Chris was making a reference of my roof with this quotes
"For example, one of the posters whom I helped diagnose had beading stop only on the roof. When we determined that it was gone, I asked about how each section was prepped. Then we exposed that Optimum Polish was used on the majority of the vehicle, but Meguars 205 was used on the roof where the failure to bond well occurred. This is by no means a slam on M205...just know that some polishes leave things behind that can prove difficult to remove
After seeing OldTigers results, I am wondering if what I am experiencing is the complete opposite. Instead of contaminents on top making the paint not smooth(OldTiger), could it be the fact that my roof may have clear coat overspray, therefore making the roof not flat, and causing the OC to not bead?
I will post my message here that I sent to Chris for others to look at and comment.
Hey Chris, I saw you made a response in this thread and you referenced my issue with no beading on the roof. http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...enation-5.html
Anyways, I would like to revisit the topic as I cannot fully remember what it is we discussed. A little background on my roof.
I do not remember if I discussed this or not(deleted my old inbox), but awhile back, I re-clearcoated my right front fender, I did not fully mask off my roof, and I did notice a mist of paint that flew over the roof.
Now, I did clay the crap out of the roof, and then polished it very well. If, for example, any overspray remained, would that be a cause for the lack of beading? Because the surface is not flat?
What I am getting at is exactly what Oldtiger found out in his thread. The OptiCoat was coated in fallout that killed the beading on the paint, once IronX was used, it removed all the contamination revealing a smooth surface for water to bead on. In my case, for example, if M205 was not the issue, is it possible that the surface off my roof is not perfectly flat, and therefore still coated in OC but not beading?? Kind of the opposite of what happened to OldTiger.
There is also a new development, there has been a spot on my roof that had been bugging me for awhile. It was oddly slick to the touch, it did not look like the pictures I have seen of OC highspots. Anyways, I took my DA, white pad, OPII and held it on the spot and moved it in a small circle for a few seconds. Wiped off the residue and the spot was gone! I can not think of what it could have been other than an OC highspot. What else would create a very small slick spot on my roof? And then be removed so easily and quickly? And if it was a highspot, that would prove that my roof is indeed still coated, and not washed off like I previously thought.
I then added a new layer of OC on the spot that I buffed. I washed my car a few days after and it seemed to not fully bead, but oddly, the water sheeted off and formed a circle on my roof.
Im sorry if this is hard to understand, or make sense of. But I wanted to let you know what I have noticed recently. I am going to watch the spot to see if it dissappears(indicating OC washing off). If not, I am going to lightly polish my roof, and re-apply to see what happens.