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Old 10-19-2012, 08:20 PM
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Default 2009 Highlander detail with Optimum Polish II and OC 2.0

So today was my first day trying out some OPT products on my wifes car...I hope to get to my Ram next week with a similar process, but i wanted to share my experiences with some new products to me, that i think i might review if there is any interest...

It took me me quite a bit of time to dial in a good combo fort this detail for some reason. My goal was as much correction as possible (on paint that isnít too bad) to Opti Coat as an LSP.

Here goes. Ill list the products used with the images.

Prior to CG CWG









After CG CWG (I found it to have some good cleaning abilities, but too much gloss left behind IMO for stripping LSP which is nattys liquid blue and WGDGPS).





CG CWG didnít really touch the KAIO on the windows.



Next was decontamination with the Ultima Elastrofoam block...did leave some light marring, but really cleaned the paint nice.









Some marring on the painted plastic bumper shroud...



So now with the polishing...I used Optimum Polish II and I started with an Optimum MF polishing pad. I liked the pad, but I didnít seem to get the correction I was looking for, for some reason...I used the PC at speed 5, and it finished nice, but still had some slight correction needed...so I swapped out the mf for a LC HT Tangerine and the Polish II, and finished with LC HT Crimson and polish II.





Here is a shot of the area behind the rear window...I donít know if you will see the swirls in this (camera isnít the greatest) but the first one shows the swirls, the second shows the correction with the LC HT Tangerine and finish polish II.



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Old 10-19-2012, 08:21 PM
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Here are a couple reflection shots...i have to admit the gloss is awesome, but the depoth and clarity is not totally there IMO...





Thanks for looking. If you see any glaring issues please let me know. I hope to finish the rest of the two step polish (Polish II with LC tangerine followed by LC Crimson) tomorrow night and ready for OC. I did get a slight bit of dusting (which I think was the pad honestly), so ill need a quick rinse down before I OC. problem is I don’t have any ONR...

DAY 2

Well I finished off all the paint today...but I had twice as much work as I expected. I found out that when wiping the polishing oils away with a cobra MF (grey and pink), that I scratched the entire surface again, and had to go back once again for a full polish. this time I tried a damp MF, and found that it worked better, but for the life of me, this freaking paint still scratched a bit...I have no idea what I did wrong, but I don’t remember this trouble the last time I detailed this car, but it was with DAT products...I don’t think that is the difference, but at this point, I’m freaking lost...

Anyhow, here are the remainder of the pics...

These are after polish, but prior to OC...IMO the shine is amazing, but I wish I could have gotten a deeper more reflective/mirror like depth to the paint. Again, I’m not sure if this was because of the polish II or if I really shoulda hit it with some compound...but I miss the clarity in the reflection on this paint...





Here are some after the OC was applied...I did not do any of the tires/wheels/undercarraige beacuasei did not want to take any chance of contaminating the paint...Ill address all the other stuff in a couple of weeks...











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nice write up and thanks for the tips
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Looks like you did a really good job, and very nice write up

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