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Old 04-15-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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Red face Clay Bar Advice

Can you clay bar over vinyl stripes?
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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I would say just be careful along the edges.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:28 PM   #3
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i wouldnt do it.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:31 PM   #4
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I did it today. Nothing bad happened.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:59 PM   #5
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I did it today. Nothing bad happened.
hmm. ok nevermind what i said then. sounds like it is safe
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:05 PM   #6
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I was on the fence, then I just did it. I didn't rub as hard as I do the paint. It seemed ok. I hope I didn't do anything bad...
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Oh but my stripes are gloss. CGM from the factory, matte stripes could yield different results.
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definitely do not clay matte stripes.

not recommended for gloss either, but it can be done. Theres just risk of introducing some damage and being vinyl it won't be easily corrected. I would only recommend claying the gloss stripes if you have some type of staining or contamination that won't come off with other cleaning methods first.
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Claying along the edges of the stripes is a good idea to get wax buildup off of them. Other than that, I don't clay the surface.
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Stripes sound like a lot of hassle. :/
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Oh but my stripes are gloss. CGM from the factory, matte stripes could yield different results.










Mine are gloss also
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:10 PM   #13
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definitely do not clay matte stripes.

not recommended for gloss either, but it can be done. Theres just risk of introducing some damage and being vinyl it won't be easily corrected. I would only recommend claying the gloss stripes if you have some type of staining or contamination that won't come off with other cleaning methods first.


O.K. I guess I'll pass on the clay bar on the stripes.Thanks
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:12 PM   #14
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Stripes sound like a lot of hassle. :/
Like High Heels on a Lady but hot damn they look good!!!

But yeah, I want mine painted on!!!
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:23 PM   #15
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If you have the vinyl stripes, the best product I've found is Adams VRT. Make sure they're clean first (standard 2 bucket wash) then use the Adams block sponge and apply the product. I have found that their Detail Spray and Waterless Wash work to make the stripes look good in between VRT treatments.

There are other products out there (Todd from Autopia may have some other suggestions as well) but Adams VRT has been very consistent for me. I use it on everything that is Black on both of my Camaro exteriors.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:29 PM   #16
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Can someone explain the 2 bucket wash please?
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One bucket contains your soap and water mix

The second bucket is a rinse bucket that contains pure water with a grit guard at the bottom (I also use a grit guard in my soap bucket)

After you wash a panel, dunk your wash mitt into the rinse bucket and thoroughly scrub the pad against the grit guard. This should remove any dirt that has accumulated in your wash mitt. This way you don't contaminate the soapy water with the dirt and grit you just picked up from washing the previous panel. It also gets your wash mitt "fresh" for the next panel.

Now that your wash mitt is clean you can go back to your soapy water and proceed to your next panel.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:30 PM   #18
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Like High Heels on a Lady but hot damn they look good!!!

But yeah, I want mine painted on!!!

Yeah SSOOCH; I'm with you...I told my wife any stripes we do have to be painted.


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On my 97 Trans Am clay bar took the printed color off one of the OEM stickers on the rear end. The sticker was fine but the color had come clean off.

I would not clay bar along the edges because the risk is pretty good of slipping, etc. Clay bar is really for paint only. Heck, I'd be very careful around badges as well.
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One bucket contains your soap and water mix

The second bucket is a rinse bucket that contains pure water with a grit guard at the bottom (I also use a grit guard in my soap bucket)

After you wash a panel, dunk your wash mitt into the rinse bucket and thoroughly scrub the pad against the grit guard. This should remove any dirt that has accumulated in your wash mitt. This way you don't contaminate the soapy water with the dirt and grit you just picked up from washing the previous panel. It also gets your wash mitt "fresh" for the next panel.

Now that your wash mitt is clean you can go back to your soapy water and proceed to your next panel.
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beyond clay

Has anyone used beyond clay? seen it used on hotrod tv from surf city garage ive read alot of reviews and they were all good. Just wanting to know??
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