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Old 06-06-2012, 08:01 PM   #1
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Ive got a black 2012 that im thinking of clay barring. Never done it before so anyone have any tips? Can i do the entire car? Is there any areas i need to avoid like trim or unpainted plastic pieces (under mirrors)?
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Ive got a black 2012 that im thinking of clay barring. Never done it before so anyone have any tips? Can i do the entire car? Is there any areas i need to avoid like trim or unpainted plastic pieces (under mirrors)?
You will wonder why you waited so long!
Tips Adam can explain much better than I can http://www.adamspolishes.com/t-videos.aspx

Yes the entire care! Yes avoid any un-painted plastic areas, and trim it will spot up the trim.

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If yours is a 2012 I wouldn't Claybar since nothing is wrong with the paint yet! A good wax is all it needs!! I only clay every 2-3 years.
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Lightly run your finger over the more exposed panels (hood,roof,) if it has a semi rough texture or not as smooth to your liking I say go ahead and claybar it. Couldn't hurt and will remove whatever particulates that have settled on the paint. One tip choose a time when its not in direct sunlight. Easier to work with when the body panels are not blazing hot from the sun.
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Hard to believe you'd have much of anything with it being a 2012. I'd go by Ttown's advice ^^^ and feel up your paint first. Won't hurt anything, just don't want to waste time and money if you don't have too.
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Thanks guys. Think ill just wax her down real good. May just clay the front bumper, bug guts and all.
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Thanks guys. Think ill just wax her down real good. May just clay the front bumper, bug guts and all.
Don't forget to post pics of the results
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Ha azure you beat me to that post.
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Fully wash your car. Take a sandwich bag, put your hand inside it, and run fingers across the paint. If it's smooth as glass then you are all good. If it feels like sandpaper you waited to long. Any abrasiveness you feel is the trapped particles in your paint. Reminder - a 2012 could have, at this point in it's life, been out in the elements for nearly a year. Depending on where you live it could need to be barred.
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It will never hurt to clay your car, a good carful wash and clay gives you a nice clean surface to lay down wax. You definitely do not want to clay trim peaces, and pre wet your clay bar with the lube that you will use and the surface needs a lot as well. I clay my car quite a bit and I wax alot some say it's overkill but I don't care. Your paint will look great for a really long time if you take good care and claying is one of the things that just needs to be done.
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