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Review & Extreme Testing: Opti-Coat 2.0 and CQuartz
Review and Extreme Testing: Opti-Coat 2.0 and Ceramic Quartz
I want to start by saying I understand these products are very different and I mean no disrespect to either manufacturer by placing them in the same article. With changes in technology have come some very interesting new products in the last few years. About 6 months ago I purchased a couple CQuartz kits but hadn’t had the opportunity to use them. With the release of Optimums consumer version of their coating (Opti-Coat 2.0), I thought it would be an interesting learning experience to use them side-by-side on the same vehicles. I also wanted to complete some extreme testing on both products. Last week I purchased 20cc of the Opti-Coat 2.0. Now admittedly, anybody who has seen these 2 cars up close would say I should have waited until I had a chance to use touchup paint on the Blue SL before placing a permanent and or semi-permanent coating on it. The rock chips are pretty bad but I couldn’t wait to try these products out. As far as the Green SL goes most people might not waste the product on something that is in the process of total clear coat failure across all horizontal surfaces on top of the vast array of rock chips but to me it's the perfect palette for a test. Last weekend I spent some time applying and getting to know these products. During the week I observed and recorded a few of their characteristics as well as conducting some extreme testing this weekend on a junk panel.
Optimum: Opti-Coat 2.0 (Manufacturer Description):
Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 is a permanent coating that protects automotive paint over its lifetime! Unlike a wax or sealant, Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 will not wash or wear off. It acts as a second layer of clear coat, which provides increased protection against the elements. Formerly only available to professionals, Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 is now available to the public in a more user-friendly formula.
Car Pro: CQuartz (Manufacturer Description):
CQuartz by CarPro is an anti-static, weather-resistant nano coating that shines and protects your vehicle like nothing else! CQuartz works on the molecular level to transform the surface. Once treated with CQuartz, your vehicle will repel water and contaminants, and it will maintain a clear, reflective, hard-as-nails shine. One application can last two years!
Opti-Coat 2.0 - Initial Product Observations:
1.- Packaging: Large Box with Optimum Label
2.- Contents: (1) LARGE Syringe with threaded insert cap, threaded applicator cap, (1) foam applicator pad, and (1) MF towel
3.- Clarity of Directions: Lacking on outer packaging / Some direction on Syringe
4.- Consistency: Completely Fluid
5.- Color: Clear
6.- Scent: Probably not a good idea to sniff
7.- Size: 20cc (Equal to 20ml)
8.- Price at time of Review: $59.99
9.- Manufacturer: Optimum Polymer Technologies, Inc.
10-Made in: USA
CQuartz - Initial Product Observations:
1.- Packaging: Metallic pouch (Like a capri-sun but much cooler)
2.- Contents: (1) sealed glass bottle with “dripper” nozzle beneath threaded lid as well as (1) applicator block and (5) applicators
3.- Clarity of Directions: Complete directions listed on outer packaging and glass bottle
4.- Consistency: Completely Fluid
5.- Color: Clear with a slightly yellow tint
6.- Scent: Definitely not a good idea to sniff
7.- Size: 30ml (Equal to 30cc)
8.- Price at time of Review: $53.99
9.- Manufacturer: Car Pro
10-Made in: Japan
Abbreviations used here:
CQ = Car Pro Ceramic Quartz
IPA = Isopropyl Alcohol
MF = Microfiber
OC = Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0
OPC = Optimum Power Clean
Products used during application or removal:
1.- Cosmetic Applicator Sponges
2.- Quality MF Buffing towels
PICTURES OF PRODUCTS:
Method of Preparation:
I began two days earlier with some prep on the clear coat failure test area but we will get to that later. Sunday morning I started relatively early by mixing up a bucket of Meguiars Shampoo Plus. Next I rinsed all of the panels that would be getting stripped.
After rinsing I grabbed my bottle of OPC 3:1 and sprayed it directly on each panel (of both Blue and Green), which was to be stripped.
VIDEO: 01 Strip with Optimum Power Clean
After allowing it to set for a minute I took my MF chenille wash mitt from my premixed bucket. I used this to spread the OPC and wash each panel and rinse both mitt and panel before moving to the next. The Natty’s blue and 1Z products were obviously stripped but I found the drivers section of Blue to show signs that Menzerna Powerlock was still in place.
10- AFTER OPC
At this point the sun was moving a little higher so I pulled out my canopy and set it up to try to protect the front of blue and rear of green from getting too warm. Next I selected a small bottle of Iron X and after shaking it I proceeded to spray it across each panel.
VIDEO: 02 Spray Iron X
I did not rub it in as I should have. This was my first time using IronX and it looks like I missed a step and did not use it correctly. I should have rubbed it in before allowing it to sit but instead I misted it onto each surface I was prepping and allowed it to sit for a few minutes before thoroughly rinsing all affected surfaces.
12 – 18
In the rinse video below you will notice that Menzerna Power Lock still showed signs of life (Driver side of Blue vehicle).
