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    Applying a Sealant

    eShine Car Care Applying A Sealant

    What is a Sealant?

    A sealant is a synthetic wax, also sometimes referred to as a polymer. It is engineered with polymers and is designed to last longer than traditional (organic) waxes. Most pure sealants last from 9-15 months, depending on the exposure and upkeep.

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    How Do I Prep the Paint?

    The most important part of applying a sealant is paint prep. The paint needs to be free of oils and waxes. The sealant must be applied directly to a clean surface. If you used a polish to prepare the paint for a sealant, be sure that the polish does not contain waxes or oils. Many polishes and car washes have small amounts of gloss enhancers, that can interrupt the adhering of a sealant.

    Once the car is washed and dried, you may wish to use a paint prep product. This product is a liquid cleaner that will remove any residual oils from the paint.

    Paint Prep Cleaners Examples:

    Carpro Eraser Gtechniq Panel Wipe OBSSSSD Paint Clean

     

    Applying the Sealant by Hand

    Sealants generally need to be applied in warm areas, and not in direct sunlight.  Sealants should be applied very thin and are usually clear or light coloured. Prepare to do one panel at a time, applying the sealant using a sealant applicator. Be sure the applicator is a dense foam as you do not want to waste product by allowing it to absorb in the applicator.

    Pre-dampen (with the sealant you are using) the applicator and apply the sealant on one 3"x3" foot section at a time, letting the sealant set the recommended amount of time. (This can be found on the bottle.) Many sealants recommend sitting for a maximum of 5 minutes.

    Buff off the residue by hand using a soft, clean microfiber towel.

    Sealant Applicator Examples:

    Yellow UFO Applicator Chemical Guys Die Cut Applicator Blue Black Sealant Applicator


    Applying a Sealant by Machine

    Sealant can be applied by machine, using a sealant or finishing pad.  Pre-dampen (with the sealant you are using) the pad and apply the sealant on one 3"x3" foot section at a time. Let the sealant set the recommended amount of time. (This can be found on the bottle.) Many sealants recommend sitting for a maximum of 5 minutes.

    Buff off the residue by hand using a soft, clean microfiber towel.

    Examples of Paint Sealants:

    Griot's Finishing Sealant OBSSSSD Paint Seal Chemical Guys Jet Seal

     

    Maintain your sealant by washing and drying your car safely.

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