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Old 03-30-2002, 06:12 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Quick help ...about to paint please

best way to remove old wax?
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Old 03-30-2002, 09:04 PM   #2
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dawn or some type of dish washing liquid... thats what i use if im really bored and wanna spend 4 hours making sure i wax the whole car...

if the car is in the city or parked outside i'd wash it with dishwasher stuff then clay bar it (takes pollution, tree sap, junk that doesn't come off in a regular washing) then wash it again then wax it...
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Old 03-30-2002, 09:20 PM   #3
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When we are doing decals we use windex then alcohol/water mix.That does the job.
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Old 03-31-2002, 01:07 PM   #4
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I think polish will take off wax (the pre-wax cleansers)
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Old 03-31-2002, 01:55 PM   #5
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use a claybar with detailer spray. one of the best ways to take off old wax and any surface contaminants.

its great that you asked, becuase there are too many people out there that keep waxing their cars every week without taking off the gunk first...its like no meaning..
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Old 03-31-2002, 06:17 PM   #6
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Like someone else said, dishwashing soap. Dawn is best, strips the wax right off.

Then get a good polish, THEN wax it. So many people think that wax is what makes their car shiny.
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Old 03-31-2002, 06:44 PM   #7
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Xymol has a cleaner product that they recommend before waxing. I used to use it all the time on my BMW, which had much better paint than my WRX (WRX is more fun, though!).

This stuff works GREAT. You would not want to use this and then not put wax back on your car before exposing it to the environment.
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Old 03-31-2002, 07:20 PM   #8
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Clay, clay, clay. Gets the old wax off, and all the surface contaminents that soaps can't touch.

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Old 03-31-2002, 08:19 PM   #9
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Default what what what?

To take off old wax: use dawn dishwashing soap in place of conventional car wash...

pre-wax: use a clay bar to get rid of itty-bitty crap that the soap wouldnt get...

wax it...

Is that the right order/stuff to use...

Let me know what is good to use on my paint get good results but doesnt cost me 300 million dollars to buy.

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Old 03-31-2002, 09:43 PM   #10
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Default clay?

what clay are you guys talking about cleaning the car?
where can i get this clay?
how much would it be?
thanks a lot you guys!
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Old 04-01-2002, 12:06 AM   #11
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you can get a clay bar kit at any automotive hardware store (Pep Boys, Trak Auto, Lee Auto Parts). The kits are usually in the 1$10-$20 range. One kit lasts about four uses...

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Old 04-01-2002, 01:59 AM   #12
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one kit lasts many many many many uses. cut the clay into about a size of a quarter. pull on it until flat, then use the detailer spray and rub. after you're done, take that same clay and pull on it, mash it together, pull on it, mash it together until all the black gunk is gone. you can re-use that until it gets brittle and or dirty. keep the unused portion in a ziplock to keep it soft and fresh. i bought one claybar last year....havent even used half of it yet.
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