VIDEO: 03 Rinse After Iron X
19.-Green Car Rear Lid (paint is still wet so you can see the clear coat is ready to fail any day.)
After drying all the soon to be coated surfaces with a WW towel I took a quick break to allow the last bits of water to evaporate.
20.-Green Car Rear Lid
21.-Blue Hood Dry
22.-Blue Windshield Dry
Next I filled a small bottle with mineral spirits and sprayed it onto a section and then wiped it off with my MF towel. I repeated this method across the rear lid of Green and the hood and windshield of Blue. Next I repeated the previous step all over again this time with my small bottle of IPA mix. At this point the sun was peaking a bit too far over the canopy threatening to shine on the panels I was working. I had to move quick to get the coatings on these first two panels before re-arranging the cars and canopy.
DIAGRAM – COATING KEYS:
23.-BLUE CAR DIAGRAM
24.-GREEN CAR DIAGRAM
25.-Conditions at Start (Fahrenheit)
Cquartz -Method of Application:
I placed a few drops of Cquartz onto an applicator pad and began to apply it to the far drivers side of the blue hood. My initial method was to apply in one direction only overlapping the strokes a little as I went. I found the applicators I had decided to use to work quite nicely with the Cquartz although I would have preferred them to be a little larger. The Cquartz went on very easily as shown below. After completing a couple sections the following video was taken of the final section of CQ application to the drivers side of the Blue hood.
VIDEO: 05 Cquartz Paint 1
CQ was also applied to the passenger side half of the rear panel (Green Saturn) which was protected by the canopy at this time as well.
26.-CQ minutes after application
27.-CQ minutes after application
It was already very warm so I didn’t want to leave the CQ on for too long before buffing it off. However I figured I would have enough time to apply the CQ to the driver side headlight and faded plastic bumper. After spending about 2 minutes on this exercise it was quite apparent that CQ was not the answer for restoring the faded bumper. The product went on a little dark initially but as soon as it started to dry the color would fade about 90+% of the way to how it was before application.
VIDEO: 06 CQuartz Faded Plastic Bumper
28A.-Cquartz a few minutes after application
Based on the results I stopped short of applying it to the rest off this side of the bumper. I will be reviewing C4 within a couple weeks and had no wish to waste any more CQ here. I had not yet buffed off the CQ from the hood but with only a couple minutes spent here I felt I had a little time to move forward with the OC application to the other side of the hood.
Opti-Coat 2.0-Method of Application:
After unscrewing the threaded insert cap and replacing it with the threaded applicator cap I was ready to go. I dabbed some very small drops of OC onto a fresh applicator and began to apply the OC in a very similar method as previously described. The OC appeared to evaporate slightly quicker than the CQ and may be a bit more sensitive to the temperature of the panel. After a few strokes of careful OC application I became bolder, and began to use slightly more OC. At one point the syringe released a little more OC than I wanted onto the applicator. I just dabbed it onto the paint to come back and pick up a minute later. This did not seem to cause an issue but is not best practice. After applying the product in 1 direction to a section I decided to come back and go over it in a perpendicular direction. With some experience under my belt I would have done a section about half this size before going back across it in perpendicular direction and moving forward.
Note: In these initial videos the amount of product I’m applying to my applicator is unfortunately not apparent. I was careful not to press too hard so that the syringe wouldn’t release more product than needed. I’m really applying very little to the applicator.
VIDEO: 07 Opti Coat Paint
OC was applied to the passenger headlight and passenger corner of the faded plastic bumper. This application took place about an hour later but is being inserted here in this review for clarity. After spending a few minutes on the plastic bumper I found similar results to those I had observed with the CQ. These 2 coatings were not the answer for restoring the faded bumper.
VIDEO: 09 OptiCoat Faded Plastic Bumper
28B.- OptiCoat 2.0 a few minutes after application
Cquartz –Buffing Off
It had been about 13-14 minutes since I had applied the CQ to the paint on the driver side and it was time to buff it off as directed. With a fresh plush MF towel I began to buff it off. The CQ buffed off with little effort and I did not feel any kind of grabbing against the towel.
VIDEO: 10 CQuartz Paint Buff Off
Opti-Coat 2.0-Buffing off Ridges:
Next I came back to buff off the high spots or ridges on the OC section. The OC directions on the packaging simply state to wipe on. It doesn’t talk about buffing off or removing “high spots”. Having said that, I had read a lot of different things about coming back and “lightly” touching off the “high spots”. Having never used this product before I was unsure about how much pressure was acceptable and how soon to complete this task. After working with the product I’ll tell you it’s helpful to blend the high spots as soon as reasonable possible. On this section I didn’t do that. Instead I came back after buffing the Cquartz side and began to buff these high spots. Taking the temperatures into account I had waited longer than I should have to flatten the high spots. That would be true if I had buffed or blended those high spots very shortly after application. Moving forward I learned my lesson and was not so afraid to buff the OC areas as needed. Incidentally when buffing the high spots on the rear of the green SL with roughly the same time elapsed I had no high spot issues. All I can think is I must have applied it more evenly and less thick.
