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Old 06-24-2014, 04:04 PM   #1
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So I just bought a new Oxford White 2014 v6 last night and I noticed it has some industrial fallout on it. The dealer put on the Auto Butler stuff without me saying yes and I kind of want to remove it and clay the surface to get all the contaminants off. How would I go about claying the car and applying wax? Thanks
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Its easy. Go to your local auto parts store and buy the Mothers Kit (15.00 I believe). It comes with a spray, you just spray the surface and then rub the clay over it. You'll be amazed at the results. After your done put a good quality wax on it and youre good to go.

I clay my cars twice a year. It makes a HUGE difference.
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^1 agreed. Wash the car when you're done to remove any left over clay and most importantly, if you drop the clay, throw it away. It will pick up the smallest dirt and debris and you'll rub it into your paint...ouch!
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Oh yeah...wash it first lol. Use warm water and dish soap. The dish soap will removing any old wax and gives a good base for the next step.
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Detail spray is a good lubricant for the clay. Kneed it often, flatten it into a wafer and don't rub it into the surface, just lightly glide it across. If it sticks, you are not using enough lubricant. You will be able to tell when a section is good, and it will only take a few passes.
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Wash the god damn thing first! Biggest step.
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Wash the god damn thing first! Biggest step.

I don't think anyone recommended skipping that step. Scary if someone can't figure that out on their own, but I guess there are all kinds of people out there.
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I don't think anyone recommended skipping that step. Scary if someone can't figure that out on their own, but I guess there are all kinds of people out there.
Well, I saw it was mentioned but was not made a big deal. You're shooting yourself in the foot claying a dirty, or even just dusty, vehicle. Only clay right after a wash or some people even will clay immediately after a wash before the drying stage so they can rinse the car then dry it.

Just my two cents.
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Wash the car, soap it up, rinse it off, soap it up again, clay it..... I soap it up again because I've found that as a MUCH better lubricant than detail spray, and you can go much faster....... Do it in the shade.


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Wash the car, soap it up, rinse it off, soap it up again, clay it..... I soap it up again because I've found that as a MUCH better lubricant than detail spray, and you can go much faster....... Do it in the shade.


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Great tip as well.
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Great tip as well.

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That is a great tip. Cheaper than detail spray and would be a lot quicker. Probably soap up a panel, clay, rinse, and move on to the next panel so each panel is nice and soapy. Would definitely save time.
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That is a great tip. Cheaper than detail spray and would be a lot quicker. Probably soap up a panel, clay, rinse, and move on to the next panel so each panel is nice and soapy. Would definitely save time.

Yea. I actually follow it with the clay. Microfiber that I use for soaping up in one hand, clay in the other, set the clay on the windshield to wash out the cloth in the bucket.


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Yea. I actually follow it with the clay. Microfiber that I use for soaping up in one hand, clay in the other, set the clay on the windshield to wash out the cloth in the bucket.


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I'm guessing you follow it up with wax when you are done?
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I'm guessing you follow it up with wax when you are done?

Always.... Usually when I clay bar the car I also polish it.


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Also. Moving this to the appearance section


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After I'm done claying my Opti Coat I usually follow it up with some nice sealant and wax... Jk, that's what the Opti Coat is for
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After I'm done claying my Opti Coat I usually follow it up with some nice sealant and wax... Jk, that's what the Opti Coat is for

Once I have perfect paint I will Opticoat it.


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I think you'll enjoy playing around with ceramic coatings. They're a whole other beast of car care products, of course they have their up's and down's though.
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I think you'll enjoy playing around with ceramic coatings. They're a whole other beast of car care products, of course they have their up's and down's though.

I'll need to get all my body work sorted out (hoods, bumpers, fenders ect....) then I'll need a full repaint. But I'm focusing on performance right now so it'll be years before more visual.


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Wash the car, soap it up, rinse it off, soap it up again, clay it..... I soap it up again because I've found that as a MUCH better lubricant than detail spray, and you can go much faster....... Do it in the shade.


