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      05-30-2009, 09:03 PM   #1
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Smile Clay bar ?

Hey,

i was wondering if someone can tell me how a clay bar is applied on your car and when to apply it. Also can you use it on windows?

Thanks!
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1 wash and dry car completely

2 spray lube on a small area

3 rub clay on that area with only enough pressure to hold the clay to the paint

4 keep rubbing until you feel the clay slide smooth

5 dry area with a microfiber towel

6 knead clay to get a fresh surface

7 repeat 2-6

and yes you can use it on the windows
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it was a sticky

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41760
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Hey,

i was wondering if someone can tell me how a clay bar is applied on your car and when to apply it. Also can you use it on windows?

Thanks!
For some more reading on a clay bar and where it fits in to the overall detailing process, check out our clay bar how-to guide.

Clay works great on glass.

If you have any other questions on anything, let us know.

George
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1 wash and dry car completely

2 spray lube on a small area

3 rub clay on that area with only enough pressure to hold the clay to the paint

4 keep rubbing until you feel the clay slide smooth

5 dry area with a microfiber towel

6 knead clay to get a fresh surface

7 repeat 2-6

and yes you can use it on the windows

Do you really have to dry the car after the wash before claying it?
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yeah because heavy water will leave calcium, and effectivly stain the paint..
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Smile After claying the car

So after claying and wiping down with micro fiber can i go straight to wax or do i have to polish first and then wax?

Basically im trying to consilidate time here if there is all in one process please let me know

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claying cleans the paint of small tar spots and adhered imperfections

polish / compounds will remove a microfine layer of the top layer of paint / lacquer

Waxes seal the surface and protect it from contact damage and UV damage (in very small degrees though ..)

if you polish the paint, you must seal it..

But if you only clay , then you are just removing what is sitting on top of the wax , if the wax is still present of course
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if i wash the car why would there still be wax?
What if i just wash and dry the car then clay bar it and dry it again and then apply wax? will that give my car the mirror look?
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if i wash the car why would there still be wax?
What if i just wash and dry the car then clay bar it and dry it again and then apply wax? will that give my car the mirror look?
1. some soaps take off the wax and some don't

2. that's the correct steps

3. the mirror look is based on the condition of the paint. wax gives you the glow or wet look
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yeah because heavy water will leave calcium, and effectivly stain the paint..
But I don't let the car air dry, I dry it after I've clayed it.
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You're not claying correctly if you can clay an entire car before it dries, + water is a horrible lubricant.
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You're not claying correctly if you can clay an entire car before it dries, + water is a horrible lubricant.
Of course I spray a lube onto the car too.
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best to dry the entire car to stop flying dust sticking to the car .. this adds to fine scratches .

Wash , dry ,

paint cleaner

clay

polish

wax

wax again

then admire the wickedness
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