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Old 23-01-2018, 11:56 AM   #1
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How To Use Panel Wipe - A Guide

As more and more detailer’s are using panel wipe to degrease the paint to check the condition after polishing or before applying their chosen coating or LSP I’ve noticed that some people are not using it correctly.

Panel wipe should be applied with a microfiber dampened in the fluid (or alternatively by misting on the panel from a sprayer) and wiped across the panel. A second clean and dry microfiber should then be used to remove the panel wipe before it flashes off. The clean MF lifts the contaminants/degreased residue softened by the panel wipe and removes it from the panel. If you allow the panel wipe to flash off before wiping with the clean MF the residue you are trying to remove just stays on the paint.

Whilst a fast drying panel wipe is probably fine for use during the colder winter weather a slow variant allows more time to remove the contaminants and degrease the panel before it flashes off.

Hope this helps.

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Old 23-01-2018, 09:11 PM   #2
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Very helpful. Cheers matey.

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You know what, that's a great bit of advice right there!
Thanks for popping it up!
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That's a great bit of information and kind of how it was explained to me, when I was enquiring about it and wondering whether to go for fast or slow...

Thanks for taking the time to write it up
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This is really helpful for me thank you!

Does anyone have any recommendations for cheap and reliable spray bottles? Thanks

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This is really helpful for me thank you!
Thank you!

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Does anyone have any recommendations for cheap and reliable spray bottles? Thanks
I use an old CarPro Tar X spray bottle with no problems.

(Don't throw empty product bottles away, just recycle them for use with bulk liquids etc. )

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I'm sorry to say I didn't know this at all and daren't now open the box containing the Upol I bought for an upcoming job as I can't remember which I ordered !!!

Thanks for taking the time Alan !!
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I'm sorry to say I didn't know this at all and daren't now open the box containing the Upol I bought for an upcoming job as I can't remember which I ordered !!!

Thanks for taking the time Alan !!

Oops! Fingers crossed the panel wipe is a 'slow' version Simon. However, if you have purchased the 'fast' version you'll just have to reduce your work area and work quickly before the panel wipe flashes off and evaporates. Perhaps have one person applying to the panel and a second person removing it?

This was really the reason behind my Thread - to correct some inaccuracies and enlighten at the same time. Based on the above posts and Thanks received I think I've had some success.

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I'll stick to using meltblown / crows feet cloth, rather than a microfibre, as it's so cheap for a roll and you just pop the sheets in the bin when you're done
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Thanks great help . I did just spray and wipe didn’t buff off . I know for next time
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