Thursday, May 27, 2010

Feedback on ONR

ONR Step by Step by KC & Feedback from ONR Users.

Optimum No Rinse

Technically not a purely waterless washOptimum No Rinse is quite popular among car detailers. You do need water with it but you need so little. An Optimum No Rinsebath requires only 2 ounce to 2 gallons of water compared to the 50 to 100 gallons it takes to hose down a vehicle. (30 ml of ONR mixing ratio of 8 litres of waters comparing 200 - 400 litres of water use to flushing yr car)
Aside from being eco friendly on its water saving, Optimum No Rinse gives your car a slick, wax like, finish that is very pleasing to the eye. This high tech wash has high tech polymers that bond to the paint to protect it in amazingly the same wipe where it takes out grease and grime. Now that’s a revolutionary product.
a good bath for this stallion

hmmmmm 2 bucket?

where & when u encounter your limitations .....as no splashing of running water & hosing allowed in the covered car park

my solution is diluting ONR optimum no rinse wash 1 ounce to 2 gallon of water 3 caps to 8 litres of water

before..the mixtures

just 3 caps to 8 litres of water & no need a second bucket......as i left the 2nd bucket to rinse off the rims cleaning later

after ONR mixtures....blueish ...water tension now is created to hold dust below & same time washes & lubricate

rear bonnet before wash...

even visible swirls very onvious

after soaking the 1st microfibers in ONR...wipe on & buff dry with

after wash...now u can see TOGWT wax
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Mercedes S-Class (W220) Interior Transformation

KC and I were called in to do a rescue on the interior of a Mercedes W220 S-Class.

The owner had a driver and was mainly concerned about the condition of the front driver seat which was noticeably more heavily soiled than the rest of the interior. The original light grey seats were now brown in color and we were called in to see if we could fix this problem.

A combination of leather cleaner and steam was used to clean all of the accumulated dirt and oils absorbed into the leather.

The rest of the interior was also detailed.

The rear control panel was also a real mess. The soft touch rubber coating had melted in the sweltering Malaysian weather and the panel was sticky to touch and looked terrible.

A few hours later....... better than new!!!

For full details on this interior detail, click here:

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Porsche 911 GT3 Optimumized

After detailing a Porsche Design Edition 1 Cayman a few weeks ago, was privileged enough to work on another Porsche with my buddy KC recently.

Not just any Porsche but one of the ultimate road going Porsches....

Porsche 911 GT3.

Washed with Optimum No Rinse (ONR).

Wheels and tires detailed with Optimum Power Clean, Opti-Seal, Optimum Car Wax and Optimum Tire Shine.

Paint correction with Meguiar's M105, Optimum Polish II and Optimum Finish.

From this:

To this:

Sealed with Opti-Seal and protected with Optimum Car Wax.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Another ONR review.

Came across another great ONR review.

Great tips on how to use ONR to clean a dirty car without causing swirls.

FINAL OBSERVATIONS1) The Optimum NRWS is a good way to clean your car and greatly reduce the amount of water waste. I barely used 1 gallon of solution through spraying and washing.
2) This method is great for those who live in an apartment complex and do not have access to a hose or open area for washing. This also applies for those who have to battle snowy winters and roads caked with salt.
3) This is another option for those who have OCD when it comes to keeping your car clean and the weather is not cooperating. That is me.
4) My car looks great with no added swirls or scratches!

For the full write up please visit the original posting:

Optimum No Rinse Guide by KC

Optimum No Rinse Guide by KC.

Optimum Opti-Coat Review - Update

It has been two weeks since my attempt at replacing the clear coat on a clear coat failure situation with Opti-Coat. Took some pictures to monitor the progress of the Opti-Coat.
The condition of the test section after the Opti-Coat application two weeks ago.

2 weeks later, after spraying the area with ONR before wiping off.

The area treated with Opti-Coat is still beading quite well.



After wiping down with ONR.

The Opti-Coat seems to be holding up well with some nice water beading and the test area still looking nice and glossy. But, there is a slight issue with a section of the test area.

Although the entire section is still glossy and the Opti-Coat seems to be sealing in the entire test area, the paint below the Opti-Coat at the edge of the test area seems to be fading.

However, the Opti-Coat seems to be working well on the top section.



Observations so far, with the exception of that one section, the Opti-Coat seems to be holding up well and preventing the clear-coat failure from reappearing. As for the section which is fading again, perhaps the compounding and polishing wasn't sufficient or the Opti-Coat was not applied thick enough in that area.

It will be interesting to see if the fading continues to spread and how long the rest of the test area will lasts.

Stay tuned for further updates...

Monday, May 3, 2010

Optimum Opti-Coat Review

I received a sample of Optimum Opti-Coat with a shipment of Optimum products from the US.

Opti-Coat is one of the latest products to be released by Optimum Polymer Technologies. According to Optimum, Opti-Coat forms a permanent coating that acts as a second layer of clear coat that bonds to all surfaces. As the Opti-Coat will seal in any paint defects or contamination on the surface, it is only sold to professional detailers who have to sign a release form before they can purchase the Opti-Coat.

Naturally, after signing a release form and reading about how Opti-Coat forms a permanent coating that acts as a second layer of clear coat, I had to try it out for myself.

Although the Opti-Coat is supposed to provide an additional layer of protection on top of the regular clear coat, what better way to try out a product that is supposed to act as an additional layer of clear coat than on a car with clear coat failure?

I had carried out a trial in 2009 on a Mazda 626 which suffered from clear coat failure on the trunk of the car. At that time I was evaluating the correction potential of a few Meguiar's products.

Some pictures from that trial. Before:


The full details of the trial can be found here:

Note that despite the clear coat failure as evident in the first picture, the paint defects were removed by compounding. However, this was only temporary as the paint would fade back to its original condition due to a lack of a clear coat.

While not designed for this purpose, would the Opti-Coat be able to act as a 'new' clear coat? Only one way to find out.....

Click below to find out more about the Opti-Coat trial:

The condition of the car about a year after the initial trial.

After an ONR wash.

Inspired by the Porsche Design Cayman I did a couple of weeks earlier, I decided to replicate the stripes by taping off the middle of the trunk for the trial.

Compounded the trial area with Optimum Compound II + Meg's 2.0 Foam Cutting Pad.

Although the OCII may lack the cutting power of M105 and required multiple passes, there was no dust, it had a very long work time and finished off very well. Can't wait to get my hands on the new Optimum Hyper Compound.

Original condition:
After OCII:

As the Opti-Coat will permanently seal the surface of the paint, it was critical to ensure that the surface was properly prepared so the OCII was followed up with Optimum Polish II and Optimum Finish.

Ready for Opti-Coat:

A few drops of Opti-Coat were applied to the surface of the paint and spread with a foam applicator pad until evenly distributed. For a product which is supposed to form a permanent coating, it was surprisingly easy to apply with no mixing of parts A & B or any special application techniques. In fact, the Opti-Coat was more like a supercharged version of Opti-Seal.

The Opti-Coat dries to the touch in 30 min and fully cures in 12 hours.

After Opti-Coat:
Can't say that there's much difference but the real test will be to see if the Opti-Coat can act as a 'new' clear coat and how long it can protect the paint.

Got the LED light out for some shots. Untreated:

After Opti-Coat:

More comparison shots:

Should have taped off one line down the middle and it would really have looked like the Porsche Design Cayman...

It will be interesting to see how the Opti-Coat performs over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more updates...