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Old 06-13-2012, 10:33 PM
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Hey guys. First new vehicle, and boy am I dumb when it comes to wash/wax etc.. Please help: what the hell is the clay bar for?
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Its a great piece of automotive detailing putty! It will pull stuck on crap off of your paint and make it better than new smoooth! If you can wipe your hand across your paint and feel a roughness this will take that off and make it perfectly flat. You use it with quick detailer as a lubricant and rub it in ONE direction, and knead it often. I have many types some cut faster than others but I found the Zaino brothers brand to be the best. I also highly reccomend Zaino wax, polish and sealers, I do professional detailing and its the best I have found, but you can only get it online.
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THANKS MAN! That sounds like a really cool product. Good to get advice from someone who does it for a living. I'll take your recommendation and check that out online.
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Clay bar is fantastic!
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I actually like the meguirs it comes with the spray wax and it is the best over the counter I have found. I paint cars and its what I use to.clean my cars and the cars I paint to remove overspray. Mothers is ok but never seemed to work quite as good. If you order online you can get some real pro clay bars from griotsgarage, best I have tried for the money.
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Here is the link...
http://www.zainostore.com/Merchant2/...oduct_Count=18
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If want to know more about detailing check out autogeek.net, they also have an online store with all the major brands.

Zaino is good stuff and was a Zaino freak before I started detailing. To me there is better out there and of course everyone has their perfect product that is the best. You want to find the best, try different brands and take note on how well they worked on the type of finish you used them on. This will help you learn for future details. If you are just doing your truck, this info will be just as helpful as your finish will change over time with marring, swirls, hazing, oxidation, etching etc. Knowing what product to use to correct a certain correction will be a life saver.

The detailing world is very overwhelming with tons of products and end users saying this is the best, or someone else saying no this one is the best etc. Myself I just use a 3M clay bar, you use a detail spray as mentioned above, but if you don't have any or run out, fill a wash bucket with dish soap and water, wash a spot with your wash mitt then use the clay bar on that section, then wash the area again to remove any residue. Doesn't have to be detail spray for it to work.

Afterwards I would use a polish. Not sure why, but seems pretty much everyone forgets this step. It's called polish. Everyone thinks they wash and wax and their truck is just awesome. Well wax is only a protectant with slight gloss enhancements. If you want depth and clarity and gloss, then use a non cutting polish to achieve this. If you have slight swirls, then use a mild cut polish. After all said and done, then you can move to your wax stage.

I can fill this post with a ton more instruction, but seems you just wanted to know what clay was used for and you pretty much got your answer above. It removes imbedded contaminates that washing alone can’t remove.

Sorry for the long post..
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Jay- Hey, the longer the better as I am trying to learn as much as possible! Thats some really good advice, and thank you!!!
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I just used one for the first time and was very impressed. Very easy to use. Just keep the area you are doing wet. I would've normally used a cleaner wax (Meguir's) before a finish wax, even on a new vehicle. This was much faster and I think it did as good or better job. I used Mother's only because I got a free bottle of Showtime (their name for detailer). I think the detailer has ingredients that help clean, and certainly make the surface slippery for the clay bar. It doesn't leave a residue which made it fan frickin tastic for the grill, and made fast work of the bugs. No pro here, but have waxed my share of vehicles. I topped it off with meguir's yellow carnauba. I did use meguir's polish on a ghost I had from de-badging and some dirt nibs and minor imperfections I still had. I am VERY happy with the results and would highly recommend it for a new vehicle.
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One rule I go by... If I drop it on the ground, toss it. Weather it be a drying cloth, mitt, clay bar, or anything that comes in contact with the paint. Even after washing, I still do not trust it. One little grain of sand, or something hard can cause much headache and $$$ down the road.

Also, I buy microfiber clothes from CostCo (Although lately the clothes have been more water resistant as they use to soak up water like a sponge). I go through a bag a month. I pretty much have a rule that brand new clothes get a non fragrant soap washing on sanitary mode (my washer). Then a non fabric softener dry cycle. They then are first used AND ONLY USED for the paint, then the second time (after wash/dry) they are used for interior cleaning, third time (yes, after wash/dry) they are used for engine bay, tires, wheel wells, undercarriage. Then those rags are tossed. I buy a bag of 36 a month. I know... a little OCD... but it is a system I have had down for over 10 years.

Also, when I dry my truck, I use my air hose to blow dry it as much as possible, especially where the truck crys or weeps (mirror location down the door, the plastic on the top of the bed.. etc.

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