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Old 11-14-2015, 03:41 PM
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Best Self-Applied Paint Sealant

I've been looking around for a good paint sealant and investigated some professional applications, but not sure they're worth the cost. Modesto was $1600! What are some good, easy to apply, sealants?

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Old 11-15-2015, 07:12 AM
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Optimum Opti™ Clean simplifies car care. You don't have to have a garage full of products to have a clean, shiny vehicle. You just need Optimum Opti™ Clean.

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Spray liberally on painted surfaces and wipe clean with a plush microfiber towel. Fold and use a new section of the towel as needed. For glass and interior surfaces, apply one or two sprays and wipe off with a clean, plush microfiber towel. For lower panels and wheels, spray liberally and let it soak for a few seconds and then wipe off. When there is heavy dirt build up, use Optimum No Rinse™.
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Old 11-16-2015, 02:30 PM
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I've been looking around for a good paint sealant and investigated some professional applications, but not sure they're worth the cost. Modesto was $1600! What are some good, easy to apply, sealants?

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I've read good things about Opti-seal. I'm going to use it on my ED 328i when it arrives from Munich
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Old 11-16-2015, 05:12 PM
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I've heard mixed things about the various Opticoat products. Everyone loved it before the 2.0 reformulation, but after that it's a mixed bag. One professional installer I talked to even said they are not offering it anymore because they've seen the new version fail too much.

I've been recommended Sonax Netshield, with or without a top coat of wax. Thoughts?
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:15 PM
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I've heard mixed things about the various Opticoat products. Everyone loved it before the 2.0 reformulation, but after that it's a mixed bag. One professional installer I talked to even said they are not offering it anymore because they've seen the new version fail too much.



I've been recommended Sonax Netshield, with or without a top coat of wax. Thoughts?

Not true. Opti-Coat 2.0 was revised for the consumer (longer working time before it flashed). Now 2.0 has been replaced by Gloss-Coat. OptiCoat is their professional product. Opti-Seal is not a coating, but rather a wipe-on-walk-away (no need to buff off residue/hazing).

I've got 2.0 on an '06 Murano, '00 S80, and the wheels of all four of our family vehicles. I strongly recommend Opti products. The Murano was last treated over 3.5 years ago, and is still strong after weekly washes since. The coating on the wheels of the Bimmer is going on 5 years and still makes wheel cleanup easy and spotless.
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Old 11-24-2015, 09:02 AM
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Well there are 'coatings' on the market and there are 'sealants' - I detail my car pretty often and I have used Chemical Guys JetSeal as an easy to use sealant that gives up to a year of protection of maintained properly (no automatic car washes )
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Old 11-30-2015, 10:59 PM
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Bimmergirl is correct, OP is probably talking about about coatings, not sealants. The problem with a coating is that, although "permanent," it still gets scuffed up, swirled, etc. over time. It beads water for a long time, but a perfectionist isn't going to like the finish after a year or two. I've gone back to just using sealants. They last several months and are easy to apply. Pick any one of the top 20 sealants, they're all good.
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