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I want to strip the wax and seal from the roof of my car so I can polish it again but I DO NOT want to strip the window sealant or the rest of the car.

 

Any tips on how to accomplish this? I understand that IPA is discouraged and APC is encouraged but how? Should I spray it on and wipe it off? Diluted? Soak the MF towel and wipe?

 

Any tips from someone who has attempted something like this?

 

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IPA is NOT discouraged. We actually encourage it when you need to touch up a small area. If you were going to strip your whole car we would suggest adams shampoo mixed with APC.

 

Spray it on the roof and wipe off with a great white drying towel or Waterless wash towel.

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IPA is NOT discouraged. We actually encourage it when you need to touch up a small area. If you were going to strip your whole car we would suggest adams shampoo mixed with APC.

 

Spray it on the roof and wipe off with a great white drying towel or Waterless wash towel.

 

Great! Thanks.

 

Is there some reason why spraying APC on the roof and wiping it off with a wash towel is a BAD idea?

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Great! Thanks.

 

Is there some reason why spraying APC on the roof and wiping it off with a wash towel is a BAD idea?

 

I don't know if it's a BAD idea, but IPA is a much better alternative. Mainly because it dries almost instantly after being wiped off. APC on the other hand, if left untouched, may cause damage if not wiped off properly.

 

Regardless, I use IPA when touching up or wiping polishing oils off.

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I just used IPA and it seemed to work great. I just sprayed it on and wiped it off. I put a few towels down to catch overspray so it wouldn't get on the rest of the car.

 

Thanks for the help!

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I did not.

 

Other than making it go farther I don't see the point. IPA evaporates very quickly...

 

There are some interweb discussions by some knowledgeable folks that even a 50/50 solution of IPA and water could be too strong for some clearcoats. The dilution with water may also provide a little longer 'work' time.

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And if I remember another thread, there are 2 different strengths of IPA - one is 90%, which is suggested to be diluted 50/50 solution of IPA/distilled water, another is 70%, which some use straight. I favor the 50/50 dikution wtih the 90% IPA- a little milder, but it works very well. Gets all the old wax and or sealant off the finish in a flash, lets the polisher work to it's best ability. With nice clean paint (after stripping), it seemed to me that my correction was a little quicker.

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And if I remember another thread, there are 2 different strengths of IPA - one is 90%, which is suggested to be diluted 50/50 solution of IPA/distilled water, another is 70%, which some use straight. I favor the 50/50 dikution wtih the 90% IPA- a little milder, but it works very well. Gets all the old wax and or sealant off the finish in a flash, lets the polisher work to it's best ability. With nice clean paint (after stripping), it seemed to me that my correction was a little quicker.

 

Bingo. It all depends on the alcohol %.

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There are some interweb discussions by some knowledgeable folks that even a 50/50 solution of IPA and water could be too strong for some clearcoats. The dilution with water may also provide a little longer 'work' time.

 

Now you tell me. Oh well. I don't have any distilled water anyway. Next time I'll cut it 50/50.

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No worries, it worked! I am sure that paint was clear of any sealant or wax! I think the 50/50 gets the job done and is gentle on the paint as well.

 

Go get those swirls! :pc:

 

Bite your tongue! I don't have no stinking SWIRLS!

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