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Old 12-07-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:47 PM   #2
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I have opticoat on my car

For prep, stick within the optimum line, use optimum hyper compound and optimum hyper polish. After the polish you can wipe with a damp MF towel and go straight to opticoat application.

As far as the paint goes, it only has to be to your standards. Do you want it to be perfect? Or can you live with it.

If you go the Dr. color chip method, it's helpful but not perfect. To get as perfect as you can get it, you need to apply the paint, apply the clear, wetsand, compound and polish. Otherwise take it to a bodyshop.

Once your paint is fine to you, then go ahead and apply the opticoat 2.0. It's a wonderful product
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:24 PM   #3
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The only way you are going to fix the chips and have it look right is to repaint them. That is one reason I painted my car.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:09 AM   #4
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90% of my car paint is perfect. I had a clear bra on the front so no marks there. But I can not live with the gill spots or the gauge on the hood.

I had planned on using all the optimum products before applying the opti-coat cause i figure they're designed to work together. I think i'm gonna see how dr. color chip works on the side gills, i think it might turn out ok. What should I do about the hood gauge? Am I gonna need to get the whole thing repainted?

How has opti-coat worked for you? How long have you had it, is it still beading water, have you been putting any product on it to make it shine?
Works great, still like day 1. I use a waterless wash called pinnacle waterless wash with carnauba 1 to 2 times a week to clean it and make it feel slick. The opticoat beads with or without it, but it is only slick when another product is on top of it. Otherwise, it feels just like normal paint.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:57 AM   #5
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IMO I would use the Dr.Colorchip first.If you are pleased with the results then you are money ahead of doing a re-paint. If not you are out the price of the kit. The key to using the kit is to take it slow and follow the instructions. A good detailer can wet sand the spots afterward making them hard to detect.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:37 AM   #6
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For prep, stick within the optimum line, use optimum hyper compound and optimum hyper polish.
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As far as the paint goes, it only has to be to your standards. Do you want it to be perfect? Or can you live with it.
One of the most sensible statements I've seen on here in a long time.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:24 PM   #7
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Lots of people have problems with opticoat not bonding to paint but rather fillers when using different lines.

For example, I read about someone who's skills I trust, use M105/205 and then IPA wipedown 3 times to remove fillers prior to OC application. 3 months later, the OC failed.

Sometimes using IPA isn't enough and you might have to use carpro eraser or the like multiple times as well as IPA to get the clean bare paint. This can be a hastle, especially after 3 to 6 months if you figure out the OC failed and you have to redo it anyways.

The easiest thing to do is to just use Optimum's line like I did and after the polish, wipedown with a damp MF towel, and then go straight to OC application. It's the most foolproof way.

Is it impossible to use other compounds/polishes, no. Is it worth the trouble is up to you. Me personally, I would just use OHC and OHP as they are good compound/polish combo anyways.
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How much do you think it would be to have my quarters painted and my hood fixed (i'm guessing repainted as well) ?
There is a lot to do to paint the quarters. We would pull the quarter glass, trunk lid, rockers and also rear bumper. For a rough estimate I would say $1,200-$1,500 to do quarters and hood, we would also buff it. It might come in under that. It is hard to say without seeing it.
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I know the paint only has to be up to my standards, but I'm kind of anal about it. I feel like if i'm gonna do something like opti-coat where is is going to seal in anything for years and years I want it to be perfect. And if that means spending money from my mod fund now and holding off on future mods then so be it because good looking paint is the most important thing to me.
I would agree with this if I was in your spot.
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