Can you use (rubbing ) compound and wax on Clearcoat?


Old 10-11-15, 06:23 AM
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Can you use (rubbing ) compound and wax on Clearcoat?

I am old school and I remember the 60s, 70s Auto paint jobs stood up well to a good old waxing! If needed you could use a good rubbing compounding before the paste wax on the old paint jobs, they stood up well to it. I have this sap material that just doesn't seem to go away with various fluids. I am concerned about damaging the clear coat. I have some older paste wax/compound that may be 15,20 years old#
I know I should most likely buy some more recent LIQUID (vs paste) products which I also have.
any experience with that would be appreciated
vehicles are 2004 2006 and 2010
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Old 10-11-15, 06:26 AM
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Any of the new products should be compatible with a clear coat finish. I would just go buy some of that. I have used Turtle Wax paste type polishing compound in the past and had good results with no damage. Whatever you get, read the label before using it.
Old 10-11-15, 07:07 AM
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Sap dissolves in alcohol. Try denatured alcohol. I used it before for cleaning.
Yes, you can rub through clear coat.
Old 10-12-15, 07:04 AM
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Clay-bar it before compounding. That'll remove most impurities like sap & oxidation.
Old 10-12-15, 09:38 AM
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I would get a liquid based solution.
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I've always used mineral spirits to remove sap that wouldn't wash off .... but as a painter, that is a solvent I always have on hand it will also remove any wax but that is easily rectified.

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