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Old 04-29-2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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Claying?

Will somebody please explain what claying does, My dad hasn't ever heard of it and I can't explain it to him because I don't really know either, will you also recommend some wax to use on the black camaro with vinyl stripes? Thanks in advance I appreciate it!
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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Claying removes surface contaminants from the paint such as rail dust, paint over spray, and environmental garbage that settles into your clear coat. Basically all the stuff that keeps your paint from feeling nice and smooth. Waxing over that stuff isn't really a great idea. I know people that will wash and wax their cars and then complain that the paint still isn't smooth. That is what happens when you don't clay first.
As far as a good wax. I know there are plenty out there, so I'll just tell you what I have had good experiences with. I have a black camaro as well. On the low end, Adam's buttery is pretty decent. I typically use Adam's Americana when I do wax my car. I've heard good things about the Blackfire line as well, but I don't have any personal experience with it.
I recently stripped everything off and used Wolf's Hard Body nano sealant, and I can't say enough good things about it. If you are going to do something like that though, I would recommend polishing it out (if needed) first to get rid of your swirls and imperfections. Wolf's HB has pretty decent scratch resistant properties, and it beads and sheets water like no other. It also keeps a deep gloss on the paint without having to add a wax over it. Makes it much easier to keep a black car clean, and will make your car washes much easier. Hope this is somewhat helpful.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:52 AM   #3
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Go look at a clay bar kit in a store, everything you need to know right there on the box.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:28 AM   #4
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On the low end, Adam's buttery is pretty decent. I typically use Adam's Americana when I do wax my car.
Don't waste time or money on Adam's Buttery.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:27 AM   #5
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Claying removes surface contaminants from the paint such as rail dust, paint over spray, and environmental garbage that settles into your clear coat. Basically all the stuff that keeps your paint from feeling nice and smooth. Waxing over that stuff isn't really a great idea. I know people that will wash and wax their cars and then complain that the paint still isn't smooth. That is what happens when you don't clay first.
As far as a good wax. I know there are plenty out there, so I'll just tell you what I have had good experiences with. I have a black camaro as well. On the low end, Adam's buttery is pretty decent. I typically use Adam's Americana when I do wax my car. I've heard good things about the Blackfire line as well, but I don't have any personal experience with it.
I recently stripped everything off and used Wolf's Hard Body nano sealant, and I can't say enough good things about it. If you are going to do something like that though, I would recommend polishing it out (if needed) first to get rid of your swirls and imperfections. Wolf's HB has pretty decent scratch resistant properties, and it beads and sheets water like no other. It also keeps a deep gloss on the paint without having to add a wax over it. Makes it much easier to keep a black car clean, and will make your car washes much easier. Hope this is somewhat helpful.
Very nice post.

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Old 04-29-2013, 11:28 AM   #6
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Don't waste time or money on Adam's Buttery.
Agreed. It's the red headed stepchild of their LSP lineup and serves no discernible purpose.

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