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IPA Rubdown Question

wuta3 Aug 4, 2020

  1. wuta3

    wuta3 Registered User

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    Hi all,

    I cleaned my car at the weekend, and gave it an isopropyl alcohol "buff off" after the wash (1:3 IPA/water dilution). I did this as the car is being wrapped and I wanted to clear the paint of any polish after removing fallout etc.

    Now, i've done full weekends of claying and polishing in the past and it never turned out this clean. Specifically, the immovable water spots, window grease and everything else was gone ... this is expected as it is a solvent.

    My question is, would repeating this process damage the clearcoat/plastics? I think the dilution is high enough to keep the plastics safe, but I don't know if the AMAZING finish is down to removing a layer of clearcoat?

    Is it safe to do time after time?

    This is the first time I saw my black car looking as good as the paint can be. The photos are from a quick 1 hour wash, no polishing or other products except a gentle foam and IPA rubdown with an MF.

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  3. Nickyc

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    I could stand corrected here, but I don't think the IPA rubdown will cause any clear coat to come off unless you poured it neat on a panel and just let it sit there to bake through.
     
  4. Adam14

    Adam14 Registered User

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    If the car is being wrapped the wrap place should do a wash and thorough prep beforehand?

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  5. 123Quattro

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    It's probably not the best thing for rubber and soft plastics, and it will degrade any way or polymer based sealants you have on the surface, bit it certainly will not harm the clear coat or coats such as ceramic.

    I use CarPro Eraser as a wipe down after a wash at least once a week. It certainly doesn't hurt, and I find that it improves the shine and hydrophobics of coated surfaces when they are completely clean and clear.
     
  6. wuta3

    wuta3 Registered User

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    Absolutely, but it doesn't hurt to give them a car free of iron, road grease and dirt as a starting point.
     
  7. wuta3

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    Yeah i'd absolutely not apply it to weather seals, interior plastics or anything like that.
     
  8. jassyo06

    jassyo06 T-Cut King !

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    IPA diluted with water or not should not be used on clear coat of a cars paint as it expands the clear coat and by doing so weakens it....a dedicated cleansing fluid should be used....Bilt hamber Cleansing Fluid being the best on the market.....it contains oils that prevents the IPA from drying up the clear coat.......
     
  9. sixlargebeers

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    Would UPOL slow acting degreaser (panel wipe) do the same job ? Should that be diluted or applied neat after polishing ?
     

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