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Old 08-28-2010, 10:02 AM   #1
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Default Applying sealant to a new car?

Hey guys, I was introduced to Rejex last year and I am completely sold on it as a sealant. Its far superior to any wax I've used. As such I want to apply it to the new car, however its already got a coat of wax from dealer prep.

I'd rather apply the sealant directly to the paint instead of ontop of wax.

Am I right in assuming that If:

I Clay first, then apply a cleaner ( could be any auto paint cleaning product, meguairs deep crystal 1 for example ) the factory wax should be cleaned off and I'm ready to apply my sealant?
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Old 08-28-2010, 11:09 AM   #2
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That sounds like a great plan. Most dealer waxes and sealants as well as "warrantied" protection sadly, at the expense of the customers are usually only bulk purchased easy to apply(for them) stuff that only lasts a handful of months at best. I think they warranty(3-5 years) it on the paint is because the paint is going to last that long anyway and there is really no way to quantify damage from not waxing.

Wash, clay, paintcleaner(Duragloss #501 from the RV line at a NAPA or a Carquest is truly amazing) and seal it up, you got it!
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Old 08-28-2010, 12:25 PM   #3
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Dawn dish soap does a good job of stripping most waxes, then follow up with the clay bar (although that is very time intensive) and the wax should be off.

Also check out Collinite 845 if you want to layer your sealants/waxes, definitely another great sealant that goes for cheap.
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Old 08-28-2010, 02:14 PM   #4
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Thanks for the quick response. It just so happens that there is a napa and a carquest minutes from where I live. =) I've heard of Duragloss #501 before, sounds like it's pretty easy to work with, do you usually apply it with an orbital? I have a porter cable 7424. I can't imagine any reason not to use it to apply it with that??
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Old 08-28-2010, 02:31 PM   #5
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Its truly amazing stuff. And yes you actually get a bit more cleaning action with a PC and a polishing pad. Try it on speed 5 and work for a few passes. If you have some very light marring it may remove that as well(a bit of a side benefit to having soft paint). Smaller areas can be done by hand easily. You can remove your residue as you choose(either section at a time as if it were a polish OR you can let it cure as you work and then remove the whole thing) and then top immediately with your separate sealant. I like section by section so you can visually see the difference.

Also, I would clay regardless of it being new(sounds like youre going to anyway). Even smooth paint can have a ton of gunk pulled up by the clay


Make sure you get some pics when youre done, I think a lot of us want to see it. Its going to be a ridiculously slick finish when you're finished.
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Old 08-28-2010, 02:35 PM   #6
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Its truly amazing stuff. And yes you actually get a bit more cleaning action with a PC and a polishing pad. Try it on speed 5 and work for a few passes. If you have some very light marring it may remove that as well(a bit of a side benefit to having soft paint). Smaller areas can be done by hand easily.

Also, I would clay regardless of it being new(sounds like youre going to anyway). Even smooth paint can have a ton of gunk pulled up by the clay


Make sure you get some pics when youre done, I think a lot of us want to see it when you're all done.
Haha, Thanks for all the advice. I know it needs to be clayed already, When i run my Microfibre spunge along the paint during the last wash I could already feel it catching on small stuff.

I'll be sure to snap some pictures. Planning on doing this tomorrow if all goes well.
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Old 08-28-2010, 02:57 PM   #7
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looking forward to pics~
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:49 PM   #8
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Arrgh!

Both Carquest and Napa closed at 2 today and are closed on Sunday

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