Originally Posted by JBJB
...Now I've read that Opti Coat itself is not very glossy or slick (it's similar to the car paint). So to add gloss and slickness something like Carpro Reload or Permanon can be added on top. Old Tiger mentioned to me that adding either will make it look and feel like glass... which is an exciting prospect.
Now should Reload or Permanon be applied soon after Opti Coat is done or should it be after curing (I read that Opti Coat has a curing time)?
Those products are boosters to the nano coatings that "wear" off over time. You can certainly use them, but due to the nature of Optimum Coatings their life will be only around a month. I have found that Optimum Car Wax and Opti Seal work well if you want something quick and easy...but Optimum's Coatings don't need a booster. All you have to do is regular washes and clay/decon as needed.
Because the coatings are "wiped on" and some "go over" the application too much as it flashes. It may "feel" less smooth than possible...but most of my applications feel very slick and glossy. If you find that your application needs to be slicker, just wait until it fully hardens and go over it with Poliseal or GPS or Finish II. Not like you would for defect removal, but just a pass or two with light pressure on a finishing pad. This will level the application and bring the "feel" to its potential. Keep in mind that aggressive combinations will remove thickness, so use it like a cleaner wax...not a correction step.
Originally Posted by richy
If you've read any of the many jobs I've done this summer, all of them were done with OG, and all were topped with either Permanon or FK425 or DG AW. You should wait a minimum of 12 hours before doing so. Chris is now saying that after fully cured (30 days?) that you can actually polish with an AIO (I would do DG 501) to add slickness. I've never tried this. Sounds interesting.
I'm sorry you hadn't seen it before, but I've recommend this over topping since it came up. I really do need to wright a FAQ for the coatings since all my info is spread over several forums and hundreds of threads.
Originally Posted by embolism
I used some poliseal on a pinnacle foam applicator by hand to level a couple high spots on the hood of a Miata I did recently and was surprised at how simple it was to level. It literally took less than a minute.
Granted this was only after a week after application but it was still surprising to me.
Now one week and one month are very different time frames (wasn't 3 months also mentioned at one point for full hardness of OC 2.0?) but I wouldn't try using an AIO on the entire car, especially by machine. Maybe do a test spot on the trunk lid or someplace where you can recoat if you removed your OC by mistake.
It would be such a shame to undo all your prep work in the name of adding some slickness.
You're thinking is right. You should wait till full hardness before polishing...and when you do, it should be by hand or low speed with a finishing pad (like applying cleaner wax, not doing a correction step). Also, keeping in mind that Opti Coat 2.0 is not as concentrated as Opti Guard, so it takes a little longer to cure and won't be as forgiving if you get too aggresive with your leveling.