Remove Car Polish

Simple steps to remove old Polish from your car, before applying new Polish and Wax

== Steps ==

Washing the Car surface properly Use Two Buckets to Wash. Detailers know that the two bucket method is the best way to get your exterior clean. Use one bucket to hold your clean suds, and another bucket to hold clean water. Before you dip your cleaning mitt into the clean suds, rinse it off in the clean water bucket and wring it dry. Then, you're always putting a clean mitt into the clean suds that will go on your car. If you only use one bucket, you are simply moving dirt off your car, into your suds and back onto your car. It is also advisable to use a Grit Guard insert, it will help sediment settle to the bottom of your wash bucket, instead of getting stirred up in the water and re-deposited on your wash mitt.

Use Microfibre towels. Pro detailers use color-coded, task-specific microfiber cloths and towels for greater efficiency, lower friction and scratching and easier washing, rinsing and drying.  Buy good quality MF's if you want the best result. Use Good Quality Car Care Products. (Not dishwashing liquid or other detergents - you get what you pay for)  A good quality Car Wash Shampoo will cost you more, but it will be worth it.  Cheap Shampoo's are often harsh on your paintwork and can cause the surface to look dull.  Good quality Shampoo's are often highly concentrated, last longer and provide much better lubrication.

Clay the Surface A Clay Bar is used to remove contaminates from the surface of your paint to leave your paint smooth. Claying will pick up and remove anything that protrudes from the paint.  Always use a clay lubricant with the clay.  Never clay in circles as this will leave swirl marks. Clay side-to-side or up and down movements. Clay panel by panel and use a clean microfiber cloth to lightly wipe the loosened contaminants away. Wash the microfiber cloths regularly using the 2 bucket system to ensure that you do not scratch the surface with dirty cloths.  You can use traditional clay or the latest product to use is a clay cloth which work much faster than traditional clay.

Wash the surface again

Wash the Surface again using the 2 bucket system, this will remove all the loosened contaminants.  Rinse the surface properly with running water or a high pressure cleaner. Dry the surface properly with Drying towels.


Use an IPA based pre-cleaner. Rather spend extra money and obtain a professional pre-cleaner.  These products are not your standard IPA's.  They contain a special mixture that break down the Polish and Wax residues and making it easy to wipe the residue away, without re-depositing.  An IPA and water mixture can be used, but these often leave an oily residue.  For best results, use professional products. Apply the pre-cleaner in a grid ensuring that you overlap with every wipe.  This will ensure that you do not miss a spot.

Now the surface is ready for a new coat of Polish, Wax, Sealant or Coating. Preparation is the key to success.

  • Always do a test patch before applying any product
  • Always work on a cool surface
  • Always follow instructions on labels

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