed your car. This is the most affordable and economical time to apply the sealant because almost all of the surface preparation has been done. We just need to add a final alchohol wipe-down to remove any traces of silicone, wax or grease immediately before applying Opti-Coat
When do you Recommend Opti-Coat?
When is Opti-Coat Required?
This 1995 BMW in our gallery (Optimum Opti-Coat Gallery Entry ) really needed the extra protection.
Can you fix my swirls?
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words:
Do you recommend Opti-Coat for older cars?
Our Buff and Wax package would be a good start, but truthfully, it will not be enough, because it's only a single glossy pass with the buffer. I would recommend:
- Chemical wash to remove hard water stains. If you can see hard water stains on the glass, they are almost certainly also on your clearcoat. Hard water stains are mineral deposits that are harder than your clearcoat so it's best to remove them with a mild chemical bath, buffing them away will remove more clearcoat than necessary.
- Clay to remove overspray and surface contaminants.
- Rotary buffing on selected panels (if your paint is in good enough condition for a deep buff) This will remove all of the fine swirls and scratches. However, some deep scratches may remain -- these will be improved but not eliminated.
- Orbital compounding to remove the dullness that a good rotary buff will always cause.
- Orbital glaze to make your clear coat shine WITHOUT WAX.
- Wax or Sealant.
We can do this for roughly twice the price of our Buff and Wax package, depending on how bad the hard water stains and scratches are. That includes all of the above, plus we will hand-polish all the chrome, rims etc.
Something to consider: Have you considered Optimum Opti-Coat? Check out this gallery entry here : 1995 BWM gets Optimum Opti-Coat
The results can be amazing on older cars. This actually adds a thin layer on top of your clearcoat that can last for years. Since the first 5 steps above are the same for when we apply Opti-Coat this would be the ideal time to apply it. We could put Opti-Coat on for roughly $200 more. I know that's expensive, but the product costs a lot and we have to do even more preparation than the above 5 steps, and the application itself is a bit tedious.
This would be the perfect time to Opti-Coat because the Opti-Coat will protect the remaining clear coat on your older car.
More Opti-Coat Info & What to Expect
I understand completely. In fact it's really frustrating to auto detailers when manufacturers over-hype their products. So let me set some reasonable expectations here
Washing.Opti-Coat is not magic fairy dust. You will still have to wash your car!
Scratches.Opti-Coat protects your clear coat, but it is not bullet proof. If you drop a brick on your hood, it's going the scratch and dent -- ok?
Brush Style Car Washes.Brush style automatic car washes will eventually wear through the opti-coat and swirl your paint. Please don't waste your money and our time on Opti-Coat if you are going to send the car through brush style car washes.
Having said all that, here are some third parties who also attest to the virtues of opti-coat.
Independent auto detailers on AutoGeek.netreally like it. http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/product-reviews/39203-optimum-opti-coat-review-update-after-15-months-2.html
DetailedImage.com.Another independent detailer who has worked extensively with Opti-Coat. http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-Pro/product-review-optimum-opti-coat-2-0/
OptimumCareCare.com.Finally from the manufacturer themselves! http://optimumcarcare.com/ocoat1.php?li=4