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TheNeek
09-14-2012, 11:38 AM
The wife and I just got a 2012 Audi B8 Avant (Glacier White). It only has 7 thousand miles or so on it. I've been looking at the paint and want to take down all the products that the dealerships may have used on it. Mainly whatever the used car dealership may have put on it. A friend of mine had mentioned a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water to get all that old finish off. At least I think 50/50 is the mix. And then reapply a quality product to the car.

Anyone ever done such a thing? Any rules for use? Should I not get it on specific things? Is it too early in the cars like to polish before I protect?

Reeco
09-14-2012, 03:09 PM
i don't have a direct yes/no answer to your question, but using anything acidic on a cars paint work seems a bit scary to me! Me and my friend wanted to do the same thing on his car a few months back, and after some research it seems this is highly recomended by alot of people : http://www.theultimatefinish.co.uk/meguiars/deep-crystal-step-1-cleaner.aspx
we never got round to using it because he sold the car within a week, but it aprantly removes old wax etc as well as whats listed on that website.
Hope this helps a bit

PhilipWOT
09-14-2012, 04:01 PM
I've seen diluted Windex used to do exactly what you're describing, never heard of using vinegar. Either way, if you're going to strip it all the way down you might as well clay-bar the whole car while you're at it.

James@AutoFinesse
09-14-2012, 04:18 PM
Never used or heard of using vinegar to strip off old wax or sealants, but the best thing to use in my opinion is body shop panel wipe or IPA (isopropyl alcohol).

James

Francois Dillinger
09-14-2012, 04:20 PM
Never used or heard of using vinegar to strip off old wax or sealants, but the best thing to use in my opinion is body shop panel wipe or IPA (isopropyl alcohol).

James
would you dilute the alcohol, if so what ratio?

James@AutoFinesse
09-14-2012, 05:21 PM
would you dilute the alcohol, if so what ratio?

Yes about 50:50 with water.

Martin@AutoFinesse
09-15-2012, 08:34 AM
Doing an "IPA" wipedown will remove all the oils on the paint. You can do this post polishing to ensure all defects have been removed and are not being covered by the polishes you have been using.

TheNeek
09-15-2012, 03:04 PM
Any areas to avoid with this mixture? Trim, plastics, other? Is it a simple "mix in spray bottle, spray, an wipe off" kind of a deal?

Thanks.

Zack01GC
09-20-2012, 10:07 PM
Good old Dawn always did the trick for me. That's the only time I would take it near a car... when I'm trying to strip someone elses questionable waxes/chemicals off of it.

NeilP
09-23-2012, 02:44 PM
I've always used dish soap to get rid of wax etc

MartinsElerts
09-24-2012, 08:18 AM
I would use
NOVOL PLUS 800 INITIAL DEGREASER

Withers
09-24-2012, 01:17 PM
Seriously though, isopropyl alcohol is the way to go. That's what I was always told to use before applying vinyl to get rid of all the product on the paint.

It's cheap and it's safer than using something acidic.

hetzyhetz
09-25-2012, 03:02 PM
Good old Dawn always did the trick for me. That's the only time I would take it near a car... when I'm trying to strip someone elses questionable waxes/chemicals off of it.

+1 on dish soap

sacrifice
09-25-2012, 04:15 PM
dawn ftw

cangri
09-27-2012, 08:08 AM
Just use some dish soap.It will strip any sealant,polish,wax that was applied to the paint
If you want to go really deep on it then wipe the car using IPA.

12vsex
09-27-2012, 09:09 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0Sqi1lAj1A&hd=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTZchsxdq7A&feature=share&list=PL96D52AF54166C886

I recommend watching his other videos too.

Zack01GC
10-20-2012, 06:23 PM
Also, your local body shop supply store may carry Spies-Hecker 7085 Slow Silicone remover. (We refer to it as "Hydro" at work due to being waterborne). It's a panel preparation solvent that doesn't damage paint (as far as I've seen).