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Opti-Coat, any one try yet?


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#1 OFFLINE   C-MaxSea

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:41 PM

I have never tried, but I am scheduled to have it applied next week at a detail shop. I have only checked it out online - It looks good.  I am just trying to get off to a good start; and am too lazy to get into waxing routines several times a year.  I saw one video showing half a car done with Opti-Coat after one year.  Expensive, but like an expensive hybrid, I'm looking for it to 'payback' over time (no waxing).  Durability is unknown, but 3,4,5 years would be break even for me - self applied far sooner.  Nick


Edited by C-MaxSeattle, 22 February 2013 - 03:42 PM.








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#2 OFFLINE   Chinto

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

So is this a do it once and never need anything else for the life of the car product?  Are there maintenance applications needed annually?  I had bought a paint treatment (The Protector) deal from a dealer (not my C Max) and the fine print was I had to apply a "refresher" coat every 6 months that they supplied in order to maintain the warranty.   I ended up essentially waxing my car every 6 months anyway.  

 

 

Is this the product you are referring to?

 

 

 

 


Edited by Chinto, 22 February 2013 - 04:19 PM.


#3 OFFLINE   C-MaxSea

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:26 PM

Yes I think that is the one.  Here are a couple more links.  I have not heard anything about "maintenance applications" or the like.  (BTW, I will not be buying the warranty, just the product expertly applied.)

 

http://www.opti-coat.com/

 

http://opti-coat.net/

 

http://www.autogeek....-opti-coat.html

 

& one more:  http://www.detailedi...-opti-coat-2-0/

 

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Edited by C-MaxSeattle, 24 February 2013 - 12:20 PM.


#4 OFFLINE   Hatchman

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:41 PM

You really can't get much better than Opti-coat.  I've been detailing cars for decades, and you really can't get much better than this product.  The only thing better is getting another layer of clear coat on the vehicle.  You can do it your self for 70 bucks, and it's not that hard. 



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:18 PM

Thanks for a reply Hatchman.  So far I am very pleased with the results.  It seems to be really smooth (soft/slick to the touch), nice shine, and magnificent water beading.  I had a seagull smoosh that came off extra easy the other day.  Looking forward to simple washing for maintenance - no waxing.

 

To top it off, I had a 'clear bra' called XPEL put on the front bumper, headlights and fog lights for protection - it is a large area, fairly vertical, and will take most of the rock impacts.  (Hoping for some aftermarket fog light covers some day for better aerodynamics) 

 

Now I'm thinking of a front edge protector for the hood if someone makes them in clear; thinking the black ones will make the already short hood look even shorter.

 

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Edited by C-MaxSeattle, 07 March 2013 - 04:26 PM.

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#6 OFFLINE   dalebunker

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:01 PM

I can second the opti-coat.  Had it done on a car 5 years ago; super durable and the car looks just like it did when new.  Regular washes is all I've done.


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#7 OFFLINE   BigRed

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 04:45 PM

Hey C-MaxSeattle,

 

Where around here did you get that done? Also how much was the opti-coat and the clear bra on the bumper?



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 03:39 PM

BigRed, we had ours done at Metropolitan Detail on Bel-Red Road in Bellevue.  Top notch work.  Quite an extensive process & $$$.  The Opti Coat was $395, after a full wash, claybar & carnuba wax, wheels, tires & interior ($145).  The clear bra was $740 for the front bumper, headlights & fog lights.  Nick



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 03:57 PM

Made an appointment with them to get opticoat on my car on Thursday, free loaner was a nice touch since ill need to get back to work in kirkland. $560 + tax for all prep work + opticoat. 



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:39 AM

You really can't get much better than Opti-coat.  I've been detailing cars for decades, and you really can't get much better than this product.  The only thing better is getting another layer of clear coat on the vehicle.  You can do it your self for 70 bucks, and it's not that hard. 

 

$77 shipped from Amazon.  Man, I hope you guys are right as I just ordered some last night. :drop:   Paint will be about 6 weeks old by the time I get this done.   I'm going to give it a good, good wash/bug remover.  Then move it in to the garage for the rest:  clay bar, fine scratch remover/polish, and then IPA wipe down before application.   Sound good?



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:09 PM

C-MaxSeattle:

You and me are the only two that have had a C-MAX in this shop, lol



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:20 PM

Just got home from the detail shop that C-MaxSeattle suggested . Those guys did an amazing job. It was pouring today so I couldn't tell if it was super shiny (moreso than the dealer wax job) but the water beading with the opticoat was impressive!



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:15 PM

Will be looking into Opti-Coat from Metropolitan Detail in Bellevue - as soon as I can save some $$ for the work. I want this, and windows tinting.



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Posted 28 April 2013 - 08:50 AM

$77 shipped from Amazon.  Man, I hope you guys are right as I just ordered some last night. :drop:   Paint will be about 6 weeks old by the time I get this done.   I'm going to give it a good, good wash/bug remover.  Then move it in to the garage for the rest:  clay bar, fine scratch remover/polish, and then IPA wipe down before application.   Sound good?

