Washing up liquid.

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  1. tanuie

    tanuie Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    If you use washing up liquid will it get rid of all previous wax used on the car.
     
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    In theory yes but this said so would a strong solution of some Car shampoos anyway.

    When you clay or polish a car it will remove any pre-applied waxes or sealants anyway though.

    What was the reason you asked mate? Just for context :)
     
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    Washing up liquid also contains salt, harmful to car paint..
     
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    I read somewhere that if you used washing up liquid it would get rid of the old wax. I intend to clay the car anyway then polish it, many thanks for the reply.
     
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    But it lasts twice as long.
     
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    If you are going to clay it anyway that will take everything off the surface rest for polish
     
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    Hi, washing up liquid contains A LOT OF SALT, don't use it. It sneaks through seams, behind trim and chances are you won't get rid of it all.
     
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    By the be, it a good anti fungal if you have toadstools in your lawn, but apart from that keep it confined to the kitchen sink
    My brother used it a few times back in the day (before we knew better) on a car and within weeks, lovely brown patches developed / were enhanced

    The Salt content is substantial (just think how much you add to dishwashers these days to get a similar finish....:eek:)
     
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    Don't use in screenwash either. Keep it in the kitchen!
     
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    Dishwasher tabs any better?
     
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    Fairies have lacy wings, and now we all know why, lol. Used washing up liquid once, when I was desperate, and know no better, but as others have said, avoid at all costs on your pride and joy. If you clay bar as you intend, then job done
     
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    Salt is a good moss killer if you have a brick paved drive prone to moss in the joints. I had a half a bag of rock salt left over last winter so I spread it all over my north facing drive. It's done an excellent job of keeping the drive moss free.
     
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    Clay bar the paintwork, then Panel Wipe, should be good to go then.
     
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    What's in panel wipe ?
     
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    80 Grit wet and dry is good for removing old wax etc ;)
     
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    Driving home last Friday storm Callum was blowing sand off the beach at 60mph right into the side of my car for about a mile.

    Should I do a special wash?
     
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    If you intend to subsequently clay, polish, seal, wax then not really an issue.

    If solely to wash and dry - then avoid, unless going for the "rat look"
     
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    That's amazing , a bit like WD40 , Indian Pale Ale has many uses .

    Can vouch personally for nail polish remover
    ( acetone ) .
     
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    Any time mate.

    Sounds like you just need to wash as normal and the clay/polish will remove any current protection ready for a new coat.

    You are right though Fairy Liquid would strip wax but I think that’s more an advisory for not using it as a car shampoo than anything. The process you have lined up will do nicely.

    Make sure you post up the results. :)
     

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