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Wax and decals don't mix

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Q: To get a smooth and glossy finish, I use a polishing kit, followed by waxing with The Treatment. This produces satisfactory results, but the problem comes when I apply decals: the carrier film turns frosty white, and the decals don't stick well. Would using a setting solution help?

- Dan Johnson
Jasper, Indiana


Ken: This is a quick fix, Dan: Don't wax the car until after the decals are applied.

We could stop right here with those two sentences, but we want to tell you why the problem was occurring, as well as how to fix it.

Have you ever seen water bead on a freshly waxed car? That's what's happening with your decals.

Water used to loosen the decals and wax aren't the best of friends. You're not getting an even layer of water on the body, and the decals aren't snuggling down as they should. Hence the "silvering," as air between the water beads gets caught under the film. Setting solution won't help, because you still have wax on the body that would be fighting with the solution.

So lose the wax, and you'll fix the problem faster than it took to read this extended answer.



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