Opti-Coat Pro Automotive Paint Ceramic Coating FAQ

Forget about the chemistry and scientific words that few understand.
Opti-Coat PRO Ceramic Coating in Real Words!

What is Opti-Coat PRO Ceramic Coating?

Opti-Coat PRO is a clear liquid ceramic coating that is applied by hand and designed to permanently bond to clear coated surfaces. It protects factory paintwork from damage or etching from water spots, bird droppings, bug splatter, acid rain, industrial fall out; or UV damage/oxidation – far outperforming traditional waxes and paint sealants currently on the market.

Who is it for?

Those who want permanent gloss and shine with little maintenance. Those who not only want their cars to stay cleaner longer, but also want dirt and road grime to come off with little effort! This means no more harsh chemicals such as degreasers, wheel cleaners, or bug/tar removers. Anyone who wants the paint on their car to be protected from etching and paint damage from water spots, bird droppings, bug splatter, acid rain, industrial fall out; or UV damage / oxidation.

How long does Opti-Coat last?

Opti-Coat is designed to be permanent when applied to clear coated surfaces.

What maintenance is required?

We recommend routine hand washing using Optimum Car Wash or Optimum No Rinse. Paint sealants and/or waxes are no longer needed after Opti-Coat is applied.

Does Opti-Coat need to be reapplied?

NO. Opti-Coat is a one and done ceramic coating. No boosters or reapplications are required.

Does Opti-Coat come with a warranty?

Yes, please visit http://opti-coat.net/content/55/warranty.html for details.

How is Opti-Coat different from other ceramic coatings on the market?

  • Opti-Coat is currently the only ceramic coating that permanently bonds with the clear coat to become one layer.
  • The chemical makeup of Opti-Coat and the way it bonds to the clear coat makes it extremely chemical resistant.
  • Opti-Coat is the only ceramic coating composed of Silicon Carbide making it harder than other ceramic coatings.
  • Opti-Coat reaches maximum gloss after about 7 days and maintains that gloss over time.
  • Opti-Coat has been in use for 10 years as of 2016.

Now that we have the basics covered, here is some additional information worth noting.

What is PRO Plus?

PRO Plus is an upgrade to Opti-Coat PRO. It is a separate ceramic coating that is applied on top of Opti-Coat PRO.

What are the benefits of PRO Plus?

PRO Plus provides increased gloss and shine, slickness, and more resistance to water spotting. It comes with a 7 year warranty versus a 5 years for vehicles 5 model years old and newer. It also offers increased dirt shedding ability. Opti-Coat PRO by itself does not provide any slickness to the paint.

How long does it take Opti-Coat to cure?

Cure times vary depending on the environment (temperature and humidity).

  • Resistant to water and pH neutral liquids within 12 hours
  • Full chemical resistance within 7 days
  • Full cure after 30 days

Most importantly, do not expose Opti-Coat to any chemicals which aren’t pH neutral for the first 7 days, at least. However, the longer the better. This means no tunnel, or brushless car washes for at least a week or two.

For the chemist in you

Okay, We couldn’t get through an entire blog post without discussing chemistry. Opti-Coat is indeed a ceramic coating composed of Silicon Carbide. Silicon Carbide is used in the production of bullet proof vests, ceramic brakes, abrasives, cutting tools, etc. SiC has a melting point of 2,730 °C (4,950 °F) and is a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness (diamond is 10). Bottom line is, Silicon Carbide is a very strong and durable chemical compound (SiC).

The man behind Opti-Coat PRO

Opti-Coat PRO was formulated by Dr. David Ghodoussi. Dr. Ghodoussi holds a PhD in Polymer Science from Oregon State University. He worked as an R&D chemists for over 12 years in the manufacturing of automotive paints before founding Optimum Polymer Technologies in 2001. Optimum is located in Memphis where the products are also manufactured.