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Old 05-20-2012, 11:17 PM   #1
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I just bought a bottle of ONR but have no clue what to use. I've read that some use grout sponges, microfiber towels and chenille mitts or sheepskin mitts. What is the best to use that doesnt leave marring? I want something that I can possibly use more than one wash so it reduces on cost. Something that can be cleaned out so I don't have to keep buying new washing material.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:28 PM   #2
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:52 PM   #3
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nice write up conwrath.

here is another great video/thread
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2136660

mike got me hooked on ONR, i've been using the sponge he uses in the video for almost 2 years. you want something porous that soaks up ONR solution, this also helps with trapping the dirt without dragging it across the paint. any medium you decide to go with should last longer than a 1 time deal.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:45 PM   #4
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I use a griots microfiber wash mitt:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...r+wash+pads.do

Soaks up plenty of the ONR and doesn't scratch the paint. I love this stuff it rules!
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:01 PM   #5
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I use a griots microfiber wash mitt:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...r+wash+pads.do

Soaks up plenty of the ONR and doesn't scratch the paint. I love this stuff it rules!
This won't mar or scratch the paint? I am interested in getting some mitts from them do they compare to the chemical guys microfiber mitts?
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:29 PM   #6
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I love the griots microfiber stuff. It's really good quality and easily available at autozone. I have no issues with marring, BUT in the winter if the grime is HEAVY, I will pre rinse the car at a touch less carwash bay. That's also good for hosing off salt and grime. You can also presoak with onr in a quick detailer bottle, works great. After I do the primary surfaces I even dip a brush in the onr and clean the fender liners and dry with a nasty old rag.

In all honesty, I feel that my car looks BETTER after an ONR wash versus a traditional wash. And it's a great quick detailer and clay bar lube. I showed my car at Carlisle this weekend after only an onr wash and quick detailer spray down and got nothing but compliments on how clean my paint was (it's still rocking Adams three step polish system I put on in march). The bottle literally last 6-8 months too.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:15 PM   #7
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What quick wax should I use after washing with ONR? I want to maximize the shine of my car wash.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:42 AM   #8
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Optimum Opti-seal (spray), topped with Optimum Car Wax (spray)

then just OCW to maintain
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:44 AM   #9
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BTW, you dont need to do a two bucket method or use a grit guard with ONR
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:31 AM   #10
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BTW, you dont need to do a two bucket method or use a grit guard with ONR
you don't? you might not need it, but i use both 2 bucket and grit guard just for peace of mind.

i do agree on OCW, use it after every wash, great stuff.

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Old 05-23-2012, 04:02 AM   #11
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i use microfiber towels, and plenty of them, basically one per panel. for the larger panels or more dirty ones sometimes two. no harm, no foul. they just go in the wash after anyway.
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:52 AM   #12
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Optimum Opti-seal (spray), topped with Optimum Car Wax (spray)

then just OCW to maintain
If I use those steps will it last 2-3 months like if I waxed it?
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you don't? you might not need it, but i use both 2 bucket and grit guard just for peace of mind.

i do agree on OCW, use it after every wash, great stuff.
i'll agree, it's a nice piece of mind. when i was super anal about washing i did it with two buckets. however, i've been doing a one bucket method on my lightning red and it doesnt look like anything significant has been introduced which couldnt be covered with a coat of wax

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If I use those steps will it last 2-3 months like if I waxed it?
Optimum says 5 mos.

But I think that largely depends on how often you drive, where you park, and the frequency of washes
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:09 PM   #14
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If I use those steps will it last 2-3 months like if I waxed it?
are you only planning to wash your car once every 2-3 months?

using OCW might add an additional 10-15 mins to your wash process.
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:17 PM   #15
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olazy, i've heard you can add an oz of OCW to ONR so you can wash and wax! never tried myself tho.
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What's the point of using optiseal then the wax? Would I be better off just waxing it since the price is the same and I could get a good wax?
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:55 PM   #17
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olazy, i've heard you can add an oz of OCW to ONR so you can wash and wax! never tried myself tho.
haha that's an interesting concept. for now i think i'll leave the 2 steps seperate. i like to use the wax step to get polish out any water spots i missed.

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What's the point of using optiseal then the wax? Would I be better off just waxing it since the price is the same and I could get a good wax?
opti-seal is a sealant so when used together with the wax it just an additional layer of protection. i don't think its necessary to use both but again the additional layer doesn't hurt.

it sounds like you're trying to keep your car maintenance to a minimum. if washing your car regularly isn't your thing, you might want to consider just sucking it up and doing a good detail every 6 months and call it day. i would consider products like OCW a good routine maintenance product for someone that regularly washes, not for long term protection.
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What I'm trying to do is keep my maintenance down. I'm going to college so I won't have a lot of time. I live in an apartment complex so I try to wash every week but it's more like 1.5-2 weeks for me to wash. I would like to keep maintenance to something long like 3+ months if possible I wouldn't mind quick waxing after something like ONR (which I plan to buy soon.)
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What I'm trying to do is keep my maintenance down. I'm going to college so I won't have a lot of time. I live in an apartment complex so I try to wash every week but it's more like 1.5-2 weeks for me to wash. I would like to keep maintenance to something long like 3+ months if possible I wouldn't mind quick waxing after something like ONR (which I plan to buy soon.)
2 weeks in between washes sounds pretty regular. in your situation i think you'll be happy with ONR + OCW. wash with ONR and a quick polish with OCW (you spray on and wipe off with a soft MF towel, very easy). you can incorporate opti-seal maybe every other wash before applying OCW, but i've had great results with just ONR and OCW.

i would probably recommend a good full detail every 6 months but the ONR and OCW should keep you good in between.

here's a pic of the water sheeting/beading action after ONR and OCW.
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^ very sound advice!! and nice beading!

04wrxdrvr, you could also try what i suggested. mixing 1 oz of OCW with your ONR wash. wash and wax!

either way, ONR is a real time saver and i think you'll really appreciate it once you start using it
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Could you provide me links to those optimum products? (on blackberry at work?

What is a good wax that will last almost 6 months? Please remember I don't have too much money to spend on a $60 wax like dodo
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ew, blackberry. good luck surfing!!

anyhow, here's a link for optimum products. ONR comes in either an 8 oz, 32 oz bottle, or a 128 oz. i recommend the 128 oz.

http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-wax.html

I know detailers domain (vendor on here i believe) also carries it.
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What's a good wax that will last but isn't too much. Am willing to spend for something that will last but nothing like $60 for dodo. Maybe like $20-$30? Im new to detailing also so bare with me.

How's that optimum wash mitt on the link above?
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Collinite 845 is your friend for a cheap and durable wax.
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Finish kare FK1000P, also cheap and very durable.
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