Extra slippery opti-coat
April 1, 2015
I applied opti-coat 2.0 to my car first thing when I got it two years ago, and I'm impressed with how well it's held up. It is incredibly etch resistant (bugs,water and bird s***), and looks no worse for wear after nearly two years of daily driver duty. Unfortunately, despite it's hardness, the dealership managed to scratch up my opti-coat during a "courtesy wash" I forgot to opt out of. As I've been polishing out their damage, I've been re-coating with this newer product, gloss coat.
I currently have some panels topped with gloss coat, and some still topped with opti-coat, and while washing the car, the differences are clear. Opti-coat beads water be virtue of being non porous, but it is not slick and does not repel water and\or grime well, whereas Gloss-coat has similar slickness to a high quality sealer. While drying the car, the gloss coat panels had much fewer hard water streaks left behind.
Of course, longevity is of super importance, but I can't really test that in two weeks can I? Opti-coat was formulated to go the distance, and I sure hope this is too.
Pros:Seems like a slicker version of opti-coat
Cons:No filling effect, prep work must be thorough.
Unclear on longevity vs opti-coat.