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Old 05-12-2013, 12:06 AM   #1
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After clay ?

Ok you OCDtailers I am almost done with claying my Camaro. I can't believe all the imperfections you can find when you take the time to decontaminate and scrutinize every square inch of your car

I took some advise and used optimum no rinse and diluted it for the clay lube and I was happy with it to a point my previous decon I used Adams detail spray. Adams was by far a better clay lube as I used considerably more onr and it wasn't as slippery. Also I noted that some of the clay seemed to stick to my clear coat and I took a few patient attempts to remove the residue with clay and waterless wash wiping with mf towels.

Now what do I do. the surface is clean its almost scary how clean it is. Do I wash it prior to glazing and lsp(patriot wax) or to I wipe it with some diluted apc then wash? Or do I just give it a once over with detail spray and start with the glazing?

I wish I had purchased my rupes and a mild polish as my imperfections are mild but I still feel my paint is acceptable as the car is as new with 1700 miles.

Your advise, as always is welcome.

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Old 05-12-2013, 12:12 AM   #2
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Yes, I believe you should always wash after claying. Then apply glaze and then the wax. Best of luck! PM me for questions!
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:49 AM   #3
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Depends on your clay procedure. Did you wipe off the residue as you went, or just let it dry on the car?

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Old 05-12-2013, 10:24 AM   #4
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Different options here.
I usually wash the car afterwards. Dry the proceed to waxin or applying a glaze.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:38 AM   #5
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Depends on your clay procedure. Did you wipe off the residue as you went, or just let it dry on the car?

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I did dry it as I went but it seems like there is still a residue. Would using a 50/50 apc and distilled water wipe down be ok ? I'm going for as perfect as I can get it without machine polishing.
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I did dry it as I went but it seems like there is still a residue. Would using a 50/50 apc and distilled water wipe down be ok ? I'm going for as perfect as I can get it without machine polishing.
Waterless wash would be my opinion. Otherwise, dilute your APC way more. 1:8 or so. You're basically just wiping off dried detail spray.

When you clay, if you wipe each section with a MF towel, you won't need to do any other steps.

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Old 05-12-2013, 11:07 AM   #7
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Waterless wash would be my opinion. Otherwise, dilute your APC way more. 1:8 or so. You're basically just wiping off dried detail spray.

When you clay, if you wipe each section with a MF towel, you won't need to do any other steps.

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Thank you sir. I'm probably over killing it but as I glance at the finish from all angles it appears that some of the clay was left on the paint I know it doesn't seem possible and I wish I had a good camera to show you. So I thought I would soak a zaino blond in a apc solution and go over the car one more time.
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post pics when your fin !
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:33 PM   #9
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post pics when your fin !
I shall in a few days need some more time. I just put in a few hours. Glass, vrt tires and exterior trim and waterless washed the car.
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:11 PM   #10
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I wouldn't rewash. If anything take your ONR that you used as your clay lube and use it like a quick detailer.
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:55 PM   #11
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I'm going to go against the grain here and recommend washing again, with Blue Dawn as a final confirmation that everything is off your surface then blow dry with the electric leaf lower. If no polishing is needed, then right to seal & Wax.

The main reason I would wash with Dawn is because you mentioned you had some issues with the clay sticking. I would just want to make sure everything is off my surface before applying your LSP.

Again, that's just me.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:43 PM   #12
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I wash again also. I look at it this way: if I wash and didn't really need to, I wasted an hour or so. If I don't wash and did need to, I set myself up for hours more fixing what I did wrong.
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:05 AM   #13
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I wash again also. I look at it this way: if I wash and didn't really need to, I wasted an hour or so. If I don't wash and did need to, I set myself up for hours more fixing what I did wrong.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:45 PM   #14
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Im going to wash it again. Then I sware I'm going to break out the Patriot and go to town.
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