Polymer type clear coat treatments

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Polymer type clear coat treatments

Post by mjannusch » Sat May 28, 2016 3:03 am

Anyone used either Opti-Coat 2.0 or CQuartz on any of their cars? I'm thinking about getting the Opti-Coat on my Stingray, and maybe on the Spyder when it is all back together. I've read some reviews, but it is always good to hear firsthand experiences too.

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Post by curt_gendron » Sat May 28, 2016 2:57 pm

I've heard of these products, but I've never seen a car with it first hand.

I'm to the point that I don't really care how long a product last on my nice cars. For me its about how good of a shine and swirl free finish I can create. So these kind of projects don't interest me too much. I think they'd be better on a daily driver that you want to keep nice. I think it would be perfect to use on a nice daily driver, right before winter hits.
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Re: Polymer type clear coat treatments

Post by mjannusch » Sat May 28, 2016 4:13 pm

Jesse had the permanent Opti-Coat on his maroon Stealth the last year he brought it to the Cookout. It looked great, but his car always did so it is tough to know how much was the coating and how much was the detail underneath.

I used the Zaino stuff on the Spyder, Eclipse, Avalanche, and Prius and it does look pretty nice but lasts maybe a year at the most. I don't have much free time anymore to put into detailing, so that's why I'm looking at some of these longer-term coatings.

The Spyder has a lot of swirl marks, so I know I have to put a lot of work into it, and want to protect that when I'm done.
-Matt
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'15 Corvette Stingray Z51 ([email protected] - 100% stock)
'95 3000GT Spyder VR4 ([email protected] - 540 awhp)

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Re: Polymer type clear coat treatments

Post by Jamal » Mon May 30, 2016 2:32 am

After a few mins of googling, I can't find a negative thing on CQuartz. Lots of positive previews/reviews. In a couple weeks I had planned on washing my car down and then clay toweling it. Gonna have to try CQuartz/CQUK and then finish it off with P21S wax.

After further research, it looks like it becomes a big problem if you don't apply Cquartz correctly, i.e. it's much harder than wax to apply and even harder to remove. Either applying too much/little, not shaking the bottle, letting it cure too long/early, too hot/cold, etc. It will leave a streak/hologram and it's very difficult to remove. More info on that here: http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-Pro/ ... e-coating/
https://www.reddit.com/r/AutoDetailing/ ... so_pissed/

Here's success stories with CQUK: https://www.reddit.com/r/AutoDetailing/ ... k_coating/
https://www.reddit.com/r/AutoDetailing/ ... s_was_the/

Looks like 30ml will just be enough for a 3/S. The stuff degrades quickly after opening, so don't buy a big container of it. I just bought Cquartz UK 30ml w/ hanger and Iron-X via carpro-us.com with coupon code HELLCAT.

My plan of attack:
1. Three bucket method car wash w/ Harbor Freight car wash nozzle.
2. Iron-X wheels and any rust spots.
3. Repeat Step 1.
4. Clay lubricant + clay towels.
5. Griot's Garage Pre-Wax Cleanser.
6. Cquartz UK using this method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS9sHQW9HSc

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