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Why do you clay your car?? Just asking as I have no clue lol. I just always wash and wax the car. Also, if you clay, when you suppose to do it?
 

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Why do you clay your car?? Just asking as I have no clue lol. I just always wash and wax the car. Also, if you clay, when you suppose to do it?
Stole this off a site:

1.Detailing clay works by hydroplaning (floating) over the surface you’re cleaning on a thin layer of clay lubricant.
2. When the clay (polish) encounters surface contamination, it abrasively grinds it away.
3. Detailing clay shears off any foreign material above the level surface of the paint.


I clayed the LHS this spring and it still feels smooth with the waxings. Once you clay your car or truck you will do it again next year for sure. It makes it feel so smooth.
After you clay no need to wash, just apply a coat of wax and of course continue with the wax through out the year.

Some people clay twice and more. I think once at the beginnning or end of the year is great.
It is a simple process, clay bar, spray wax detailer (Mothers Showtime) and away you go. Spray a thin layer of detailer and than run the bar across in a back and forth motion. You will feel the clay pick things up as it sheers the particles off the surface. Don't let the paint bet dry while claying. If the clay starts becoming hard or breaks apart you are not using enough of the detailer. A clay bar is big enough to use for two cars. Cut it in half and store it in a zip lock bag. Mine stayed great all winter last year. If you ever drop the clay on the ground it is no good as it picks up everything. When claying keep folding it over itself and using the fresh surface. When you fold it over it will hold in any contaminants and all is good. Once you use it on the car keep the old piece and use it for the windows or the plastic bumpers. Do not apply hard pressure to the paint, let it glide over. Once you start to clay you will feel it working and know how much pressure to apply. For my 97 LHS it took me about 30 mins to clay the car and the results were awesome. For my Mach it took the same time.

Hope this helps.
 

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Thats great, thanks. Is there a certain spray wax I should use or it doesn't matter? For my normal waxing I use "Liquid Glass" and it does an amazing job.
 

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I wouldn't use spray wax. Unless you order the clay from somewhere, you'll probably only be able to find the mother's clay bar kit, which comes with a quick detailing spray that is supposed to work well with the bar. I've only clayed my car once, since I haven't really had the time or the patience to do it again. When I did it, I washed my car 3 times like I usually do, used the clay, used meguiar's paint cleaner, then meguiar's polish, then finsihed it with their nxt wax that I usually use. It came out amazing!
 

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Just to add, you can use dish detergent also but it gets rather messy. The easiset stuff to use and cheapest is the Mothers Showtime. I changed the wax to detailer in my above post.
 

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After you clay no need to wash, just apply a coat of wax and of course continue with the wax through out the year.
What this should say, and what he probably intended to say, is that after you clay there's no need to wash your car again. You should wash you car before you clay.

On a neglected car, clay makes an especially big difference. It removes the contaminants from air pollution, road grime, etc, plus it removes oxidized paint. On whatever car you're claying, try this: run your fingers over the paint lightly after washing as well as you can, clay, then run your fingers over the paint again. Very noticeable difference unless your car's been clayed in the non-distant past. BTW, if you ever buy a new car, one of the first things you should do is clay. It removes the rail dust pretty much any car accumulates during transport.
 

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I use Griots Garage clay and Speed Shine as a lubricant. They recommend washing the car with dish soap to remove any old waxes, claying the car, washing again, then polish and wax. I clay my car a few times a year, it doesn't take much time and is easy.
 

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I could not wait to clay my Trep. after reading about it here.
Thursday I had a tooth extracted so before I went to the dentist I took the trep to a quarter car wash and after cleaning I sprayed it with that gloss stuff you can spray at the end?? You know the blue stuff??

Anyway, I washed the car today then bought Mothers kit which came with the Carnuba wax, detailing spray and of course the clay bar.
I really didn't think the trep needed it but I figured oh well give it a try, and it did not feel like anything was happening but OH MAN the results are really nice!!! An oh yeah guess what color came off when I clayed and then wiped? You bet! Car wash wax Blue.
It took me 4 hours. Start to finish, including wash and waxing at the end.
I would recommend it to anyone.
:)
 
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