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Old 05-03-2012, 08:24 AM   #1
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Leave Swirls In The Past with The Latest In Paint Polishing Technology from Optimum

Leave swirls in the past with the latest in polishing technology!



Optimum Polymer Technologies is a small company that has been making big waves in the detailing industry since 2001. Based out of Memphis, Tennessee, Optimum Polymer Technologies was founded by Dr. David Ghodoussi, the former paint polymer chemist for PPG. Optimum Polymer Technologies' motto is “Accelerate Into The Future” and the continuous advancements Optimum puts into each new have kept to that statement.

Optimum new's polishing system, the Optimum Hyper Micro System, combines several cutting technologies to make your machine polishing results easier while producing perfect results. The Optimum Hyper Micro System combines several new and cutting edge technologies to accelerate your polishing into the future.

Advancements:

Polishes utilize spray technology to deliver an uniform amount of polish to the pad
Latest in microfiber pad technology for dual-action and rotary style buffers
Compound uses the latest in refined aluminum oxide “non-diminishing abrasives”
Polish uses the latest in refined aluminum oxide “diminishing abrasives”


The results of these technologies is a two step paint correction system that gives the dual-action polisher almost as much paint polishing power as a rotary polisher, while creating a flawless result, even on soft black finishes.


The Optimum Polymer Technologies Hyper Micro System includes Optimum Hyper Compound Spray, Optimum Hyper Polish Spray, Optimum Microfiber Compounding Pad, and the Optimum Microfiber Polishing Pad.




The Test Panel:

This trunk lid has been sprayed with extremely soft base coat / clear coat in black. This allows us to test products to the extreme an analyze their performance accurately. I created swirl marks in the paint by rubbing a stiff bristled brush over the finish. The result was deeper swirl marks that are far worse then what you would find on your typical daily driver (unless you have been washing your car with a stiff brush!).

The marks were so deep that they were easily visible under fluorescent lighting.




Igniting the paint with a Brinkmann Swirl Finder light showed how truly bad it was.



Step One: Optimum Hyper Compound Spray & Optimum Microfiber Compounding Pad



Optimum Hyper Compound Spray is a unique spray on formula originally designed for OEM (factory) application to provide fast repair of paint defects while minimizing paint product waste. This cutting edge Compound uses several advancements in paint polishing technologies, including a very unique abrasive that maintains an even amount of cutting power through out the polishing cycle. This gives Optimum Hyper Compound Spray the ability to remove paint defects quickly, even when used with a dual-action polisher, while maintaining a high a high gloss finish that only requires minimal final polishing for a flawless finish.

The Optimum Microfiber Compounding Pad uses the latest technologies that utilizes the orbital action of a DA polisher to give it cutting power that is near rotary level while maintaining the safety and ease-of-use that dual action polisher users have come to expect. The combination of these two products gives the user a safe way to correct serious paint defects.

Start by centering the Optimum Microfiber Compounding Pad on the backing plate. For this test I am using the Porter Cable 7424 XP random orbital polisher.




Apply Optimum Hyper Compound Spray Polish to the pad by holding it approximately 6 inches away and squeezing the trigger quickly. For fresh, dry pads, use two sprays. Once the pad is primed, use only one spray for an additional section.




The compound is evenly dispersed onto the pad's surface.




The same principals of machine polishing apply to using this cutting edge system. Drape the cord over your shoulder and hold the machine comfortably. Work a section at a time, approximately 2' x 2'. If you need more cutting power you can shrink the work section down. Polish on speed 5 or 6, using firm pressure (enough to slow the rotation of the towel but not enough to stall it completely) and move your arms in over lapping passes.

Here is the one exception, with most polishes and compounds, you work until the polish “break's down.” In the case of Optimum Hyper Compound, you work until the defects are the removed. That is because the advanced “non-diminishing abrasives” will continue to work as long as they are applied.


Work a 2' x 2' section with firm pressure on speed 5 or 6, with slow arm speed and firm pressure in overlapping passes.



Optimum Hyper Compound has an incredibly long work time, work until you can no longer see defects or the compound becomes clear.






Buff of the residue with a soft microfiber towel, such as a Supreme 530. Hyper Com pond buffs off with incredible ease.




Microfiber Polishing Pad's Quick Tip: As you polish with any microfiber pad the nap will become flat and pressed down. This changes the dynamic of the pad and significantly reduces cutting ability. To keep the pads clean (for the best finish) and keep them fluffed (for the best cut) it is important to clean your pads frequently. The best way to clean them is to blow them clean with an air squirter attached to an air compressor. If you don't have access to this, use a nylon bristled pad brush.

The fibers have become matted down.




Run the machine while pressing a nylon pad conditioning brush into the nap.




