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Old 08-06-2002, 05:20 PM   #1
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Default How to use a clay bar

did a search but didn't find anything specific

is it really as easy as just rubbing the clay over the surface?? is there any way i would damage the paint instead of helping it??

I plan on waxing my car this weekend and i will wash, rub clay over the surface then wax.

thanks for the help
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Old 08-06-2002, 05:31 PM   #2
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there really isnt any specific way to do it. You just rub the clay back and forth on small sections of the body and keep doing it till the paint looks nice and clean. it really just getting the feel of it and apply pressure when needed to areas that are tuff to get clean. ARe ther instructions with your clay bar? follow them if there are any. but just use it and youll like the results.


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Old 08-06-2002, 05:53 PM   #3
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i have no real knowledge or experience but i do remember reading somewhere that you do need a lubricant which IIRC is little more than soap.

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like he said though rtfm
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Old 08-06-2002, 06:47 PM   #4
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here you go....everything you ever wanted to know about detailing. http://autopia.ws/index.php
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Old 08-06-2002, 10:37 PM   #5
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Exclamation Use a lubricant!!

Whoa, that sounds...wrong.

But you definitely have to spray a dilute solution of Car Wash shampoo on the paint surface before you use the clay bar! This is very important. Otherwise, you'll leave all sorts of nasty clay particles all over the paint, and that's bad.

I use the Zaino Clay Bar, and I mix 1/2 cap of Zaino Car Wash to 12 oz of water in a spray bottle. Works great.

Also, make sure you give your car a thorough wash after the clay bar.
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Old 08-07-2002, 11:00 AM   #6
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Different clay products seem to have different instructions. It's important to follow the specific procedure for your particular bar.

With the Griot's Garage stuff, it's wash, clay (with liberal usage of their Speed Shine) wax.

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Different clay products seem to have different instructions. It's important to follow the specific procedure for your particular bar.

With the Griot's Garage stuff, it's wash, clay (with liberal usage of their Speed Shine) wax.
Hmm, if Griot's Garage only says wash, clay, wax, I'd adjust it to wash, clay, wash, wax anyway. Why? The effect of the clay is to rub contaminant particles off the paint. Most of these particles are supposed to embed themselves into the clay bar (hence the need to stretch and flip the clay bar to get clean spots). However, many of the contaminant particles are merely loosened and remain resting on the paint surface. Also, clay particles detach from the bar and also end up resting on the paint surface. A post-clay bar wash is necessary to get your paint totally clean for the wax layer.
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