Sometimes, waxing your car is just not enough. Sure, you finish it clean and shiny. But try placing your hand in some plastic bag or zip-lock and rub it over the car’s surface – you’ll feel the roughness like sand paper. The jagged coarseness is because of contaminants like brake dust and industrial fallout that is burning its way through the car’s paint. In this post, you will learn how to remove these contaminants with a clay bar—with just 3 easy steps!
1. Wash your car with a dish-washing liquid detergent.
The liquid detergent will remove any wax that may help seal in the contaminants on the paint. But still, regular car wash is made not to strip wax, so it may not be as effective. Hence we go to step 2.
2. Take out the clay bar and knead the piece until it gets softer.
You may want to chop the clay bar into three of four pieces just in case you drop a piece. If you drop it accidentally on the ground, throw away the clay because it may have picked up dirt that will scratch your paint. After enough kneading, flatten it.
3. Apply Lubrication – Now glide away.
Use plenty of lubricant (spray); the more, the better. The lubricant should make it much easier to clay your car. Apply it on a 2 foot square area and on the clay itself. Work the clay across the surface in a back and forth motion using moderate pressure until the surface feels significantly smoother. Once the gliding becomes easier, then you can move on to another area. As necessary, knead the clay and refold it in order to create a clean clay surface.
Once you are satisfied with the area you are working on, move on to another two foot square area and continue this until you have completed claying the entire car.
Claying your car can be just as difficult as maintaining your car parts. You would have to spend about 4 to 5 hours if you want to properly clay your entire car. But the tiring exercise will be well worth the time. Nothing makes your paint as smooth and shiny as a clay bar detailing.
Make sure to buff your car with polish and wax, to seal in all of your hard work and to help seal out paint contaminants and debris.