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Old 09-21-2010, 02:30 PM   #1
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Okay so I have a brand new impreza, fresh off the lot. How do I know if I need to clay it? Also just for my understanding let me know if I have this right. I would Clay first, apply cleaner, apply sealent, apply wax? Is there a good all -in-one system I can purchase to do this? Will a detail shop do this and what price ranges can I expect? I figure if I can get it clayed and sealed then I can maintain it through the years??
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:24 PM   #2
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First thing you need to do is take a step back and do some reading.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1877117

And also autopia is a great resources to help you.




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Is there a good all -in-one system I can purchase to do this?
Yes, they have packages on a number of sites which include clay bar, microfiber towels, detail spray and a sealant/wax.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1497462

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Will a detail shop do this and what price ranges can I expect? I figure if I can get it clayed and sealed then I can maintain it through the years??
Yes a shop can do it, they will charge anywhere from 100-300. All depends on the shop/location. A single clay/seal is not going to last for years, most likely you will have to clay your car twice a year (all depends on your location and how much driving you do)
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:35 PM   #3
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thanks that's a wealth of information. Will do my research. Quick question though what is this stuff used for??
Amazon.com: Zymol Z503 Car Cleaner Wax - 16 oz.: AutomotiveAmazon.com: Zymol Z503 Car Cleaner Wax - 16 oz.: Automotive

it's it after claying before wax or in place of wax??
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:10 PM   #4
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thanks that's a wealth of information. Will do my research. Quick question though what is this stuff used for?? Amazon.com: Zymol Z503 Car Cleaner Wax - 16 oz.: Automotive

it's it after claying before wax or in place of wax??
it's after the clay. Clay takes up everything, including older wax. Cleaner wax takes care of business, then you wax with your fave wax after that. Totally worth the effort and easy to do @ home.
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:41 PM   #5
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thanks for the quick reply, is this a decent cleaner wax? I can grab it locally so.. I'm also debating between dodo juice light fantastic and zymol creme wax any oppinions on which is better?
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:44 PM   #6
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thanks for the quick reply, is this a decent cleaner wax? I can grab it locally so.. I'm also debating between dodo juice light fantastic and zymol creme wax any oppinions on which is better?
No comment on that brand as I've never used it, but if you get a claybar kit, they normally include a small bottle of cleaner wax to get you going.

As they say, each to their own.
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:48 PM   #7
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I heard there are different Zymol waxes out there, some are not the real thing and others are.
It was the fake was made in Chicago, and the real stuff was made overseas.

Is that true?
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:56 PM   #8
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my experience with zymol. it attracted flies LOL

If you never have detailed a car before, i would experiment with different brands and products, then see what works for you. A brand new car probably does need clay bar, unless it has alot of fall out.

I would check out some of the information about this subject on detailersdomain. or even mequires website has good information.
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:21 AM   #9
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Dont forget to seal the paint after the cleaner wax and then use you favorite wax.
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:23 AM   #10
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OP, What color is your car?
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:41 AM   #11
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a new car you will most likely have no need to clay. you run your finger along the surface and can feel imperfections. a car that has seen 20 miles is likely not going to have much.

silver is a very easy color to maintain. it is not as rewarding to detail though. swirl marks are not as noticeable either. my advice to you is wash regularly using clean microfibers. if you can wax monthly that will keep the surface protected.

A cleaner wax is a mixed product that cleans your old wax while doing some protecting as well. this is more of one of those 2-in-1 kind of products. for the best protection a pure wax is better. there are many options out there, but if youre looking for something at walmart or autozone... meguiars nxt 2.0 is good.

and no need to get a professional detail on a brand new car if there's nothing wrong with it. save that money for next year when you will.
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Its actually really common for new cars to need to be clayed. One way to see if you need to clay is to put a plastic bag over your hand and rub it gently across the paint. If you feel gritty, bumpiness, it needs to be clayed.

You will also not need to wax monthly if you're using the proper wax...that will add up quickly.

Many people (including myself) skip the cleaner wax and just wash -> clay -> polish -> seal -> wax
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Claying a new car is definitely recommended. You will be very surprised what can be found on the clay even on a seemingly smooth finish. This is even more important on imported cars and cars that have sat on the lots.

Also claybarring is a great way to get a smooth perfect finish ready for a coat of wax or sealant(something durable now that winter is approaching) and will make that coat last considerably longer. Plus, a contaminate free surface makes washing and drying easier because the water will sheet off the car and make drying smoother.

Another thing about getting a new vehicle is caring right the from the start for it. Starting off with a clean, uncontaminated slate and protecting it on a regular basis along with your regular cleanings will always make it easier to maintain as well as being better for it's value in the long run

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as they say.
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