VIDEO: 11 Opti-Coat 2.0-Buffing off Ridges
I decided to buff the OC side harder to try and remove the high spots. Optimum does not recommend buffing the product in this manner (See Q&A at end of article). After a couple more minutes I came back to inspect and lightly touch the remains of the high spots once more on the OC. As you can see the high spots that I was getting worried about had faded considerably after I buffed them.
VIDEO: Opti-Coat 2.0
Cquartz on Glass:
Unfortunately it appears I didn’t make a video of my CQ application on glass but rest assured I did apply it to the driver side of Blue’s windshield. It applied and later buffed it off in much the same way as I showed on the paint.
Opti-Coat 2.0 on Glass:
Application was straightforward. Having left the hood for too long before smoothing the ridges this time I erred on the side of caution and I touched off the ridges immediately after application on each small windshield section.
VIDEO: 13 OptiCoat Glass
Front of Blue and rear of Green completed – Time to re-arrange canopy and cars
At this point I moved Blue down to the bottom of the driveway and took some pictures.
I also moved Green and moved the canopy into place to protect the roof and hood of Green from the sun for the remainder of the testing I was to do.
The clear coat on the Green SL began to fail maybe 6-12 months ago. It was just a spot or two on the roof similar to what I now see on the rear lid. Anyway, as time moved forward the failure spread some. Then a few weeks ago we had continuous rain for a couple days. That moisture got between the clear and color and made bubbles all over. When the sun came out the clear coat had curled up in pieces as high as 2” off the top of the roof!
In the past I asked a few people who had experience with coatings if they thought the coatings could slow the failure of the clear coat. Most said they thought it could slow it some. After giving it a little more thought myself I think it to be unlikely for my specific case. If the failure could be completely cleaned to the edges so that there is no place for the moisture to enter then I think the coatings can slow it from continuing its peal. However at this point it seems to me the clear coat has already begun to lose its bond with the color coat throughout the panel. Therefore no matter what you put on the clear coat it is likely going to still separate from the color coat.
Let me back up 2 days to Friday (04/08/11). This was a taste of what it looked like before I got started. (Don’t get your hopes up for much improvement…Sorry)
36-40 Clear Coat Failure
As you can see the majority of the roof is a mess and a complete failure! There is one isolated spot on the roof that looks like I’ll actually be able to clean up the edges. I took some plastic razors and attempted to clean up the edges of the clear coat failed areas. I took a video of a bit of the time spent trying to clear the edges.
VIDEO: 14 Plastic Razor
This didn’t help as much as I had hoped and more time and thought should have been invested in trying to remove the flakes. I did the best I could using a plastic razor. I was determined to get the review started that weekend so I thought I would attempt to wet sand the edges on those two roof areas…
Fast forward back to Sunday around (11:30 AM). The rear of Green and Front of Blue had been completed and Blue moved out of the way. Green was now under the canopy but I decided to have a lunch break while the roof and hood cooled a little.
41.-Green Under Canopy
After lunch I grabbed some 2500 and 3000 grit paper and emerged from the house.
Next using the paper I attempted to smooth the “hard” edges around the perimeter of the failed clear coat. Then I carefully washed the roof without getting water on the other horizontal panels and dried with a WW towel.
Next using M205 and a tangerine pad I made a few passes on each section of my hood cleaning the pad after each section. The hood is just on the verge of failure throughout but it hasn’t started flaking yet. Therefore I didn’t want to work the paint too much. I just wanted to get the light towel and wash induced marring out. Next I moved to the roof and went over it section by section. The purpose here was to remove some oxidation from the exposed color coat and to clean up the sanded areas a little.
Finally after allowing these two panels to cool I wiped the hood and roof down with mineral spirits and then IPA.
I applied CQ to the driver’s side of the hood and OC to the passenger side. After placing a tapeline on the roof I applied CQ to the drivers side and a small portion of the passenger side. The purpose of this is as follows. There was a small cc failure area where I had actually been able to clean up the edges nicely and I wanted to test the CQ and OC side by side on this cc failure area.
48.-THIS SPOT TAPED OFF BUT COATINGS NOT YET APPLIED
On the two major cc failure areas one section received CQ and the other OC. This time the high spots of the OC were lightly touched within a minute or two to allow them to cure evenly. One section of the CQ application is shown below.
VIDEO: 15 CQuartz Roof
49.- After Cquartz
50.-THIS SECTION TO RECEIVE OC (OC NOT APPLIED YET IN THIS PHOTO)
The temperature was quite hot at this point in the day. After a short wait the CQ was easily buffed off and the tape was removed.
