Saturday, May 12, 2012

VW R32: Optimum No Rinse Wash

I'd always scoffed at 'no rinse' car soap, but a combination of positive reviews on detailing forums and tiredness of having to wash the R during odd hours at a local coin-operated car wash finally convinced me to at least test it out.

Details below the fold.

Anywhoo, I decided to try out Optimum No Rinse Wash, Optimum Poli-Seal, and Optimum Opti-Seal from Optimum Polymer Technologies. I purchased these from a Canadian distributor, www.eshine.ca
  • >Optimum No Rinse Wash (ONR): I followed the recommended dilution, 1 oz. (approx. 29 mL) ONR in 2 gal. (approx. 7.6 L). The R was slightly to moderately dirty, probably more slightly than moderately. I washed one section at a time, from top to bottom, with a MF mitt until clean, then dried with a MF towel before moving to the next section. This worked quite well. I'm not sure how it would work on a really dirty car, but I'd be willing to give it a cautious try, after a quick rinse at the DIY. I didn't notice any new scratches or anything from using ONR. 
  • Optimum Poli-Seal: As the name suggests, this is a polish with some scratch-removal and sealant properties. Again, applied, one section at a time, using a MF applicator, let a slight haze form, then buff off with MF towel. Ease of application similar to Einszett Glanz Metallic Polish. 
  • Optimum Opti-Seal: Opti-Seal is a straight sealant and the easiest wax/sealant I've ever used. It arrives in a spray bottle. Basially, for each section I'd spritz twice, spread Opti-Seal over section with MF applicator, and let it evaporate off. No buffing required. I think it will take me some more experience to better gauge the amount to use, but so far it's been very impressive. I still have to see how long it lasts. 

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