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"he did not get all the old oils greases etc ... off the hull and this caused problems with the finish. Use a release agents and do it two more times after you think you are done. " Release agents usually means something like PVA or a lubricant so parts will release from a mold. Exactly the opposite of what you need to be cleaning with. A "prep solvent" "prep wash" or "wax and polish remover" is what they usually call the cleaner that will strip off everything --including residual release agents -- before you paint. Suggested that you use it with generous amounts of paper towels because using rags usually means they just absorb and spread the contaminants, no one uses enough of them. And "fabric softeners" which are usually wax may contaminate rags if they are re-washed.
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Yes, release agents are usually oils or waxes—not what you want on a surface just before painting it... Acetone and similar solvents are gairly good prep solvents.

Overall, Hellosailor's advice is very sound with regards to rags vs. paper towels.


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