VIDEO: 16 CQuartz Buffing Off
Headlight Preparation and Coating:
After 14 years, over 200,000 miles, and more than one owner the headlights of Green have been in desperate need of some work for a long time now. It was so bad that it was honestly a safety hazard. I did not wet sand the headlights. I simply spent a couple minutes on each with a 4” cutting pad on the Flex 3401 using M105. The polish was removed and then mineral spirit and IPA wipe downs were applied. After complete evaporation Opti-Coat 2.0 (OC) was applied to the passenger headlight, and Cquartz (CQ) to the driver headlight.
59.-AFTER COATING WITH OPTI-COAT 2.0:
68.-AFTER COATING WITH CQUARTZ:
69-Approximate Conditions End of Day (Fahrenheit)
70- Approximate Conditions End of Day (Celsius)
Green was pulled out from under the canopy and after completing some other tasks pictures were taken (Approximately 60-90 minutes later)
71 - 76.-The Roof of Green
77 - 82.-The Hood of Green
Blue had been in the sun for many hours now
83 – 88.-
Amount of Total Coating Product used throughout all surfaces and tests:
During all of this combined testing I used approximately 4-5 cc of Opticoat total.
During all of this combined testing I used approximately 8-9 cc of Cquartz total.
Based on my estimates and taking into account lessons learned and product wasted on the faded trim I’m guessing it would take me the following amount to complete (1) car this size (not including those bumpers)
Using Opti-Coat: 10-12 cc’s
Using Cquartz: 16-19 cc’s
96.-Opticoat remaining (Approximately 15 of 20 cc’s remain)
97.-Cquartz remaining (Approximately 22 of 30)
One more note:
Thanks to Richy for this tip- One thing to mention about using both products, if you use a mf to remove the residue, toss them into a pail with a strong mix of APC before the product has time to crystalize. You can save your towels that way.
95.-Time to open the Barbancourt and Relax
My friend brought this back from Haiti (His native country where he visited family recently)
NEXT MORNING UPDATE – “NATURAL” BEADING TEST
2 DAY UPDATE – WATER REPELLENCY TESTING!
Tuesday morning I decided to take some video of the beading and sheeting properties of the featured coatings. Only water was used on the coated panels since it had not yet been 7 days since application. Take a look for yourself. I thought some of the reactions on the clear coat failure area were particularly exciting. This was a lot of fun!
VIDEO: 20 WATER REACTIONS
VIDEO: 21 WATER SHEETING
Extreme Testing Preparation:
This panel was cleaned and coated on the same day the coatings were applied to both vehicles.
OPC 3:1 and after drying IPA was applied and buffed off
VIDEO: 17 Strip Test Panel (Lighting was edited in to make it bright enough to see)
VIDEO: 18 Coat Test Panel (Lighting was edited in to make it bright enough to see)
VIDEO: 19 Buff Off Test Panel (Lighting was edited in to make it bright enough to see)
Five days after application I asked Avi of Carpro and Chris of Optimum how long I need to let it cure before I perform the extreme testing. I was told Cquartz was ready to test. We decided we would wait till the end of the day Saturday for the Opti-Coat 2.0 before testing.
Extreme Testing: Lets break it!
Obviously I shouldn’t have to point this out but your car/coating is never going to have to go through most of the following abuse. This is simply out of curiosity and most of it probably doesn’t mean much. Let the fun begin! This includes the following tests of repellency by both Cquartz and Opti-Coat 2.0.
VIDEO: LIGHTER STRIKE
I may not have done this test correctly which could be the problem but as shown in the video the lighter strike test seems to be a bit of a gimmick. Both coatings allowed me to remove the transfer from the lighter pretty easily. The section that had no lsp took a lot more effort but was still possible.
VIDEO: CHEMICAL APPLICATION AND RESULTS (TIME LAPSED)
Don’t try this at home… Oops… too late
100.-Set up Test Panel
102.-Saturated Test Panel
This video is about 3.5 minutes long and was compiled and time lapsed throughout a total of 1.5 hours. Please be sure to pause the video at exactly 2:06. I think that’s one of the best places to compare the affects side by side.
Neither coating seemed to have any issue with Stoners Tarminator or Mineral Spirits. The muratic acid may have just slightly affected both coatings but that’s a bit inconclusive. I had expected to see the acid make a bigger dent. In the time that I exposed the coatings to acid it didn’t seem to affect it much. The chlorine definitely affected both coatings but the Opti-Coat 2.0 stood up to it slightly better I believe. Keep in mind that my test had some uncontrolled variables such as equal slope while the chemicals were in contact, etc. but that’s the best I can do.
THAT was a lot of fun! I was very impressed with the outcome as well.
Last edited by CEE DOG; 12-31-2013 at 11:09 PM.
