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      06-26-2013, 04:02 AM   #1
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Anyone get opticoated yet?

So my close friend recently got his E39 2003 black M5 opticoated and has pretty much held me at gunpoint and forced me to do the same for my E92 AW M3. I set an appt and just got it done today. here's what I got done by a very talented specialist detailer named Johnny here in the bay area.
The car was already in very good condition with very few unnoticeable flaws (usuals) and it looked something like this




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P21S Total Auto Wash + Dawn Power Suds + Grit Guard & Car Pro Merino Wool Mitt (2 bucket method)
Nanoskin Nanoscrub / Fine / ONRWS
Menzernas FG400 / Rupes LHR21ES 5.5″ / Orange
Sonax Perfect Finish/ Rupes LHR15ES 5.5″ / White
Sonax Perfect Finish / Meguiars G110v2 4″ / White
Menzernas FG400 / Meguiars G110v2 4″ / Orange
Optimum Opticoat Pro/ By Hand / Optimum Dual-Pro Application (Permanent Ceramic Coating)
Stoners Invisible Glass
Optimum Opti-bond
AQuartz Iron Cut
Car Pro Erasure
Sonax Full Effect
Compressed Air
#0000 Steel Wool
Optimum Metal Polish


And then after johnny was done he sent me pictures of how my paint looked and I was absolutely blown away at the results of his procedures. All of this work was aimed to protect my paint from the elements keeping it looking cleaner newer longer. check these pics out

before opti coat: 1st stage


after opticoat:






Now I just have to keep the M tucked away until the opticoat hardens in 2 weeks and Im ready to do all my modding and what not. I'm completely sold by this OC procedure and it seems like the next big thing and is better than clear bras as it doesnt peel paint when it has to come off and will actually last for a really long time protecting my paint from oxidization and the wrath of the elements. What do you guys think? I'm loving how it looks even newer than new now!

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      06-26-2013, 05:22 AM   #2
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It is really hard to tell from pics what a nice job some of these detailing products can do. This is especially true on a white car, which, in pics, will look just as good after a basic wash/wax as it will after a full-on professional detail.

The real test is a dark colored car in bright sunlight.
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May I ask how much that ran you?
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Looks good, but you cant drive it for 2 weeks?!
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May I ask how much that ran you?
Market rates for new car prep usually runs about 500-800 depending on the shop, the size of the car, and whether any light paint correction is needed. A full body paint correction with full interior detail will typically range from 1000-2000 depending on how much cutting they have to do to get the paint back to where it should be.

A week after I pick my car up, I'm dropping it off at a detailer in North NJ for a full new car prep and Opticoat of the body and the wheels.
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Now I just have to keep the M tucked away until the opticoat hardens in 2 weeks and Im ready to do all my modding and what not.
Opticoat doesn't need 2 weeks to cure. You can start washing it the next day, although it takes a few weeks to month to fully bond to the paint. I think it's recommended that you don't polish it for the first month, but no driving is not necessary.
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May I ask how much that ran you?
400 dollars. Took him about 9 hrs to finish. Yeah its a pretty penny
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Looks good, but you cant drive it for 2 weeks?!
I can drive it if I want. But to be honest ive been driving it so much im kind of just in the mood to let her sit so I can stock up on mods haha. But It does take 2 weeks for the opticoat to harden.
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Opticoat doesn't need 2 weeks to cure. You can start washing it the next day, although it takes a few weeks to month to fully bond to the paint. I think it's recommended that you don't polish it for the first month, but no driving is not necessary.
Yea I know i dont have to but itd be a good time for me to get alot of work done, gather mods' and then when im all done with my work projects i can play play play and mod mod mod haha
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Thanks alee0729! You know your stuff.
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Looks great but Clear bra will protect better for rock chips I bet. OC will stop a stain but not a chip. Do others agree? If I have the cash Next go around I may OC then Clearbra the front.
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did you opticoat the wheels also?

there's a few threads in the detailing forum about OC..i started one also...
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My detailer said its good to clear bra first then opticoat since oc protects from uv rays and it will protect the clear bra from fading. The opticoat is worth it, i had it done and been washing with no rinse wash then finish it off with a quick detailer.
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Looks good. I have the Opti-coat on mine as well.
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400 dollars. Took him about 9 hrs to finish. Yeah its a pretty penny
that's a really good deal for what was done.
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Opticoat doesn't need 2 weeks to cure. You can start washing it the next day, although it takes a few weeks to month to fully bond to the paint. I think it's recommended that you don't polish it for the first month, but no driving is not necessary.
polishing will remove opti coat. no need for polishing unless you want to use a different sealant
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Looks great but Clear bra will protect better for rock chips I bet. OC will stop a stain but not a chip. Do others agree? If I have the cash Next go around I may OC then Clearbra the front.
Yea? I was going to clear bra but then ppl told me it could rip my paint when if I remove... has this happened to anyone that has removed it b4?

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did you opticoat the wheels also?

there's a few threads in the detailing forum about OC..i started one also...
I dont know for sure.
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that's a really good deal for what was done.


polishing will remove opti coat. no need for polishing unless you want to use a different sealant
Yeah he told me he usually charges around 600 but since Im good friends with his good friends and since I also referred a lot of business to him 400 was ok. Ppl say he likes to rub cars alot. Lol
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Looks good. I have the Opti-coat on mine as well.
Thanks tech.
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Phil@DetailersDomain did my M3 with oc 8 months ago and water still beads very nicely on the paint. Plus, my car is my DD and sits outside during the work days (garage at night) so this stuff is seriously tough!
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Yea? I was going to clear bra but then ppl told me it could rip my paint when if I remove... is this anyone whos removed it b4?
I believe the only examples I have seen of peeled paint from clearbra removal were from folks that had resprayed the part then applied the clearbra.
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Phil@DetailersDomain did my M3 with oc 8 months ago and water still beads very nicely on the paint. Plus, my car is my DD and sits outside during the work days (garage at night) so this stuff is seriously tough!
Thats very good to know! Do you have use a sunblocker for your windshield while you are at work?
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