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      04-08-2009, 08:00 PM   #1
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Sealant by hand or with buffer?

Will be doing my second complete detail this weekend (SIP/106ff/8rd). Last time I applied the sealant by hand and removed by hand. Needless to say it took a long time. I'm thinking about applying the sealant with a black/blue pad. Should I remove the sealant by hand or with a microfiber buffer pad?

Unrelated question, anyone know if a second coat of EX-P sealant is beneficial at all?

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      04-08-2009, 08:04 PM   #2
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i remove it by hand i think it would be easier to be honest....
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Will be doing my second complete detail this weekend (SIP/106ff/8rd). Last time I applied the sealant by hand and removed by hand. Needless to say it took a long time. I'm thinking about applying the sealant with a black/blue pad. Should I remove the sealant by hand or with a microfiber buffer pad?

Unrelated question, anyone know if a second coat of EX-P sealant is beneficial at all?

Thanks in advance.
I always recommend removing products (polishes, glazes, sealants, waxes, etc.) via hand application. You introduce more risk of marring your paint when using a buffer to remove.

Also, if applying and removing a sealant, such as EX-P, is taking a long time, chances are you are using too much product. It should apply and remove pretty effortlessly. I'd recommend using a smaller dispenser bottle and using approximately 1 oz per coat.

A second coat could be applied after you give the 1st coat 24 hours to cure. The second coat will ensure full coverage and protection and may enhance the durability a tad.

Hope this helps.

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I always recommend removing products (polishes, glazes, sealants, waxes, etc.) via hand application. You introduce more risk of marring your paint when using a buffer to remove.

Also, if applying and removing a sealant, such as EX-P, is taking a long time, chances are you are using too much product. It should apply and remove pretty effortlessly. I'd recommend using a smaller dispenser bottle and using approximately 1 oz per coat.

A second coat could be applied after you give the 1st coat 24 hours to cure. The second coat will ensure full coverage and protection and may enhance the durability a tad.

Hope this helps.

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Yeah, I used to think Zaino was a PITA to remove. Then I realized I was spreading it on too thick. Put on a VERY light coat. A second coat will get any spots you missed or made too thin the first time. If you do it this way, it's easy to remove by hand.
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Hey George, is optiseal better than EX-P in terms of protection? Anyone else who has used both please chime in, I've only used EX-P
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so I wasted money on my Porter Cable?
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so I wasted money on my Porter Cable?
well you can use it for other things like polish or even applying wax....
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porter cable would get the job done at a faster rate... cuz damm it just take too long to do everything by hand...
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so I wasted money on my Porter Cable?
porter cable is better to polish swirls with anyway.

i apply all sealant and wax by hand now because i've learned to do it thinly.
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Hey George, is optiseal better than EX-P in terms of protection? Anyone else who has used both please chime in, I've only used EX-P
From my experience Optimum Opt-Seal would out last EX-P by a little bit.

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so I wasted money on my Porter Cable?
The main benefit of any quality buffer is to effectively break down abrasive particles in polishes to remove imperfections in your paint. You can use it to apply glazes, sealants or liquid waxes as well, but you aren't necessarily getting any better results because of using a buffer with these steps, just a different way to apply. Product removal should be done by hand though.

Hope this helps,

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