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Old 14-02-2017, 06:02 PM   #1
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Trade polish as a base layer

Hi,After a full decontamination of paintwork could you use a trade polish as a base layer for your wax.New to detailing so still learning the do,s an don,ts.All comments welcome.Cheers Andy.
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Not familiar with trade polish, do you have any links?
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Hi,I mean generic polish as used by car dealers and valeters.Most dealers will not generally use a high grade polish fo car sales.As I have a5ltr tin and don't want to waste it.Hope this explains my question, thanks Andy.
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The answer is almost certainly "yes". How good the end result will be is hard to predict, though. Which polish is it? (I know you said it's "generic" but someone must have made the tin you have!)
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The polisg I have is from a company that supplies ArnoldClark garages in Westof Scotland.Who actualy made it I don,t know off hand.Cheers Andy.
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After looking at the tin it appears to be made for Ian Semple chemicals in paisley.No other name is on the tin.Cheers Andy
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So it's probably one of these:

http://iainsemplechemicals.co.uk/pol...compounds.html

Reading the descriptions my guess would be that as most of them already contain wax, you could add more wax on top and it would stick as well as any additional coat of wax would. Essentially these are mostly bulk versions of AIO products which tend to combine paint cleaning, mechanical cut, and some degree of paint protection and paint defect filling.

Only way to find out would be to do a test panel with your bulk polish, then put a "dedicated" wax (ie a product that's a wax and nothing else) on top of it. Actually, ideally I would suggest doing a panel with the bulk polish, and put "proper" wax on half of it, so you can see how the protection varies (both at the start and over time) between the "proper" wax and the protection in the polish.

(If you wanted to be really thorough, you could do 2/3 of the panel with bulk polish, and 2/3 of the panel with wax, overlapping in the middle, so you'd have 1/3 only bulk polish, 1/3 wax over the polish, and 1/3 wax directly onto paint. There is an argument that this could be considered overkill!)

In any case let us know what you put over the top and what the end results look like. Some folk turn their noses up at "trade" products in big tins but in the right hands they can make a car look grand
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Thanks for your thoughts and comments.Will give it a try when the weather gets better.Hopefully post photos of before and after.Cheers Andy
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