Get ready for N.America’s first mainstream permanent coating to hit the market: Optimum Car Care’s OptiCoat 2.0. Otherwise known at OptiCoat for the consumers. Autogeek currently offers it for $60:
Can’t wait for more reviews and examples from proven Boutique Detailers. This coating has been in development for at least 3 years. It has been proven to prevent etching, marring, and eliminate the need for conventional Waxing/Sealing. This is an additional coating to your paint that adds in thickness that can be measured with a paint thickness meter.
Proper preparation is extremely crucial. That requires elimination of scratches, swirls, any waxes or sealants, residue, dirt. Essentially a perfectly clean and stable surface.
Here is a thorough review on Autopia:
Optimum Opti-Coating – Durability Test Review
Opti Coating – 6 Month Update
Opti Coating – 1 Year Review
Popular Retail Products
Here is a common list of products Professional & Prosumer Detailers use that can be found locally:
Duragloss #901 Car Wash Concentrate – Cheap yet effective car wash available from Carquest
Meguiars Hyper Wash – Great professional car wash that dilutes to a high amount
Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner – One of the best safe wheel cleaners Available from AAA, Pepboys, Walmart.
Amazing Roll Off – Great all purpose cleaner for wheels & body.
ZEP Degreasers/APC – Citric, Purple, Window Cleaner – Cheap and available from Lowe’s
Folex – Great interior carpet pretreat cleaner available from Lowe’s
Continue reading Over the Counter Products Part 2: Products & Equipment
Over the Counter & Retail Products
You can detail your vehicle without spending large amounts of money on high end products. With the right products found locally you can detail all of your personal vehicles. Part 1 briefly goes over the safe brands to choose, Part 2 goes over specific popular products that perform.
Most locally available car care brands do not have highest of quality due to the volume and lack of consumer awareness. These are the common safe brands that have a decent reputation (in order of my preference):
#1 Meguiar’s Car Care
Continue reading Over the Counter Part 1: Brands & Stores