Prep before applying wax/sealant

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  1. classiccar

    classiccar New Member

    Suppose I want to remove swirls before I apply my final wax or sealant. And I would think that this is more critical in the case of sealants. So, I wash, clay bar then use something like Meguiars Ultimate Compound then Ultimate Polish to get the surface looking the way I want. Since I applied product to remove swirls, that product is still on the surface. If I apply my sealant immediately, I have to believe that I'm going to compromise the effectiveness of the sealant. Sealants as I understand, want to adhere directly to the surface.

    So the question is, what is the best way to remove my compound/polish without introducing swirls back into the surface. I've heard people say to use isopropyl alcohol and water mix in a spray bottle. But I would think that spraying and wiping could definitely cause fine scratches. Also, I'm thinking there wouldn't be enough liquid there to effectively remove previous product. I thought about re-washing. But then there's the risk of scratching and water spots.

    So, what am I missing? What is the best way to remove the products use to get the paint looking its best prior to applying sealant (example, Zaino).

  2. okay65829

    okay65829 Active Member

    Carpro eraser is a very popular option, look into it. Adds a little lubrication as well as removing polish residue
  3. classiccar

    classiccar New Member

    Excellent, thank you !

    HOOVER Member

    Dave, I always do an IPA/Water wipe down after compounding. Sometimes I do a one step, others I go over with finishing wax and apply sealant/wax on top and have not had one complaint from clients or any concerns with scratching. Remember, we are only removing dust, so plenty of lubricant, microfiber towels and a soft touch is all that is needed!!


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