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Old 09-23-2012, 06:51 PM   #1
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My first full detail experience.

So I washed the car down last night. And today I clayed then waxed.

It was alot of work, I have not gone through this much care for a car since the 80s.
well I taped off all the black plastic and rubber, and realized that spending that little bit of extra time ended up saving me cleaning the residue later.

I also taped off the matte gray stripes but waxed the red gloss stripe.

I found that claying can be a real pain. I nead to learn "Clay Control" as I kept flicking the clay on the ground. Luckily I broke the bar down into smaller pieces, but I still used almost an entire bar.
I also used a entire bottle of detail spray. I am sure I will get a little better each time, at least I hope I do (this stuff is expensive)

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Old 09-23-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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I found that claying can be a real pain. I nead to learn "Clay Control" as I kept flicking the clay on the ground.
You dropped the clay bar on the ground and reused it?
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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No I cut it into about 10 pieces.
The first 3 pieces slipped from my hand one right after the other.
That 1st rear quarter panel was a b!tch.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:28 PM   #4
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You can continue to re-use the clay bar by folding it in upon itself and flattening it back out. If you use a clay bar and end up throwing it away by the time you're done with the entire vehicle you are wasting money. Car looks great btw!!
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:48 PM   #5
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You can continue to re-use the clay bar by folding it in upon itself and flattening it back out. If you use a clay bar and end up throwing it away by the time you're done with the entire vehicle you are wasting money. Car looks great btw!!
Not if you drop it. If you drop a clay bar, there is no five second rule. You throw it in the garbage, end of story.

One of the major reasons I stopped using clay. It's really the way of the past these days.

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Old 09-24-2012, 01:46 AM   #6
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Not if you drop it. If you drop a clay bar, there is no five second rule. You throw it in the garbage, end of story.

One of the major reasons I stopped using clay. It's really the way of the past these days.

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I wasn't referring to if the clay bar is dropped on the ground. Many a clay bar has gone in the trash due to this this egregious mistake. I was more referring to after finishing a panel you can fold the contaminated side in on itself, flatten it out and have a fresh new side to work with. It was just a tip to extend the life of his clay bar so he's not throwing one away every time he decides to clay his car.

Btw...I will now be looking into that clay replacement you reviewed in the other thread. Looks very promising. Anything that reduces the time in my detail with the same results equals happier me
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:31 AM   #7
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BLACKFIRE Clay Cleaner & Extender is what you may need when claying so you can save money and clay.

Here's a run down on this product and how to use it: BLACKFIRE Clay Cleaner & Extender
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:34 AM   #8
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I also recommend you cut your bar in quarters and have a soap dish or baggie with some QD in so it will last for you for the next time you need it. Every time when a piece falls on the ground then file 13 it and get a new piece.
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Use the Speedy Prep Towel. It's harder to drop as it is, but if you do, just wash it off and keep going. It works 10x faster than clay.

However, even the fine grade towel will mar your paint (edges will look sort of dull as though you hit it with some imaginary 5000 grit sandpaper), so if you plan to use it, you HAVE to polish afterwards.
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Use the Speedy Prep Towel. It's harder to drop as it is, but if you do, just wash it off and keep going. It works 10x faster than clay.

However, even the fine grade towel will mar your paint (edges will look sort of dull as though you hit it with some imaginary 5000 grit sandpaper), so if you plan to use it, you HAVE to polish afterwards.
That's weird. I've done over a dozen cars with mine and not had a single issue. It's just as safe as clay.

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Old 09-24-2012, 12:08 PM   #12
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That's weird. I've done over a dozen cars with mine and not had a single issue. It's just as safe as clay.

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Maybe they accidentally packed an aggressive one in mine? When I did mine (car is black), edges were dulled out a bit and the only pressure I used was the weight of the towel itself. It sure worked fast, though, so it's a good trade. I plan to use it for my annual detail, but for my 6 month detail, I'm using a normal claybar since I don't polish for that detail.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:36 PM   #13
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Maybe they accidentally packed an aggressive one in mine? When I did mine (car is black), edges were dulled out a bit and the only pressure I used was the weight of the towel itself. It sure worked fast, though, so it's a good trade. I plan to use it for my annual detail, but for my 6 month detail, I'm using a normal claybar since I don't polish for that detail.
Did you get the fine grade? There are 2 grades and the other is a more coarse grade. If you got that one, you are more likely to mar the paint.

I have the fine grade and used it on mine and a few other camaros and it did not mar at all.
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Maybe they accidentally packed an aggressive one in mine? When I did mine (car is black), edges were dulled out a bit and the only pressure I used was the weight of the towel itself. It sure worked fast, though, so it's a good trade. I plan to use it for my annual detail, but for my 6 month detail, I'm using a normal claybar since I don't polish for that detail.
Could be. who knows. It's not so much a science as it is an art anyway. Everyone gets different results from doing different things.
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The fine grade towels are gray and medium are blue from all of the brands that I have seen so far. Remember that light pressure is all that is required to remove the above surface contaminates. You're not sanding down a surface. As I have mentioned in other post some lite marring occurs with any touching of a painted surface but most likely not noticable to the average inspection.Hardness of the painted surface has a lot to do with the results. Most GM paints fall into the harder paints. I did say most but not all.
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I have the fine towel. I used pretty much no pressure and it marred. *Shrug.* It's no big deal, if I use it once a year then I'm polishing right afterward anyway. It's a good trade-off for how fast it works.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:00 PM   #17
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I cut the clay into pieces based on the sticky at the top of this page.
It said to cut it into 14 pieces or so, and use 1 for each quarter panel 1 for trunk etc. etc. etc. Well the pieces were way too small IMO so i tried 10 pieces.
I was folding every time it would get contaminated. The problem I think was it was still too small to get a good grip on, 1/4s may be a better option for me with the next bar.

After that bar I will be getting that towel.

I am glad I used nearly the whole bar though and tossed it, the car had more crap on it than I thought. I think the dealer just waxed over all sorts of stuff before I took delivery.
It was shiney before..... But now the car glows...
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