 

Well I never got a reply so I went ahead with my plan outlined above and it paid off in spades!

 

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Below is a close up of the front fender surface from the previous shot above.  You could shave off this reflection!  LOL   (please excuse the garage clutter)

 

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It took me about 7 hours total which included three washes (one power spray, two hand), clay bar (mainly the front clip for bugs), fine scratch remover (probably didn't need it but it made me feel good), buff out, and finally a wax stripper with hand wipe.  The application of the opti-coat 2.0 was actually the easiest process of all; basically wipe on, wipe off. With the exceptions of the front/back windshields and wheels, I applied it to everything: paint, trim, mirrors, all side windows, lights, grill, etc. using up the entire syringe.  Next, I pulled the car out of the garage for better lighting to give it a final inspection, rub out any high spots (only found one), and admire my results.

 

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Although garaged at home, it sits out in the south Texas sun all day.  I try to park under shade trees when I can but that means bird poop so I will be a good test subject to see how well and how long opti-coat 2.0 works.


Edited by fotomoto, 28 April 2013 - 09:02 AM.

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#15 OFFLINE   pomtrey

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:08 AM

looks awesome!! would love to do that to our car but live in Brooklyn so it's hard to do the washing.
you did a great job.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:18 AM

fotomoto, the car looks super.  Keep us abreast of how "it" performs, like bug, bird poop, sap, and tar removal and water beading, water spots, general ease to clean and the like.  

 

I wonder if a clay bar or or auto car washes would affect it's appearance (I know Opti-coat says okay to clay and use "truck" washes). Also, is there any "maintenance" to do like touching up "thin / wear spots" over time and the like. A 2 micron layer is not very thick.  For example, I can see the frontal parts and other leading edges of the car being subjected to more "abrasive debris" over time. Can it be applied over a clear bra (Opti-coat says it can be applied over trim, bumpers, headlights)?  Also, is there sufficient opti-coat left over for maintenance purposes or would one have to buy more?  I can not find any Opti-coat warranty info.  If appears each dealer of the Opti-coat product would offer the warranty.

 

Since I hate to detail my car or pay someone to do, this certainly looks like a fantastic product to save time and $ by DIY. I think it is similar if not the same product that the dealer had listed as dealer option on the sticker price of my C-Max at around $795 with lifetime warranty but I think you had to take the car in every year for a checkup on the coating to maintain the lifetime warranty and I believe you had to pay for a wash, removal of contaminates and dry and then the surface would be checked free and if needed a reapplication would be done.



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Posted 28 April 2013 - 05:36 PM

Good questions but since I'm being the guinea pig I don't have the answers.  At least yet.  

 

I think touch ups would be OK since I know I went over some areas twice such as the roof which I divided up into 4 squares.  I had no issues when I overlapped at little of each. Unless you have some leftover solution though, you'd have to buy another $70kit.  No idea on the shelf life but it does have a good reusable twist lock seal for the syringe.  Most folks don't use it all but I kept going finding other things to coat like the side windows and the front grill till I used it up.  

 

 



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Posted 20 May 2013 - 03:10 PM

Back from a vacation to Italy.  Had to drive a 6 sp diesel Citroen Picasso C4, ouch - glad to be back in the quiet & smooth C-Max with good lumbar support.  Moving around so much, hardly had time to check out the Euro C-Maxes much - most differences being under the hood, the grill, and the dash.

 

Glad to hear the Metro job worked for you BigRed, and what a great job you did Fotomoto.  Looks like we all pick our own poison - $$$ at the shop, or a steal of a deal for the DIYers.  Time will tell how it holds up, but good to hear that DaleB is 5 years into his and doing fine.

 

Cheers all,

 

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 03:45 PM

I have never tried, but I am scheduled to have it applied next week at a detail shop. I have only checked it out online - It looks good.  I am just trying to get off to a good start; and am too lazy to get into waxing routines several times a year.  I saw one video showing half a car done with Opti-Coat after one year.  Expensive, but like an expensive hybrid, I'm looking for it to 'payback' over time (no waxing).  Durability is unknown, but 3,4,5 years would be break even for me - self applied far sooner.  Nick

I bought this and had my dealer apply it.  It looks great and really beads the rain.  Runs right off my Platinum White tri-coat and doesn't seem to spot as bad after the rain stops and the sun comes out and you have all this moisture sitting on your paint and it bakes there.  Usually leaving impossible to remove hard water spots.  I hated this on my black paint job sport truck I used to own.  Clay bar was about the only way to remove those spots, but took allot of work.  Also with this coating it seems my white paint doesn't look so dirty when it is.  But maybe it just seems that way?



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Posted 20 May 2013 - 04:19 PM

It looks great, really nice job.  Really looking forward to how well it holds up.  Looks awesome though!








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