Coatings - Side by side:
Opti-Coat – Ceramic-Silicon Carbide clear resin coating
CQuartz- Ceramic Nano-tech
Application Summary: (Do not apply in the sun)
Opti-Coat 2.0 should be applied section by section and any high spots that remain should be evened out with your applicator or with a paint safe MF towel within 5 minutes in more favorable temperatures. In higher temperatures, which is what I dealt with I found I really needed to remove the ridges as I went after each small section. It is recommended (by Optimum) to avoid buffing unnecessarily. After removing the high spots OC should self-level throughout its cure time. Be sure to look for high spots with a light source as well as shaded from light. I found the ridges in my panel while shaded that were invisible when bright light was on them.
Cquartz is applied and (after hazing) is buffed off. The wait time before buffing off hinges on the temperatures. During the first ten minutes, any spots that were missed can be touched up. But only during this time, afterward don’t try to re-fill missing spots, otherwise it can stain the paint.
Opti-Coat – Allow to cure before washing
CQuartz- Avoid washing the vehicle with any soap for 7 days. Rinsing with water is ok.
Opti-Coat cannot and does not need to be layered.
CQuartz can be layered and recommends you use 2 layers for more thickness, durability, and hardness.
Opti-Coat - Lifetime of paint
CQuartz- 2 Years
With both coatings being applied side by side on the same panels I’m in a good position to test this. With the tape line down the middle on blue there should be some fine hairline wash swirls showing in a couple months. I look forward to seeing which coating repels them the most.
Opti-Coat – Not as slick as sealants and wax are to the touch (You can use any of the Optimum Detail sprays or the Optimum spray wax to add slickness) Richy mentioned to me that Reload works here as well.
CQuartz- Not as slick as sealants and wax are to the touch but slicker than OC (Carpro recommends you use Reload to add slickness)
Opti-Coat- Washing is all that is needed. OC can be clayed but it should not be necessary and Optimum Poli-Seal can be used with a foam-finishing pad to clean the paint over time. Remember this coating is expected to last for years.
CQuartz- Washing is all that is needed. CQ can be clayed with mild clay.
Bird Bomb repellency:
Will either coating protect against bird bombs? I’m not sure about that but I would continue to remove bird bombs asap. Bird bombs can eat through sealants and into regular clear coat within a matter of just a coupIe minutes so I wouldn’t expect either coating to protect from a bird bomb indefinitely. However I would expect it to buy you more time than a wax or sealant. The question at that point becomes: What does the coating look like where the bird bomb was? Is there an etch mark in the coating?
Opti-coat - If you did get a bird bomb etching I imagine you could remove it with Poli-seal.
Cquartz - Even if you have to polish the etched area all the way through the coating you could simply recoat that specific spot with another layer of Cquartz. I don’t believe the same is possible with OC.
Final Observations and Summary:
First off these products are definitely very different and each has it’s own strengths. Now let me get into the things I really like as well as the quibbles.
Both products look great. The real question is, how well you clay, polish, and prep the surface for application. Period. The Opti-Coat seems to be slightly darker particularly on black paint. On the black test panel I used it was noticeably darker than the CQuartz. On the blue and green cars this was not nearly as apparent and it seemed to have a slightly different affect. However there was an obvious depth to it.
I may have sniffed too many coating fumes J but I think if you look at these 2 cars long enough the visual effect of the CQ seems to pop out at you a little while the OC seems to have serious depth to it. It maybe that was just the visual affect of the particular cloud arrangement I was looking at when I came to this opinion.
Faded Plastic Trim: The coatings went on dark initially but faded as they dried and in my opinion they are a waste of product on seriously faded plastic. I think some people expected them to restore in the way that C4 does and that just doesn’t seem to be the case. It could be this is just the specific plastic I tried it on and other plastics would find a different result. For new plastic trim I’m sure either coating is an excellent product. I haven’t tested either on newer plastic trim yet.
I preferred the glass drip/stop bottle that is used with CQuartz to the syringe style container from Optimum. It feels very cool to apply with syringe but it isn’t quite as functional. I am however curious if the glass bottle will allow me to remove all its contents when I get down to the last 2-3ml. It looks like that drip/stop nozzle protrudes into the bottle far enough that it could be an issue to get to the last bit of product.
As far as directions on packaging go I’d like to see Opti-Coat 2.0 include a brief list in the packaging that shows the approximate maximum wait times at different temperatures. However I do understand why that might not be possible. There are other variables so it’s hard to tell somebody what to do solely based on ambient temperature. Application is very simple once you know how to do it. However if you were to receive this product and follow the directions word for word (with no other knowledge of application) you would likely end up with some slight ridges. It’s important to buff or even those ridges or high spots out. How soon you need to accomplish this is based on the temperature and conditions.
Less product is needed with Opti-Coat 2.0 than with Cquartz which is a big bonus. I chose the applicators I used based on what I thought would soak up less product. However I did use the same material for application of both products. The next time I use Opti-Coat 2.0 I plan to try the foam applicator, which was recommended. I was impressed that even after I left ridges in OC for too long before leveling (in my opinion) they did a much better job than I expected of self-leveling during the cure time. I love a wipe on walk away sealant like Opti-Seal. The stakes are higher with a WOWA coating but I was impressed.
