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      06-29-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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Best way to strip off protection?

So im getting to add some sealant/wax to my cars.
Currently I have chemical guys, Mr.pink, maxi sudsII, and glossworkz as my car washing soaps. I don't think any of these in any concentration will strip off the protection.

Dawn? or ISP?
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Dawn wash at a very strong dilution and Carpro Eraser after all of the polishing is done. Claying also will remove LSP's.
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Dawn wash at a very strong dilution and Carpro Eraser after all of the polishing is done. Claying also will remove LSP's.
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Dawn wash at a very strong dilution and Carpro Eraser after all of the polishing is done. Claying also will remove LSP's.
I just recently clayed, so I just wanted to throw some BFWD on certain areas ( like headlights and window trim maybe front bumpers and side skirts) and nattys wax on the rest of the car. Just felt like stripping what was on the car and start fresh. Looks like ill use dawn.
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You can also try using an APC diluted like Optimum Power Clean mix with your car soap.
I usually use Chemical Guys Citrus Wash & Gloss at a higher dilution along with dawn to strip LSP. Also go over it again with 3:1 OPC to really make sure everything is off
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Like the others mentioned, you can used dawn or just clay the vehicle. As a matter of fact, doing both would probably be the best thing to do before putting down a fresh layer of sealant or wax.
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if you are going to use these mixtures of products to strip, be sure NOT to let the wash dry on the paint. you can wash in sections and rinse thoroughly.
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I just stripped some wax today and I think I let some dry today. It was cloudy out and there was no sun so I didn't realize it had dried so quick.

Just wondering what happens when you let it dry?
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I just stripped some wax today and I think I let some dry today. It was cloudy out and there was no sun so I didn't realize it had dried so quick.

Just wondering what happens when you let it dry?
Since you're stripping off the protection (be it sealant or wax), you can get water marks and sud stains on your paint. When it bakes on the paint, depending on how bad it is, rubbing it off may not work and will most likely introduce swirls on your paint. You'd then have to polish off the swirls before layering on wax.

It may be a safe bet to do a final polish before applying your wax anyways. That way it'll get rid of any micro-swirls or marring from the clay, as well as prep the paint to receive the wax most effectively.
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Since you're stripping off the protection (be it sealant or wax), you can get water marks and sud stains on your paint. When it bakes on the paint, depending on how bad it is, rubbing it off may not work and will most likely introduce swirls on your paint. You'd then have to polish off the swirls before layering on wax.

It may be a safe bet to do a final polish before applying your wax anyways. That way it'll get rid of any micro-swirls or marring from the clay, as well as prep the paint to receive the wax most effectively.

I noticed some sud stains and water marks actually. Not too bad though but damn, I just created more work for myself. Two months ago I had done a full 2 step paint correction with Menz SI 1500 and Menz SF4000. That was really first time doing two step paint correction with a polisher.

I guess I'll have to take out my new GG polisher that replaced my PCXP and go at it again. So this time I'm just going to do a clay a light polish with Menz SF4000. Would that be alright or do you recommend something more aggressive?
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I noticed some sud stains and water marks actually. Not too bad though but damn, I just created more work for myself. Two months ago I had done a full 2 step paint correction with Menz SI 1500 and Menz SF4000. That was really first time doing two step paint correction with a polisher.

I guess I'll have to take out my new GG polisher that replaced my PCXP and go at it again. So this time I'm just going to do a clay a light polish with Menz SF4000. Would that be alright or do you recommend something more aggressive?
As a general rule of thumb, tape of a section and do a test run with the light polish first. If that corrects the paint, then cool! At least you didn't go aggressive when you didn't have too, which in turn would preserve your clear coat. If the light polish didn't work, then use the more aggressive polish followed by the light polish.

The more you detail vehicles, you'll start to automatically know how aggressive you have to get based on the paint condition and the products you have...that'll take time and experience...
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I waxed my car about a month or so ago, I wanted to strip what was left, only to put the same wax on the car. You think its necessary to strip off the same wax that is left on the car, only to put 2 coats of the same wax?
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I waxed my car about a month or so ago, I wanted to strip what was left, only to put the same wax on the car. You think its necessary to strip off the same wax that is left on the car, only to put 2 coats of the same wax?
if you are only planning to rewax then it is not necessary to strip, just layer the wax. The only time it is good to strip everything off is if you are going to do paint reconditioning or sealant.
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you should never let apc dry onto any surface, it can be damaging
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Any dish washing liquid that has a grease cutter in it will do.
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you should never let apc dry onto any surface, it can be damaging
uh oh. I might have had some dried off but I think I got most of it off when I went over it again with my wash mitt. I did notice some runs and soap streaks when I was drying the vehicle though
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