We are the same! Distinctiv_Detailing was the name that kick started this whole hobby back in 2010. After years of trust in the community, we decided in 2018 to incorporate the business, and also given it a new name, “Detailership”, which we feel is easier to remember, easier to spell, and which we also feel identifies us as a company. We spend a lot of time on “new” cars, making them look newer than new, or bringing older vehicles back to it’s near-new condition.
It’s a big word to describe the mechanics of removing of surface “contaminants” (I.e. crap that doesn’t usually come off in regular washes). We use a combination of clay bars, clay mitts/pads, and chemical iron-removers depending on severity. Generally speaking, the rougher the paint “feels” the more intrusive techniques we’ll need to make. Typically, the car gets followed up with polishing anyways, so any marring induced by the decontamination is easily removed when we polish the car.
Polishing is the mechanical act of abrasively “leveling” the clear coat. Yes, this thins out the clear coat at a microscopic level, but where scratches and swirls in the clear coat exists is also at this surface level.
Generally speaking, if you can feel the scratch, it’s probably too deep to be polished off.
I’ll quote Dr. Ghudoussi himself.
“The Optimum Ceramic Clear Coating (Opti-Coat Pro) is all about protection. But what sets it apart from numerous other paint protection products on the market making similar claims?
The first significant difference is the chemistry. Dr David Ghodoussi, an Organic Chemist and founder of Optimum Polymer Technologies explains it best.
“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 or polymer paint 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 paint 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 paint work 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. Protecting and preserving your factory coating, and restoring the vehicle to “better than new” condition.”
Why choose Distinctiv_Detailing?
We are authorized by Optimum Polymer Technologies as a professional installer!