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    Question clay kits

    does anybody clay their cars??? what kit do you use??? and do you have a specific technic??

    i use smart clay at the moment ive used megs clay before and it was quite good i normally wash the car first and keep it wet also using a speed detailer so the clay dosnt rub against the paint too hard, i then wash the car again and rince, after i always polish and wax it as the clay will remove any protection from the paint

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    Re: clay kits

    I use the exact same method as above dude use the maguires clay and detailer only ever done it twice though leaves a mint base for polish/wax/sealant!

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    Re: clay kits

    yeah once its been polished the paint is so smooth
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    about 2year old megs clay.... still going strong... just use water to keep the surface wet then polish it straight after....

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    Re: clay kits

    i clayed the bora not long ago and decided to do the boot......
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    What does the method to claying a car entail? I've never done it or seen it done.

    Doubt i'll ever have the time to do it either but it'd be nice to know how just in case

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    Re: clay kits

    Quote Originally Posted by BVR Dave View Post
    What does the method to claying a car entail? I've never done it or seen it done.

    Doubt i'll ever have the time to do it either but it'd be nice to know how just in case
    As above really mate, just give your car a real good clean getting rid of dirt/grime and slowly go around each panel with the clay keeping the paint serface wet with water or detailer which you can buy in kit form.

    Basically just takes away or the old polish/wax/sealant and leaves you with a fresh base to apply too, ideal if you've got swirls etc, also gets rid of dirt/sap that you just cant see till you've clayed the car as Wrightys photo shows
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    best way to tell if a car needs claying is to feel it and listen... if you feel any imperfections or hear a roughness sound then it needs doing... I'll let you feel the golf saturday

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    I'll let you feel the golf saturday
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    Clay is a mixture of clay base and various abrasives. Clay along with a clay lubricant is used to remove paint contamination. Road grime, tar, bugs, rust, tree sap and even paint over spray can be removed with a clay bar. Clay bars differ in color and density but what is most important, type and amount of abrasive particles they contain. Claying does not remove the clear coat of the paint but can cause marring or dullness if used incorrectly. When using a clay bar it is important to use sufficient lubrication. It takes a few passes of clay to feel the difference on the surface of the paint. To evaluate the effectiveness of claying dry the area and assess the paint and the bar. The paint should become slick to touch. The clay bar used should be turning gray. If the clay bar is dropped it must be discarded. Check often for any large particles on the clay bar as you might unknowingly scratch the paint when claying. Claying does not replace polishing. It is a process that should be used before polishing compound is used. Claying should be used once or twice a year.

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