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    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 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 and will remove any residual oils from the paint.  Some options for a paint prep are:

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    Applying the Sealant by Hand

    Sealants generally need to be applied in warm areas, and not in direct sunlight.  Sealants are to applied very thin.  They are usually clear or light coloured.   Prepare to do one panel at a time.  Apply the sealant using a sealant applicator.  Be sure the applicator is a dense foam.  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 3x3 foot section at  a time.   Let the sealant set the recommended about of time.  This can be found on the bottle.  Many sealants recommend sitting for a maximum of 5 minutes.

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

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     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 3x3 foot section at  a time.   Let the sealant set the recommended about of time.  This can be found on the bottle.  Many sealants recommend sitting for a maximum of 5 minutes.

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

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    Maintain your sealant by washing and drying your car safely.