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    Final Wiping Techniques
    One mention about your final wiping technique. (Not initial removal of product, but after the most of a product has been removed and now you're just giving the finish a final wipe).

    Often times we'll witness people wiping the wax off their car, or giving their car's paint a final wipe using fast, spastic wiping motions. Instead, try this, take your wiping cloth, whether microfiber or cotton, be sure it is large enough to fold it 4 ways to give you plenty of cushion to distribute your hand/finger pressure more evenly over the surface of the side of the cloth in contact with the paint, and then wipe the finish slooooowly, not quickly like you're trying to put a fire out.

    Wipe the finish slowly. Give the substance on the surface enough time to transfer to the fibers of the wiping cloth. Think about it... if you move your wiping cloth quickly over the surface, you're only allowing nano-seconds for any small amount of wax/polymer residue to transfer from the paint to the cloth.

    If you slow down the rate of travel of the cloth over the finish, you improve the chance for whatever it is you're trying to remove to successfully transfer to the fibers of your wiping cloth.

    If you follow all of the above, always using clean, dedicated applicator pads to apply your products, then removing them using clean wiping cloths, your finish should look clear, glossy and rich in color.

    "Slow down to speed up"


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    Re: Final Wiping Techniques

    I really like the Ultimate Wipe cloths for the final wipe. At least for me, they work very well.
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    Re: Final Wiping Techniques

    I might have to try that some time. I just lightly mist a microfiber towel with some QD and run it over real quick. Thanks for the tip!

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    Re: Final Wiping Techniques

    Great tip, I have to admit I do it rather quickly as well but I will try this next time!
    Is it me or is it strange that the first reply is 3.5 years later than it was posted?

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    Re: Final Wiping Techniques

    Quote Originally Posted by Dibbuz View Post
    Great tip, I have to admit I do it rather quickly as well but I will try this next time!
    Is it me or is it strange that the first reply is 3.5 years later than it was posted?
    yea, that is a long time

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    Re: Final Wiping Techniques

    Yes, it seemed like too long a time to me, too, so I thought I would bump it up for the benefit of all who have not seen this tip.
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    Re: Final Wiping Techniques

    yet, when mol was on the old forum engine, i remember this thread, and mike's invaluable tips stuck to me instantly. i used to be one those fire outage wax removal techniques but not after this thread!
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    Re: Final Wiping Techniques

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    "Slow down to speed up"
    That's a great way to put it.
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    Re: Final Wiping Techniques

    i love doing this technique.. been doing this everytime.. afraid that any leftover residue might leave a swirl...

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    Re: Final Wiping Techniques

    RUBBISH!!

    The faster I give it the final wipe, the sooner I can stand back and admire my work, and get in and go for a drive!

    Oh.....okay, I guess you got a good point there.

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