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    How To: Use Detailing Clay

    1. Wash and dry your vehicle.
    2. Spray a small area with clay lubricant or even a quick detailer spray as a substitute, no bigger than 2 square feet.
    3. Gently rub the clay bar back and forth across the wet area. It will grab at first. This means that it is pulling contaminants out of the paint. When it glides freely, the paint is clean.
    4. Wipe the area with a microfiber towel and use the clay lubricant to remove any clay residue. Rub your fingers across the paint now; it should be as smooth as glass and free of any contaminants. If it’s not, repeat the process. Reshape the clay bar as needed to expose a clean surface. Keep the clay well-lubricated.
    5. Continue these steps until you’ve clayed the entire vehicle. Clay does a marvellous job on your glass and wheels too.
    6. Store the clay bar in its original case if possible, or in an airtight plastic bag. Spray it with lubricant to keep it moist.
    7. Always follow claying with a polish to remove any marring that may be caused by the clay, then apply a wax or sealant to protect the paint work from further contamination.



    You will now realise how much dirt, grime and other contaminants were embedded in your paint work that you could not see on the paint.
    Last edited by Scott; 11-05-2012, 09:52 PM.

  • #2
    thanks!

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    • #3
      Do you have a suggestion for a polish, or similar that can be worked in by hand after clay bar?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Cerebro View Post
        Do you have a suggestion for a polish, or similar that can be worked in by hand after clay bar?
        So this is probably not the spot to answer your question..as its a how to thread (maybe the Mods can move it later.)
        The reason your not getting a lot of response is that your questions are so broad that the options are endless ..
        I would suggest you spend some time reading the basics then go and have a look through the show n shine threads for work done on subies check out what products they used...
        Check out the guide to abbreviations in the main detailing forum ...

        Short answer all products can be used by hand...Its just going to take a lot lot longer...

        You may decide its easier to get someone do correct your car for you and then just maintain it...
        Last edited by bluering; 30-04-2013, 09:52 AM.
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        • #5
          Yes, please refrain from asking questions not relevant to the thread in which you post.

          Also as mentioned, please do some reading and use the search tool. There is an encyclopedic amount of information in this forum about that topic. The people who fit in best here on DP (and indeed many forums) are the ones who are happy to do their own reading and searching on the basics


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          • #6
            I've done heaps of reading here, and heaps of searching. I understand the basics and have just been looking for a suggestion as to one product. I keep hearing that everyone is friendly and there are no silly questions, but am not receiving much help.
            Feel free to delete my post to tidy up this thread, and thanks bluering for at least typing something.

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            • #7
              The reason why you're not receiving much help is exactly as Tony says above.

              With due respect, you need to not ask "how long is a piece of string" types of questions. People will then be more likely to answer instead of looking at the post blankly and wondering 'where do I start with this one'....which is exactly what I did as I'm sure others have

              Extend your search to glazes too, and make sure you're aware of the difference between these and polishes.


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              • #8
                thanks for the advise, works a treat

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                • #9
                  Great write up.

                  If I may, I'd like to add something. When I did the course with CCP, years ago, they recommended using a small plastic bag, like a freezer bag, to put your hand into when checking the the paint surface. The bag enlarges the size of the contaminants on the paint, it allows you to feel if you've left even the smallest contaminants behind, I think it's something to do with the thickness and pliability of the plastic bag. I was amazed at the difference when they showed me this trick.

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                  • #10
                    I clayed bar the area around emblem and a lot of swirl show-up. Did claying create the swirl marks or simply removed the cover-up wax?

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                    • #11
                      The most common cause of clay marring is it becoming contaminated.
                      This is common near trim, rubber and emblems if you haven't been fastidious about cleaning those areas.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by moon View Post
                        I clayed bar the area around emblem and a lot of swirl show-up. Did claying create the swirl marks or simply removed the cover-up wax?
                        Could be a bit of both without plenty of lube and too much pressure clay can marr the paint but there could also have been a glaze or something covering it to begin with
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                        • #13
                          Is there any way that you recommend to reduce any marring or scratches??
                          I've done my car and been left with some light scratches across the boot lid.

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                          • #14
                            Marring seems to be par for the course when claying. That why I'm polishing and re-coating over the break.
                            I'm guessing the best way to reduce marring is to use a fine clay and keep it clean (turning it often)
                            I won't ever clay as maintenance again - for me the marring was worse than the fallout I was getting rid of.

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                            • #15
                              I've never had marring using clay, but I've recently tried a clay cloth a couple of times, and left marring both times, but it was definitely quicker. The second time I knew I was going to do some correction anyway, so I wasn't worried. I tried some different methods, and it seemed to make no difference to the marring.
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