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So I picked up Mother's "California Gold Clay Bar Paint Saving System" for the first time today. This little box includes the tiny clay bar, a big bottle of "Showtime" which I guess is the lube for working the clay bar, and a tiny bottle of Cleaner Wax. I've got lots of micro-fiber towels at home already that I intend to use for this job.

Now I'm going to be completley honest here- the first, last, and only car I ever waxed was my mother's mini-van when I was 10 years old (it was a punishment). She had me use that nasty Turtle Wax stuff in a tin jar, and I did a terrible job (because I was 10, because I'd never done it before, AND because it was a punishment).

I was wondering how long it takes you guys to do this whole clay bar/ wax thing to your car so I can allow the appropriate amount of time in my schedule to get it done right. I'd hate to start at 5 in the afternoon if its a 10 hour ordeal.

BTW, I read the directions and it doesn't say to wash off any residue of the clay bar and Showtime before putting the Cleaner Wax on. It just says to wipe off the excess with a clean towel. Do you guys do this, or wash it all again before the putting on the Cleaner Wax?

Also, there's one thing I'm confused about. WARNING: NUB QUESTION!!!

What exactly is this "Cleaner Wax" this kit came with? :icon_neut Is it a Cleaner? Is it a Wax? Is it a 2 in 1 Cleaner AND Wax? Or is it just saying its a wax that's cleaner than other waxes on the market? I'm thinking its the last variation here because the directions say to put this "Cleaner Wax" on after the clay bar job is done, but I'm not sure and I don't wanna mess it up. If it is a wax, then how many coats to you usually put on? I've read about people doing 1-4 coats on here...

And finally, after the whole clay bar/wax job is done, how do you maintain it? Can you still run your car through the autowash every now and again, or do you have to completely strip all the wax down and start all over again every time you run through a puddle?

I've read through the Show and Shine chronicles, but any and all tips/suggestions would still be greatly appreciated as I'm COMPLETELY inexperienced at this.

Thanks!! :icon_cool
 

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Well, I do know my dad clayed his Acura RSX. It makes it look brand new. DO exactly what the box tells you. I do know that if you screw up, you could mess up your paint. I dont have a clue what the Cleaner wax is, does it mention anything on the back of it? once you've clayed it, you don't have to strip it to wash it. All the clay does is get the very small parts of debris off your car that a normal car wash doesn't. I wouldn't run my car thru the Auto wash stuff.
 

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The cleaner wax is a combination of a polish and a wax. It has some mild abrasives and will remove minor scratches.

The clay kit you mention is a pretty good one. Wash the car first (you may wish to wash it twice to make sure you get all the loose dirt off the car). Then follow the instructions on the box. Make sure you keep the clay bar and the car's surface lubricated with the detailer spray. Also don't do too large an area. Kind of like waxing; just do a section at a time.

Also you'll need to knead the clay bar after a few sections to keep the dirt away from the paint. Once you've clayed the car wash it again and then apply the wax like you normally would. The clay preps the paint for the wax.
 

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Awesome, thanks guys! I'll try to get this done sometime... probubly not before the Iowa meet though. :p

How long does it normally take to do the wash/wash/claybar/wash/wax process?
 

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The wash time you already know. The claybar process should take about half and hour to forty five minutes. Some guys say they can do it in twenty minutes. Maybe a bit longer until you get comfortable with it. Make sure you do it in the shade (like washing / waxing).
 

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Wow, if it only takes 45 mins tops for the claybar thing, then i might get this done Thursday, if it doesn't rain on me... Thanks for the info!! :icon_bigg
Clay Bar is a preperation tool. You should intend on polishing the car after you do this. It just removes contaminants from the paint. You won't ruin your paint with the clay bar, just keep it wet with spray wax or IMO, windex works best for me. If you keep it in the middle of your hand, you can feel for rough spots with your fingertips. When you're done, wash the car gooooood. Then do your polish and wax thing. :)
 

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Just take you rtime, and use ur elbow grease man!!!, It'll all pay off for her!!! trust!!! Her true color will blow ur mind dude!!!, be ready for it!!!,lol, Good Luck!
 

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Wow, that's an awesome step-by-step there! I'm so excited to do this. Thursday is supposed to be sunny so I'm going to do it then. Only problem is that its supposed to snow or rain the next day. Will this mess up all the work I will have done? Will I have to do it all over again or just the wax part? How long does the wax last on the vehicle?
 

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Wow, that's an awesome step-by-step there! I'm so excited to do this. Thursday is supposed to be sunny so I'm going to do it then. Only problem is that its supposed to snow or rain the next day. Will this mess up all the work I will have done? Will I have to do it all over again or just the wax part? How long does the wax last on the vehicle?
You should make sure it's at least 60F before waxing a car. Messing it up isn't the problem, the wax not hardening is...:)
 

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I talked to my dad about it, and he said it does take more than an hour. It said it took him 3-4 hours to do his Acura RSX Type S. He said it should take me about 4-5 hours. Including washing. :/ well I will take some before and aftah shots :)
 

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If you clay the car, your intent should be to buff it out. Clay only prepares the surface for polish or compound. It removes contaminants from the paint which you could see visibly, but in more cases clay removes the things in the paint that you don't see. It won't make the car shine any more than it does now. Buff, polish, and foam padding gives you the shine and color revival. The wax just gives it gloss and protects the car.
 
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