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Thanks for the tip. I was wondering about that...
Also, it is foolproof to use, so don't worry about that! If you get the clay, do the whole vehicle, then at a minimum wax it all as the clay will strip any wax or sealant you have on it. I will bet clay does not touch the waterspots, but it is a great detailing step to take before polishing.

Here is what my claybar looked like after a very very small spot was done on our 2006 Magnum



It will pick up debris and dirt bonded to your paint that washing will not remove.

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The clay bar is pretty much the same across the board, the thing to look at is what you use for the lubricant, and that is everyone's personal preference. I love the mother's showtime shine myself, but everyone can throw in their 2 cents.
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Some liquid my husband made! I could tell you "Windex" but I think he just used the old bottle!
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just my 2 cents re-wash with dawn.......clay......wax....i use turtle ice products. here's a pic of what mine looks like after two weeks no wash/wax.
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just my 2 cents re-wash with dawn.......clay......wax....i use turtle ice products. here's a pic of what mine looks like after two weeks no wash/wax.
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Another tip after you wash, don't dry. Get your clay and lubricant (I use Megs Quick Detailer) and spray the section you want to clay down with the QD. Then wipe off after you've completed the claying. Here's is an EXCELLENT article by a great detailer Mike Phillips: http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...ling-clay.html This will give you a bit more insite on how to properly clay your vehicle. The reason I say not to dry your vehicle after you wash it is, you can use the water as a light lubricant WITH the QD, saves you time too from having to dry it. After you've clayed the entire car, and IF the clay hasn't worked as well as you wished, you can try IPA (isopropyal alcohol) to wipe down any spots remaining. Sometimes this works unless you have water spot etching in which you'll have to machine buff them out. If you were closer, I would help you out as it isn't a short timed job to do our trucks. Took me about 12 hours to just detail my paint with a polishing machine. But I have no swirl marks, etching or marring. Just pretty, smooth, glossy paint. . . . a lot of sweat drops If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me.
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Thanks to everyone for all of the great info!

I got some Turtle Wax Chome & Metal Polish...holy cow, that stuff is freaking awesome...took the spots off the bumper with very little effort! Looks better than it did when I drove it off the lot!

I tried the clay bar on a small section of the tailgate, but so far it isn't doing anything for the spots, just like Leadfootluke guessed. I picked up some polish and wax today, will give it a try in the next few days. Jay is right...this is no small job for sure...especially when it's so hot. By the time it's cool enough to get out there and work on it...it's dark!!!
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Good to hear you have it under control .
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Here's is an EXCELLENT article by a great detailer Mike Phillips: http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...ling-clay.html This will give you a bit more insite on how to properly clay your vehicle.

This was a great article for someone like me who never used clay before.

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I used to live in a house where the only place for me to park my '92 was under a huge, old oak tree. I wasn't the best at keeping the ol' girl washed and that tree sap ate through the paint and completey rusted the hood in about two years. Tree sap is hard on paint.
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