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Old 05-09-2017, 08:15 PM   #11
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I wouldn't be 100% sure about anything purchased via ebay.

This I have and am sure about http://car-chem.com/store/ipa-isopro...ilter_name=ipa

Good price too
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I bought a bottle from my local pharmacy.

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I got mine from eBay last year for £12.99, a wee bit dearer now but the same company and it is 99%.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/IPA-100-5-...cAAOSwqu9U-j0h
Same firm i got mine from above. Was £17.99 delivered and got here quite quickly.

If you look at their website, Hexeal Chemicals look reputable.
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Old 06-09-2017, 11:06 AM   #14
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I wouldn't be 100% sure about anything purchased via ebay.

This I have and am sure about http://car-chem.com/store/ipa-isopro...ilter_name=ipa

Good price too
do you vary your water to ipa rates when using it or stick to the one dilution?

I would prefer something already mixed, I think the killer filler at £20 for 5litres looks best option for me
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Ipa mixs so easily with water. Doesn't matter so much if it isnt distilled (although that is cheap enough).

Neat or high percentage ipa to water is useful for some things, although it isnt good for skin or paint at full strength.

10% ipa to water for gentle cleaning and 20% ipa to water for cleaning paint in my opinion.




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Pardon my ignorance, I've never used an IPA.
What exactly is it and what do you guys use it for.
Does it actually benefit the end result of having a nice shiny car.
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Isopropyl Alcohol (ipa) is pure, clear alcohol which is very useful for many cleaning tasks as it cleans strongly, but then quickly evaporates without leaving any residue behind.

It's essentially the same stuff you get in little spray bottles for cleaning spectacles.

Its what your granny called "rubbing alcohol".




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I'm the same as above, I've never used IPA for car cleaning.

I'm about to fully machine detail the everyday runaround to get it looking good (well, as good as can be) so, am I right in assuming you use diluted IPA to get all the coats of wax, filler etc off prior to machining, then wipe down again once machined to clean the panel before you do the polish n wax treatment?

The price on the Car-Chem site is good for 5 ltrs but I don't want to order if I'm getting its use wrong.
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it is used AFTER machine polishing to remove any fillers/oils etc
to show true condition of the paintwork and also prepping it as bare paint for your LSP
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IPA will clean away polishing oils, finger prints etc (it's used in lens wipes for cameras for this reason). It will not dissolve or remove wax any more than water will - if you want to remove wax you need either a panel wipe, some sort of abrasive polish, or a paint cleaner (which is usually some form of petroleum distillates mixed with a very fine clay to give mechanical as well as chemical cleaning).

Also worth noting, I have found some polish residues are not removed by IPA - it just beads up and runs off! For this reason I tend to use panel wipe for removing polish residue and verifying levels of correction.

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