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I'm wondering this because I don't have anything in order to do a wax... And I know using a clay bar is pulling all the impurities off as well as was (if there is any)

Just wondering if I could just wash/ dry and then clay bar it? If so does the detailed spray stay on the car in liquid form? Or does it vanish after using the clay bar? Like do I do an area with the detailed spray... Clay bar it.. Then do I have to use a micro fiber to clean it of to sit?

Need to know if i should only wash it for now or do I wait till I have the clay bar and wax and do it then? Or will just a wash and claybar be okay?
 

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Yes! Depending on how detailed you want it you may also want to polish it before you wax it though. This is how i do it:
1. Wash
2. Dry
3. Clay Bar
4. Wash
5. Dry
6. Wax


I wipe down each section after i clay bar it with a micro fiber. You also want to make sure that you liberally spray each spot you are going to clay. Something you may want to do with a fresh piece of clay is since the clay won't have lube on it yet just give it 1 spray with the detailer to get it going.

Unless your paint is spectacular and you want to keep it that way then you don't necessarily have to polish, but it will make it look better if you do. But if you decide to then polish will be #6 and wax will be #7
 

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yes because when you clay you're ripping up the coat of wax you already have on the car. always use a good sealant wax when done claying a car
 

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1slosix said:
yes because when you clay you're ripping up the coat of wax you already have on the car. always use a good sealant wax when done claying a car
Yup...

Mcguires NXT Tech wax 2.0
 

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The clay barcant hurt your paint can it? I want to try it so bad. I'm just hesitent to do it. So I guess don't push hard and use the liquid they give u, and ill b alright?
 

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What should I use for hand wax? Just small microfiber pads?
(want to do by hand so there is no swirl marks, because it is my first wax.)
 

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The clay barcant hurt your paint can it? I want to try it so bad. I'm just hesitent to do it. So I guess don't push hard and use the liquid they give u, and ill b alright?
That's exactly right.

Push too hard or not enough spray... It will "catch" on the paint and leave a slight residue. Not a big deal, just clean with a microfiber and their detailer spray (lube).

The key is to really clean it all off (detailer overspray too) before waxing. I've missed some areas and sealed in some of the residue. Ha to go back with polish / ultimate compound to get it out.

Keep in mind, dark cars will show the mistakes more easily.

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MachMan1017 said:
What should I use for hand wax? Just small microfiber pads?
(want to do by hand so there is no swirl marks, because it is my first wax.)
I don't like the microfiber applicator pads. I use the traditional terry cloth ones.
 

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That's exactly right.

Push too hard or not enough spray... It will "catch" on the paint and leave a slight residue. Not a big deal, just clean with a microfiber and their detailer spray (lube).

The key is to really clean it all off (detailer overspray too) before waxing. I've missed some areas and sealed in some of the residue. Ha to go back with polish / ultimate compound to get it out.

Keep in mind, dark cars will show the mistakes more easily.

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I don't like the microfiber applicator pads. I use the traditional terry cloth ones.
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What should I use for hand wax? Just small microfiber pads?
(want to do by hand so there is no swirl marks, because it is my first wax.)
if you claybar you won't have swirl marks because there aren't any particles in the paint to swirl around.
 

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I want to have my car waxed for the first time but I am going to take it to my local carwash shop and let them do it since I've never waxed a car before.

Which kind of wax should i ask them to use when I go?
Which is the best and which one will last the longest?
 

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I want to have my car waxed for the first time but I am going to take it to my local carwash shop and let them do it since I've never waxed a car before.

Which kind of wax should i ask them to use when I go?
Which is the best and which one will last the longest?
Have them use a Carnuba was, I like paste wax better instead of that spray and wipe stuff.
And you should re-wax about every 2-3 months... My truck will be due for another wax this weekend :)
 
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