The pad is now fluffed and clean and great for additional product (and the next section).




One of the benefits of both the advanced Microfiber pads and the Hyper Compound is both leave a very nice finish (for a compound). There is very faint haze in the paint at this point (which is incredible considering how soft the paint on the test panel is).

Here is the before side...



After compounding (not final polishing)...




And a 50/50 split shot....





Step Two: Optimum Hyper Polish Spray & Optimum Microfiber Polishing Pad



Optimum Hyper Polish Spray is a unique spray application polish that uses ultra refined diminishing abrasives to burnish the paint to a high-gloss shine. Just like all Optimum polishes, Optimum Hyper Polish is extremely easy to use and has a long working time with no dusting or sling issues. Its spray application minimizes the chance of overloading or gumming up the pad, and it provides an even application. Optimum Hyper Polish easily wipes off with a damp microfiber towel, whether you use it in the sun or shade, to achieve outstanding results.

The Optimum Microfiber Polishing Pad uses the latest technologies that utilize the orbital action of a DA polisher to give it good polishing power while maintaining the safety and ease-of-use that dual action polisher users have come to expect. The combination of these two products gives the user a safe way quickly and easily remove light defects and create a stunning, flawless finish.

Start by centering the Microfiber Polishing Pad to the backing plate of your DA polisher. Mist Optimum Hyper Polish Spray onto the Optimum Microfiber Polishing Pad in the same fashion you did with the compound. Use two sprays to prime a pad for initial use and one spray per section after that.




The same principals of machine polishing apply to using this cutting edge system. Drape the cord over your shoulder and hold the machine comfortably. Work a section at a time, approximately 2' x 2'. If you need more cutting power you can shrink the work section down. Polish on speed 5 or 6, using firm pressure (enough to slow the rotation of the towel but not enough to stall it completely) and move your arms in over lapping passes.

Optimum Hyper Polish Spray uses traditional like abrasives that do break down, so continuing working until the polish appears to 'clear' on the paint surface. At this point reduce to speed 4 and continue working for an additional pass maintaining firm pressure. Then buff away residue to reveal a high-gloss, swirl-free shine.




Optimum Hyper Spray Polish uses a diminishing abrasive that will achieve best results when broken down. Here is the film on the paint when it is fresh.




Work in smooth, overlapping passes, until the polish breaks down (becomes clear).




At this point, with the polish nearly translucent, the polish is ready to be removed with a soft microfiber cloth. That's it, your done. Having a flawless finish can be that easy!




Always inspect your work as you go. Here I am looking at the paint with a Brinkmann Swirl Finder light.




Here is the paint finish under the swirl finder light.




Remember how pad it was before, even when viewed in standard garage fluorescent lighting? Here is the polished finish now.




This is a good time to remove the masking tape in order to compare the polished and unpolished sides directly. Always remove the tape at a sharp angle to the body to avoid lifting it.



Under the standard fluorescent lighting...




With the Brinkmann Swirl Finder light...




The true test of paint is how it looks in the direct sunlight. Luckily it was sunny day in Florida, so I pulled the panel outside to inspect.

In the sun the finish was FLAWLESS!




Here is the unpolished side.




Another direct sun picture of the hood to show the quality of finish.




A 50/50 split shot.




One more pair of polished vs. unpolished pictures.






Conclusion:

Optimum Polymer Technologies continues to “Accelerate Into The Future” by combining these advanced technologies with a novel application. The result is a polishing system that gives dual-action polishers the ability to remove defects like a professional wielding a rotary tool. Best of all, the considerable safety margin of a DA polisher is maintained.

While most polishing systems require 3 (or more) steps to remove heavy defects from the paint, Optimum is more than capable of doing the same in two steps, quickly. Whether you are professional detailer or a novice enthusiast, Optimum has a polishing solution that will save you time, increase your results, and maintain safe polishing.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:00 AM   #2
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:13 AM   #3
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looks like that stuff works magic. i like it!
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:19 AM   #4
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WOW...I am deff interested, it's amazing the results you got out of the Porter Cable v.s a rotary.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:53 AM   #5
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It's a awesome product line that has many products that you would not be disappoint at all. Thank you Todd for a great write up.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:12 AM   #7
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Pretty cool!
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Ok so I am completely new at detailing so I have a few questions for you. I only need to buy these two products to get rid of my swirl marks? It seems easy but since I'm new, how would you describe the difficulty to someone who has never used a machine polisher? Is there a kit you sell with all the needed products plus a pc?
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How does it work on orange peel? Some one on here has a thread about getting rid of it.
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Pm me please with price of this kit .
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There is no kit with these products (although we may be working on one).

