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Old 04-14-2012, 02:41 PM   #1
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Question about Clay Bars

Ok, I've read numerous threads and I keep getting confused. I don't know what exactly it does, when or how to do it. Obviously I have never used one before. I get my Car out of storage in 2 weeks and want to give it a really good detailing. Wash, wax, etc...

Question I have is how to do it? Do I wash first, Clay Bar, then Wax?

I really didn't know anything about clay bars until I saw threads on it. I thought I'd ask before I go out and buy some detailing products tomorrow. Was thinking of this one http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/4/Auto/CarWashingCleaning/CarPaintCare/PRD~0392869P/Mothers%AE+Clay+Bar+System.jsp?locale=en

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Old 04-14-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
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Basically, it cleans your paint removing contaminants that washing alone doesn't remove. It also removes wax and sealants.

It leaves a clean surface ready for polishing, sealants, and/or waxes improving the the time they last on your vehicle.

The Mothers kit is a good choice!!!

And yes, wash, clay, polish (if needed), then sealant and/or wax.
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:52 PM   #3
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Basically, it cleans your paint removing contaminants that washing alone doesn't remove. It also removes wax and sealants.

It leaves a clean surface ready for polishing, sealants, and/or waxes improving the the time they last on your vehicle.

The Mothers kit is a good choice!!!

And yes, wash, clay, polish (if needed), then sealant and/or wax.

What he said... Just make sure as you use the clay to use some sort of lubricant as you clay. I usually use a soap water mix, some use detail spray but if you use detail spray I feel your wasting money on the spray. Soap water mix in a spray bottle works just fine. Spray the area then clay the area. If the clay sticks need more lubricant.
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:55 PM   #4
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Ok, so use a lubricant such as an auto wash soap mixed with water? And after the clay do I rinse off the car? Might sound like an obvious question, but I just want to do it the right way
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Wash the car after using the clay bar, then you can wax.
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:59 PM   #6
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Ok, so use a lubricant such as an auto wash soap mixed with water? And after the clay do I rinse off the car? Might sound like an obvious question, but I just want to do it the right way
I just did mine today. The funny thing is, I used detail spray. I couldn't find my spray bottle for soap/water mix. So I used detail spray not my adams spray though. I actually left the detail spray on. I did a panel at a time; spray, clay, then Adam's Swirl, then Adam's fine machine polish, removed then buttery wax. If it is a soap/water mix I wash then clay with the soap water mix then rinse the car off and dry. Then do the detail procedures.

A spray bottle of water with a few drops of soap is good.
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:35 PM   #7
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Here's a good how to

a link to a write up by Mike Phillip's @ autogeek on how to clay

http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...ling-clay.html
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:48 PM   #8
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a link to a write up by Mike Phillip's @ autogeek on how to clay

http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...ling-clay.html
I 2nd that......
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:17 PM   #9
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adamspolishes.com website has a video of how to do it and why you should do... great video
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:21 PM   #10
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Basically, it cleans your paint removing contaminants that washing alone doesn't remove. It also removes wax and sealants.

It leaves a clean surface ready for polishing, sealants, and/or waxes improving the the time they last on your vehicle.

The Mothers kit is a good choice!!!

And yes, wash, clay, polish (if needed), then sealant and/or wax.
sort of, just a few more steps.

wash, clay, quick rinse, polish, wax
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:46 PM   #11
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weather permitting will be dawning, claying , polishing, sealing, waxing tommorrow can't wait
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:24 PM   #12
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sort of, just a few more steps.

wash, clay, quick rinse, polish, wax
I don't dry my vehicles if I plan to clay and clay while they are still wet while also using a lubricant. I use ONR for the lubricant.

I wipe the panels down as I go. I don't rinse after claying.

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Old 04-15-2012, 07:22 AM   #13
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weather permitting will be dawning, claying , polishing, sealing, waxing tommorrow can't wait
With all that on your list to complete, you might to allow for more than just "tomorrow"
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If you can find some shade it will help. Keeps car surface cool & keeps lube from drying out as quick. Remember to fold clay over. It picks up a ton of contaminants off surface. Good luck & post pics when done.....

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I don't dry my vehicles if I plan to clay and clay while they are still wet while also using a lubricant. I use ONR for the lubricant.

I wipe the panels down as I go. I don't rinse after claying.

http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...tml#post281779
Thanks the link you added answered all my questions
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:23 AM   #16
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Good info here. Thanks all. I've never clayed a car before and was thinking of doing it soon.
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Entire Adam's detailed this past Saturday, clay bar does great.
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