The first significant difference is the chemistry. The manufacturer of Opti-Coat was a formulator of urethane clear coats for OEM automotive finishes. Dr Ghodoussi explains in technical terms
"Opti-Coat is a pre-polymer that cross links and forms a continuous film on the surfaces it is applied to, similar to a single component isocyanate that forms a clear coat finish. Opti-Coat also reacts with the substrate that it is applied to so it will not delaminate"
"As far as the durability, it is similar to urethane clear coats. It will not wash away or break down, however, you can polish it over time ! The hardness starts at 6-7 but will increase over time to 9H as it is exposed to heat. Opti-Coat has better chemical resistance, scratch & mar resistance, and release properties than any automotive coating in use."
Translated so we can all understand that - Opti-Coat is not a wax, nano or polymer sealant that will degrade over short periods of time. Or a paint protection product that requires a special "soft wash" or pH neutral shampoo to remain on the surface for any extended period of time. It is a permanent, clear coat finish very similar to your factory clear coat, only harder, and with higher resistance to chemical etching.
The second significant difference is the thickness of the coating. A single layer of Opti-Coat measures approximately 2 microns in thickness. Or 100 times thicker than your typical wax or sealant measuring in at 0.02 microns.
What this means to your vehicle is that any damage inflicted on the surface is absorbed by the Optimum Coating. This is particularly significant in relation to scratches and swirls in the paintwork that inevitably build up over time. Not only will the Opti-Coat resist damage far better than factory finishes, but the coating itself can eventually be removed and reapplied. Preserving your factory coating, and restoring the vehicle to "better than new" condition.2-Do I need any special pH neutral car wash to maintain Opti-Coat?
Absolutely not. Opti-Coat is not affected by even harsh chemicals let alone any strong car wash or cleaners.
Be aware of products that claim "up to x amount of years protection" based on washing only with special pH neutral washes. If the protection requires a soft wash to maintain its durability, how can it really be expected to protect your cars finish when it's most needed?3-Can I polish Opti-Coat?
Yes you can! Unlike other products that will void your warranty, periodic polishing of Opti-Coat will actually improve it by removing any embedded contamination. Use only non abrasive polishes. If you are unsure about your polish, speak with your dealer or contact us before using it.
Annual polishing is also a part of your warranty's maintenance plan and will be performed, if required, by your dealer.4-Will Opti-Coat Prevent Scratches?
No. It won't prevent them completely. But it will provide far superior resistance than any factory coating. It is important to maintain a good washing technique to preserve the coating to its maximum capacity. Should you require assistance, discuss what are the best washing methods with your Opti-Coat dealer.5-My Opti-Coat has been scratched and damaged. What should I do?
Coatings damaged by things such as brushes, abrasive cloths etc. are not covered under warranty. What this means is your dealer, or the distributor cannot be made liable for this damage. However! At your annual service you may elect to have your damaged coating removed via machine. Reapplication of the coating is then free under warranty!6-Can I still wax my car?
Yes you can. Although you will find that any additional benefits from your wax will be shorter lived as it will have difficulty bonding to the Opti-Coat film and therefore reduce its durability.7-What is this ceramic clear coating made from?
Among other ingredients, Opti-Coat is based on a material called Carborundum. It is one of the hardest materials in existence, and used to manufacture other products such as ceramic disc brakes and plates in bullet proof vests. You can read more information on this material at WIKIPEDIA8-Why do I have to have the coating serviced annually under warranty?
Not everyone cares for their vehicle like you might do. So we cater for the weakest link to ensure the Opti-Coat continues to perform to its full potential. An annual service will allow the dealer to clean, and if necessary polish and remove any contamination build up from the coating. This is also an opportunity for the client to have any additional work carried out they wish to request, like removal of old damaged Opti-Coat and reapplication.9-How much will an Opti-Coat service cost?
There will be slight variations from dealer to dealer. You can expect your service costs to be comparable to a basic detail with any additional work charged separately.