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Hello

I will soon be giving the car a good clean. This will be Polishing with P1, then applying Prima Amigo Glaze & then FK1000p am my LSP. This will all be done by hand :(

Prior to doing this the car will be thoroughly cleaned, snow foam, shampoo, dried etc.

Are there any processes I should do inbetween the polish,glaze,LSP stages? I have read about IPA wipedowns? When should I do this? after polishing? if so, what % concentration of IPA should be used? after the wipedown can I go straight into using the glaze or should the car be washed again?

Cheers for you patience.
 

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IPA is used after polishing to remove the oil from polishing compounds so you can see the '' true '' correction.
After polish foam the car with a mixture of apc to remove all polishing dust
Then ipa wipedown. After Ipa dont have to wash again.
Continue with glaze and then wax

You can also use that kind of IPA in all polishing procedure and after :D

Greene King IPA
 
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Robbo has given some good advice; you should still wipe the paintwork down with IPA to ensure the surface is clean and not harbouring any greasy fingerprints etc, regardless of which polish you are using. By hand, it is unlikely you'll create copious amounts of dust, so a wipedown would be sufficient - washing is a bit overkill, but not to say it wont need it. Be gentle when wiping down with IPA, it's not got great lubricity and with Honda's soft paint... it's just asking for trouble without taking good care.

Regarding dilutions - most polishes are water soluble, so they don't need a high concentration of IPA to dissolve any leftover residue. I personally use mine at 20% strength (4:1, water/product), especially when using the oily 3M polishes. You can use it much weaker though, even diluted down as low as 10%, which seems to be quite popular over in the states? So anyway, the choice is yours, but too high a concentration (>50%), I am led to believe, can cause softening of the clearcoat.

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Robbo has given some good advice; you should still wipe the paintwork down with IPA to ensure the surface is clean and not harbouring any greasy fingerprints etc, regardless of which polish you are using. By hand, it is unlikely you'll create copious amounts of dust, so a wipedown would be sufficient - washing is a bit overkill, but not to say it wont need it. Be gentle when wiping down with IPA, it's not got great lubricity and with Honda's soft paint... it's just asking for trouble without taking good care.

Regarding dilutions - most polishes are water soluble, so they don't need a high concentration of IPA to dissolve any leftover residue. I personally use mine at 20% strength (4:1, water/product), especially when using the oily 3M polishes. You can use it much weaker though, even diluted down as low as 10%, which seems to be quite popular over in the states? So anyway, the choice is yours, but too high a concentration (>50%), I am led to believe, can cause softening of the clearcoat.

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Thanks "Magic", i'll get a small bottle & dilute it right down to 15% is 7:1
Would you recommend applying iot direectly to a pad & wiping on. OR mist spray bottle & wipe off with a MF cloth/paper towel?
 

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will the IPA effect any of the fillers in the polish? might be a stupid question but if it removes the oils what could it do to the fillers just something i have been wondering,as i use the megs 105/205 combo
 

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I don't believe in these all-in-one products.

My process would be to polish, wipe down with IPA, then apply a proper glaze (then protect). AIO's are a "jack of all trades, master of none" imho. It's not to say they don't have their place or they don't work, just you can get better results using more specific products.

Spraying the IPA onto the microfibre as Robbo does is fine also btw, not that you needed my approval, it's another way of working. I mist onto the panel and then wipe.
 

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Robbo has given some good advice; you should still wipe the paintwork down with IPA to ensure the surface is clean and not harbouring any greasy fingerprints etc, regardless of which polish you are using. By hand, it is unlikely you'll create copious amounts of dust, so a wipedown would be sufficient - washing is a bit overkill, but not to say it wont need it. Be gentle when wiping down with IPA, it's not got great lubricity and with Honda's soft paint... it's just asking for trouble without taking good care.
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A good quality microfiber towel is very helpful in this case. Plus there is no need for puting any pressure here. Same as buffing, let the towel do most of the work.

Regarding dilutions - most polishes are water soluble, so they don't need a high concentration of IPA to dissolve any leftover residue. I personally use mine at 20% strength (4:1, water/product), especially when using the oily 3M polishes. You can use it much weaker though, even diluted down as low as 10%, which seems to be quite popular over in the states? So anyway, the choice is yours, but too high a concentration (>50%), I am led to believe, can cause softening of the clearcoat.

HTH.
A 15%-20% dilution is just about fine for most tasks. You are not going to see any difference with a higher dilution rate.


I don't believe in these all-in-one products.

My process would be to polish, wipe down with IPA, then apply a proper glaze (then protect). AIO's are a "jack of all trades, master of none" imho. It's not to say they don't have their place or they don't work, just you can get better results using more specific products.

Spraying the IPA onto the microfibre as Robbo does is fine also btw, not that you needed my approval, it's another way of working. I mist onto the panel and then wipe.
I totaly get what what you saying here and in most cases I agree. However, there are some cases that might be beneficial. Take for instance Zaino. I find it does add up if you aply Zaio before layering with Z2pro.
 
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