Finally got round to Opticoating the Exora. The weather's not been that great and the white color is great at exposing all of the dirt and water spots that are baked in to the paint.
Check this one out... stains on the hood.
Water spots on the roof.
Striping on the paint like a zebra.
First up, Optimum Power Clean to remove the stains followed by claying with ONR lube to pick up any remaining surface contaminants.
Looks much better after justs the Optimum Power Clean and claying.
Closer inspection of the paint with a halogen light. Plenty of swirls on the paint.
Taping up for a 50/50.
As I wanted to compare the Optimum Hyper Polish with Meguiar's M205, I started out a test section with M205. Based on my previous experiences with M205, I expected it to work smoothly but surprisingly the M205 gummed up and caked onto the paint making removal a challenge. After just two passes I gave up and tried the Optimum Hyper Polish.
On this particular vehicle's paint, the Optimum Hyper Polish was so much better than M205 and I was truly surprised to find that it worked into the paint very well and had lots of lubricity and an almost buttery feel to it. Nice to work with and great results.
The Optimum Hyper Polish.
Done. Nice and clean.
The paint was then wiped down with IPA to ensure that it was as clean as possible before the Optimum Opti-Coat was applied. All paint, glass and plastics were coated.
It started to rain halfway through the Opti-Coat application. After about half-an-hour the Opti-Coat should have cured enough to touch.
Amazing gloss and depth to the white color.
Its been nearly a month now and the Optimum Opti-Coat has held up fantastically well. It seems to be a lot harder for dirt to stick on the paint and the water beading is amazing!
Just an update on the Honda CR-V which was Opticoated wtih Optimum Opti-Coat after 3 months.
The owner has been ecstatic about the performance of the Optimum Opti-Coat and has commented that the water beading is fantastic and that dirt doesn't really stick to the paint. It is also very easy to wash and has stood up to washing by commercial car washes very well.
There is very minimal micro-marring on the paint indicating the Optimum Opti-Coat is much harder than the factory clear coat.
Enough of words.... enjoy.
A video of the water beading and another Opti-Coating will be posted shortly... stay tuned.
Brand new Honda CRV coated with Optimum Opti-Coat.
The Optimum Opti-Coat is designed to form a protective layer on top of the existing paints clear coat which is more resistant to scratching and other contaminants. The full effect of the Optimum Opti-Coat can be seen in this earlier post where the Optimum Opti-Coat was able to protect paint which suffered from clear coat failure even after 5 months!!!
For this detail and Opti-Coating, the car was washed with the usual Optimum No-Rinse (ONR) wash and clayed with ONR lube. It is very important to ensure the surface of the vehicle is properly prepped BEFORE coating with Optimum Opti-Coat as the coating forms a semi-permanent protective layer on top of the existing paint.
After washing and claying the surface is carefully inspected to identify any other paint defects that have to be addressed before applying the Optimum Opti-Coat.
Upon initial inspection, the paint does not look too bad but...
Under the proper lighting conditions, there were some issues with water spots on the paint.
The spots are more visible under halogen lights.
The engine bay was also detailed and the Optimum Opti-Coat applied to the plastic surfaces.
To remove the water spots and other minor defects on the paint, Optimum Hyper polish was used with a rotary. The surface was then wiped down with IPA to ensure that any contaminants were fully removed so that the Optimum Opti-Coat fully adheres to the paint.
The paint after light correction. Water spots and other minor paint defects removed.
Prepped for Optimum Opti-Coating.
The Optimum Opti-Coating is carefully applied to ensure full and even coverage of the paint surface.
Some shots after coating.
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