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FAQs

Opti-Coat Pro is a hard wearing, ceramic coating for superior resistance to scratching (9H) and protection from chemical etching due to environmental impacts.

The Opti-Coat Pro pre-polymer cross-links, and forms a continuous protective film on the painted surface it is applied to, similar to a single component isocyanate that forms a clear coat finish.

Opti-Coat Pro which is the best ceramic-based coating has better chemical resistance, scratch & mar resistance, and release properties than any automotive paint coating in use. It provides permanent protection for all modern factory paints and can also be used to protect metal and hard plastic surfaces.

Opti-Coat Pro is not a paint protection wax or sealant that will wash away, or break down over time. Opti-Coat Pro bonds permanently with the factory coating, protecting the surface indefinitely and will not delaminate.

A single layer of Opti-Coat Ceramic Clear Coating measures approximately 2 microns in thickness. When compared to other paint protection products, Opti-Coat Pro is more than 100 times thicker, with tests showing a wax coating measuring less than 0.02 microns.

This allows Opti-Coat Pro to effectively absorb damage that would otherwise affect the factory paint layers. Swirl marks and light scratches are not only decreased by the harder Optimum Ceramic Coating, but the factory paint is also protected and preserved.

Opti-Coat Pro is completely resistant to acidic environmental substances such as bird droppings. Unlike your factory clear coating that can be permanently damaged, Opti-Coat Pro will not etch or dissolve when in contact with these substances, and a clean, glossy clear coating is maintained.

A Superior Clear Coat Film
Opti-Coat Pro will provide the owner with a superior clear coat film and the most advanced paint protection product in the marketplace, that is resistant to chemical etching and harder than factory clear coatings to reduce swirls and scratches

A Permanent Hydrophobic Surface
Opti-Coat Pro will provide the owner with a permanent hydrophobic surface that is easier to clean, and stays cleaner for longer!

Improved Resale Value
By maintaining a quality finish using the Optimum Clear Coating, you’ll also maintain a solid resale value when it comes time to upgrade to a new vehicle.

Opti-Coat Pro works by bonding to your factory clear coating and becoming a permanent part of your vehicles paint system. Just like the clear coat bonds to the base coat, Opti-Coat Pro bonds chemically to the clear coat.

Initially, the technician will assess the paintwork for defects and contamination. All surface contamination and any necessary defects are removed. Once this stage is complete, the paintwork is prepped and cleaned using an alcohol-based cleaner and ready for coating.

The Optimum Clear Coating is mostly self-leveling. Any high spots are manually leveled by the technician to produce an even coat. Once complete, the surface is touch dry within 30 minutes.

The Optimum Clear Coating continues to cross-link and harden. Within 12 hours it is resistant to liquids such as water and can be driven as normal by the client. Opti-Coat Pro will then continue to harden over the next 30 days as it is exposed to heat.

The first significant difference is the chemistry. The manufacturer of Opti-Coat Pro was a formulator of urethane clear coats for OEM automotive finishes. Dr. Ghodoussi explains in technical terms:

“Opti-Coat Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 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 an 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 Pro 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 Pro 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.

Yes, Opti-Coat has different products and warranty is as follows:

Opti-Coat Pro: 5-year warranty or extended lifetime warranty

Opti-Coat Pro+: 7-year warranty or extended lifetime warranty

Opti-Guard Fabric, Leather & Vinyl: 5-year warranty

  • Painted and chrome surfaces only. For other surfaces please refer to our other coatings in the coatings section.
  • Dry to the touch after 30 minutes
  • Can be exposed to water after one hour
  • Hand wash after one week (with proper shampoo)
  • Chemical resistant after one to two weeks
  • Full hardness after approximately 30- 60 days (temperature dependent)

Please instruct your dealership to remove the plastic on the vehicle so you can inspect it. It is imperative that they not wash, wax, or polish the vehicle, or apply any type of dressings or tire shines. Any waxes or oils on the surface may impair Opti- Coat Pro from bonding properly.

Yes, paint protection film can be applied over Opti-Coat Pro.

Optimum recommends waiting at least seven days before applying Opti-Coat Pro on fresh paint. However, this time period is ultimately determined by the body shop and the type of paint and application process they used.

Absolutely not. Opti-Coat Pro 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?

If you polish Opti-Coat Pro, the coating is compromised and will void the warranty. If polishing is necessary, please contact your Opti-Coat dealer and seek advice.

Opti-Coat is a hard wearing ceramic coating and provides superior resistance to scratches. Having said this, it is not a scratch-proof solution. It is important to maintain a good washing technique to preserve the coating to its maximum capacity. Should you require assistance, discuss the best washing methods with your Opti-Coat Pro dealer.

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 Pro film and therefore reduce its durability.

Among other ingredients, Opti-Coat Pro 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 bulletproof vests. You can read more information on this material at Silicon carbide

Not everyone cares for their vehicle like you might do. So we cater for the weakest link to ensure the Opti-Coat Pro continues to perform to its full potential. An annual service will allow the dealer to clean the coating and decontaminate in several stages to ensure the coating performance is retrieved like day 1 of application.