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Opticoat 2 years in

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by peteyswift, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. Sawyer8888

    Sawyer8888 Member

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    Agreed. The installer is probably more important than the product. Xpel's lengthy warranty also gives me the assurance that this is probably among the best options available today, and that it is a product that will continue to meet my expectations well into the future.
     
  2. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight No Roads

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    My guy was opti-coat certified (the only way to get the professional product), and he charged me $540 for a full color correction AND Opti-coat Pro full-car application.
     
  3. davidc18

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    here is what works for me in south florida after a lot of trial and error with many, many other products.

    Weekly
    Wash with: Optimum (NR2010Q) No Rinse Wash & Shine - 32 oz
    then spray this on (while the car is damp): Meguiar's D15601 Synthetic X-Press Spray Wax
    Dry with waffle microfiber: Meguiar's X2000 Water Magnet Drying Towel
    If it is date night, use this as well: Meguiar's D15501 Last Touch Spray Detailer

    Every 6 months or so:
    Start with this: Meguiar's M205 Mirror Glaze Ultra Finishing Polish (using PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher) w/ chemical guys pads
    Then this: Meguiar's M21 Mirror Glaze Synthetic Sealant 2.0
    or this: Meguiar's G18216 Ultimate Liquid Wax
    Done

    Wheels:
    Weekly: Meguiar's Hot Rims All Wheel Cleaner
    Quarterly: remove wheels, detail wheel wells and brake calipers

    39K on the 70
    12K on the 90
     
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  4. Gizmotoy

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    I guess maybe I had modest expectations, but I've been really happy with my OCP. A have a few swirls here and there, but didn't really think OCP would prevent that.

    What is has done is made it so I don't have to wax the thing. I have never waxed it. I'll have 4 years on mine this November, and water still beads up like it was freshly waxed. This is nice, because it seems like when I have it pressure washed (no brushes) the dirt all slides off easily. I literally hand washed it myself for the first time ever (Tesla had done it twice, I think - the likely source of the swirls) about two weeks ago.

    Still looks fantastic clean. I'll definitely try a coating again in the future. It's saved me so much time.
     
  5. Sir Guacamolaf

    Sir Guacamolaf The good kind of fat

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    @Gizmo17 - mind sharing a close up picture with a light shining on it?
    BTW - I agree that Tesla's washes are terrible for the paint. I ask them not to wash my car.
     
  6. JPP

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    Data point--my multi-coat red was OptiCoated by Joe @ OCDetailing (a real pro) in 2013 after careful paint prep. I park outside all day, garaged at night. Car is washed 2x/week at a commercial 'off line' car wash (pressure spray, then hand wash with mitts, pressure rinse, high pressure air dry, hand wipe with towels). After 2 years, I could see some fine scratches, rubs, holograms. Went back to Joe for a 'tune-up'. He did some minor re-prep and applied a new coat of OCP. Now 2 more years in, and looks great. Water still beads up. Never been waxed. Sheds dirt. All good. FWIW, he used cQuartz on my wife's 2015 Obsidian black (his choice for her car color)--also looks great 2 years in. Will probably bring it in for his magic tune up in a few months.
     
  7. Gizmotoy

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    I assume you meant me. Sure. It's dirty now having just rained here yesterday, but I want to wash it again this weekend. Will take a few photos.

    Out of curiosity, was the re-coat of OCP about the same price, or was it more of a touch-up kind of thing? Was thinking about getting my car back to Joe for a detailing anyway.
     
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  8. JPP

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    My recollection is that it was a discounted rate--less paint prep/perfection since he took care of the original factory problems. But Joe is so busy/successful, that his pricing is likely 'subject to change without notice'.
     
  9. Jimmy 1

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    My coating does Self Heal, I would be happy to demo it live to you! BTW, I do not sell the product nor am I a detailer.
     
  10. byeLT4

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    And what coating is that?
     
  11. Jimmy 1

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    Nanohide. I have it on 3 of my cars, absolutely love the stuff.
     
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  12. Jean-Claude

    Jean-Claude Local Vendor - Southeast

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    I wrote a few articles to educate owners about the subjects discussed in this thread.

    There are concerns with what causes defects, how to minimize those surface defects, how coatings are supposed to perform, what is required on your end to get the most value and expectations. If you find yourself a bit lost on those topics, take the time to read these pieces and I think you'll come away much better prepared to make your own choices with coatings.

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    The Paint Coating Triangle: A Necessity for Owner Satisfation - Detailed Designs Auto Spa (not to be confused with the "conjoined triangles of success"...)

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    What causes swirl marks and other defects in modern car paint? -The Clear Bra Installation Specialists of Atlanta-
     
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  13. InternetDude

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    I had Opticoat Pro Plus installed on my car 2 years ago when it was brand new. The coating did help for almost a year at keeping swirl marks down and made the car easier to clean. I don't think it's doing anything for me now.. For the cost I would not recommend it. Spend your money getting the car professionally detailed once or twice a year instead, it would be cheaper and probably better in the long run.
     
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  14. timvracer

    timvracer Member

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    Great write-up Jean-Claude, I hope you gets some affiliate $$ as I clicked on those links and bought several of your recommended maintenance supplies. Picking up my car today from the detailer (PPF + OptiCoat), and want to do the maintenance right!
     
  15. Jean-Claude

    Jean-Claude Local Vendor - Southeast

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    Thank you TVR.
     

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