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3 comments on Ask A Pro: Layering of a Paint Sealant

  1. Rob Julian says:

    Your closing comment suggests “stripping the car”. How would I do this and what products can you recommend?

    Also, I’ve read some articles the suggest applying a sealant followed by a quality carnuba wax. Is this another form of “layering” and how many layers should we ideally shoot for (all sealant or sealant/wax mix)? Finally, is there a point where too much buildup might occur and detract from the look of the finish?
    Thanks

  2. Eric Schuster Eric says:

    Stripping the LSP ( sealant or wax layer – last step product) is as simple, or hard as, washing with something like dawn or chemical guys citrus wash and clear, followed by a couple rounds of an alcohol wipe down. at this point the paint should be relieved of all slickness and not bead when washed. At that point, its fairly certain to say the protection is gone.

    Layering of a carnuba over the sealant is purely for a looks reason. carnubas tend to last about 4 weeks at most, some a tad more, some less. they are more wet and glossy compared to the typical reflectiveness in a sealant. (of course there are some exceptions)

    you can over saturate the finish with too many layers so to speak, just like over loading the finish with QD right after applying a sealant. Figure that after the 3 layers, you are not doing too much for the paint. You might see subtle changes, but there comes a point in diminishing return.

    My favorite combo is actually two layers of blackfire wet diamond. slick slick slick and protected!!!!
    http://www.detailedimage.com/Blackfire-M32/Wet-Diamond-P205/16-oz-S1/

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