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Optimum No Rinse (ONR) Revision 5!



The Optimum No Rinse has been a staple in many detailing collections for years. Optimum is always striving to better their products and ONR has been through a few revisions throughout the years. The newest revision is the 5th iteration of this fantastic rinseless wash and this new version has some pretty great updates to version 4.

I reached out to Dr. G at Optimum and below are some highlights on what makes this new version great.

  • Increased cleaning power
  • Much greater lubricity, making washing easier
  • Leaves minimal water behind, making drying much faster
  • The drying towel glides over the surface far better due to the added lubricity
  • Leaves behind a greater shine

Dr. G shared that the polymers in No Rinse were modified to increase the gliding power, increasing overall lubricity. The polymers in ONR have always done a great job encapsulating dirt and grime, pulling it from the surface during the wash process. Adding increased lubricity allows the encapsulated dirt and grime to glide off the surface, greatly reducing any swirls, scratches, etc. that can happen during the wash process. Version 5 will also release dirt better from the wash media than V4, leaving more in your bucket and less in your wash media to be introduced back onto the surface. Overall, version 5 of Optimum No Rinse has some small tweaks, but these changes greatly increase the washing ability of an already exceptional product!

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6 comments on Optimum No Rinse (ONR) Revision 5!

  1. Hugh Mungus says:

    This is the best article I’ve ever read, and might be the best thing ever written in human history. I personally use 683 gallons of Optimum No Rinse every single day, and would recommend it to everyone. Ever.

  2. Frank Di Blasi says:

    How is it applied to a ceramic coated car?

  3. Tony says:

    I was a loyal user for years . But every time I dried my car after drying the rockers it would leave dirt on my towel.After I read the same comment from somebody else I knew it was just not me. I switched to purple power car wash and never had that problem again. Ivan said to use big red sponge and pretreat area or wash it again. I still have the original bottle that I bought 10 years ago from DI that I refill. It says use a microfiber . The big red sponge seems like a gimmick to me. I did just use No Rinse again when I was hurry and I will have to admit that it does add noticeable gloss.

    • Henry says:

      Hi Tony, I used to thing the sponge was a gimmick and rather outdated, however I started using The Rag Company’s black sponge when it came out just to see if it was worth the hype and I can confidently say it is worth it. It has been way better and SAFER than microfiber towels. I am not great at explaining the science so I highly recommend you watch Yvan and the rag company’s videos on it. I personally have found other rinseless washes that I prefer more than ONR. Such as Wolfgang’s Uber Pink rinseless wash, I also enjoyed mckees green one (can’t remember the official name). Give it a shot and you may be pleasantly surprised.

  4. Tony says:

    @ to Frank Blasi. You don’t apply it . It is a rinseless wash . You put the recommended amount into a bucket of water and use a microfiber mitt or towel to wash car. No need to rinse it off that is the whole point of the product. Hope this Helps.

  5. Ron Ayotte says:

    I was once a skeptic about rinseless washes, then I tried the rinseless wash method. I presently have P&S Absolute and ONR V5.

    I do a mix of conventional and rinseless washes in my detailing venture, the method I use depends on how dirty the car is. My personal vehicles are done 98% rinseless.

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