Forget the alcohol
It may be a rule our Jules lives his life by (Not this year, I’m teetotal – Jules). But an alcohol wipe down is an essential part of the preparation stage. It’s also something that many forget to do after washing, polishing and decontaminating.
The idea is to get the surface ready to accept all the last stage protective layers. Basically you want your sealants or waxes to firmly bond to the surface and this can prove difficult when using shampoos that contain silicone and oils designed to give a glossy finish (they call this levelling the optical appearance). Wiping the surface with an alcohol-based solvent will remove these oils and guarantee your LSPs will stick. Technically you can use white spirit, panel wipe or even vodka, but it’s best to find a tar-remover or glass cleaner with a 20-50 percent IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) content. That’s how you prepare the surface like a pro.