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Old 05-01-2018, 11:54 AM   #1
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Removing Wax

I have a series 2 Escort RS Turbo in mercury grey.

I am looking at stripping the layers of wax off the bodywork and starting fresh in order to prepare it for the show season.

The car never gets dirty and lives in a carcoon in a garage so is completely dry and in mint condition. Therefore if I can avoid it I would rather not have to wash it using any water.

Can anyone recommend a process and products (polish, paint cleaner?) to achieve what I need to say I have a clean slate to start applying products again?

I've included a little photo from sunnier days

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You probably want to use a waterless wash or cleaning QD to remove any light dust, then a paint cleaner / cleaner polish to remove wax.

Something like Bilt Hamber Auto QD, suitably diluted, followed by their Cleanser Polish, would be my suggestion.
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You probably want to use a waterless wash or cleaning QD to remove any light dust, then a paint cleaner / cleaner polish to remove wax.

Something like Bilt Hamber Auto QD, suitably diluted, followed by their Cleanser Polish, would be my suggestion.
Cheers.

The car is only ever 'washed' with quick detailing spray anyway, or sometimes a spritz of water from a pump sprayer just to rinse a panel down at a time.

Just looking for a product to take me back to basics once I've removed whatever is sitting on the surface.
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You could also have a look at straight paint cleaners - I really like the Serious Performance Ultra Gloss Paint Cleaner, but there's lots of others about.
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Thanks. I’ll take a look at those
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I did this on my car last year and I was recommended to use farecla G3 body prep shampoo. Worked for me and seemed to remove my build up of wax and detailing spays
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You probably want to use a waterless wash or cleaning QD to remove any light dust, then a paint cleaner / cleaner polish to remove wax.

Something like Bilt Hamber Auto QD, suitably diluted, followed by their Cleanser Polish, would be my suggestion.
This is what I would do but use Bilt Hamber cleaning fluid first then cleanser polish by hand or DA
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The car never gets dirty and lives in a carcoon in a garage so is completely dry and in mint condition.

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Does it ever get driven?
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I have a series 2 Escort RS Turbo in mercury grey.

I am looking at stripping the layers of wax off the bodywork and starting fresh in order to prepare it for the show season.

The car never gets dirty and lives in a carcoon in a garage so is completely dry and in mint condition. Therefore if I can avoid it I would rather not have to wash it using any water.

Can anyone recommend a process and products (polish, paint cleaner?) to achieve what I need to say I have a clean slate to start applying products again?

I've included a little photo from sunnier days

Cheers
Lovely car, I had one exactly the same not as mint as yours F641 MMV wish I had never sold it. Few and far between now.
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Non abrasive paint cleansers only work on old or crap waxes. They will make a decent wax hydrophilic giving the impression it’s removed when in fact it hasn’t.
Only true way of removal is with abrasion. Ie a finishing polish or abrasive paint cleanser like Dodo juice liime prime.

The non abrasive types say it chemically does it. I’m yet to use one that does what it states and I’ve tried a lot.

So you could do a waterless wash, paint cleanse like lime prime, panel prep wipe down (not ipa as it’s a polar solvent and doesn’t remove oils from polishes) and apply fresh wax
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