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Old 10-11-2009, 05:03 AM   #1
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Clay Bar question

Well my SS/RS should be here some time this week. According to CSX, the train car is now empty and has been "released to the customer".
I am having stripes painted on at the dealer. My question is this: should I take the car home for a wash and clay bar before the stripes are done or just let the dealer keep it and trust that the prep for the stripes will alleviate needing to do the clay bar to those surfaces? I have waited 4 months now for the car, leaving it at the dealer for another week won't kill me, but driving it for a short time then giving it back to them for more than a week just might! Well, what do you think?
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Old 10-11-2009, 06:59 AM   #2
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If they are painting, they should be sanding it down anyway, so clay barring would be pointless.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:34 PM   #3
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Why do you/would you need to use a clay bar on a new car? I thought a clay bar was for older cars with paint problems/issues?
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:12 PM   #4
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Why do you/would you need to use a clay bar on a new car? I thought a clay bar was for older cars with paint problems/issues?
Believe it or not, new cars can pick up a lot of contamination in transit and while waiting on the lot. Its not necessarily a bad idea to run at least an extra light clay bar over the surface. Not that all new cars need it, but I've certainly done my fair share of "new car preps" and the clay definitely picked up some fallout.
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:19 PM   #5
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Yes, Chris is right. New cars have lots of contaminants stuck to them...typically in the form of rail dust. As a test, after you have washed your car, put your hand in a ziploc bag and slide it over your paint. You will be able to feel every little contaminant stuck to the paint. A clay bar will "pluck out" these contaminants and you can lay down a nice smooth as silk wax job.

Here is a good instructional video.

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Old 10-15-2009, 02:17 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info. Is it a hard job to do, is there any chance of making a mess out of your car? I would like to do this to my sons car (2008 Infiniti) but don't want to screw it up.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:34 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info. Is it a hard job to do, is there any chance of making a mess out of your car? I would like to do this to my sons car (2008 Infiniti) but don't want to screw it up.
If you follow the instructions and take your time, claying a vehicle is safe and easy.

Its important to lubricate the area well, and to check the clay often for debris. The clay will change color as the contaminants are removed from the surface. Knead the clay to a clean section, lubricate the next section well, use minimal pressure, and you'll be fine.

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Old 10-15-2009, 03:01 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info. Is it a hard job to do, is there any chance of making a mess out of your car? I would like to do this to my sons car (2008 Infiniti) but don't want to screw it up.
Actually very easy to do. Moose gave a good outline of how to go about it.
We have a clay & lube package bundled up already, which you can view here: 200g Clay & LUBER package

Basically, after washing the vehicle, you want to work in one section at a time. This is typically a 1'x1' area. Spray LUBER on to this section and using light/medium pressure, begin to work the clay in back forth motions. You'll see and hear the clay picking up the contaminents. Knead the clay often to keep a fresh side of clay down. (you can cut this bar in smaller pieces. 200g is capable of doing 6 to 7 cars, but of course depends on how bad the surface is). Then just go around the vehicle in this manner. Once completed, I like to rewash the vehicle to get rid of all the clay residue that'll be left behind. And then you're all set Really easy to do and you should have no problem tackling this
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:35 PM   #9
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another clay/zaino question... ok now I have dawn,clay,zaino wash, z2,z5 etc. say 6 months from now I need to re-clay the car, does that rid the surface of all the zaino coats and i'll have to start all over again or can i just clay and one coat of z2???
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