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Old 02-20-2012, 10:42 PM   #1
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First Clay Bar Pic

Today I did my first clay bar and wax.

I'm not sure if it shows up in the photo that well with the weird reflections etc, but here is a pic of after wash, after clay bar and after wax.


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Old 02-20-2012, 11:09 PM   #2
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:15 AM   #3
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Oops, pic was too big. I re-sized to 1200 wide, now it shows up.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:41 AM   #4
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Puurrr- T!

Can't wait to get mine out of the garage from the winter hibernation.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:54 PM   #5
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Puurrr- T!

Can't wait to get mine out of the garage from the winter hibernation.
Nice cars!

It's not all icy and snowy here, but rain... lots of rain. Luckily I was able to wash it on Saturday then do the rest in the garage.
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Can't wait to get mine out of the garage from the winter hibernation.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:41 AM   #7
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As far as refreshing the clay bar for each section, what I did was fold the clay bar onto itself so the dirty side was on the inside. I then flattened it out again after folding. This seemed to work really well as each new section was done with a fresh clay surface.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:50 AM   #8
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Looking good. I've been claying/polishing/waxing a little each day this week. Takes a while but it's worth it.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:27 PM   #9
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Today I did my first clay bar and wax.

I'm not sure if it shows up in the photo that well with the weird reflections etc, but here is a pic of after wash, after clay bar and after wax.


Next time try following up the clay bar with a finishing polish before you go onto the wax. Clay can actually leave marring on the paint which can easily be taken out with a light polish. That will also increase the shine a whole lot. Polishing is where you see the difference in appearance, not claying or waxing really.

What kind of wax are you using right now?
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:35 PM   #10
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My paint is looking fine, but I can't seem to get the swirls out of the (factory) stripes. I read on here not to clay them. Didn't want to rub to hard w/ the polish either
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My paint is looking fine, but I can't seem to get the swirls out of the (factory) stripes. I read on here not to clay them. Didn't want to rub to hard w/ the polish either
No, you shouldn't be touching them with clay or polish. Once vinyl is damaged, it's damaged. If you have gloss stripes, a glaze or sealant can fill the swirls and make them less visible. If you have matte stripes, LEAVE THEM ALONE.
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:53 PM   #12
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Next time try following up the clay bar with a finishing polish before you go onto the wax. Clay can actually leave marring on the paint which can easily be taken out with a light polish. That will also increase the shine a whole lot. Polishing is where you see the difference in appearance, not claying or waxing really.

What kind of wax are you using right now?
Agreed. Polish is where the magic happens
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:17 PM   #13
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Next time try following up the clay bar with a finishing polish before you go onto the wax. Clay can actually leave marring on the paint which can easily be taken out with a light polish. That will also increase the shine a whole lot. Polishing is where you see the difference in appearance, not claying or waxing really.

What kind of wax are you using right now?
Hey, thanks for the advice! I used plenty of Quick Detailer for the clay so it didn't seem to catch and mar, but next time I should do a light polish. I'm a noob at this and didn't want to get overly ambitious my first time around.

I ended up using the Meguiar's Clay Bar kit that comes with the Quick Detailer. For the wax, I just used the Mequiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax and it was real easy to rub on and wipe off.
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You really need to use polish between the clay bar and wax...
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:16 PM   #15
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For polishing, do you recommend polishing the entire surface, or just where there are swirl marks? Currently I have very few swirl marks since it is a new car. I have seen a few though.
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For polishing, do you recommend polishing the entire surface, or just where there are swirl marks? Currently I have very few swirl marks since it is a new car. I have seen a few though.
You might as well hit the whole thing. It'll really make the paint pop. Do you have a porter cable or similar machine? Hand polishing isn't going to cut it.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:25 PM   #17
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Don't have a porter cable yet, but when the time comes I'll get one.

Thanks again for the advice!
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