For­get the al­co­hol

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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.

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