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    Do I need to rewash the car after each step?

    New here, and looking forward to my first shot at ceramic coating.
    Car is a new Mustang GT, Racing Red and well worth the effort to shine and protect.
    After a lot of research I settled on CarPro products, and will take the following steps:
    Wash with Reset (2 bucket method)
    Dry
    Clay
    IronX
    Essence
    Eraser
    CQuartz UK (2 coats) (no washing until 7 days of course)
    So, my question is - should I rewash the car after any of the steps?
    I don’t mind washing and drying but we have a limited water supply and I would rather not rewash unless it’s recommended.
    Thanks - great help on this forum and glad to be a part of it.
    Last edited by RickBetterley; 10-12-2018 at 08:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickBetterley View Post
    New here, and looking forward to my first shot at ceramic coating.
    Car is a new Mustang GT, Racing Red and well worth the effort to shine and protect.
    After a lot of research I settled on CarPro products, and will take the following steps:
    Wash with Reset (2 bucket method)
    Dry
    Clay
    IronX
    Essence
    Eraser
    CQuartz UK (2 coats) (no washing until 7 days of course)
    So, my question is - should I refashion the car after any of the steps?
    I don’t mind washing and drying but we have a limited water supply and I would rather not rewash unless it’s recommended.
    Thanks - great help on this forum and glad to be a part of it.
    You are going to want to rinse after using ironx. So I would recommend using it on the dry surface if the paint is not too dirty and then proceed with your wash.

    If it is too dirty then you can ironx it after a wash and rinse it thoroughly.

    I am not sure what you are using for clay lube but a good round of Eraser after wouldn’t hurt.

    Then you can proceed with the other steps like normal.

    Edit: This is my wash procedure

    I start off with a Mike Phillips Aggressive Wash Method. Google that and you will get the idea. I spray ironx onto the surface as long as it is not to dirty.

    Rinse and then proceed with a bucket wash.

    Pull it into the garage and clay with Immolude with the surface still having water left on the surface.

    I then do an Eraser wipedown to remove the Immolube residue. This saves me a wash step.

    Then proceed with polishing.

    I will let Essence sit for 24 hours after wipe off to let the SiO2 cure and then come back the next day with a light Eraser wipedown.

    Then coat.
    Last edited by The Guz; 10-13-2018 at 04:03 AM.

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    Personally, my pre-coating process I start out with a foam gun pre-wash with a wash mitt then Rinse

    I follow this with IronX and a thorough rinse to remove IronX and leave the vehicle paint wet.
    Then clay alternative (polymerized rubber mitt) and Immolube (diluted) and then clay bar if needed.
    This is followed with the two bucket wash method and a complete rinse with filtered deionized water.

    The vehicle is then dried with a 8hp Master Blaster and towels if needed.
    The paint is then inspected, measured and documented before any paint correction and polishing is done.
    After the polishing steps are done the vehicle is totally wiped down with Eraser before applying a coating.

    Note: My washing/cleaning process is top down...doing the wheels first with a separate bucket/wash mitt.

    Short version: 2 wash processes
    1st is the foam gun prewash to remove surface dirt.
    2nd is the two bucket method to thoroughly clean after IronX and Clay.

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