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Do you need any special knowledge to use the clay bar? I've never tried it but I've heard about the great results.
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Do you need any special knowledge to use the clay bar?
Yes you do.

You must have the super sneaky ability to open the box and remove the plastic wrapper, followed by the ultra secret of spraying the detailing spray, and finally rub the clay bar across the surface like the Karate Kid.
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I've spent a fair amount of time reading research articles, and from reading those results I find a few problems. First, it is a summary and doesn't give any information about the techniques used by either the automatic washes or by the ones done by hand. So there is no way to tell what they used at home...A wire brush? Or maybe even a brillow pad? Assuming they used run of the mill materials I could believe those results. But, as everyone here has stated, a good at home technique cannot be that bad. Also, who funded the study, a mainstream car wash company?
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I like to do a good hand wash when I can, but to be honest I have been seen going through the local brushless carwash and drying it after. Saves time but not near as good a job as the driveway method.
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The automatic car washes might be fast and easy but the best ones I've very seen are the ones that are CLOSED! If you really care about how your truck looks then you should make every effort to hand wash it. I know everyone can't but you can not compare the results of a car washed vehicle to one that has been hand washed.
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I don't really have too much to add to this thread other than two points:

1. If you look around in your area, there are good detailers out there. These are the guys that prep cars for shows and auctions. You'll pay out the ass, but your car/truck will look brand new. As stupid as it may sound, it is actually a dream of mine to open up a detail shop. I love detailing cars.

2. When washing your car, wash the wheels first to prevent dirt from splashing back up on the paint. Change your wash water, then resume washing the car. Also wash the car from the top down, and rinse the mitt often. I rinse the mit half way down each section of the car, lets say at the trim or half way down the door, to prevent dragging debris thrown up from the tires across the paint. There is no way to prevent swirl marks, they will come back. Following the steps listed in this thread will help extend the periods between polishing however.
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