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Old 17-07-2017, 10:29 PM   #1
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Car ready for polish + sealant

Spent the day giving my Mini Cooper a going over with the DA and megs 205 which brought it up nice and shiney and got rid of most of the swirls.
It's at a stage i'm happy enough with (maybe 70% corrected) as i know Mini paint is thin so didn't want to take much more off.

I'm now ready for the AF Tripple and PB EX-P sealant (i have these already so don't want to buy other products)

Is it better to use the Tripple first then seal the finish with the sealant or do i seal the paint first then Tripple over the top?

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Old 18-07-2017, 12:52 PM   #2
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Logic tells me that the two won't be very compatible. The issue is Tripple is a sort of all in one product in that it cleanses with slight abrasion then fills in defects along with leaving a protective wax layer behind. Trying to put a sealant over this shouldn't work as it simply won't bond to the wax/oily base left by Tripple.

You would be better off just giving the car a panel wipedown now after the machine polish then applying the sealant to bare paint.
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Agreed. If you want to use the Tripple to polish & clean the paint you need to be using a wax as the top coat.
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Old 19-07-2017, 05:47 PM   #4
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Wish i'd seen the replies yesterday as i did the Tripple first then Sealant over the top :
Guess it should be ok for a couple of months then apply sealant again ready for winter?
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It's anyone's guess how long it will last. Sealant on top of wax does not a good bond make, unfortunately.
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It's anyone's guess how long it will last. Sealant on top of wax does not a good bond make, unfortunately.
Slight hi-jack, would wax on top of sealant work? e.g AG EGP followed by FK1000? Also is there any point in doing this?

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Slight hi-jack, would wax on top of sealant work? e.g AG EGP followed by FK1000? Also is there any point in doing this?

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Wax on sealant is generally fine. The reason to do this used to be to get the durability of the sealant but also the looks of the wax. These days when hybrid waxes can easily last 4-6 months on their own, there's less practical reasons to layer LSPs in this way, but if there's a combo that you get on with there's no particular reason not too, either.

All that said, it's worth bearing in mind that FK1000P is generally classified as a paste sealant rather than a wax. Whilst that's a bit of a semantic point, the main thing is that it is quite solvent heavy and I don't know what effect that might have on a sealant like EGP.
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