Opticoat Customer Car Care Guide
The following standards and techniques will ensure your Opticoat application is maintained to the highest standard.
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Vehicles should be washed fortnightly at a minimum, to avoid excessive contamination build up on the surface.
Avoid washing your vehicle in direct sunlight – heated panels will evaporate water and soap suds, possibly leaving streaks and water spotting on the surface. Regular use of Optimum No Rinse (ONR) acts as a softening agent in the water and will greatly reduce the likelihood of water spots.
Pre-Rinse – remove as much surface contamination as possible with high pressure spray before handling the paintwork. Dirt particles are highly abrasive. Pre-rinsing will minimise dirt particles scratching the coating.
Wash Cleanest Panels First – Leaving the dirtiest panels last will avoid cross contamination. This involves washing upper surfaces (roof, bonnet, boot) first, followed by upper side panels and leaving lower side and rear panels last. NEVER use the same bucket and cloth for wheel cleaning.
Dispose of contaminated water – empty any buckets that become too contaminated and refill with fresh, clean water.
Always dry the vehicle completely and never allow to "air dry". Tap water contains minerals. When the water evaporates, these minerals are deposited on the surface creating "water spots" or "water marks". As the minerals harden with heat they can be extremely difficult to remove from the surface. Optimum (MDR) Mineral Deposit Remover is a gel that can be massaged over with a soft pad to break down spots that have not baked onto or etched into the paintwork or glass. The latter will require professional removal.
Use specialised microfibre drying cloths – such as Optimum Waffle Weave or Opticoat Microfibre Drying Towels. Avoid excessive wiping of the surface and allow the absorbent material to soak up surface water. Low pressure rinsing also known as "sheeting" can remove excess water and make drying easier.
SPOT REMOVAL OF SURFACE CONTAMINATION
Never use abrasive products to polish the coating and remove spot contamination.
Never use excessive rubbing and force to remove spot contamination. Bird droppings can contain shell grit, so can easily damage the paint. Keep the surface wet to soften and either high pressure spray or bottle trigger spray to remove residue. the remaining can then be gently wiped with a soft Microfibre.
Surface contamination such as bird droppings, tar, tree sap should be removed as soon as possible to avoid temporary staining of the coating and/or hardening on the surface requiring professional removal.
For assistance with contamination removal or advice on maintenance standards and techniques, contact us for professional advice.
ADDITIONAL OPTIMUM PRODUCTS
Optimum Tyre Gel
Optimum Leather and Vinyl Protectant
Optimum White Microfibre Applicator Pads
Optimum Power Clean - All Purpose Cleaner
Optimum Fabric Cleaner and Protectant
Optimum (MDR) Mineral Deposit Remover