I found application of CQuartz to be a little easier to apply correctly for a first time user of both products in high temperatures. Clear and specific directions in the packaging would level the playing field some for me. Also, if applied in cooler temperatures than shown here I can see the Opti-coat gaining the advantage in ease of use. To be fair, with hindsight being 20/20 I should have used the foam applicator that was recommended for Opti-Coat 2.0 application. The foam applicator would have distributed the product more evenly and evening out any ridges may have been a non factor.
Q & A with Dr. G of Optimum:
Dr. G, It was great having an opportunity to talk with you at Detail Fest again this year. I have a few questions I was hoping you could answer for everyone. This Q&A will be posted online in my Coatings Review and Extreme Testing article.
Corey, It was a great pleasure seeing you again also and congratulations on the well deserved award you won for your thorough forum reviews. Your questions here are a prime example of your thoroughness which is partly due to your engineering background.
I also want to thank Chris for doing a superb job of explaining how to apply Opti-Coat to make the process easier and more effective for all users.
1.-What would be the consequences of using more than light pressure to buff off high spots or ridges within minutes of application?
When applying Opti-Coat 2.0, the best results are achieved with an even and continuous coat. If you have any high spots, it will be hazy and stays hazy after curing. Using the foam applicator with light pressure helps even out the high spots while using too much pressure can release more product from the sponge and would defeat the purpose. Alternatively a microfiber towel can be used to remove the excess product, however, with this approach there is a possibility of removing all the resins.
2.-Approximately how many microns will Opti-Coat 2.0 add to paint?
By using the contents of the syringe on a large SUV, it will add 2-3 microns of Opti-Coat to the paint. For smaller cars you can achieve the same results with less product.
3.-Can Opti-Coat 2.0 be applied to single stage paints of any age?
Opti-Coat 2.0 was designed for clearcoat paint and it should be applied after the paint defects are removed. We have not done any long term testing with this product on single stage paint.
There are several professional detailers that have applied Opti-Coat to single stage paint after removing all the defects and oxidation with great results. They might be able to provide more information on this application but the main purpose of this product is to protect clearcoat from the elements and premature failure due to over-polishing.
4.-Consider a car with older single stage paint that is badly oxidized and faded and then polished to perfection and brought back to glossy condition. Can Opti-Coat 2.0 lock in the gloss or have any effect stopping the paint from regressing to its faded condition?
Please refer to the previous answer.
5.-Can Opti-Coat 2.0 be used on leather, vinyl, and interior plastics?
Absolutely not. Opti-Coat 2.0 is designed for use on exterior automotive surfaces only. It cross-links and forms a hard clear film therefore it should not be applied to flexible substrates including leather, vinyl, soft tops, tire, etc.
6.-What would be the outcome if Opti-Coat 2.0 was applied to a properly cleaned tire?
Please refer to the previous answer.
7.-I understand using Optimum Poliseal with a foam-finishing pad is the acceptable method of cleaning the coating down the road. Is this correct?
Yes, you can use Poli-Seal by hand or with a foam finishing pad to clean Opti-Coat or to add additional gloss.
8.-Are other Optimum products, such as OptiClean and Optimum No Rinse friendly with Opti-Coat 2.0? If they are friendly do they require any adaptation in their application compared with how they are used on non-coated paint.
Yes, we design all our products to be compatible with each other to make the process easier and that includes the products you mentioned as well as other Optimum products such as Optimum Car Wax, Opti-Seal, Instant Detailer, etc.
9.-What temperatures will cured Opti-Coat 2.0 withstand before failing?
Opti-Coat 2.0 forms ceramic bonds (Si-C) at very high temperatures and will not be damaged by extreme heat. Therefore, it can be used to protect wheels, brake calipers, engine compartments without any issues.
10.-Assuming its kept indoors in 65-78 degrees what is the shelf life of Opti-Coat 2.0 before being opened by the consumer?
Opti-Coat 2.0 has an infinite shelf life as long as moisture is not introduced into the product.
11.-If only some of the syringe is used and it is properly resealed with the cap what will the remaining shelf life be? Assume its kept indoors in 65-78 degrees.
Please refer to the previous answer.
12.-Can a small touchup spot of Opti-Coat 2.0 be applied over a previously Opti-coated panel. For instance: If you get a rock chip in your paint and need to touch it up then want to recoat the touched up area with Opti-coat can you simply apply OC to that one small area? Would there be any negative affects where the touch-up OC overlapped the existing OC?
Once Opti-Coat cures, it will repel most everything even the fresh resin. If you have to recoat a section, you will have to polish the entire panel first with Optimum Polish or Optimum Finish. Then, you will need to wipe the panel down with a damp microfiber towel to remove any residue before reapplying Opti-Coat 2.0 to the entire panel.