Optimum Hyper Compound Spray 18 oz. $29.99

Optimum Hyper Polish Spray 18 oz. $24.99

Optimum Microfiber Compounding Pad- $8.99 or 2/16.99

Optimum Microfiber Polishing Pad, 5.25 inches- $8.99 or 2/16.99


So your total for the 'kit' would be around $75 if you got the single pads, or $89 if you doubled up on the pads (which I would highly recommend doing). REMEMBER this is BEFORE the Camaro5 permanent discount, which you get by placing Camaro5 into the coupon code box at check out. (This discount is not applicable to kits or machines)

We sell three forums of Dual-Action polishers, including the Griot's, Meguiar's, and Porter Cable, and you will also need a 5 inch backing plate (if you don't have them already).



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Yeah, I didn't find a 'kit' on the web site. Thx for reply and with 10% off, good deal.
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Ok so I am completely new at detailing so I have a few questions for you. I only need to buy these two products to get rid of my swirl marks? It seems easy but since I'm new, how would you describe the difficulty to someone who has never used a machine polisher? Is there a kit you sell with all the needed products plus a pc?
Okay, let me see if I can help.


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Ok so I am completely new at detailing so I have a few questions for you. I only need to buy these two products to get rid of my swirl marks?
Ultimately it depends on how deep the swirl marks or scratches are, but yes, if used with correct technique then this will be all you need. (The pads, polishes, machine, backing plate) but you would also want to pick up quality microfiber towels. Keep in mind that once you remove swirl marks, the goal is to keep from creating new ones. So proper washing gear becomes essential.

If the damage is really deep you may need to make multiple passes with the first step in order to remove them, or consider living with them, because you never want to over-thin the clear coat.



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It seems easy but since I'm new, how would you describe the difficulty to someone who has never used a machine polisher? Is there a kit you sell with all the needed products plus a pc?
It's hard for me to answer this question because I first started using a buffer in high school. If you take the time to understand the process, then it is fairly simple, although it may take a little practice to get it right.

Dual-Action Random Orbital Polishers, such as the Porter Cable shown in this thread, are really safe tools for the beginner. There is some technique involved, namely how firm to you press down on the machine (you have to add some down pressure for these machines to work), and how fast to you move your arm (slow, about 1 inch per second). But with a little patience and practice, you should be able to get great results in no time.

There is no kit right now with all of the products listed above, but we offer plenty of Porter Cable and beginner kits.
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Yeah, I didn't find a 'kit' on the web site. Thx for reply and with 10% off, good deal.
Agreed! Make sure to use the code: Camaro5 for 10% off of almost everything (except for kits, drop-shipped items, and machines)
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You don't use any kind of foam pads? I get that you need one pad for the compound and one for the polish so you realy need two, but you don't reccomend foam pads?
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You don't use any kind of foam pads? I get that you need one pad for the compound and one for the polish so you realy need two, but you don't reccomend foam pads?
It's not that I don't recommend foam pads, I do. We sell 1000s of foam pads a month! We also sell over 60 brands of car care products, with Optimum being just one of many of the premium brands we carry. I wanted to highlight the latest in technology with this system.

Microfiber pads are the latest in dual-action polishing technology. Foam pads have been around since Meguiar's introduced them (some time in the early 1960's IIRC).

Foam pads are, by design, inefficient on DA polishers. (Much of the orbital motion is absorbed by the foam, like a bowl of Jello jiggling on itself). Microfiber pads, which are a newer technology for consumers (they have been used in OEM factories in Canada for a long time, in fact the F-body's were polished with them at the factory) are more efficient with a DA's movement.

I won't bore you with the details (I was part of the Meguiar's testing team that helped bring microfiber polishing pads to the market) but they really do a great job of enhancing a DA polisher works.

There is still nothing wrong with foam pads, they still work as good as they ever have, but microfiber pads (on a DA polisher) give a large amount of cutting action while still producing a great finish
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Thanks, that does make sense. (Nice jello anology).
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what would it be like without the soft clear just more passes or?
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for some reason my check out cart says 89.95 for the total not 84, am i missing something?
I think its the pads, it says 16.99 and 17.98 for each pair.
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Another great optimum product. Seams easy to get great results.
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How does it work on orange peel? Some one on here has a thread about getting rid of it.
The only way to remove orange peel is to eliminate the bumps that cause it (basically taking a terrain that looks like rolling hills and making it flat). This is accomplished by using fine grades of sandpaper wrapped around a firm foam block to file the bumps down. This is not recommended on factory paint unless you are extremely skilled and the you don't plan keeping the car in the garage, maybe taking it out 1 once on the weekends.
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for some reason my check out cart says 89.95 for the total not 84, am i missing something?
I think its the pads, it says 16.99 and 17.98 for each pair.
I really wanted to try you're product, but I don't understand why don't you answered my question
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