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Wax before clear bra?

I've started to notice a few chips/dings whatever you want to call them on the front bumper. Think I'm going to opt for the clear bra, you see too much being a black vehicle.

Are you supposed to wax the area before you get it done? Any special prep people know of/recommend. It will get a hair dirty on the ride to the shop but I assume they clean it again before they apply it.
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Re: Wax before clear bra?

They will go through a full clean/prep before applying the clear bra.

I put three coats of polish down before sending the car in (full frontal wrap - bumper & 12" of hood) - looks great!!
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Re: Wax before clear bra?

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They will go through a full clean/prep before applying the clear bra.

I put three coats of polish down before sending the car in (full frontal wrap - bumper & 12" of hood) - looks great!!
No you don't polish the car. The ppf needs to adhere to the paint. You wax over it. When it doesn't perform as expected, you'll know why.
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Re: Wax before clear bra?

Don't they use a prep solution to remove wax & polish anyway? I watched the Lamin-X instructional video and it looked like one of the prep stages was to remove polish & wax.

But good to know, I was thinking of polishing first too as I considered the protection.
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Re: Wax before clear bra?

if you want you can polish the part that is going to be covered so there are no more swirls on the part and when the bra goes on you won't see the swirls/scratches under the bra
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Re: Wax before clear bra?

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if you want you can polish the part that is going to be covered so there are no more swirls on the part and when the bra goes on you won't see the swirls/scratches under the bra
Polish as in to smooth & gloss... but can I apply a polish as in a sealant too; or will that inhibit the urethane adhesion? I normally apply several coats of Glare Products, not a wax but very slick & glossy.
Do all the sealants & wax need to be removed?

I enjoy DIY projects, but at over $400 for the Ft End Protection Kit by Lamin-X... don't want to install & toss it later.
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Re: Wax before clear bra?

i would just get the paint in perfect condition(compound or polish) i'm not sure what the process is for the clear bra but i'm sure they will remove all glazes or polish residue that is left on your paint before they apply.

after the bra is on you can apply wax/sealant
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Re: Wax before clear bra?

I cleaned it yesterday and did a quick detailer after. Based on what people say here, before I get it done, I'll wash it again then apply a coat or two of blackfire wet diamond sealant which is almost like a wax, does the same thing imo. I also bought the wax by blackfire but have yet to ever apply it after I do the sealant just never see the need?


Now BPOD you say apply polish to get it looking new again, but what about a new 2011, is it worth polish? Isn't it somewhat abrasive? Wouldn't want to actually put swirls in it. What do people recommend in form of a polish?



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Re: Wax before clear bra?

i have bfwd as well good choice! you should call up the place and see if it is ok for you to put a wax or sealant on your truck before the clear bra.

polish will remove swirls that are already on your truck meguiarsonline.com is a great place to see videos of how to remove swirls. you can also check out detailedimage for writeups!
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i have bfwd as well good choice! you should call up the place and see if it is ok for you to put a wax or sealant on your truck before the clear bra.

polish will remove swirls that are already on your truck meguiarsonline.com is a great place to see videos of how to remove swirls. you can also check out detailedimage for writeups!
Thanks. Since we have a similar taste in product, what polish do you use?
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Re: Wax before clear bra?

You could polish the paintwork to correct any swirls/scratches however, don't wax it.

Before they put the bra on they will do an IPA wipe down or similar to remove silicones/waxes/oils so it can adhere to the paint.
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Re: Wax before clear bra?

exactly what marty said! he knows his detailing!!!

since you are strapped for time you can run out and buy meguiars swirlx or ultimate compound. those should def do the job. if you already have meguiars 105 or 205 you can use those. remember always start with the least aggressive method!

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