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Alright thank you. I went to Autozone and got the Maguires Gold Class car wash and a cloth/sponge thing. What is a good wax to use? I’m thinking about liquid wax but I don’t want to ruin the paint job. Also, would the clay work even though the dealer sprayed the Auto Butler crap on my car over the industrial fallout?
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Its easy. Go to your local auto parts store and buy the Mothers Kit (15.00 I believe). It comes with a spray, you just spray the surface and then rub the clay over it. You'll be amazed at the results. After your done put a good quality wax on it and youre good to go.

I clay my cars twice a year. It makes a HUGE difference.
Alright thank you. Would I be able to clay the car even though the dealer sprayed that Auto Butler stuff on my car? Like would I have to remove the sealant stuff off? And what wax would you recommend?
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I'll need to get all my body work sorted out (hoods, bumpers, fenders ect....) then I'll need a full repaint. But I'm focusing on performance right now so it'll be years before more visual.


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Nice, only $5,000 give or take worth of body and paint right there. Yup, that's how you gotta do it! Longtubes next
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Nice, only $5,000 give or take worth of body and paint right there. Yup, that's how you gotta do it! Longtubes next

More....... Well I've got the mirrors and side skirts right now, just need the front bumper, hood, front passenger fender, rear bumper, and a full paint job.


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More....... Well I've got the mirrors and side skirts right now, just need the front bumper, hood, front passenger fender, rear bumper, and a full paint job.


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What bumpers you rolling with?
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Alright thank you. Would I be able to clay the car even though the dealer sprayed that Auto Butler stuff on my car? Like would I have to remove the sealant stuff off? And what wax would you recommend?
I'm sorry I don't know what Auto Butler is...

I don't use your run of the mill waxes and polishes. I use stuff from a local detailing store (Upodium), some of the best stuff I've used.

For you though,you can't go wrong with Meguiars or Mothers. Just make sure to use a good quality wax, I like carnuba wax.
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I'm sorry I don't know what Auto Butler is...

I don't use your run of the mill waxes and polishes. I use stuff from a local detailing store (Upodium), some of the best stuff I've used.

For you though,you can't go wrong with Meguiars or Mothers. Just make sure to use a good quality wax, I like carnuba wax.
Auto Butler is some dumb thing my dealer has. They spray the car with it and it’s supposed to help keep the paint looking good for years. It’s basically a sealant that protects against dirt and bugs. I’m just wondering if I clay the car, would it also remove the sealant stuff?
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Auto Butler is some dumb thing my dealer has. They spray the car with it and it’s supposed to help keep the paint looking good for years. It’s basically a sealant that protects against dirt and bugs. I’m just wondering if I clay the car, would it also remove the sealant stuff?

Rubbing compound. It'll eventually get it off.


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What bumpers you rolling with?

It'll be the 03 Cobra front with a 3" cowl hood. Then I'm torn between a 03 Cobra rear with shaved letters or my current one (current will still need to be replaced, has dents and scuffs). I like the style of the Cobra rear bumper with shaved letters, but I love the stainless steel lettering for MUSTANG. Unless I can somehow get a Cobra bumper with Mustang lettering.


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Termi bumpers are a win. I love the Termi rear shaved bumper on Bullitts/Mach 1's. I'd have to see what a 3 in cowl looks like on a New Edge.
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Alright thank you. It wouldn’t damage my paint would it?
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Alright thank you. It wouldn’t damage my paint would it?

No it wont, it'll probably need to be machine buffed on there. I'd recommend just getting it professionally buffed.


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No it wont, it'll probably need to be machine buffed on there. I'd recommend just getting it professionally buffed.


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Alright thank you. I just got the car 2 days ago and hoped they would’ve removed all of the industrial fallout… I think I’m just going to wash it at first, see if the clay bar takes care of it, then wax it. If I can’t get the stuff off, I’ll take it to a detailer. I just don’t want to spend a lot of money right now. I just got home from college and no one will hire me for only 2 months so I don’t have a lot of money.
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Damn, that's mean. Almost looks like you'd have to have a blower underneath that thing to back up how aggressive that front end looks.
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