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#1 Russ77


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Posted 22 April 2009 - 07:27 AM

This is only a guide, any manufacturer's recommendation/guidelines should still be observed/followed...

The Purpose of Claying.

To remove bonded contaminants from the car's paintwork, glass and wheels.  These contaminants are usually invisible but leave the paint work feeling rough/gritty.

Claying is a non-abrasive procedure, however some more aggressive clays (from personal experience Sonus grey clay) can mar the paintwork and polishing may be required to correct this.

Claying can be carried out as often as needed and this will depend on a number of factors such as where you live/park or if there's a lot of industrial fall out in your area.

Claying should be carried out before polishing & waxing to ensure you achieve the best possible finish.

How to:

Follow the steps in the basic washing guide http://www.ffoc.co.u...-washing-guide/ but don't dry the car.

Break off a section of clay that will form a disc shape around 5cm across and thick enough that your fingers don't go straight through it and knead it until it becomes soft and pliable (with the Meguiar's clay bar, this is about a 1/3 of the bar)

Spritz a small section (around 1-2sqft) with Quick Detailer (Note that some clays don't require QD) and rub the clay over the paintwork using light/moderate pressure.  You should feel less resistance as you continue.  How long you need to work on a section will depend on how dirty the pain work is.

Give the area another spritz of QD and wipe with a microfiber cloth.  Gently run your fingers over the area you clayed and it should feel like glass, if not, repeat the above procedure.

Whilst doing this, it's important to keep checking the condition of the clay, when it starts to get dirty or you can see debris on it, fold/knead it until you get a clean surface then continue.  IF YOU DROP A PIECE OF CLAY, THROW IT IN THE BIN.

Continue over the rest of the car, working from top to bottom, ensuring you keep the paintwork wet throughout.  You should notice that the lower parts of the car, especially behind the wheels will require more attention.

Once you have clayed the whole car it will need washing again to ensure any clay residue has been removed.

You are now ready to polish and/or wax

Note:  Claying removes wax, to protect your paintwork always follow with some kind of wax/sealant.