Thank you so much for your work on this innovative product and as always thank you for taking the time to answer my questions in such an insightful manner.
Corey, I appreciate the time you put into testing and educating forum members on how to use and benefit from different automotive appearance products. As a paint chemist, I was always puzzled why people over-polish their car paint and cause the paint to fail prematurely (we all have seen examples of clearcoat failure). Opti-Coat 2.0 is the most effective way to avoid premature failure of clearcoats.
Our research team spent over 4 years developing and testing Opti-Coat before it was released for professional use and another 3 years to develop Opti-Coat 2.0 for consumer use. This coating has better scratch and mar resistance, better UV resistance, and better chemical resistance than factory clears. Therefore the effects of the elements on Opti-Coat 2.0 is far less than factory clears and there will be much less need for polishing once this is applied on top of the existing clear. Even if you do remove Opti-Coat 2.0 by polishing, you can easily replace it by adding another coat.
Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. Thanks again.
Q & A with Avi of Carpro:
Avi, I have a few questions I was hoping you could answer for everyone. This Q&A will be posted online in my Coatings Review and Extreme Testing article.
1.-What would be the consequences of buffing the product off too soon?
You will remove some of the coating layer.
2.-You give specific instructions on how long to wait before buffing. Are those “wait times” the minimums? What I’m getting at it is: Are there any consequence to waiting longer before buffing off? If you wait too long will it still buff clear easily?
If you will wait too long it will be little sticky harder to remover, but you need to understand , this is not exact science, there are lots of figures which effect the time and curing, temp. humidity, thickness of layering... normally you wont have troubles, its mostly need minimum time for the solgel procedure reaction to happen.
3.-Approximately how many microns will (1) coating of Cquartz add to paint?
Between 0.7 ~1.5 microns
4.-Approximately how many microns will additional coatings of Cquartz add to paint?
Probably the same
5.-Can Cquartz be applied to single stage paints of any age?
Well, this I'm not sure... If it’s very old it will remove some of the paint. The effect wont be good, we tested on acrylic paint and it didn’t effect so well. Remember this is not to replace clear coat!! Clear coat has 20~30 microns minimum.
6.-Consider a car with older single stage paint that is badly oxidized and faded and then polished to perfection and brought back to glossy condition. Will Cquartz lock in the gloss or have any effect stopping the paint from regressing to its faded condition?
I’m not sure about that and can’t give you an exact answer. We usually use it on normal car painted in Europe.
7.-Should you expect any color transfer from single stage paint onto your applicator if you later apply a second coat?
I think yes, but you need to try yourself.
8.-CQuartz claims it can be used on leather and rubber. Can it be used on interior vinyl and plastics as well?
On rubber yes, on leather not really, interior plastic you can although I think it’s too expensive for that.
9.-What would be the outcome if Cquartz was applied to a properly cleaned tire?
I think it’s a waste of money to use Cquartz on tires.
10.-What temperatures will cured Cquartz withstand before failing?
For this I think you should see our flame retarding video on car paint. I think between 800 to 1000 C it started to peel the paint from the car. See the video on my site. It’s really impressive and show how well Cquartz is bonded to paint.
11.-Assuming its kept indoors in 65-78 degrees what is the shelf life of Cquartz before being opened by the consumer?
1 year minimum, keep away from moister and refrigerator.
12.-If only some of the bottle is used and the cap replaced tightly what would the remaining shelf life be? Assume it is kept indoors in 65-78 degrees.
Maybe 6 months.. that’s why we do it in small bottles, not to store much.. We have 400ml bottles for car polish stations that do lots of cars.
13.-Can Cquartz be clayed a year down the line if any contaminants stick to it?
Yes, soft/light clay wont be a problem. Use the IXSG regularly and you will be surprised how needless clay is after.
14.-Can or should a paint cleaner be used on Cquartz say a year down the line?
Once Cquartz is well dried and cured, no solvent or alcohol can remove it. You can clean it as you want.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions on this innovative product. It’s much appreciated by many people.
Thank you for taking the time to read, skim, or view this article. As always questions, correction, and added knowledge is appreciated.
Thank you to Dr. David Ghodoussi., Chris Thomas, Avi, Mike from Auto Aesthetica, Jim (Old Tiger, and Richy. Also thanks to Chad (Rasky) for the tip on windows movie maker.
