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Old 03-15-2014, 12:27 AM
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So my paint wasn't very smooth on the hood from sitting on the lot for a month or two so I decided to try a clay bar prior to polishing and giving the truck its first good wax.

It took me 2 hours to do it and I was very, very cautious with the clay and plenty of lubricant. I put next to no pressure on the clay either so I didn't bother the finish. I was really impressed with how much it did do but I'm afraid that maybe I didn't put enough pressure. There are a few areas that I couldn't get glass surface smooth. They are 95% better but there is still a spot here or there that will try and grab a towel.

My question is should I have tried a bit more pressure or is it impossible to get all the contaminants out? I also found some paint imperfections on the roof where it is bumpy and seems like they painted over something or it's bubbles. Is it worth taking this in for warranty work? Having paint work done worries me.
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Either warrenty or put more pressure I've never had problems removing contaminants off my truck with a clay bar
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Don't fear pressure with the clay bar, always use a good amount of pressure, you're not trying to buckle the panel, but you are trying to have the clay dig out the imperfections that have buried themselves into the clearcoat. Clay bar is the start of a good detailing routine, if you really care about your paint, have a look over on youtube for a guy named Junkman2000 and you will learn a TON! about detailing for the novice.

Oh, and it can't hurt for the dealership to have a look at the roof skin.
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make sure you constantly knead your clay to ensure a clean work surface, and use lots of lube. the last thing you want is for some of the contaminants to make its way back to your abrading surface and scratch the paint.

also, depending on the grade of clay, and the colour of your paint (dark vs light) you may see some slight marring. but as stated above, claying is a relatively safe process that gives great results.

most times i recommend a polish after clay. it will help amp up the gloss and ensure a smooth clean surface to receive your LSP (last step product...wax sealant etc.)
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i use a razor blade and skim the bar to have a fresh surface to clay with, it takes time but it works like new and less worries of having contaminates scratch the surface.
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Primo makes good points and he is da man. With regards to pressure, I have found you do not need to apply heavy or elbow grease kind of pressure, but light to moderate pressure works for me. As mentioned by Primo and apparently you did, use plenty of detailer spray, the clay will let you know if you need more as the clay will not glide over the surface if not adequately lubed.
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Just remember if you ever drop the clay THROW IT AWAY.
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I had used clay for the first time on my previous truck and wasn't sure about the hype or "damaging" the paint. Use moderate pressure. You'll know when you've done it right or the are is done. The clay bar will stop grabbing and just glide over the area. I was BLOWN away how smooth the paint was and how much black crap came onto the bar from a new truck.

It is light years easier to apply and remove products from the vehicle after that. The towel will just float over the finish when you are done waxing.

I'm a believer now. Everyone should do it.

Like CBA said, if you drop it. Toss it! I break my bars into smaller pieces so if I do drop it, I only lose that piece.

I start at the top and work down since you'll encounter more junk lower and don't want to scratch the hood, doors etc...

After you use the bar up pretty good, You can use it to clean your wheels before you toss it. NEVER go from wheels to paint!!!!

Polishing is recommended. It may seem like a lot of steps but each step is easier and quicker than just jumping to waxing. Everything comes off better at each stage.
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It may be worthwhile to read about the Nano Towel. Does the same job as a clay bar and much easier to use(IMHO) and it will last a lot longer and if you drop it on the ground all you have to do is rinse it off and keep going. They advertise that you can do about 50 cars with one towel. Down side----they ain't cheap! Remember after you clay bar your paint it is sorta "Naked" so as has been said above you really need to get some protection on it---either polish/sealant and/or wax.
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