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Old 08-05-2013, 08:15 PM   #1
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Clay Bar???

Hey, I am new to clay barring. I just washed my car tonight, dried it with a shammy and put it back in the garage. The car will be completely dry in the morning and I plan to clay bar and wax it then. My question is washing it the night before and clay barring the next morning okay or should it be washed then immediately clay barred? I just don't want to hurt the paint and figure that if the car is completely dry the clay bar will work better. What do you all think?
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Yes that will be fine...as long as ur car is clean you can claybar it tomorrow. No worries....Claybar is pretty hard to mess up!
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The only thing you need to worry about, is dust settling on the car. Just wipe down with a microfiber beforehand and you should be good.
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Clay bars work awesome. I used one about a month ago and my car looked smoooooth as glass. Very shiny and reflective afterwards.
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Cool thanks. This will be my first try at using a clay bar, on my previous cars I just washed and waxed but heard the clay bar makes a big difference.
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This is literally the reflectivity my car gave off after a fresh claybarring. No wax at this point either.
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I can't wait to see the results after I clay bar and wax tomorrow. I have always been particular about my cars, but after getting my GT 2 months ago I am now even more of a perfectionist about trying to keep my Mustang looking nice.
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Yea dude. I took my time clay barring my car and planned on waxing it afterwards but it really didn't need it at all. It looked great without wax. My wax is still in the box unused.
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Yea dude. I took my time clay barring my car and planned on waxing it afterwards but it really didn't need it at all. It looked great without wax. My wax is still in the box unused.
You really should wax your car, clay barring actually removes the wax already on the car.
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Always wax after you clay. Once you clay, all there is is paint. No protection at all. Do yourself a favor, and spend another hour waxing, to protect all your hard work. It's totally worth it. Without wax, all that dirt gets sucked right back into the exposed paint.
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Oh man...didn't know that! I feel dumb now. It will be waxed as soon as I get time! Thanks for the heads up guys. Learned something new today.
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Always wax after you clay. Once you clay, all there is is paint. No protection at all. Do yourself a favor, and spend another hour waxing, to protect all your hard work. It's totally worth it. Without wax, all that dirt gets sucked right back into the exposed paint.
I just clay barred mine over the weekend and actually used the Meguiars Cleaner Wax next, followed by their paste wax. The car looked even better once I put the Cleaner Wax on, so I probably wouldn't skip it. It's also very easy to remove, so it's not a lot of work for this extra step. The final paste wax was harder to get off than the Cleaner Wax.
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Cool. I'll try this out too while I'm at it.
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I just clay barred mine over the weekend and actually used the Meguiars Cleaner Wax next, followed by their paste wax. The car looked even better once I put the Cleaner Wax on, so I probably wouldn't skip it. It's also very easy to remove, so it's not a lot of work for this extra step. The final paste wax was harder to get off than the Cleaner Wax.
I'll have to try that next time never thought to use cleaner wax. Got any pics? Heres the steps i took.

1) wash with dawn
2) claybar
3) spray glaze
4) Ultimate paste wax
5) quick wax spray
6) quick detailer

Then i went ahead and Shined up the Chrome, Vacuumed out the floors, and wiped down interior moldings on the inside.

All in all, i started at 10 am, finished up at around 4 pm. Then i took it on a long cruise that night. I love this car entirely too much.
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You're all missing the one key step. After you clay you POLISH then you wax.
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Yea I was gonna ask where the polishing part fit into the process lol.
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I'll have to try that next time never thought to use cleaner wax. Got any pics? Heres the steps i took.

1) wash with dawn
2) claybar
3) spray glaze
4) Ultimate paste wax
5) quick wax spray
6) quick detailer

Then i went ahead and Shined up the Chrome, Vacuumed out the floors, and wiped down interior moldings on the inside.

All in all, i started at 10 am, finished up at around 4 pm. Then i took it on a long cruise that night. I love this car entirely too much.
No pics. Car got rained on already, but I will say it handled the rain much better. The car still looks pretty clean.

I couldn't remember the name of the wax before without going in the garage, but when you said Ultimate, I'm sure that's what I used also. I also like their Quick Wax spray. I started using that last year on one of my Trans Ams, and have used Quick Detailer for years.

I RainX'd my Windows yesterday also. Fun driving without wipers while everyone else has their's on. I am hoping that will help to keep spots from developing on the glass when washing. I try to keep the entire car wet until I can dry it, but it isn't always that easy because I have no shade in the driveway.
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You really should wax your car, clay barring actually removes the wax already on the car.
+1000. You must wax
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Polish then wax. Polish then wax. Polish then wax. One more time, polish then wax.
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I'm a lazy man. But truth be told, i have never attempted to use a polish. I tried Nu finish once on my V6, but i thought polish was slighty abrassive, and i am terrified of ruining my own paint. Maybe next time i'll give it a whirl.
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I'm a lazy man. But truth be told, i have never attempted to use a polish. I tried Nu finish once on my V6, but i thought polish was slighty abrassive, and i am terrified of ruining my own paint. Maybe next time i'll give it a whirl.
Different polish compounds for different needs if the paint. I use meguiars polish on my other cars and use zaino on my mustang
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Different polish compounds for different needs if the paint. I use meguiars polish on my other cars and use zaino on my mustang
The mans right.

Wash, clay (wash again... At least I do), Polish, wax.
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