Opti-Coat 2.0 - Summary of surfaces/test areas:
Blue Car: (Passenger Side UON)
Hood (50% of panel) (w/ tape line)
Windshield (50% of panel) (w/ tape line)
Faded Plastic Bumper (36”x12” section)
Green Car: (Passenger Side UON)
Roof (Clear coat failure major - 35% of panel (w/ tapeline)
Hood (Clear coat failure imminent) 50% of panel (no tape line)
Rear lid-Driver Side (Clear coat failure imminent - 50% (w/ tape line)
Black Test Panel (For Extreme Resiliency Testing)
CQuartz Summary of surfaces/test areas:
Blue Car: (Driver Side UON)
Hood (50% of panel) (w/ tape line)
Windshield (50% of panel) (w/ tape line)
Faded Plastic Bumper (12”x12” section)
Green Car: (Driver Side UON)
Roof (Clear coat failure major - 65% of panel (w/ tapeline) Note: 15% of passenger side
Hood (Clear coat failure imminent) 50% of panel (no tape line)
Rear lid-Passenger Side (Clear coat failure imminent - 50% (w/ tape line)
Black Test Panel (For Extreme Resiliency Testing)
UPDATE: Months later
(UPDATED APPLICATION METHODS)
AND REACTION TO WATER ON COATED VERTICAL PANELS
Additional Videos: Opti-Coat 2.0 and Ceramic Quartz
Here is some additional media. Whatever you do don’t miss the second video after the 30 second mark. I was very impressed. The mailman happened to be delivering a package that day and when he saw it in action he asked me to tell him all about it which of course I was happy to do.
Optimum: Opti-Coat 2.0
The first video shows application of Opti-Coat 2.0. Note the speed at which the product flashes is dependant on the temperature and humidity in my experience. The application to the taillight took place on a separate occasion but was spliced together in this video.
The second video shows water sheeting and beading affects of Opti-coat 2.0 on a vertical panel. This video was taken a couple weeks after application.
Car Pro: CQuartz:
The third video shows the favored applicator for Cquartz application and then the water sheeting and beading affects of CQuartz on a vertical panel. The water affect portion was shot a couple weeks after application. My apologies the CQ application at the beginning of the video was cut short because the memory card was full.
Last edited by CEE DOG; 12-31-2013 at 11:08 PM.
WOW, that is a monumental review Corey.
awesome review Corey I want both products and maybe some G1.
Wow Corey, you have really outdone youself this time!! That was the most in depth, fact filled review I have read about ANYTHING in my life. You really stepped it up this time and gave us all the information we could ever hope for!! Thank you so much for taking the time and sending the money to do this!! I will be refering back to this when I finally get around to trying out OC. Thanks again buddy, and AMAZING work!!
Wanted to add a quick question. Since both products seem to release dirt fairly well, how will this affect weekly washes? Do you think that the vehicle will stay cleaner longer? Or that a simple pressure washing session will replace weekly traditional washing of lightly soiled vehicles? Thanks!
Last edited by TwistedFrame; 04-18-2011 at 10:18 AM.
Outstanding review Corey! This is the most in depth review of both products that I have found, thank you so much.
At first it appears that CQuartz releases water faster than OC. But after your waiting period then the chemical test, it appears that OC takes over. I do understand that the products are different but after being exposed to the same tests, seeing is believing.
Avi contacted me and I thought I'd pass on some info.
"the cquartz you used is little older stuff , we changed the carrier oil now, and add more substances to improve it more, it seems your bottle is at least 3 months old i think./...
now cquartz has whitish color liquid, its smoother , has extra UV proof chemicals and i think more hydrophobic.."
Also he mentioned something that made me realize it might not have been clear in the review. I did not polish any surfaces other than the light polishing I mentioned on some of the green car. The Blue car was polished a couple months ago and still looked fairly good. I could have improved it which would have been great... if only I had the time.
Also, the pads I used are a very dense soft foam material in case that isn't apparent.
Corey, I have been waiting for this review to get published...boy, was it ever worth the wait!! You did a brilliant job showing all aspects of both products. I think yours might be the only video showing how OC is applied. As far as the small issues with applying OC, I agree with your opinion about the syringe. As far as doing it on hot panels, there was mention on the Optimum forum about that. It is best applied in temperate conditions. I, too, found that the high spots are best removed sooner than later. It is cool to see the surface transition with the coating applied.
As far as both being inadequate as a trim restorer, I have found the same thing. Shorter term (months) solution is UTTG (And thank you for introducing me to that!) or the C4 for long term. I will be looking forward to your upcoming review of that product. One thing to mention about using both products, if you use a mf to remove the residue, toss them into a pail with a strong mix of APC before the product has time to crystalize. You can save your towels that way. As far as the residual amount in the bottom of the CQ bottle, just pull out the white dropper and you'll get down to the very last drop. It was really impressive to see the coatings protect the cc failure sections. The one advantage CQ has for me is the ability to touch up small areas. I recently got a stone chip in the leading edge of my hood and I had the dent pulled out and filled it in. Now, I just have to re-do the immediate area and not the whole hood. I am really enjoying using both and the customers have been blown away by it. Thank you very much for doing all this meticulous research and posting it so succinctly.
Wow. I just skimmed since I am at work but this will take some study.
Great review Dog!!! Oh and thanks for the phone call providing me with tips before I applied OC to the Malibu. Had it out in the sun for the first time yesterday and it looks great.
Today I will be doing a small test spot to see if OC really can't be layered.